Home and Garden notes: West Elm store to open; 2 neighborhood tours planned

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A West Elm store will open at 10 a.m. Thursday on Penn Avenue in Bakery Square.

The 10,000-square-foot store carries everything for the home — furniture, textiles, lighting, dining and kitchenware, specialty items for home organization, gifts and accessories.

“This is a little on the larger end of our regular stores,” said Kendall Coleman, a spokesman for West Elm.

The store will sell items made by 11 Pennsylvania-based artisans, including Pittsburgh-based Stak Ceramics with handmade porcelain mugs and colorful screenprint artwork by strawberryluna.

This is one of 12 new stores opening this fall across the country. West Elm already has stores in King of Prussia and Philadelphia.

The first 300 customers who spend $50 or more will receive a special edition Pittsburgh Tote Bag. Information: www.westelm.com.

2014 Master Gardener Fall Workshop

The Westmoreland County Master Gardeners will offer the annual Fall Garden Wrap-up starting at 9 a.m. Sept. 13 at the Donohoe Center, 214 Donohoe Road, Greensburg. The workshop is a series of educational gardening classes for the public taught by master gardeners. The cost for the day is $5. Information: 724-837-1402.

Mexican War Streets tour

The 45th annual Mexican War Streets House & Garden Tour will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14.

Eleven homes and three gardens will be open for a self-guided tour of this North Side neighborhood. There will also be a midway of vendors with food service provided by the Monterey Pub and All in Good Taste Productions. The tour is sponsored in part by Horn Corp. Builders and Eisler Landscapes.

Advance ticket cost $18 per person or $15 for groups of 10 or more. Tour day tickets are $20 per person at the ticket booth on Monterey Street at West North Avenue. Information, tickets: www.mexicanwarstreets.org.

Composting workshops 

The Pennsylvania Resources Council has scheduled composting workshops in September, October and November. The hour-and-a-half classes cover the benefits of composting, the process of setting up a compost pile or worm box, proper maintenance and ways of using finished compost.

Cost is $50 per person or $55 per couple and includes an Earth Machine compost bin at the backyard composting workshops or a complete vermicomposting system (worm box and worms) at the vermicomposting workshops.

The backyard composting workshops will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at Boyd Community Center, 1220 Powers Run Road, O’Hara (15238) and 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Churchill Borough Building, 2300 William Penn Highway, 15235.

Vermicomposting workshops will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Churchill Borough Building and at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the East End Food Co-op, 516 Meade St, Point Breeze (15208),

Register online at www.zerowastepgh.org/ZW-PRC-byvc.html#backyard or call the Compost Hotline at 412-488-7490, ext. 226.

Shadyside House Tour

The 35th annual Shadyside House Tour will feature six houses and a bed-and-breakfast open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21, rain or shine.

Advance tickets are $20 and are available via Pay Pal at www.shadysideaction.org or at The Inn on Negley or Eureka Chocolates and Gifts on Copeland Street. Tour day tickets are $25 at the ticket booth at Winchester Thurston lower school.

The main corporate sponsors are the AMD group (Steel Cactus restaurant in Shadyside) and UPMC Shadyside.


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