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Last major work by visionary artist Mike Kelley finds a ‘Homestead’ at MOCAD

The landscaping hasn’t arrived yet and there are still small chunks of drywall on the floor of some rooms. But the cozy ranch house is at that inviting, finishing-touches stage that fuels the dreams of prospective homeowners.

Except this home represents the fruition of a shared dream — for one extraordinary creative force, the friends who miss him, the museum that will tend to his memory and a community that begins in the Motor City and potentially extends throughout the world.

“Mobile Homestead,” the last major project of the influential late artist Mike Kelley, will officially open to the public at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at its permanent home at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The event will be marked with a weekend of activities to honor the spirit of the man behind the complex, unique project.

Westland home is a work of art

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MOCAD rolls out events for ‘Mobile Homestead’ debut

The piece is a replica of Kelley’s childhood home in Westland that’s designed to be a public space for the community. It won’t display Kelley’s art. It is Kelley’s art, a complex commentary on a city he loved, the childhood themes he often explored, the dichotomy between public and private lives, and more.

Having such a permanent installation by a world-renowned contemporary artist is a major moment for MOCAD’s place in the art world. Last month, the New York Times described “Mobile Homestead” as “a work of public art, which will go down as one of the most provocative and unclassifiable in America.”

The work was commissioned by the London-based art philanthropy organization Artangel in association with MOCAD, the Switzerland-based nonprofit Luma Foundation and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.

An era-defining artist

On this particular day before the big debut, the atmosphere at this very large piece of public art situated right next to MOCAD is a combination of hushed anticipation and “Extreme Home Makeover.”

During a quick walk-through, MOCAD’s new executive director Elysia Borowy-Reeder describes how the house hits visitors with the double whammy of the familiar and the unexpected.

“When you drive down Woodward, all of a sudden you see this bright white suburban home,” says Borowy-Reeder.

It’s almost as if a tornado had lifted a faraway slice of suburbia and, in a reversal of white flight, dropped it into Midtown Detroit.

But this is no accident. Kelley, a son of metro Detroit who became an era-defining artist more famous in Europe and America’s coastal art hotspots than here, had planned and strived for years to put the statement piece — and very personal expression — in his hometown region.

Early last year, Kelley committed suicide at his home in South Pasadena, Calif. He was 57.

Like so many creative geniuses, Kelley’s art defied easy categorization. He worked in a wide variety of media, from conceptual art to multimedia installations to films. He laced his work with nods to his hometown, like images of the Vernors gnome. He made a famous wall-hanging collage of handmade children’s toys, “More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid.” He did a well-known album cover for Sonic Youth.

Kelley’s art was deeply layered. New York Times art critic Holland Cotter noted in the artist’s obituary that his work was laced with the abjection and anarchy of youth culture but also offered streaks of poetry. Kelley skewered not only the high-brow art world but also the mawkishness of popular culture. “At yet another level, these pieces, with their martyred dolls and ruined promise of warmth, were innocence-and-experience metaphors, suggesting the trauma of hurt and loss that underlay the juvenile delinquent antics that surrounded them,” Cotter wrote.

Kelley also helped make Detroit punk rock history with Destroy All Monsters, the experimental noise-rock band that he and his friends formed in 1973 while he was a student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

“I think he was a real alchemist,” says MOCAD founding director and board president Marsha Miro, a former Free Press art critic. “He could take materials and ideas and fuse them in unexpected ways.”

Those who knew him describe him as funny, boisterous, serious, sensitive, hard-working, challenging to the status quo and confrontational in his art. “He loved the idea of having (‘Mobile Homestead’) sit outside Greenfield Village or drive onto the parking lot and stay until they kicked him out,” says Mary Clare Stevens, executive director of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts and his longtime colleague and friend.

A longtime project

“Mobile Homestead,” Kelley’s great gift to his hometown, is a reflection of the complicated nature of his art and its capacity to attract all sorts of people. But metro Detroiters also may find a more straightforward message: Don’t judge a book by its cover. Although the Motor City is often stereotyped as a crumbling, crime-ridden post-industrial relic, the art that’s sprung from here is amazing and continues to thrive, despite the obstacles.

The artwork consists of three elements. The first is the mobile home containing the facade of the house, which is a street-legal trailer that journeyed three years ago down Michigan Avenue to Kelley’s childhood home in Westland, with stops at places like the decaying grandeur of Michigan Central Station.

The second is the first floor, which will serve as a space for the community for meetings, children’s events and other ideas yet to come. The inaugural exhibits opening Saturday, May 11, will be a lending library and the Homestead Depot, a new-school version of an old-fashioned trading post, where visitors can bring objects and take other ones.

When the mobile portion, which can be detached from the first floor, makes occasional forays to other locations, plywood will cover the openings left behind, according to Borowy-Reeder, a statement on the boarded-up homes of Detroit’s blight.

