MARTINEZ -- An outdoor dinner in John Muir's old pear orchards will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 24 by the Muir Heritage Land Trust to raise money to buy and protect open space.

The group's annual Fresh Aire Affaire Gala, with live music and auctions, will be held at the John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Ave., the location of the famous conservationist's Victorian home and estate.

For tickets or information, visit www.muirheritagelandtrust.org or call 925-228-5460.

Tickets are $150. The cost is $250 for a VIP ticket, which includes a tour of Muir's mansion and a visit to house areas not normally open to the public.

Contact Denis Cuff at 925-943-8267. Follow him at Twitter.com/deniscuff



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