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The art of Florida crate labels topic of lectures Aug. 19

A free introduction to crate label art will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Tampa Bay History Center.

The labels appeared on crates of Florida produce: mostly citrus, some tomatoes, some other vegetables. They are prized for beauty and quality of design. Three speakers will discuss the history of Florida labels, color symbolism, and what makes a label valuable. They will also discuss preserving, storing and displaying labels.

Speakers are Rodney Kite-Powell and Elizabeth Dunham of the history center and Florida memorabilia expert Mike Turbeville. The lecture will be in the history center's library at 225 S Franklin St. Information: (813) 228-0097.

Sister TV network

Home and Garden Television is starting a sister network: Do It Yourself, or DIY.

The new network will go on-air and on-line simultaneously with an integrated Web site on Sept. 30.

DIY aims to give the country's estimated 128-million do-it-yourselfers more than just the basics for home projects. It offers both how-to cable programming and an Internet guide to everything from building plans to supply sources.

That TV-Web convergence is reflected in DIY's motto: "Watch. Click. Print. Do."

The new network will rely heavily on a library of HGTV-owned programming, from which it has culled, condensed and created its first 13 weeks of shows. By the second season, DIY will be producing its own programs from scratch.

DIY will launch with four one-hour blocks of programming following HGTV's traditional themes of remodeling, decorating, gardening and crafts. Abour 1,700 projects will be covered in those first 260 hours, most with step-by-step plans.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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