Dates and times are subject to change. Call ahead to confirm. Dec. 23-29 Ongoing Lowe's clinics TODAY How to select tools for projects and...

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Dec. 23-29

Ongoing

Lowe’s clinics

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TODAY How to select tools for projects and gifts (11 a.m.-noon), how to paint laminate flooring (noon), how to design for the holidays (1 p.m.). All Lowe’s locations (call to confirm); free (www.lowes.com).

Home Depot clinics

TODAY-SUN, THU Create an inviting foyer for the holidays (10 a.m. today), make picture frames and chair rails(1 p.m. Sunday), window coverings (7 p.m. Thursday), all Home Depot locations (call to confirm); free (www.homedepotclinics.com).

Ikea laminate-flooring installation

TODAY In-store experts demonstrate floor installation each Saturday. Demonstrations take place in the rug-and-flooring department. Noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. Saturdays (call to confirm), Ikea, 600 S.W. 41st St., Renton; free (425-656-2980 or www.ikea.com).

Gift packaging

TODAY Gift packaging and bow demonstrations. 1 p.m. or 3 p.m., The Container Store, 700 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; free (425-453-7120 or www.containerstore.com).

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Shop design and layout

JAN 3 Get tips and insights into designing and organizing a woodshop space for maximum effectiveness; registration required. 1-4 p.m. or 6-9 p.m., Woodcraft, 5963 Corson Ave. S., Seattle; $65 (206-767-6394 or www.woodcraft.com).

Puyallup Home Show

JAN 5-7 100 exhibitor displays offering ideas for remodeling, landscaping and home-decorating. The show includes gardening- and interior-design information as well as product demonstrations. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Western Washington Fairgrounds, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $6-$7 (253-874-8711 or www.puyalluphomeshow.net).

Living with an older home

JAN 10 For owners of Craftsman period homes. Discussion on design and construction standards including construction, electrical, plumbing and heating, along with inexpensive methods of repair and replacement; registration required. 7-9 p.m., Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $20-$25 (206-783-2244 or www.phinneycenter.org).

Structural home retrofit

JAN 13 Educational series with information about tools and techniques to prepare your home and family in the event of an earthquake. 9 a.m., Lowe’s (Lynnwood), 3100 196th S.W., Lynnwood; free (877-2-BOLT-IT).

Command your clutter

JAN 18 Discover how to manage your time effectively, make decisions and create personal systems; registration required. 6:30-9 p.m., Discover U., 2150 N. 107th St., Seattle; $44 (www.discoveru.org or 206-365-0400).

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