OAKLAND -- Camron-Stanford House, Oakland's 1876 Victorian landmark house museum on Lake Merritt, is looking for enthusiastic, outgoing volunteers to become tour guides.

The museum is recruiting for its six-week, nine-session tour guide training program which begins Sept. 8. The course will be held at Camron-Stanford House at 1418 Lakeside Drive (at 14th Street).

Most classes are from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, with two to three sessions scheduled for weekend mornings.

The program will explore local history and architecture, the decorative arts and domestic life of the Victorian era, and garden history in conjunction with the museum's new Victorian garden.

Tour guide trainees will learn from experts everything needed to give tours of the Camron-Stanford House and garden to public, private and school groups. No previous guide experience is necessary, but curiosity and a desire to share what you've learned are essential. Prospective guides need to be comfortable with stairs and being on their feet for up to an hour.

The cost to take the class is $40 for materials plus a $35 one-year membership in the museum which comes with all the benefits of membership.

To apply, please download the application form at www.cshouse.org, and complete and email it to Natasha Glushkoff at volunteer@cshouse.org or mail it to Camron-Stanford House Preservation Association, 1418 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA 94612.

For further information, please call Natasha at 510-444-1876.

-- Jean Wieler, Camron-Stanford House