There are two things you might be interested in that have upcoming deadlines:
The Altitude Design Summit, a conference geared towards design bloggers. It’s being held in Salt Lake City during Sundace and includes a day spent skiing. Sounds fabulous right? If you sign up before Oct. 31st your registration price is $100 cheaper.
If you want to learn to screenprint keep an eye on the itinerant Sparka Screenprinting Workshops. There is a class here in Seattle this weekend at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. It looks like an amazingly complete lesson, well worth checking out. It’s also be in a bunch of west coast cities.