The third and final element will be closed to the public and curated by Oak Park’s Book Beat owner Cary Loren and Los Angeles-based artist Jim Shaw, Kelley’s longtime friends and bandmates in Destroy All Monsters. It’s a basement consisting of two levels and entered by hatches that evoke the mysterious mood of the ABC sci-fi show “Lost.”

“They’re small, cell-like rooms and you have to go down two stories climbing a ladder and then go up a story to get into one of the rooms. The sub-basement, the lowest level, is just a series of halls that are really tight, kind of like a maze,” says Loren, who’ll be performing with Shaw at this weekend’s opening events.

As one of the guardians of the private space, Loren isn’t sure what will happen in this off-limits portion of the structure. He envisions turning one room into a place for artists to relax or chill with beanbag chairs, posters and maybe black light to evoke the counterculture spirit and his and Kelley’s youth. Other ideas include a Destroy All Monsters archive or a collaborative mural on the sub-basement hallway walls.

“Eventually, maybe the sub-basement would be some massive psychedelic mural of whatever,” says Loren.

“Mobile Homestead” was an idea that Kelley had been contemplating for quite a while, according to Stevens, who worked with him for a decade and saw him nearly every day.

He had considered purchasing his childhood home in Westland, where a new owner was living, and doing the project by himself. That evolved into the notion of reproducing the home. Then he met James Lingwood of Artangel, which commissions major pieces by leading contemporary artists. When Artangel commissioned Kelley in the mid-2000s to do what would become its first American public art project, “Mike told him about this Detroit idea and that’s how it started,” says Stevens.

Although Kelley thought he could obtain some land fairly inexpensively in Detroit, it was difficult to find something within the project’s budget, Stevens explains. That’s when Miro entered the picture. Although MOCAD had yet to open, she encouraged Kelley to make the museum the home of “Mobile Homestead.”

“He thought about it and he liked the idea,” recalls Miro. “I think that was his way of giving back to the city.”

Kelley made a video documentary to accompany “Mobile Homestead” on the people and communities along Michigan Avenue, the artery that extends from Westland to Detroit. “Goin’ Home: Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead Videos and Documentation,” will be shown through July 28 at MOCAD.

In 2010, Kelley was at MOCAD for the introduction of the mobile trailer portion of the project. Miro recalls it as a happy moment. “He was so excited at the christening, as we called it. He broke a bottle of champagne over part of the house. He was like a little kid. This was a project he’d dreamed about for a long time and here it was finally happening.”

Saturday’s opening and the events on Sunday, May 12, will be a bittersweet occasion for Kelley’s friends, who are still mourning his loss.

“I think it will be (a celebration), but all these things feel very sad to me also, even the retrospective,” says Loren, referring to the exhibit that has gone to Amsterdam, is in Paris now and will travel to MoMA PS1, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

“They all seem like another funeral, or another time to think about him. But I think it will honor him and people will write more about it and think about this piece.”

Miro says “Mobile Homestead” will be important for both the museum and the city as a whole. “It belonged in his hometown and it gives MOCAD the job of tending that memory, along with the house. A lot of the world will come to see us because Mike was such an important artist. People are going to come to Detroit to see the Mike Kelley house.”

Loren says he doesn’t try to make sense of Kelley’s death. He doesn’t like to think about it too much. But he has thought about “Mobile Homestead.”

“It’s interesting that it’s almost like a living artwork that will always change,” he muses. “We’ll just have to see how it works out.”

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Lima meeting will review recommendations for Route 15A


Lima meeting will review recommendations for Route 15A

LIMA – Recommendations on the future development of Route 15A will be presented at 7 p.m. May 8 in the Lima Town Hall, 7329 East Main St.

Consultants from the Rochester Regional Community Design Center will give a slide-illustrated presentation.

The session will allow Lima residents to visualize and comment on these plans for creating a more inviting and attractive gateway to the community, George Gotcsik, chairman of the town’s Gateway Study Project, said in a news release.

“The recommendations to be presented will account for residents’ input and will assist the Town in achieving the identified objectives as opportunities to improve the corridor and realize new development to occur,” Gotcsik said in a news release.

Lima residents provided ideas and input during a public workshop in January. Focus areas included corridor character and appearance, site and building design standards, future development, public health and safety, sustainability and complete streets designed for all users, including walkers and cyclists.

The overriding emphasis dealt with safety issues in the corridor, Gotcsik said.

The section of Route 15A has a speed limit of 55 mph. The limit dates to a time when the gateway was largely undeveloped.

“That limit now seems excessive, particularly in the part of the corridor close to the village where new development and increased pedestrian traffic is occurring,” Gotcsik said in the release.

