Have a long list of home improvement projects? Don’t know where to start?
Then head to the East Valley Home and Garden Show March 22-24. The event is free to attend at Elliot Road and Priest Drive inside the old Sports Authority building. The show will feature 80 to 100 vendors from local businesses, offering information on everything from solar energy to financial aid.
“These are all small business people and struggling through the economy so these shows are very important to them and their family and the local community, too because it obviously creates a lot of tax revenue,” said John Bentley, producer of the show.
The event will also have cooking demonstrations from Ross Selerno of Selerno’s Restaurant, offering free food samples.
“They’re a very unique restaurant,” Bentley said. “They come from Illinois. They’ve been in the business for 40 years. Everything they do is made from scratch. They have people come from all over Arizona that have lived in Illinois where they’re from that know the name Selerno’s. And the food is good.”
Operation Kidsafe will also be at the Home and Garden Show on Saturday and Sunday. Operation Kidsafe is a nonprofit that offers parents free digital finger printing and photographs that they can take home in case the unthinkable happens.
“It’s a unique thing and it’s very helpful,” Bentley said. “It’s an amazing statistic, almost 3,000 kids are reported missing everyday in the United States.”
The show will also have a dog training seminar with Neal Mestas of Dog Training Elite, where people can get tips and ask questions.
The East Valley Home and Garden Show is a great option for those people on the east side of town who don’t want to drive to Glendale for the Maricopa County Home and Garden Show and want to support local businesses.
“It is something they can come in and partake of and it’s near their home and they can go while they go in to Costco,” Bentley said. “They can check out all the vendors and it’s free and it’s easy.”
The East Valley Home and Garden Show is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 22 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. For more information on the show, visit www.eastvalleyhomeandgardenshow.com.
• Brittany Stehmer is a senior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is interning this semester for the AFN.