Want to make life better around your home and yard?
Here are some events to help you do just that:
Meet folk artist
The Colonial Williamsburg store Celebrations on S. Henry Street hosts American folk art artist Jim Shore for a signing event 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. There will be several new Williamsburg ornaments and some of his most popular patriotic and holiday figures available at the store; you can also register to win a $225 Jim Shore carousel. Learn more about his work at JimShore.com.
Learn hardy orchids
Thomas Mirenda, an orchid specialist at the Smithsonian Institution and writer for American Orchid Society’s magazine, gives a program on hardy orchids for gardens at 1:30 p.m. at the Hampton Public Library, 4207 Victoria Blvd., Hampton. Sponsored by the Peninsula Orchid Society, the event is free and open to the public. Tropical orchids will be sold; call 898-0053.
Get his “5 tips for orchid growers” at roomandyard.com/diggin.
Butterfly festival & plant sale
Find the host and nectar plants you need to bring butterflies to your yard during the Mini Festival and Plant Sale sponsored by the Butterfly Society of Virginia 10 a.m-3 p.m. Saturday at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center, 1444 Diamond Springs Road, Virginia Beach (take the Northampton Boulevard exit toward the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel). See caterpillars on display, get tips on raising butterflies at home, shop for hard-to-find host plants and buy butterfly-related books and accessories. Butterfly experts give programs, too; activities for kids. Free admission. Get more details at butterflysocietyofva.org or 499-6789.
Recycle plastic bags
If you’re guilty of throwing plastic shopping bags in the trash, there’s Plastic Bag Forgiveness Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Peninsula Town Center in Hampton. Drop off five plastic bags for recycling and receive a reusable Chico shopping bag, along with other freebies. Remember, plastic bags can be recycled into other products such as outdoor decking, park benches and new bags. Sponsored by Keep Virginia Beautiful and A Bag’s Life, a national recycling awareness campaign.