Discussion groups made recommendations for a reduced speed limit, safe crossing areas and sidewalks or trails to accommodate pedestrians and cyclist. Suggestions for enhanced landscaping and visual improvements were also made, intending to slow traffic and contribute to an environment that is harmonious for both residents and businesses.

“Such improvements should also be helpful in presenting a more inviting environment for attracting new business,” Gotcsik wrote.

Participants also discussed smaller scale buildings with “small town” details, more landscaping and attractive signs.


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Wellfield Botanic Gardens held first event of the season – – WNDU

You know the saying, “April showers bring may flowers.” It’s an old adage that rang true in Elkhart Saturday as the Wellfield Botanic Gardens hosted its Spring Marketplace.

Tulips, tunes and treasures filled the minds of those attending. Event-goers strolled around the lake, and various venders set up shop under tents to promote the latest in garden products and services.

Organizations like the Elkhart Art League also provided special activities for kids. And for many families the nice weather just added to their great day.

“It is so nice,” said Jill Replogle who attended the event. “It’s not too hot, just a little overcast. The breeze makes it feel wonderful out here. It’s great to see the sun shine again.”

“Enjoy a little bit of the weather, get the baby outside after the winter and try to get some landscaping ideas,” says Tad Replogle.

Saturday’s marketplace was the gardens’ first big event of the spring and summer season.

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Addition to University of Arizona architecture building is an energy hog

The 2007 glass-and-steel addition to the UA College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture – promoted by the university as “a laboratory for sustainable practices” – is one of the biggest energy wasters on campus.

In its first year of operation, it used four times the energy of the comparably sized brick building to which it is attached. Its glass walls and unshaded, exterior cooling ducts, combined with design changes made to save money during its construction, make it difficult to heat and cool efficiently.

A “green wall,” designed to shade the building’s south side, has yet to grow.

The Tucson heat, seasonal glare, reflected light and noise from traffic on East Speedway blast through its north-facing glass walls. Students say the glare can be irritating and disorienting.

The building’s performance is slowly being improved with retrofits.

Architecture students who work on its two studio floors have proposed a number of fixes, and one was recently approved by the UA’s Green Fund – a plan to shade the building’s exterior air-return ducts with photovoltaic panels.

Currently, those ducts heat to 160 degrees Fahrenheit, taxing the ability of air-handling units that were designed to cool 80-degree air, said Alya Al-Hashim and Lena Spiric, who proposed the fix and were awarded $46,500 to purchase PV panels and design and fabricate mounts for them.

The two master’s students in design and energy conservation say the building’s glass walls make it difficult to cool.

“That’s what happens when you build glass boxes in climates like this. They are not sustainable,” said Spiric.

lowering power bill

Spiric and Al-Hashim predict their project will quickly justify its cost with a reduction in the building’s cooling bill and generation of power from the photovoltaic panels.

Once proven, the concept can be used on other campus buildings with exposed ducts, said Al-Hashim.

Nader Chalfoun, the professor of architecture whose master’s students have proposed many of the fixes, said the building’s inefficiency is caused partly by its glass-walled design and partly by cuts made during its construction.

The $9.2 million expansion, completed in 2007, came during a worldwide construction boom, which inflated the costs of the building’s major components – concrete and steel. Project planners and the builder, Lloyd Construction, began making compromises.

Peter Dourlein, UA assistant vice president for planning, design and construction, said the cost of building materials increased as much as 14 percent per year in the early 2000s. “We redesigned that building multiple times and value-engineered it to keep it on budget,” he said.

Original plans called for four floors. Only three were built, but the volume of the building was not reduced, leading to that calculation made in the first year of its use that it was sucking up four times the amount of power per-square-foot of usable floor space as the adjoining Architecture Building, built in 1964.

vines struggle

Energy efficiency was not the first goal of the college’s building committee, said architect Eddie Jones, of Jones Studio in Phoenix, which designed the building. The committee wanted to give equal weight to the education of architects and landscape architects, he said.

The landscape features, notably a series of ponds and gardens on its south side, benefit from the building design, which funnels all wastewater into a giant cistern.

The garden, in turn, was designed to shade the building, including those exposed air ducts, with a “green wall” of vines growing up a welded-wire grate on the south side.

“It was a great idea and it’s worked in other places, and I’ll be damned if I can explain why those vines struggle,” said Jones.

Jones, who lectures often at the college, said he always donates his honoraria back to the college “to buy more vines.”

Jan Cervelli, who became dean of the college after the addition was completed, said it works as a teaching space. “It was designed as a teaching classroom to show very easily and visibly how a building is put together,” she said.

“Having the building open and articulating to the public what it does was as important as the energy efficiency of it,” she said.

desert sustainability

Cervelli said the college has been retrofitting the building as it raises funds for it. The Green Fund money will help, and UA President Ann Weaver Hart has expressed her support for improving the energy efficiency of the architecture addition and buildings across campus, she said.

