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WEDNESDAY

My mother, a woman of robust Appalachian stock, would probably still be able to outlift me, were it not for an ill-advised housecleaning attempt about 10 years ago. “I was looking at that piano,” she told me, “and thinking it must be awful dusty under there….” Fortunately, her back injury wasn’t serious, but the spinet probably didn’t fare too well. Want to prevent this from happening to you or someone you love? Take some advice from the book Caring for Your Family Treasures: “Modern pianos should always be moved on a dolly, with at least three, and in some cases four, people to do the lifting.” Not one 5-foot-tall, 70-year-old woman. I’m getting Mom this book so she can turn her hands to safer pursuits, such as cleaning Grandma’s quilts, creating scrapbooks, or insuring our priceless collection of novelty salt-and-pepper shakers. Jane S. Long and Richard W. Long will talk about and sign their book at 7 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Hammer Auditorium, 500 17th St. NW. $16. For reservations call (202) 639-1770. (Pamela Murray Winters)