<strong> Tomato inspirations at K-J Heirloom Festival Saturday: </strong>Everyone's favorite fruit is the star of the annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival Saturday.
The event is a chance to see or sample more than 175 heritage varieties of tomatoes grown in the winery's expanded culinary gardens.
Garden tours, wine and food pairings, garden seminars, tomato-inspired creations by Executive Chef Justin Wangler and a Chef's Challenge with 50 Bay Area chefs competing to create the best tomato-centric bites, round out the day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets are $90 at <a href="http://kj.com" target="_blank">kj.com</a>. 5007 Fulton Road, Fulton.
<strong> Calabash Celebration of Gourds, Art & Garden set for Oct. 6 at Food for Thought gardens</strong>: Food for Thought's luscious gardens provide a perfect fall setting for the annual Calabash Celebration of Gourds, Art and the Garden on Oct. 6.
Professional artists are recruited to turn intriguingly shaped gourds into works of art for sale at the event, which also features a cornucopia of food and wine harvested and prepared locally, and served to the accompaniment of live music played on hand-made gourd instruments. Food for Thought is a food bank serving 675 men, women and children in Sonoma County living with HIV and/or AIDS. 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door. <a href="http://fftfoodbank.org" target="_blank">fftfoodbank.org</a>. 887-1647. 6650 Railroad Ave., Forestville.
<strong> Rogers calls up spirit of Carson at Burbank's Gold Ridge Farm</strong>: Lilith Rogers reforms her one-woman show about the life of early environmentalist Rachel Carson during the fall Open House and Plant Sale Saturday and Sunday at Luther Burbank's Gold Ridge Farm.
Rogers will call up the spirit of Carson, a writer, activist and organic gardener whose book, "Silent Spring" drew attention to the dangers of toxic chemicals, starting at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Self-guided and docent-led tours of the historic 3-acre farm will be offered. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and plants from fall veggie starts to unusual perennials will be available for sale along with heritage jam made from the farm and farm tools. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 7777 Bodega Ave., behind the Burbank Heights and Orchards senior housing complex.
<strong> Five homes in tour to benefit The Sharpsteen Museum</strong>: Five Calistoga homes, including the historic mansion owned by vintner Dario Sattui, will be open to visitors Saturday for a home tour benefiting The Sharpsteen Museum.
Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $45 in advance at brownpapertickets.com or <a href="http://sharpsteen-museum.org" target="_blank">sharpsteen-museum.org</a> or $50 the day of the tour at the museum, 1311 Washington St.
<strong> Landis to give olive-curing workshop Sunday at B.R. Cohn Winery: </strong>With the olive harvest just around the corner, olive maven Don Landis is again starting up his workshops on curing the fruit, starting with a talk Sunday at B.R. Cohn Winery.
Landis will talk about the history of the olive in California and offer a description of the Greek style of olive curing without lye. The workshop includes an olive tasting. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $20. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 800-330-4064, ext. 124.
<strong> Bargain plants up for sale at Willowside School</strong>: Bargain plants are up for grabs at the Willowside School Fall Plant Sale Saturday.