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Home and garden events around the Charlotte area

Saturday

Attracting backyard birds

Pike Nurseries will host this free children’s class at 10 a.m. Saturday at 12630 N. Community House Road. The class will teach which plants and products can help attract birds to your yard. Kids will also make a bird-seed treat to take home to get started. Details: 704-341-7453; www.pikenursery.com.

Photographing hummingbirds

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens will host this class 9:30 a.m.-noon on Saturday at 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Wildlife photographer Dave Kelly will teach techniques to improve your ability to photograph these small, fast-moving birds. Course is $40 for members, $46 for non-members. Registration is required: 704-829-1294.

Wednesday

Floral design crash course

Nectar Floral Designs will offer its “Basic Design: Crash Course” 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday at 940 N. Davidson St. Learn what you’ll need for a floral-design toolkit and leave with a tool belt. The fee is $135 per person. Reservations and payment must be made at least 48 hours prior to the class. Details and to register: www.nectarfloraldesigns.com.

Aug. 17

‘Ask A Lender’

M/I Homes will host the free event “Ask A Lender: Helping You On The Road To Homeownership” from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 17 at The Farms, 2809 S. Devon St., Charlotte. Learn what’s involved in purchasing a new home, learn your credit score and how it impacts the home-buying process, find the right monthly payment for your budget, discuss financing programs and have other questions answered in a personalized meeting with an M/I financial representative.

Reservations requested before Aug. 16: 704-596-3484.

Hilary Trenda

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