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MARCH EVENTS Ongoing: Classes Ballroom, Latin & Salsa Dancing - Ages 15+ Join this exciting beginner class and learn basic dance steps, patterns and rhythm for Cha Cha, Tango, Rumba, Foxtrot, and more. No partner required. Foley Cultural Center (Vallejo) Price: Pre-register & save. First day of class: Singles $40/session, $48/session (non-residents), Couples $70/ session, $84/session (non-residents) Info: 707-648-4630 English & Reading Arts Tutor - Ages 8-14 Weekly. This class is designed to help struggling readers in grades 3-8 improve reading comprehension through one-on-one tutoring, practice, drills and specific reading concepts. Students will also be assisted with essential English language structure and language arts skills allowing them to become more effective writers. Foley Cultural Center, Vallejo Price: $125 (Vallejo resident) $150 (non-resident) Info: 707-648-4630 Math Tutoring - Ages 8 - 14 Weekly. Emphasis is on teaching and reinforcing basic math skills e.g. integers, rational numbers, division/ multiplication and special help in pre-algebra and algebra 1. Foley Cultural Center, Vallejo Price: $125 (Vallejo resident) $150 (non-resident) Info: 707-648-4630 Tippy Toe Toddlers Ballet - Ages 3 - 6 This fun, beginner ballet class will introduce little ones to the basic fundamentals of ballet. Students will learn elementary positions, steps and simple choreography. Ballet shoes required, leotard and tights recommended. Parents are to stay onsite for the duration of the class. Vallejo Community Center, 225 Amador St. Price: $25 (Vallejo residents) $30 (non-resident) Info: 707-648-4640 Yarn Stricken? Third Sunday every month, 2pm. Knitters and other ‘fiber enthusiasts’ are invited to socialize and share ideas. CAFÉ, Pure Grain German Bakery, 11 Town Square, Vacaville Price: Free Info: 707-447-4121 Open Gym for Little Ones Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12-2pm. Vacaville Gymnastics has open gym for children and their parents to enjoy playtime while staying active and fit. Bounce around and get your wiggles out with us. You and your little one can drop in and have fun together. Vacaville Recreation Center, 551 Davis St., Vacaville Price: $5 per child/$1 per adult Info: 707-449-6101 Karate/Tae Kwon Do – Self Defense Mondays and Wednesdays. Beginners: 4-5pm/Intermediate: 5-6pm/Advanced: 6-7pm. Children & Teens, 7 years and up. Children through young adults will be taught traditional karate as well as practical self-defense skills. Additional benefits are improved physical agility, self-control, mental confidence, courtesy, and integrity. Clock Tower, 1189 Washington St., Benicia Price: $40 per month residents/$50 per month non-residents Info: 707-746-4285 or www.ci.benicia.ca.us

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Ke Aolani O Kamaile Hula Classes Students learn the art of Hawaiian dance, language and culture as well as authentic and traditional aspects of hula and choreography for entertainment. Youth Center, 150 East K St., Benicia Info: 707-746-4283 Kundalini Yoga Classes at Arsenal Park Saturdays 10am12pm. Develop vitality, awareness of body-mind-spirit connections, a positive outlook, and learn to really relax. You don’t need be fit or flexible to start. Limited space, please RSVP before coming. Sacred Pathways Healing and Yoga Studio, 940 Tyler St. #24, Benicia Price: $15/class Info: 707-745-1437

Napa Valley Dixieland Jazz Society Second Sunday every month, 1-5pm. A different premier band is featured each month. Chardonnay Room, Embassy Suites, 1075 California Blvd., Napa Bay Area Blues Society Open Blues Jam Mondays, 7-11pm. Offering musicians a place to jam that has a good PA system, amps, and drums. Chris Club, 656 Benicia Rd., Vallejo Price: Free admission Info: 707-647-3962

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Kindergym Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30am, Fridays 10:30-11:30am. The site is outfitted with mats, hanging and climbing equipment, and much more. Adults assist their children in activities that promote confidence and social skills while having fun. An instructor is there to serve as a guide and conduct the closing circle time activity. City Gym, Kindercove (behind the stage), 190 East L St., Benicia Price: 5 visits: $38 residents/$47 non-residents; 10 visits: $75 residents/$93 non-residents Info: 707-746-4285 Yoga Stretch Wednesdays 7:15pm. Adults & Teens. Shape up your body and your mind. Yoga Stretch is designed to relieve stress, increase flexibility through stretching exercises and improve endurance, strength and balance. Benicia Youth Center, 150 East K St., Benicia Price: $30 per month/$12 drop-in fee Info: 707-746-4285

Editor.....................................................Christina Wiley Executive Assistant.......................................Judi Wiley Stories From The Big Chair........................Earl Miller Our Own Backyard..............................Christina Wiley

Six and Under Gym Tuesdays 9:30-11am, Thursdays 12:30-2pm. The City Gym is open for kids 6 years of age and younger and their parent or caregiver. Limit three children per adult. City Gym, 190 East L St., Benicia Price: $1 resident/$1.25 non-resident Info: 707-746-4285

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Zumba in the Circuit Every Monday 9am, every Tuesday 6:30pm. A certified Zumba in The Circuit instructor will be leading. It is a 30 minute aerobic and strength training workout that will feel more like a party! Curves 2038 Columbus Parkway, Benicia Price: Try it for a free week! Info: 707-745-2150

Ongoing: Concerts/Live Music Saturday Opera Night First Saturday every month, 8pm. A chance to hear vocal talents from all over the Bay Area and beyond. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St., Napa Price: $15 Info: 707-255-5445

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Jazz Series Saturdays, 7:30pm. There’s nothing like an evening in the intimate surroundings of the Jazz and Blues Company venue. Several times each month you’ll hear some of the nation’s best jazz and blues talent - live. 236 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel Price: $25 Info: 831-624-6432 Monday Blues Legends Nights Every Monday evening, 8pm-12am. Great local and national blues legends perform the blues to keep America’s only true art form alive. Kimball’s Carnival, Jack London Square, 522 2nd St., Oakland Price: $5 donation Info: 510-836-2227 or 510-836-7403 Every Night — Live Music & Dancing – Calistoga Inn Every night 6:30-9:30pm. The Calistoga Inn, Restaurant & Brewery features live jazz, blues or Latin style music. Dinner reservations are recommended. Blues on the patio every Wednesday night, Open Mic in the pub every Wed., singers/songwriters in the pub every Thurs, dancing in the pub every Fri & Sat, jazz on the patio every Fri, Sat & Sun night. 1250 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga Price: Free or small cover Info: 707-942-4101 34th Annual Midsummer Mozart Festival The 34th Annual Midsummer Mozart Festival is a musical festival featuring worldrenowned artists and a first-class local orchestra. War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco Info: 415-627-9141 First Saturday of the Month - Saturday Opera Night 8pm. Each Opera Night is unique, as vocalists who come to the Conservatory range in experience from student to diva. Complimentary tapas, wine, and mineral water are offered at intermission. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main Street, Napa Price: $15 Info: 707-255-5445

