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PETALUMA: Festival helps you spruce up the yard

The Petaluma Art & Garden Festival once again spreads out across two downtown blocks on July 14, with music, wine and food tasting and activities, along with 140 booths of art, plants, and objects to beautify your outdoor living space.

Festival-goers can shop for fresh vegetables, plants, succulents and everything from wind chimes and garden art to antiques, benches and flowerpots. Experts from the Petaluma Garden Club and the Sonoma County Master Gardeners will be on hand to help troubleshoot, as well as representatives from nurseries like North Coast Native, Re-succulents and Noelle's Miniature Gardens.

Entertainers include Dylan Chambers and The Midnight Transit. Dylan is the son of Lester Chambers, lead singer for the '60s soul band The Chambers Brothers. Lester will join him onstage.

Food and wine tasting is by ticket, $25 for a discount pass that includes a commemorative wine or ale glass. Purveyors include Pongo's Kitchen, Nick's Cove, Della Fattoria, Velasco's, Robledo and Reynoso wineries, Lagunitas IPA, Henhouse and Dempsey's. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 762-9348, petalumadowntown.com.

SEBASTOPOL: Learn to preserve bounty of summer

Summer gardens so often produce more than we can eat. Learn to preserve the bounty for a rainy day during a class at Sebastopol Hardware at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 10.

Wendy Krupnick, who teaches in the Sustainable Agriculture Program at Santa Rosa Junior College, will cover basic methods for preserving vegetables and stone fruits that includes freezing, canning, drying and pickling.

Krupnick will offer pointers on the best techniques for preserving each type of produce safely and efficiently.

The class is free, and all preserving supplies will be 20 percent off for participants. 660 Gravenstein Hwy N. 823-768, 823-8091 or karen@sebastopolhardware.com.

GLEN ELLEN: Quarryhill creator gets new honor

World plant explorer William McNamara, who created the 62-acre Quarryhill Botanical Garden from seeds he collected himself in Asia, has been honored with an Award of Excellence from National Garden Clubs, Inc., the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world.

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