For starters, the popular Secrets of Allentown tour will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. This is your chance to peek inside five private homes and three businesses located in fully restored former private homes.
The tour begins at the Twentieth Century Club, 595 Delaware Ave., where tickets will be available for $25 for those who did not purchase them presale. Club members will be giving tours of the building.
Secrets of Allentown itself is a self-guided tour; ticket-holders can view the properties in any order they choose. See the website for more information, www.secretsofallentown.org.
Later this month, Preservation Buffalo Niagara will present "Inside the Homes of Prospect Hill" - a tour of 12 private homes on Jersey Street, Fargo, Prospect and Porter avenues and Columbus Parkway. Save the date: from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29. Tickets are $20 presale and $25 tour day. Visit www.buffalotours.org for information on this and other tours.
For other upcoming tours - including Halloween-themed events such as ghost walks - keep an eye on the calendar listings under the "Family" heading in Friday's Gusto section.
Looking for other ways to put off cleaning out the garage or painting the shutters before winter arrives?
Some local greenhouses and nurseries offer fall gardening events and workshops. Topics range from growing hydrangeas to harvesting herbs. Check with your favorites.
The Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., also offer workshops and events. For more information, call 827-1584 or visit www.buffalogardens.com.
A final note: The University at Buffalo Gender Institute is presenting the Buffalo Garden Symposium from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Friday in the Harriman Hall ballroom on the South Campus. The symposium is free, but reservations are required by Monday to Audrey Kubiniak at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a complete schedule and more details, visit http://genderin.buffalo.edu/events.shtml.
Also coming to UB: "Engendering Gardens," the theme of Gender Week, Oct. 15-19. On Oct. 18, the keynote speaker, acclaimed author Robert Pogue Harrison, will present "Landscape and Sanity." For information, visit http://genderin.buffalo.edu/engenderingardens.shtml.
For more events, it's worth checking out Garden Notes each Friday in The News Home & Style section. There are many local garden clubs and societies that host hands-on workshops, interesting speakers - and refreshments!