TILE HOW-TO Learn to install ceramic tile over backboards on floors and walls as well as the basics of tile selection and common mistakes to avoid during the Tiling Floors and Walls workshop. 11 p.m. each Saturday in September at Home Depot stores. Free. www.homedepot.com.
SOLAR POWER Lee Feliciano will help you sort through the fact and fiction about using solar energy including topics such as the major components of a solar electric (PV) systems and their functions, factors to consider before installing a system, and financial incentives available to homeowners and businesses in Arizona during this workshop. 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17. at a.k.a. Green 8100 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale. $40. Registration required. (480) 946-9600. www.akagreen.com.
COMFORT SALADS From mini and bite-size hors d’oeuvre to unique appetizer courses and mouthwatering entrees, learn recipes and concepts for making comfort food salads during this class 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 at AndyFood: A Culinary Studio, 7000 E. Shea Blvd. No. 1740, Scottsdale. $65. Registration required. (480) 951-2400. www.andyfood.com.
PUFF PASTRY Learn to work with phyllo and puff pastry, a skill that will come in handy when planning your next party. Recipes will include Puff Pastry Turnovers with Shrimp and Roasted Peppers, Spinach and Sun-dried Tomato Sauce and Salmon Wellington with Herbed Goat Cheese and White Wine Sauce. 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Sweet Basil Gourmetware and Cooking School, 10749 N. Scottsdale Road, No. 101, Scottsdale. $50. Registration required. (480) 596-5628. www.sweetbasilgourmet.com.
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY Learn about the power of the wind at an Environment and Energy Solar Series workshop. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale. Free. (480) 312-2245. www.azsolarcenter.com.
PLANT TOUR Join Arizona State Parks volunteer and Bible scholar David Oberpriller to learn about botany, history and Scripture on a slow-paced walk during the Plants-of-the-Bible Guided Tour. 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, U.S. 60, near Superior. $7.50 adults, $3 children 5 to 12. (520) 689-2811. http://ag.arizona.edu/bta.
LANDSCAPES Visitors will explore contemporary and traditional approaches to landscape images, including printmaking, drawings and photography during the “Landscapes” exhibition daily through Oct. 28. Tempe City Hall, 31 E. Fifth St. Free. (480) 350-5287. www.tempe.gov.
FARMERS MARKETS More than a dozen farmers markets are going on in the East Valley. Mesa’s Community Farmers Market is held 9 a.m. to noon Fridays, Mesa Community Center, 263 N. Center St. The Chandler Farmers Market is 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays, Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, southwest corner of Chandler Boulevard and Arizona Avenue. (623) 848-1234. www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com.
“THIS OLD HOUSE” The popular home improvement show “This Old House” will visit the Phoenix area in October and is accepting home repair questions from viewers. To pose your question, visit www.thisoldhouse.com. Some may be chosen to be featured in upcoming episodes of the show.