The vintage you pour at your next dinner party could be your own. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is introducing a series of winemaking classes taught by enologist Katie Cook, a Minnesota native who has made wine on four continents and has an advanced degree from the University of Burgundy, France.

Classes in the series include: "Understanding Wine Faults," 7 to 9 p.m. July 14; "Introduction to Winemaking," 9:30 a.m. to noon July 23; "The Chemistry of Wine," 9:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 6; "Advanced Winemaking," 9:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 20; and "Wine Treatments," 9:30 a.m. to noon, Oct. 15. Costs are $75 or $95 per class ($70 or $90 for members). All classes will be taught at the arboretum in Chanhassen. To register, visit or call 952-443-1422.



Thinking about adding a patio or retaining wall to your landscape? Gertens Nursery is offering a free class on July 16 at 10 a.m. An expert will demonstrate all the steps needed to plan, install and maintain paver patios and block retaining walls. Gertens is located at 5500 Blaine Av., Inver Grove Heights.



Metropolitan Home, the shelter publication, is long gone, but this book pays homage to the mag's annual celebration of the best in modern design and architecture.

Magazine-like in its glossy presentation and great photography, "Metropolitan Home Design 100: The Last Word on Modern Interiors" (Fillipacchi, $45) fills a void. From No. 1 (Most Striking [and Surprising] Fireplace) to No. 100 (Most Masterly Millwork in Manhattan), the book is a visual tour de force that leaves the reader wondering, "How could I get a house like that?"

Look no farther than the back of the book, where five pages of credits and contact info are supplied. While each page wows anew, a special nod must go to No. 72, Most Enchanting Secret Passage, where a collage of silver convex mirrors lights up white walls and woodwork, like some Wonderland-esque warren.


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Here's a modeling job where "calluses are a plus" and "dirty fingernails are a prerequisite." Duluth Trading Co., a workwear retailer based in Belleville, Wis., is looking for a new catalog model to showcase its overalls, utility vests and other gear.

Professional posers need not apply. Instead, "hard-working women" are encouraged to enter the search at before Aug. 13. The winner will receive a $1,000 Duluth Trading shopping spree and the opportunity to take part in photo shoots this fall.