Shops & Business

For kids who get free lunch and breakfast at school, summer can be tough. They need hearty and healthy meals that can be made without help from an adult. Maybe the best parent-free meal is the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Just when you thought your only choice was to surrender to the winter blahs, opportunity sprouts right before your eyes. The 10th annual Planter Party and Workshop, led by Heidi Heiland and her nature experts, offers insider tips on connecting with plants and nature to relieve stress.

It isn’t often that a gift purchased in Hamel directly helps a woman in Peru support herself and her family. At Art 2 Heart, a nonprofit Christian ministry-based store just west of Plymouth, 100 percent of profits are invested in bringing help and hope to women and children around the world.

Back in the day, a new mother had scads of in-home support: Grandparents, siblings and neighbors chipped in to run the household and take pressure off the recuperating mom.

The 2013 Drop-Off Day for Plymouth residents is May 4, offering local residents the opportunity to dispose of unwanted household goods responsibly. Popular items include furniture, appliances and electronics, but also make sure to bring your often-forgotten recyclables like mattresses and tires.

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