Ron Stoltz, a professor of landscape architecture at the college, was on the addition’s building committee. He said money for landscaping was completely penciled out as costs rose.

The college raised money from private donors, notably the Underwood family of AAA Landscape, for what has become a bragging point for the building and partial antidote to its unsustainable aspects.

A series of pools and gardens on the building’s south side are watered from a cistern that stores rainwater from the building’s roof, condensate from its cooling units, splash from drinking fountains and backwash from campus wells.

The Underwood Family Garden, with its five distinct Sonoran Desert regions, has won numerous national awards for its design and its performance. It reduced potable water use for irrigation by 87 percent and efficiently captures water that would otherwise run off into the city storm drains.

“It’s a model for sustainability in the arid Southwest, and we’ve got the numbers and we can prove it,” said Stoltz.

Stoltz said the college is now planning a partial “green roof” laboratory, which would add insulating soil and plants and reduce the building’s contribution to the urban heat-island effect on campus.

It also plans to complete that green wall. One strategy being examined is to grow additional vines from planters midway up the building.

The parking lot south of the garden is identified as part of a campus greenbelt. Recently, a team of student landscape architects from the college won an EPA award for a design that includes a ring of ponds, which would collect rainwater and air-conditioning condensate from the buildings that surround the lot.

traffic noise

In a sense, the building is living up to its description as “a working laboratory for sustainable practices.”

Master’s in architecture candidate David Tapia Takaki said it is providing plenty of problems for the students to fix.

Tapia and fellow students Zhou Kang and Hong Run were in the south parking lot one recent afternoon, with a model of the addition and a light meter. They were testing for improvements in light dispersal from a shade structure and optical skylights they propose.

Kang said nobody had to tell him and Tapia that a problem existed. “We sit next to the window,” he said.

The metal shade structure they propose would be dimpled with openings and filled with sound-absorbing material.

One of the big problems on the north edge is traffic noise, said Tapia. “It’s the cars on Speedway. If you are there one or two hours, you will not notice, but stay there all day and it can give you headaches.”

The light is also disconcerting, he said. You can’t see the features of someone talking to you who is backlit by the window.

The glass wall is appropriately sited on the north side where it doesn’t get direct light, said Tapia, but light is reflected by the metallic and white university buildings across Speedway.

It also receives direct sun in mid-summer mornings and afternoons, something that could be mitigated by shading fins, said Cervelli.

Cervelli said the college’s goal is to continue retrofitting the building and eventually bring it to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards.

building can be fixed

The building can be fixed, said Chalfoun, and his students’ work could lead the way to improvements across campus.

Chalfoun and his students have run 11 energy audits on buildings across campus. Many have similar problems, he said.

Dourlein, whose team of architects leads the university’s pledge to certify all its new buildings to LEED standards, does not dispute the students’ contention that the building uses a lot of energy.

It is partly a function of its design and partly a function of its use, he said.

The desire to expose all of its elements stripped it of potential for insulating materials, he said. “There are not a lot of layers to it. It is open and raw.” Dourlein said the design did not anticipate heat infiltrating the building from its steel beams.

Its constant use adds to its energy demands, he said. “The real energy issue in that building is that they wanted it to be open 24/7.”

“Architecture students work long hours. You go by that building at 10 p.m. and the lights are on. That’s not typical for a classroom building.”

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Community Calendar for the Midlands, May 5


SENIOR EXPO FUN DAY: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday at Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Ave. Designed to help you navigate life after 50, free event will include health screenings, nutrition, travel, Medicare/Medicaid, law, financial planning, real estate, recreation, safety, outreach resources, health advocacy, exercise classes, in-home and adult day care. Health walks, cooking classes, putt-putt, disc golf and horseshoes. (803) 545-3091

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING: 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road. Good exercise and fun. (803) 345-0158 or email

BEGINNER’S SQUARE AND ROUND DANCE LESSONS: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Yellow Rock Hall, 2211 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia. $20 per month. (803) 740-1344;


AT-LARGE OPEN HOUSE: Meet with City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine, 3-6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 1737 Main St. Call (803) 545-3061 for more information or to schedule an appointment.


COLUMBIA PLANT AND FLOWER SALE: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 7501 Garners Ferry Road (beside McDonalds). Plants, flowers, shrubs, craft vendors. Local entertainment from community organizations on Friday. (803) 261-1666

FIVE AFTER FIVE CONCERT: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band and Weaving the Fate, 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday at the fountain in Five Points. Free and family activities such as bubbles and decorating Saluda Avenue with sidewalk chalk for children.

