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Home for the holidays

Time to take down the Halloween decorations and finish up the candy corn. Can you believe it's November? The holidays are just about here! The weekends between now and New Year's are going to fill up quickly, so get these events on your calendar. The American Craft Council's 1997 Craft Fair Tampa Bay is Dec. 5-7 at the Tampa Convention Center. This is the largest indoor museum-quality craft show in Florida, presenting beautiful works in many mediums: wood, metal, pottery, glass, fiber, leather . . . The fifth annual Promenade Port Tampa, a walking tour of homes and gardens in this historic neighborhood, is Dec. 7. Port Tampa is the site from which Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders departed for Cuba 99 years ago to fight the Spanish-American War. The homes range from grand to funky, and this tour always draws crowds. We'll have details about these and other holiday events as they draw near.

Dust in the wind

Who does the dusting in your house? In a survey for Pledge (the folks who make the furniture spray), 27 percent of the men said they wield the cloth most often, but only 3 percent of women said men were the primary dusters in their homes. More than half those surveyed said they spend between 30 minutes and two hours a week dusting. But 9 percent spend three hours or more dusting each week _ 144 hours a year, or six days! Pledge is offering a free brochure, "America's Dirty Little Secrets," with a quiz, suggestions for dust-proofing your home and discount coupons. Call toll-free (888) 647-5334.

_ Compiled by Homes Editor JUDY STARK

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