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Mouthful: Celebrate the calabash

  • The focus of Calabash is its silent auction of gourds, grown in the food bank's garden and transformed into gorgeous art by more than a hundred artists from throughout the Bay Area.

Time for Tix to Calabash: One of fall's sweetest events, Calabash: a Festival of Gourds, Art and the Garden, is coming up Sunday Oct. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. in downtown Forestville's Food For Thought AIDS Food Bank.

This year is particularly special, as Food For Thought is celebrating its 25th anniversary. It is the 13th annual gourd celebration.

The focus of Calabash is its silent auction of scores of gourds, grown in the food bank's garden and transformed into gorgeous art by more than a hundred artists from throughout the Bay Area.

As guests bid on gourds, volunteers, wearing whimsical hats decorated with little gourds, pass yummy appetizers. There's plenty of good local wine to enjoy, too.

This year, there will also be a sale of garden art and a special selection of items from Food For Thought Antiques.

In honor of Food For Thought's anniversary, expect more entertainment than in past years and other surprises.

Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. They are available at Food For Thought, 6550 Railroad Ave., Forestville, by calling 887-1647 and through the web site, fftfoodbank.org.

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Rain, Rain, Don't Stay Away: On Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m., Cleo Woelfle-Erskine hosts a tour of the demonstration rain garden at Salmon Creek School, 1935 Bohemian Highway, Occidental, and discusses how you can create your own rain garden at home. With the rainy season soon upon us, this is a great opportunity to learn how to beautify your garden with native plants, attract beneficial bugs and provide a sanctuary for bees, birds and other pollinators.

Woelfle-Erskine is the co-author of “Creating Rain Gardens: Capturing the Rain for Your Own Water-Efficient Garden,” (Timber Press, 2012).

The event is part of the Bodega Land Trust 2013 Walks and Talks series and is co-sponsored by the Salmon Creek Watershed Council.

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