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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.

Classes include the materials to make three eggs, which traditionally are shared among friends and are symbols of new beginnings.

For information about Washi eggs, the classes and to register call 696-2009, visit barbrafriedman.com or email barbrabvf@yahoo.com.

SONOMA COUNTY: Free classes from Master Gardeners

The Sonoma County Master Gardeners are continuing their free lectures and workshops today and Dec. 8 with topics ranging from pruning to starting a backyard orchard. All classes are from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information visit sonomamastergardeners.org or call 565-2608.

Today

Holiday Arrangements from the Seasonal Garden: Master Gardener Louis Lovelace will demonstrate step-by-step, her timesaving techniques for putting together great seasonal arrangements. She will show how to assemble the precise number of flowers and greens, many from your own garden, as well as selecting the right container. Rohnert Park Regional Library, 6250 Lynne Conde Way.

Starting Your Backyard Orchard: Master Gardeners Fred Revetria and John Bramfitt are experts on fruit trees. They will show you how to start your own backyard orchard, from selecting the best site and the best trees, to proper planting and care. Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave.

Winter Care for Fruit and Citrus Trees and Bare Root Roses: Learn the best fruit trees for Sonoma County climates from Master Gardener Brian Healey, who will also give tips for caring for your fruit trees throughout the year, from spraying to pruning, as well as how to select and plant bare root trees and roses. Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma.

Today and Dec. 8

Pruning Fruit Trees: Learn how to prune your fruit trees for the best harvest and healthiest trees from Master Gardener Denny Pedersen in a talk at the Healdsburg Library today and the Rincon Valley Regional Library on Dec. 8. He will discuss the tools you need and show you how to use them to shape your trees. He will also cover when to prune and what cuts to make. 139 Piper St. for Healdsburg. 6959 Montecito Blvd. in Santa Rosa for the Rincon Valley event.

You can reach Staff Writer Meg McConahey at meg.mcconahey@pressdemocrat.com or 521-5204.

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