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Organic Gardening Workshop

Organic Gardening Workshop

Saturday, November 5, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

956 Cole Street – $10 per person

garden1Our friends Colum of Malibu Compost and Stephanie of Espoma will be leading a class at our Cole Valley location on Saturday, November 5, on the benefits of home composting and organic gardening. Composting is the decomposition of food scraps, yard trimmings, and soiled paper products into a rich, earthen material. It’s excellent for enriching garden soil and houseplants. It’s also a crucial way of reducing the volume of trash that we send to our landfills. As cities and counties across the state work toward a 100% waste diversion goal, it’s a simple step to help pitch in. Organic gardening ensures that water runoff from gardens does not send harmful chemicals to our waterways, and ultimately into the Bay and ocean. Malibu Compost offers compost and compost teas that repair your soil’s ecosystem, save water, and serve as a source of humus for plant ing and managing soil health while also emanating energetic life forces to vitalize vegetables, plants, flowers, lawns, gardens, and farms. Its line of Bu’s Blend™  products are handcrafted from a base of dairy cow manure, which is laid in rows to mature and is treated with biodynamic preparations that contain plant materials and minerals designed to increase microbial life and nutrients in the soil. Espoma’s mission is to offer the highest quality, most effective, natural, and organic products for the lawn and garden industry. It achieves this by sourcing the finest and purest natural ingredients available; adhering to strict quality-control garden2standards throughout the production process; and continually improving and testing its products so that they provide generations of gardeners consistent and superior results. Space is limited, so sign up today! Your $10 entry fee will get you a $10 Cole Hardware  gift card, a Cole Hardware  fashion tote, and product samples to start your organic home gardening. Join us for an informative session to answer all of your home composting questions! Visit ColeHardware.eventbrite.com  to sign up.

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Basic Knife Skills Workshop

Knife Skills

Join us Wednesday, November 9, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm for a Basic Knife Skills Workshop

2254 Polk Street – $10

Knife Skills

Wish you had better skills in the kitchen? Now is your chance to learn knife techniques of a professional chef! Our friend Joel from Zwilling J.A. Henckels, manufacturer of quality German-made cutlery, will lead a hands-on workshop. You’ll learn basic grip and movement skills, along with mincing, cubing, julienning, and more. Impress your in-laws this holiday season by  whipping up something special for Thanksgiving dinner. Space is limited, so sign up today. Your $10 registration fee will get you a $10 Cole Hardware gift card and our signature Cole Hardware  bar board (a 6″ x 8″ bamboo cutting board that is perfect for slicing lemons and limes when you make home cocktails). Visit ColeHardware.eventbrite.com  to sign up.

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Ladies’ Night & Mixer

Ladies' Night & Mixer

Thursday, October 13
4PM -8PM

Ladies' Night & Mixer

Ladies’ Night returns to all Cole Hardware locations on October 13. We’ve put together a fun evening of activities and raffle prizes for all to enjoy. The great news is that you don’t even need to be a “lady” to attend—all are welcome: men, women, the young, and the young at heart! Please join us for the exciting evening and bring the family! Receive a special-edition 5-gallon pink bucket with any $10 purchase!

Bonus Ladies' Night Coupon - $10 OFF Any $20+ Purchase During Ladies' Night

Meet and Greet!

Stephanie: Espoma® Cole Street Store
Espoma offers the highest quality, most effective natural and organic products for the lawn and garden. Stephanie will be on hand to answer all of your plant questions.

Colum: Malibu Compost Rockridge Store
Malibu Compost products are hand-crafted, using only fully finished compost that is made according to traditional biodynamic practices. Colum will be on hand to answer composting questions and serving Frey Vineyards biodynamic-certified wine, highlighting terroir as part of its soil story.

Hands On!

We will be conducting these demonstrations during Ladies’ Night:

Planter from Salvaged Items
Almost any old item can be transformed into a fun planter! Bring in a small salvaged item, suitable to hold dirt, and we’ll help you create a fun planter. We’ll supply the soil and three succulents—you just need to br ing you r treasured vessel.

SodaStream™
This revolutionary appliance has changed the soda game. Make sparkling beverages in a matter of seconds. See how easy it really is to make soda and sparkling water. Buy any SodaStream starter kit and receive a free flavor— up to a $8.99 value.

Christophe Pourny Furniture Tonic
Come see how this tonic restores the luster and shine to wood that time and sun can diminish. (Sku 102103, $17.99) Bring in a small wooden item that needs some love, and we’ll treat it with the tonic free!

