What to do when things fall apart? Consult the Quick Fix Home Repair Handbook by Katie and Gene Hamilton (HarperCollins, $10.95 paperback). The book covers all the major areas where repairs are likely to be necessary, from plumbing and electrical to appliances. It's written in easy-to-under-stand language with clear, simple illustrations. The book is available in bookstores or by calling the publisher at (800) 331-3761. Mail orders will have $3.50 shipping and handling and state tax added.
The Suncoast Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) will present a free seminar for homeowners from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the office of Suncoast CAI, 6161 M.
L. King (Ninth) St. N, St. Petersburg. Joseph R. Samnik of the Center for Environmental Needs will speak on environmental planning. Reservations are required. Call Jess McBride at 521-3054.
The perfect present
Looking for a thank-you present for a member of the clergy, or a christening present for a child who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, or that special something for someone that shows you've given the matter a great deal of thought? Nancy Tuckerman, a former White House social secretary, has written In The Tiffany Style: Gift-Giving For All Occasions (Doubleday, $10 paperback). There are sections on gift-giving occasions, types of gifts and even tips for the international traveler. The book also includes lists of gifts by category and blank pages to serve as your own personal gift list. The book is available in bookstores or from: Doubleday, 666 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10103, (800) 223-6834. A charge of $2.50-$4.50, depending upon method of shipping, will be added.
A passion for quilts
So you think quilt-making is a thing of the past? Plenty of people still put time and effort into creating beautiful quilts in traditional or modern designs or search flea markets and junk stores for old ones to rescue. Quilter's Newsletter Magazine is for them. Each issue is filled with color photos of quilts new and old, instructions, a calendar of fairs and quilting events and other items of interest to quilters. A one-year subscription (10 issues) is $14.95, two years $28.95, three years $41.95. Write to Subscription Department, QNM, Box 394, Wheatridge, Colo. 80034-0394; (303) 420-4272.
_ NANCY PARADIS