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Owosso, Milford, Ann Arbor hold home tours this weekend

Three fall home tours are planned this weekend:

■Owosso — once a furniture manufacturing hub — is filled with historic homes that date back to the 19th century. Its 17-block downtown was recently nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. On Saturday, 11 homes in a range of styles will open their doors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Owosso Historic Home Tour. All were built between 1836 and 1912. Three 19th century churches also will open their doors, along with Owosso’s famous Curwood Castle. Tickets are $20. Go to owossohistorichometour.com.

■The Milford Historical Society is hosting its annual Milford Home Tour on Saturday and Sunday. Four homes and the Union Masonic Temple are on this year’s tour, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Tickets are $15 and $13 for seniors; they’re available at the Milford Historical Museum, Main Street Art, Acorn Farm, Your Nesting Place and Village Bar & Kitchen.

■The 42nd Annual Old West Side Homes Tour in Ann Arbor runs from 12-5 p.m. Sunday. Ticket are $10 in advance; $12 on Sunday. Go to oldwestside.org.

Brighton garden store opens the Shed

It’s called the Shed but it isn’t dusty and dingy. Wood N’ Things in Brighton has officially opened a new portion of its store called the Shed. It features nature and garden decor and a variety of unique selections, says owner Pat Bayless. Wood N’ Things and the Shed are located side by side at 200 Hyne Street in Brighton. This weekend, both stores are holding their fall open house and will be open this weekend Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (810) 227-2837 or visit woodnthingsbrighton.com.

Buy pink lightbulbs, donate to cancer nonprofit

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and pretty in pink products abound. There are pink home appliances, measuring cups, utensils, you name it. Now, Mood-lites has teamed up with Bright Pink, a national nonprofit devoted to preventing and detecting breast and ovarian cancer, on a pink lightbulb that literally shines a bright light on these terrible diseases. For each “Hot Sassy Pink” Mood-lite sold in September and October at Lowe’s, the Mood Factory will donate 25 cents to Bright Pink.

New ‘Rehab Addict’ season premieres Nov. 5

It’s back to work for Nicole “Rehab Addict” Curtis. After a difficult week last week — she was robbed in Detroit while out with family, according to police — Curtis, a Lake Orion native, posted a video this week to her Facebook page, showing renovations fully underway at a 1950s ranch that once belonged to her grandparents. “That’s my grandpa’s secret wall showing us how to winterize the pool,” she says in the video, showing a wall with writing on it in the bathroom. She re-created the kitchen with new mid-century modern cabinets, along with at least two bathrooms. “My grandma says it looks just like her kitchen,” she says. Curtis’s new season premieres Nov. 5 on HGTV.

Home decor nonprofit holds benefit concert

Humble Designs is a Pontiac-based nonprofit that lives up to its name. Since 2009, it has worked with more than 540 formerly homeless families to furnish and design their homes once they get on their feet. On Saturday, Humble Design is hosting its first benefit concert with country singer Frankie Ballard with the Motor City Horns at the Fillmore Detroit. Tickets range from $25-125. To buy tickets or learn more about Humble Design, go to humbledesign.org.