Celebrate summer by showing your stars and stripes -- in a whimsical, light-up flag from the Improvements catalog. Perfect for that Fourth of July cookout, the nylon-framed flag can sit atop a table or be hung in a window. It's 14-1/2 inches by 16-1/2 inches, with a 3-foot cord. It costs $19.99. To order, or for a copy of the catalog, call 800-642-2112.
* Stroll in the footsteps of Albert Finney and Jennifer Jason Leigh in the 1997 movie "Washington Square," (left) when the Union Square Association offers its sixth annual "Secret Gardens" tour from noon until 5 p.m. today. Twenty gardens will be open, and plants and snacks will be for sale. Tickets are $10. Union Square is bounded by the 1500 blocks of West Lombard and Hollins streets and by Stricker and Gilmor streets. For more information, call 410-233-4046.
* Barbara Wells Sarudy, chairman of the Maryland Humanities Council, will discuss her book "Gardens and Gardening in the Chesapeake 1700-1805," new from Johns Hopkins University Press ($29.95), at 7 p.m. Monday at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. The event is free. For more information, call 410-396-5494.
Called on the carpet
The folks at Scotchgard's stain-removal hot line have heard it all. There was the man who wanted to know how to get grease out of the carpet after he finished fixing his motorcycle. And the people who wondered why carpet color disappeared in spots under windows (overzealous spraying of ammonia-based window cleaners; use white vinegar instead). If you've got a problem with a carpet stain, you can call the hot line from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 800-433-3296, or check out the Web site at www.mmm.com/carpet.
Pinehurst Collection a study in elegance
Even if you can't tell a fairway from a freeway, or a 9-iron from a household appliance, you can appreciate the ambience of a century-old golfing resort like North Carolina's Pinehurst. To honor the relaxed elegance of the grand resort -- visited by such luminaries as Amelia Earhart, Bing Crosby, Howard Cosell and Michael Jordan -- Drexel Heritage has introduced a new line of furniture called the Pinehurst Collection.
The eclectic collection features pieces drawn from Pinehurst's furnishings and setting -- such as a coffee table whose base is a model of the horse-drawn carriage still used to ferry guests around the village. The collection is available at Lauman's Home Furnishings in eastern Baltimore County, at Shofer's Furniture on South Charles Street and at Mastercraft Interiors in Annapolis, among other other stores.
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Pub Date: 6/28/98