HGTV star search

Could you and a sibling be the next “Property Brothers”? Minneapolis-based Magnetic Productions is searching for talent for a new HGTV or DIY Network home renovation series.

The company is casting a nationwide net for handy, telegenic folks, including licensed contractors, builders, carpenters, restorers, home flippers and DIY experts. However, the camera-shy need not apply. Only people with “big personalities” who are outgoing and can clearly share their expertise and views will be considered. To apply, go to and click on “Casting.”

Better your nest

Planning on repairing, remodeling or revising your abode this winter? At the Home Improvement and Design Expo, more than 100 painters, remodelers, interior designers and landscape pros will offer their expertise and services. Presentations focus on interior design trends, architect vs. residential designer, flooring materials and MN Housing Fix-Up Loans.

The expo is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 at Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Rd. Admission is $6 or free with a nonperishable food item. Go to



Squeeze in a yoga class in between seminars on holiday decorating tips and beauty and hairstyle trends at Mpls.St.Paul magazine’s Holi-go-fabulous from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Galleria, Edina.

The event is presented by the magazine’s editors and also features wine and cocktail tastings and gift trends at some of Galleria retailers by Allison Kaplan. Tickets are $25. Go to

Spruce top workshops

Tonkadale and Bachman’s are holding upcoming hands-on workshops on designing, planting and embellishing creative spruce top containers that can be transitioned from fall to holiday.

At Bachman’s, choose to make a single or container duo. Cost is $50 and covers all materials, 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 5, 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 15, 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 20, 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 29 and 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4, 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. Register at

At Tonkadale, bring your own containers or buy new ones to make two 12-inch pots, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 5, 6, 12 and 13, 3739 Tonkawood Rd., Minnetonka. Cost is $15 and includes rice hulls to fill your pot. Register at

Girls’ Night Out

Holiday decorating workshops are part of Gertens’ free Girls’ Night Out, from 5 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday in November. The events include refreshments, snacks and prize drawings, Gertens, 5500 Blaine Av., Inver Grove Heights. Call 651-450-1501.

Harvest to holiday

Festive holiday gatherings are on the horizon. Bachman’s “Savor the Season” event offers design, decorating and entertaining tips for the harvest and holiday seasons. Half-hour seminars cover topics such as outdoor home decor, holiday tabletop and bulb gardens. Amy Brown and Heidi Andermack, authors of “Chowgirls Killer Party Food” also will sign their cookbook. “Savor the Season” is from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 2 at Bachman’s, 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. Cost is $10; go to