Rochester Garden Club Gives Outdoor Camp Scholarships

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Chace catches a "keeper"
Chace catches a “keeper” (from Kristen Browe)

The Rochester Garden Club has initiated a new scholarship program for elementary school students in the Rochester area this year. As a part of its mission, the club supports environmental education and is especially interested in helping students of all ages experience the natural world. Graduating seniors receive scholarships toward college degrees in environmental studies, middle school students are sent to a weeklong 4-H sponsored sleep away camp for environmental education and now elementary students can attend the “Nature Discovery Camp” hosted by the City of Rochester Hills.

In late June, Chace Browe (age 7) enjoyed his outdoor experience with the help of naturalists at Bloomer Park. He had great fun observing “the biggest crayfish” in the water and wanted to pet the wild turkeys they found (he was not allowed). But his favorite experiences were fishing and tie dying tee shirts. When asked if he learned anything new, he remarked “Yes. I forgot but I know I learned something I didn’t know.” Chace hopes he can go back next year.

Chace’s parents, Kristen and Nick Browe are grateful for the opportunity for Chace to get outside and experience nature first-hand, and are glad there are programs available for the younger students.

As a local nonprofit, Rochester Garden Club is pleased to offer these experiences to encourage our future environmentalists. In addition to scholarship programs, the club serves the community in the areas of conservation, education, horticulture therapy, and civic improvement. Funds for these projects come from sales at the annual Gifts and Greens Market. Due to the covid restrictions, this year the market will move online. Holiday arrangements and handmade gifts can be purchased between November 15 and 25 with pick up for all items on December 4 and 5 at the Rochester Fire Department on Second Street. Go to or Facebook for details.

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6 ways to turn your garden into a cosy outdoor cubbyhole

This year, our gardens have become places of solace where we can escape daily stresses and enjoy some fresh air, nature and green fingered activities. As nights draw in, leaves start to fall and season change, we can still make the most of our precious outdoor spaces by turning them into warm and welcoming garden rooms.

a bunch of items that are on display: With fire pits, blankets and mood enhancers

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With fire pits, blankets and mood enhancers

“People want to give their garden a cosy feel this year, truly making it an extension of indoors,” says Jonny Brierly, CEO of Moda Furnishings. “With the introduction of softer outdoor-use upholstery, lighting, accessories and fire pits, they are applying the same interest in the design of their homes to their gardens.”

So, on that note, here are some great ideas for extending the season and turning your garden into an outdoor haven.

1. Create shelter

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If you’re going to enjoy your garden whatever the weather, you’ll need a place to shelter. A stylish pop-up tent or gazebo neatly bridges the link between indoor and outdoor living space and can be put up at a moment’s notice and stored away in a shed or garage.

An arch or pergola planted with an evergreen climber such as Clematis Armandii offers protection from howling winds and helps create a sense of privacy. An arbour structure with storage is even better if you need to fold away those essential garden blankets.

But for the ultimate hideaway, embrace the outdoors all year round with a garden pod. It’s a see-through space to entertain, work or simply enjoy nature.

2. Sociable seating

a living room filled with furniture and a fireplace: garden outdoor room

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garden outdoor room

The key to all-weather garden furniture is durability and it’s worth investing in a decent weatherproof combination set.

“We have been seeing a huge increase in sales of our garden furniture during lockdown, with people spending generously on their gardens rather than holidays,” says Siobhan Lancaster at garden furniture company Sitting Spiritually. Their Swinging Day Bed has been particularly popular. Accessorise daybeds and outdoor sofas with colourful tasselled quilts and cushions.

3. Let there be light (and warmth)

a close up of a picnic table: CHIMINEA

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When the sun sets, it’s crucial to add light and warmth to an autumn/winter garden. The chiminea, an all-weather alternative to the fire pit, is gaining ground, according to curated online marketplace “Three out of our five top-selling items are currently chimineas,” says spokesperson Phoebe Ede.

Candles and tealights cast a warming glow over any socially-distanced gathering. “Outdoor lighting is now an important consideration when creating a seamless flow from home to garden,” says Marketa Rypacek, managing director at Industville Ltd.

