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Nature in Winter Walk: 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at RibbonWalk Nature Preserve, 4601 Nevin Road. Learn to create a wildlife habitat in your backyard with CROWN (Charlotte, Reconnecting Ourselves with Nature), the Charlotte Chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. http://crown-clt.weebly.com/our-upcoming-program.html.

Art & Orchids: Jan. 17 through March 18, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. See thousands of colorful orchids with 24 art works by designer W. Gary Smith. This is an artistic display focusing on the ideas and methods used to create Lost Hollow, the new 4-acre children’s garden on the grounds. Free for members, $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, and $6 for children ages 4-12. Details: www.DSBG.org or 704-825-4490.

Art, Orchid and Wine Tour Opening Reception: 3-5 p.m. Jan. 18, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Tickets are $50. Register at www.dsbg.org or call 704-829-1294.

Storytime in the Secret Garden: 10-11 a.m. Jan. 20, Wing Haven Gardens, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Willow Oak Room/Education Building. “Snowy, Blowy Winter” illustrator Judy Stead will read and share her original paintings. Free for members and children ages 5 and younger; $5 for nonmember families. Register at www.winghavengardens.com – click on Programs for Children.

Calling All Birders: 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 27 at Wing Haven, Willow Oak Room/Education Building, 248 Ridgewood Ave. Join Taylor Piephoff, columnist for The Charlotte Observer, for “A Year of Chasing Birds in Mecklenburg County.” $20 for Wing Haven members, $30 for nonmembers. Details: 704-331-0664.

Cabarrus County Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteer Training Series: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 18-Apr. 22 at N.C. Cooperative Extension-Cabarrus County Center, 715 Cabarrus Avenue-West, Concord. Register for $60 by credit/debit card at 704-920-3315 or online at onlineservices.cabarruscounty.us/reservepartner/. Also pay at the N.C. Cooperative Extension office in Cabarrus County, 715 Cabarrus Ave.-West.Concord. For more information, write to djgoforth@ncsu.edu or call 704-920-3310.

Compiled by Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardener volunteers, www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org