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Ongoing: Exhibits & Museums The Contemporary Jewish Museum Presents Curious George Saves The Day: The Art Of Margret And H. A. Rey Through March 13, daily (except Wednesday) 11am-5pm, Thursday 1pm-8pm. An exhibition of nearly 80 original drawings by the creators of Curious George, along with ephemera documenting their escape from Nazi Europe. Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco Price: $10 general/$8 students (with ID) and seniors 65+/members and youth (18 and under) free Info: www.thecjm.org or call 415-655-7800 EYE SPY Gallery Activities for Families 10am-5pm daily. Treasure hunts, gallery games, books, puzzles, and more! Eye Spy activities are geared towards families with children 4-7 years of age. The National Steinbeck Center, One Main Street, Salinas Price: Free with museum admission Info: 831-796-3833 “The Graceful Envelope” Can an envelope be a work of art? The 135 beautifully illustrated - and stamped, cancelled and delivered - envelopes entered in this Smithsonian Institute traveling exhibition prove it’s possible. Inspiring and enchanting. National Steinbeck Center, Salinas. Price: 831-775-4721 Holt Planetarium Saturdays and Sundays, 1pm, 2:15pm, and 3:30pm. Experience the excitement of astronomy! Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley Price: $2 for ages 6 and up Info: 510-642-5132 Benicia Historical Museum at the Camel Barns Experience the rich and colorful history of the City of Benicia and the Benicia Arsenal, museum and reception hall, 2024 Camel Rd., Benicia Info: 707-745-5435 or www.beniciahistoricalmuseum.org

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Benicia Fire Museum Open 1st three Sundays monthly. Named one of the Best Fire Museums in the West, housing several antique hand pumpers and motorized fire engines as well as hundreds of fire-fighting-related items dating back to the 1800s. 902 E. 2nd St., Benicia Price: Free Info: 707-745-1688 First Sundays at La Mirada 1-4pm. “First Sunday” is an ongoing series which highlights classical music and art. While taking in La Mirada’s lovely surroundings, visitors may also enjoy light refreshments. Monterey Museum of Art at La Mirada Price: Free Info: 831-372-3689 Pacific Coast Air Museum Third Saturday of every month, 10am-4pm. Antique World War II historically significant planes. Price: Free. Info: 707-575-7900 Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park Demos in cooking, weaving, candle-making. Info: 707-762-4871 Richmond Museum of History Wednesday through Sunday, 1-4pm. 400 Nevin (corner of 4th & Nevin), Richmond Price: Free Info: 510-235-7387 Sharpsteen Museum Daily, 12-4pm. 1311 Washington Street, Calistoga Info: 707-942-5911 Sonoma County Museum Tuesdays through Sundays, 11am5pm. Changing exhibits every two to three months on art and history. Check online for current exhibits at www.sonomacountymuseum.org. 425 7th Street, Santa Rosa Price: $5 general/$2 seniors/students/ under12 free/members free Info: 707-579-1500

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Mare Island Museum First & third weekend of each month, 10am-2pm; weekdays 10am-1:30pm. See the oldest shipyard on the West Coast, the oldest Naval chapel in the U.S. with Tiffany windows, learn the Mare Island history from 1854-1996. Vallejo Price: $4 admission/children 12 and under free Full tours of Mare Island can be arranged Info: 707-780-5742. USS Hornet Daily, 10am-5pm. Mars Rover Replica Exhibit (through March 31st) and various events throughout the month. 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda Price: $15 adults/$6 children 5-17/museum members free Family & Friends Membership for one year is $75 Info: 510-521-8448 x 282 or www.hornetevents.com Year Round - The Land and People of the Napa Valley at the Napa Valley Museum Wednesday-Monday, 10am5pm. The exhibit focuses on the unique environment and fascinating history of the Napa region. Areas of interest include: Napa County, geography, geology, Wappo Native Americans, Mexican Rancho Days, Pioneers and Settlers, Chinese, Ranching, Farming, Viticulture, Wine, Mining, Transportation, and Hot Spring Resorts. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville Price: Adults $4.50/Students & Seniors $3.50/Ages 7-17 $2.50/Under 7 Free. Info: 707-944-0500 Benicia Historical Museum Vietnam War Exhibit Set to open on May 29, the day before Memorial Day, the museum will feature a new exhibit honoring veterans of the Vietnam War. The museum is asking Vietnam Veterans and their families for loans and donations of items. Persons making loans or donations will be provided with signed receipts. Museum personnel will begin accepting items on May 16, and will continue for the next two weeks. The Museum is interested in all veterans who served in Southeast Asia, including those who served at sea, and in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, or other garden spots of the Orient. Benicia Historical Museum, Benicia Info: 707-745-5435 or bphelan@beniciahistoricalmuseum.org


Ongoing: Fairs/Festivals

Ongoing: Farmers Markets

A Pet Adoption Faire (Dogs and Cats) Every Saturday, 10am2:30pm. Sponsored by Petco in conjunction with the Volunteers of the Solano County Animal Shelter. Petco, 161 Plaza Dr., Vallejo

Vallejo Farmers Market Every Saturday 9am - 1pm. Shop, eat...enjoy. Rain or shine! Georgia Street, Vallejo Info: 1-800949-FARM

2011 San Francisco Green Film Festival March 3-6. This inaugural of the SF Green Film Festival will showcase films and media exploring the many emerging issues of living sustainably on this planet. Thirty films are forecasted for the Festival , and an onsite attendance of 8000. A tandem web-based festival will extend festival activities to global online participants. Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema, One Embarcadero Center, San Francisco Info: 415-794-7816 pr www.sfgreenfilmfest.org

Friday Mornings: Farmers Market Depot Park 8:3012:00am. Farmers from Sonoma Valley and nearby Northern California sell fresh fruit and vegetables direct. 270 First St. West, Sonoma Info: 707-538-7023

8th Annual Ocean Film Festival March 9-13. North America’s premier cinemaquatic© event, the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, is returning to Theatre 39. Don’t miss five days of action-drenched films, ranging from surfing to sharks, ocean adventures to island culture, the environment, marine wildlife and more. The festival is organized as a series of programs that feature attention-riveting films and in-depth discussions with filmmakers and content experts, creating a unique public forum on the environmental, social and cultural importance of the world’s marine resources. Don’t miss the return of Festival favorites including the surfing and Theatre 39 at PIER 39, San Francisco Info: www.oceanfilmfest.org

Santa Rosa Original Farm Market Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:30am-12pm. All year round market at Santa Rosa Veterans Building parking lot Price: Free. Info: 707-522-8629

Artisan Cheese Festival March 25-28. California’s Artisan Cheese Festival is a 4-day weekend celebration of handcrafted cheeses, food, wines and beers from California and beyond. Educational seminars, a five-course Artisan Gala Dinner and a festive Sunday Marketplace offer consumers the opportunity to learn about and enjoy fine artisan cheeses. Hosted by the Sheraton Sonoma County, Petaluma Price: 707-283-2890

Tuesday Evenings: Farmers Market on the Plaza 5:30 until dusk. Come for music, food and farm-fresh produce. Sonoma Info: 707-538-7023

Jack London Square Farmers’ Market Sundays, 10am2pm. Foot of Broadway. Every Sunday you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, baked goods and more. Jack London Square, Oakland Info: 866-295-9853 Oakland Artisans Market Every Saturday and Sunday, 10am6pm. Twenty local artists present their handmade, homemade crafts presented along the marina walk at the foot of Franklin Street, Jack London Square, Oakland Info: 866-295-9853 Old Monterey Farmers Market and Market place Ongoing Tuesdays, Winter 4-7pm, Summer 4-8pm. Family fun, fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, flowers, folk art and collectibles. Alvardo St. between Pearl and Del Monte Ave., Monterey Price: Free Info: 831-655-8070 Weekender Magazine March 2011

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Sweet Thursdays at Cannery Row Third Thursday of the month, 4-8pm. Join us on Cannery Row for music, special values and over 70 in-store drawings. Price: No Admission Fee. Info: 831-649-6690 Everyone’s Harvest Farmer’s Market Sundays, 10am2pm. Fresh produce, baked and ethnic foods, cooking demonstrations, live music, and crafts. Marina Transit Station, 280 Reservation Road Price: Free. Info: 831-384-6961 Oldtown Certified/Organic Farmers’ Market Saturday, 9am2pm. Enjoy live, family entertainment every week. Produce, flowers, international, bakery and specialty foods, arts, crafts, jewelry and gifts. Across from Maya Cinemas and the National Steinbeck Center, Salinas Price: Free Info: 831-776-5540

