A weekly roundup of home and garden classes, tours and more.
Future Gardeners: Plant Parts
What goes on inside a plant? At this class you’ll learn how different plants need different environments and create a fun take home project. 9-10 a.m. Jan. 23. $5. Logan Trading Company, 707 Semart Dr, Raleigh. 919-828-5337, logantrd.com.
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Cooking from the Garden: Warm Winter Soups
A cold winter day is always improved by a warm bowl of soup. In this class, Instructor Katie Coleman will introduce you to four winter soups (some vegetarian). You will receive the recipes for all four soups and sample each of the soups in class. 9:30 a.m. Jan. 23. $20-$25. Duke University — Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Guided City Tour & Nature Research Center
The tour focuses on Raleigh’s culture, history, architecture, gardens and the N.C. Nature Research Center. The tour features four districts: the State Capitol, Historic Mordecai Park, Raleigh City Market, the City of Raleigh’s Pullen Park, the Nature Research Center as well as a visit to the largest Victorian neighborhoods in America. 9 a.m.-noon. Fridays, Saturdays, $59 per person. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St., Raleigh. tobaccoroadtours.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. Jan. 23. $65; $20 supply fee. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Solarize the Triangle Free Info Session
Solarize the Triangle is a grassroots campaign that makes it easy and affordable to switch to clean, independent solar power. By organizing together with your friends and neighbors, the community can negotiate lower prices from vetted solar installers. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Jan. 23. Free. Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-968-2777, chapelhillpubliclibrary.org.
Chapel Hill Bird Club Meeting
Join the Chapel Hill Bird Club for their regular monthly meeting at Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. 7:30 -9 p.m. Jan. 25. Free. Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-942-4964, binkleychurch.org.
Orchid Open House
Shop the Garden’s biggest selection of orchids of the year with thousands to choose from. Graham Wood, who is traveling all the way from Hawaii, will give a talk about lady slippers. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 30. Free. Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden, 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. 919-878-8877, atlanticavenuegarden.com/.
Intergalactic Bead Show
This expo will get you started on the fun and creative road to beading, or enhance your craft if you are an experienced beader. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 30-31. $4-$5. Durham Convention Center, 301 W. Morgan St., Durham. 919-956-9404, durhamconventioncenter.com.
Mindfulness & Sensory Garden Retreat
This retreat is designed to quiet the thinking mind, awaken the senses, and relax the body. Mindfulness and non-duality teacher and writer, Anita Avent, will lead you through simple sensory exercises to soothe the body and open the heart. 10 a.m.-noon. Jan. 30. $40. Plant Delights Nursery & Juniper Level Botanic Garden, 9241 Sauls Rd, Raleigh. 919-772-4794, plantdelights.com.
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. To register: 919-668-1707 or email@example.com. 11 a.m.-noon. Feb. 4. $6-$8. Duke University — Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Pruning Demo with Horticulturist Nelsa Cox
Learn the proper way to prune your trees and shrubs like a pro!. 11 a.m.-noon. Feb. 6 Free. The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Rd., Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590
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.