A roundup of home and garden classes, tours and more.
Landscape Plants for North Carolina Gardens
Expand your palette of plants with information from this class. Each season this class covers another group of approximately 75 plants suitable for North Carolina gardens. You will learn identification skills and design use, and understand the culture of each plant. Class time is primarily outdoors and each student receives a portfolio of photos showing the plants studied that season. Instructor: Jan Little. May 20 & 27, June 3, 4-6 pm. Doris Duke Center. Gardens members $90; general public $110. Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
May Arts Night
The Durham Arts Council’s monthly arts night for May will be on Friday May 26th. Featuring new exhibits in the Allenton and Semans Gallery, a pop-up gallery of work from the current Durham Convention Center exhibit, crafts for kids, and performances by Durham Arts Council music instructors and students, the building will be bustling with creative energy all evening. Family friendly crafts and light refreshments/wine bar round out the event. 5/26 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Free and open to the public. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Natural Cosmetics Class
Step away from toxic chemicals in industrial cosmetics and learn how to make your own safe & nurturing body products. We will introduce you to safe ingredients and over 35 recipes to make your own facial care, hair care, body care and makeup products. You will make 3 of your own products: For your lips, we will make a moisturizing balm. For your feet, a sugar scrub treat. For your body, a soothing bath salt mix. Let the scents & textures enchant you, and take samples home. You will also receive a PDF with 35+ recipes. 5/27 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. $31. The Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham. 919-688-6960.
Nature Inspired Magnets with Air Plants
In this Living Art Series workshop you will learn how to create natural magnets with shells and air plants. This class will combine reuse, natural materials, and living art. You will also learn about how to care for air plants. All materials are provided (including plants). 5/28 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. $25. The Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham. 919-688-6960,
Classroom Open Hours at Duke Gardens
Welcome, unschoolers and homeschoolers alike, to an open-ended exploration in our learning laboratory. Tinker to your heart’s content, rearrange moving parts and explore our nature museum and teaching library. Or just play in the “squishy corner” specially made for small people. An on-site staff member will answer questions, help with using materials, and set up learning explorations. For parents and children together; all ages. 5/30 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Drop-in fee: $3 per child, $10 per family. Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Cedar Creek Gallery will be exhibiting an Asheville potter in an upcoming show. Lucy Dierks, who has been making pottery for the past twenty years has always been passionate about Asian art and pottery and draws heavily from these traditions to create her pieces. Her pieces express her delight with aims to have them reflect a harmony of form, surface, and purpose. 5/26-5/31 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Cedar Creek Gallery, 1150 Fleming Rd, Creedmoor. 919-528-1041, cedarcreekgallery.com.
Chainmaille Jewelry Workshop
The process of creating chainmaille involves using two pairs of pliers (one in each hand), wielding them like a crab, and opening and closing split rings to create intricate patterns. The process is simple and addictive, although people with arthritis or other hand sensitivities may have difficulty. During these workshops, we will utilize anodized aluminum jump rings, a material that is lightweight, easy to work with, durable, waterproof and cleans up with soap and water. It also comes in a rainbow of 25 colors — you will be able to select your own custom mix of colors to create your pieces. Instructor and artwork by Erin Hathaway. May 31 - European 4 in 1 Bracelet Workshop. 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. $22.50 plus materials fee. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Gardening Open Hours
Each week a staff member will guide families through an exploration of all things connected with growing plants, including digging, using tools, planting, watering, weeding, managing pests, harvesting, tasting and composting. For parents and children together; ages 3 and up. Meet in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. 6/1 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Drop-in fee per session: $3 per child, $10 per family. Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Enjoy the outdoors with a story read aloud in the Gardens. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. Suggested for children ages 3-5. Thursdays through June 8. Please meet in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden Story Circle. 6/1, 6/8 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Free drop-in activity. Parking fees apply. Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Walk on the Wild Side
Explore wild North Carolina in these seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants on the first Thursday of every month. Meet at the Blomquist Garden entrance. 6/1, 6/8. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. $10; $7 for Gardens members. Pre-registration required. Parking fees apply. Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Mystic Farm and Distillery Tour & Tasting
Enjoy a world-class distillery tour and tasting at the Triangle’s only Farm Distillery. Learn about the entire process of making Bourbon whiskey and other acclaimed spirits from the grain fields to the bottling line. Afterward, enjoy a walking tour of the farm or a game of giant Jenga on our covered porch. 6/3, 6/10, 6/17. 2 p.m.-3 p.m., 4 p.m.-5 p.m. $10 and up. Mystic Farm & Distillery, 1212 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Durham. whatismystic.com.
Mondo Roots Cultural Arts & Music Festival
Hosted by Earth Plow Productions and Clayton Visual Arts, this year’s festival will include an array of funk, jazz, blues bands and world music playing in the heart of the quaint southern town of Clayton. Some of the crowd fan favorite vendors are back featuring arts and crafts and we are adding some exciting new artists and performers. With this FREE event, we aim to bring multiple cultures, races and walks of life together to celebrate diversity and to make a stronger community. From food to dance you are sure to see every continent represented. 6/3 12 p.m.-9 p.m. Free. Downtown Clayton, 100 W. Main St, Clayton.
2017 Apex Latino Arts Festival
The 8th Annual Apex Latino Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, June 3 in Downtown Apex. The free festival features free family-friendly activities, arts and crafts, bazaar, music, dancing and entertainment. In addition, there will be a culinary festival in which participants will be able to purchase a “food passport” for $6 (free for kids 3 and under) that allows them to sample delicious homemade dishes from 12 Latin countries. 6/3 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. 919-249-1120, thehalle.org.