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Toddler Storytime for 2 and 3 year-olds Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Toddlers’ attention spans are short, so expect 20 minutes of simple books, songs, easy finger plays, and felt board nursery rhymes. Adults and their toddlers actively participate in this storytime together, so sit close together and help the child follow along. Benicia Public Library, 150 East L Street, Benicia Price: Free Info: Allison 707-746-4741 Family Storytime Fourth Monday of the month at 7pm. Do a fun craft, play with games and puzzles, and then join a children’s librarian as she shares great books, songs, and more. Benicia Public Library, 150 East L Street, Benicia Price: Free Info: Allison 707-746-4741

Ongoing: Library Events

Babies Bounce Storytime Tuesdays,11:30am. Books, finger plays, bounces and songs for babies 18 months of age or younger and their parents or caregivers. John F. Kennedy Branch, Solano County Library, 505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 866-57ASK US.

Benicia Library Adult Literacy & ESL Program Mondays and Thursdays, 9-11:30am. Help with reading and writing. Tutoring by appointment only. Benicia Public Library Info: 707-746-4341

Preschool Storytime and Crafts Wednesdays at 10:30am and Fridays at 2pm. For children 3-6 years old and their parent or caregiver. Stories, songs and crafts. John F. Kennedy Branch, Solano County Library, 505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 866-57ASKUS

Baby Storytime Mondays at 1pm. For 6 to 18 month-olds. Expect 10 to 15 minutes of fast-paced storytime fun, including stories, rhymes, bouncing songs, tickles, and felt boards. One child per adult, please. Benicia Public Library, 150 East L Street, Benicia Price: Free Info: 707-746-4741

Toddler Time 10:30am, Tuesdays. For toddlers 18 months to 3 years old. A fast-paced and interactive storytime program. John F. Kennedy Branch, Solano County Library, 505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 866-57ASKUS

Preschool Storytime for 4 and 5 year-olds Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. The program is free and no registration is required. Preschoolers’ attention spans are longer, so expect 30 minutes of books with more complex plots, songs, finger plays, and longer felt boards. Benicia Public Library, 150 East L Street, Benicia Info: 707-746-4741

Bilingual Storytime / Cuentos Bilingües Thursdays, 2pm. Children and their parent or caregivers are invited to join us for Bilingual Storytime in Spanish and English, and to enjoy free crafts, too! Los niños y sus parientes están invitados a la hora de Cuentos Bilingües y para disfrutar de manualidades gratis. John F. Kennedy Branch, Solano County Library, 505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 866-57ASKUS

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A Literary Afternoon 1-3pm, 2nd Sunday of each month (except July & August). Literary Artists of the Vallejo Artists’ Guild, the McCune Collection, and the JFK Library will meet to ready poetry, fiction, essays, tirades or any other literary expression. Join us and listen or bring along and read a bit of creative writing that moves you. McCune Room, John F. Kennedy Branch, Solano County Library, 505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 866-57ASKUS Monthly Wii Gaming Day 4th Wednesday of every month, 3:30pm. Come show off your gaming skills or learn a new game. We’ll be playing a variety of Wii games, and at least three different traditional board games. Joseph Room, John F. Kennedy Branch, Solano County Library, 505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo Price: Free Info: 866-572-7587

Ongoing: Miscellaneous Benicia Day Hikers Saturdays, twice a month (weather permitting), meet at 8:15am. Hikes will be six to eight miles; meet at parking lot behind City Hall Carpooling is encouraged. Bring lunch and water, wear sensible shoes, dress in layers. Price: $3 Info: 707-745-4661 Benicia Pack 108 Cub Scouting Boys in 1st through 5th grade and their parents are invited to discover the fun of Cub Scouting! If you want to join a fantastic group of individuals that are dedicated to teaching and instilling Cub Scout values, please come to a meeting near you. Pack 108 meetings are held during the last week of each month. Info: 707-751-0673 or www.benicia-pack108.org Solano County Friends of Animals Sat 11am-4pm, Sun 123pm. Adoptions every weekend at Pet Food Express, Southampton Shopping Center, Benicia We are always in need of temporary foster homes until permanent homes are found for our animals. Info: 707-552-3323

Weight Loss Challenge Tuesday nights, 6:30-7:30pm. The $29 sign-up fee is paid out in weekly prizes and to the top three “losers” at the end of 13-week program with nutritional counseling. People will enjoy free body analysis, nutritional information, group support & fun! Lighthouse Church, Church St., Benicia Info: 707-745-0535 or 925-783-4043 Sailing Adventures Sunset Sails Experience a spectacular sunset sail on the waters of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Watch for wildlife and enjoy wine and light refreshments as you talk with the naturalist, or simply relax with friends. Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey Price: $55 general/$45 members Info: 831-648-4888 or www.montereybayaquarium.org Twin City Steppers Wednesdays, 7:30pm. This long-established square dance club has been dancing in the Fairfield/Suisun area for over 50 years. Suisun Senior Center, 318 Merganser, Suisun City Info: 707-425-4276 or 707-422-8229, or drop in Vinhold Baronial Meeting Second Wednesday of each month, 7:30-9pm. The Barony of Vinhold is the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism. All meetings are open to the public! Come join the fun and visit your local non-profit medieval re-enactment organization. Socializing begins immediately after the meeting. Call for other details. Price: No Admission Fee Info: 707-257-8231 Empress Theatre The Opulent Empress hosts film screenings, live performances and more. 330 Virginia Street, Vallejo Info: 707552-2400 or www.EmpressTheatre.org CODA – Codependents Anonymous Mondays, 7-8:15pm. This 12-step recovery group meets at Kaiser, 1671 Broadway, Room 6, Vallejo Focus is on improving relationships with self and others. Info: 707-648-3931

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Nightlife Thursday, 6-10pm. After the Academy closes, the museum will be transformed into a lively venue filled with provocative science, music, mingling, and cocktails, as visitors get a chance to explore the museum at night. Each week, entertainment and a bar stocked with food and drinks available for purchase will be set up in a different area of the museum. However, the entire museum will be open for exploration every week. Each event will also feature engaging activities and chances to interact with scientists and other experts. Nightlife is an 18-and-up event. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr., San Francisco Price: $10 general/$8 members Info: 415-379-8000 or www.calacademy.org Lynch Canyon Open Space Saturday-Monday, 9am-5pm. Solano County has partnered with Solano Land Trust to open Lynch Canyon to the public. Come out and enjoy the outdoors – hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians are welcome. Lynch Canyon is off I-80 between Fairfield and Vallejo Exit at the American Canyon/ Hiddenbrooke Parkway and follow McGary Rd. east to Lynch Canyon Road Price: Parking fee required Info: 707-432-0150 x 200 or www.solanolandtrust.org

