DeYoung Properties has returned to the TV spotlight in the new HGTV series "Showhouse Showdown," to air 9 p.m. Monday on the HGTV cable channel.
"Showhouse Showdown" is a competition between two interior designers who take over newly built, identical homes with matching budgets. At the end of each episode, one designer is voted the winner by people who represent the developer's target market.
The local homes used in the competition were at 2109 Buckingham Ave. and 2117 Buckingham Ave. in Clovis.
Designers combined custom ideas with features and amenities from the DeYoung Design Center and furnishings from Mor Furniture.
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DeYoung's previous TV exposure was in 2009, when the local firm rebuilt a home for the ABC series "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."
"The Mega Monster Bash," featuring Midnight Star, Ready for the World and Heatwave, will be held 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Rotary Amphitheater in Woodward Park. The event is presented by KMGV (FM 97.9), better known as MEGA 97.9.
Advance general admission tickets cost $20 and are available in Fresno at: KMGV, 1071 W. Shaw Ave.; Passions Boutique at Herndon and First or Tulare and Van Ness; Ramos Furniture at Blackstone and Shaw or Blythe and Shaw; or at mega979.com.
Tickets are $30 the day of the show.
Midnight Star's hits include "Freak-a-Zoid" and "Midas Touch." Ready for the World's dance-hit "Oh Sheila" was number one on the R&B, Pop and Hot Dance Club Play charts. Heatwave's releases include "Boogie Nights" and "Always And Forever."
On the Road: Fresno's Andy Finch and Tommy Czeschin of Crowley Lake, both professional snowboarders, have completed the first leg of this season's "The Amazing Race." The season opener on Sunday had the teams racing to Taipei, Taiwan.
Finch and Czeschin finished the leg in seventh place.
For more information on the local team, go to CBS.com.
Moving on: Visalia native Avi Kaplan and the four other members of the a capella group Pentatonix – Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado and Kevin Olusola – survived their first week of competition on the NBC competition show "The Sing-Off." The judges loved their version of Katy Perry's "E.T."
Kaplan graduated from Mt. Whitney High School in 2007.
Big winner: Elizabeth Lamanuzzi of Fresno appeared on the Sept. 22 episode of "Let's Make a Deal!" dressed as a skier. She won a set of kitchen appliances including a refrigerator and dishwasher, a butcher block cabinet and a gift card for free groceries.
The total prize package was worth $4,458.
You can see her episode at CBS.com.
At the zoo: The 8th Annual KidFest & Parent Survival Expo will be presented by KSKS (FM 93.7) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event will include an appearance by Captain America, performances by Oklin Bloodworth and local artist Stacey Cacal, plus a bounce house and free face-painting.
Admission is $7 for adults, $3.50 for ages 2-11 and free for those under 2. Proceeds benefit the Fresno Chaffee Zoo.
For more information go to ksks.com.
With "Glee": The casting search for the next season of the Oxygen series "The Glee Project" has started at thegleeproject.oxygen.com. Candidates must be at least 18 but able to convincingly portray a teen, available for production January through April 2012 and willing to travel.