At Jo-Ann's Gardens, rainbows don’t just spring from clouds. They can be grown from the ground up, with help from raindrops, sunbeams, and earthworms’ sweet, tender lullabies. Some rainbows are made of flowers such as geraniums and petunias, which bloom from hanging baskets and patio pots. Others pepper the tree nursery, where evergreens mingle with budding hydrangea and sugar maples that blush red come fall. Proven Winners annuals add pop to garden beds in the spring and summer, and perennials weather harsh winters to bloom year after year. The garden center also peddles plant-tending tools, landscaping staples, and garden decorations, which range from stone statues to three hues of mulch. In addition to cultivating seedlings in seven greenhouses, attentive staffers arrange cut blooms at the floral shop and install sod, ponds, and irrigation systems through a landscaping service. :m]]
Anytime from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 4 or Sunday, December 5, families can embark on 25-minute hayrides through the woods and pastures of Harris Farm. As you travel over the scenic Reedy Creek, gorge your eyes on area wildlife and cute farm animals as you chat with Santa himself about wish lists, cheerful holiday memories of yore, and the universal appeal of Seinfeld -themed stocking stuffers. Bring home some seasonal spirit by getting your photo snapped with St. Nick (an additional $5) or picking out the perfect evergreen from the farm's Christmas-tree lot.
HomeTown HouseKeeping's dexterous dirt busters whip wimpy homesteads into shape using quality products and masterful strokes. Upon entering a home, the insured and bonded crew of affable cleaners immediately set to work, waging all-out war on the dust, dirt, and grime that has taken up residence. Baseboards will shed their wintery coats, carpets will ditch their lingering dustmites, and appliances will shine like celebrity smiles. HomeTown HouseKeeping's residential cleaners utilize their own cleaning supplies for all jobs; environmentally friendly cleaning products are also available by request.
Owned and operated by a former golf course superintendant, Grassmaster Plus's lawn whisperers lavish plant life with TLC. A five-step lawn-care program pampers greenswards with five applications of fertilizer and four applications of herbicide. A pre-emergent crabgrass treatment stunts weeds before they sprout. Then, a granular fertilizer feeds hungry grass roots a slow-release nitrogen buffet, endowing lawns with the nutrients they need to grow lush and full. Finally, an herbicidal spot treatment knocks out broadleaf weeds such as clover and dandelions. Spaced six weeks apart, treatments that begin now-ish will continue through the fall, ensuring that Turkey Claus will be impressed with your lawn's upkeep when he stops by to leave giblets and stuffing at your doorstep.
The music programming at the nonprofit Maine Academy of Modern Music is designed to allow pupils to rock out to their favorite contemporary jams. During individualized lessons, teachers help students master the basics of rock instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, and more. From there, young rockers can enlist in one of the school's rock bands, where they'll learn to play alongside other musicians as a group. That, in turn, leads to performance opportunities, which the school sets up at renowned Portland venues like Bayside Bowl, Big Easy, Asylum, and the Old Port Festival.
Bands also assemble at the school's rock camps, where attendees not only rehearse originals and covers but also learn rock history and take field trips to local radio stations. Besides its in-house opportunities, the academy's outreach programs also supply local schools with everything from private concerts to master classes to ensure everyone has access to quality music education.