Winter Safari at Safari West January – March. Winter is a beautifully peaceful time to visit Safari West. Tune out the daily distractions, turn down the volume, enjoy the cleansing air and get up close and personal with some of the world’s most magnificent creatures. 3115 Porter Creek Rd., Santa Rosa Price: $58 adults/$20 children Info: 800-616-2695 “Natural Wonders”, the 59th Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition - Show and Sale March 3-6, Thursday, 6:30-10pm; Friday, 10am-6pm (Gala Benefit Preview); Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm. More than 150,000 orchids will be presented in ways that will fire our curiosity. Fort Mason Center, San Francisco Price: Gala Benefit: $35 advance/online, $40 at door; General: $12 online/$14 at door; seniors (65+): $8 online/$10 at door; children 12 and under free (except for preview night) Info: 415-665-2468 Sacramento Boat Show March 10-13, Thursday/Friday, 129pm; Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm. Pavilion, Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento Price: $10 adults/children under 12 free/uniformed law enforcement and military free/parking $10 Info: www.sacboatshow.com Spring RV Show March 10-13, Thursday/Friday, 12-9pm; Saturday/ Sunday 10am-6pm. The best outdoor show in Northern California! Lot 5A and Buildings C and D, Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento Price: $10 adults/children 12 and under free/parking $10 Info: www.rvshow.com Parents Night Out - Vacaville! 1st and 3rd Fridays. Aerials Academy of Gymnastics & Dance invites you to join us for Parents Night Out (PNO). Let your kids have a blast and you can go relax! Your kids will enjoy open gym time on the trampoline, foam pit and bars; also they will enjoy pizza, movies and games for a perfect kid’s night! They will be asleep as soon as they hit the sack. Aerials Academy, 870 Alamo Drive, Vacaville Price: $25 per child non-member/$20 per child Aerials member/$12 per child military rate/$15 per child early registration/Free for deployed spouses Info: 707-455-8303 or www.aerialsacademy.com MEW Breastfeeding Support Group for Families Last Saturday of each month, 9am-11am. Baby and Me Group with “A More Excellent Way” Peer Counselors. Pregnant women as well as new parents and babies are welcome to get free breastfeeding support. 215 Lighthouse Dr, Vallejo Info: 707-648-1247 or www.mewpeers.org 12

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Ongoing: Senior Activities

Italian Classes Thursday, 1-2pm. Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Price: Free Info: 707-745-1202

Classes at the Senior Center We are experimenting with new classes. Have you had the opportunity to try Zumba or Tai Chi? Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Info: 707-745-1202

Benicia Senior Center Library Our library here is always open for borrowing of books at your own convenience. Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L. St., Benicia Info: 707-745-1202

Free Health Talks by Experts Every third Saturday, 9-11am. Topics include Gentle Exercise for Arthritis, Reducing Weight, Back Strength, Herbal Remedies, etc. Sponsored by Healthy Benicia Task Force. Annex of Heritage Presbyterian Church, 1400 East Second St., Benicia Info: 707-746-8279

Nurse Visits 4th Thursday, 9-10:30am. Nurse Joyce Goodwin from Solano County will be here to check blood pressure and answer medical questions. Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Info: 707-745-1202

Bingo Every Friday (except holidays), 1-4pm. Light refreshments. Benicia Senior Center Info: 707-745-1202 Duplicate Bridge Tuesdays, 9am-12pm. Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Info: Carolyn Fallon, 707-746-6070 Contract Bridge Monday, 12:30-4pm. Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Info: 707-745-1202 Fit for Life Exercise Class Monday & Wednesday, 10:3011:10am. Friday, 10:15-11am. All levels are welcome! Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Price: $2 drop-in/$24 for 20-class pass/$13 for 10-class pass. Info: 707-745-1202 HICAP 2 nd and 3 rd Tuesday, 9am-12pm, by appointment only. Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program, funded by the California Department of Aging, provides free counseling services. Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Info: 707-745-1202

Spanish Classes Tuesday, 1-2pm. Lunch Room, Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Info: 707-745-1202 Telecare Every morning Tele-care calls a list of shut-ins or those who live alone to check on them. If you or someone you know could use this service, please call the center. Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Info: 707-745-1202 Walking Buddies Thursday, 10am. Get more exercise! Walking buddies meet at the center and walk downtown. Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Info: 707-745-1202 Walking Group Wednesday, 11:30am. We will meet directly after Fit for Life exercise class for a walk through the State Park. Walking shoes and water are required. We will walk at an average pace. Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Info: 707-745-1202 Watercolor Painting Thursday, 12:15-2:30pm. Interested in watercolor? Come give it a try! Meals on Wheels Room, Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Info: 707-745-1202 Weekender Magazine March 2011

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Senior Lunches by Meals On Wheels Lunch is served at 11:30am. The Benicia Senior Center hosts on-site lunches to any person ages 60 or older. There is no meal charge for registered seniors, although they ask that clients consider making a voluntary and confidential “fair share” donation. Benicia Senior Center, 1201 East 2nd Street, Benicia Info: 800-788-5114 or 707-426-3979 for reservations Senior Crafts Class Thursdays, 10am-12pm. Do you need a creative outlet, enjoy working with your hands and like to make new friends? Plenty of interesting projects for everyone. The class hosts an annual Christmas Bazaar. Benicia Senior Center, 1201 East 2nd Street Price: Free Senior Monthly Dinner-Dance in Suisun City Last Thursday of every month. Price: $5 includes a full meal and dancing to a live band. Paid reservations are required one week in advance. Info: 707-421-7203 Craft Instruction, Companionship, Exercise and Lunch Tuesdays, 9am-1pm. Vallejo Hilltop Adult Activity Center, 925 Sacramento St., Vallejo Info: 707-643-4205 55 Alive Mature Driving Wednesdays. Price: $12 AARP member/$14 non-member Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Info: 707-643-1044 Billiards Every day, 9am-2pm. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Info: 707-643-1044 Bingo Wednesdays 2pm & Fridays 9am. Price: $10/pack. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Info: 707-643-1044 Zumba Gold Thursday, 1:30 pm. This is a class designed especially for seniors and those of all levels! Come dance, move, and have a good time while staying healthy! Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Price: $2 drop-in/$24 for 20-class pass/$13 for 10-class pass. Info: 707-745-1202 Solano Quilters Mondays, 9:30am – 12pm. All Seniors are welcome. Benicia Senior Center Info: Lorraine Patten 707-745-3095 Hearing Test at Benicia Senior Center 2nd Friday of each month, 9am – 10am. Appointments will be made for further diagnosis. Hearing tests, cleaning hearing aids and sell batteries. Benicia Senior Center, 1201 East 2nd Street Info: 707-745-1202 Senior Monthly Luncheons 4th Wednesday, 12pm. Catered by various restaurants for only a small fee! Prices vary according to meal but always a good time! Benicia Senior Center, 187 East L St., Benicia Info: 707-745-1202

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Computer Lab Mondays & Fridays, 10am-12pm. Price: Free Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Info: 707-643-1044 Diabetic Nurse Educator 1st Wednesday of the month, 9am12pm. Price: Free. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Info: 707-643-1044 Elder Health Program 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 9am-12pm. Solano County Health & Social Services Dept. Price: Free. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Info: 707-643-1044 Family History Writing 2nd & 4th Mondays, 11am-1pm. Price: $1 Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Info: 707-643-1044 Gifts by Seniors Thrift Store Mondays to Thursdays, 9am1:30pm; Fridays 9am-11:30am. Open to the public. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Info: 707-643-1044


Line Dancing Beginner Class Mondays, 10-11:15am; IntroBeginner class Thursdays 10am, free; Intermediate Class Tuesdays 10-11am; Advance class Mondays 10am, Advanced class Thursdays, 10:30-11:30am. Price: $6 per session, Basic Beginner Class - free. Kick up your heels - do a little boot scootin’. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Info: 707-643-1044 Mah Jongg Thursdays, 9am-11am. $1 per game. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Info: 707-643-1044

Tai Chi Tuesdays and Thursdays (no 3rd Thursday), 9am - 10am. Ancient patterns of movement and balance providing mind and body benefits. Price: $10/month Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Info: 707-643-1044 Travel Office Mondays to Thursdays, 9am-1:30pm, Fridays 9-11:30am. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Info: 707-643-1044

