The Wells Fargo Center becomes a portal to Mexico this week for la Fiesta de Independencia. With the numerous mariachi bands, authentic food stands and piñatas, you’ll feel like you’re right at the heart of the capital city. There’s something for everyone here: games, family activities, art exhibits and dancing. Latino Community Leadership awards are announced, and every corner of the lobby will deliciously smell of cilantro and jalapeño for the salsa contest. Celebrate 202 years of independence on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 1—7pm. Free. 707.546.3600.
The American public at large ignored healthy eating with the introduction of the South Beach and Atkins diets, which promised dropping a few pants sizes through a total disregard for a person’s overall health. Conversely, the Dhyana Center provides locals with the tools for a healthy lifestyle. The center celebrates the grand opening of its new education lofts with an all-day party including eclectic music and cirque performances, dance, Ayurvedic apothecary, food and a silent auction. Festivities commence Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Dhyana Center Educational Lofts. Basso Building, 186 N. Main St., Second Floor, Sebastopol. 1–10pm. Free. 707.823.8818.