Plants for pollinators

Gain a “pollinator perspective” on your backyard at a “Landscaping for Pollinators” class presented by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Horticulture educator Julie Weisenhorn will discuss practical ways you can transform your yard to support insects that are important to our food supply. The class will be offered 9:30 a.m. to noon June 3 at the arboretum’s Snyder Building. Cost is $55 ($40 for Arb members). Register at

Free remodeling class

Thinking about a basement makeover? Learn what you need to know at a free class presented by Castle Building & Remodeling and the Natural Built Home Store. “Planning a Basement Remodel” will be offered at 6 p.m. May 23 at Castle’s northeast Minneapolis design studio, 2600 Johnson St. NE., Mpls. All attendees will receive a certificate for $100 off design and planning services. The class is free, but please register in advance at

Dandelions and history

Minnesota’s oldest surviving wood-frame home, the Ard Godfrey House built in 1849, is celebrating spring with “Dandelion Day.” The event marks Harriet Godfrey’s introduction of dandelion seeds to the St. Anthony Falls area. Learn how to make dandelion necklaces, bracelets and crowns, and take home a free booklet with recipes for dandelion coffee, tea, salad and wine. Visitors also can tour the house, led by hostesses dressed in 1850s period costumes. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Dandelion Day will be celebrated 1 to 4 p.m. May 21 at the house, at the corner of University and Central avenues SE. in Chute Square, Minneapolis.

Kim Palmer