1. Build a wildlife pond

While pulling weeds and planting bushes this spring, get creative and build your own wildlife pond. Local naturalist Pat Sutton will show attendees how to build a no-fuss pond in their backyards from scratch at her free workshop 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 3 at the Cape May Court House Library. In no time you’ll be attracting wildlife to your yard. The library is located at 30 W. Mechanic St. Call 609-463-6386 or go to CMCLibrary.org.(tncms-asset)9f439c90-0ffc-11e7-959b-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)

2. Brush up on your gardening skills

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Whether you’re a first-timer or an expert with a green thumb, take a free refresher course in gardening with local garden expert Joe Alvarez 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4. During “Planning, Preparing and Pruning,” Alvarez will give helpful tips in areas such as disease and pest management and basic pruning techniques. The talk will be held at the Cape May Court House Library, located at 30 W. Mechanic St. Call 609-463-6386 or go to CMCLibrary.org.

3. Make a rain barrel

Learn how to create a rain barrel for watering this year’s garden at SustainableEHC’s free workshop 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 4. Attendees will first learn about storm water runoff and its effect on the water system, then learn how to create their own rain barrel to collect water for their flowers. The event will be held at Egg Harbor City’s Community School, 730 Havana Ave. Advance registration is required. Call 609-965-5681 or go to SustainableEHC.org.

4. Plant a butterfly garden

Ensure your yard is a happenin’ place for butterflies this summer by attending a lecture with the Green Thumb Garden Club of Somers Point Tuesday, April 4. From 7 to 8:30 p.m., naturalist and garden designer Jesse Connor will teach attendees what native plants and perennials to plant in their yards for these colorful insects. The meeting will be held at the Somers Point Senior Center, located at 22-98 S. Ambler Road. Call 609-214-6967.(tncms-asset)ac381406-13f5-11e7-adf6-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)

5. Attend a flower show

Write down ideas for your own garden masterpiece at the Countryside Garden Club’s annual flower show, 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 7 through Sunday, April 9. The show is held in conjunction with Cumberland County College’s production of “Charlotte’s Web.” Members will use flowers to creatively interpret themes from the play. Admission to the flower show is free. Frank Guaracini Performing Arts Center, 3322 College Drive, Vineland. Call 856-364-9165.

6. Shop for handcrafted home goods

Shop from over 80 vendors selling a variety of home goods items at the second annual Spring in Tuckahoe Craftsmen & Home Event, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 8, and Sunday, April 9. Held at the Upper Township Community Center, 1790 Route 50, Tuckahoe, the two-day shopping event includes items such as outdoor furniture, spring wreaths and birdhouses. Companies will be in attendance offering savings on home remodeling and improvements. Admission is free with a donation to Beacon Animal Rescue in Ocean View. Call 856-765-0118 or go to SpringTimeInTuckahoe.com.

—Jacklyn McQuarrie

Contact: 609-272-7415 jmcquarrie@pressofac.com

I interned with a small magazine in Wildwood before starting at The Press in 2013. I currently handle our Hometown and At The Shore calendar of events submissions and enjoy interacting with the local community.

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