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51st Annual Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Show

Thursday, February 7 - Sunday, February 10, 2013
Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park

Thursday - Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

$8 at the door
Seniors (age 60+) - $5, (Senior Day - $4 at the door on Thursday)
Children 12 and younger free
Military Personnel are free with a Military ID

Parking is $5 • Enter at Gates 1, 4, and 5.

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Seminar & Demonstration Stage Schedule

2013 Home Improvement Show Seminar and Demonstration Schedule

Renewal by Andersen Seminar & Demonstration Stage

Thursday, February 7

11:00 a.m.: Gus Gnorski
1:00 p.m.: Tom Feiza — Mr. Fix-It, presented by J&B Construction
3:30 p.m.: Melinda Myers, “The Plant Doctor”

Friday, February 8

11:00 a.m.: Bonnie Schneider, CNN/HLN Meteorologist and DIY Network Weather Expert — “Extreme Weather”, presented by Allrite Home & Remodeling
1:00 p.m.: Lis Friemoth, “The Garden Hoe”
3:30 p.m.: Tom Feiza — Mr. Fix-It, presented by J&B Construction
5:30 p.m.: Bonnie Schneider, CNN/HLN Meteorologist and DIY Network Weather Expert — “Extreme Weather”, presented by Allrite Home & Remodeling

Saturday, February 9

10:30 a.m.: Bonnie Schneider, CNN/HLN Meteorologist and DIY Network Weather Expert — “Extreme Weather”, presented by Allrite Home & Remodeling
12:30 p.m.: Tom Feiza — Mr. Fix-It, presented by J&B Construction
2:30 a.m.: Bonnie Schneider, CNN/HLN Meteorologist and DIY Network Weather Expert — “Extreme Weather”, presented by Allrite Home & Remodeling
4:30 p.m.: Lis Friemoth, “The Garden Hoe”
6:00 p.m.: Bonnie Schneider, CNN/HLN Meteorologist and DIY Network Weather Expert — “Extreme Weather”, presented by Allrite Home & Remodeling

Sunday, February 10

11:00 a.m.: Melinda Myers, “The Plant Doctor”
12:30 p.m.: Gus Gnorski
2:00 p.m.: Tom Feiza — Mr. Fix-It, presented by J&B Construction

Mukwonago Remodeling Cooking Demonstration Stage

Thursday, February 7

Noon: Mad Dog & Merrill
2:00 p.m.: Kevin Sloan, Riverside & Pabst Theater Chef
4:30 p.m.: Pastry Chef Annie Ghobral, Bartolotta Restaurant Group
6:00 p.m.: Mad Dog & Merrill

Friday, February 8

Noon: Patricia Katopes, Food Network “Cupcake Wars” Winner
2:00 p.m.: Mad Dog & Merrill
4:30 p.m.: Mad Dog & Merrill
6:00 p.m.: Patricia Katopes, Food Network “Cupcake Wars” Winner

Saturday, February 9

11:30 a.m.: Patricia Katopes, Food Network “Cupcake Wars” Winner
1:30 p.m.: Mad Dog & Merrill
3:30 p.m.: Patricia Katopes, Food Network “Cupcake Wars” Winner
5:00 p.m.: Mad Dog & Merrill
6:15 p.m.: Patricia Katopes, Food Network “Cupcake Wars” Winner

Sunday, February 10

11:30 a.m.: Mad Dog & Merrill
1:00 p.m.: Leroy Butler, Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer and Inventor of the Lambeau Leap, presented by 1st Choice Heating & Cooling and Oak Creek Plumbing
2:45 p.m.: Mad Dog & Merrill

Tom Feiza

A NARI Certified Professional, Feiza’s public appearances combine down-to-earth information with a dash of humor, while his radio call-in show on AM620 WTMJ, which draws over 45,000 listeners each hour, allows him to provide practical solutions to callers’ questions on home repair and related projects.

A writer of a weekly question and answer column that appears in over 80 newspapers with total circulation reaching more than 600,000 homes, Feiza has also written two books on home repair. In addition to radio and print, he regularly appears on television talk and news shows, where he shares his Mr. Fix-It tips.

A registered professional engineer with over 30 years of building management experience, Feiza obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Marquette University. He consults in the area of home remodeling and construction, and he performs home inspections.

Lis Friemoth

Best known as “The Garden Hoe,” Friemoth has been passionate about and gaining knowledge of plants since childhood. According to Friemoth, she’s been “rolling in the dirt since she was six months old.” She fondly recalls her formative years spent in the home garden planting, growing, and maintaining lots of flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

Her interest in the business side of life originally led Friemoth to the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, where science lured her away, resulting in a Bachelor’s of Science degree. She then pursued and achieved a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Friemoth’s love of healthy plants, her science background, and the alluring smell of wet dirt led her on a plant disease quest to expand her knowledge, understanding, and expertise. That quest resulted in a desire to work in the discipline she knows and loves, took her out from behind a desk in corporate research, and put her behind a shovel. More than 10 years ago, she applied that burgeoning knowledge and expertise into the community service field as a county horticulturist. She then took her love of healthy plants, the lure of science, the pleasant challenges of analysis, and the risk of business, and put them all together to create and launch her own endeavor - The Garden Hoe.

