Home and garden briefs, upcoming events
News from Santa Rosa Press Democrat:

Published: Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 3:58 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 3:58 a.m.

Troll for ideas, inspiration, contractors and products for your next home improvement project at the Sonoma County Fall Home Show today and tomorrow.

The home improvement marketplace takes over the Sonoma County Fairgrounds for three days with everything from building supples, designers, landscapers and flooring to furniture, windows, window treatments, roofing, decks and gutter systems.

Twelve seminars will be held in Grace Pavilion covering topics like landscape design, solar energy, organic farming, rain harvesting and remodeling.

The Redwood Empire Masonic Officers Association will offer free child identification. Going on at the same time at the fairgrounds is the Redwood Empire Train Show, with model trains, steam train rides and food.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $ 7 with children under 12 free. Seniors 60 and up get in for $ 4 on Friday. Bring in a can or box of food for the Redwood Empire Food Bank for $ 2 off your admission. 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. scsshows.com.

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