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SONOMA: Find treats for treasure hunters

Members of the Sonoma Valley Historical Society have been digging through attics, basements, closets and garages to find treats for decorating your kitchen and dining rooms.

Their finds will be sold from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 just outside the Deport Park Museum, 270 First St. W. just down from the plaza.

Treasure-hunters can peruse among china, pottery, utensils, small appliances, bowls, dishes, cookware, handmade aprons, linens, candles,

cookbooks and more.

The “Kitchen Tricks and Treats” sale in a benefit to support the volunteer-run Depot Park Museum.

The sale is held in conjunction with one of the museum’s most ambitious exhibits, “Before the Vine.” The display tells Sonoma Valley’s culinary and agricultural story with insights into local farms, ranches, growers and food producers dating back 100 years.

The exhibit includes many items from the collection of Kathleen Thompson Hill, a food writer and collector of vintage and antique kitchen tools.

For more information call 938-1762.

PETALUMA: Plant your own home herb garden

Master Gardener Janet Barocco will demonstrate how to plant a home herb garden that will be a living “pantry” of flavor to enhance meals, beverages and desserts on Oct. 25 at The Petaluma Regional Library.

The free workshop will cover the basics of cultivating, using and preserving culinary herbs and edible flowers. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 100 Fairgrounds Dr.

For information, call 565-2608 or sonomamastergardeners.org.

SANTA ROSA: Water saving tips

An expert in water efficient landscaping and rainwater harvesting will give an update on the drought and ways to save water during the Oct. 27 meeting of the Santa Rosa Garden Club.

Randy Barron, who managers water-related programs for the city of Santa Rosa, will also talk about various incentives and informational programs available to consumers.

Barron oversees the Residential Audit program, The Single Family Residence Landscape policy, The Green Exchange and Rainwater Harvesting rebate programs and the city’s Waste Water program.

He is a certified landscape irrigation auditor, Qualified Water-Efficient Landscaper and accredited Rainwater Harvesting Professional.

The meeting, open to non-members, is at 1 p.m. at The Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa.

For information call 537-6885 or email gardenclubevents@yahoo.com.

SANTA ROSA: Learn about water conservation

Water conservation is slowly becoming a way of life in Sonoma County with each new drought.

Master Gardener and Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Susan Foley will discuss ways to act now, including prioritizing if water demands out-pace supply and how to create climate-appropriate gardens that will survive in a drought.

The 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. workshop is free and will be held Oct. 25 at the Rincon Valley Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

For information, call 565-2608 or visit sonomamastergardeners.org.

SONOMA VALLEY: Avoiding injuries while gardening

However benign a hobby it may seem, gardening is fraught with potential hazards.

Master gardener and occupational nurse Lois Temple will lead a free workshop Oct. 18 at the Sonoma Valley Library on how to avoid injuries and illness while working in the yard.

Temple will focus on common injuries from power tools, hand tools, tripping and falling. Other threats she will help you avoid are thorns, cuts, repetitive strain, stings, bites, Lyme disease, West Nile Virus, Legionnaire’s disease, common poisonous plants and dehydration. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma.

For information, call 565-2608 or sonomamastergardeners.org.

SEBASTOPOL: Take aim at garden pests

With winter rains just around the corner, now is a good time to think about harvesting some of that precious liquid and saving it for a sunny day.

Harmony Farm Supply and Nursery in Sebastopol is holding a two-hour seminar Oct. 18 on the basics of collecting, storing and using rainwater.

The workshop will cover how to choose the best tank for your property, how much you can expect to collect, how to safely store the water and the best ways to install a rain tank.

A number of rain barrels, tanks and accessories will be on display. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.. 3244 Gravenstein Highway N., Sebastopol. 823-9125 or harmonyfarm.com.

GLEN ELLEN: Healing plants at Quarryhill

Until the advent of modern medicine, people turned to plants with healing properties. On Oct.19, two experts in the field of medicinal herb cultivation will lead a walk through Quarryhill Botanical Garden, pointing out its many healing plants.

The walk will be led by Peg Schafer, a longtime herb grower and an author of “The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Her Production” and Sondra Beam from Crane West Herb Pharmacy, which supplies product to herbal practitioners.

The pair will talk about growing the highest quality herbs with the best medicinal value in your own herb garden. Cost is $15. Space is limited. 10 a.m. to noon. To reserve a seat call 996-3166. 12841 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen.

NAPA: Farmhouse makeover

Traditional Home Magazine has unleashed a team of 15 designers from the Bay Area and beyond to make over a historic Victorian farmhouse at a Napa vineyard estate.

The third annual Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhouse is open through Nov. 16 at Caldwell Vineyards, a 123-acre estate in the Coombsville area.

“Admission to the showcase is $30 and includes a tour of the house and property as well as a taste of Caldwell Estate wines. For $75, guests will get an extended tasting and admission to the Caldwell cave.

The Showhouse will be open for visits from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Mondays through Nov. 16 and is a benefit for the Napa Valley Film Festival.

Caldwell Vineyard is located at 169 Kreuzer Lane in Napa. To schedule a tour or buy tickets for the gala, visit TraditionalHome.com/NapaShowhouse.

FORT BRAGG: How to grow grains at home

For the avid kitchen gardener it’s the next thing to try — grains. Mendocino County gardener Jaime Jensen will show you how to grow quinoa and other grains in your own backyard during a hands-on workshop Nov. 1 at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

Cost is $20 and includes admission to the gardens. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Class size may be limited. To reserve a space call 964-4352 ext. 16. 18220 N. Hwy 1, Fort Bragg. For more information visit gardensbythesea.org.

You can direct home and garden news to Staff Writer Meg McConahey at meg.mcconahey@pressdemocrat.com or 521-5204.

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