Troy Garden Club hosts 44th annual walk

Seven private gardens will show off their best summer style at the Troy Garden Club's 44th annual Garden Walk on July 11. This year's theme is "Invitation to the Gardens" and the walk will also include artists painting to the gardens. The walk, which begins at Troy Historic Village, runs from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and  5:00-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 the day of the walk. The walk is the garden club's biggest fundraiser. Call (248) 540-6158 or visit

Deck stain can lower deck temperatures

What's worse than stepping in hot sand in the summer? Stepping on a hot deck. Now Sherwin-Williams has introduced a new line of stain that uses innovative technology to lower deck temperatures but as much as 20 degrees? Using something called Feel Cooler color technology, its new SuperDeck Solid Color Stain is available in 20 rich colors that help keep decks cooler to walk on, compared to conventional colors, according to a press release. Colors include Barnwood, Old Brick, Acorn Brown and Red Sierra. For information, go to

Get help envisioning your new furniture

Be Seated Leather Furniture in Rochester Hills has a new in-store and online program from Palliser Furniture called Inspirations that lets you customize your furniture with digital tools that aid the visualization process. You can select from a selection of arm and leg styles and finishes as well as sofa and sectional configurations. Choices include two cushion comfort preferences, 20 leather types and 100 colors. Among the variety of looks are frames done in Rustic, Coastal, Nautical, Ultra Modern, Contemporary, Elegant, Urban, and Retro styles. The address is 3350 South Rochester Road. For information, go to 

Fight bugs with natural ingredient spray
Summer is officially here and my kids and I have the bug bites to prove it. If you’re looking for a more natural way to protect you or your kiddos from insects this season, Karen Guilmette of Lake Orion is the creator of Ticked Off. The divorced mom of five created her own line of products called Natural Red, including Ticked Off. Guilmette uses all natural ingredients and essential oils. Natural Red also includes sunscreen, deodorant and a lice prevention spray. Ticked Off spray is available at Leon & Lulu in Clawson and other local retailers. Go to

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