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Home and garden events around the Charlotte area

Saturday

Earth Day celebration

The town of Matthews, along with Habitat and Wildlife Keepers, will host an eighth annual Earth Day celebration, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. Registration for the town’s litter sweep begins at 8 a.m. The celebration will feature live music, eco-friendly businesses and services, food vendors and more. Habitat and Wildlife Keepers will accept batteries, CFL light bulbs, aluminum pull tabs, corks, egg cartons, inkjet cartridges, eyeglasses and cell phones for recycling. Goodwill will accept electronics, clothing and furniture. Details: www.facebook.com/matthewsnc.

Tasty tomato classes

Pike Nurseries will host two free classes on harvesting tomatoes at home on Saturday, 12630 N. Community House Road. “Growing Great Tomatoes” will be at 10 a.m. and will focus on planting and tomato varieties best suited for the home garden. “Grow Your Own Salsa Garden” will be at 2 p.m. Details: www.pikenursery.com.

Tuesday

Birding walk

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden volunteers will lead the walk 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Tuesday, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Stroll through the gardens, Meadowood Walk and Persimmon Trail to observe nesting patterns and learn about bird counts. Walks are free with garden admission: $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 60 and older, $6 for kids 4-12, free for members. Details: www.dsbg.org.

Hilary Trenda

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