“ROMEO JULIET”: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and May 16-18; 3 p.m. Sunday and May 19 at the Sumter Little Theatre, 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. $15; students, seniors and military, $12. Box office hours are 3-6 pm. weekdays. (803) 775-2150

THE HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION’S annual Cemetery Tours will be offered the second Thursday monthly through September at Elmwood Cemetery, 501 Elmwood Ave. Guests may choose the 7:30 p.m. Secrets from the Grave Iconography Tour or the Moonlight Cemetery Tour at 8 or 8:30 p.m. The Secrets of the Grave tour starts before dark to allow study of the iconography symbols found on many of the markers and headstones. The Moonlight tours are led by a costumed guide and include narrative about the lives, burials, cemetery plots and tombstones of families and prominent citizens from Columbia’s 19th and 20th centuries. Tickets are $10; age 17 and younger, $5; HCF members, $5; HCF member youth, $3.


COLUMBIA PLANT AND FLOWER SALE: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 7501 Garners Ferry Road (beside McDonalds). Plants, flowers, shrubs, craft vendors and local entertainment from community organizations. (803) 261-1666

ON THE BATTLEFIELD: REVEREND C.J. WHITAKER AND THE NORTH COLUMBIA CIVIC CLUB: 6 p.m. Friday at the Greenview Park Community Center, 6700 David St. Event includes a panel discussion on the life and legacy of Rev. Whitaker and the formation of the North Columbia Civic Club. An influential political organizer and the first African-American to lead the Richland County Democratic Party, Rev. Whitaker helped established the NCCC in 1963. Speakers include Donna Whitaker Rogers, Joe Brown, James Felder, I.S. Leevy Johnson and Kay Patterson. A reception will follow. Sponsored by Columbia SC 63 and the Greenview Community.

GLOW BALL GOLF TOURNAMENT: Friday, nine holes of golf played in the dark at the Golf Club of South Carolina at Crickentree, 1084 Langford Road, Blythewood. Shotgun start at 7:30 p.m., $60 per player, $100 for a two-member team. Sponsored by the Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce, the event is a fundraiser for Blythewood student scholarships.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Live music by the Dancetimers, BYOB and snacks, coffee and soda will be available. $5 per person. (803) 779-1971

“BAMBINO”: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College St. Richard Maltz baseball opera in one act, revisits the relentless calamities inflicted on the Boston Red Sox, directed by Ellen Douglass Schlaefer. $15; USC faculty and staff, seniors, military, $10; students, $5. (803) 777-5369

“MISS SAIGON”: 8 p.m. Friday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. $25; seniors, 65 and older, active duty military and full time college students, $20; youth, age 17 and younger, $12. (803) 799-2510


GET IN THE PINK 5 AND 10K RACE: Saturday at Kicks Exceptional Shoes, 2921 Devine St. 10K starts at 7:20 a.m.; 5K starts at 7:30; kids fun run and Stiletto Sprint starts at 8:30 a.m. Cash prizes, all proceeds benefit the Share Our Suzy organization, a foundation that raises money to assist and support breast cancer patients from diagnosis to remission. Register at or

OUTDOOR SPRING MARKET DAY: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, 222 Broad St., Camden. Collectibles, crafts, flea market treasures and plants. Sellers may rent 15×15 spaces and keep 100 percent of their profits. Vendor fees, due at Historic Camden’s office by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday are payable by cash, check or MasterCard/Visa. Antique dealers/crafters, general vendors, $25; nonprofits, $15, walk-on vendors, $35. Free admission and parking. Food concession and bake sale. Proceeds will benefit the Historic Camden Revolutionary War site, whose mission is to discover, protect and interpret things pertaining to early Camden. (803) 432-9841

CAROLINA’S LARGEST BABY SHOWER: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Wal-Mart SuperCenters, 360 Harbison Blvd., Columbia and 1283 Broad St., Sumter. Purchase items that you would take to a baby shower and drop them off at the above locations; they will be donated directly to the Pregnancy Resource Centers in your community. Pregnancy Resource centers are committed to serving any woman who is pregnant or who may be pregnant, and is struggling emotionally, psychologically or financially with her pregnancy.

NATURE DISCOVERY: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Walk with a park volunteer to look and listen for animals in the forest. Free. (803) 776-4396;

HORRELL HILL COMMUNITY DAY: Saturday celebration kicks off with a 10 a.m. parade from the historic Siloam School, 1331 Congaree Road, Hopkins, to the festival site at Southeast Middle School, 731 Horrell Hill Road, Hopkins. Festival, food and fun.

MOTHER-DAUGHTER TEA POTTERY: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday at Art Smart Academy, 7320 Broad River Road, Irmo. $50 per table of four; includes luncheon and one shared mini tea set to decorate (add $10 for a larger tea set). Reservations are required for the 90-minute sessions. (803) 667-9912;

SOUTHEAST FAMILY PUPPET SLAM: 2-4 pm. Saturday at Harbison Theatre, Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Tickets are $9-$10.

