Great news, swappers! Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking author Kate Payne, the woman I refer to as my fairy swapmother, is returning to Indianapolis in April. We’ve got four days packed with appearances, classes, and a potluck dinner, so mark your calendars and join the festivities. Here’s a complete calendar of events and registration information:

Tuesday, April 17th at 6:00pm:  Book Signing

WHERE: Big Hat Books in Broad Ripple (6510 Cornell Ave., Indianapolis)-FREE

As Kate would say, The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking is not your grandmother’s handbook! Modern women need a modern approach to domestic pleasures- a guide to doing household things on their own terms. Hear from the Hip Girl herself how to do just that with easy-to-follow, low-cost solutions to make your home an inviting space for living and entertaining.

Author Kate Payne

Wednesday, April 18th at 6:30pm:   Green Your Cleaning Supplies Workshop

WHERE: Homespun Workshop and Gallery Space in Irvington              (206 South Audubon Rd., Indianapolis)- $30 (includes a $25 class fee and $5 supply fee)

What are the most toxic cleaning supplies in your home? How can you replace them with safer, more environmentally-friendly alternatives on a budget? This two-hour, hands-on class will cover a broad spectrum of green cleaning topics, including the three most important cleaning supplies to detox first; an explanation of how disinfecting takes place, with guidance on alternatives to bleach and ammonia; and room-by-room cleaning solution advice. Students will take home their own supply of natural cleaner, scrubber squares, and natural washing soda. Register for this class by calling Homespun directly at 317-351-0280. Space is limited, so sign up quickly if you’re interested.

Thursday, April 19th at 6:00pm:  Introduction to Fermented Foods with Indy’s own Fermenti Artisan

WHERE: Clark Demonstration Kitchen space at Indianapolis City Market (222 E. Market St., Indianapolis)-FREE

What are fermented foods? What are the health and nutritional benefits? Get the answers from Indy’s own local experts, Mark Cox and Josh Henson of Fermenti Artisan. Mark and Josh are urban farmers, private chefs, and nutrition educators. Following their presentation and demo, Hip Girl author Kate Payne will also demonstrate one of her favorite small-batch fermented foods for you to try at home on your own.

Friday, April 20th at 6:00pm: Indy Food Swappers Potluck Dinner

WHERE: The Earth House Collective (237 N. East St., Indianapolis)- FREE

This potluck dinner is open to those who have participated in one or more of our Indy Food Swapper events, and their guests. No swapping on this occasion… just socializing and eating! And by request, we’ll also have a brief question and answer session on the topic of spring gardening. Hip Girl Kate Payne and local gardening guru Cara Dafforn of U-Relish Farm will share their knowledge on making the most of the garden space you have, with additional ideas on how best to preserve your bounty for enjoyment later in the year.  The potluck is a free event, but registration is required to make sure we have enough seating and table space. Registration is now open, so sign up today.