The Nuts and Bolts: February 25, 2013

A little DIY, FYI…

Artisans, Crafters Sought for 2013 Grand Central Holiday Fair

Grand Central Terminal is hosting a call to artists in March for its 2013 Holiday Fair, the final event of Grand Central’s Centennial year. Artisans are invited to the Terminal to show samples of their products and receive feedback from Holiday Fair merchandising consultants on March 12 and 13 from 9am to 5pm. The focus for this year’s Holiday Fair is on locally made and American-made merchandise. Products must be handmade, and each year include artwork, clothing for all ages, accessories and home goods. A range of products and price points guarantees that New Yorkers, commuters, and tourists alike can find interesting gift items for others as well as covet-worthy items for themselves. More than 1 million shoppers visit Grand Central Terminal each day of the Holiday Fair. Planners spend the year looking for unique vendors and are highly selective about the artists chosen to participate. Artisans in recent GCT fairs not only have sold high volumes of product, but also have landed high-profile wholesale accounts with major retailers, sold pieces to museums, broadened their retail client bases, and have been profiled on local and national TV. For this year’s artisan call, merchandising consultants are interested in all product categories. However, food products will not be evaluated at this time. For more information write to: [email protected].

Chicago to Air New Home Improvement Show

"Weekend Workbench," a new television show produced by Oak Brook Productions in Chicago, was developed with the goal of helping to motivate Chicago do-it-yourselfers. The show will air on Sundays, debuting at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 7, on WGN-TV. Michael Curkov, a 2006 graduate of Western Illinois University, is a co-producer of the show and commented to his alma mater that, "There is no other show like it right now. We're doing things like replacing the belts on a snow blower, building a planter box and installing shelving, things the average homeowner should be able to do themselves." November, December and January have been spent in pre-production for the show, and filming on 13 episodes began several weeks ago.

Expo This Weekend

The Home Improvement and Remodeling Expo, sponsored by the Housing and Building Association of Northwestern Colorado, will take place this weekend, March 1-3, at Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction, CO. Admission will be $5.00 per person; $3.00 per Seniors/Children; or $15.00/family (immediate family only). There will be a free custom home tour Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2,from 10am-6 pm and Sunday, March 3, from 10am -4 pm. Additionally, Lowe’s will be doing two free kids clinics on Saturday, March 2, at 12:30pm and at 2:30pm to build one of two great projects. For more information visit

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®

Earlier this month Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation announced that it has awarded more than $2.4 million in Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® grants to 559 schools in 46 states throughout the nation. The grants were awarded as part of Lowe’s fall 2012 grant cycle for school-improvement projects benefiting K-12 public education during the 2012-2013 school year. The funded projects include technology and safety improvements, library renovations, walking trails and outdoor learning environments. Lowe’s has awarded nearly $5 million in grants to more than 1,100 schools in 2012. “Lowe’s is committed to enhancing the educational experience and improving schools for students across the country through the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program,” said Marshall Croom, chairman of Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “With community support and the hands-on help of local Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers, these funds will go a long way to improve the future for thousands of children.” To view the complete list of grant winners and for information about applying for a grant, visit