Village Potters Guild Spring Art Market coming April 29-30

The village potters guild will hold a spring art market

The village potters guild will hold its spring art market from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 29 and 30. Find an artistic selection that will include birds, butterflies, birdbaths, ceramic flowers, and all kinds of functional art that make great gifts for Mother’s Day and other occasions. The location is 326 North Main St. in Plymouth (just north of the train tracks). Look for the balloons. Go to

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Tips for Creating Perfect Plant Combinations

Monrovia offers tips for creating the perfect plant combinations from their plant hunter, Georgia Clay, and trend spotter, Katie Tamony:

Select plants from a palette: To enhance the look of your garden, consider plant palette selection your new rule of three. Choosing a selection of plants that have no more than three bloom colors (including white) or three shades of the same color can create a harmonious container or small garden border.

Remember that foliage is a color: Greens and colorful foliage can add drama or soften any garden space. Select warm or cool tones of green in your foliage to keep it cohesive. Pair warmer-toned foliage with exotic flowers for a tropical look. Showy flowers softened by fresh herbs and evergreens can be soothing.

Shades and blends of tones: A mix of softer blooms and foliage colors can create blurry lines that make it easier to transition from one garden space to another. Metallic tones catch the eye with vibrant blues, cool silver hues and bold burgundy undertones.

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Detroit-based Historic Surfaces LLC's Anthony Kartsonas.  working on the restoration of the Ford House cloister painting in 2019.

Ford House will hold preservation workshops

In honor of National Historic Preservation Month in May, Ford House will be offering a series of workshops that will connect its experts with those looking to care for their own older homes. The series, slated for May 3-7, will feature the artisans who take care of the estate’s windows, masonry, plaster and paint. Workshop topics include window preservation, historic plaster and paint, brickwork and historic residential painting. Each costs $10 for members and $12 for the public. The location is 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores. Go to or call 313-884-4222.

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Rochester Hills Used Book Sale

The Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library Spring Used Book Sale will be held April 20-24. “In addition to the thousands of used books, there will be DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, puzzles and games. We also have an unusually large selection of large-print books in this sale,” President Ann Gruenewald said in a press release. Presale opportunities for Friends members will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 20. (New member registrations and renewals are available at the door.) Sunday is bag day with all you can fit in a standard grocery bag for $5. The location is 500 Olde Towne Road in downtown Rochester. For hours, COVID policies and more, go to

MDC is hosting a tour to talk about color and pattern.

Visit MDC to talk about color and pattern

If you want to know how to choose the right colors and patterns for your home, check out the latest one-hour event “Launch! Design Center in Troy with Debi Hollis of Interior Lifestyles, who will share tips for mixing various patterns and shades while maintaining a cohesive look. From mahogany to chartreuse and herringbone to floral, the possibilities are endless. Launch tours! are free, but space is limited. Email Emily at [email protected] to reserve your spot.

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