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Seasonal decor sparkles around the fireplace in Mary Ann and Harry Barkerding's home in Old Metairie, on the Brother Martin Holiday Home tour Saturday.


BROTHER MARTIN HOLIDAY TOUR: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 105 Mulberry Drive. Tour four homes in Old Metairie during the Brother Martin holiday event. $25 to $60. (504) 284-6700.

FRERET MARKET: Noon to 4 p.m., Freret at Napoleon. Free.

BIG TREESY TREE GIVEAWAY: 8 a.m. to noon, Parks and Parkways Headquarters, 2829 Gentilly Blvd. Come by for a pair of free trees to plant thanks to the NOLA Tree Project, Parks & Parkways, and the Sewerage & Water Board. 1,000 trees available, extra trees $15. Citrus trees available for purchase. Free. (504) 415-8434,

LET’S DRAW FRENCHMEN STREET: 9 to 11 a.m. Cafe Rose Nicaud, 632 Frenchmen St. Join a sketch session with the New Orleans Architectural Foundation. Free.

DEC. 8-9

FRANCE’S BIG GAMBLE: 6:30 p.n. Friday, a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave. Join the friends of the Cabildo at its fourth annual symposium, this year focusing on the legacy of France’s settlement of New Orleans in 1718. Scholars and lecturers are drawn from universities nationwide. $85. (504) 523-3939,

DEC. 9

PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 612 Piety Street. Free.

DEC. 9-10

PRC HOLIDAY HOME TOUR: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Trinity Church, 1329 Jackson Ave. Visit seven marvelous garden district homes in their holiday finest on this self-guided tour. A boutique and musical guests round out the offerings. $40. (504) 581-7023,

DEC. 10

COVINGTON HOLIDAY HOME TOUR: 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Bogue Falaya Hall, 317 N. Jefferson Av., Covington. Visit an array of historic homes on this self-guided tour of old Covington. $20. Admission limited.

DEC. 14

OLD ROSE HYBRIDIZING: 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 4201 Transcontinental Dr., Metairie. Join members of the New Orleans Old Garden Rose Society as they welcome Paul Hains of Australia, an expert in growing and hybridizing roses. Include a holiday pot luck. Free.

DEC. 16

PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m. to 4 p..m., 612 Piety St. Free.

DEC. 17

FRENCH QUARTER HOME TOUR: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Creole Delicacies, 535 St. Ann St. Visit five private residences plus the Beauregard Keyes House and see how French Quarter residents entertain for the holidays. $20.