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Plants that Pull Double Duty

As spring approaches, your mind might begin to wander to your lawn and garden. Who can blame you? Any escape from overnight ice storms and below zero temperatures is welcomed mental vacation.

 

While you’re perusing the home and garden centers of your local home improvement stores and nurseries, why not make a list of plants that do more than serve as eye candy?

Plants such as the English Ivy, Peace Lily and Boston Fern help to absorb pollutants such as formaldehyde and other toxic resins emitted from flooring, carpeting and electronics.  (Note: Peace Lilies are poisonous to pets, so keep them away from your furry ones.)


Keeping an aloe plant nearby during summertime will prove invaluable when you fall asleep sans sunscreen. Just cut off the spear and slather on the cool gel from inside. Lavender is also great for treating sunburns as it has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.


When it comes to menacing mosquitos, plants like citronella, peppermint and catnip work well. Bees aren’t very fond of marigolds, geraniums and basil and flies shy away from lavender and rosemary.


Many of these plants are easy to grow and maintain, making them an ideal choice for those born without a green thumb. Plus having fresh herbs nearby might inspire you to try all those summertime Pinterest recipes that have been collecting digital dust.

(Source: www.ThisOldHouse.com)

 
Harvester Performance Center Announces Schedule

The Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount’s much anticipated music venue, has announced its inaugural concert lineup.

The concert that has been generating the most buzz is the announcement of the Indigo Girls who will be performing on April 24th. Other notable names include Zac Brown guitarist Clay Cook (April 11), Carolina Chocolate Drops (April 26) and Crowell (April 29).

 

According to Harvester manager Gary Jackson, the venue will showcase performances from a variety of genres including pop, rock, gospel and comedy.

 

The Harvester Performance Center has a seating capacity of 400-700 depending on the arrangement and hopes to draw in upwards of 24,500 people during the first year.

For more information on the Harvester Performance Center, check out www.Harvester-Music.com.

 
How Does Smith Mountain Lake Stay So Clean?

As summer approaches, sights are set on prepping Smith Mountain Lake for another successful tourism season. Each year, the Smith Mountain Lake community bands together in a collective effort to keep SML beautiful for the annual “Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake Cleanup Day.”

This year’s event marks the 27th anniversary of the event and will be taking place on Saturday, May 3rd. Volunteers can register individually, as a neighborhood or as an organization. For more information on how you can participate in this event, call the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce at 540.721.1203 or check out the calendar of events at www.VisitSmithMountainLake.com.

 
SML Business Expo Dates Announced

The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce will be holding the 11th annual SML Business Expo on Friday, April 25th in Downtown Moneta across from Mayberry Hills. Over 120 local businesses will be represented, giving the public the opportunity to learn more about area products and services. Jobseekers will want to attend “Your Business Connection,” a service provided by the Virginia Employment Commission that connects new business startups with those searching for employment.


The event lasts from 12p-5p. For information on becoming a vendor, please contact the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce at 540.721.1203 or by going to www.VisitSmithMountainLake.com

 
Santa Arrives at Bridgewater Plaza

 

Santa will be trading his one-horse open sleigh for a snazzy speedboat when he makes his appearance at Bridgewater Plaza on Saturday, November 30th starting at 11am.

Kids of all ages flock to the bridge to have their picture taken with St. Nick.  Guests can also get a head start on holiday shopping by visiting businesses located in and around the plaza.  The event coincides with Small Business Saturday, a shopping event that urges residents to shop local this holiday season.

Bridgewater Plaza hosts a variety of shops and restaurants and is also home the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center.

Santa will be available from 11a-4p.

 
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