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Learn to create colorful container gardens and pick up some new plants at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's annual plant sale. Thursday, May 3, 1-7 p.m.; Friday, May 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free (regular admission for the botanical garden). 1800 Lakeside Ave. 262-9887.


Do you swoon for Swayze? Try this getaway: Starting this month, Mountain Lake Hotel in the Appalachian mountains is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the hit movie with "Dirty Dancing"-themed weekends. Each weekend includes dance demonstrations and lessons, tours of the grounds where the movie was shot, movie trivia, and dinner and dancing in the ballroom. May 4-6, June 1-3 and November 16-18. $380-$430 per couple. (800) 346-3334.


Take a tour of American interior design from the Federal period to the Gilded Age. Maymont and the Valentine Richmond History Center present Ulysses Grant Dietz, a renowned expert on decorative arts and a direct descendant of Ulysses S. Grant, who will give an illustrated talk at the Valentine on 19th-century styles. Light refreshments will be provided. $10; $5 for members. Registration required. 358-7166, ext. 329.




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