The Smithy in New Preston will hold a special free event with birdhouse and bat house designer and builder Terry Burks Sept. 5-6 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The event will take place in the courtyard entry of the Smithy Store in New Preston center.

Burks will share information about the animals and show guests how to properly set up and maintain a birdhouse.

A variety of handcrafted houses will be available for purchase.

The majority of profits from Terry’s houses go to the Purple Heart Homes Project.

For more information, call 860-868-9003.