Spring forward

We spend a lot of time glancing at it, but not nearly enough time appreciating the nuances of the mighty clock. Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday. And, whether it's an analog or a digital clock you're resetting, if your clock isn't making your heart go tick, tock — it may be time to shop.

"If there's a clock with a history to it, make it a focal point of the room," said Deb Bokamper, a St. Louis, Mo., interior designer.

Because so many of us have stopped wearing watches, relying instead on cellphones and electronics to tell time, clocks are more important than ever, according to Melody Davidson, owner of Interiors by Melody in Prairie Village, Kan. "I think of clocks as another way to express your personality when accessorizing your home," she said. "They aren't just timepieces — many are works of art."


Inside Stickley

It's been more than a century since Gustav Stickley introduced his simple, solidly constructed Mission oak designs that are still popular today. A Stickley historian and restoration expert will offer an inside look at one of America's legendary furniture companies, 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 14. Learn about Stickley collectible designs at the Stickley Road Show, 1 p.m. March 15. Both events are free at Gabberts, 69th and France Avenue S., Edina. Call 952-928-3123.

Spring grill prep

Learn tips, tricks and tools to get the grill ready for outdoor cooking, at two free Gertens seminars,10 a.m. and 3 p.m. March 15, 5500 Blaine Av., Inver Grove Heights. Call 651-450-1501.

Help with painting

Every August, thousands of Metro Paint-A-Thon volunteers spread across the Twin Cities to scrape, prime and paint the homes of seniors and people with disabilities. The Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches community service program is looking for eligible homeowners to have their home's exterior painted at no cost.

To qualify for the Paint-A-Thon: Own and occupy a single-family home in need of paint, but not major repairs; live in the seven-county metro area, be at least 60 years old or have a permanent disability. Homeowners also must meet monthly income guidelines. The deadline is April 14. Call the Paint-A-Thon office at 612-276-1579 or download an application at www.paintathon.gmcc.org.

Terrarium 101

Too early to plant a big garden outside? Try a mini-garden under glass inside. Master gardener Shirley Mah Kooyman will explain how to choose plants and containers, create designs and care for terrariums, 6:30 p.m. March 13 at Twiggs Home & Garden, 4301 Upton Av. S., Minneapolis. Cost is $10. To register, call 612-823-8944.