A weekly roundup of home and garden classes, tours and more.
Holiday Thrift Shoppe Trail
The Thrift Shoppe Trail is an area coalition of 8 not-for-profit thrift shops including Durham Rescue Mission, Durham Economic Resource Center, The Salvation Army, Pennies for Change, TROSA, The Scrap Exchange, and in Carrboro PTA Thrift Store and Club Nova. Special sales and discounts are offered at each store. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 19. Free. The Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham. 919-688-6960
Last Minute Christmas Shopping Expo
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Come and shop for your last-minute Christmas gift and let the kids visit Santa. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 19. Free. North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-733-2626, ncstatefair.org.
Make & Take Crafts from Around the World
Bring your whole family to enjoy holiday crafting and learning about different cultural celebrations. Activities include: Peanut butter bird feeder, Diwali (Hindu festival of light) rangoli patterns, Chinese New Year lanterns, paper snowflakes, a menorah of your own, and Lakota winter count. Noon Dec. 19. Free. Duke University – Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
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.-12 p.m. Dec. 19. Free. The Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. 919-533-9496, thechapelhillfarmersmarket.com.
Breakfast with Mrs. Claus
Join Mrs. Claus as she reads some of her favorite stories and takes your letters to Santa straight to the North Pole. A light breakfast will be served to the children attending this event. 9-10 a.m. Dec. 19. 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/.