BARK IN THE PARK: 2 p.m. Saturday at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Join a park ranger for a 2.4 mile, dog-friendly hike to learn how people and animals have interacted with the forest over time. The best behaved dog will take home an official “Bark Ranger” bandana. Free; limited to 10 participants; reservations required. (803) 776-4396;

RHYTHM ON THE RIVER: Jahson and the Natty Vibez Band, 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater, 120 Alexander Circle. Free admission, food and beverages available for purchase; no coolers, please.

“BAMBINO”: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College St. Richard Maltz baseball opera in one act, revisits the relentless calamities inflicted on the Boston Red Sox, directed by Ellen Douglass Schlaefer. $15; USC faculty and staff, seniors, military, $10; students, $5. (803) 777-5369

“MISS SAIGON”: 8 p.m. Saturday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. $25; seniors, 65 and older, active duty military and full-time college students, $20; youth, age 17 and younger, $12. (803) 799-2510


MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH: 11 am.-2 p.m. May 12 at the Seibels House and Garden, 1601 Richland St. Brunch buffet includes classic breakfast foods and pastries, salads and light fare. After brunch take a stroll through the gardens and either a tour of any of Historic Columbia Foundation’s historic house museums or a spot on the Second Sunday Stroll guided walking tour of Cottontown at 2 p.m. (meet at the North Columbia Fire Station No. 7, 2622 N. Main St. Tickets for brunch are $30; HCF members, $25; children, $5. Brunch reservations required; call (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or email

“BAMBINO”: 3 p.m. May 12 at Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College St. Richard Maltz baseball opera in one act, revisits the relentless calamities inflicted on the Boston Red Sox, directed by Ellen Douglass Schlaefer. $15; USC faculty and staff, seniors, military, $10; students, $5. (803) 777-5369

CAROLINA WIND SYMPHONY: 7:30 p.m. May 13 at Riverland Hills Baptist Church, 201 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo. Concert program will feature the first South Carolina performance of John Mackey’s “Sheltering Sky”; the premiere performance of “Castlerigg Stone Circle” by Larry Shackley, who dedicated the composition to the bands of Irmo and the late Bruce Dinkins, longtime Irmo High School band director; other pieces will be “O Waly Waly,” “Down a Country Lane,” “In the Shining of the Stars” and “Courtly Airs and Dances.” Free.

COLUMBIA CHORAL SOCIETY SPRING CONCERT: 7 p.m. May 14 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1529 Assembly St. The Ridge View High School Advanced Chorus will team up with the CCS in celebrating the 100th birthday of Benjamin Britten. Tickets are $12; seniors age 55 and older, $10; students, $5. (803) 933-9060;

COME SEE YOUR ARMY TOUR: 7:45 a.m. May 16 at Fort Jackson. See how soldiers train and gain some insight into the day to day operations. During the tour, visitors will attend a Basic Combat Training graduation, observe training, learn to shoot the M16A2 simulator, eat lunch in an Army dining facility and get to ask questions about Basic Combat Training, Fort Jackson and the Army. Lunch cost is $4.60. Advance reservations are required by Thursday. Call (803) 751-1474 to register.

COLUMBIA GREEN 2013 FESTIVAL OF GARDENS: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 16 and 18, Kings Grant, 200 N. Kings Grant Drive. Event will feature nine diverse gardens and landscapes throughout the Kings Grant neighborhood. New gardens, old gardens and evolving spaces will highlight the tour. A garden party and craft sale will be held 3:30-5 p.m. at the clubhouse. Advance tickets are $40; $30 for members; day of the tour, $45/$35. Proceeds will provide major funding for Columbia Green’s mission of promoting the beautification of the Columbia area through gardening, landscaping, horticulture, education and conservation.

INSTITUTE OF REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT GOLF TOURNAMENT: 11 a.m. May 16 at Golden Hills Golf Country Club, 100 Scotland Drive, Lexington. Captain’s choice format, $75 per person; four-member team, $300; includes beer, nonalcoholic beverages, snacks and box lunch on course. Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House, SC IREM Chapter 72 and the SC IREM Foundation Educational Scholarship Fund. (803) 744-7513; email

“THE ART OF GIVING: WILLS OF FAMOUS WOMEN”: 2 p.m. May 16 at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Doris Duke were extremely private women in life. Yet after their deaths, their wills became public documents. Join Michael E.S. McCarthy of U.S. Trust for coffee and pastries as he reviews the anatomy of a will using those famous examples. Free; call (803) 799-2810 or email to reserve a spot.

FIVE AFTER FIVE CONCERT: Bryson Jennings, 6:30-10 p.m. May 16 at the fountain in Five Points. Free and family activities such as bubbles and decorating Saluda Avenue with sidewalk chalk for children.

