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Your weekend: The most wonderful tour of the year

Submitted by on 1, December 10, 2009 – 2:00 pmNo Comment

Rain may be in the forecast this coming Saturday, but the folks who put on the Alameda Family Services League’s Holiday Home Tour are ready. They’ll have complementary umbrellas waiting for tour participants at the tour’s starting point and ticket outlet, the Gourmet Shop (aka the Elks Lodge). And they’ve set up a tour shuttle that you can hop on and off in order to stay dry.

This is the 39th time the tour’s happened, after all.

The tour, which takes places from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, benefits Alameda Family Services, a local agency that provides homeless youth services, new parent support, drug and alcohol treatment and an array of other services. And it offers participants the chance to get inside some of the Island’s finest homes – which will be all decked out for the holidays – and to partake in a formal holiday tea.

And if you don’t have time for the tour, you can join the crowds at a holiday gift boutique bearing a wealth of handmade items at Christ Episcopal Church or check out the Gourmet Shop at the Elks Lodge.

Tickets are $30 in advance, and can be purchased online; at 3 Wishes, 1428 Park Street, Needle in a Haystack, 1533 Webster Street, Thomsen’s Garden Center, 1113 Lincoln Avenue, or Alameda Family Services, 2325 Clement Avenue; or by calling 629-6208. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the event at the Gourmet Shop, for $35.

The Elks Lodge is at 2255 Santa Clara Avenue; Christ Episcopal’s at 1700 Santa Clara Avenue; and First Presbyterian Church, which is serving tea, is at 2001 Santa Clara Avenue.

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