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October 03, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

Hidden scents

Air fresheners are not subtle. You know they're there. Your guests know they're there. Heck, the UPS guy knows they're there. Everybody smells them, and unfortunately everybody sees them. That is, unless you've got the new discreet Renuzit Airlets. The new electric scented-oil air freshener looks like a standard electrical outlet. It simply plugs into any existing outlet and functions as a new dual electrical outlet. With three controllable settings, the Airlets deliver fragrance up to 90 days on low, 60 days on medium and 30 days on high. Airlets come in three scents and retail for $5.49 at food and drug stores everywhere.

Visit www.dialcorp.com for more information.

They'll walk you through it

What's new on the tube for do-it-yourselfers? Starting this week, DIY-Do It Yourself Network launches four new shows on everything from giving your house an outdoor facelift to adding a kitchen garbage disposal. Here's a preview:

Grounds for Improvement covers do-it-yourself landscaping projects, and premieres at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Bathroom Renovations helps folks creatively transform their bathroom into a better space. It premieres at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Ed the Plumber offers step-by-step instructions on many home-plumbing projects. Premiere is at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Home Transformations shows viewers how to convert their existing space into a new space. It premieres at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

For more information, visit www.DIYnetwork.com.

Hooked on McAdoo rugs

Call it contemporary folk art. Call it decoration. Or just call it a comfy rug. Since 1972, McAdoo rugs, those artsy, handcrafted hooked rugs made in Bennington, Vt., have been gently cushioning the homes of folks across the country, including even those of Bill Clinton, Paul Newman and Meryl Streep.

If you've been interested in owning your own McAdoo rug, you'll want to visit Ladew Topiary Gardens Friday and Saturday. Ladew is presenting a McAdoo rug show and sale, featuring an array of the decorative rugs and runners. Owners Preston and Cynthia McAdoo will be on hand, and will be honored at a reception, running 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday (admission to the reception is $40). Preston, the son of original owners Francis and Cynthia McAdoo, was born and raised in Baltimore.

The heirloom-quality rugs, made in the McAdoos' 19th-century mill, are available in various sizes, shapes and colors, and in 300 standard designs, including animals, florals, boats and geometric patterns. Rugs sell for $100 per square foot. Custom rugs are available as well.

Ladew Topiary Gardens is located at 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton. Admission is $2-$10. Call 410-557-9570 or visit www.ladewgardens.com or www.mcadoorugs.com.

Events

Learn the art of mask-making in the class "The Power and Spirit of Masks" with Betty Myers, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 7-Nov. 11 at the Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth. $110. To register, call 410-730-0075.

See recent paintings by Carole Jean Bertsch and new wire sculptures by Mark Coburn, through Oct. 25 at Minas, 815 W. 36th St. Pictured below is Bertsch's "Untitled (2003)" acrylic on canvas. Gallery is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily except Tuesdays. Call 410-732-4258.

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