A weekly roundup of home and garden classes, tours and more.
Note: Businesses enter these events online months and weeks ahead of time; please check their websites or call to verify spots are still available.
Christmas Shopping Bazaar
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Great gifts for everyone on your list are available at the Immanuel Baptist Church Christmas Bazaar. Shopping is fun and easy with 20 vendor booths featuring unique and quality handcrafted items. This special event creates a festive atmosphere including a silent auction, make-and-take crafts and delicious homemade baked goods. In addition to finding special gifts for the Christmas holiday help support our church restoration project and purchase a raffle ticket for a Handcrafted Dollhouse. All proceeds from the bazaar go to the church restoration project. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 3. Immanuel Baptist Church, 3610 Hillandale Road, Durham. 919-383-1422, visitimmanuel.org.
100 Years of Christmas
During the day, visit the historic homes of slaves, sharecroppers, and slaveholders, and learn about the Christmas traditions of enslaved and free people in North Carolina. After dark, purchase a ticket to see some of these buildings lit by lanterns, while your guide shares stories of holidays during slavery. 10 a.m. Dec. 3. Free. Historic Stagville, 5828 Old Oxford Hwy., Durham. 919-620-0120, stagville.org.
Portrait Painting Class
Join a four-week class to learn the skills of portrait painting. Lessons will cover the basic anatomy of the face, and how to mix colors to match any color you desire. This class teaches the use of oil paint as the main medium. We will also be teaching basic brush techniques. Dec. 3, 6, 8, 10, 13 and 15. $70. Ilass, 2224 Sunnybrook Rd., Raleigh. 919-671-3954
Christmas Holiday Shoppe Craft Show
Featuring 65 talented artisans and crafters, you enjoy one-stop shopping and find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list. A raffle, holiday music, bake sale, Candy Cane Coffee Bar (for that caffeine-fueled shopping boost) and the Reindeer Cafe add festive flair. Free admission. All proceeds from Christmas Holiday Shoppe benefit St. Thomas More Catholic School. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3. Free. St. Thomas More Church, 940 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill. 919-942-1040, church.st-thomasmore.org.
Poinsettia Open House
NC State Floriculture is part of a national poinsettia program that tests poinsettia cultivars to determine which ones are best for consumers and for producers. You will have a chance to see these cultivars yourself and vote for your favorites. Over one hundred different cultivars of poinsettias,including numerous new experimental cultivars, will be on display. Help us decide which poinsettias are North Carolina’s favorites by voting for your favorite poinsettias. Listen to Christmas carols from around the world played by the Joy Recorder Ensemble while viewing the poinsettias. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
Holiday Wreath Making Workshop
Make your front door ‘Merry and Bright’ with a fresh holiday wreath that you create. We will have all of the fresh, live greens, the wreath form, and plenty of designers to help you build your own wreath. The cost of this workshop is $45 and class size is limited. Please register online. 2-3:30 p.m. Dec. 4. $45. Garden Supply Company, 1421 Old Apex Road, Cary. 919-460-7747, gardensupplyco.com.
40th Anniversary Tour
Led by director Mark Weathington, we’ll take a look at a few of the best from each of those decades as we close out a great year of celebrating our history and looking towards the future. 1-2:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Free for members, $5 for nonmembers. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
The Garden Hut’s Ladies’ Night Out
Join us for refreshments, fun and door prizes. Hook & Cleaver Market Chef Joseph Fasy will be cooking and local authors Debbie Moose and Bridgette Lacy will be signing cookbooks. Bring canned items to donate to the FV food pantry and support our local food drive. 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6. FREE, registration required. The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590
The Raleigh Garden Club
Club meeting with speaker and lunch. Speaker will be Linda Zoffer, owner of deli Designs Interiors. Speaking on the topic “Tabletop Tips for the Holidays”. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 7. $18 for lunch, $2 without lunch. NC University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. 919-608-1223.
Holiday Wine and Design-Wreath Making
Adorn your door with a beautiful live holiday wreath. Bring some friends, sip some wine and create your one-of-a-kind fresh wreath. We will have all of the supplies necessary for this workshop, including wreath forms, live greens and plenty of staff on hand to help. The cost of this workshop is $45 and class size is limited, so please register online in advance. 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 8. $45. Garden Supply Co., 1421 Old Apex Road, Cary. 919-460-7747, gardensupplyco.com.