Achieve this with strings of festoon bulbs in warm white, cool white or multi-coloured.

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Trump plans to hold outdoor event at White House while still possibly infected

  • President Donald Trump plans to hold an outdoor event at the White House on Saturday with hundreds of people in attendance, even though he hasn’t released a negative test for COVID-19, ABC News and The New York Times reported. 
  • The outlets said Trump would address a crowd gathered on the White House lawn from one of the White House’s balconies. 
  • Trump also plans to travel to a rally in Florida on Monday. 
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President Donald Trump plans to hold an outdoor event at the White House on Saturday with hundreds of people in attendance before he has released a negative test for COVID-19, outlets including ABC News and The New York Times reported on Friday.

ABC and The Times said Trump was set to give an outdoor speech from one of the White House’s balconies to a group of supporters attending a separate event hosted by the conservative commentator and Trump supporter Candace Owens. 

Trump also plans to hold a campaign rally in Sanford, Florida, on Monday, he announced in a Friday tweet. 

Trump, who was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center over the weekend, has not released a negative test for the virus since his diagnosis last week. 

Trump first tested positive for COVID-19 on October 1 and announced that he and first lady Melania had tested positive for the disease shortly before 1 a.m. on October 2. 

The Times reported that “some in the White House and on the Trump campaign expressed concern about what the president might say in his remarks at the Saturday event” and “feared the entire event would serve to underscore existing criticism that Mr. Trump has been cavalier” about the coronavirus.

Trump did a photo op from a White House balcony in which he removed his face mask to wave at the cameras upon his return from Walter Reed to the White House on Monday. 

The most recent large gathering the White House hosted was an event on September 26 to announce the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court. While the event was held outdoors in the Rose Garden, many attendees did not wear masks and closely interacted with each other. 

Multiple people who attended the gathering, including the president and first lady, two US senators, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, former White House aide Kellyanne Conway, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and the president of Notre Dame University, tested positive for COVID-19 afterward. 

A number of other White House staff, including ones who did not attend the Rose Garden event, also subsequently tested positive for the disease, leading Dr. Anthony Fauci to describe it as a “superspreader” event in a Friday interview with CBS News.

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$2.5 million glass house in Illinois blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces

636 Division St., Barrington: $1,899,000 | Listed: Sept. 4, 2020

This five-bedroom home near Baker Lake in Barrington has 4½ bathrooms and melds contemporary interiors with elements of both a rustic farmhouse and industrial design. Built in 2015, the home’s custom glass entryway touts ceiling-to-floor windows that invite sunlight streaming into the dining and living rooms. Three stone fireplaces and heated driftwood floors throughout provide warmth, while the family room’s reclaimed wood beams and a showpiece-worthy reclaimed barn door lend a relaxed air to the home. The custom-designed Knapp kitchen features Carrara Marble countertops, a farmhouse sink and a walk-in pantry. A 400-bottle wine cellar, a sunroom with an outdoor television and a wood-plank ceiling, and a wet bar equipped with a dual kegerator tap elevate the home, while the primary bedroom suite includes a bathroom with a standalone tub and a shower with a full-body spray. A 4½-car garage completes the home.

Agent: Barbara Cullen of Baird & Warner, 847-909-4063

*Some photos are “virtually staged,” meaning they have been digitally altered to represent different furnishing or decorating options.

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$2.5M Glass House in Illinois Blurs the Lines Between Indoor and Outdoor Spaces

For those with any trepidation about living in a glass house, an Illinois home may change your mind.

The listing agent for a glass house in Northfield, IL, which is on the market for $2.5 million, says its design is likely to surprise you.

The home was designed by the architect Thomas Roszak, who was named one of the country’s best residential architects by Architectural Digest in 2005. Roszak’s other projects include Parkline Condos in Chicago and InterContinental Miami.

“The way that he designed it made it feel very intimate. You don’t feel like you’re in a glass house,” says Carrie McCormick of @properties.

