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As often as possible, Blast strives to highlight greatcommunity events that might get overlooked (or cut due to spaceconstraints) in our free community calendar. Listings begin onp38.

New Sutter Hospital Proposal Workshop

This public workshop will gather public input about the proposedplan to build a new hospital at the Wells Fargo Center for thePerforming Arts site. Meet on Monday, Dec. 22. Sonoma County Boardof Supervisors Office, Room 102-A, 575 Administration Drive, SantaRosa. 10am. Free. 707.579.ARTS.

Holiday Parking Validation Program

Not that we keen to make yet another cheap poke at the city ofSanta Rosa, which just chose to spend $600,000 on new parkingmeters for a downtown that hugely shouldn't have any parking metersat all, but allow us to point out that San Rafael is supporting itsmerchants in offering validation for up to three hours of freeparking through Dec 31. Downtown San Rafael, Fifth and A streets.707.458.5333.

Twelve Days of Christmas

Stir, the stylish new bar that features Dan the feverishlyreading mixologist, aims to benefit local charities each nightthrough Dec. 23. Drink up for different charities thus: Dec. 17,the Boys and Girls Club; Dec. 18, the Children's Village; Dec. 19,SSU Foundation; Dec. 20, the SRHS Foundation; Dec. 21, the SonomaValley Fund; Dec. 22, Sutter and Memorial Hospice; Dec. 23, theYMCA. Stir, 404-B Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.284.7480.

Solstice Candlelight Poetry

Celebrate the coming of the light and the winter solstice byjoining poets reading their own or other poets' work by candlelighton the theme of Wendell Berry's poem "To Know the Dark." All isilluminated on Sunday, Dec. 21, at Point Reyes Books, 11315 Hwy. 1,Pt. Reyes Station. 7pm. Free. 415.663.1542.

Call for Entries

The Petaluma Arts Center seeks original works of art under thetheme "Weather Report" for an upcoming juried show that willexhibit Feb. 6–March 23. Entries are due by Jan. 10; $25 fee.Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St. (at East Washington),Petaluma. 707.762.5600.

Film Festival Volunteers

Help the upcoming Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival duringits March 6–8 run. For details, contact the Sebastopol Centerfor the Arts, 6780 Depot St., Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

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