“ARSENIC AND OLD LACE”: Fridays-Sundays, May 17-26 at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road, Lexington. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. (803) 359-1436;

SEE SPOT RUN: 5K run/walk to benefit the Humane Society, 7:30 a.m. May 18 starting at Earlewood Park (Parkside and Earlewood drives). 1K-9 fun walk begins at 9 a.m.; $10. Separate starting corrals for runners, runners with dogs, walkers and walkers with dogs; pets should be on leashes. Register at, $30; race day registration opens at 6:30 a.m. and will cost $35.

PET PAWTY: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 18 at the Red Bank Horse Arena, 1159 Nazareth Road, Lexington. Pet-friendly fundraiser and pet food drive to benefit seniors and their pets, sponsored by the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission. Registration for the Pet Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Other activities include pet contests, entertainment, agility dog demonstrations, food, vendors, Cow-A Bunga Bingo, pet portraits and caricatures, children’s activities and a Blessing of the Animals. People admission is a cash donation or pet food items (no bags larger than five pounds, please). Pet admission is $5 per pet. (803) 356-5111;

IRMO FARMERS MARKET: 9 a.m.-noon the first and third Saturdays monthly at Irmo Town Park on Carlisle Street. Yoga for children and an outdoor exercise class for families. (803) 315-4648; email or

NATURE DISCOVERY: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Walk with a park volunteer to look and listen for animals in the forest. Free. (803) 776-4396;

S.C. BOOK FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 18; noon-4 p.m. May 19 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Presentations by national and local authors, book signings, antiquarian book fair, book sales and appraisals, self-publishing information, storytelling and performances for children, summer reading station for children; free admission. Special ticketed events include writing classes, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 17, $30 each; an opening night reception 7-10 p.m. May 17 at the Hollings Special Collections library, 1322 Greene St. (enter through the Thomas Cooper Library), $65; The Literary Vine, 7:30-9:30 p.m. May 18 at the Richland Library main branch, 1401 Assembly St., $40; Richland Library Friends, $30.

ART IN THE PARK: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 18 at the West Columbia Community Center, 754 B Ave., West Columbia. Free event will feature local artists displaying their works and a bake sale. Sponsored by the Guignard Neighborhood Association.

COLUMBIA GREEN 2013 FESTIVAL OF GARDENS: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 18, Kings Grant, 200 N. Kings Grant Drive. Event will feature nine diverse gardens and landscapes throughout the Kings Grant neighborhood. New gardens, old gardens and evolving spaces will highlight the tour. A garden party and craft sale will be held 3:30-5 p.m. at the clubhouse. Advance tickets are $40; $30 for members; day of the tour, $45/$35. Proceeds will provide major funding for Columbia Green’s mission of promoting the beautification of the Columbia area through gardening, landscaping, horticulture, education and conservation.

BARK IN THE PARK: 2 p.m. May 18 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Join a park ranger for a 2.4 mile, dog-friendly hike to learn how people and animals have interacted with the forest over time. The best behaved dog will take home an official “Bark Ranger” bandana. Free; limited to 10 participants; reservations required. (803) 776-4396;

“ARSENIC AND OLD LACE”: 3 p.m. May 18 at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road, Lexington. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. (803) 359-1436;

BLYTHEWOOD BEACH BASH: 5-10 p.m. May 18 at Cobblestone Park, 5 Links Crossing Drive, Blythewood. A night of beach music featuring The Sensational Epics and DJ Gene Lee; lawn chairs welcome. $15; couples, $25. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Questions? Email

RHYTHM ON THE RIVER: The Blue Iguanas, 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater, 120 Alexander Circle. Free admission, food and beverages available for purchase; no coolers, please.

MUSICAL SALUTE TO VETERANS: 7 p.m. May 18 at Union United Methodist Church, 7582 Woodrow St., Irmo. 1940’s big band style concert will feature the Blue Serenade Orchestra and Southern Bronze Handbell Ensemble. Free Armed Forces Day event will also feature music of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, as well as patriotic selections.

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Beware Of Unwanted Garden Pests During Spring Cleanup

SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – With the arrival of spring, homeowners and gardeners are beginning the task of cleaning up their yards and gardens to prepare for the growing season. Spring also can bring rain and wind, knocking down branches and trees.

Gardeners, landscapers, and anyone working outside this spring should know that tree branches, firewood,and cleared brush can harbor invasive insects and diseases, making proper use or disposal critical to preventing the spread of tree-killing pests.

Pests can hitchhike undetected on firewood and brush, starting new infestations in locations hundreds of miles away. These infestations can destroy forests, lower property values and cost huge sums of money to control.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, estimates for damage costs in urban areas for just one invasive pest, the Asian longhorned beetle, range from $1.7 billion for nine selected cities to $669 billion for the entire United States.

“Even experts can’t always detect a couple of pin-head size insect eggs or a few microscopic fungus spores hidden in wood. However, these tiny threats are enough to destroy an entire forest,” said Leigh Greenwood, Don’t Move Firewood campaign manager.

