The Twin Cities Bungalow Club will bring back its popular Bungalow Club Home Tour from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 7, after a long hiatus. There are five homes on the tour this year, including two in Saint Paul and three in Minneapolis. They range from snug bungalows to larger Arts & Crafts houses. A special treat on this year’s tour is the E.L. Powers house, a 1910 Prairie-style masterpiece by architects William Gray Purcell and George Grant Elmslie. The homeowners have restored and enhanced vintage lighting throughout the main floor, introduced a new sympathetic kitchen and bathroom, and added interior elements that were included in the original blueprints. Pick up a tour map with the homes’ addresses and descriptions at 3212 22nd Ave. S., Minneapolis. Admission is free for club members and $10 for others. For information, visit or call 612-724-5816.


One of the residences that will be on this year’s Twin Cities Bungalow Club Home Tour on Saturday, May 7.

The Garden Club of Ramsey County will hold its Great Plant Sale from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in the Saint Luke Lutheran Church parking lot at 1807 Field Ave., rain or shine. People can shop for tomato plants, including heirloom varieties, house plants, shrubs, curly willow branches, container planters and themed seed kits. Visit

The Temple of Aaron Sisterhood will hold its annual plant sale from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the temple, 616 S. Mississippi River Blvd. A variety of annuals and perennials that are organically grown and pollinator friendly will be available, along with heirloom tomatoes, vegetables and herbs. Preorder forms are due by May 11 and are available at the temple office or by emailing For more, call Margie at 651-698-4358.

Friends School of Minnesota will hold its annual plant sale from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, May 6-8, in the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand. Visit

No Mow May, an initiative to encourage the recovery of pollinators, especially bees, is being implemented in several cities across the country this year. To participate, residents are asked to refrain from mowing their lawn during May. This will substantially increase the floral resources critical for early emerging pollinators. A study done in Appleton, Wisconsin, found that No Mow May lawns had five times the number of bees and three times the bee species than mowed lawns. To learn more about the initiative visit

Due to jumping worms, Ramsey County is no longer accepting dirt or sod at its yard waste sites. If your soil appears granular like coffee grounds, you likely have jumping worms and should report the invasive species. Learn more at or call 651-633-EASY (3279).


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The Recycling Association of Minnesota is holding its annual compost bin and rain barrel sale. Preordered bins and barrels can be picked up at the WestRock Paper Mill, 2250 Wabash Ave., from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 4; at the Mendota Heights Public Works Facility, 2431 S. Lexington Ave., from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 14; and at the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department, 2020 White Bear Ave., from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 30. The cost is $76 for compost bins and $90 for rain barrels. Order online, while supplies last, at

A curbside appliance pickup will be held on Monday, May 2, in Mendota Heights. Appliances that will be accepted include air conditioners, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, garbage disposals, dryers, furnaces, humidifiers, microwaves, refrigerators, freezers, stoves, trash compactors, washers, water heaters and water softeners. The cost is $25 for the first appliance and $10 for each additional item. Reservations are required by April 29 by calling J.R.’s Advanced Recyclers at 651-454-9215.

The Twin Cities Area Solar Co-op has selected Minnesota-based solar company iSolar to install solar panels for the group, which is open to new members until April 30. It is free to join and does not require a commitment to purchase panels. Twin Cities residents who are interested in joining the co-op can sign up at

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has raised the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program benefit per household. Income-qualified homeowners or renters can now receive up to $3,000 to pay past-due energy bills, to prevent energy disconnections, and to cover costs for emergency fuel deliveries. The crisis benefit had been $1,200. This grant is in addition to up to $2,000 in non-crisis benefits that households can qualify for. Energy Assistance funding is available for thousands more Minnesotans and is open for applications through May 31. With one application, households may also qualify for water bill assistance and for the Weatherization Assistance Program. To request an application or find a local service provider, search online for “Minnesota energy assistance,” visit gov/energyassistance or call 1-800-657-3710 and press “one.”


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