It’s had just a single owner since it was built in 2002—the architect himself. He designed the 5,500-square-foot pad, which consists of glass cubes stacked atop one another. There’s very little a buyer will need to do except to move on in.

One reason is the use of materials: steel beams, stone throughout, and concrete and glass walls—all solid.

Teak was chosen for the front and rear decks. The kitchen faucets are by Dornbracht, and there are Poliform cabinets, closets, vanities, and storage systems throughout.

“The materials that were used were timeless and impeccably maintained,” says McCormick.

The living room’s soaring 20-foot ceiling is another hallmark of the design. Even the three-car garage is a glass cube.

A finished lower level offers opportunity for flex space: a home gym, home office, or home theater, for example. The home has five bedrooms—all on the second level—and 4.5 bathrooms. The fact that it’s on an acre lot ensures a lot of privacy.

Exterior of house in Northfield, IL


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Dining room



Master bathroom


Walk-in closet

Lower level


It’s also—another surprise—perfect for families.

McCormick says the architect built the home for his family, which included three children.

“The design of it and the components of the home are unbelievable,” says McCormick. “It’s won numerous awards and been in many books.”

Among those awards: an Honor Award in 2008 from the American Institute of Architects.

Those glass walls are a huge plus for any nature lover—even during a frigid Chicago winter.

“Because it’s glass, you really feel like you’re living with nature,” says McCormick. “Whether it’s spring, summer, fall, or winter, you’re surrounded by color.”

The ideal buyer could very well be an architect who understands through experience—and appreciates—just how much talent it takes to construct a home like this.

“It’s definitely someone who wants something different. It’s not someone who just wants to live in Northfield. They want to live in this house,” says McCormick.

Located on a private street in this suburb about 20 miles north of Chicago, “it’s a great North Shore neighborhood,” she says, with access to Sunset Ridge, a top-rated school district, and near several country clubs.

It’s an easy commute to downtown Chicago, which is about a half-hour’s drive away on I-94 E, as well

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Pence defends ‘outdoor’ Rose Garden event linked to coronavirus spread

Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday defended a Rose Garden event last month after which more than 30 people, including the president, tested positive for coronavirus.

The Sept. 26 event where President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court was outdoors, one tactic routinely touted by scientists to mitigate the virus, Pence said.

“That Rose Garden event, there’s been a great deal of speculation about it,” Pence said at the vice presidential debate. “My wife and I were honored to be there. Many people there were tested for coronavirus, and it was an outdoor event which all of our scientists regularly and routinely advise.”

Few people at the event were wearing masks and there was little distance between people. Some guests interacted at gatherings both inside and outside the White House before and after the event.

“President Trump and I trust the American people to make choices in the best interests of their health,” Pence continued. “Joe Biden and Kamala Harris consistently talk about mandates, and not just mandates with the coronavirus, but a government takeover of health care.”

Since the event, which is widely referred to as a “superspreader” gathering, a number of attendees and top administration staff have tested positive, including the president and his wife, Melania Trump, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, adviser Kellyanne Conway, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), to name a few.

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Inside Salman Khan’s Luxurious Chalet With An Outdoor Garden

Bigg Boss 14: Inside Salman Khan's Luxurious Chalet With An Outdoor Garden

Bigg Boss 14: A still from Ashley Rebello’s video (courtesy ashley_rebello)


  • ‘Bigg Boss 14’ is all set to premiere on Saturday
  • Salman Khan will host the show this year as well
  • So far, the only confirmed contestant is Jaan Kumar Sanu

New Delhi:

Just a day ahead of the Bigg premiere, fans got treated to a detailed tour of Salman Khan’s chalet on the sets of Bigg Boss 14. Designer Ashley Rebello shared a video of the interiors of Salman’s house on Instagram and wrote: “His little Bigg Boss 14 chalet , a sneak peak for you.” To start with, there’s nothing “little” about the villa, which opens into an outdoor garden, equipped with multiple seating areas. The decor of the house is as quirky and edgy as it can get with indoor plants and a colour theme of yellow and grey. Moreover, we all know how Salman Khan likes everything filmy and keeping that in mind, it is not surprising that huge movie posters adorn the walls of the chalet.