Block Oil®
Bring in your favorite wooden or bamboo cutting board for a free Block Oil treatment that will penetrate, condition, and seal the surface, protecting it from cracking, drying, and absorbing food odors. (Sku 102004, $7.99)

Enjoy!

  • Appetizers
  • Cole Hardware Cutting Edge wine
  • Cole Hardware gourmet chocolates

Donate!

Dress for Success® and Wardrobe for Opportunity Clothing Collection

Our Ladies’ Night will once again also serve as a donation drop-off site for Dress for Success and Wardrobe for Opportunity, whose missions are to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Both organizations offer services designed to help their clients find jobs and remain employed.

Our lifestyles and even work attire have become so casual over the last few years, many of us have professional clothing that we no longer need. This is your chance to help someone in our community who can use this clothing. A tax donation form will be provided at the time of your donation. During Ladies’ Night last year, we collected hundreds of articles of clothing and accessories, and we hope to do it again with your help!

The following is a list of appropriate clothing and other items we can accept:

  • Matching suit (jacket and pant/skirt)
  • Interview-appropriate blouses, skirts, slacks, and dresses
    Above clothing must be on hangers—no bags, please.
  • Work-appropriate shoes
  • Jewelry and scarves
  • Handbags (briefcases, portfolios, or work-appropriate purses)

Donate $10 to Dress for Success during our Ladies’ Night event and receive a $5 Cole Hardware gift card good on your next visit.

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Tips for Home Safety and Accessibility

Safer Moss and Algae Killer and Surface Cleaner

Hazards in the home are responsible for about a third of the injuries suffered by older adults, and people with impairments may face difficulties—and barriers to independent living—in their own environments. It therefore makes sense to observe household habits, identify problem areas, and make changes that will help create safer, more accessible living situations. Since June is Home Safety Month, we’ve compiled a list of easy fixes to common problems. The products shown are samples of the many from which to choose at Cole Hardware.

 

  • Improve lighting, if necessary, both indoors and out, to add safety as well as security. FrogLeggs Night Vision LightTake special note of stairways, and don’t forget closets.
  • Night lights or motion-sensor lights should be put in hallways and bathrooms used at night. Entryways and stairwells should be well lighted, too. One of our favorite motion sensor lights is the Light It™ wireless LED porch light, which can stand on a surface or be mounted on a wall. (Sku 3266087, $31.99)
  • Key ring flashlights allow maneuvering through dark parking areas—or even to the bathroom. The FrogLeggs™ Night Vision light is small enough to attach to a key ring and features a long-life LED bulb. (Sku 9309501, $3.49)
  • Stair safety treads provide stability, and a contrasting color tread at the edge of a step gives a visual cue. Cole Hardware has assorted widths, colors, and textures available.
  • Handrails should be positioned about adult elbow height on both sides of staircases. Knobs at both ends will alert the user that the stairs end.Monaco Lok-Lift Rug Gripper
  • Grab bars should be situated vertically at tops of stairs, and bars or handrails should be placed in bathrooms where needed (towel racks should never be used for support).
  • A shower seat and a handheld showerhead will help avoid fatigue and eliminate bending. The Safety First™ nonslip seat has rustproof legs and fits in standard tubs and showers. (Sku 4017000, $44.99) The Oxygenics® handheld power massage showerhead has five settings, a 5-foot hose, and a stationary mounting bracket. Easy installation. (Sku 4495750, $39.99)
  • Nonslip coatings or safety mats or strips will guard against slips in tubs and showers. Bath mats should have nonskid backings.
  • Limit the use of extension cords and fasten them to baseboards. 3M Cord Clips hold firmly and remove cleanly with no surface damage. Each clip holds 1 pound. Package of four clips and five adhesive strips. (Sku 5095856, $4.99)
  • Throw rugs should be removed or secured to the floor with double-sided rug tape such as Manco® Lok-Lift Rug Gripper 2.5″ x 25′. (Sku 6016158, $11.99)
  • Lever door handles and rocker light switches are great for those with poor hand strength.Safer Moss and Algae Killer and Surface Cleaner
  • Relocate items in cupboards and cabinets so that they are low enough to be easily reached.
  • Lower closet shelves if necessary.
  • A long-handled pick-up tool can be used to reach objects that are on high shelves or on the floor. The Pik Stik pick-up tool has a 32″ handle and a 4″ jaw opening. It will hold a 3-pound object. (Sku 2114957, $29.99)
  • If a step stool is necessary, a sturdy one with side handles should be used.
  • Clear moss and mildew from shady stairs and sidewalks so that areas are not slippery. Water-based Safer® Moss and Algae Killer and Surface Cleaner will do the job—plus it’s noncorrosive to metals and will actually beautify wood. (Sku 7115991, $19.99)
  • Hose reels loop hoses out of the way.
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Oakland Dust Spice Rubs

