Home & Garden notes: Hard-to-recycle collection on tap

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From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, the Pennsylvania Resources Council will hold a “hard-to-recycle” collection of e-waste such as computers, cell phones, printer/toner cartridges, compact fluorescent bulbs, microwave ovens, used vegetable/cooking oil and polystyrene packaging material.

The event will take place in the front parking lot of the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin. While most items will be collected free of charge, small fees will be charged to drop off alkaline batteries, tires, small Freon appliances, fluorescent tubes and small kitchen appliances.

For a detailed list of items accepted and fees, visit www.prc.org or call 412-488-7490, ext. 236.

Homewood Cemetery party

The Homewood Cemetery at 1599 S. Dallas Ave., Squirrel Hill, will celebrate Founders Day from noon to 4 p.m. today with a vintage car display, tintype-making and Victorian children’s games. The free event will also be the official celebration of the cemetery achieving national recognition as an arboretum.

Only about 23 cemeteries nationwide have the arboretum designation. Local map artist Stentor Danielson has created a tree map showing significant trees on the grounds. Copies will be given free to all visitors.

Activities include a keynote speech by Rick Sebak of WQED, a display of vintage cars and a Pittsburgh Opera Theater performance in the cemetery chapel. Pittsburgh Tintype Studio will be making tintypes. A genealogy booth will be set up allowing visitors to search for relatives within the 200-acre cemetery. “Touching History” a touchable display of Victorian-era mourning paraphernalia, will be provided by The Frick Art and Historical Center. Hot dogs, popcorn and other refreshments will be served. Children’s activities include a scavenger hunt in the oldest part of the cemetery, which was founded in 1878, as well as representatives from The Frick teaching children how to roll hoops.

Friendship Hill tour

Friendship Hill, the Fayette County home of Albert Gallatin, will be open at 6 p.m. Friday for a special tour that includes every part of the early 19th-century home of the man who was treasury secretary to Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

Brian Reedy, the site’s chief of interpretation, will lead a tour from the basement to the top floor. Visitors are encouraged to wear walking shoes and bring a flashlight. The tour, which starts at the north portico, is available only by advance reservation and limited to 20 people. Reservations will be accepted at 724-329-5470 starting Monday. Cost is $5, payable at the door.

Friendship Hill is at 223 New Geneva Road, Point Marion (15474). Information: 724-329-2501 or www.nps.govfrhi.

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