Del Norters are invited to take a tour of the hidden gardens in their community and help a local family move into their very own home.

The Del Norte Habitat for Humanity Garden Tour on Sunday will feature six home gardens from Lighthouse Way near Battery Point Lighthouse to the overlooking the mouth of the Smith River.

There will be a free raffle ticket for one of the gifts provided by the organization’s sponsors. The drawing will be held at Jay and Nancy Chernak’s home at 241 Earl Street off of Lake Earl Drive near Fort Dick. Vendors and refreshments will be available at this location as well.

Habitat for Humanity builds homes for residents who live in dwellings that are below standard or who have to work at least two jobs to make their rent. Once their home is built, the new homeowners make house payments, which go into a fund for the next house Habitat for Humanity will build.

Del Norte Habitat for Humanity was created in 1996 and has built five homes.

Proceeds from the garden tour will help Del Norte Habitat for Humanity finish its latest home on Peveler Avenue in the Bertsch Tract. The home is being built for Mindy Davis and Jonathan Hurley and their youngsters Dylan and Bailey, said Chris Owen, vice president of Del Norte Habitat for Humanity.

Volunteers broke ground on the home last year. Owen said they are trying to finish construction on the home so the Hurleys can move in before winter.

“They’re very anxious,” Owen said. “We’re doing the sheetrock now; we’re close. We’re really close, so this will help.”

Participating houses this year include:

Angie and Roger Gitlin, 225 Lighthouse Way

Don and Barbara Helsel, 1730 Bethesda St.

Bonnie and Craig Strickhouser, 1610 S. Bethesda St.

Beverly Overstreet, 2201 Lagoon Ave.

Jay and Nancy Chernak, 241 Earl Street

Bill and Kaye Bethea, 115 Rivers End Road

The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Garden tour tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Johnston’s Gift Garden Home, 962 Third St. in Crescent City and at Del Norte Office Supply, 240 I St. in Crescent City. Tickets are available at Flora Pacifica and Chet’s Garden Center in Brookings and at any of the participating home gardens on the tour.

For more information, call Chris Owen at 707-954-5119.

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