Continues today and Sunday: The fifth annual Spring St. Petersburg/Tampa Home & Garden Show at the ThunderDome in St. Petersburg. It's open today from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets: $5; free for kids younger than 12. Parking is $2. Meanwhile, mark your calendar for next weekend, March 4-6, when the Central Florida Woodworking Show comes to Florida Expo Park (formerly known as the State Fairgrounds) on U.S. 301 in Hillsborough County. Woodworking products, demonstrations, classes, sawdust, you name it. Hours: Friday, noon to 7 p.m.; March 5, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; March 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets: $7; kids under 12 free.
A room a child will love
Speaking of kids' rooms _ as we are elsewhere on this page today _ take a look at Ideas for Great Kids' Rooms (Sunset Books, 96 pages, $9.99). It's based on two ideas: that a child's room should be designed to suit one particular child; and that the space is not only a place to sleep, but a play area, study hall, hobby center, meeting site and storage locker. It's filled with color pictures that will certainly give the kids ideas, plus suggestions about storage, space planning, shopping, and developing a room that can grow as your child does. At bookstores, or call (800) 227-7346.
Design innovation seminar
Raymond Waites, designer and co-founder of Gear Holdings, will hold a one-hour design seminar on March 11 at 11 a.m. at the Robb & Stucky showroom at 28200 U.S. 19 N in Clearwater. He'll present a slide show on the history of interior design and how design is affected by cultures and customs. He'll also answer questions and sign copies of his book, Festive Tables. Waites designed the Gear Collection, a series of furnishings marketed by the Lane Co., and is widely credited with revitalizing American design in home furnishings, wallcoverings, rugs, lamps and accessories. The program is free; seating is limited; reserve a place by calling 797-2000.
The American Association of Homes for the Aging is at 901 E St. NW, Room 500, Washington, D.C. 20004-2037. Its booklet, "Retirement Community Guidebook for Consumers," is $5. An item Jan. 9 gave an outdated address and price.