Podiatry 3rd Tuesday. 5 minute appointments, by appointment only. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Info: 707-643-1044

White Elephant Sale Second Wednesdays of the month, 10am. Bring in small dishes or knickknacks for sale, or shop for a bargain. Donations accepted only on sale Wednesday mornings at the “White Elephant” table. Please, no food or clothing, no random drop-offs. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Info: 707-643-1044

Scrabble Group Thursdays, 12-2pm. Price: $1 per person. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Info: 707-643-1044

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Senior Cards Fridays, 9:30am-1:30pm. Price: $2 per person. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Info: 707-643-1044 Special Activities For Seniors Every Wednesday Appliance repair - 9am, Crocheting (learn to crochet or get help with projects) Price: free - 9am, Fabric Painting Class - 9am, Knitting (learn to knit or get help with projects) Price: Free 9am, Oil Painting - 10am, Quilting, Price: free - 9am, Tole Painting Class - 9am, Woodcarving Class - 9am, tables set aside for visiting, Florence Douglas Senior Center, Vallejo Info: 707-643-1044 Jazzercise Lite Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:15am11:15am. Low-impact exercise. Price: $2.50 per class Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Info: 707-643-1044

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New! Zumba Exercise to Latin Music Every Tuesday & Thursday 6:30-7:30pm (A-room), An exercise class defined by Latin rhythms & an enjoyable party atmosphere. This is the type of exercise you’ll want to do everyday and feel good about doing it! It’s different. Zumba eliminates the work from working out by combining irresistible Latin & international music to simple exercise moves. Price: 8 classes $25, drop-in fee $7 (pay instructor). Info: 707-643-1044 Yoga Mondays, 11am. Exercise freedom of the self from noneternal elements or states, through concentration and movement. Price: $3 per session. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St., Vallejo Info: 707-643-1044

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Ongoing: Shows/Musicals Yoshi’s Kids’ Matinee Sundays, 2pm. Yoshi’s is offering parents a chance to bring a little jazz into their kids’ lives. Sunday matinees feature kid-friendly menu items and a musical realm that includes the Yellowjackets, Jacqui Naylor, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and more. Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco Price: $18.50 Adult/$5 Child Under 15 Info: 510/238-9200 or www.yoshis.com Beach Blanket Babylon Wed. & Thurs. 8pm, Fri. & Sat. 7pm & 10pm, Sun. 3pm & 7pm. Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon is the longest running, hit musical revue in theatre history. Club Fugazi, 68 Beach Blanket Blvd., San Francisco Info: 415-421-4222 San Francisco Ballet - Program 4 Wednesday, March 2, 7:30pm; Thursday, March 3, 8pm; Saturday, March 5, 8pm; Tuesday, March 8, 8pm. This All-Tchaikovsky program opens with Theme and Variations, one of George Balanchine’s most regal and elegant ballets, and includes the SF Ballet premiere of Kenneth MacMillan’s Winter Dreams, a densely layered work inspired by Russian author and playwright Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters. Helgi Tomasson’s Trio, is a triptych of divergent, energetic dances. War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco Info: 415-865-2000 or www.sfballet.org San Francisco Ballet - Program 3 Tuesday, March 1, 8pm; Friday, March 4, 8pm; Sunday, March 6, 2pm; Wednesday, March 9, 7:30pm. Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, a mesmerizing reconfiguration of ballet’s classical past, leads this mixed-bill program that also includes Helgi Tomasson’s emotionally stirring Nanna’s Lied, set to songs by Kurt Weill sung live, and finally, William Forsythe’s visually arresting, contemporary masterpiece Artifact Suite. War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco Info: 415-865-2000 or www.sfballet.org San Francisco Ballet - Coppélia Saturday, March 19, 8pm; Sunday, March 20, 2pm; Tuesday, March 22, 8pm; Wednesday, March 23, 7:30pm; Thursday, March 24, 8pm; Friday, March 25, 8pm; Saturday, March 26, 2pm & 8pm; Sunday, March 27, 2pm. . Coppélia is the story of Swanilda and Franz, whose courtship takes a surprising turn when Dr. Coppelius, a mysterious inventor, creates a life-like doll with whom Franz becomes infatuated. Determined to teach her wanderlust lover a lesson, Swanilda dresses up as the doll and pretends to come to life. War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco Info: 415-865-2000 or www.sfballet.org

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A Grand Night for Singing January 28 through May 8, Wednesday, 7pm; Thursday, 2pm & 7pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm & 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. Tony-nominated for best musical, this exhilarating revue takes the best known songs of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Whether it’s a sultry Andrews Sisters-esque “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair,” a swingin’ “Honeybun,” or a jazzy “Kansas City,” this California Musical Theatre premiere of the Broadway musical will leave no question about how terrifically up to date Rodgers & Hammerstein are. Cosmopolitan Cabaret, 1000 K St., Sacramento Price: starting at $38 Info; 916-557-1999, 800-225-2277 or www.ticket.com

Carolyn Parr Nature Center Museum Tours Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4pm. View dioramas depicting habitats found in Napa County, including spectacular birds of prey. 3107 Browns Valley Rd, at Westwood Hills Park Price: Free Info: 707-255-6465

9 to 5: The Musical March 9-20. “9 to 5: The Musical” tells the story of three unlikely friends who conspire to take control of their company and learn there’s nothing they can’t do – even in a man’s world. Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, “9 to 5: The Musical” is about teaming up and taking care of business... it’s about getting credit and getting even. Community Center Theater, 13th & J Sts., Sacramento Price: $18-$65 Info: 916-808-5181, 916-557-1999 or www.9to5themusical.com

Tor House and Hawk Tower Tours Fridays & Saturdays. Now a National Historic Landmark, Tor House and Hawk Tower are open for tours throughout the year. A visit to Jeffers’ extraordinary home is a special experience. Carmel Info: 831-624-1831

Guided Nature Walk at Post Ranch Inn Monday, Thursday and Saturday, 9:30am. Explore the grounds with Bill Post, greatgrandson of the original homesteaders on the ranch; or General Manager Dan Priano, a resident of Big Sur for many years and an avid hiker of the Big Sur Coast. Weather Permitting. Meet in front of Sierra Mar Price: Complimentary Guest Activity. Info: 831-667-2200

Brighton Beach Memoirs March 2-27, Wednesday, 6:30pm; Thursday, 12:30pm & 6:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm & 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. Neil Simon’s award-winning play of a boy’s rocky journey to adulthood, and all of the rocks live under the same roof! Main Stage, Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St., Sacramento Info: 916-443-6722 or 888-412-8849 The Belle of Amherst March 30 through May 8, Wednesday, 12:30pm & 6:30pm; Thursday, 6:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm & 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. A one-woman tour-de-force about the life of Emily Dickinson: her poetry, captivating charm and wicked humor. Pollock Stage, Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St., Sacramento Info: 916-443-6722 or 888-412-8849 Will C. Wood Department of Lively Arts presents: Seussical the Musical March 23-26,Wednesday, 7:30pm; Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 2pm & 7:30pm. The magic of Dr. Seuss is brought to life through costume, dance, music and song by 40+ members of the Department of Lively Arts. Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, 1010 Ulatis Dr., Vacaville Price: $10-$15 Info: 707-469-4013

Ongoing: Tours Docent-Guided Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Petaluma Ongoing Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30am. Price: Free Info: 707-778-4398

