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Bryce Lane teaching class at Raleigh arboretum

Bryce Lane is teaching a plant identification course at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh.
Bryce Lane is teaching a plant identification course at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. Courtesy of Bryce Lane

Former N.C. State University professor Bryce Lane will teach a six-week course at Raleigh’s JC Raulston Arboretum on plant identification.

In more than 30 years at N.C. State, Lane taught more than 20,000 students. He served as interim director of the arboretum in 2014. Lane also hosted and produced a three-time Emmy-winning UNC-TV show called “In the Garden With Bryce Lane,” which aired for 11 seasons.

The class will meet 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 1-Oct. 6 at the arboretum and culminate with a field trip to Lane’s home for a garden tour and potluck brunch.

The class will teach the basics of plant identification, allowing gardeners to expand and enhance their plant identification skills and abilities.

The cost is $180 for arboretum members and $220 for nonmembers. (Membership costs $50.) Advance registration is required. Registration is limited to 24 people. To register, call 919-515-3132 or visit jcra.ncsu.edu.

The arboretum is at 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh.

Birdbath, planting container workshops

Instructors Amelia Lane and Beth Jimenez of Lasting Impressions Concrete Sculptures in Raleigh are offering two upcoming classes:

▪ 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 29, they will teach how to make a hypertufa trough, a versatile planting container that looks like stone yet is lightweight and has excellent drainage. All materials are provided. Cost: $70.

▪ 1-3 p.m. Aug. 29, they will teach out how to make a concrete leaf-shaped birdbath for your garden or patio. All materials are provided. Cost: $60.

The classes are held at a private home in Raleigh, and details are shared upon registration.

To register, email beth6744@bellsouth.net.

For more information: lastingimpressionsleaves.com

Scrap Exchange hosts 2nd Sunday Sewing events

Every second Sunday of the month, The Scrap Exchange in Durham hosts textile artist Christine Ramsey for a sewing event.

The event description says: “Bring a new or old project and Christine can help you work through creative and technical blocks. Take the opportunity to sew with tons of fabric, trim and accessories at your fingertips.”

The event is free, but materials are not included. Registration is requested: sewsunday.eventbrite.com.

The next event will be 2-6 p.m. Sept. 13. Other dates include Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13.

The Scrap Exchange is at 2050 Chapel Hill Road.

Info: 919-688-6960, scrapexchange.org

Lakewood Flea Market in Durham

The Lakewood Flea Market is held outside Durham’s Scrap Exchange from 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays.

The market specializes in handmade art and antiques, vintage, thrift and yard-sale merchandise. The market continues until Oct. 24. (The market will not be open Sept. 26.)

Info: scrapexchange.org/tag/flea-market/

Happy hour for modern architecture fans

N.C. Modernist Houses hosts monthly Thirst for Architecture happy hour events, and the next one is Sept. 9.

These informal happy hours are free and open to the public. The events are for “Modernist homeowners, architects, artists, designers, Realtors, engineers, contractors, property investors, building managers, materials and furniture dealers – or anyone with a huge crush on great architecture.”

The next event will be 6-8 p.m. Sept. 9 at Leland Little Auction and Estate Sales, 620 Cornerstone Court, Hillsborough.

The event will include a sneak preview of their auction house’s upcoming auction along with food, wine and door prizes.

Info: ncmodernist.org/t4a.htm