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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

August 20-21: Wings Over Wine Country at Pacific Air Coast Museum

Posted on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 10:52 AM

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It’s that time of year again—Sonoma County takes flight with Wings Over Wine Country, the annual air show hosted by the Pacific Coast Air Museum. Kids and adults alike become captivated at this local tradition of loop-de-loops and fancy dives. A genuine USAF U-2 takes to the sky, with other aircraft piloted by Patty Wagstaff, Kirby Chambliss and “Team Rocket.” Believe your eyes Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20–21, at the Sonoma County Airport. 2200 Airport Blvd., Santa Rosa. $5–$20. 9am–4pm. 707.566.8380.

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August 20: Northern California Bicycle Expo. at Santa Rosa City Hall

Posted on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 10:50 AM

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Bike power! Bikes for sale, new bike trails, a guided ride and even bike-themed earrings can be found at the second annual Northern California Bicycle Expo. Add in food, brew, live music and fun kids’ activities, and you have it all. Show up at 8:30am to mingle on the guided 10-mile ride, or come later for the rest of the activities. Five bands play, the Whiskeydrome is in effect, the Imaginists perform and more. Bike over to Santa Rosa City Hall, Saturday, Aug. 20. Free. Ride, 8:30–10am; Expo, 10am–4pm. 707.545.0153.

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August 20-21: Cotati Accordion Festival at La Plaza Park

Posted on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 10:48 AM

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A Sonoma County classic, the Cotati Accordion Festival is in its 21st year of playing, celebrating and giving back through the wheezing sound of the bellows. The festival raises money to support performing-arts programs for local youth, all while raising the spirit of Myron Floren and clustering for a group rendition of “Lady of Spain.” This year’s extravaganza features Those Darn Accordions, Polkacide, the Mad Maggies and many others on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20–21, at La Plaza Park. Old Redwood Highway and West Sierra Avenue, Cotati. $15–$17. 9:45am–8:30pm.www.cotatifest.com.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

August 13: South Park Summer Day and Night Festival at Martin Luther King Jr. Park

Posted on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 11:02 AM

The theme of the decade is community, so come celebrate with yours! The annual South Park Summer Day and Night Festival is back for a third year, helping light up a tucked-away neighborhood and showcase an overlooked part of town. The festival will feature music from Sangre Azteca, Estreno Misucal and Half After; dancing, sports, games, a health fair, a raffle and a screening of the film Rango. It’s time for fun and the ever-present game of basketball on Saturday, Aug. 13, at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. 1336 Temple Ave., Santa Rosa. Free. 2–11:30pm. 707.544.6911.
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August 13: Scavenge di Rosa at di Rosa

Posted on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 10:42 AM

It’s not a secret that a quick recipe for happiness is food, wine, art and music. Scavenge di Rosa has it all in one place, and they’re even throwing in a scavenger hunt spread across the di Rosa grounds. Indie band Deluna will play, and participants will have access to the “Zombie-Proof House” exhibition. Food trucks from Le Truc, Kingdom Cake and Yo el Rey Roasting supply the eats. Get your scavenge on this Saturday, Aug. 13, at di Rosa. 5200 Sonoma Hwy., Napa. $25 for members; $45 general. 6–9pm. 707.226.5991.
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Thursday, August 4, 2011

August 6: Devil Makes three and the Mother Hips at Petaluma Music Festival

Posted on Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Help keep music in the schools and rock out to bands like the Devil Makes Three, the Mother Hips, Cornmeal and Big Sam’s Funky Nation? It’s definitely a win-win at The Petaluma Music Festival, which features 16 bands on three stages as well as wine and food tasting and artist meet-and-greets. Proceeds to go to Petaluma schools; spend your day jamming on Saturday, August 6, at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. 11am. $25–30. 707.769.9650.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

July 16: Calistoga's 125th Anniversary

Posted on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 10:37 AM

They’ve been around a while, and they’ve still got wooden sidewalks to prove it. The city of Calistoga celebrates the 125th anniversary of its founding with live music, a wine and beer garden and an extended farmers market. Bouncy houses, dunk tanks, barbecued oysters and even a commemorative postage stamp offered for one day only round out the festivities. Stop by and congratulate Calistoga at its 125th anniversary celebration on Saturday, July 16, in Downtown Calistoga and Pioneer Park. 308 Cedar St., Calistoga. 11am–5pm. Free. 707.942.6333.

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July 15: Far West Fest at Pt. Rays Love Field

Posted on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 10:11 AM

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The best music festival in Marin is back. This year’s Far West Fest hosts the New Mastersounds, Zion-I, the Jazz Mafia, Brothers Comatose, Crystal Monee Hall and others, as well as local art and craft vendors, kids’ music and storytellers, and a “Localization Zone.” A fundraiser for local charities, including KMWR Community Radio, Marin’s only local radio station, the festival has raised over $100,000 since its inception. Come celebrate and support the community on Saturday, July 15, at the Love Field. 11191 Sir Frances Drake Blvd., Point Reyes. 10:30am–7:30pm. $12–$24.www.farwestfest.com.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

July 9: Gourmet Hike at Armstrong Redwoods

Posted on Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Enjoying one of the region’s state parks while supporting it at the same time has never been so easy. This weekend, the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods host a three-quarter–mile Gourmet Hike at Armstrong Redwoods to benefit the park, which is among many threatened with closure. During the less-than-a-mile stretch, hikers can nosh on appetizers and wines; at the end of the walk, bands Edge of Town and Sticky Notes provide the musical backdrop to the meal’s final course and dessert. Head to the trail on Saturday, July 9, at Armstrong Redwoods National State Reserve. 17000 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville. 1–4:30pm. $35 per person; $65 for two. 707.869.9177.

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July 9: Nicki Bluhm at Long Meadow Ranch Winery and Farmstead

Posted on Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Local music and local food? Yes, please. This weekend, Long Meadow Ranch and Winery teams up with the Outside Lands Festival to bring Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers to its new event space. The evening centers around the fresh food of Farmstead restaurant and new chef Stephen Barber, as guests can choose between a farm-to-table meal and a picnic for four, each with wine. The meals come with different perks depending on price, ranging from winetasting to the morning-long “Napa Valley Dream Experience.” It all gets underway on Saturday, July 9, at Long Meadow Ranch Winery and Farmstead. 738 Main St., St. Helena. 4:30pm. $20–$200. 877.627.2645

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