Dates and times are subject to change. Call ahead to confirm. Sept. 9-15 Events 2006 House Boat Tour SUN Tour of 15 homes on Lake Union...

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Sept. 9-15

Events

2006 House Boat Tour

SUN Tour of 15 homes on Lake Union, including the “Sleepless in Seattle” houseboat. The other houseboats feature a remodeled nautical cottage, secret gardens and more; registration required. Noon-5 p.m., tour starts at any of the participating house boats at Lake Union, Seattle; $25. If space is available, tickets will be sold from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Terry Pettus Park at East Newton Street and Fairview Avenue East (www.seattlefloatinghomes.org).

Artful doghouses

TUE Six unique doghouses designed by interior-design students at Seattle Art Institute are available for purchase to benefit the Seattle Animal Shelter’s Help the Animals Fund. 1-3 p.m., Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W.; free (206-386-PETS or www.seattleanimalshelter.org).

Green Building Series: Seattle Justice Center & City Hall

FRI Tour two public buildings; registration required. 1-2:30 p.m.; Rainier Square Atrium (tour start), 1333 Fifth Ave. (level three), $10 (206-667-9184 or www.seattlearchitecture.org).

Classes

Organizing demonstration

TODAY Thirty-minute demonstration with ideas on getting a space in shape. 2 p.m., Salvage Studio, 650 Edmonds Way, Edmonds; free (425-330-5425 or www.thesalvagestudio.com).

Home staging

TODAY Learn the staging secrets to sell a house quickly, give your home a face-lift or open up a room. Discussion includes paint, lighting and fabrics; registration required. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Discover U, 2150 N. 107th St., Seattle; $44 plus $1 materials fee (206-365-0400 or www.discoveru.org).

Beyond recycling

WED Presentation and discussion with Tom Watson, the EcoConsumer, on the consumer’s response to global warming and toxics; registration required. 5:30 p.m., Seattle Central Library (Microsoft Auditorium), 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-296-4481 or www.KCecoconsumer.com).

Home style

WED Three seminars: Getting what you want without going broke (11 a.m.-noon); designing and living with antiques in a post-modern world (1:30-2:30 p.m.); setting the stage for your life (3-4 p.m.); registration required. Seattle Design Center, 5701 Sixth Ave. S., Seattle; $10 (800-497-7997 or www.seattledesigncenter.com).

Drywall hanging, mudding and taping

WED Learn about the tools and techniques involved in this special skill, includes hands-on opportunity; registration required. 7-9 p.m.,

PhinneyNeighborhoodAssociation,6532PhinneyAve.N.,Seattle;$20-$25. 206-783-2244 or www.phinneycenter.org.

Get ready for Christmas ornaments

WED Learn beginning turning skills and create five holiday ornaments in a variety of woods; registration

required. Noon-3 p.m. or 4:30-7:30 p.m., Woodcraft, 5963 Corson Ave. S., Seattle; $60 (206-767-6394 or www.woodcraft.com/stores).

Ongoing

Home Depot clinics

TODAY, SUN, THU Innovative paint applications (10 a.m., today ), tips and products to simplify landscaping (1 p.m., ), latest in flooring solutions (7 p.m., ). All Home Depot locations (call to confirm); free (www.homedepotclinics.com).

Lowe’s clinics

TODAY How to decorate small spaces (11 a.m.), paint with deep and vibrant colors (noon) or install ceramic-tile walls and backsplashes (1 p.m.). All Lowe’s locations (call to confirm); free (www.lowes.com).

Home improvement

THU Classes on topics including hiring a contractor, building permits, painting tips, color basics and remodeling return on investment; registration required. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Home Improvement Showroom, 11511 N.E. 195th St. (Suite 104), Bothell; free (425-486-9614 or www.showroomguys.com).

Plan ahead

Cork and Marmoleum flooring workshop

SEPT 16 Learn about cork and Marmoleum click-together plank flooring options. 11 a.m.-noon or 2-3 p.m., Environmental Home Center, 4121 First Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-315-1956 or www.environmentalhomecenter.com).

Spaces for Urban Living Tour

SEPT 17 Self-guided walking tour through some of downtown Seattle’s distinctive living spaces. See the variety of lifestyles in downtown condominium and apartment living and the ways that urban dwellers create unique private spaces. 1-5 p.m., purchase day-of tickets at Pike Place Market (under the clock), Seattle; $20-25 (206-774-5249 or www.pikeplacemarket.org/ frameset.asp?flash=true).

Snohomish Tour of Homes

SEPT 17 The Snohomish Historical Society’s annual tour of private homes designed by Nels Peter Hansen. Noon-5 p.m.; purchase tickets at Blackman House Museum, 118 Ave. B, Snohomish; $10-$15 (360-568-5235 or www.snohomishhistoricalsociety.org/calendar.htm).

Northwest Builders Show

OCT 3-4 With 150 booths, the largest trade show for the home-building industry in Washington. Washington State Convention and Trade Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; (www.northwestbuildersshow.com).

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