Talented tilemaker

You may not have heard of Ernest Batchelder, but his creative designs might be inside your bungalow. Batchelder was one of the world's premier Arts and Crafts tilemakers and introduced designs and production techniques that have influenced the tile industry for decades. Learn about the rise and fall of the celebrated American tile artisan at an illustrated talk presented by the Twin Cities Bungalow Club at 2 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Hennepin History Museum fireplace room, 2303 3rd Av. S., Mpls. The program features examples of Batchelder's innovations and glaze palettes, and you'll learn how to identify Batchelder tile, as well as where to find reproductions. Cost is $3, free to Bungalow Club members. Go to bungalowclub.org or call 612-724-5816.

Old house how-tos

Two upcoming "Rehab Labs" offer hands-on learning in an 1880s home at 3030 Russell Av. N., Mpls. Participants will take part in rehabbing an old house, and will leave with new skills. "Repairing Old Windows" demonstrates how to fix original wooden windows to save money, improve window operation, boost energy-efficiency and maintain architectural style. The labs also shows how to repair sashes, weatherization and glazing practices, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27.

"Plaster Repair" is a beginner's workshop introducing materials, tools and techniques to repair vintage walls, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 5. It also includes demonstrations of a variety of plasters and wallboard repairs, including cracks and holes in walls. Registration fee includes a plaster repair toolkit and respirator mask to take home. Participants will be working with original plaster and may be exposed to lead paint. Ages 17 and under will not be allowed in the class. The cost for each class is $60; $51 for Preservation Alliance of Minnesota members. To register, go to mnpreservation.org and click on "Services."

Homes on Parade

What do you get in a home priced at $179,900? Or up to $2.3 million? That's the price range of more than 450 Twin Cities and western Wisconsin new houses open for inspection at the Parade of Homes through March 20. Gather ideas on trends, new products and flexible floor plans. Parade events include wine tastings, design and staging seminars. We'll feature an inside look at a $1.4 million decorated residence in Woodbury in the Feb. 28 Homes section. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Free admission; except a $5 donation to tour the four Artisan Dream Homes. Pick up guidebooks at Holiday Station stores or go to paradeofhomes.org.


Growing your own food

Two free classes on home-growing will be offered this week as part of the Urban Homesteading series presented by the St. Paul Public Library, Growing West Side and Ramsey County Master Gardeners.

"Small Space Vegetable Gardening" will be the subject of a class at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Av., St. Paul. Participants will learn about soil preparation, seed-starting, small-space growing techniques and layouts, maintenance and harvesting.

"Growing Grapes in Your Backyard" will be the focus of a class at 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at Riverview Library, 1 E. George St., St. Paul. Participants will learn how to grow grapes, including soil, light and water needs, trellis systems and best grape varieties for Minnesota.

For more information, call Riverview Library at 651-292-6626 or visit sppl.org/homesteading.

Accents for your home

Looking for some new accent pieces to change up your home decor? Check out Home Accents of West End, a new store in St. Louis Park, featuring a spacious warehouse filled with new rugs, artwork, chairs, pillows, silk trees and more, representing a wide range of styles and price points. Home Accents of West End is a new concept store, featuring only accents and accessories, of the former Odds & Ends Furniture, an 18-year fixture. The new store is located at 5108 Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park.