Last weekend of Triangle Green Home Tour
This weekend is the last weekend for the 2016 Green Home Tour, which offers a chance to see about two dozen new and remodeled certified green homes.
The free, self-guided tour is noon-5 p.m. May 7-8. Each home on the tour meets the minimum certification requirements established by Home Innovation Research Lab’s National Green Building Standard. Homes on the tour are in Raleigh, Wendell, Holly Springs, Moncure, Durham, Hillsborough, Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Pittsboro.
One home on the tour is 1012 Reaves Dr., Chapel Hill, built by Newphire Building Co. and designed by Arielle Condoret Schechter.
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Noted horticulturist to speak at Raleigh arboretum
John Elsley, a renowned horticulturist, will speak May 12 for the Friends of the Arboretum Lecture at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh.
Elsley’s talk, “Inspiring Gardens of the World,” is free for arboretum members or $5 for nonmembers. The talk is 7:30-9 p.m. The arboretum is at 4415 Beryl Road.
Modernist home prize contest deadline
May 23 is the deadline for entries in the 2014 George Matsumoto Prize competition.
The contest, in its fifth year, celebrates excellence in modernist residential design. The competition is open to anyone with primary design responsibility for a completely built, from-the-ground-up, single-family modernist house of at least 800 square feet. It must be in North Carolina and have been completed on or after Jan. 1, 2011. The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. May 23.
The prize is named for George Matsumoto, a founding member of the N.C. State University College of Design, who designed many midcentury modernist houses in North Carolina.
The 2016 Matsumoto Prize winners will be announced July 1.
Raleigh’s front porch art walk and sale
The eighth annual Front Porch Art Walk and Sale in Raleigh will feature works from more than 55 artists.
The event will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 14 in the North Person, North Blount, Franklin and Peace Street neighborhoods in and around downtown Raleigh. The rain date is May 15.
Each venue will offer a map to all the locations open for the art walk. Artwork and items for sale include ceramics, photography, glass, jewelry, paintings, fiber arts, handmade bath and body products, sculptures, metal art, original paintings, art prints and more.
In addition to the Raleigh art walk, William Peace University is hosting an international art exhibit featuring 12 refugee artists from Syria who have relocated to North America. That exhibit will be open 6-9 p.m. May 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 14 and 1-5 p.m. May 15.