Treasure trove of junk

Sometimes an old chair just needs new upholstery to give it a fresh look. A program with tips for reupholstering cast-off furniture is one of the DIY sessions at the Junk Bonanza, a market of repurposed vintage furniture and accessories, antiques and architectural salvage, Sept. 24-26 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee. More than 150 juried vendors will display their goods in a variety of vignettes. Other events include hands-on workshops using Chalk Paint specialty finishes, demonstrations on home decor paint-spraying devices and book signings by Nancy Soriano, author of "The Jewelry Recipe Book." Admission is $10 per day; $25 early-bird at 8 a.m. Sept. 24, includes admission Fri. and Sat. (buy online). Early-bird admission is $30 at the door. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25-26. For details, go to


Fall garden seminars

Learn how to improve the look of your home and garden, both now and next spring. On Sept. 26, "Super Seminar Saturday," Gertens will offer a full day of free, fall-themed gardening classes. The lineup includes fall lawn seeding at 10 a.m.; fairy gardens and terrariums at 11 a.m.; "Decorating the Front Doorstep" at noon; planting fall bulbs at 1 p.m.; fall cleanup, composting and soil amending at 2 p.m.; and DIY hardscape projects at 3 p.m. Pre-register at or 651-450-1501. Gertens is at 5500 Blaine Av., Inver Grove Heights.

Drying herbs, veggies

Learn how to preserve your harvest of tomatoes, peppers and herbs at a Bachman's seminar, "Drying Herbs and Vegetables." Horticulturist Abby Davis will discuss and demonstrate methods for harvesting, cleaning, drying and storing the bounty from your late-summer garden, with plenty of time for questions.

The seminar will be offered twice: 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 27 and 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 29, at 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. The cost is $10, which includes a coupon for $5 off a purchase of $25 or more. To register, call 612-861-7311 or visit

Artful home tour

If you appreciate distinctive architecture, consider a road trip to Grand Marais, Minn., on Oct. 3 when the Grand Marais Art Colony hosts its Tour d' Art fundraiser. The event includes a tour of four "artful abodes" — private homes designed by noted local architects to work in harmony with their Lake Superior settings. The four homes include a Prairie School-influenced home by John Howe, its design inspired by a seagull's wing; a former garage and wood shop converted into a home by Dale Mulfinger and featured in his "Cabinology" book; a midcentury modern-style home redesigned last year by David Salmela; and a contemporary home with aspen-bark siding designed by Richard Olson.

Homeowners will be present to share information on the inspirations for their home and how it evolved.

The tour, which includes transportation to all four homes, begins at noon Oct. 3, and culminates in an exhibit of functional art for the home, created by Minnesota artists, and a reception at the Art Colony. Cost is $125. For information, contact Carolyn Fritz, 1-218-387-2737, or