The first thing one can spot in the living area is a poster of Salman Khan from Dabangg, followed by a film still of the actor from Ek Tha Tiger as a wallpaper. The bedroom walls also have stills from a Salman Khan movie. And the house comes with a gym of course. In the video posted by Ashley Rebello, Salman Khan’s voice can be heard in the background – it appears he’s prepping for tomorrow’s big premiere.

Without further ado, let’s enjoy a tour of Salman Khan’s Bigg Boss 14 chalet here.

Last month, Salman had shared glimpses of the new Bigg Boss 14 house, which has an in-house mall, a theatre, a spa and a restaurant. The makers also teased us with a new video of the house on Friday. “Bigg Boss ka ghar > any ghar,” they said.

Here are more photos of the stunning Bigg Boss 14 house:

On Thursday, Salman Khan shared this sneak peek from Bigg Boss 14 sets, writing: “Coming to you this weekend.”

Bigg Boss 14 begins on October 3. So far, the only confirmed contestant is singer Kumar Sanu’s son Jaan Kumar Sanu.

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Kinytech Outdoor TV Enclosure – Creates a great Outdoor Home Theater Entertainment.

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Los Angeles, CA ( TS Newswire ) — 27 Sep 2020

Creating a TV or movie watching environments in your garden is becoming more and more popular. Many families spend time outside with their kids & friends through the spring, summer, autumn, even winter with some favorite garden furniture. But how to make full use of the best season is a big challenge. The children are at home and want to invite their friends here on holiday. There will be a swimming pool in your backyard, or you can barbecue outdoors. So far, when you have a barbecue in the open air, most of us still have to go back to the house to watch our favorite TV shows, sports, or games.

Well, Kinytech outdoor TV enclosure and outdoor projector enclosure which can help you move out home TV and projector outside without any damages by the rains, dust, bugs and theft, etc.. It can let you rest assured to put the TV and projector outside. By getting this protective enclosure will help you fulfill all your needs. Your challenge would be to design a waterproof TV or project enclosure that can withstand or resist all such problems. Each and every part of the outdoor enclosure must be made in such a way so that it also prevents corrosion. Hence, it is very important for you to choose the right material for your entertainment enclosures. You have to consider the following things before you decide the material for such enclosures and you will always feel good because you had taken it.

Why choose Kinytech outdoor TV Enclosure and outdoor projector enclosure?

When you are searching Outdoor TV Enclosure in the internet, you will certainly see Kinytech because it is one of the most trusted brands in the world, many people have used it and have given satisfied feedback. Many families have moved indoor activities to the outdoors, enjoying the natural beauty of the outdoors.

Kinytech Outdoor projector enclosure is designed and developed for outdoors, suitable for most of indoor projector. It’s ideal for residential and industrial. The tightly sealing systems and connections provide complete protection for projector from dust, water, humidity and bugs. This enclosure protects from corrosion due to rain, humidity, condensation, and the moisture from inside & outside but it is also allow the airflow for cooling and sound out.

What are the reasons to choose it?

Here are some reasons to tell why many people prefer to buy Kinytech enclosures.

Acceptable prices

Customers prefer to buy Kinytech outdoor TV cabinet is because of the reasonable price. Using a TV enclosure to protect any of your flat home TV is much cheaper than an outdoor TV. And you can change your TV as you like.The best option may come down to affordability.

Unique Design & Layout

Kinytech outdoor TV enclosure works for Plasma, HD screens and LED LCD

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Stunning Wheaton Home With Outdoor Fireplace And Kitchen

WHEATON, IL — Nestled on two picturesque acres near Illinois Prairie Path, this palatial Wheaton home has everything you’ll need to entertain guests year-round. A large stone fireplace and outdoor kitchen are just some of the amenities you’ll find in this exquisite property, which also features a bar, wine cellar and outdoor basketball court.

a street sign on top of a lush green field: With an outdoor fireplace, indoor bar and wine cellar, you can entertain guests year-round.

With an outdoor fireplace, indoor bar and wine cellar, you can entertain guests year-round.

