In This Corner
Ruby Mata-Viti


Coffee for your garden

Wake up and smell the coffee -- it's Earth Month, time to remind ourselves that everyone needs to pitch in and do his or her share for the environment every day.

Caffeine addicts can give themselves a pat on the back when picking up on Starbucks' latest offer. This month, selected Starbucks stores in Hawaii are offering free used coffee grounds, which are great for gardens and composting.

The used grounds are sealed in recycled 5-pound bags and come with a brochure explaining how they can be used in your garden. (Apparently they are great for keeping slugs away!)

The Grounds for Your Garden program continues to the end of the month. One more recommendation: Walk or bike, don't drive, to your nearest participating Starbucks.

Coffee beans have extended life even after the brew, used in the garden as compost and to deter slugs.



Faux finish workshops

If you're looking to start a business or add sparkle to your home walls, Belle Arts is offering faux-finish classes for all skill levels April 28 through 30.

The intensive workshop covers 15 finishes, including multi- and single-glazing, stains, Old World textures, various plasters and more.

The 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. classes, held at 1051 Keolu Drive Suite 104A., are hands-on, and will include discussions on starting a business, as well as tips and tricks of the trade. Breakfast and lunch are included. The cost is $895.

For more information, call 224-4775.

Kailua Town party

The Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle presents the "I Love Kailua Town Party" 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on Kailua Road. Participants are being urged to walk or bike to the event.

Festivities include "Taste of Kailua" food booths, live entertainment, art walk, craft booths, plant and orchid sale and more.

Entry buttons cost $3 in advance and $4 at the door. Buttons are available at Kailua stores such as Hula Moon and Hawaii Hardware Ace. Call 234-0404 for more information.

"In This Corner" appears Fridays. Send home and garden items to "In this Corner," 7 Waterfront Plaza, Suite 210, Honolulu 96813; or e-mail Ruby Mata-Viti at ruby@starbulletin.com

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