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Nov. 4-10

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TODAY Volunteers are needed to donate their time and resources for local homeless shelters, providing cosmetic improvements and minor repairs. King and Snohomish counties; (425-460-8232 or www.mbaks.com).

Model-making workshop

TODAY View “Blueprints: 100 Years of Seattle Architecture” exhibit with guide and then make your own model to take home; registration required. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Rainier Square Atrium, 1333 Fifth Ave. (Level 3), Seattle; $15 (206-667-9184 or www.seattlearchitecture.org).

Classes

Log-home maintenance

TODAY Hands-on workshop with environmentally conscious sealants, stains and preservatives for log and wood homes; registration required. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Perma-Chink, 17635 N.E. 67th Court, Redmond; free (800-548-1231 or www.permachink.com).

Collage paperweights

TODAY Using collage techniques, make a unique paperweight. 10 a.m.-noon, Salvage Studio, 650 Edmonds Way, Edmonds; $28 (425-330-5425 or www.thesalvagestudio.com).

Basic gift wrap

SUN Learn basic gift-wrapping techniques to give packages a professional look; registration required. noon-2 p.m., Packaging Specialties, 515 S. Michigan St., Seattle; $25 (206-762-0540 or www.ps-stores.com).

Holiday entertaining

MON Create tabletop displays for guests and learn how to repurpose items such as fireplace tool holders and silverware caddies. 7 p.m., Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland; free (425-822-2459).

Rainwater catchment system

WED Annual meeting of the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association, open to the public; registration required. 7-9 p.m., Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; free-$25 (206-783-2244 or www.phinneycenter.org).

Home-improvement week

THROUGH WED Daily workshop features projects that homeowners can learn to do. Various times, all Home Depot locations (call to confirm); free (www.homedepotclinics.com).

Home style

WED Three seminars: Trends in consumer electronics (11 a.m.-noon), holiday decorating (1:30-2:30 p.m.), bridging traditional and contemporary design (3-4 p.m.); registration required. Seattle Design Center, 5701 Sixth Ave. S., Seattle; $10 (800-497-7997 or www.seattledesigncenter.com).

Living green programs

THU Learn what makes certain house products green and how they perform. Opportunity to touch and see a variety of products; registration required. 7-9 p.m., Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle; free (206-684-0877).

Quilted holiday

THU Quilt as you go using a stained-glass table-runner pattern; registration required. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Pacific Fabrics, 6000 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., Issaquah; $20 (425-392-6696 or www.pacificfabrics.com).

Home decorating and sewing

THU Learn pillow-making at this two-session class for beginners; registration required. 6-9 p.m., JoAnn (Bellevue), 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue; $60 (425-644-3100 or www.joann.com).

Ongoing

Home Depot clinics

TODAY-SUN, THU Creating a home theater (10 a.m. today), flooring solutions (1 p.m. Sunday), painting touch-up and techniques (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 and 2 p.m. Saturdays (call to confirm), Ikea, 600 S.W. 41st St., Renton; free (425-656-2980 or www.ikea.com).

Plan ahead

Holiday luminaries

NOV 11 Create a pair of luminaries. 11 a.m., Sweetgrass Home & Garden, 332 Burnett Ave S., Renton; $22 (425-226-7280).

Structural home retrofit

NOV 11 Educational series with information about the tools and techniques to prepare your home and family in the event of an earthquake; registration required. 9 a.m., Lowe’s (Kent), 24050 Pacific Hwy. S., Kent; free (877-2-BOLT-IT).

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