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Tours to fit an array of tastes

Spring is the season for going on tour. No need to drain your nest egg and hire a travel agent. Home and garden tours offer a ticket to attractions close to home — private and beautiful backyards, landscapes and homes.

The 24th Annual AAUW Healdsburg Homes Tour: Six different homes are featured, from vintage to contemporary. Proceeds benefit local public schools and scholarships for women. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4. $40. Tour begins at the Healdsburg Museum, 221 Matheson St. where same-day tickets will also be available. Healdsburgaauw.com.

Sea Ranch & Gualala Architectural Tour: This annual event on May 10, put on by the Soroptimists of the Mendocino-Sonoma Coast, showcases new and newly-redesigned homes. This year’s highlight is The Pelican House, designed by Malcolm Davis Architecture to fit between two existing houses while maintaining the privacy of the owners and their neighbors. This energy- and environmentally-smart home is one of the first LEED certified dwellings at The Sea Ranch. The 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tour is followed by a wine tasting and auction at the Gualala Arts Center featuring 23 local wineries. Cost for the event is $65 or $60 if purchased by May 10. To purchase call 800-838-3006 (event 534733) or brownpapertickets.com/events/534733.

Mendocino Coast Garden Tour: A self-guided tour through private gardens. The event includes a garden shop, plant sale and luncheon at Stanford Inn’s Ravens Restaurant. Cost is $40 for the tour or $60 for the tour and luncheon. A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Le Mirabeau. 937-5818 ext. 10 or 800-653-3328 ext. 10. Mendocinoartcenter.org.

Sonoma County Medical Association Alliance and Foundation Garden Tour: This tour, which visits a different part of the county each year, focuses on six gardens in Healdsburg, including a diverse drought-tolerant landscape divided into small rooms, a rose garden and a Craftsman home with a shady yard presided over by a heritage walnut tree. Live music, artwork by Winnifred Werner, Master Gardeners available for expert information. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 16 and 17. $45. Tickets can be purchased at scmaa.org or by phone at 578-4537. For information email alliance@scmaa.org.

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