<strong>Luther Burbank Open House:</strong> On Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Luther Burbank Home and Gardens (204 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa) hosts its Holiday Open House.
The gift shop will feature special items, including crocheted and knitted boas, flouncy scarves in vivid colors and suggestive of Victorian lace. You'll also find beautiful desktop calendars, artisan soaps and lotions and more.
On Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., author Kay Voliva and artist Berenice Happe Iriks will be available to chat about and sign their book, "Annie Celebrates the Holidays," about a sweet little beagle.
<strong>Dickens Holiday Crafts Fair:</strong> This weekend, the 39th Annual Dickens Holiday Crafts Fair takes places at Finely Community Center (2060 West College Ave., Santa Rosa). The fair is open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There is a one-time admission fee of $2, good for the entire fair, if you keep your ticket. Kids 12 and under are free.
More than 70 local artists participate in the fair, with ceramics, woodwork, fabric art, jewelry, glass art, metal design, floral creations, photography, fine art, body care products, gourd art and more.
Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase from Bruno's on Fourth. There will also be roving entertainment throughout the fair.
Although some vendors may be set up to accept credit and debit cards, you should be prepared to pay with cash or check.
Rosie the Trolley will provide free transportation between Finley center and the Luther Burbank Home & Garden every thirty minutes.
<strong>The Cowgirls Come to Healdsburg:</strong> This Saturday at 1 p.m., Shed (25 North St., Healdsburg) welcomes Sue Conley and Peggy Smith of Cowgirl Creamery. Their brand new book, "Cowgirl Creamery Cooks," (Chronicle Books, 2013), will be available for purchase and there will be plenty of yummy cheeses available for tasting.
The cowgirls will talk about how to assemble a holiday cheese board and share many highly informative and entertaining stories from their four-decade friendship and association.
Smith cooked at Chez Panisse and Conley co-founded the iconic Bette's Diner before the two teamed up as cheese makers. Today, they have two creameries, four retail stories and that new book.
Cost is $20 and tickets are available at <a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/511629" target="_blank">brownpapertickets.com</a>.
<strong>Rutherford Passport Weekend:</strong> This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Rutherford Appellation, located in central Napa Valley, hosts Passport Weekend, with barrel tastings, special foods, live entertainment, conversations with winemakers and more.
Here's how it works. If you want to attend on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., you'll pay $50, which includes a logo wine glass and goodie bag. To attend on both Saturday and Sunday, you'll pay $75.
A VIP pass, $225, includes a welcome reception Friday night from 7 to 9 p.m. at Round Pond Estate and dinner, if not sold out, at Alex Restaurant on Saturday night.
For a complete list of the twenty-three wineries participating in this year's winter passport event and to purchase tickets, visit <a href="http://rutherford-appellation-wineries.com" target="_blank">rutherford-appellation-wineries.com</a>.
<strong>Soule Moving Sale:</strong> On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aletha Soule is hosting a final sale at her Sebastopol warehouse (103 Morris St., Space V). She will move out of the space by year's end.