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Teak bathtub caddy perfect

for relaxing soak

Exhale: The holidays are almost over. Before you jump into New Year's Eve party planning mode, maybe it's time for a bubble bath. Bed Bath & Beyond has a fun Teak Bath Caddy perfect for a stress-leaving soak. This adjustable, water-resistant caddy has indentations for a glass a wine or cup of cocoa and notches to hold a razor or shower brush. It expands to fit a 33-inch-width tub. It's $39.99. Visit your local Bed Bath & Beyond for more details.

Palmer Woods kicks off new season

of 'Music in Homes' series

Detroit's beautiful Palmer Woods neighborhood kicks off its 2014-2015 season of its popular "Music in Homes" series on Saturday and there will be everything from a Mardi Gras celebration in late January to a Black History Month Jazz Tribute. Saturday's concert, featuring the Armond Jackson Quintet, is already sold out, but tickets are still available for the rest of the season (though they're selling quickly for the Mardi Gras celebration). This is the eight season for "Music in Homes" and it includes seven concerts, including Alvin Waddles & His Fats Waller Review on Jan. 31; a Black History Month Jazz Tribute with the Charles Boles Quintet on Feb. 28; Jannina Barefield Norpoth and Maria Meirelles on March 28; Michelé Ramo World Jazz Ensemble with Heidi Hepler on April 25; Orquesta La Inspiracion on May 30; the Luther "Badman" Keith Blues Band on June 26; and the Ralphe Armstrong Quintet on June 27. Each concert is held in a different Palmer Woods home. To purchase tickets or for more information about this year's season, go to palmerwoods.org.

Register for master gardener class by Jan. 8

Yes, it's mid-winter, but if you're ready to start thinking about honing your gardening skills long before the ground thaws, Michigan State University Extension's Master Gardener Program begins Jan. 22 and runs through April 30 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake in Waterford. The 14-week class, which runs from 6-10 p.m., costs $300. To enroll, go to http://events.anr.msu.edu/w2015waterfordmgp. Online registrations must be complete by Jan. 8 or earlier. Call (248) 858-0887 for information.

Homestyle's 'Dish & Design' series begins Jan. 15

Get ready, Homestyle readers! Homestyle is launching a series of free design talks in 2015, and we'd love for you to be a part of it. "Dish & Design" kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at EuroAmerica Design Showroom in Troy. Professional organizer Betty Huotari will offer some great tips for getting organized in the New Year. There will be wine, appetizers and a few free giveaways. Join us! I'll be there and we'd love to see you. Space is limited and tickets are required. To win tickets, go to detroitnews.com/dishanddesign.

Detroit gallery offers Kwanzaa

supplies, materials

Kwanzaa — a weeklong celebration of African culture and seven guiding principles — begins today and runs through Jan. 1. Modeled after first-fruits ceremonies in ancient Africa, celebrations include a kinara, or candle holder, and black, red and green candles. Jo's Gallery in Detroit sells wood kinaras and unity cups. The kinaras are $25 and cups are $10. Jo's Gallery is at 19376 Livernois; call (313) 864-1401.

Salvation Army stores open until midnight on Dec. 31

It's not too late to make one last drop-off of old clothes, home goods or linens to the Salvation Army. Metro Detroit's 34 Salvation Army stores will be open until midnight on Wednesday to accept the very last of 2014 donations. Merle Miller, administrator of the the Salvation Army Southeast Michigan ARC, says donations are an easy way to give back. And if you can't make it to a Salvation Army, another option this year is dropping off donations at 11 remote drop bins located in Gardner-White furniture stores across Metro Detroit. For more information on the ARC and to find a Salvation Army thrift store near you, visit salarmythrift.com.