oakland-dust-logoThe story of Oakland Dust goes back to when I was a child sitting shotgun outside Flint’s BBQ in my pop’s idling ’75 Cutlass. Those summer days: the captivating Bill King on the radio, the scent of mesquite-fueled smoke billowing from above. Pop would roll to Flint’s on Shattuck just about every Sunday, pick up a full slab, hot links, and extra Wonder Bread to soak up all that goodness. By the time we made it home, half the links would be gone, and my lips would be on fire. This is where my love affair with pork, and all foods, began. I created Oakland Dust for my love of food and for the city I proudly call home.

Handcrafted, locally inspired spice rubs for all your favorite foods, our unique blends add flavor to all your creations. Try dusting on popcorn, roasted veggies, and salads. You’re the boss in the kitchen—we’re just here to add a little spice.
—Lloyd Ross, Founder of Oakland Dust

Our Rockridge store carries Oakland Dust in a pork rub, chicken rub, and curry rub. (Skus 869005, 097–8, $7.99)

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Dog Adoption Event


coppers-dream-kids-w-dogRockridge Store

5533 College Avenue
Saturday, May 21
12:00 pm–2:00 pm

Rockridge is a dog-friendly neighborhood for sure! Our crew member Jan has evencreated posters that adorn the walls of the store: The Dogs of Rockridge. Join us at our College Avenue location as we sponsor a dog adoption event with our friends from Copper’s Dream Rescue, a group that has a long history of rescuing dogs up and down the state. Copper’s Dream helps dogs of all sizes, shapes, and breeds and is dedicated to the mission of ending the euthanasia of adoptable animals through increasing public awareness, taking legal action benefiting shelter animals, and rescuing dogs scheduled for euthanasia and placing them in permanent and loving homes.

coppers-dream-animal-rescue-logoCopper’s Dream Rescue is named after Jennifer Wang’s childhood best friend, Copper, a reddish brown cocker spaniel. After graduating with a law degree in 2008 and returning to the Bay Area, Jennifer, and her sister Samantha, collaborated to found this nonprofit so that they could make the biggest impact in the lives of shelter animals on death row.

Even if you can’t adopt a dog, please come by to show your support. Any of our dog-friendly products that Copper’s Dream can use are available to purchase and donate. You might even fall in love!

A $25 Cole Hardware gift card will be given to anyone who adopts a dog at the event.

Make a donation of $10 or more during the event and receive a $5 Cole Hardware gift card.

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Handy Hoe

handy-hoe

Used in Asia for thousands of years, the garden hoe or ho-mi is the standard for getting gardening chores done. Maybe the best garden tool created, the Handy Hoe gives your back a break by effortlessly cutting through soil, digging holes, and doing just about everything else in the garden. It literally is the sharpest tool in the shed!

Designed in Portland, Oregon, the Handy Hoe is constructed from solid beech wood and super-strong railway steel. The curve of the hoe shaft is perfectly balanced to feel right in your hand. The bright red cap isn’t just a pretty color—the folks at Handy Hoe figured you’d want to find it easily after setting it down in the garden. (Sku 709003, $14.99)

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Side Walk Sale – Rockridge Store

Time to clean the cupboards! We’ll be cleaning house and lining the sidewalks at our Rockridge store with hundreds of bargains! We have lots of merchandise that is in good shape but perhaps a bit shopworn—ripped packaging or maybe a little scratched or dusty. And we need to empty the warehouse to make room for new and exciting summer merchandise. Everything in our sidewalk sale will be marked down 25% to 75%, so you’ll be sure to find some exceptional deals.

