Devotees of the 67-year-old Cleveland Home & Garden Show may be a little confused about the changes in the event that previously took place at the IX Center starting the second week in February. Now, due to rising costs, the promoters have moved the event to a new facility — the Great Lakes Expo Center (1200 Babbitt Rd.), a former K-Mart across from Euclid Square Mall — and gave it new dates: It opens at 11 a.m. today and runs through January 31. There are some key advantages to the new venue: There’s free parking, it’s right off the freeway and it’s closer to downtown. And the earlier date means you can start dreaming about spring sooner, temporarily forgetting the snow you have to shovel as you visit the usual array of model homes, celebrity and feature gardens, home-improvement vendors, and cooking, gardening and home-repair demonstrations. In recent years, shows have revolved around different countries. This year’s theme is “Wonderful Germany,” so expect an Oktoberfest atmosphere, with German food, wares, music (including popular local polka musician Fred Ziwich), dancers and guys in lederhosen — hopefully, guys with good legs. Admission is $12; kids 12 and under are free. — Anastasia Pantsios
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