Calabash! Celebrating gourd art in Forestville

It's Calabash Time! One of the year's best fetes takes place this Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Food For Thought (6550 Railroad Ave., Forestville).

It's the 12th annual Calabash, a Celebration of Gourds, Art and the Garden, a major fundraiser for Sonoma County's HIV and AIDS Food Bank.

The heart of the celebration is the auction of nearly 100 original pieces of gourd art. There is also live music using instruments made of gourds, delicious foods and wines, a raffle of gorgeous gift baskets and tours of the Food For Thought gardens, overseen by Doug Gosling, one of the finest gardeners on the planet.

This year, guests can visit the newly completed memorial honoring loved ones who have died of AIDS. Gosling has incorporated revelent plants into the memorial area, focusing on those that have traditionally resonated with loss, remembrance and love.

Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Food For Thought, by calling 887-1647 and on line at fftfoodbank.org.

Love Our Laguna: October is full of wonderful activities at the Laguna Environmental Center.

On Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Charlie Kennard hosts a cordage-making workshop. Students will learn about different types of fibers in native plants and various techniques for using them to make cordage. Kennard is a long-time student of California Native American basketry.

Cost is $75 for the general public and $65 for members of the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation.

Next Saturday, October 13, Edward Willie will make a presentation about indigenous permaculture in California. The presentation, part of the Second Saturday of the Month Open House, takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Cost is a suggested donation of $10; reservations are not necessary.

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