A weekly roundup of home and garden classes, tours and more.
Slim & Trim Plants for Small Spaces
Consider the performance of your home landscape. Would you describe it as a fit, functional work of art that reflects your lifestyle and encourages outdoor activity? If not, join Raleigh-based landscape designer Preston Montague for a design course series that will help you revise and reboot your outdoor space. 1-3 p.m. Aug. 6. $40; $30 members. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
Chainmaille Jewelry Workshop
The process of creating chainmaille involves using two pairs of pliers (one in each hand), wielding them like a crab, and opening and closing split rings to create intricate patterns. The process is simple and addictive, although people with arthritis of other hand sensitivities may have difficulty. Take one workshop or take them all! Instructor Erin Hathaway 2:30-4:30 p.m. Aug. 6. $18 per workshop; materials fee range from $5-8. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Fun with Crafts
Subjects included in this class are: fun with sticks, chenille stems, flags, fun at the beach, and rockin’ fun. Noon-2 p.m. Aug. 8-12. $55-$60. Nash Arts Center, 100 E. Washington St., Nashville. 252-459-4734, nasharts.org.
Culinary Treats from the Garden
Learn how to make the most of your summer harvest and eat tasty treats from the garden. 11 a.m. August 11. $10. The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Rd., Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590.
Durham Arts Council Mini Camp: Art & Nature
Mini Camps are designed to fill the time right after and right before the start of school for year-round and traditional school students. Students are divided into age appropriate groups and participate in both visual and performing arts activities that are inspired by a weekly theme. Register by the week or by the day. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Aug. 8-12, 15-19. $170-$240 weekly; $38-$55 daily. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Wake Forest Home & Garden Show
A variety of exhibits and workshops will be offered both inside and outside the Renaissance Centre featuring an array of local home improvement experts. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 13-14. Free. Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks St. South, Wake Forest. 919-435-9560
Saving our Birds: Hummingbird Banding
Learn about NC’s only native hummingbird, the Ruby-Throat. Meet local Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and witness up-close how researchers trap, handle, and band these tiny birds for data recording. Teacher will share stories about the fascinating lives of hummingbirds and the importance of providing habitat in your landscape, including how to choose a feeder and plants for nectar. Adopt a hummingbird for release ($20 day of the event) and support this important research. 1-5 p.m. Aug. 14. $18; $16 members. N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar/
Bats are the world’s only flying mammals, and having wings is only one of the adaptations that make them unique. Discover just how special bats are during this evening program. 8 -10 p.m. Aug. 19. $1. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-3390, www.wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree/Pages/default.aspx.
Encaustic Painting and Collage Workshop
Hot encaustic is an intoxicating medium that smells like honey and falls somewhere between painting and sculpture. This affordable workshop includes 2 ready-to-hang canvases and unlimited encaustic medium. Through guided demonstrations, you’ll explore layer building techniques using different fusing tools to create unique surfaces. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 20. $75 per day plus $40 materials. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Family Fun Saturdays: Printmaking
Explore exciting uses of shape, line, and pattern in the Modern and Contemporary Galleries, and then experiment with printmaking techniques to create your own graphic work. 10 a.m. Aug. 20. $8; $5 memebrs. N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-839-6262, ncartmuseum.org.
Introduction to Mushroom Foraging
Fall is peak season for mushroom foraging. Novices can learn to ID the dozen most delicious mushrooms with professional forager and columnist Frank Hyman. These are also the easiest mushrooms to identify: chanterelles, morels, chicken-of-the-woods and others. This slideshow program covers four seasons’ worth of wild mushrooms. Class includes handout, plenty of Q&A time, plenty of parking but limited seating. 2-4 p.m. Aug. 20. $30. Reserve your space via Paypal at the “classes” page in frankhyman.com, BW&A Books (downstairs), 1006-A Lamond Ave., Durham, 919-824-2239
Creating a Pollinator Garden
With relatively little extra effort and expense, your garden can be transformed into a paradise for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. This workshop introduces you to common pollinators and strategies for bringing them to your garden. Participants learn the steps necessary to analyze their garden site, choose appropriate plants, and maintain a pollinator garden. A plant list, step-by step instructions, and other resources are included. 1-4 p.m. Aug. 23. $36; $32 members. N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar/