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PETALUMA: Miss Mustard Seed offers holiday workshops, signing

Marian Parsons, known to her devoted DIY fans as Miss Mustard Seed, will be planting herself in downtown Petaluma Dec. 11 for a series of events, including a milk painting workshop and holiday seminar.

Parsons writes the popular do-it-yourself design blog, MissMusterSeed.com. She also writes for HGTV and has her own line of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Pain through the Homestead House Paint Company.

She will be signing her new book "Inspired You" during a free party from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Summer Cottage Antiques, 153 Kentucky St.

Parsons will also hold a noon to 2 p.m. Milk Paint Workshop and a Holiday Inspired Seminar from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30.m. Cost is $40 for each of the events.

Space for the workshops is limited. To sign up call 776-2873.

SEBASTOPOL: 6 historic homes in benefit holiday tour

A ticket to Sebastopol's Holiday Home Tour today (Dec. 8) offers a chance to visit six historic homes showcasing family histories through collections of holiday artifacts and family traditions. The event also includes an Artisan Boutique at Pleasant Hill Christian School, 1782 Pleasant Hill Road. Felt and fiber art, art photography, ceramic wall hangings, collages, cards, bookmarks wine barrel cardholders, crocheted hats and jewelry are among the arts and crafts available for gift-buyers. Proceeds from the self-guided tour go toward a scholarship fund for Pleasant Hill Christian School. Tickets for the 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tour are $30 for adults and $10 for kids.

SONOMA: Blow some glass, make an ornament

Store-bought ornaments are fun but the ones you make by hand become heirlooms.

Bacchus Glass, which makes high-quality hand-blown art glass, is offering free ornament-making classes today (Dec. 8) and Dec. 15. It will take just half an hour to learn the basics, from choosing from a variety of shapes and colors to designing and assisting in the making of your own hand-blown glass ornaments, working with glass artist Frank Cavaz.

The class is open to all ages, but children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $40. To reserve a spot between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. call 939-9416 or email frank@bacchusglass.com. The studio is at 21787 Eighth St. E., Unit 6, Sonoma.

SANTA ROSA: Tips on pruning fruit trees

The Sonoma County Master Gardeners are holding a free workshop today (Dec. 8) on pruning fruit trees at the Rincon Valley Regional Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa. The talk will cover the tools you need, how to use them to shape your trees, as well as when to prune and what cuts to make. The class is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information visit sonomamastergardeners.org or call 565-2608.

WINDSOR: Home tour, market in Junior League event

The Junior League of Napa-Sonoma holds its annual Holiday Home Tour, Winter Market and Tea today (Dec. 8), featuring a peek into three homes in the exclusive Shiloh Estates.

Homes, each decked out for the holidays, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with shuttles leaving from the Mary Agatha Furth Center, 8400 Old Redwood Highway, Windsor. A $50 admission ticket includes entrance to a Winter Market featuring local artisans' works, as well as champagne, tea and hors d'oeuvres.

The event raises funds for programs that support children and youth.

For information or to purchase tickets visit jlns.org.

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