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Home and garden news, upcoming events

PETALUMA: Annual Holiday Parlor home tour

A raft of holiday home tours in Sonoma County offer a chance to see how your neighbors live, whether it's town or country style, Victorian or contemporary.

Heritage Homes of Petaluma holds its annual Holiday Parlor Tour on Sunday. Four beautifully decorated homes will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. for visitors, including a Victorian mansion, a charming cottage, a Gothic Revival home built circa 1862 and a 1920s brick Tudor Revival house.

Tickets are available at the Petaluma Museum, Tuscan Gardens and online at www.HeritagePetaluma.com for $15 each.

SANTA ROSA: Victorian holiday at Luther Burbank House

The famed Luther Burbank Home re-opens for its 33rd annual Open House today and Sunday, a Victorian Christmas-themed event with a chance to browse the shop for gifts for gardeners, like denim aprons, a calendar in a stand featuring images of antique Burbank seed packets, and Shasta daisy cups, as well as other crafts hand-made by volunteers.

Visitors can tour the holiday-decorated home accompanied by costumed docents and then refresh with fresh-baked cookies and spiced tea. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $2, free for kids under 12. 524-5445 or burbankhome@lutherburbank.org.

SONOMA COUNTY: Classes in Washi egg-decorating offered

Barbara Friedman brings back her classes teaching the craft of wrapping Washi eggs into ornaments and gifts. Classes in this ancient art of decorating eggs with handmade Japanese mulberry paper will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Patisserie Angelica, 6821 Laguna Park Way, in Sebastopol ($45), and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Village Bakery ($35), 7225 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol.

Both classes include tea and treats. A third class will be held Thursday at Coffee Catz, 6761 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol. Cost is $30 with lunch, sweets and tea and coffee available for purchase.


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