“Disposing of tree debris, brush, and other yard waste either on site or through municipal composting are the best ways that homeowners can prevent spreading tree-killing pests as they clean up their yards and gardens this spring.”

Tips for spring cleanup:

• If you don’t want to keep your firewood until next winter, don’t be tempted to take it with you when camping, and don’t bring it along on any road trips. Instead, you can give it to your next-door neighbor, burn or chip it on site, or dispose of it locally.

• Hire a tree service or rent a tree chipper to shred fallen trees and branches and brush into mulch for your own garden beds and landscaping projects.

• Many areas now offer a yard waste recycling program. Contact your municipal solid waste management department for information specific to your area.

• If a yard waste recycling or composting program is not available and you cannot keep it on site, brush, logs, and branches should be disposed of in a local landfill.

• Take care to respect all state and local regulations on the movement of firewood and other unprocessed wood – some areas are subject to serious fines for violations.

• During your spring cleanup, if you notice an insect or tree disease you don’t recognize, take a photo or obtain a specimen of it, and compare it to website photos of the suspected pest.

To learn more about how to prevent forest pests from destroying forests, visit

 Beware Of Unwanted Garden Pests During Spring Cleanup

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New to gardening? Take these tips for getting your hands dirty

Cultivating Life by Sean Conway

6:30 p.m. CDT, May 3, 2013

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May Gardening Tips From Briary Garden Services

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Trading garden tips

If there’s one thing gardeners like to share more than tomatoes, it’s tips. And nobody has more of those than folks who think about gardening all day long, whose inboxes fill with gardening information and who talk to experts constantly. Now that spring is here, we’ve decided to share garden writers’ and editors’ juiciest tips. For the tomatoes, you’ll have to wait.

Grow herbs, not veggies

If your space/time/money is limited, herbs give the best return on your gardening investment. They’re easy to grow in a pot or window box, thrive on benign neglect — they don’t need or want tons of water or fertilizer — and instead of buying bunches of fresh herbs at the market (pricey!), you can snip what you need, and it keeps coming back all summer long.

From the ground up

A successful garden starts with good soil. Blogger and author Shawna Coronado ( says her formula is one-third your soil, one-third rotted manure and one-third kitchen or leaf compost. The result, she promises, is "fantabulous gardens."

Easiest indoor garden

The Aerogarden has so much to recommend it. This amazing contraption lets the garden-deprived grow herbs — and lots more (cherry tomatoes, flowers, lettuces) in a small space. Its streamlined operation keeps the process so manageable — the mechanically challenged won't be intimidated.

What's more, those living in climes that aren't conducive to year-round growing will get their gardening fix no matter what is happening outside.

Aerogarden has continued to offer additional options, including a seed starting tray. It's not cheap (grow lights need to be replaced on occasion, etc.) A variety of sizes and prices are available. Go to

Try strawberries

Alpine strawberries are, again, easy to grow — they make a great ground cover in a sunny spot, they're very pretty, they flower and, if you keep your expectations simple (think topping your cereal, not making jars of jam), they'll reward you with an amazing-tasting treat. They're also perfect for kids.

Watch your hands

Sue Markgraf, founder of GreenMark Public Relations, which focuses on green issues, needed a new pair of gloves before tackling a long weekend of gardening. She says it was a bit like looking at the cereal aisle in the grocery store, with myriad styles in the garden centers.

How to choose? Markgraf says, "My takeaway tip: The right glove for the right project is just as important as the right tool. Consider both comfort and safety to protect those precious hands. Many gloves have Velcro closures and are made of breathable fabrics for comfort, while leather palms and fingers cushion against branches, stones and even insects.

"Choose light gloves for simple tasks like planting annuals and containers. Select gloves with leather palms and fingers for pruning, deadheading and working mulch into soil. Heavier-duty gloves like these also are a must for more intense projects, such as light landscaping work, planting trees and dividing perennials. For roses, heavyweight gloves with cuffs protect against thorns."

Think young

Get kids involved in growing vegetables and fruits as soon

as possible, suggests longtime gardening writer Lynn Petrak. "My two youngest were amazed to see blackberries growing from what we had planted the year before. Between those and the lettuce and pumpkins, they

were almost astounded that

you can eat what you grow at home. No, we don't have chickens yet, but they do have a new and real ground-to-table appreciation!"

Embrace surprises

Anyone can grow a tomato. So try something each summer that will make your garden or flower bed stand out — and entertain the neighbors to boot. Three summers ago, one writer planted some prickly pear cactus along his driveway. They've come back twice now, bigger this year than ever. Last year he did a 20-foot-long wall of basil plants; this summer he's going for an embarrassing wall of 12-foot sunflowers.

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Hartman competition sees design student selected for Garden Centre Group …

By Matthew Appleby
01 May 2013

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