FrogLog gives critters a hand

Created by a wildlife biologist, FrogLog prevents small animals from drowning in your swimming pool. Once these creatures fall in, they instinctively go toward the pool wall in an effort to escape, circling around the edge for a way out. With FrogLog, chipmunks and other critters climb onto the floating platform and up the mesh ramp to exit. This unique invention, which retails for $22.99, can be placed anywhere around the pool deck to offer them a quick escape route and multiple units can be positioned around the pool. For information, go to

Get your message out with Kassa chalkboard

Craft a special spot or two for colorful messages with Kassa’s Chalkboard Contact Paper ($10.95) that lets you add a customizable chalkboard to any flat surface. Simply cut the blackboard vinyl into your desired size and shape and adhere to a tabletop, cutting board, countertop, cabinet, etc. With 6.5 feet in each roll, you can create a large chalkboard table or several smaller styles. Their Liquid Chalk Markers ($14.95) that erase easily and are virtually mess-free come in a variety of colors and are ideal for doodling on chalkboards, glass, windows and more. For information, go to

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with flair

Get ready for a fiesta this weekend with some simple Cinco de Mayo décor that is so fun and festive you might just keep it for another lively occasion. Check out sources like Party City for colorful collections that get your rooms in the mood for this annual celebration like the ones shown here. All you need is a taco bar that lets guests help themselves and a pitcher of margaritas to please the crowd. For information, go to

Birmingham art fair a tradition

Celebrating its 37th year, Art Birmingham has been a Mother’s Day tradition that offers fun for the whole family. Enjoy fine art from 150 artists in Shain Park from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on May 12 and 10-5 May 13. “Our mission is to find opportunities to connect people to art,” said Annie VanGelderen, president of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, which puts on the show, in a press release. “Art Birmingham gives everyone the opportunity to meet the artist and learn firsthand their story in creating a specific piece of art. The beauty is once you buy their painting, sculpture or jewelry, their story about how and why they created the piece and their technique in creating it, now becomes your story. It is that direct connection that makes this art fair so unique.” Admission is free and there is a free children’s activity for mom and more. For information, go to .…

Learn all about architect Albert Kahn’s Detroit work at lecture

Meet local author and Detroit News Fine Arts Writer Michael Hodges at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts, JCC of Metro Detroit for a dessert reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by a lecture at 7:30 May 10 to discuss his new book, “Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit” (Painted Turtle/Wayne State University Press). His latest work takes an in-depth look at the life and significant architectural contributions of Albert Kahn, from iconic structures, such as the Fisher Building to synagogues, homes, churches and factories. It also tells the story of a penniless German-Jewish immigrant who invented modern architecture, with special attention to Kahn’s revolutionary factory design. Book purchase and signing to follow talk. The center is at 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield Township. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are preferred. For information and to RSVP, go to

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