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  • LED lights the next big thing in holiday lighting

    hursday might say Thanksgiving on the calendar, but it's also unofficially known as "the national it's OK to turn your lights on day," said Brian Zakavec, owner of High Altitude Holiday Lighting. That gives you five days to locate the boxes of lights, unsnarl them, check that they work and string them along the rooftop and trees. It also...

  • Coming Friday: The Gazette's holiday lights map

    Tis the season to shine your lights! We would love to showcase your hard work, whether you're a novice or the next Clark Griswold. Starting Friday, The Gazette will launch its interactive holiday lights map at gazette.com/holidaylights. So nominate yourself or a friend. Even that neighbor who has been planning his display for 12 months. If...

  • Gifts you can use - and use up

    The holiday catalogs and gift guides are starting to pour in, full of wonderful stuff to wrap for friends and family. But what about those who don't want more stuff? Small-space dwellers don't have room for much. Seniors might not either, or might not want the burden of more things at this stage in life. Instead, think about giving something...

  • Around the House: Itchy skin not only thing that will benefit from humidifying house

    Dear Ken: We need a humidifier. We are tired of itchy skin and being stuffed up all the time. Can you tell us what to look for? - Lucy Answer: The newest versions of whole house humidifiers are self-cleaning and have no moving parts. Gone are those old rotating foam drums and reservoirs that were a haven for bacteria and mold spores. Now we...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting Nov. 22

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CALENDAR TUESDAY Fall Floral Class - Learn how to make a centerpiece for holiday table and table décor, 3-4:30 p.m., Garden of the Gods Gourmet, 410 S. 26th St., $40 Registration: 471-2799. Dec. 4 Simple Toilet Repairs - 10-11:30 a.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., $4. Registration: 387-6000,...

  • Around the house: Consider different options for painting garage floor

    Dear Ken: I would like to paint my garage floor. Which material would be best? - John Answer: There are several choices. Let's go down the food chain. The ultimate is an epoxy finish. This is the most resilient and, frankly, the prettiest. But it's also the most difficult, especially the preparation phase. Your floor must be cleaned...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting Nov. 15, 2014

    HOME & GARDEN CALENDAR Saturday Silk Flower Centerpiece for the Home - 11 a.m., Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, free; ppld.org. NOV. 25 Fall Floral Class - Learn to make a centerpiece for holiday table, table décor, 3-4:30 p.m., Garden of the Gods Gourmet, 410 S. 26th St., $40 Registration: 471-2799. Dec. 4 Simple Toilet Repairs...

  • Scrapbooking remains a passion for many in Colorado Springs

    Whatever happened to the scrapbooking craze? For longtime fans like Mona Szoke, it's alive and well. "Once you get going on it, it's addictive," said the stay-at-home mom from Colorado Springs. "It's a way to get away from everything. It's very therapeutic." Although scrapbooking can be traced to the early 1800s - Thomas Jefferson was...

  • The scents of National Candle Month

    Leaves are falling, creating carpets of gold and red. Smells are warm and spicy: cinnamon, hot apple cider and pumpkin everything. Fall nesting time is underway. It's no wonder November was chosen as National Candle Month: Not only do aromatic, flickering candles smell heavenly, they also make great gifts and are wonderful additions to any...

  • Year-round gardening: November a good time to focus on trees' health

    Once the leaves and needles are raked up, it's easy to forget about the health of your trees. But November is a great time for a "tree checkup." Here's a few tasks you'll want to complete soon: Pruning: Deciduous trees are best pruned during their dormant period. Take a look at your trees for signs of diseased, damaged and broken branches and...

  • Around the House: Achieve savings with blanket around water heater

    Dear Ken: Do you need a blanket around your water heater if it's in a heated basement? - Dan Answer: Yes. All things being equal, it takes more energy to heat water than air, so there are definitely savings when you wrap the tank. These kits are cheap - less than $15 - so it's a worthwhile investment that will pay off in less than a year....

  • Preparing amaryllis for a Christmastime show

    Ready, set, go. As soon as you have new amaryllis bulbs, pot them up, and in a few months the spectacular, colorful trumpets will unfold. (Technically, what are commonly called "amaryllis" are really species of hippeastrum.) With luck, or if the bulbs were from South Africa, Brazil or greenhouses in Israel, you'll have blooms by...

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