The Grapevine (Oct. 13)

10/13/2012 7:22 AM

10/13/2012 7:36 AM

Designer Q&A

Q: All of my appliances are white, and the dishwasher is on its last legs. Should I avoid stainless steel? In other words: Is the stainless steel trend finally on its way out? What is next for appliances?

A: Tough question. I just got news from GE that its latest appliance color is slate. I think stainless and white are the basics, as is black. You can’t go wrong with one of those.

– Washington Post

See inside 112 new houses

You can see inside 112 new houses in the Wichita area this weekend and next as the Fall Parade of Homes continues. It’s sponsored by the Wichita Area Builders Association.

The houses range in price from $100,000 to more than $1.5 million, in Wichita, Andover, Bel Aire, Colwich, Derby, Goddard, Maize, Newton, Park City, Rose Hill and Valley Center.

Details and maps are in the free Fall Parade of Homes Magazine at most grocery stores and online at wabahome.com. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Oct. 20 and 21.

Weatherization clinics

The Westlake Ace store at 8829 W. Central will have weekly weatherization clinics on Saturday afternoons this fall starting next week.

There will be information on insulation (blown and roll and the differences), caulking (and caulk guns) and an aluminum door seal by Cinch. The clinics will be from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27 and Nov. 3, 10 and 17, and Dec. 1. Participants will receive a free copy of the booklet “Weatherization for Dummies” and are asked to bring photos of doors and windows and an overall dimension of the attic space in their house.

Bee-keeping class

Master naturalist Rich Abel will offer a class on getting started with bee-keeping at 10 a.m. Oct. 20 at the Sedgwick County Extension Center, 21st and Ridge Road. Topics will include housing choices, preparing for bee-keeping, populating a hive and hive maintenance tips and tricks. The class is free, and no registration is required.

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