Fall Home & Garden event calendar
Grapes and Gourds
Sep 15, 6-8pm. Create a handcrafted gourd birdhouse. $25 includes glass of wine, supplies and instruction. Registration at lincolnmemorialgarden.org or 529-1111. It’s All About Wine, 1305 Wabash Ave., 546-9463.

Enos Park Home Tour
Sep 17, 1-5pm. Self-guided tour of historic homes in Springfield’s oldest neighborhood. Wine and cheese reception to follow in Sculpture Garden. Tour begins at Springfield Art Association. $10. epnia.com. Enos Park, Seventh and Enterprise streets, Springfield.

Illini Bird Fanciers Fall Fair
Sep 18, 9am-4pm. Live exotic birds, cages, food and toys. $3 adults and seniors, free to ages 12 and under. agr.state.il.us. 836-2836. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Introduction to Photovoltaics
Sep 24, 9am-5pm. Learn to understand solar electric systems and the basics of PV site assessment via lectures and classroom activities. Registration, illinoissolar.org. Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2200.

Grow Springfield Garden Education Program
Sep 26, 5:30-6:30pm. Family friendly program titled “Putting the Garden to Bed.” Unearth simple ways to winterize your garden and minimize work in the spring. Free. growspringfield.org. Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2200.

2016 Illinois Solar Tour
Oct 1, 10am-3pm. A free open house featuring homes and businesses using solar, wind, geothermal, passive solar design and energy efficiency to be energy independent. Registration, illinoissolar.org. Downtown Springfield.

Capital Area Woodworkers Club Meeting
Oct 3, 6:30pm. Monthly meeting. Program is “Bending Wood” by presented Roland Fose. Visitors welcome. cawspi.org. MCL Cafeteria, 2151 Wabash Ave., 787-8706

Photovoltaic Site Assessment
Oct 8, 8am-5pm. Learn how to evaluate a site for solar panels in a home or small business. Registration, illinoissolar.org. Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2200.

Birdhouse Building Competition
Oct 8-9, 10am-4pm. Prizes awarded for best functional, best whimsical, people’s choice and gourd birdhouse. Pre-registration required and rules available at lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.

Capital Area Woodworkers Club Meeting
Nov 1, 6:30pm. Monthly meeting. Program and presenter to be determined. Visitors welcome. cawspi.org. MCL Cafeteria, 2151 Wabash Ave., 787-8706.

Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers Show

Nov 12-13, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm. 26th annual show. See wood art, shopping with numerous vendors plus various show activities, drawings and seminars. svwoodcarvers.org. ISF Illinois Building, 801 Sangamon Ave., Springfield.

Winter Holiday Floral Show
Dec 3-21, 12-4 Mon-Fri, 12-5 Sat-Sun. Stunning display of poinsettias, tropical plants and decorated evergreens. Free. springfieldparks.org. Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-4116.

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