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Weber® Q® 1200™ Gas Grills

The Weber Q 1200 is full-size fun in a portable package! It’s perfect for camping, tailgating, or wherever adventure leads you. Porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates provide 189 square inches of cooking area. The sturdy cast-aluminum lid and body and glass-reinforced nylon frame ensures that your Q will deliver years of backyard barbecues. And with a variety of vivid lid hues, you can cook in color and express your fun personality at the same time! What does
your Weber color say about you?
Fuchsia: Energy and excitement are two of your characteristics.
Red: You’re passionate about your barbecuing. Orange: Knock knock. Orange you fun and whimsical? Or a huge Giants fan? Green: Nature and eco-awareness are important to you.
Blue: You’re reliable and loyal. True blue is constant and dependable.
Purple: Regal and mystical might define you.
Titanium: You are strong and precious, like the metal.
Black: The color of power, elegance, and formality. Is this you? (Skus 8432627, 8394777, 8432494 , 8432585,
8432577, 8432569, 8432536, 8379422, $199.99) Assortment may vary by location. All colors can be special ordered.

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For Your Gardening and Cooking Pleasure: Grow Herbs!

plantsHerbs can be used in a variety of ways: in the kitchen, medicinally, and ornamentally. For example, basil adds flavor to salads and sauces, chamomile tea soothes the whole body, and lavender will freshen any room with its beauty and scent.
Cultivation Herbs can be grown either in pots or directly in the ground. Keep in mind that mint is very aggressive and will quickly take over your garden, so it’s best to plant it in containers. Some species of rosemary and lavender form large bushes and will need room to do so. If you are planting directly in the ground, choose a site that gets at least six hours of direct sunlight. (Mint can take some shade.) Mix in both compost and sphagnum moss to lighten up the existing soil and provide proper drainage.
Once planted, herbs require little attention. Like most plants, they do not like soil that’s too wet, but like just the right amount of water. It is generally ideal for the soil to be slightly cool and moist to the touch. Little fertilization if any is required. Fertilization actually detracts from an herb’s flavor.
Herbs rarely suffer from severe disease or insect damage, but in case pests do invade, fight them with an organic method such as ladybugs, neem oil, or one of the Safer® products.
Most of the common herbs will stay with you throughout the years. The exceptions are basil and cilantro, which are annuals and die off each year, and parsley, which is a biennial and lasts two years. Watering Herbs
• Frequent watering and feeding: parsley, cilantro, peppermint, chives, garlic chives
• Less frequent watering/regular feeding: basil, dill, oregano, marjoram, tarragon
• Infrequent watering/regular light feeding: thyme, sage, rosemary, winter savory, lavender
Harvesting
With most herbs, harvesting the tips (“pinching back”) results in new growth and bushier plants. Keep your herb garden as close to your kitchen as possible and have a set of snips or pruning shears on hand, so you can harvest spontaneously while cooking. Most culinary herbs reach peak flavor when the flower buds are just about to open (although herbs in the mint family are generally best in full flower). For peak flavor, harvest in the morning, when the sun is still low. Keep in mind that harvesting more than one-third of any plant may weaken it.
Simple Preservation
Use herbs fresh or preserve them for future use. If you pick one or two too many stems for the dish you are cooking and prefer to take a more casual approach to preserving the extra, use one of these methods: Lay the extra herb sprigs anywhere in your kitchen where they will get sufficient air circulation and be out of the way. You can use them anytime as they dry. Or cut them into small enough pieces to place in a small glass jar, cover with olive oil, and cover tightly. Use both the olive oil and the herb sprigs to flavor your favorite meal.
Frozen Herb Cubes
Chop two or more cups of basil or other herb leaves in a blender or food processor. Use a single herb or combine herbs for your favorite recipe. Add enough water to make a thick purée. Pour mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze immediately. When frozen, remove cubes and store in the freezer in labeled bags. To flavor soups or sauces, simply drop in an herb cube or two. The flavor will be very close to that of fresh-picked herbs.
Dried Herbs
Drying herbs makes them easy to store and use. When done correctly, dried herbs retain much of their original flavor. Use an oven or dehydrator or air dry. It is easy to overdry herbs in a gas or electric oven; we recommend the microwave for small quantities. Spread several stems on a double-thick paper towel and cover with one layer of paper towel. Microwave on full power for about 1 minute, turn stems over, and dry them on full power for another minute or so, or just until they turn brittle but stay in one piece when touched gently.
Air-dry large quantities of herbs in a dark, dry place. Cut long stems, bundle loosely, and hang upside down. If dust is a problem, drape a thin cloth, paper bag, or tissue paper over the top. Or dry herb stems on a wire rack between two layers of thin cloth or tissue. The key is to insure plenty of air circulation and a low-humidity atmosphere (needless to say, fall is the best time to air-dry herbs in San Francisco). Once dried, herbs are best stored in a dark, cool place in airtight glass containers. Label and date the containers and check for condensation several days after you put them in storage.

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