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This Magnolia blooms

A model home at Silver Oaks Village in Zephyrhills, Pasco County, is "Best Little House 37," featured in the February issue of Home magazine, on newsstands now. A bright yellow-and-white family dining area in the 1,800-square-foot Magnolia model is on the magazine's cover, with more pictures and text inside. Silver Oaks Village, a development of neo-traditional homes, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. From I-75, take State Road 54 east toward Zephyrhills and turn left on Eiland Boulevard (watch for signs). Information: (813) 788-6257.

Who's minding the office?

Who serves on condo or homeowners' association boards? Here are characteristics of members and board service compiled by the Community Associations Institute, a nonprofit group that provides information and training for unit owners and managers of condos, co-ops and homeowners' associations:

Average age: 48 years.

Average time served on the board: 2.9 years.

Average time devoted to association per month: 9 hours.

Intend to serve on board again: 68 percent, yes.

Collectible Santa figures are popular all winter long. A survey for Coming Home shows that six of 10 women planned to add a collectible figure or decoration to their collections of holiday ornaments this season.

Cleaning can be fun

Use Reddi-wip as a substitute for shaving cream or hair conditioner, or even to ease a burn inside your mouth. Patch woodwork with instant coffee mixed with spackle paste. Use Bounce fabric-softener sheets to dissolve the soap scum on your shower doors. Clean your bathtub caulking with Smirnoff vodka. These and other wacky uses for common products are on file at http://www.wackyuses.com. The Web site was created by Joey Green, author of Polish Your Furniture with Panty Hose and Joey Green's Encyclopedia of Brand Name Products. The site includes little-known facts about the history of common products, such as Pam cooking spray, Wrigley's Spearmint Gum and L'eggs panty hose.

_ Compiled by Homes Editor JUDY STARK

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