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Home & Garden briefs: Learn where to find edible mushrooms and how to cook them

SANTA ROSA: Learn mushroom secrets

Learn all about Northern California mushrooms — where to find them and how to cook with them — during the next meeting of the California Native Plant Society.

Rachel Zierdt, a member of the board of the Sonoma County Mycological Society, will talk about edible spores. She became interested while touring a garden where mushroom spores had been inoculated in straw, producing young mushrooms.

The free talk will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. For information contact wendyborn@comcast.net.

SAUSALITO: Heath Ceramics holds sale, open house

Heath Ceramics, one of the oldest continuing potteries in California, is holding its annual showroom and factory open house and sale.

From Friday through Nov. 27, Heath will offer 20 percent discounts on showroom merchandise; Friday through Nov. 25 it will also offer factory tours, hands-on studio experiences and other activities. Hours will be: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 23, 25, 26 and 27, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 24.

The original Heath factory is located at 400 Gate 5 Road in Sausalito. Heath also has a studio at 2900 18th St., San Francisco. For more information and details, visit heathceramics.com.

SONOMA COUNTY: Master gardeners' free workshops continue

The Sonoma County Master Gardeners have a series of free fall workshops at libraries in Rohnert Park, Windsor and Santa Rosa. All the classes are held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For information call 565-2608 or visit sonomamastergardeners.org. Coming up:

NOV. 16::

Santa Rosa: Hydrangeas — Carlyss Van Ness shares her passion for hydrangeas in a talk covering water-saving techniques, fertilization, pruning, propagating and drying blooms. Rincon Valley Library, 6958 Montecito Blvd.

Windsor: Supermarket Orchids — Ann Chambers shows you how to save those inexpensive orchids you buy at Trader Joe's and Safeway, first keeping them alive and then bringing them back to bloom. The workshop is hands-on and participants are urged to bring their orchids. Windsor Regional Library, 9291 Old Redwood Highway.

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