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Fleurdetroit rolls out Harvest Fest

The annual Harvest Fest will transform the Bloomfield Hills campus of fleurdetroit into a seasonal celebration from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Oct. 6. This event includes a pumpkin patch, face painting, a petting zoo, pumpkin painting, food trucks, donuts and cider, shopping specials and more. The location, which includes their garden shoppe and studio is 1507 South Old Telegraph Road. For information, go to fleurdetroit.com.

Celebrate World Smile Day  

Catching Fireflies will be sending seeds of happiness to more than 100 nominated recipients in celebration of World Smile Day Oct. 6. April McCrumb hears many stories from the people who walk through her stores in Berkley, Rochester and Ann Arbor and she wanted to send a little sunshine to those who were going through dark times. “We've sold thousands of these little handmade clay smiley faces in our shops over the years,” says McCrumb who knew they were the perfect gift to send. If you’d like to nominate someone who is struggling to smile, send an email by Oct. 1 to service@catchingfireflies.com with the subject: WORLD SMILE DAY. Include the nominee's full name, mailing address and a couple of sentences about their situation. Nominator must include their full name and relationship to the nominee as well. The bright yellow envelopes containing the seed of happiness will be sent with an uplifting message and delivered around October 6. “We believe in the power of little things because those small actions can sometimes make the biggest difference,” adds McCrumb. For information, go to catchingfireflies.com.

Dearborn’s Glass Academy featuring handmade pumpkins

Hand-crafted pumpkins will be available for purchase during the month of October at Dearborn’s Glass Academy. See live glassblowing demonstrations from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each weekend with the mobile glassblowing unit going on tour to the Ann Arbor Farmers Market in the Kerrytown District on Oct. 20 and 21. Glass pumpkins start at $39 for the smallest “Cutie” size. A special preview party from 6 – 9 p.m. takes place on Oct. 11 for the release of the clear signature “Classic” pumpkin.  A $50 ticket includes a catered food table with organic foods and beverages, along with sweet treats that reflect the harvest season. The location is 25331 Trowbridge. For information, go to glassacademy.com.

Ceramic artist Rae Dunn has home decor line

Kirkland’s introduces the exclusive Rae Dunn Collection, the first home decor line by the nationally-acclaimed ceramic artist. Priced from $5.99 to $39.99, the collection brings her playful, “perfectly imperfect” style to new categories like pillows, frames and glass cloches, along with enamel accessories, another first for Dunn. “My art is a way for me to embrace the joyful, spontaneous elements of daily life. I don’t strive for perfection in line and form in my work,” she said in a press release. “I love the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete, and this collection tells that story through and through. I have expanded my brand into home decor with this collection, but the black and white, clean style is still the focal point.” For information, go to kirklands.com.

October is Fire Prevention Month

Since October is Fire Prevention Month, it’s a good time to protect your home from the threats of smoke, fire and carbon monoxide (CO). First Alert recently launched the Onelink Safe & Sound, a 3-in-1 smart home solution that integrates a premium speaker and Amazon Alexa in a smart smoke and CO alarm. Elevate your home safety and entertainment with smart features and benefits that include everything from alerting you to safety incidents whether at home or away to being able to ask about the weather and play music. For information, go to onelink.firstalert.com.

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