With spring officially here, allergy season can’t be far behind. Here are some coping tips from the experts:
• Drive with your windows up and vehicle air-conditioning systems on.
• Turn on your home air-conditioning system (even if the air outside is cool) so the system filters the circulating air. Don’t sleep with windows open.
• Try over-the-counter antihistamines such as Allegra, Claritin and Zyrtec to treat minor symptoms; see a doctor if those don’t do the trick.
• Avoid using antihistamine-decongestant combinations (those often have the D after their name) if you have heart disease or high blood pressure.
» Find more health and fitness tips in Tuesday’s Today section.
Then again, pollen is the lifeblood of the floral world around us.
“Attracting Native Pollinators” (Storey, $29.95) encourages readers to help protect the bugs, birds and other creatures that pollinate many of our plants and thus improve our quality of life.
The new book from the nonprofit Xerces Society outlines simple steps, like tolerating a few pollinator-friendly weeds, to more ambitious endeavors such as creating pollinator habitats in lawns, parks and other landscapes.
» Find more home and garden ideas in Sunday’s Today section.
Lean pork tenderloin is a healthy dinner choice, but one that can dry out if it’s not cooked carefully. A spicy orange and horseradish coating can add both moisture and flavor; for the recipe, see page C7.
»Find more recipes and restaurant news in Wednesday’s Food section.
Here’s what’s on the schedule for this week:
On CD (Tuesday)
Radiohead, “The King of Limbs”
Britney Spears, “Femme Fatale Deluxe”
Willie Nelson, Norah Jones and Wynton Marsalis, “Here We Go Again”
Mary Mary, “Something Big”
Los Lonely Boys, “Rockpango”
On DVD (Tuesday)
“Mad Men: Season Four”
In theaters (Friday)
“Source Code” (sci-fi thriller)
“Body of Proof”: Dana Delany stars as a former neurosurgeon making a new life as a medical examiner in this series premiere. (Tuesday, 10 p.m., ABC)
“Coal”: The new reality series from the people behind “Deadliest Catch” and “Ice Road Truckers” explores the West Virginia mining industry. (Wednesday, 10 p.m., Spike)
“Grey’s Anatomy”: The cast trades scrubs for songs in a musical episode. (Thursday, 9 p.m., ABC)
“Camelot”: Fresh from its “Spartacus” saga, the Starz movie network tackles the King Arthur story. (Friday, 10 p.m., Starz)
“Academy of Country Music Awards”: Reba McEntire hosts the 46th annual event. (Sunday, 8 p.m., CBS)
“Race”: Interplayers, opens Thursday
Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival: Friday-Saturday, Coeur d’Alene Resort
Lula Washington Dance Theatre: Saturday, Panida Theater, Sandpoint
Spokane Home and Garden Show: Friday-Sunday, Convention Center
Spokane Orchid Society Show and Sale: Saturday-Sunday, Southside Senior Center
» Find a full arts and entertainment roundup in the Thursday and Friday Today sections.