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Celebrate fall at annual Harvest Festival in Laguna Beach

Meet neighbors, enjoy family fun and bring a dish and drinks to share.

The annual Harvest Festival will be held from 2-5 p.m. at the South Laguna Community Garden on Sunday, Oct. 22.

The event includes face painting, pumpkin decorating, prizes and live music. Reusable dinnerware will be provided for this zero-waste event.

The South Laguna Community Garden Park is a public treasure enjoyed by Laguna Beach residents and visitors. There are individual or group garden plots, vertical gardens,children’s’ learning gardens and a healing garden.

The garden park is sponsored by the South Laguna Civic Association and further sustained by volunteers and donors.


What: Harvest Festival

Where: South Laguna Community Garden Park, Eagle Rock and Coast Highway

When: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22

Admission: Free



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IMC Coordinating Home Industry Humanitarian Efforts

This press release is submitted and shown here in its original form, unedited by Furniture Today.

LAS VEGAS, NV and HIGH POINT, NC – (October 17, 2017) – International Market Centers, the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries, announced today that it will coordinate product donations and other humanitarian efforts by exhibitors in High Point Market, which runs through Wednesday, and Las Vegas Market, January 28-February 1, 2018.

“International Market Centers prides itself on being a ‘global good citizen,’ and we are delighted to mobilize our resources to help communities in need,” said Robert Maricich, chief executive officer, IMC. “Whether the needs stem from natural disasters like the hurricanes in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico, or from tragedies like the recent shootings in Las Vegas, IMC is proud to facilitate logistics for exhibitor product donations, heighten awareness for exhibitor-sponsored initiatives and demonstrate support for communities in crisis.”

IMC has set up locations in both High Point and Las Vegas to facilitate product donations for relief efforts in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico. In High Point, product donations can be delivered after October 19 to IHFC Main 905; and in Las Vegas, product donations will be accepted November 1 through January 25 in showroom A416. Donations received at IMC will be transported to impacted areas and distributed through appropriate locally-based assistance organizations.

Donations directed to Houston will be shared between Houston Furniture Bank ( and Dwell with Dignity ( Dwell with Dignity donations are part of an initiative by CODARUS, a leading multi-line furniture, bedding, lighting, art and accessories national sales organization with showrooms in High Point and Las Vegas, to charter a Houston-based Dwell with Dignity chapter that will design and furnish 10 to 15 apartments in the Houston area. IMC is identifying appropriate aid-providing partnership organizations for relief efforts in Florida and Puerto Rico, and specifics will be announced in the near future.

Dwell with Dignity partners with the local design community to create complete home interiors for families who desperately need an environment that will support health and wellness. These turnkey homes include apartment-scaled furniture, art, bedding, linens, kitchen supplies, food in the pantry and their first night’s meal.

The Houston Furniture Bank is helping 70 families a day as they rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The most immediate needs are mattresses (primarily queen and full mattress sets and metal bed frames,) small sofas and loveseats, small kitchen tables and chairs, dressers. Companies wishing to donate directly to the Houston Furniture Bank may contact Oli Mohammed at 832-863-1996, or .

In addition to this emergency crisis response effort, IMC also has ongoing partnerships with both the American Cancer Society and A Simple Gesture food collection agency. For the last 13 years, volunteers from the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop at Smith Mountain Lake ( ) have used High Point Market samples to raise funds for cancer research and patient programs across the South Atlantic region. To arrange a pickup or for more information, contact Dee Kropf, market acquisition coordinator, (540) 814-8145 or .

IMC also has an ongoing food collection partnership with A Simple Gesture ( ), which supports food banks and pantries in Guilford County, including the Greensboro and High Point areas. Throughout the year, IMC and its employees donate food to A Simple Gesture, and during Market, donors can deliver non-perishable food items to a collection box located in IHFC Main 905.

About International Market Centers, L.P.

International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC) is the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. IMC owns and operates 12.2 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C. and Las Vegas, including the 14 primary buildings at the High Point Market. In addition, IMC operates the Las Vegas Design Center, a year-round resource open to both the design trade and consumers with more than 40 showrooms and hundreds of designer brands. IMC’s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries.

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Inside the retro 1960s TWA Lounge now open at One World Trade Center

As construction of the TWA Hotel is taking off at New York City’s JFK Airport, the brand recently unveiled the new TWA Lounge, perched on the 86th floor of One World Trade Center.