Foraging Wild, Edible Plants
Gardening and foraging expert Frank Hyman will share photographs and stories of harvesting from plants that don’t need a gardener to tend them. Many of these plants are natives. Some of these plants are endangered yet can be grown by gardeners at home. Many of these plants are being sold for ridiculously high prices to chefs. You can get up to $12 a pound for chickweed. Can you get that much for lettuce? Come learn how to gather wild, edible flowers, fruit, leaves, shoots, roots, and even sap from yards, fields, and forests around you. 7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 8. Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, students (with ID), and Department of Horticultural Science faculty and staff; all others $5. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
Holiday Greenery Class
Make your own fragrant holiday display and bring nature indoors. Instructors will create several evergreen wreaths or swags to demonstrate tips and techniques for turning greenery, colorful stems, berries and pods into scented holiday displays for your home. Each participant will then produce his or her own holiday wreath or swag to hang on a door or display on a mantel or table. All plant materials and ribbon will be supplied. Please bring a pair of hand pruners and any embellishments you would like to include. 6-8 p.m. Dec. 9 or 2-4 p.m. Dec. 10. Or a family session from 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 10. Fee per section: Gardens members $55; general public $65. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Enjoy creating a sweet treat masterpiece with friends and family, and leave the clean-up to us! Create special memories this holiday season with your very own keepsake gingerbread house. Did you join us last year? You can bring one gingerbread house back to decorate! Dec. 10. $12 per member, $15 per nonmember. $20 per house. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040, marbleskidsmuseum.org/.
Mistletoe Madness Holiday Market
Join us at the Mistletoe Madness Holiday Market at the Fuquay-Varina Woman’s Clubhouse. Discover handmade treasures and wonderful treats at this years holiday shopping event of the year. There truly is something for everyone! Holiday refreshments will be enjoyed throughout the event. noon-4 p.m. Dec. 10. Free. Fuquay-Varina Woman’s Club, 602 N. Ennis St., North Carolina.
Mistletoe Madness Holiday Market
Join us at the Mistletoe Madness Holiday Market. Discover handmade treasures and wonderful treats at this years holiday shopping event of the year. Holiday refreshments will be enjoyed throughout the event. 12-4 p.m. Dec. 10. Free. Fuquay-Varina Woman’s Club, 602 N. Ennis St., Fuquay-Varina
Sip and Sew
Learn the art of sewing from three master seamstresses, Chaun Fisher, Tamika Heard and Ambir Kennedy. Learn basic techniques to complete a project in a fun, laid back environment while sipping a glass of wine, coffee, or tea! We will construct a new project in each class, so feel free to sign up for any of our future classes. This class is appropriate for beginner and intermediate students. All materials and sewing machine usage is included. Feel free to bring your own sewing machine if you have one. Interested in hosting your own private Sip and Sew class for a group of 10 or more? Email us at email@example.com for details!. 6 p.m. Dec. 10. $35. John O’Daniel Exchange, 801 Gilbert St., Durham. 919-251-6197, durhamexchange.com.
Holiday Centerpiece Workshop
Decorate your holiday table with a beautiful fresh centerpiece. Our designers will be on hand to talk to you about centerpiece design and help you select your live greens to create your own centerpiece. Do you have a special holiday vase or vessel you would like to use? Bring it to the workshop or select one from us. The cost of this workshop is $35 and includes all of the basic fresh greens you choose. Special greens and other accessories, such as ribbon, will be extra. 2-3:30 p.m. Dec. 11. $35. Garden Supply Co., 1421 Old Apex Road, Cary. 919-460-7747, gardensupplyco.com.
Conserving Essential Wildlife Habitat
We have all heard the statistics — one of every three bites we take are dependent upon a pollinator.Hear about conservation efforts in the Triangle and how essential preserves and green corridors are to our health and well being. These efforts also help provide clean water, save our soil, reduce pollution, identify key ecosystems and safeguards our quality of life. No pre-registration necessary. 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 13. Lecture fee: Forum members free with $25 annual membership. $10 per meeting for non-members, payable to Durham Garden Forum. Parking is free after 5 p.m. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.