Help at Midwest Home Show

What's on your fall and winter home-improvement list? Local pros from businesses and organizations will show off the latest trends and innovations in design, products, home services, remodeling and landscaping at the Midwest Home Show, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 9-11. Register for a free interior design consultation. DIY mini-makeover workshops are presented every hour. The show will be held at a new location — the Minnesota State Fair grandstand — and has free parking. Admission is $4; free on Oct. 9. Go to

Antiques and more

"A Gathering of Friends Antiques Market" offers pine and oak furniture, primitives, architectural pieces, cottage decor, vintage wares and collectibles, Oct. 8-11 in Bachman's Garden Greenhouse, 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 8-9, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 10 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11. Free admission. Call 612-861-7600 or go to

Declutter for a cause

Ready to pare down and simplify at home? The Minnesota Chapter of NAPO (the National Association of Professional Organizers) is hosting its annual "Declutter & Get Organized" event Oct. 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Louise Kurzeka will present "7 Secrets to an Organized Life" at 7 p.m.

If there are shoes in your closet that you're no longer wearing, bring them to the event. NAPO is collecting new and gently used footwear for the Shoe Away Hunger Challenge, which recycles shoes to keep them out of landfills and raise money to feed the hungry. Shoe donations will be collected from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The event also will include an expo with vendors focused on decluttering, reusing, recycling and organizing, including charitable organizations, consignment stores, storage facilities and sellers of storage products.

"Declutter & Get Organized" will be held at the Doubletree, 1500 Park Place Blvd., St. Louis Park. Cost is $25 in advance (at or $35 at the door. Advance registration is recommended.

Remodeling seminar

Thinking about remodeling? Crystal Kitchen Center is hosting a free seminar, "13 Reasons to Hire a Kitchen and Bath Remodeler" on Oct. 10, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and again from noon to 1:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring their remodeling questions. RSVP at 763-286-0315; seating is limited. Crystal Kitchen Center is located at 3620 Winnetka Av. N., Crystal.