Get ideas for your holiday tabletop decorations at a free workshop at Rebekah's Garden at the State Farmers Market. The session will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Along with tabletop ideas, attendees will also learn how to make customized wreaths to match their home's decor. For information, call (803) 799-0660.
It's holiday home tour season. Here's a list of some of the tours in the area:
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Newberry's Christmas tour of Homes: 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday. Tour will feature six historic homes. $15. Tickets at Newberry Opera House, Newberry Visitor Center and downtown merchants, or online at newberryoperahouse.com. (803) 276-4274
Mid-Carolina Christmas tour of homes: 5-9 p.m. Saturday. Tour will feature five decorated homes in Pomaria, three built before 1840. $15. Proceeds to benefit the St. Paul Lutheran Church building fund. (803) 924-4052
Christmas in Sumter holiday house tour and tea: 1-7 p.m. Saturday, beginning at Alice Boyle Garden Center, 842 W. Liberty St., Sumter. $10. Russian tea, coffee and sandwiches will be served 3-5 p.m. at the garden center. (803) 494- 3420
Homes for the Holidays tour: 2- 6 p.m. Sunday. Tour includes homes in the Shandon/Hollywood- Rose Hill neighborhoods as well as Hand Middle School. Proceeds will benefit A.C. Moore and Rosewood elementary schools, Hand Middle School and Dreher High School, as well as other neighborhood projects. Advance tickets are $15 and may be purchased at Piggly Wiggly (Devine Street and Forest Drive locations), Britton's, Golf Headquarters, Just the Thing and Yesterdays. Tickets are $20 if purchased the day of the tour at Hand Middle School. (803) 253-8480
Christmas at Kensington Mansion: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Hwy. 601 at S.C. 764, Eastover. Carriage rides, food, tours, more. Tours will be 9:30 and 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays in December. (803) 353-0456; www.kensingtonmansion.org
Manning Council of Garden Clubs traditional Christmas walking tour: 2-6 p.m. Dec. 13, Bob White Drive and Gossett Court, Manning. $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce, Clarendon County Archives, Turbeville Town Hall, Wen-Lily's in Summerton and the Law Offices of Land, Parker & Welch. (803) 473-2238
Camden candlelight tour of homes: 3-8 p.m. Dec. 13, beginning at Camden Archives, 1314 Broad St., Camden. $15- $20. Sponsored by the Camden Junior Welfare League. Information on purchasing tickets in advance is available at www.camdenleague.com.
Ridge Spring Christmas tour of homes: 2-5 p.m. Dec. 14. Three homes and two churches in Saluda County town of Ridge Spring on tour. Tickets, $5. (803) 685-7397
Historic Columbia Foundation holiday house tours: Through Dec. 31, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1- 5 p.m. Sundays. Adults, $10; youth, $5; members, free. Call for group rates, (803) 252-1770, ext. 24. Candlelight tours of the Robert Mills House, Hampton- Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Cottage will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6. Adults, $12; youth, $6; members, free. (803) 252-1770, ext. 33; www.historiccolumbia.org
The USC Herbarium offers free plant identifications. You can take a sample (preferably with flowers and/or fruits) to the herbarium, e-mail a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail photographs to A.C. Moore Herbarium, Department of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208. More information: herbarium.org or (803) 777-8196
HOME DEPOT: The December calendar for free howto workshops:
-Energy efficiency in your home, 10- 11 a.m. Saturdays
-Tiling floors and walls, 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays
-Preparing your home for being away, 1-2 p.m. Saturdays
-Holiday storage solutions 1-2 p.m. Sundays
More information: www.homedepotclinics. com
LOWE'S: For information about workshops at Lowe's, go to www.lowes.com. Go to Project & Video Center, How-To Projects, Build & Grow