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Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve's annual Garden Party returns Saturday night.

Garden Party returns Saturday at Fernwood

NILES — The annual Garden Party at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, will start at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Hearty Boys Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh – caterers, authors and Food Network personalities – will be masters of ceremony.

Chef Tim Carrigan will prepare the food, and there will be live and silent auctions.

The Garden Party is a fundraiser to support Fernwood’s operations and work in the community. Proceeds support programs in education, the arts, nature and gardens.

Tickets are $175 apiece, $1,400 for an eight-person table or $2,000 for a 12-person table.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit or call 695-6491.

Library hosts program on home repairs

ST. JOSEPH — Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library, 500 Market St., will host “Home Repair and Improvement” at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Attendees will learn what they need to know before starting any home improvement project.

The presentation will include: the telltale signs of home repair scams, how to recognize unscrupulous contractors, and learning to navigate the home repair project process successfully.

For more information, call 983-7167 or visit

Garden club meeting to feature bees, honey

SAWYER — The River Valley Garden Club will present “Honeybees and Pollination” on June 18 at Harbert Community Church, 6444 Harbert Road.

Doug and Annie Anderson will be the guest speakers. They are co-owners of Buck’s Sweet Thing, a migratory beekeeping operation.

They specialize in pollination services and will have a variety of honey for sale at the meeting.

The meeting will begin at 1 p.m., with a social hour and business meeting. The speakers will begin at 2 p.m.

Garden club meetings are free and open to the public.

For more information, email Elizabeth Palulis at or visit

Program to discuss mail-order homes

ST. JOSEPH — Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library, 500 Market St., will host “Hunting for Michigan’s Mail-Order Homes” at 6 p.m. June 24.

Learn the history of Michigan’s role in the kit house industry during this presentation by Sears kit homeowners Andrew and Wendy Mutch.

Learn how to identify kit homes, see a variety of vintage promotional materials, and take a photographic tour of various models found in Michigan and nationwide.

To reserve a seat, call 983-7167.

For more information, visit