Conway library offers gardening workshops

— As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent social-distancing measures, many people have been looking for new hobbies or interests to keep themselves busy, and one of those has been gardening.

Zack McCannon, the garden programmer for the Faulkner County Library in Conway, said he has definitely seen a rise in an interest in gardening. He said that at one point, the Faulkner County Seed Library was offering online ordering and curbside pickup, and eventually, there was a shortage of seeds.

“There was a definite surge, which is good,” he said.

McCannon started working at the library last February but has been involved with farm projects since 2010. He said he would attend various events to learn how to properly garden. Now, to help facilitate people’s interest in gardening, he has started a new virtual class and in-person workshop for the library, called Organic Urban Farming 101. The class, presented by the library and the Urban Farm Project, began Jan. 7 and will meet every other Thursday throughout the year.

The virtual classes will take place from 5-6 p.m., immediately followed by the outdoor workshop. McCannon encourages participants to attend the virtual classes in their cars,

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Meta Asian Kitchen Offers Chinese New Year Menu

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The Year of the Ox is nearly upon us. Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year (though it’s celebrated by many Asian cultures), arrives on Friday, February 12, promising a fresh start and new hope for another year. At Avanti Food & Beverage, Meta Asian Kitchen owner Kenneth and Doris Wan have put together a tempting menu for the occasion.

Meta's whole lobster is finished with Sichuan spices.EXPAND

Meta’s whole lobster is finished with Sichuan spices.

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Meta’s Chinese New Year menu, available from Thursday, February 11, to Wednesday, February 17, represents both tradition and new ideas, according to the couple. The most striking item is a whole lobster, which is often served for celebratory dinners. While this isn’t the first time lobster has appeared on a Denver food hall menu — credit goes to Rock N Lobster Roll at Edgewater Public Market — this one offers Ken’s unique take on the succulent crustacean. He wok-fries the lobster and finishes it with Sichuan seasoning, giving every bite a numbing heat from the combination of chiles and Sichuan peppercorn. The lobster is presented in

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FL Star offers new Fiesta home design at Arrowhead Reserve

FL Star is constructing a new Fiesta, a popular design in the portfolio of homes available at Arrowhead Reserve, an intimate community of single-family homes off Lake Trafford Road in Immokalee.

“This home offers three bedrooms, two baths and a den,” said Gary Hains, vice president of FL Star. “It is a very versatile home that can accommodate many different family lifestyles. The den provides space for a home office, a hobby room or a play and study area for the kids.”

The Fiesta’s contemporary plan combines the great room, kitchen and breakfast nook into an open living space. The kitchen features stylish cabinetry and provides serving bar access to the great room. Double doors lead from the great room to the private study. 

The master bedroom provides a quiet retreat at the back of the home. It includes two walk-in closets and a bath with dual sinks, a walk-in shower with glass doors and a private water closet. Two guest bedrooms are located at the front of the home. The guest bath has a tub/shower combination.

The home features 9-foot ceilings and interior features include wood kitchen cabinets with granite countertops.  All kitchen appliances, washer and dryer and automatic

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RealtyTech President, Richard Uzelac, Now Offers Real Estate Agent/Company Digital Marketing Consulting Services

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Jan. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — RealtyTech Inc., under the guidance of President Richard Uzelac, has become the real estate marketing industry’s go-to lead. With the experience and knowledge of both industries that Richard has acquired, he has created Real Estate Agent/Company Digital Marketing Consulting Services. Digital Marketing has a huge part of the part in the world of marketing, and RealtyTech has committed to providing real estate agents and real estate companies the knowledge to get on board and find growth.

Richard and his staff at RealtyTech will consult with any real estate agent and real estate company how to utilize the digital marketing to fullest possibility. “We tend to work with agents that have been in the business for at least five years and have had a strong track record of success and want to vastly improve their digital marketing game and generate more online leads and exposure,” said Richard Uzelac, CEO of RealtyTech. Each member or this company has a high level of expertise in this area and can help any agent

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Interior designer Gail Dunnett offers decluttering tips for new year’s cleaning

The beginning of a new year is a popular time to clean out the house, especially after so much of this year has been spent at home. But where do you start?



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We turned to expert interior designer and stager Gail Dunnett’s to give us the scoop on how to quickly and efficiently declutter your home just in time to ring in 2021.

“I, too, hate to get rid of things, but it is therapeutic to do so and cleans the slate to set the stage for the new year,” said Dunnett, who also serves as principal of San Francisco’s studio D.

The rooms Dunnett decorates need to be fluid and uncluttered, which makes her an expert when it comes to getting rid of anything superfluous or unnecessary. Here are the top items she suggests tossing before New Year’s:

•Old towels-Towels that have outlived their usefulness are unsanitary and can make your bathroom look unkempt.

•Mismatched socks-Socks have a way of disappearing. Wearing mismatched socks is fine around the house, but it can get annoying. Chuck socks that have lost their mate and can’t be easily matched with another.

•Expired sunscreen-Sunscreen that’s past its

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Hamilton Place by Toll Brothers offers all new luxury townhome designs

Hamilton Place by Toll Brothers, the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes, is a gated townhome community offering convenient, low-maintenance living in the heart of Naples.



a kitchen with a dining table: Hamilton Place offers coastal-inspired home designs ranging from 1,900 to over 2,700 square feet and features open-concept living areas and spacious primary bedroom suites.


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Hamilton Place offers coastal-inspired home designs ranging from 1,900 to over 2,700 square feet and features open-concept living areas and spacious primary bedroom suites.

The community is comprised of 66 luxury townhomes with five all-new, coastal-inspired home designs ranging from 1,900 to over 2,700 square feet. Priced from the mid-$300,000s, each floor plan features open-concept living areas and spacious primary bedroom suites. Additionally, a community swimming pool and cabana are opening early this year.

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Home buyers can tour Hamilton Place’s two professionally designed model townhomes, the Ficus and the Mangrove, which showcase the outstanding quality, value, and craftsmanship for which Toll Brothers is known.

The Ficus townhome features a 1,926 square-foot floor plan with three bedrooms, two and one-half baths, and a one-car garage. The open-concept living space is highlighted by a well-equipped kitchen with a large center island and a great room that leads to the covered lanai. Upstairs, the Ficus includes a spacious primary bedroom suite with two walk-in closets and a spa-inspired bath, as well as a

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Extension offers January gardening tips | News

CENTREVILLE — After almost an entire year of quarantining, it is a great time to pause and reflect on last year’s gardening success and failures.

The University of Maryland Extension Master Gardener program offers the following tips to help get your mind and garden ready for the upcoming growing season.

Do not handle hairy poison ivy vines wrapped around trees. Be aware that the offending oil of poison ivy — urushiol — is active and can produce symptoms during any time of the year.

Also, be very careful not to bring firewood into the house with poison ivy vines attached

Check your trees — especially evergreens — for bagworms. Remove and destroy any that you find.

Heavy snow and ice loads can damage shrubs. Using an upward motion, gently sweep snow loads off shrubs to prevent breakage.

However, oftentimes bent or weighed down branches will spring back after the snow and ice melts.

In preparing for the upcoming planting season, order fruit plants from mail-order companies in January and February for early spring planting.

Decide on a good site for a new vegetable garden— one that is sunny, level and has access to water.

Make a garden plan and put

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