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Historic Garden League Tours Ongoing Thursdays, 10:30am & 1pm. Docent-led tours of historic gardens, including Doud House, as featured in House Beautiful. Tours begin at picket fence 210 Olivier St., Monterey Price: $3.50. Info: 831-649-3364 Historical Walking Tours in Monterey Saturdays, 1pm. From abalone to whaling, sardines to squid. Learn about Monterey’s fishing heritage during a free one-hour guided walk, starting at the Monterey Maritime Museum Price: Free Info: 831-372-2608 x 11 Benicia Capitol State Historic Park This consists of two main buildings – the Benicia Capitol Building and the FischerHanlon House. Admission for the park is $2 adults/ages 16 and under are free. Tickets are purchased at the front desk of the Benicia Capitol. The admission ticket includes the guided tours when they are available. 115 West G St., Benicia Info: 707-745-3385 San Juan Bautista Gallery Walk Every Second Saturday of the month, 5-7pm. Art Galleries and supporting shops and restaurants are open late. Wine and appetizers are available at Galeria Tonantzin, 115 Third Street, San Juan Bautista Meet artists and enjoy historical San Juan Bautista. Price: Free to the public Info: Galeria Tonantzin 831-623-2783 San Francisco Historical Walking Tour Daily, 11am. Tour Pacific Heights with its colorful Victorian row houses, famous mansions, and beautiful gardens. Visit the inside of a period Queen Anne Victorian. The walk is easy, the pace leisurely, and there are no hills to climb. Meet in Union Square, corner of Powell & Post across from Saks Fifth Avenue Tour route: Pacific Heights/Cow Hollow. 2.5 hrs. including bus transportation Union Square / Pacific Heights Price: $25 per person (no credit cards). No Reservations Required! Info: 415-252-9485 or victorianwalk@yahoo.com

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Tuesday, March 1st Jackson Browne at the Wells Fargo Center 8pm. From “Doctor My Eyes” to “Running on Empty” to “The Pretender,” Jackson Browne has created some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music-defining a genre of songwriting and performance charged with honesty, emotion, and personal politics. 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa Price: $46/$61/$76 Info: 707-546-3600 Cheese Conference 9am-6pm. The Epicurean Connection proudly announces the 9th annual Cheese Conference. Sonoma Valley Inn, 550 Second Street West, Sonoma Info: 707-935-7960

Wednesday, March 2nd Jackson Browne Solo Acoustic Tour 7:30pm. Fahn & Company present a solo acoustic evening with Jackson Browne. Community Center Theater, 13th & J Sts., Sacramento Price: $59/$45 Info: 916-808-5181 or www.jacksonbrowne.com

Cheese Conference 9am-6pm. The Epicurean Connection proudly announces the 9th annual Cheese Conference. Sonoma Valley Inn, 550 Second Street West, Sonoma Info: 707-935-7960 JJ Grey and Sunny War 8pm. Singing with a passion and fervor directly influenced by the classic soul heroes, JJ Grey has written and recorded five albums of original songs steeped in the rhythm & blues, rock, and country soul of his native backwoods home outside Jacksonville, Florida. Grey fills his songs with details that are at once vivid, personal and universal. The Independent, 628 Divisadero, San Francisco Price: $25, 21 and over Info: 415-771-1421 or www.theindependentsf.com


Friday, March 4th The Umbrellas of Cherbourg 7pm. Enjoy Catherine Deneuve in the French musical romance, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964). Charles M. Schulz Museum 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa Price: $3/Free for Members Info: 707-579-4452 or www.schulzmuseum.org The Birds 8pm. A quiet Northern California coastal community is shattered as some of nature’s most apparently harmless beings - the birds - turn into vicious killers. Alfred Hitchcock’s “nature-gone-mad” masterpiece is just as chilling and unsettling as ever. The long silences, the puzzling relationship between Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) and Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), the alternating grim and gorgeous scenery of Bodega Bay. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland Price: $5 Info: 1-800-745-3000 or 24-hour hotline at 510-465-6400 Sacramento Home & Garden Show 12-6pm. Buildings A and B and Expo Center buildings 1-8, Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento Price: $7 Adult ($1 off with can of food)/ Children 12 and under free with paid adult/parking $10 Info: www.sachomeandgardenshow.com North Bay Just Between Friends Children’s Consignment Sale The North Bay’s largest & leading consignment sale of children’s & maternity clothing, toys, furniture, gear & much more. Deals on new and gently-used clothes (0-12 years), toys, games, gear, furniture, mommy supplies and so much more! Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa Info: www.jbfsale.com/northbay or 707-456-7JBF Repo Art Show Opening Reception at Arts Guild of Sonoma 6-9pm. Enjoy live music, food, and great art. Silent bidding throughout March. Wheelchair accessible. 140 East Napa Street, Sonoma Price: Free Info: 707-996-3115

Saturday, March 5th Charlie Murphy 8pm. Charlie Murphy’s rapid evolution from “Chappelle’s Show” cast member to top-billed international comedian, playing to sold-out audiences around the globe, has been remarkable. Club 88, Cache Creek Casino Resort, 14455 Highway 16, Brooks. Price: $49/$35 Info: 888-772-2243 or www. cachecreek.com Mustard, Mud & Music - A Calistoga Jazz Festival 125pm. Enjoy live jazz by cool cats and crazy combos in a variety of venues as you stroll through galleries and shops and dine at local pubs and restaurants. Take time to slip into a mud bath at one of Calistoga’s world famous spas. Info: 707-942-6333 Crab & Fennel Fest - The Crab is Back 5:30pm. Annual winter fundraiser is back with a new format and name. This year’s main event will be a Cioppino dinner with salad and French bread beginning with a delicious arrangement of appetizers. Sonoma County Fairground’s Grace Pavilion, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa Price: $55 Info: 707-521-2535 The Story of Your Life Tour Featuring Matthew West with Special Guest Josh Wilson 7pm. Come enjoy an evening of stories and songs with Matthew West. Parkside Nazarene, 3883 Richardson Dr., Auburn Info: 775-750-4431 Crab Feed & Auction 5:30pm. Soroptimist International of Calistoga will hold their annual Crab Feed. Guests can bid on a vast array of silent auction items during the “No-Host” cocktail hour. Three-course “All-You-Can-Eat” dinner. Live auction and dancing. Tubbs Building, Napa County Fairgrounds, 1435 North Oak St, Calistoga Price: $50 Info: 707-942-6754 Weekender Magazine March 2011

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Community Baby Shower 9am-12pm. Attention all African American pregnant women and their partners. You are both invited to A More Excellent Way’s community baby shower. Come and enjoy the company of other couples. There will be free food, free education and free prizes. Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1735 Enterprise Dr., Bldg. 3, Fairfield Price: Free Info: 707-648-1247 or www.MEWPEERS.org

Gun Show 9am-5pm. Promoted with honesty, integrity and reliability by life members of the NRA for over 30 years. Guns, ammo, knives, swords, fishing equipment, gun accessories, books, coins, safes, jewelry. Pavilion, Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento Price: $10 adult/children 12 and under free with paid adult/parking $10 Info: www.mcmannsroadrunner.com

Cultural Histor y Of Willow Creek Learn about the fascinating history of Willow Creek, part of Sonoma Coast State Parks, including information on historical structures in the area and cultural groups. Sonoma Coast State Park Visitor Center, Jenner Price: $15 Info: 707-869-9177 x1#

Northern California Egg Artists Annual Show Egg artists from around the world will be in attendance, presenting seminars and displaying their unique Faberge Style Egg Art. There is also a Learning Center so attendees can try their hand at the art form. Benefits the Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children. Holiday Inn Northeast, Sacramento Info: 707 422-7721

