Welcome Mat: Celebrate the season at Harvest Day at Ford House

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Harvest Day at Ford House features cider and donuts from Blake’s Cider Mill, activities like lawn games, a giant leaf pile and plenty of photo ops.

Celebrate the season at Harvest Day at Ford House

Celebrate autumn with Harvest Day at Ford House from noon-5 p.m. Sunday. The afternoon will feature cider and doughnuts from Blake’s Cider Mill, activities such as lawn games, a giant leaf pile and plenty of photo ops. Enjoy a mini fall market and peek inside the historic house of Edsel and Eleanor Ford, strolling the first floor for free (tours are first-come, first-served, and space is limited). Other food will be available for purchase, so bring a picnic blanket to relax on the lawn. For any Ford House membership bought during Harvest Day, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Forgotten Harvest. Entry for the event is $15 per vehicle. The location is 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores. For information or to purchase a spot, go to fordhouse.org.

Microwave mug meals make cooking quick and easy.

Making meals quick

Whether you have kids away at college or empty nesters back home who need easy-to-prepare single servings, microwave mug meals fit the bill. Now, Sharp, which created its first microwave nearly 60 years ago, offers tips for these culinary creations, like being careful with handmade pottery because some pieces cannot handle this type of heat. You’ll also want to go easy on the nonstick spray and spread it evenly with a silicone basting brush. Minimize waste and maximize portion control with foods such as soup and rice that are typically made in big portions. Making them in a microwavable mug instead can be quick and easy. For information, go to sharpusa.com.

California Closets’ new showroom at Michigan Design Center offers complimentary design consultations.
Leonardo’s Marble & Granite showroom at Michigan Design Center is a satellite to their Wixom headquarters.

Granite, closet specialists coming to Michigan Design Center

Michigan Design Center welcomes two new showrooms that have your home covered from top to bottom: California Closets and Leonardo’s Marble & Granite. Blending old world craftsmanship with the latest technology, Leonardo’s Marble & Granite specializes in laser template machines, water-jet cutting and C.N.C. (Computer Numerical Control) polishing. In addition to offering surfaces in marble, quartz, granite, and porcelain, they also fabricate specialty stones, such as onyx, limestone, soapstone and quartzite. At California Closets, the experts in more efficient closet space also design custom storage solutions for garages, mudrooms, pantries and more. To get started, they offer a complimentary design consultation tailored to each client’s needs. For information, go to calclosets.com or leonardosmarbleandgranite.com.

The upcoming Novi Home Show will showcase many vendors.

See manufactured homes, more at Novi Home Show

Get your house in gear with ideas from the Novi Home Show happening Oct. 11-13 at the Suburban Collection Showplace. See a variety of exhibits, booths and seminars to guide you on all types of projects. Learn about current home trends and the latest technology, among other helpful tips and advice. Onsite pros include siding professionals, landscapers, builders, kitchen and bathroom remodelers, waterproofing experts, countertop installers, basement refinishers and more. You can also tour manufactured home models featuring open floor plans and other deluxe touches. Admission (13 and older) is $10, 55 and older is $9 and children 12 and younger get in free. Parking not included. For information, go to novihomeshow.com.

Polish the Jewel Luncheon

 Polish the Jewel Belle Isle Legacy Luncheon is Oct. 10

The Belle Isle Conservancy will host the 15th Annual Polish the Jewel Belle Isle Legacy Luncheon at the Detroit Yacht Club from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 10. Enjoy a networking reception and silent auction and hear the site plans for the next phase of the Belle Isle Beachfront Revitalization Project during the program, emceed by WDIV’s Rhonda Walker. The latest phase of the long-term plan to install a safe and accessible splash play area on the beach will feature a patio area with landscaping and seating for the public to enjoy. Tickets are $150 and up. For information, go to belleisleconservancy.org.