  • Address: 701 Plamondon Rd, Wheaton, Illinois
  • Price: $1,849,000
  • Square Feet: 8650
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 5 Full and 2 Half Baths
  • Built: 2007
  • Features: Perfectly situated on nearly 2 acres of rolling pastoral grounds and nestled between the renowned Chicago Golf Club and coveted Illinois Prairie Path, rests this elegant coastal colonial estate. Embellished to the highest degree and designed to inspire comfortable family living and entertaining inside and out. Stunning detail and craftsmanship are featured throughout this open floor plan with over 8500 sq ft of living space. Step from the expansive gourmet kitchen into the breathtaking two and a half story great room with custom designed structural beams, floor to ceiling stone fireplace (one of four), and heated wide-plank oak flooring. Three levels of flat-out amazing. Four en suite bedrooms include a master suite with an exquisite spa-like bath with steam shower and private staircase for quick access to a late-night snack. Lower level features club-like amenities you would only expect in such a lovely home and includes a 5th bedroom, full bath, wine cellar, professional bar, entertainment space, gym and heated floors throughout. Tranquil screened porch sets the stage for a gorgeous tiered blue stone terrace with majestic fireplace and outdoor kitchen. Absolutely perfect for indoor/outdoor living, and ample room to include the pool of your dreams. Highly rated Wheaton School District 200! Walk or bike the prairie path from your backyard to downtown Wheaton’s vibrant dining and shopping, or board the train to the City. Don’t miss the Virtual Tour link! Welcome home…

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Oktoberfest In Montclair: Brewery To Host Outdoor Beer Garden

MONTCLAIR, NJ — The Montclair Brewery will host an outdoor beer garden to celebrate Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The outdoor event will take place in the rear of the brewery at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. It will include live music, craft beers, food and activities, while following social distance and safety guidelines.

“We decided to keep an outdoor Oktoberfest this year for many reasons,” Montclair Brewery co-owner, Denise Sawadogo said.

“One is that we believe we can do it safely and deliver a fun event for those that are yearning to come out to socialize with those in their safe circle,” Sawadogo explained. “Many are depressed and feeling lonely since so many in-person events have been canceled.”

For this year’s Oktoberfest – the brewery’s second since opening in 2018 – staff will run a pair of five-hour sessions to limit capacity and allow for social distancing. The first session will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the second session will take place from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

According to the brewery:

“Due to increased safety measures, all tables will be socially distanced from each other and drinks will be served at the table. To ensure that guests are seated with family or friends, tickets are sold by tables ranging from a table size for 1 person to an eight-person table. Masks must be worn whenever customers are not seated with drinks or food at their table. Children must be seated and have a ticket. However, infants staying in a stroller do not need a ticket. Although pets are normally allowed, they will not be permitted at this event.”

Tickets must be pre-purchased on Montclair Brewery’s EventBrite page at

In true Oktoberfest fashion, the tap list will include a Czech style pilsner, Claremont Pilsner, and their German style lager, MB Lager. They will have their new Margarita flavored Pilsner, Key Lime Ale and Fullerton Belgian Blonde Ale on tap along with approximately 19 other beer styles. There will also be a variety of drinks for any non-beer drinkers, such as their new hard seltzer, as well as non-alcoholic craft drinks.

Entertainment will include:

“During Montclair Brewery’s first session of Oktoberfest, the Paradise Vendors, an acoustic duo, is expected to perform 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The Bard Band, an indie folk-rock band playing original, poetry-inspired music, performs from 3 to 4 p.m. During the second session, the Howlin Poets will play a mix of rock, R&B, funk and soul music from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. ROSTAFA & Co. is expected to perform a mix of reggae, rock, blues, country and R&B from 8 to 9 p.m., and the Lily Vakili Band will help close the event out from 9:15 to 10 p.m. with an energizing mixture of original rock tempos.”

Other activities will take place all day long, and will include the popular Stein Hoisting competition, a traditional Bavarian endurance contest, trivia and table games.

Willow Street will be closed off to traffic during the event

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