2014 Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show opens Friday

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More than 1,500 exhibits, products and services will be on display at the 33rd annual Duquesne Light Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show, which begins Friday and continues through March 16 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown.

New this year is the chance for a free appraisal of small antiques by Dr. Lori Verderame, a former museum director who taught art history at Penn State. She will appear at noon, 3 and 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, at noon and 3 p.m. Sundays, and at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. There is a limit of one item per person.

Do-it-yourself expert Lou Manfredini will appear on Friday, the opening day, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Marvin Windows booth. At 2 p.m., he will give a talk, "Your Home Is Your Best Investment." Jeff Holper, the Mole Man, will appear March 7-10, and Don Engebretson, the "Renegade Gardener," will speak each day of the 10-day show. The CAPA House Band will perform jazz each day at the Crawford Grill stage.

Show hours are 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays.

Admission is $10 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 and free for those under 6. Tickets are sold at the Convention Center box office or online at pghhome.com, where $3 discount coupons are available for weekdays. Coupons must be presented at the box office.

Admission includes all exhibits and show activities plus a one-year subscription to Better Homes & Gardens magazine. Parking at Heinz Field lots is $6 and includes a continuous shuttle to the show. Information: www.pghhome.com.

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