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Mouthful: Celebrate the calabash

<strong>Time for Tix to Calabash:</strong> One of fall's sweetest events, Calabash: a Festival of Gourds, Art and the Garden, is coming up Sunday Oct. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. in downtown Forestville's Food For Thought AIDS Food Bank.

This year is particularly special, as Food For Thought is celebrating its 25th anniversary. It is the 13th annual gourd celebration.

The focus of Calabash is its silent auction of scores of gourds, grown in the food bank's garden and transformed into gorgeous art by more than a hundred artists from throughout the Bay Area.

As guests bid on gourds, volunteers, wearing whimsical hats decorated with little gourds, pass yummy appetizers. There's plenty of good local wine to enjoy, too.

This year, there will also be a sale of garden art and a special selection of items from Food For Thought Antiques.

In honor of Food For Thought's anniversary, expect more entertainment than in past years and other surprises.

Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. They are available at Food For Thought, 6550 Railroad Ave., Forestville, by calling 887-1647 and through the web site, <a href="http://fftfoodbank.org" target="_blank">fftfoodbank.org</a>.

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