Penguins practice and a home show all at Iceoplex

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Both home show enthusiasts and hockey fans may find something of interest this weekend at the Iceoplex at Southpointe.

Offering ideas and advice on home improvement, decorating and landscaping projects, the South Hills Home Show will be held Friday through Sunday at the Iceoplex in Cecil.

For hockey fans, the Pittsburgh Penguins are tentatively scheduled to practice at the Iceoplex's skating rink Saturday and Sunday morning.

Attendees can watch the practice free those days, then go to the home show in the same indoor facility for $5, with children age 12 and younger admitted free. Admission to the show on Friday is free for everyone, compliments of co-sponsor Clearview Federal Credit Union.

The hours for the home show are 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The show will include more than 80 exhibitors, hands-on demonstrations and advice from local experts on organic gardening, home improvements and healthy living.

Giant Eagle dietitians will answer questions from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The dietitians will discuss "Nutrition & Food Ideas for Health-Smart Living" at 6:30 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.

Other experts will include Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gardening columnist Doug Oster, who will present "Secrets of Successful Organic Gardening" at 1 p.m. Sunday.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, home remodeling expert Andy Amrhein of Evey True Value Hardware in Bethel Park will conduct "Ask the Expert," sharing advice on common home improvement projects and problems from painting and tiling to gutters and grills. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Mr. Amrhein said he will speak about "basic spring stuff," such as how to prepare a lawn, clean siding and store snowblowers as well as new regulations on paint and more.

One of his tips is how to tell if it's too early to start a garden: Stick a shovel in the ground; if dirt sticks to it, wait until the ground is not as wet.

"There is nothing at all somebody cannot do," he said of do-it-yourself home improvements. "All it takes is patience."

The East Coast Turnaround Band Entertainment will present a free concert from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday as part of the event.

The Iceoplex is at 114 Southpointe Road, Cecil. Parking is free. Show discount coupons are available at Eat'n Park restaurants in the South Hills and at

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Margaret Smykla, freelance writer:


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