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Bring your old Christmas tree stand to The Garden Gates (2918 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-6699; by Jan. 31 and exchange it for a $10 gift card.

Colorist and preservationist Mary Cooper, whose work has been featured in The World of Interiors, Architectural Digest and Southern Accents, presents the free homebuyers' workshop "Selecting Colors For Your Historic Home" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12. The presentation "Properties for Sale in the Bywater" follows at 7 p.m. Both take place at the Preservation Resource Center (923 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-7032; For more information, contact Suzanne at 636-3399 or

Save 25 percent on Fitflops and Oka B shoes at Lovejoy Day Spa (200 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-1997; through Friday, Jan. 15.

Thursday, Jan. 14, marks the grand opening ceremony for Lowe's newest location at 8333 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette (613-1900; Festivities include a board-cutting ceremony and a gift card match in which Lowe's matches gift-card purchases up to $5,000, with the money going to New Orleans Habitat for Humanity to support its next building project.

Yvonne LaFleur (8131 Hampson St., 866-9666; features a trunk show of bridal party dresses for mothers through Saturday, Jan. 16. Alterations are complimentary for stock and special-order items. An annual sale begins Friday, Jan. 15.

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