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Santa Fe Herb Fest set for April 20

The Sangre de Cristo Unit of the Herb Society of America is hosting the Santa Fe Herb Fest 2013 at the Santa Fe Community College from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 20.

Professional gardener Jim Long of Missouri will be the keynote speaker. He will speak on “Growing and Using the 10 Most Popular Herbs” and “Gardening in Small Spaces.”

Monica Rude, owner of Desert Woman Botanicals near Gila, will speak on “Skip the Lettuce; Eat the Weeds — Herbs on the Edge.”

Cost is $55 and includes lunch. Call Barb Mann at 505-249-6435 to register.

Ball brings out vintage design

Canning jars aren’t just for canning anymore.

The company that makes Ball canning jars saw jar sales increase 31 percent in 2102, a phenomenon it attributes to uses such as home decor and crafting.

So creative types might be interested in a vintage-inspired jar introduced recently by the manufacturer of Ball jars, Jarden Home Brands.

The Ball Heritage Collection Jar commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Perfect Mason Jar, which offered a jar, lid and band in a single unit for a perfect fit. The commemorative pint jar is made of blue glass and is embossed with a vintage Ball logo and anniversary dates.

Buy it where canning supplies are sold or go to FreshPreservingStore.com. The suggested retail price is $9.99 for a package of six jars.

Put lights, power under the cabinets

Ever wish you could put an electrical outlet right where you need it in your kitchen?

The Adorne Under-Cabinet Lighting System from electrical innovator Legrand lets you do just that.

The customizable system includes LED lighting, outlets and even a speaker, all of which can be installed on the underside of your cabinets in the spots where you want them. Docks for tablets and smartphones can be added, too.

The system is available in two forms, one that plugs into an existing power outlet and one that’s hard-wired to a home’s electrical system. Lighting is available in linear form for overall illumination, as well as puck lights.

Many of the system components can be ordered at www.Lowes.com. Examples of prices are $99.98 for a 27-inch modular track, $44.98 for a puck light and $19.98 for a tablet cradle. Free in-store pickup is available.

For information, go to www.legrand.us.

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