The TWA lounge on the 86th floor. Image by Jesse David Harris

The TWA Lounge at 1WTC in Lower Manhattan is meant to be a sales center for the TWA Hotel, but it’s also a retro museum. The sleek space channels the same aesthetic as Eero Saarinen’s iconic 1962 terminal, with rounded walls to mirror the curved design of the world-renowned architect’s flight center. Taking inspiration from the Jet Age era, there’s TWA Memorabilia like branded cigarettes and carry-on bags, a collection of original David Klein prints, and vintage flight attendant uniforms exhibited.

The collection includes a library of historic design and branding books, iconic TWA flight hostess uniforms. Image by Emily Gilbert

A reception desk and analog departures display were also specially constructed to recall the distinct mid-century design aesthetic. Beverage carts are stocked with Tab (the diet soda popular in the 1960s) and Champagne, and bold red banquettes face floor-to-ceiling windows offering sweeping views of Brooklyn and Manhattan, while a telescope points directly at the TWA Hotel at JFK in Queens.

Ambassador service dinnerware was used in First Class on TWA flights in the 1960s. Image by Jesse David Harris

Meanwhile, the TWA Flight Center Hotel construction at JFK is underway, with a promise to maintain the mid-century glory of the original Saarinen terminal which it will inhabit. The hotel will have 505 guest rooms (including 483 rooms and 22 suites), 8 restaurants, 6 bars, and a 10,000 square foot public observation deck. A museum highlighting New York as the birthplace of the Jet Age, TWA, and the Mid-century Modern design movement will also be on premises.

The new hotel was previously a terminal that closed in 2001. Image by Max Touhey

After opening in 1962, the TWA Flight Center, designated a NYC Landmark in 1994 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, closed its doors in 2001. The redesign is helmed by MCR Development, one of the country’s largest hotel owners, in partnership with JetBlue, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and is expected to be completed in 18 months. Until then, the TWA Lounge will be open by appointment.

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Comings & Goings: Kernel Sweetooth to close Frankfort location

Kernel Sweetooth, a snack and sweets shop, has announced that it will be closing its Frankfort location later this month after being in business there for 10 years.

The shop at 11 S. White St. in the Trolley Barn building will close on Tuesday. A second Kernel Sweetooth location at 17258 S. Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park will remain open.

Attempts to reach the owners were not successful, but the shop posted a notice Oct. 10 on its Facebook page that its lease was not being renewed. Owners Gary and Debbie Kovarik said they were looking for a new rental space in downtown Frankfort and hoped to reopen.

The stores are known for their gourmet popcorn in eight flavors, hand-dipped ice cream, Hawaiian shaved ice, homemade chocolates, gourmet caramel apples, candy and other sweet treats.

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New Zealand Product Tasting at Chantal Warehouse Sale in Houston

Chantal Corporation’s Annual Warehouse Sale.

It’s a perfect opportunity to pick up a great teapot, tea mugs and why not, some Organic Zealong Tea from New Zealand.

The Kiwi Importer CEO Sarah Ayala, PhD will participate in an event open to the Houston public and offer visitors a chance to try and purchase natural products from New Zealand like Manuka Honey, Kaitaia Fire Habanero Sauce, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Waikeke Island and a new Organic Muscle Rub.

“It’s a great time of year to pick up holidays gifts and treats,” says Ayala, a native Kiwi. “We’ll have products open for tasting, so it’s a good time to come check us out and see what we’re all about.”

At the event, Chantal’s Annual Warehouse Sale, visitors will be able to purchase products directly from Chantal’s with savings up to 75 per cent off on discontinued, overstocked and many one-of-a-kind items.

Some of Chantal’s assortments will include items from the company’s Craft Coffee Collection, Enamel-on-Steel cookware, Stainless Steel cookware, Ceramic Coated pans, tea making essentials, and new holiday bake ware shapes and colors.

Chantal’s once a year warehouse sale is only open the first three weekends of November. So, save the dates.

2017 November Sale Dates:

1st Weekend – 3-5 November

2nd Weekend – 10-12 November

3rd Weekend – 17-19 November

Chantal Corporation, a cookware company, is located at:

5425 North Sam Houston Pkwy. West

(corner of Hollister Rd. and Beltway 8 North)

Houston, Texas 77086

More details about the event can be found at

“It’s a perfect opportunity to pick up a great teapot, tea mugs and why not, some Organic Zealong Tea from New Zealand,” concluded Ayala.


