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Lawmakers consider banning microbeads in cleansers, toothpastes

For years, I've used a facial cleanser with microbeads. I never really thought about what happens to those tiny little particles after they washed down the drain — until now. Lawmakers say they're doing damage in the Great Lakes. Microbeads, or synthetic plastic particles, are often used as exfoliants in products. Scientists say they slip through walter filtration systems and have wound up in our lakes. There, they bind to toxic pollutants and are consumed by fish and other organisms. U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, is leading the charge in Washington to ban microbeads in products. Several states, including Colorado and Maine, have already issued their own bans, but no such ban exists in Michigan. Major corporations including L'Oreal, Johnson & Johnson, Colgate-Palmolive and Procter & Gamble have committed to removing microbeads from their products, according to The Detroit News' Melissa Nann Burke, who has been following this issue. Dan Wyatt, director of Michigan's Department for Environmental Quality, calls microbeads "a clear threat."

Upcoming home and garden tours

Mark your calendars: Metro Detroit's home and garden tour season is about to take off. Contact individual tour organizers for more information and ticket prices. Stay tuned to Homestyle for more details on certain tours.

June 6 : 11th Annual Home and Garden Tour of Historical Pleasant Ridge. Go cityofpleasantridge.org or call (248) 541-2901.

June 6-7 : 42nd Annual Indian Village (Detroit) Home & Garden Tour. Call (313) 922-1736 or go to historicindianvillage.org.

June 7 : Corktown Home & Garden Tour (see cover story).

June 7 : 23rd Annual Huntington Woods Home Tour. Go to at hwwl.org.

June 14 : Southfield Garden Walk. Call (248) 569-4286 or (248) 356-2281.

June 17 : 30th annual Franklin Garden Walk. Call (248) 855-1941 or go to franklingardenclub.org.

June 18 : The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm and the Rochester Branch of the Women's National Farm and Garden Association's annual Garden Walk. Call (248) 656-4663 or go to rochesterhills.org/musprograms.

June 26-27 : The 24th annual Grosse Pointe Garden Tour. Call (313) 881-7511 ext. 206.

June 27 : The 2015 Royal Oak Woman's Club Home Tour. Go to royaloakwomansclub.org.

June 27 : Wayne Garden Walk. Call (734) 728-1232.

June 27 : Taylor Garden Club's 12th Biennial Garden Walk. Call (734) 287-6851.

June 30 : 20th Annual Trailwood Garden Club Walk in Plymouth. Call (734) 455-6867.

July 8 : Troy Garden Club's 41st Annual Garden Walk. Call (248) 540-4249 or visit TroyGardenClubMI.com.

July 12 : Fenton Open Gate Garden Club's 18th annual Summer Garden Tour. Go to opengategardenclubgardentour.com.

Gardenviews marks 20 years with celebration, discount

Twenty years ago, a small garden store, Gardenviews, opened its doors in Northville. At a time, there were really only garden stores and nurseries; they didn't sell garden decor, says owner Lou Mascolo. "Almost all the garden decor business was being done from catalogs," says Mascolo, who set out to change that. Soon, they were selling fountains — they once had 100 running at one time in the store — and other decor. Today, Mascolo and co-ower Lori Jermont say they've never set out to be trendy, but instead find garden accents and home decor they like and sell them to their customers. This weekend, Gardenviews celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special celebration, offering 20 percent everything in stock today through Sunday. On Saturday, there will also be hourly drawings from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. for $50 gift certificates, anniversary cake, and a "Dancing in the Street" block party from 6-11 p.m. on Main Street in front of Gardenviews, 117 E. Main Street. "1995 was a totally different world from today in some ways and yet it's still folks meeting folks," says Mascolo. Gardenviews is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday. Call (248) 380-8881

Frank Lloyd Wright house open for tours April through November

Affleck house.

More than 75 years ago, Gregor Affleck, a chemical engineer, and his wife, Elizabeth, commissioned America's most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, to design a house for their family. Built in 1941, the 2,350-square-foot L-shaped house in Bloomfield Hills was Wright's first house in the Detroit area. Donated to Lawrence Technological University by the Afflecks' children in the 1970s after their parents' deaths, it's available for tours April through November. The next tour is June 20. The house also will be featured in a very cool upcoming tour on June 7 organized by Lawrence Tech. Attendees will tour three Wright houses in the Detroit area, the Affleck house, Melvyn Maxwell Smith House in Bloomfield Hills and the Dorothy Turkel House in Detroit's Palmer Woods community. All are examples of Wright's Usonian style. The tour is sold out, but there is a waiting list and it may become an annual event. Call (248) 204-2303. For information about touring just the Affleck House, visit ltu.edu/affleck_house/tours.asp. Tickets are $10 for adults.

Antiques, garden and design show kicks off in Grosse Pointe Farms

Antiques vendors from all over North America will converge on Christ Church Grosse Pointe May 28-31 for the church's 31st Annual Antiques, Garden and Design Show. The three-day show draws thousands every year. This year's guest speaker is New York interior designer Markham Roberts, author of "Decorating the Way I See It." Roberts will speak at 10 a.m. May 29 and sign copies of his book; tickets are $25. Profits from the antiques show support Christ Church's choirs. A three-day ticket for the show is $10; they're available at eventbrite.com. Festivities kick off with a preview party Thursday night, which requires a separate ticket. The show runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Christ Church Grosse Pointe is at 61 Grosse Pointe Boulevard in Grosse Pointe Farms.