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Tour historic homes

  • Christmas decorations in Healdsburg in 2012. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

Take a self-driven tour of Christmas past and present during the annual Junior League of Napa-Sonoma Holiday Home Tour on Dec. 7.

Two historic homes on McDonald Avenue, the city's grand address of the 19th century, and two contemporary homes in posh Fountain Grove, will be dressed for the holidays and open to visitors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The tour includes a hospitality site and Winter Market at the Santa Rosa Wine Country Hilton hotel, 3555 Round Barn Blvd., featuring handmade artisan gifts for sale. Food personality Marcy Smothers will also be on hand from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. to sign copies of her book, “Adventures in Food, Aisle by Aisle,” which includes recipes to make home cooks better cooks and savvier food shoppers.

There is no charge to attend The Winter Market. Tickets for the tour are $45 and include refreshments. They can be purchased online at jlns.org or at the Hilton the day of the event. There will be additional opportunities for ticket-holders to win wine.

For more information call 545-5567, or visit jlns.org.

Recycle stuff into cool garden art

Master Gardener Sandy Metzger believes almost anything can be repurposed for the garden.

Metzger has turned everything, from old tools and furniture to picture frames and tiles, into garden art. She will lead a class on recycling everyday objects into the landscape during a free workshop Dec. 7 at the Rohnert Park Regional Library, 6250 Lynne Conde Way. For more information call 565-2608 or visit sonomamastergardeners.org.

Historic homes open for holiday tour

Owners of some of Petaluma's historic homes open their doors to visitors during the Holiday Parlor Tour Dec. 8. Each home is decked out for Christmas. Hours are from 6 to 9 p.m., with a pre-tour gospel choir concert at St. John's Episcopal Church, 40 5th St., Petaluma. $12 in advance, $15 day of the tour. Children 17 and under get in free. For information, visit heritagepetaluma.org.

Victorian Christmas at Burbank home

It's a 34-year tradition at the Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, when the historic estate in downtown Santa Rosa opens its gates for an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas.

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