Craft Saturday: Punch-Out Lanterns
Visit Stagville for an Open House and make a punch-out lantern to enjoy on summer nights. Event is free, but suggested donation of $1 per person. Adult help in creating craft is required. 6/3 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE, suggested donation of $1 per person. Historic Stagville, 5828 Old Oxford Hwy., Durham. 919-620-0120, stagville.org.
Arboretum Guided Tour
Guided tours are available to the public free of charge every Sunday at 2 pm from March—October. Join one of the JCRA’s volunteer tour docents and learn about the Arboretum’s plants, people, history, future, and mission in a one-hour guided walk through the JCRA’s collections and gardens. 6/4, 6/11, 6/18; 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
Cooking from the Garden
Instructor Katie Coleman, chef and owner of Durham Spirits Company, leads classes. Expand your repertoire of summer season salads, along with refreshing cold soups. You will work in small groups to make recipes and then enjoy tasting all the salads and soups. 6/5 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Gardens members $28; general public $35. Fee to register for all three: $22/$30. Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Parent/Child Clay Workshop
Each workshop will allow your child, with your assistance, to create their very own ceramic artwork. The projects need to be fired, so artwork will be available for pick up about two weeks after the workshop. 6/5 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.; 6/6 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. $15-$20. Durham Arts Council Clay Studio, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. 919-286-4238, durhamarts.org.
Plantsmen’s Tour: “Exotic Aquatics”
At this Plantsmen’s Tour, participants will learn about some beautiful exotic aquatic species and where they can be found. 6/6 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Free for members, $5 for nonmembers. JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu.
Watercolor Mastery for Beginners and Advanced
Instructor will demonstrate and guide you individually through every step as you work together to complete a masterful, ready-to-frame watercolor. You will learn the “tricks of the trade” to create magical effects. There will be a 1 hour lunch break each day. A $35 materials fees is due to instructor at the first class meeting OR please check the DAC website for supply list if you plan to purchase your own supplies. Bring one or two Micron permanent pens in brown or black to capture architectural details. 6/8-6/9 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $125. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Art in the Alley
Kick off summer with Art in the Alley kids! Local artists will set children’s creativity loose in a number of art activities in Historic Downtown Sanford. Find us at Charlie Watson Lane, an alley on Steele Street. 6/10 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Charlie Watson Lane, 127 S. Steele St., Sanford.
3D Printing Course
The course provides training in computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) using a business grade 3D Printer and 3D CAD Software. $127. Class is held at Wake Tech’s Beltline Education Center, 3200 Bush Street, Raleigh. For more information contact email@example.com or 919-532-5691. 6/10 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $127. Wake Tech Community College, 9101 Fayetteville Rd., Raleigh. 919-866-5000, waketech.edu.
Photography Walk - “Composition”
Presented by Susan Bailey of Susan Bailey Photography. This class will expand on the traditional ideas of composition as you really work with each subject beyond the standard snapshot. 6/15 10 a.m.-11 a.m. $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu.
Endless Yard Sale
The 301 Endless Yard Sale takes place every third week in June in along US Highway 301. It is organized jointly by the 5 counties along the 100+ mile route: Halifax, Nash, Wilson, Johnston and Harnett counties. This year’s sale will be June 16-17. Thousands of shoppers, and over 500 vendors, show up to the sale every year to sell or buy antiques, collectibles, DIY finds, up-cycled furniture, and other items. 6/16-6/17. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. US Hwy 301, 600 S. Pollock St., Selma.
Herbaceous Perennials Propagation
Join Doug Ruhren in this propagation class and demonstration focused solely on propagating herbaceous perennials. Techniques discussed include division, stem and leaf cuttings, and seed and other techniques. Doug will demonstrate each of the techniques discussed and show class participants how they can propagate perennials at home using simple techniques. Some of the newly propagated plants are shared with the students. 6/17 9 a.m.-12 p.m. $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers. JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu.
Introduction to Calligraphy
This hands on session will help you look at letters in a new light and explore the possibilities in using a broad tip pen. Each student will need to bring a broad felt tip calligraphic pen (2.5mm suggested obtained at A C Moore/Michaels), ruler, pencil, and unlined white copier paper. 6/17 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $27. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society Monthly Meeting
The CCCS meets the 3rd Monday of each month, featuring a guest speaker and information about growing exhibition mums. Visitors are welcome. 6/19 12 p.m.-2 p.m. No Charge. JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu.
Encaustic Painting and Collage Workshop
Learn the fundamentals of Encaustic painting and collaging with hot wax in this 2day Weekend Workshop. Encaustic is an intoxicating beeswax-based medium that smells like honey and falls somewhere between painting and sculpture. This affordable weekend workshop includes 2 ready-to-hang canvases and unlimited encaustic medium. You can choose to attend both days or one day. Demonstrations will be held at the beginning of each workshop day. You’ll learn painting, collage, translucent layering, surface texturing, sgraffito carving and more. You’ll explore layer-building techniques using different fusing tools to create unique surfaces. At the end of the workshop, you’ll have 2 completed pieces of art. We’ll discuss proper care and cleaning of encaustic art for archival purposes. You will learn safety procedures, ventilation and proper care for art pieces and tools. And you’ll get the opportunity to interact with other students and their ideas, as we all learn from one another. A $40 Provided Materials fee is due at the beginning of the workshop (check or cash). The suggested materials for this workshop are available at a 20% discount througha local Durham art supply store. More information will be sent to you as the workshop date approaches. Please check the DAC website for the suggested materials list. Instructor and artwork by Libby Lynn. 6/24-6/25 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $75-$130. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.