Like most in the area, Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan hopes warm weather arrives soon to stay.
To encourage weather-weary residents, the non-profit agency has planned a ReStore Summer event this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to the Habitat ReStore on Chisholm Street to get a first look at the store's summer stock as well as to enjoy refreshments, drawings and raffles.
The event also is intended as an opportunity to show off the ReStore's newly remodeled space.
"We're planning on having an open house type of atmosphere, showing off our newly remodeled store and more customer friendly displays," said ReStore Manager Doug Talent. "There also will be a craft corner or repurposing corner with one of our volunteers showing how you can repurpose items."
The staff will bring out all of the store's summer merchandise, which has been in storage. This includes patio tables and chairs, gardening items such as pots, planters and tools, summer sporting goods and items used for yard clean-up.
Prototypes of Habitat-built Adirondack chairs and picnic tables will also be on display Saturday. Those interested can pre-order the furniture, which is then made as a fundraiser for the ReStore.
"We're going to try and do it all in one fell swoop and spring into the summer season," Talent said.
Because Saturday also happens to be Armed Forces Day, Habitat is offering a 10 percent discount on all items purchased by military personnel.
Refreshments available on site will include hotdogs, chips and pop. A lot of the planning for ReStore Summer was done by ReStore Assistant Mike Oliver, who will be taking on more responsibility for running store as Talent transitions into his new position as construction supervisor.
Habitat is gearing up for the summer construction season, with proceeds from Saturday's event earmarked for various local projects.
"We have a home on Second Avenue that's a total rehab project," said Habitat Executive Director Stacy Todd. "We're in the process of selecting a family to occupy that home."
Todd also said the agency has several A Brush with Kindness projects to undertake throughout Alpena, Alcona and Presque Isle counties. These smaller scale projects involve such tasks as installing handicap ramps and doing roofing work.
"All of the money raised goes back into the community to help families and to fulfill the Habitat vision of creating a world where everyone has a safe place to live," Todd said. "Coming into the ReStore and participating in this fun event enables Habitat to do even more in the communities we serve."
For information about the ReStore or Saturday's event, call 354-5555. For more information about Habitat for Humanity or to volunteer, call 356-3509.