Luxe living

Thinking about renting an apartment or buying a condo? There’s plenty to pick from across the Twin Cities area, from the Moline in Hopkins to 333 on the Park in St. Paul. Take a self-guided tour of decorated models and find out about amenities at the Luxury Loft + Condo Tour, featuring nine multi-unit buildings from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 7-8. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $5 for a single property. VIP tickets are $25, which include hors d’oeuvres and beverages at select locations from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 6, and admission to all models Oct. 7-8. Go to



Planters with pizazz

Add a pop of color and a bit of flair with a bloom- and greenery-filled pumpkin planter. Heidi Heiland leads an event where you can create your own container with a unique assortment of pumpkins, succulents, fairy-garden plants and more, for decor that will last through autumn. 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 7. $29.99-$44.99. Heidi’s GrowHaus, 7555 County Road 116, Corcoran. To register call 763-420-2909.

Creating habitat at home

Neighborhood Greening hosts “Giving Nature a Home: Creating and Enjoying Your Own Wildlife Habitat Garden.” Learn how and why yards are among the last best places for butterflies, birds and other wildlife. Presenter Holley Wlodarczyk recounts the history of urban landscapes and how communities are embracing the concept of ecoscaping to create habitats for wildlife in big and small yards, parks and community spaces. See photos of backyard transformations and learn how to transform a small corner or a yard. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3. Dodge Nature Center Farm Education Building, 1701 Charlton St., West St. Paul. $5 donation. RSVP at

Renovation celebration

Tour remodeled homes in Richfield. View family-friendly additions, updated kitchens and attractive modern finishes. Hear how residents made the decision to remodel and how the projects were planned. Find local experts to help realize your renovation dreams, and learn about remodeling programs available to Richfield residents. 1-5 p.m. Oct. 7. For the 2017 Remodeled Homes Tour brochure go to


Decluttering and appraisal

Everyone wonders if there is hidden value in their stuff — the dish they inherited from an aunt, or the painting they picked up at an estate sale. Satisfy your curiosity at the Declutter and Get Organized Event sponsored by NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) Minnesota. Appraisal experts James Marrinan and Bonnie Lindberg of Appraisal Specialists Midwest will share their professional opinions to help you determine whether your flea-market find has value. The event will be held Oct. 2 at the Wilder Center Auditorium, 451 Lexington Pkwy., St. Paul. Registration and refreshments begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Treasure review is limited to the first 35 people to sign up at Dolls, wristwatches, jewelry, weapons or sports memorabilia will not be appraised, due to time limitations. Participants who register ahead for a treasure review must arrive and check in with their item by 6:15 p.m. or their spot will be forfeited. Cost: $30 in advance, $40 beginning Oct. 1.