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FORESTVILLE

Gourd celebration melds art, wine, music

The garden at Food for Thought in Forestville is at its most delicious in October. The richly textured food garden is filled with mysterious-shaped gourds of many varieties.

Each year the food bank, which serves people with AIDS and HIV, celebrates this intriguing and sculptural member of the Cucurbitaceae family with "Calabash -- A Celebration of Gourds, Art and the Garden."

This year's bash is Sunday, and includes a huge spread of food made from fresh-harvested local crops as well as Sonoma County wine. Event-goers are also treated to live music played on hand-made gourd instruments while strolling the garden and browsing among a huge selection of gourd art contributed for silent auction by more than 100 Sonoma County and Bay Area artists.

This year's event highlights a new AIDS Memorial, the only one in Sonoma County. Garden plantings around a water feature and artistic archway include traditional herbs and flowers used in healing and remembrance, such as echinacea, ashwaganda, borage, lemon balm and angelica.

The celebration will be from 1 to 5 p.m. at 6550 Railroad Ave., Forestville. Tickets are $45 in advance either online or at Food for Thought directly, or $50 the day of the event.

The garden is a collaboration between Food for Thought and the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center's Horticultural Therapy Program.

For information call 887-1647 or fftfoodbank.org.

GRATON


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