<MC>Learn the basics for harvesting rainwater during a two-hour seminar Nov. 10 at Harmony Farm Supply and Nursery in Sebastopol.

Bruce Hallinan, who has installed dozens of rainwater harvesting systems around the Bay Area, will give advice on the best tank for your property, how much rainwater you can collect on a typical North Bay house, how to safely store the water and the best ways to install a rain tank, as well as different methods to use the water.

There will be a number of rain barrels, tanks and accessories on display. 10 a.m. to noon. Enrollment is limited to 30. Sing up on online at harmonyfarmsupply.com or call 823-9125.


<MC>Veteran Sonoma County horticulturist Robert Kourik will share the science of building up great soil during a workshop Nov. 10 at Sonoma State University.

Kourik, who has written several books, including "Roots Demystified," "Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and All Climates," and "No Digging, for a Healthier Soil &amp; Sustainable Garden," will talk about pore space, a root's interaction with soil, mulches and the benefits of no-till versus cultivated soil.

He also will touch on mychorrhizal association, root zones, soil indicators and nitrogen fixation, all with the goal of creating vigorous, vibrant landscapes. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $165. The class will be held in the School of Extended Education in Darwin Hall 107, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. For information and to register call 664-2394. Kourik can be reached at rkourik@sonic.net.


<MC2>Frederique Lavoipierre, who coordinates Sonoma State University's Garden Classroom and Entomology Outreach Program, concludes her series of low-cost seminars on the science of sustainable landscape design on Nov 7 with an overview of "Ecological Garden Design."

The lecture is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Sonoma State University Garden Classroom in the Environmental Technology Center. The SSU habitat gardens are available for exploring before and after the talk and the Charlie Brown Cafe will be open for snacks. A suggested donation of $10 is requested. To reserve as seat RSVP to ssugardenclassroom@gmail.com.


<MC2>The Sonoma County Master Gardeners are holding a series of free Saturday workshops and talks geared especially for the home gardener. All are held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For information on the program call 565-2608 or visit sonomamastergardeners.org.<QA0>

<CF114>Nov. 3</CF>

<CF103>Budget Holiday Floral Designs:</CF> Master Gardener and professional floral designer Ellyn Pelikan leads a class in how to make inexpensive seasonal decorations and arrangements for your own home or as gifts. Windsor Regional Library, 9291 Old Redwood Hwy. Building 100, Windsor.

<CF103>Making Your Garden More Sustainable:</CF> Master Gardener Kim Pearson leads a discussion on sustainability and why is it so important. Using an example of a small urban garden, she will suggest projects that will transform a typical garden into a more environmentally friendly and sustainable garden that can be a beautiful outdoor space. Guerneville Regional Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Road.

<CF103>Pruning Fruit Trees:</CF> Learn how to prune your fruit trees for great fruit and healthy beautiful trees from Master Gardener Denny Pedersen. The class will cover the tools you need and how to use them, how to shape your trees, when to prune and what cuts to make. Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive.

<CF103>Soil — Life Underground: </CF>Master Gardener Bonita Morgan covers the importance of rich, fertile soil for growing all types of plants. Included will be information needed to get and keep soil in top growing condition. Rohnert Park Regional Library, 6250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park.


<MC2>Placewares+Lyndon Design in Gualala is presenting an exhibit on "Industrial Folk Art: Buddy &amp;&lsquo;L'" featuring an extensive private collection of transportation toys from the 1920s and 1930s.

Some of the pressed steel toys in Christmas morning condition, are quite rare, said Maynard Lyndon, a designer and co-owner of the modern housewares store and design gallery.

Buddy L toys were created by Fred Lundahl of the Moline Pressed Steel Company, which originally manufactured automobile fenders and stamped parts for the International Harvester Company. He made the first Buddy L metal truck for his son, Buddy. The line eventually grew to include trains and construction pieces.

The collection, including an illustrated book and catalog about each piece, will be featured in the shop gallery through mid-January. In the Cypress Village, Hwy 1 at Ocean Dr., Gualala. 884-1184.


Willowside Middle School's working nursery holds its final fall plant sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3.

Shop for a variety of perennials, trees and succulents at bargain prices. Proceeds benefit the program.

The sale will be held rain or shine at the school, 5299 Hall Road at Willowside in west Santa Rosa. For information call 569-4724.

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