Smart remodeling

Design mistakes can be costly. Before you tackle a kitchen or bath remodeling, learn the basics at a free seminar, "How to Avoid the Biggest Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Mistakes." The seminar will cover the importance of the kitchen triangle, how cabinet accessories can maximize storage, tips on budgeting, signs of quality materials and current design trends. The seminar will be offered twice on April 2, from 9-10:30 a.m. and again from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Crystal Kitchen Center, 3620 Winnetka Av. N., Crystal. Seating is limited. RSVP by calling 763-544-5950.

Garden seminars

Eager to get your lawn and garden back into shape after the winter? Gertens is offering nine free seminars, plus a greenhouse tour, on April 2. Seminar topics include "Rain Gardens" at 9 a.m., "The Best Turf" at 10 a.m., "Installing an Outdoor Fireplace" at 11 a.m., "Tools for the Garden" at noon, "Gorgeous Hydrangeas" at 1 p.m., "Spring Yard Preparation" at 2 p.m., "Growing the Best Tomatoes" at 2:30 p.m., "Planting Garden Seeds" at 3:30 p.m. and "Fairy and Miniature Gardens" at 4 p.m. Registration is requested at Gertens is located at 5500 Blaine Av., Inver Grove Heights.

Aging in place

Learn how you — or someone you know — can stay in the home they love, by incorporating universal design strategies. Lake Country Builders is offering a free "Aging in Place" seminar on March 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. A panel of experts will offer tips, and refreshments will be served. The seminar will be held at the Ferguson Plumbing Showroom, 925 Decatur Av. N., Golden Valley. RSVP to Renee, RAldecocea@lake


Treasure trove

Refresh your spaces with architectural antiques and vintage accessories unearthed at A Gathering of Friends Antiques Market. The event features 18 dealers offering collectibles, primitives, architectural pieces, pine and oak furniture, cottage decor, vintage wares and pottery. Dealers restock throughout the sale. Free admission. Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. March 31-April 1, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 2 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 3, Bachman's, 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. Call 612-861-7600.