David Pomeranz & Joey Albert 9pm. Flashback – Best hits of the 80’s. Thunder Valley Casino Resort, 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln Price: $35/$45 Info: 800-745-3000 or www.thundervalleyresort.com Sacramento Home & Garden Show 10am-6pm. Buildings A and B and Expo Center buildings 1-8, Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento Price: $7 Adult ($1 off with can of food)/ Children 12 and under free with paid adult/parking $10 Info: www. sachomeandgardenshow.com Capital Beerfest 1-4pm. The public session is from 1pm4pm with a private VIP session of special and rare beer from 12-1pm. We are expecting more than 60 breweries to participate, so we can guarantee that there will be beers you have never tasted before! We will also be running a free shuttle to and from Midtown so you can travel safely and get chauffeured towards the majority of SacBeerWeek events later that evening. Buildings C and D, Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento Price: $30 general/$60 VIP/parking $10 Info: www.sacramentobeerweek.com/the-capital-beerfest

Singles Dance by the Bay 8pm-12am. Single Professionals of all ages are invited to dance to today’s hottest hits and the greatest songs of yesteryear. Golden Gate Yacht Club, Home of The America’s Cup, 1 Yacht Rd., San Francisco Price: $20 Info: 415-507-9962 Nor th Bay Just Between Friends Children’s Consignment Sale The North Bay’s largest & leading consignment sale of children’s & maternity clothing, toys, furniture, gear & much more. Shop huge deals on new and gently-used clothes (0-12 years), toys, games, gear, furniture, mommy supplies and so much more! Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa Info: jbfsale.com/northbay or 707-456-7JBF

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Sixth Annual Pet Remembrance Candle Lighting 6:308pm Sponsored by The Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets and the Humane Society of the North Bay (formerly BV Humane), this moving ceremony—to honor the memory of beloved pets—is open to the public from the entire Bay Area. Participants are encouraged to bring photos of their pets to put on display. Peachman Hall (our new venue) on the campus of the California Maritime Academy, 200 Maritime Academy Drive, Vallejo Price: Free Info: 707-557-8595 Kenya Safari Acrobats at the Lincoln Theater 3pm. The Kenya Safari Acrobats offer a truly unique cultural experience. Hailing from the heart of Africa, this awe-inspiring and dynamic dance troupe takes acrobatics to exhilarating extremes. 100 California Dr, Yountville Price: $25 adults/$10 children ages 12 and under Info: 707-944-9900

Sunday, March 6th Mustard, Mud & Music - A Calistoga Jazz Festival 125pm. Enjoy live jazz by cool cats and crazy combos in a variety of venues as you stroll through galleries and shops and dine at local pubs and restaurants. Take time to slip into a mud bath at one of Calistoga’s world famous spas. Info: 707-942-6333 Berlioz: Te Deum, UC Davis Department of Music 7pm. UC Davis University Chorus and Alumni Chorus – Jeffrey Thomas, conductor; Wesley Rogers, tenor; University of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra – Nicolas Waldvogel, conductor; Sacramento Children’s Chorus – Lynn Stevens, artistic director; Pacific Boychoir – Kevin Fox, artistic director; Davis Children’s Chorale – Rachel Kessler, conductor. Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center at UC Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis Price: $17/$15/$12 Info: 866-754-2787 or www.mondaviarts.org Annual Napa Valley Marathon 7am. The Napa Valley Marathon is the largest sporting event in Napa County bringing 2,300 runners, their families, and friends to the Napa Valley for a weekend of fun culminating in the run on Sunday starting at Rosedale Road in Calistoga and finishing at Vintage High School in North Napa Info: 707-255-2609 Annual COCHON 555 3:30pm VIP/5pm. Group of chefs will each prepare a 150 pound heritage breed hog from head to toe for this friendly competition. Guests and local judges will determine a winner based on presentation, utilization and overall best flavor. In addition, five selected winemakers will showcase their wines. COCHON 555 is a tribute to heritage and heirloom breeds, chefs and winemakers. Price: $125 Info: 404-849-3569 33rd Annual Napa Valley Marathon - Kiwanis 5K 8am. You don’t have to run the marathon to “Run Napa”. The 5K Fun Run begins in front of Vintage High School on Trower Avenue, Napa and ends at the marathon finish line before the first marathoners arrive. Price: $25. All proceeds from the race go to Kiwanis charities. Info: Mike Scully, 707-255-7503

Gun Show 9am-4pm. Promoted with honesty, integrity and reliability by life members of the NRA for over 30 years. Guns, ammo, knives, swords, fishing equipment, gun accessories, books, coins, safes, jewelry. Pavilion, Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento Price: $10 adult/children 12 and under free with paid adult/parking $10 Info: www.mcmannsroadrunner.com Northern California Egg Artists Annual Show Egg artists from around the world will be in attendance, presenting seminars and displaying their unique Faberge Style Egg Art. There is also a Learning Center so attendees can try their hand at the art form. The show will benefit the Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children. Holiday Inn Northeast, Sacramento Info: 707-422-7721

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San Francisco Jazz Collective 4pm. In the Spring 2011, the Collective switches it up a little, exploring the compositions of the incomparable Stevie Wonder. With members from Puerto Rico, Venezuela, New York, Philly, New Zealand and Israel, the Collective’s multi-cultural line up mirrors the jazz talent that is exploding all over the world. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St. Napa Price: $30-$35 Info: 707-226-7372 Sacramento Home & Garden Show 10am-5pm. Buildings A and B and Expo Center buildings 1-8, Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento Price: $7 Adult ($1 off with can of food)/ Children 12 and under free with paid adult/parking $10 Info: www.sachomeandgardenshow.com Weekender Magazine March 2011

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Stories from the

BIG CHAIR by EARL MILLER

BOY IS HE HOT! Hola.....Gringos.......Hey I just got off the plane from down in Mexico and I am rested up and feeling like a million bucks.....All green and wrinkled.....A few updates while I have your attention.... remember the cell phone thing about not using it in the car....I have been doing real well with that......not all the way done, but pretty close.....No texting for sure....If you think people are done....just look around while you are driving....I think nobody got the message....Update on the weight challenge......OMG>>>> fresh Macaroons on the beach......you all know I am a little.... or maybe a lot......compulsive in a big way.....this guy comes by with a tray of Macaroons selling them at the beach.....10 for 600 Pesos which is about 5 bucks...so I get 10, because I need 10...8 for me and 2 for friends....if they ask me for one.....if I even tell them I have them......NOT!!! So about 15 minutes after I purchase the Macaroons....(which by the way are not on the weight challenge menu, but are probably the best tasting things you could even imagine....) the guy shows back up and says "Senior would you like to buy the rest of my Macaroons for 100 Pesos? I look at the tray and there are about 40 or more left, but he wants to go home....He tells me his wife will be so happy if he comes home with an empty tray.....so.....you guessed it.....I bought the rest.....now I know I don't have to eat them all......

but I am leaving in 4 days and if I have 10 a day there will still be some left. I gotta say......warm, in the fridge, or in the freezer....they are to die for.....You can't bring them home on the plane so......I weigh in tomorrow....and as my scale said this morning I'm up about 30 Macaroons and a few tacos......I was in 2nd place last week.....so I should only slip to about 30th.....time to get back in it!!!! Jane and I headed for Sayulita Mexico for Valentine's Day for our date night......right after we jumped out of the car we walked up to a street taco vender that was real busy.....and we knew the line would go real fast, so we waited.....only ordered 2 tacos...one for me and one for Jane...I felt like getting a little hot, because it was Valentine's day...so I dripped about 3 very little drops of hot sauce and a little bunch of pickled onions on the top of the taco.... Now you've got to understand this taco is only about 2 bites, but the best thing ever....we sit down at a table and I push the taco in my mouth and take the first bite and it's great.....I take the second bite and it's gone.....after I swallow it.....I feel this weird feeling like something bad is happening to me....Like a fever is taking over my whole body.....My lips feel like they are starting to swell up and I start to feel my tongue catch on fire.....My hair starts to drip with sweat and my body starts to go into shut down mode.....the hottest hot sauce on the planet has now engulfed my entire body and mouth.....I look at Jane and tell her we have to get to a store real quick, cuz I feel like I am going to lose it....I rush up the street and run into a store and grab a package of cookies and start rubbing them on my lips and chewing them in a panic.....I am dripping wet and my mouth stays on 4 alarm fire for about a half hour.....when it finally goes away....I could breathe again....I would like to say....I will never do that again, but for some reason.....I seem to always repeat stupid things over and over until one day my brain says NO. Had a real hot Valentine's Day.....I hope you all had a wonderful day......

