Get in the holiday spirit with wreath-making and a winter solstice walk

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Celebrate holidays at Luther Burbank Home

This Saturday and Sunday mark the 39th anniversary of the Luther Burbank Home and Garden Open House. Why not begin celebrating the season by visiting the historic home and experience a reminder of bygone days?

The home will be decked out in old-fashioned holiday finery inside and out. See the latest exhibit and shop for unique Burbank-related items in the Carriage House Museum & Gift Shop. Wreaths will be available for purchase to dress up your front door. Admission is $3; free for children under 12. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, 204 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa;, 707-524-5445.


Sebastopol Holiday Home Tour

Homes will be dolled up in their festive best on Dec. 7 and 8, and the tour is coupled with a fetching Artisan Boutique. Highlights of the tour include a multi-themed home with a Harry Potter dining room, a renovated apple ranch filled with antiques, a country cottage with faith-based trinkets, and a mid-century home celebrating multiple generations. Admission is $45 for Dec. 7 and Dec. 8; $35 for Dec. 8 only. (The Artisan Boutique is free.) Proceeds will go to Pleasant Hill Christian School. Tickets will be mailed if you order before Sunday. If you buy tickets just before the event, you will have to pick them up the day of the tour at the Pleasant Hill Christian School, 1782 Pleasant Hill Road, the site of the Artisan Boutique. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8, 1782 Pleasant Hill Road, Sebastopol,; 707-829-1729.


Holiday wreath-making workshop

You can keep a winter tradition dating back to ancient times and learn how to make your own wreath at a workshop Wednesday. Locally foraged materials will be used — everything from evergreen branches and mosses to fragrant herbs. Dundee Butcher of the Russian River Flower School will teach the workshop. The cost is $125. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Healdsburg SHED, 25 North St., Healdsburg, 707-431-7433,


Does your gift list include crafts?

Dozens of local vendors and makers will be at the second annual St. Helena Winter Market Saturday. After perusing the goods you can go to one of the workshops, which include cookie-decorating, ornament making and holiday cocktails. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Native Sons Hall, 1313 Spring St., St. Helena,


Winter Solstice Meditative Walk

In the midst of a busy season, there will be a chance to slow down and celebrate the Winter Solstice on Dec. 21. The free event will be in the upstairs Grange at the Healdsburg SHED, and it will be lit up with candles. Guests will walk the spiral, leaving the candles behind, to reflect gratitude. Hot cider will be poured downstairs. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Healdsburg SHED, 25 North St., Healdsburg, 707-431-7433,

You can send Home and Garden news to Staff Writer Peg Melnik at Send items at least three weeks in advance of your event.

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