You’re going to be very busy on August 24, what with the big fat Kitchen Tour lined up from noon to 4pm, and the UCSC Farm & Garden peak gardening workshop “Planting the Thanksgiving Feast” from 10am to 1pm.

The 1st annual Santa Cruz Literacy Program Kitchen Tour, will give you eye-popping access to nine luxury kitchens throughout the county – including the posh new remodel at the kitchen of craft’n’fitness queen Susan Karon. Sort of like YouTube, only live. The $15 tour tickets are currently on sale at good places like Bookshop SC, Capitola Book Cafe, Bookworks in Aptos, and a few more. Call 831/427-5077 for details – and be prepared to indulge your inner voyeur.

The lecture/demonstration up at the UCSC Farm, led by Trish Hildinger, will get you totally prepared for the fall gardening season – from soil prep, to seeding and transplanting. The workshop costs $15 for members of the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden, $20 for the general public. No fuss – just show up with good shoes and some sunscreen. For details call 831/459-3240 or see the Center for Agroecology website.