SICBA SHOW: The Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association will host the 39th annual SICBA Home & Garden Show on Friday through Sunday, March 22-24, at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon. The event will feature 130 indoor and outdoor vendors and displays.

New this year are Make & Take classes. Topics include calligraphy, creating succulent gardens and painting a canvas or wood pallet design.

Attendees can taste local cider, wine, beer and spirits from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday while enjoying live music, food trucks and vendors.

Additionally, there will be three playhouses created by SICBA members and donated to charities. The general public will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets from the charities and win one of the playhouses.

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BACKYARD CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP: The Skagit Conservation District is accepting applications for its Backyard Conservation Stewardship Short Course. The program will feature tips for native plant landscaping, environmentally friendly gardening practices, composting, attracting birds to your backyard, bees as pollinators, landscaping for wildlife, water conservation tips, building healthy soils and more.

The course for ages 17 and up will be held on Wednesdays, March 20 through April 24, at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 10441 Bay View Edison Road. Free for local residents. The registration deadline is today, March 15. Contact Kristi Carpenter, Skagit Conservation District, at 360-428-4313 or

GROW YOUR GROCERIES: Join a 12-part series on all aspects of home gardening for food production at WSU Skagit County Extension, 11768 Westar Lane, Burlington. Classes are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through April 30. $15 per class.

AT CHRISTIANSON’S: Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon, hosts numerous activities. RSVP: 360-466-3821, 800-585-8200 or at the nursery.

n Designing a Four-Season Hummingbird Garden: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16. $8.

n Starting, Planting and Staking Dahlias Made Easy: 1 a.m. Saturday, March 23. $8.

n Perfect Peonies: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30. $8.

— Submit home and garden information in the Events Calendar at or to or call 360-416-2155.

— Submit home and garden information in the Events Calendar at or to or call 360-416-2155.

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