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Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 10:37 am | Updated: 1:04 pm, Tue Jul 3, 2012.

Nothing like an up-close dose of reality. This is going to sound far-fetched, but if you’re a mom who has been longing to “mom” another family for a week while having a stranger live in your house to be the matriarch of your own home, you’re in luck.

With the popularity of reality television and the popularity of ABC’s “Wife Swap,” there will no doubt be some takers when you learn that the show is casting this month right here in our hometown.

The show is searching for two-parent families with at least one child between 6 and 18 who would like to make the one-week swap. They are interested in traditional and non-traditional families; parents and kids who love sports; households with strict rules and households with no rules.

Now in its seventh season, the show offers parents and kids a glimpse into a different lifestyle, and the opportunity for families to experience a different set of family values.

The casting will take place throughout July. Interested families are encouraged to email a family photo and description of their household to patrice.starnes@zodiakusa.com or to call 424-214-4641.

Ever heard of the Guttenberg Press? This one’s Steve. As in Steve Guttenberg the actor from “Diner,” “Cocoon,” “Police Academy” and “Three Men and a Baby.”

He’s written a book, “The Guttenberg Bible,” a hilarious and insightful memoir of the highs and lows of his Hollywood experience, and will be at the Marcus Jewish Community Center on July 12 to share it with guests.

The event will be held in an “In Conversation” format with Conn Jackson of the Conn Jackson show at 7:30 p.m. A book signing will immediately follow.

Tickets are $8 for members and $13 for non-members and seating is limited. Call the box office at 678-812-4005 or visit atlantajcc.org to reserve yours.

Your vote could win $20,000. North Springs Charter High School is in the running for a grant from Big Lots to fund equipment for film and broadcasting equipment via its Big Lot Lots2Give program, but your help is needed.

The students have created a video about their need for such equipment. If you view it via biglots.com/lots2give and vote for the North Springs video, they could be among the winning schools with a $20,000 cash prize or one of many smaller denomination cash prizes from the $120,00 total prize pot.

You can vote through July 8.

If it’s second Saturday… Next Saturday — July 14— is the next date for Second Saturday’s Open Air Artist Market at the Spruill Gallery.

The gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 4681 Ashford Drive gallery location with all kinds of great one-of-a-kind treasures plus a food truck.

Pears Repeating. It was a record-breaking harvest for the pear tree that sits on the Mt. Vernon Road side of the Dunwoody Farmhouse property.

Thanks to Sustainable Pattie Baker, tree climber and former Dunwoody City Councilman Robert Wittenstein and a host of others, this year’s harvest netted 628 pounds of pears — more than 100 pounds more than last year’s harvest — donated to the local food pantries.

You can watch a video of the “shaking of the tree” via Pattie’s blog at vimeo.com/channels/foodshedplanet.

picketfence@bellsouth.net

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