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52 Perfect Saturdays in Sonoma County

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Take a look ahead at the new year, with our weekend-by-weekend, month-by-month collection of favorite seasonal experiences—from mushroom expeditions in January to wildflowers-potting in April to our favorite way to do pumpkins in October. Your expert guides? Members of the newsroom at our sister publication, The Press Democrat, where insider knowledge of the community we share is a matter of pride.

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A Classic Drive

The two-lane stretch of Sonoma Highway, 22 miles from Santa Rosa to downtown Sonoma, provides the setting for a perfect Saturday afternoon. The drive encapsulates the beauty and the breadth of Sonoma County: our vineyards and wineries (a tasting inside the wine caves at Deerfield Ranch is perfect on a misty winter day); roadside shops and restaurants (including Salt + Stone in Kenwood, one of my favorites)—even taking in the scars of previous fires, still visible on the hillsides. The drive is a bucolic break from the everyday that soothes the spirit and settles the mind. -Richard A. Green

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Things to do in Sonoma County, Jan. 20-29, 2023

in Event/Outdoor & Recreation

See live comedy, hear a performance of Grateful Dead tunes or revisit a modern classic, with bowling and pizza, at these Sonoma County events.

Friday, Jan. 20

“Small Works”: Twelfth annual exhibition opens at Graton Gallery, 9048 Graton Road. Visit from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Through Feb. 19. More information at 707-829-8912, gratongallery.net.

Inaugural comedy show: Hence Singleton, Paul Brumbaugh and Trevor LA perform at Wolf House Brewing Co., 131 E. First St., Cloverdale. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. More information at 844-942-2337, wolfhousebrewing.com/live-events/#chili.

Beo String Quartet: Ensemble performs works by contemporary composers, Bach, Beethoven and more at 7:30 p.m. at The 222, 222 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. Pre-concert discussion at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $35 to $75. More information at the222.org/beo-quartet.

Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra: Concerto recital includes solo works by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Handel. Showcase begins at 7:30 p.m. at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St. Tickets are $5 to $25. More information at 707-829-4797, bit.ly/3we9ey8.

The Soul Section: Soul and funk band performs music of the 1960s and ’70s and other rock favorites at 7:30 p.m. at The California, 528 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. Tickets are $15. More information at 707-664-7529, caltheatre.com/soul-section.

Christopher Titus: The Comedy Central and “Titus” star performs a comedy show at 8 p.m. at Sally Tomatoes, 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park. Tickets are $25 to $60. More information at bit.ly/3GUmfC9.

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Things to do in Sonoma County, Nov. 25-Dec. 4, 2022

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See Santa arrive on a riverboat, dine out for a good cause, attend holiday celebrations and more at these upcoming Sonoma County events.

Friday, Nov. 25
Winter Lights: Annual holiday celebration is from 4 to 7 p.m. at Santa Rosa’s Old Courthouse Square, beginning with Santa’s arrival on a fire truck. Event features family activities, an ice skating show, a visit from Snoopy and a holiday tree lighting. Free. More information at downtownsantarosa.org/winterlights.

“Man with a Load of Mischief”: Musical comedy of romance and intrigue opens at 7:30 p.m. at Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. Tickets are $12 to $36. Through Dec. 18. More information at 707-588-3400, spreckelsonline.com.

Live Metal: Showcase of metal bands featuring Rail Rage, Snake Head, Speed Demon and Hexen House. Showtime is 8 p.m. at the Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. Tickets are $10. More information at thephoenixtheater.com.

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Things to do in Sonoma County, Nov. 4-13, 2022

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See model train exhibits, hear headlining bluegrass performers, attend Veterans Day celebrations and more at these upcoming Sonoma County events.

Friday, Nov. 4

Redwood Empire Train Show: Model train exhibits, vendors and train rides from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Admission is $7 ($4 from 2 to 5 p.m.), free for kids 12 and younger. Through Nov. 6. More information at 877-794-4710, bit.ly/3UcDrYq.

Micah Schwaberow tribute: Exhibit honors the late artist with a collection of his works in a variety of media. Event is from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Gallery at Corrick’s, 637 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Free. More information at 707-546-2424, corricks.com/events.

TherapeuTx: Sonoma County rock band performs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Tips Roadside, Highway 12, Kenwood. Free. More information at 707-509-0078, tipsroadside.com.

“How to Successfully Fail in Hollywood”: Sonoma County filmmaker C.M. Conway’s witty look at Tinseltown, including a life-changing twist for an actress at the end of her rope. Film screens at 7 p.m. at Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. (Also shows at 4 p.m. Nov. 6). Virtual discussion with Conway follows, with an in-person visit Nov. 6. Free, $5 suggested donation. More information at 707-664-2606, sfi.sonoma.edu.

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