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Winter Antiques Show and Sale

Put this on the calendar: The 39th annual Winter Antiques Show and Sale is Jan. 21-23 at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. More than 50 dealers will offer silver, paintings, furniture, porcelain, glass, rugs, maps and prints, garden and architectural ornamentation and more. Tickets: $5. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 21 and 22, noon-5 p.m. Jan. 23. Information: (954) 563-6747 or visit

Prescriptions from the home clinic

For more than 20 years, Norman Becker has answered questions in the "Homeowner's Clinic" column in Popular Mechanics magazine. Now 500 of his questions and answers are between the covers of Popular Mechanics 500 Simple Home Repair Solutions (Sterling/Hearst Books, $19.95). Learn why your sink gurgles, why the ductwork whistles, why the floors squeak and why the water heater rumbles, and find practical, clearly illustrated do-it-yourself solutions to common home repair problems.

Prepare now for next hurricane season

Hurricane season is 4{ months away (here we go again), which means now's the time to get your home and garden ready. The Tampa Bay Builders Association will sponsor a free workshop, "Preparing and Reinforcing Your Home Before Hurricane Season," from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 5 at the Hillsborough County Extension Service in Seffner. The class will cover reinforcing your home (garage doors, windows, trusses); preventing moisture problems; hiring a contractor; evaluating residential structures; and tree care and protection. Preregistration is required. Call Jennifer Fernandez at (813) 744-5519, ext. 137, or visit The extension service office is at 5339 County Road 579, Seffner.

Household grime on the ropes

You loved his grill, now try his cleaning products. Boxing great George Foreman has lent his name to a line of environmentally friendly household cleaners, the Knock-Out Household Cleaning System. There's a multipurpose cleaner, a deep stain remover, a streak-free glass cleaner and a botanical disinfectant spray. Suggested retail: $2.79-$3.99; available at Target, Walgreens, Publix.

_ Compiled by Homes editor JUDY STARK