If there is just a thin layer of leaves on your lawn, run the mower over them a couple of times and leave them in place. If there's lots of leaves, it's best to rake now. If left over winter, leaves can cause snow mold, which damages grass. Instead of tossing the leaves, bag them and save them to use as winter mulch once the ground freezes.


• Visit the "Nest," a weekend exhibition featuring work by Minneapolis artists Amy Rice and Terrence Payne. They've translated their 2-D artwork into textiles, furniture, "living wallpaper," sculptural pieces and some interactive elements in an actual home installation at 8000 Westwood Hills Dr., St. Louis Park. Free; opening reception, 6-10 p.m. Fri., exhibit noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

• New to the Star of the North Antique Show set for this weekend at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds: a service that offers to repair and restore your glass and china items while you shop. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Admission: $6, good for all three days of the show. Free parking.


The plucky "Buck Jr." is a modern take on a hide-bound icon. The recycled corrugated cardboard stag puzzle needs no glue to construct and hangs happily on your wall. Leave him in his natural state or decorate at will; 9 by 12 by 16 inches, $28.95; an 18- by 24- by 33-inch version costs $56. Bibelot, see for metro locations.


See the Metropolitan Home magazine's Showtime House, inspired by six series on the cable network ("Weeds" and "The Tudors, " above, among them) and interpreted in a New York City townhouse by seven designers, including Laura Kirar and Vicente Wolf. Great visuals with video from the designers on how they interpreted the shows.


Real Simple magazine launches its lifestyle makeover series "Real Simple, Real Life" at 7 p.m. Saturday on the Learning Channel. The 15-episode series aims to give one woman its undivided attention each week, with ideas from organization strategies to plans for low-stress entertaining.


You have two more days to enter the My Messy, Smelly, Dirty, Hairy, Best Friend contest to snag a chance at winning a vacuum cleaner designed to combat pet hair and odors. To enter, submit a photo of your pet and a cleaning tip at