Last call

You have just a few more days to check out the Spring Ideas House, featuring seasonal decor inspiration in themed rooms throughout the Bachman family’s historic home. This spring, the house has been redecorated to showcase the latest trends such as galvanized metals, gray hues and bursts of spring color. The house is open for self-guided tours daily through April 15. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5, on sale online ( and at 612-861-7311. Ticket proceeds benefit the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Friends of the Institute. The Ideas House is located at 5936 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls.

Paint like a pro

Junk Bonanza, the vintage market featuring more than 150 vendors, will be back at Canterbury Park April 20-22. Special events include free hands-on painting workshops taught by Chalk Paint founder Annie Sloan. Sloan’s workshops will be offered all three days (at noon on April 20 and 21, and at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on April 22, along with book signings of Sloan’s latest, “Annie Sloan Paints Everything.” Workshop spots will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up at the Annie Sloan booth just inside the entrance to Junk Bonanza.

Other special events throughout the event include decor and styling sessions by KSTP-TV expert Larry Pfarr on prepping your home and garden for spring and entertaining using vintage elements. Flea Market Style editors Ki Nassauer and Celeste Shaw also will be on hand to sign magazines and share insights on vintage living.

Junk Bonanza hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 20, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21 and 22. Tickets are $10/day, free for ages 11 and under. Early bird admission ($25 online, $30 at the door) allows access two hours early at 8 a.m. April 20, and includes repeat visits on April 21 and 22. For more information, visit Canterbury Park is located at 1100 Canterbury Rd. S., Shakopee.

Dahlias for sale

If you like big, showy blooms, it’s hard to beat dahlias. This week, the Minnesota Dahlia Society is holding its Annual Tuber Sale, featuring show-quality tubers and rare and exclusive varieties. Dahlia growers will be on hand to help with selections, answer questions and offer instructions on planting and growing. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (or until sold out) on April 15 at Bachman’s Garden Center, Heritage Room, 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls.

Kim Palmer