Gus Gnorski

Considered Milwaukee’s best-known handyman, Gus Gnorski began his broadcast career in 1966 on WTMJ-AM 620. The Milwaukee area first saw FOX 6’s “Ask Gus,” his weekly television show, in 1992. More than 700 original episodes were produced and aired, and Gnorski in 2010 retired as a regular on “FOX 6 Wake-Up News.”

Patricia Katopes

In 2011, Patricia Katopes began a new chapter in her life. Inspired by her love of all things creative and her passion for baking, she decided to pick up the whisk and start her own business, Patty Cakes Cupcakes. She held fast to the belief that if you “Do what you love, do what you're good at, and allow the rest to fall into place,” things would turn out for the best.

At an early age, Katopes had the curiosity for learning how to bake. She took classes as a child and decided that cake decorating was her favorite. After graduating with a degree in journalism, Katopes studied two years towards a master’s in fine art from Georgia State University. Her educational foundation gave her a strong creative base with which to pursue her passions. Now, she continues to explore her creativity through her business, providing top-quality cupcakes and a sense of community to sweet-toothed customers all over Atlanta.

On a whim, Katopes wanted to test her skills against the best in the business. She auditioned for “Cupcake Wars” in January of 2012 and was accepted for Season 6. After battling against more experienced bakers, all of which were judged by a panel of experts, Katopes was declared the winner of The Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.” As the winner of the competition, Katopes received $10,000 along with showcasing her winning creations at the Wildaid black-tie gala held in San Francisco in May 2012.

Katopes is also hoping to compete in the upcoming season of “Cupcake Champions,” which pits 16 “Cupcake Wars” winners against each other for a chance to be named the Ultimate Cupcake Champion. The winner will receive $50,000 and showcase his or her creations at a high-profile event.

Mad Dog & Merrill

What once started as a couple of pitch guys for a national grill company has turned into a cult following that has swept the Midwest. For over 30 years, self-proclaimed “Grillologists,” Mad Dog & Merrill, have entertained and educated thousands of grilling enthusiasts. Mad Dog & Merrill not only travel the country performing in front of live audiences, writing cookbooks and making videos, they also host the TV series, Mad Dog & Merrill’s Midwest Grill’n airing throughout all of Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Behind the comedy and entertainment, the duo recently applied their years of grilling experience to create authentic blends of sauces and spices produced locally and distributed throughout the Midwest. “We want nothing more than to make everyone a better griller and show how easy it is to be creative and entertain in their own backyard,” said Gary Merrill.

Melinda Myers

Melinda Myers, “The Plant Doctor,” is a gardening expert, TV/radio host, author, and columnist, with more than 30 years of horticulture experience. She has written over 20 gardening books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening and The Garden Book for Wisconsin. She hosts the nationally syndicated “Melinda’s Garden Moment” segments that air on 89 TV and radio stations throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Today’s TMJ4 and WMYX-FM 99.1 in Milwaukee.

She is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and writes the twice monthly Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “Gardeners’ Questions” newspaper column.

Myers hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio program for over 20 years as well as Great Lakes Gardener on PBS. She has a master’s degree in horticulture, is a certified arborist, and was a horticulture instructor with tenure at Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Bonnie Schneider

Bonnie Schneider, a national television meteorologist and the author of “Extreme Weather,” appears on the various platforms of CNN and Headline News (HLN). She is the co-executive producer and extreme weather expert for “Last House Standing,” a television special that has aired on the DIY Television Network. The show, which was shot on location in California, Alabama, and Florida, provides homeowners tips on how to storm-proof against earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes.

A native of Jericho, New York, Schneider earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University. She pursued her meteorological studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Hunter College in Manhattan. She started her career as a weekend meteorologist at KPLC-TV in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Schneider debuted on CNN in June of 2005, covering the 2005 hurricane season, which included in-studio analysis of Hurricane Katrina. In 2008, she contributed to CNN International's coverage of Cyclone Nargis and the earthquake in China's Sichaun Province. In 2012, she covered Hurricane Isaac for HLN and talked about safety tips mentioned in her book. She recently covered Hurricane Sandy for BLOOMBERG TV from their world headquarters in New York City.

Prior to CNN, Schneider worked as the Weekend Meteorologist/Special Assignment Reporter on WLVI-TV WB56 in Boston. While in Boston, she also provided entertainment and lifestyle reporting as a special assignment reporter. Prior to WB56, she was the weekend meteorologist at WFOR-TV in Miami.

Schneider was awarded the American Meteorological Society's Seal of Approval for broadcast meteorologists who achieve the highest standard of excellence in both technical weather knowledge and communication skills.

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