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Macy's launches limited-time buy 1, give 1 coat program

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Macys Coats

Winter coat season is right around the corner!

Through Saturday, when shoppers purchase a coat at Macy's, the department store chain will donate one to Clothes4Souls, an international nonprofit that targets poverty through clothing distribution.

Macy's will give up to 30,000 coats to the organization. A large number of coats for men, women and children are 25 percent off during the promotion.

"Giving back is part of Macy's culture, especially during the holiday season," said Holly Thomas, Macy's vice president of national media relations and cause marketing. "Our partnership with Clothes4Souls is a unique new opportunity to match our customers' purchases with a product donation and will help men, women and children stay warm and healthy this winter."

Photo: Men's Hawke & Co. outfitter jackets, $195.

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Learn to garden at Phipps

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Phipps Opens Registration for November Adult Education Classes

Covering topics from groundcovers and vines to holiday floral arrangements and terrariums, Phipps’ upcoming class schedule holds something for everyone.

 

Pittsburgh, Pa. — Registration is now open for the following diverse adult education classes offered by Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, one of the world’s greenest public gardens:

 

Pen & Ink I

Dates & Time: Nov. 9 and 10; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Instructor: Jane Hyland

Fee: $145 Phipps members; $185 nonmembers

Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this course will begin with the fundamentals of pen and ink techniques, and progress to achieve different strokes for creating the compositional balance of black and white tones.

Groundcovers and Vines

Dates & Time: Nov. 11, 18 and 25; Dec. 2; 7 – 9 p.m.

Instructor: Lynn Purse

Fee: $88 Phipps members; $128 nonmembers

Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in the course will become proficient in the identification, cultural requirements and landscape use of a wide variety of groundcovers and vines.

Make Your Own Terrarium

Date & Time: Nov. 13 or 14; 7 – 9 p.m.

Instructor: Jimmy Lohr and Jonathan Weber

Fee: $20 Phipps members; $30 nonmembers, plus $25 material fee

Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

During this class, students will create a living garden contained under glass. Styles of terrariums and containers, appropriate plant selection, visual design and maintenance will be discussed.

Tropical Bonsai: Weeping Fig

Date & Time: Nov. 16; 10 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Norbert Pietrzak

Fee: $25 Phipps members; $35 nonmember, plus $45 material fee

Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this class will learn how to plant, prune and maintain weeping fig bonsai.

Deck the Halls, Walls and More!

Dates & Time: Nov. 25; Dec. 2, 9 and 16 or Nov. 26; Dec. 3, 10 and 17; 7 – 9 p.m.

Instructor: Cindy Miller

Fee: $88 Phipps members; $128 nonmembers, plus $25 material fee per session

Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this course will learn about different types of greens and floral design techniques while designing four holiday arrangements.

 

To register or learn more, interested individuals should contact Phipps at 412/441-4442, ext. 3925 or sbertovich@phipps.conservatory.edu. A complete list of classes in horticulture, landscape and native plant design, floral arrangement, botanical art and illustration, and green living can be found  online.

 

About Phipps:  Built in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pa. is a green leader among public gardens with a mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse. Learn more: phipps.conservatory.org.

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Ralph Lauren unveils Team USA 2014 Winter Olympics apparel

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Hannah Kearney in Ralph Lauren Closing Ceremony web

The countdown to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia is on!

Once again, American designer Ralph Lauren is the official outfitter for Team USA and has designed apparel athletes will wear during the closing ceremony parade. The uniforms will embody the pride of America with a red, white and navy color palette and other patriotic references.

Ralph Lauren also created a line of village wear for athletes that will be available to the public. It includes graphic tees, polos, gloves, hats, sweaters and more.

This time around, Team USA's parade uniforms are made in America. The designer drew harsh criticism in 2012 when it was discovered that parade outfits for the Olympics in London had been made in China.

See more at www.ralphlauren.com.

Photos: Above, American skier Hannah Kearney models the closing ceremony parade uniform. Below, skater Evan Lysacek models the uniform by Ralph Lauren.

Evan Lysacek in Ralph Lauren Closing Ceremony web

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The best of Digging with Doug

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I'm on vacation, returning to the blog on November 11, 2013. I'll be raking leaves, harvesting winter greens, completing a honey do list and fishing for bass (not in that order!).

Here are some of my favorite Digging with Doug videos. I hope you enjoy watching them as much as I enjoyed creating them. I'll see you when I get back.

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Phipps is free today!

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Phipps Offers Free Admission Day through Generosity of Jack Buncher Foundation

Pittsburgh’s premier public garden waives entrance fees for one special day of flowers and fun.

Pittsburgh, Pa.  Thanks to a generous grant from the Jack Buncher Foundation, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will open its doors free of charge on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. Community members of all ages are encouraged to come out between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on this special day to experience the beauty of one of Pittsburgh’s most beloved cultural attractions.
   Guests who attend this year’s free admission day will enjoy the colorful booms and festive scenes of Fall Flower Show, featuring thousands of chrysanthemums in hues of harvest-inspired deep purples, bright greens, brilliant yellows, bold reds and warm oranges. The Conservatory’s popular Garden Railroad — for which model G trains chug through an elaborate living landscape with a Phipps Prehistoric Park theme — will also be on the move, delighting kids and adults alike.
   “We express our sincere gratitude to the Jack Buncher Foundation for making this wonderful gift to our community possible through their great generosity,” says Phipps Executive Director Richard V. Piacentini. “Every year, this free day gives many people the opportunity to pass through our doors and explore the wonders of nature. That kind of experience is truly priceless.”
    Additionally, Café Phipps will be open for lunch and healthy snacks throughout the day. Showcasing food that is good for people and the planet, and a fun kids’ menu, this 3-star Green Restaurant Certified® eatery is a great place to begin or end a family excursion through the gardens. Visitors will have the chance to see the new Center for Sustainable Landscapes too, and discover one of the greenest buildings in the world. More details can be found at phipps.conservatory.org or by calling 412/622-6914.

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