A weekly roundup of home and garden classes, tours and more.
Poinsettia Open House
Celebrate the flowering symbol of the holidays and the heritage of Fairview Garden Center at this event where over 60,000 square feet of greenhouses brim with poinsettias of all sizes, shapes and colors. Enjoy wreath-making, pictures with Santa, a puppy adoption event, seasonal specials, refreshments and more. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 5. Fairview Greenhouses and Garden Center, 8224 Holly Springs Rd., Raleigh. 919-851-6821, fairviewgardencenter.com.
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Holiday Craft Market
Attend this special holiday crafts markets features local craftspeople and artisans selling a wonderful variety of beautiful and useful handcrafted gifts. You’ll find ceramics, fine art, jewelry, cards, clothes, furniture, body products and more, along with all your favorite market regulars. Shop for gifts and your holiday meals all in the same place. 9 a.m.-Noon. Dec. 5, Dec. 12. Free. The Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. 919-533-9496, thechapelhillfarmersmarket.com.
Birding with Vernon
Join bird enthusiast Vernon for an easy walk while looking and listening for feathered friends. Discover different types of birds and their habitats. 8:30-10 a.m. Dec. 5. Free. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-3390, nando.com/birding.
Holiday Craft Market
Along with the many regular vendors you will find 20 local artists of all genres. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 5. Free. Wake Forest Farmers Market, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. 919-556-2284, wakeforestfarmersmarket.org.
Colonial Christmas Open House
The Joel Lane Museum House, The Birthplace of North Carolina’s Capital, will sponsor its annual Colonial Christmas Open House celebration. Admission is free, and donations are requested. Information about the house and grounds will be offered by costumed docents; re-enactors will demonstrate scenes of 18th-century life; the sounds of live music will fill the air; and other interpreters will entertain children using colonial games and crafts through the Hands-on History program.11 a.m. Dec. 5. Joel Lane Museum, 728 W. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-833-3431, joellane.org.
Soap Crafting Class
Create decorative soaps for the holidays. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 5. $25. Johnston Community College, 245 College Rd., Smithfield. 919-934-3051.
Live Holiday Wreaths With Anna
Join gardener, Anna, as she demonstrates how to make a Holiday Wreath with live greens. Then using your own wreath form, and a variety of holiday greens, create your own wreath. 3 p.m. Dec. 6. $35. Garden Supply Company, 1421 Old Apex Rd., Cary. 919-460-7747, gardensupplyco.com.
Poinsettia Open House
You will have a chance to see more than 100 different cultivars of poinsettias. Stop by to see and take photographs in front of the famous 9-foot-tall poinsettia tree. Help us decide which poinsettias are North Carolina’s favorites by voting for your favorite poinsettias. 1-5 p.m. Dec. 6. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
Bow/Fresh Wreath Class
Make a fresh wreath and a bow to add to your holiday decor. 6 p.m. Dec. 7. $50. The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Rd., Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590.
Parent/Child Clay Workshop
These workshops are a great way to get creative with your child. Each workshop will allow your child, with your assistance, to create their very own ceramic artwork. Take one, or take them all! Because the projects need to be fired, artwork will be available for pick up about two weeks after the workshop. January: Make Your Own Bank February: Thrown from the Wheel March: Lanterns April: Birdhouses May: Garden Mushrooms. 10-11:30 a.m. Dec. 7; 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 8. $15-$18. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Holiday Sip and Shop
There is still plenty of time to find the perfect gift while shopping in the quiet of the evening at Garden Supply. Bring some friends, enjoy some adult beverages and let associates help you find the perfect gift. 6-8 p.m. Dec. 10. Free. Garden Supply Company, 1421 Old Apex Rd., Cary. 919-460-7747, gardensupplyco.com.
Beginning Glass Bead Making
This workshop will introduce you to the exciting world of lampworking. Students will use effetre (soft glass) rods and learn how to make basic beads and designs. Learn about safety, melting glass, using different tools to shape your beads and simple techniques to decorate them. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 12. $65; $20 supply fee. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Gingerbread House Decorating Workshops
Looking for a festive event that allows your family to actually interact and enjoy some time together? Take a breath and join a gingerbread decorating workshop appropriate for all ages. Allergy-free workshops are available, with all ingredients and materials being gluten, dairy, egg and nut free. 11 a.m.-Noon, 2-3 p.m. Dec. 12. $40 per house. Family Preschool, 4907 Garrett Rd, Durham. 919-402-1500, familypreschool.org.
Wreath Making With Natural Materials Class
Create beautiful wreaths for your holiday door. Each participant will leave with a festive wreath. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 12. $25. Johnston Community College, 245 College Rd., Smithfield. 919-934-3051.
Live Holiday Centerpieces
Join designers and watch as they demonstrate the ease of creating a beautiful Holiday Centerpiece using floral foam and fresh greens. Then, create your own centerpiece. 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 13. $35. Garden Supply Company, 1421 Old Apex Rd., Cary. 919-460-7747, gardensupplyco.com.
NC State Fairground Flea Market
Each weekend, the Commercial and Education buildings, the Shoppes at Dorton, and the outside grounds are host to hundreds of dealers, craftsmen, and booths. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Free. N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-733-2626, ncstatefair.org.
HappymessART Open Studio
HappymessART opens its studio for relaxed art-making alone or with company. Staff will be on hand to assist and offer inspirational material. Use the studio’s supplies, tools and space., but you are welcome to bring anything of your own that you want. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays. $25. HappymessArt, 718B Iredell St., Durham. 919-286-9763, happymessart.com.
Free Expression Tuesdays
Bring your work crew out to Art Bar all day Tuesday for this special, relaxing, expressive, free-flowing painting experience. Wine is 10 percent off all day. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesdays. $25. Art Bar Raleigh, 6109 Maddry Oaks Ct., Raleigh. 919-307-8107, artbarraleigh.com.
Well Fed Community Garden
Come and work in the garden and then sit down to a shared meal. Bring a hat, bottle of water and dish to share. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays. Free. Well Fed Community Garden, 1321 Athens Dr., Raleigh. 919-833-8898, irregardless.com/garden/.