Assistance League’s Holiday Home Tour: See north Everett homes decorated for the holidays on this self-guided tour from 1 to 7 p.m. Dec. 3. Features tastings from local chefs, carolers, raffle baskets, a pop-up gift shop and photos with Santa. Advance tickets are $30 or $35 on tour day. Purchase tickets at the Assistance League Thrift Shop, 5107 Evergreen Way, Everett. More at

Grow Your Farm: Grow Your Farm! workshops are sponsored by WSU Snohomish County Extension and the Snohomish Conservation District. They are: Dec. 4: “Marketing & Market Research for Farmers.” Dec. 12: “The Joy of Farming with Spreadsheets.” Dec. 19: “Lease Literacy for Farmers & Landowners.” Workshops are held at the WSU Snohomish County Extension office at McCullom Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Cost is $15 each. Call 425-357-6024. More at

Holiday workshops: Bring your holiday spirit and creativity to this two-hour workshop from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 8, and go home with several gifts for the holidays. Projects are appropriate for children ages 6-10. This is a parent/child workshop that parents attend with their child. Meet in Legion Hall in Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Each session is limited to 15 kids and parents. Free to Everett Arboretum & Gardens members, $10 for non-members. Join online or the day of class. RSVP required.

Snohomish Christmas Parlor Tour: See Snohomish historic homes decorated for the holidays from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Hosted by the Snohomish Historical Society. Tickets are $15 general, $12 seniors and youth. Advanced tickets are available at Joyworks, 1002 First St.; McDaniel’s Do-It Center, 510 Second St.; and Annie’s On First, 1122 First St. Buy tickets day of tour at the Waltz Building, 116 Ave. B. More at

Seed growers of Whidbey: Washington State University researchers will speak about black leg and black rot — two economically significant seedborne diseases that can affect Brassica vegetables — as well as related cover crops and weeds. “Seed Growers, Brassica Diseases and the Quarantine Area on Whidbey Island” is 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 10 at the WSU Island County Extension office, at 406 N. Main St., Coupeville. Call 360-639-6059 or go to for more information.

Sustainable gardening series: The Master Gardener Foundation’s 16th annual sustainable gardening speaker series kicks off on Jan. 4 with Carey Thornton’s “The Secrets of Veggie/Herb Companion Planting.” The next presentation is Jan. 18 with Tony Fajarillo’s “Mindful Gardening Through Bonsai.” The series continues through April. All presentations are on Friday’s from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood. The charge is $20 for a single session or $85 for the series. All proceeds go to the Master Gardener Foundation of Snohomish County. More info: or call the Snohomish CountyWSU Extension Office at at 425-357-6010.

Master Gardener Hotline & Diagnostic Clinic: Call 425-357-6010 to talk to a master gardener or visit Snohomish County’s walk-in clinic at the WSU Extension office in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, October through March. More at extension.

Become a master: Master gardener training classes start in January. Research, educate, mentor and answer horticulture questions for the public in a collaborative environment. All training is open book and no memorization is expected. Training involves about 80 hours of classroom and workshop instruction held once a week on Thursdays from Jan. 10 through March 28. Tuition is $275, plus a volunteer commitment of 40 hours each year for two years on a variety of horticultural and environmental educational projects. Without the volunteer commitment, tuition is $775. More at or 425-338-2400.




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