Flowers dazzle at Michigan Regional Lily Society Lily Show 

The annual Michigan Regional Lily Society Lily Show will be held Saturday. Gardeners can bring their lily stems to enter and display from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. when the judging will begin. Everyone is welcome to attend the public viewing from noon to 1:30 p.m. This event is free, whether you wish to enter your stems or simply come to admire the beautiful lilies. The location is 28775 Streamwood Lane in Southfield. For information, go to

Dinnerware takes centerstage at The Italian Dish

The Italian Dish in downtown Birmingham specializes in dinnerware, glassware, flatware and more from all over Europe, including their distinctive wedding registry selections and other unique items. For the perfect outdoor tablescape, the melamine and acrylic dishware they carry from Juliska is durable and designed to please the eye. Mix and match the pretty patterns at your next al fresco gathering, whether you make a splash with a classic pool party or have a fun picnic for the whole family. Dishwasher-safe and BPA free, the pieces range in price from around $12 to $42. The address is 288 East Maple. For information, go to

 Ann Arbor Art Fair with artists, demonstrations, more

It’s back! The Ann Arbor Art Fair returns July 19 through July 22 with four art fairs that run consecutively: the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original; the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair; the South University Art Fair and the State Street Art Fair. This free event features more than 1,000 juried artists in ceramics, digital art, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, 2D and 3D mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood. Illinois-based furniture artist Steve Carlson will show his distinctive creations at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original (Booth # WA824 on Washington). “I like to do something that’s different from what anyone else does,” he says about his unique pieces like the Ballerina table shown here and he also likes discovering new woods like quilted veneers. “Some have a 3-dimensional aspect to them that’s absolutely amazing.” Attendees can also enjoy artist demonstrations, art activities for all ages, live performances and street performers. For information, go to

Gryphon helps parents get a handle on devices

Take control of your connected home and protect your family from inappropriate online content and cyberattacks with the Gryphon WiFi mesh router. Easy for parents to install and use, the router also makes it easier to have more family time, while helping parents set better examples. The smartphone app lets you set age level restrictions for each device as well as internet time limits for each child. You don’t even have to be home to uphold its safety, as you can grant real time approval to website access requests from anywhere. Starting at around $250 (plus monthly fees for network protection after one year) For information, go to


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