The Kiwi Importer provides unique and natural products from New Zealand and other countries to healthy and socially conscious consumers in the USA. Based in Houston, Texas, the company provides products from Manuka honey to Habanero hot sauce to Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Visit our website at and also read our product, recipe and health blogs.

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How to save energy while cooking –

How to save energy while cooking

If you want to save money on your monthly energy bills, consider these tips to conserve energy in the kitchen:

Install energy efficient appliances. The most effective way to cut down on energy usage in the kitchen is by selecting the right appliances. Go for the Energy Star certified refrigerators, dishwashers, and vent hoods to make your kitchen as green as possible.
Replace old pots and pans. Studies show that warped pans waste 50% of the heat used on a stovetop, whereas flat pans utilize energy almost all energy. Upgrade your cookware and save big!
Invest in high-quality cookware. While you’re at it, invest in high-quality cookware. Glass and ceramic pans are better in the oven, while pans with a copper bottom work best on the stovetop.
Cut down on cooking time. This seems obvious, but reducing the amount of time you use appliances will result in lower energy bills. Try defrosting frozen items in the refrigerator or in a bowl of warm water instead of using the microwave and avoid opening the oven door when it’s in use to avoid heat escaping.
Use countertop appliances as often as possible. Countertop appliances like rice cookers, pressure cookers, and slow cookers are energy efficient and easy to use. Switch to the slow cooker for preparing soups, stews, and meat dishes to save energy you would have used cooking on the stovetop.
Embrace leftovers. Cook in large batches and refrigerate or freeze the leftovers for easy meals that you can heat up quickly later. This will save on overall cook time, which is great for you and your energy bill!

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In the Kitchen With Ballet Beautiful’s Mary Helen Bowers


Eggs and ToastYogurt ParfaitSimple SaladProtein PlatesSweet TreatsSoup SnackTea and Biscuits

“Because I dieted so much in the past, I just can’t diet again,” says Mary Helen Bowers, fresh off a Ballet Beautiful workout at her whitewashed Soho studio. “It’s something I don’t want to do, and I don’t even know if I am capable of. I think it’s a much healthier and happier way to live.”

Achieving this joie de vivre is something Bowers explores in her new book, Ballet for Life (Rizzoli), which spans, like a graceful arabesque, beyond her fitness regimen and into general well-being. Bowers is credited as the whittler of Lily Aldridge’s and Natalie Portman’s sculpted figures, and her Ballet Beautiful brand is highly beloved for its grueling, yet graceful, workouts (online and in-studio) and poetic dancewear. The success of the brand is owed partly to its inclusivity—Bowers drew back the velvet stage curtain, and invited classgoers to slide on a pair of slippers and transport themselves to the world of ballet, no dance experience required.

Chapters in Ballet for Life include workout techniques (broken down by legs, feet, center, derriere, posture, and flexibility) as well as guides on beauty, style, and food, with a chapter aptly titled “Kitchen,” not “Diet.” Throughout, Bowers’s instructions are accompanied by stunning how-to photos by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin; a collection of images that read more like a fashion editorial than a demonstration of a sur le cou-de-pied.

Off and en pointe, balance is key for any dancer. For Bowers (who enjoyed a decade at the New York City Ballet), culinary equilibrium is maintained with a fuss-free approach to food. Instead of caloric tabulations and persnickety measurements, Bowers preaches a far more relaxed culinary approach in Ballet for Life. “We wanted our ‘Kitchen’ chapter to be really simple, a guide and source of inspiration; not ‘2 cups of this and 1 cup of that.’” This may seem counterintuitive for a dancer, but Bowers forgoes rigidity in favor of simple, whole foods.

Mary Helen Bowers

Staples include Greek yogurt, eggs, salmon, greens, and nuts, and, contrary to popular wellness opinion, bread and dairy are not verboten. “You’ll see there are photos of bread because I do eat gluten! And dairy!” Given that a typical workday involves two to four Ballet Beautiful workouts, Bowers fuels up on her whole grains.

Also essential for Bowers is mealtime ambiance; she likens setting a table to setting a stage. “Even if you’re having a snack, enjoying it in a beautiful teacup or on a lovely plate makes it feel like more of an event,” she says. (Much of the charming dinnerware depicted in the book was pulled straight from her kitchen cupboard: A porcelain terrine was a wedding present and a pair of turn-of-the-century cruets a gift from her mother.)

For her, a well-plated meal promotes mindful eating, which leads to ultimate satisfaction. “When you’re not experiencing your food, that’s when it’s harder to pay attention to when you’re full, and that’s what being satisfied really means.”

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