10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, in the field behind the Fox and Hound Pub and Grille, 3101 New Center Point Drive, free;

Get your hands grubby at the first gardening expo at First and Main Town Center.

Saturday's event isn't like a normal home and garden expo, says Eva Pearce, director of marketing at First and Main.

"We've noticed a large interest in people wanting to do gardens in the home or community," Pearce says, "and they have no idea how to garden in Colorado with our climate and our soil. It's totally different from anywhere else."

Five hand-picked vendors will be on-site.

"It's more of an intimate setting, so you can actually talk to the experts," Pearce says.

Topics include soil concerns, proper watering of gardens before and during planting, the basics of garden houses, tool and plant selection, gardening with kids, making compost and raising chickens at home.

Each vendor has hands-on activities for adults and kids, including Whole Foods Market, which will work with kids to create seed packets to plant at home.

Jennifer Mulson, The Gazette, 636-0270,

Other events

Carrie Fell & El Paso County Art Dedication - 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, El Paso County Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave., free; 520-6901.

Bear Creek Spring Bird Count - 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, $5 donation for bird seed, reservations required; 520-6387.