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North Bay Just Between Friends Children’s Consignment Sale The North Bay’s largest & leading consignment sale of children’s & maternity clothing, toys, furniture, gear & much more. Shop huge deals on new and gently-used clothes (0-12 years), toys, games, gear, furniture, mommy supplies and so much more! Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa Info: jbfsale.com/ northbay or 707-456-7JBF Dance for Seniors 2-5pm. A Hollywood-themed dance with live music, dancing, refreshments and raffle prizes. Ages 50 and up. Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St, Vallejo Price: $5 Info: 707-643-1044 Angela Au, Pianist at the Lincoln Theater 3pm. Au began piano lessons at the age of six. After just nine months, she won her first prize, a grand championship, and then went on to break all records by winning over a dozen championships, including China’s first nationally televised 1984 Pearl River Prize. 100 California Dr, Yountville Price: $25 adults/$10 children ages 12 and under Info: 707-944-9900

Monday, March 7th Hawk Nelson CD Release Concert 5pm. You’re the invited guest at Hawk Nelson’s album release party! Be in the audience as they perform their songs LIVE!! Experience the music of Hawk Nelson. Ask your questions and celebrate the release of their new album “Crazy Love.” Rocklin Info: www.air1.com

Wednesday, March 9th Broadway Sacramento presents 9 to 5: The Musical 8pm. Based on 1980’s hit movie, it tells the story of three unlikely friends who conspire to take control of their company and learn there’s nothing they can’t do - even in a man’s world. It’s about getting credit and getting even, and features Dolly Parton’s original hit title song along with her new Tony Award- and Grammy-nominated score. Community Center Theater, 13th & J Sts., Sacramento Info: 916-808-5181 The Herbal Kitchen: Cooking with Herbs for your Health 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to use herbal medicines in your everyday cooking and condiments use in ways that are simple and delicious. Lots of samples and recipes. Napa Valley College, Community Education Center, Rm. 5, 1360 Menlo Ave., Napa Price: $32 Info: 707-967-2901 or www.livingawareness.com

Thursday, March 10th “Remember Me” at the Wells Fargo Center 8pm. “Remember Me” is a high-energy mix of contemporary American dance, opera and rock music, video projection, complex digital lighting and visual effects. It combines the athleticism of Parsons Dance with the exhilarating live vocals of East Village Opera Company in a thoroughly modern re-telling of a tragic love story. 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa Price: $25-$45 Info: 707-546-3600

Friday, March 11th John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey 8pm. John Pizzarelli, the world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer, was called “Hip with a wink” by Town & Country, “madly creative” by The Los Angeles Times. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St. Napa Price: $40-$45 Price: 707-226-7372 Nor th Mississippi Allstar s 9pm. Luther and Cody Dickinson lost their father, Memphis music legend Jim Dickinson, only months before Luther became one. The first line of Jim’s self-written eulogy was, “I refuse to celebrate death.” Luther, Cody and Chris Chew took heed and aimed to celebrate life instead; and the songs for the new record, Keys to the Kingdom (Songs of the South), came pouring out of their souls. The Independent, 628 Divisadero, San Francisco Price:$22, 21 and over Info: 415-771-1421 or www.theindependentsf.com

Friends of the Benicia Library Members-Only Sale 6-8pm. The Friends of the Benicia Library members-only book sale takes place the Thursday evening prior to the Saturday book sale. Proof of membership is required. Memberships can be purchased at the door. Lower Level, 150 East L Street, Benicia Info: 707-746-4343 Tango Fire 8pm. Tango Fire offers a journey from the red light district of Buenos Aires to the glamour of the Roaring Twenties into the world of contemporary ballroom dance. It’s a night of sensuality and intrigue, raw energy, and knife-edge precision. Mondavi Center at UC Davis, One Shields Ave., Davis Price: Regular: $58/$47/$35; Student: $29/$23.50/$17.50 Info: 866-754-2787 or www.mondaviarts.org Weekender Magazine March 2011

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Santa Rosa Fishing Tackle, Duck Decoy Show 9am. The largest show of its kind in the West, Buy-Sell-Trade-Appraisals, old, new, used fishing tackle, rods, reels, lures, Duck decoys, duck calls, art, knives, books. Price: $5 Info: 707-888-7935 In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles 8pm. In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to The Beatles is the award-winning, smash hit musical biography of The Beatles as seen through the eyes of their manager Brian Epstein featuring the live music of the world-renowned tribute, Abbey Road. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr, Yountville Price: $29/$39/children 12 and under $15 Info: 707-944-9900

Saturday, March 12th Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre presents: Al Stewart with David Nachmanoff 8pm. Singer-songwriter Al Stewart, accompanied by Dave Nachmanoff, brings his unique blend of music and storytelling to VPAT. With the release of Uncorked in 2009, Al and musical partner Dave Nachmanoff take a trip through Stewart’s musical back pages, both in terms of the musical catalogue and in terms of performance style. Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, 1010 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville Price: $40 Friends of the Benicia Library Book Sale 10am-4pm. Come find yourself a special book at our monthly book sale. Book sales support musical performances, reading programs and special needs for the library. The ongoing book sale is open upstairs in the main library during regular library hours. Lower Level, 150 East L Street, Benicia Price: No admission fee Info: 707-746-4343

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Geology of Sonoma Coast 10am-2pm. Learn about the geologic formations, landforms, geologic history, plate tectonics and their significance on the Sonoma Coast. Seminar will visit Shell Beach and Bodega Head. Sonoma Coast State Park Visitor Center, 10451 Highway 1, Jenner Price: $15 Info: 707-869-9177 x1# Always....Patsy Cline @ Uptown Theatre 8pm. This entertaining musical tribute to the legendary country singer is being presented for one night only by Heritage Music Theatre. 1350 Third Street, Napa Price: $25 Info: 707-259-0123 Capitol Steps 2pm & 5pm. The Capitol Steps return to the Opera House for another round of hilarity. The group began as Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded 29 albums, including their latest, Obama Mia! Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St. Napa Price: $35-$40 Info: 707-226-7372 MercyMe’s Rock & Worship Roadshow with Lecrae 8pm. Arco Arena, Sacramento Price: $10 cash at door/no advance tickets North Mississippi Allstars 9pm. Luther and Cody Dickinson lost their father, Memphis music legend Jim Dickinson, only months before Luther became one. The first line of Jim’s self-written eulogy was, “I refuse to celebrate death.” Luther, Cody and Chris Chew took heed and aimed to celebrate life instead; and the songs for the new record, Keys to the Kingdom (Songs of the South), came pouring out of their souls. The Independent, 628 Divisadero, San Francisco Price: $22, 21 and over Info: 415-771-1421 or www.theindependentsf.com Cage Combat Fighting Championships 7pm. Grace Pavilion, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa Info: www.cagecombatfighting.com


Santa Rosa Fishing Tackle, Duck Decoy Show 9am. The largest show of its kind in the West, Buy-Sell-Trade-Appraisals, old, new, used fishing tackle, rods, reels, lures, Duck decoys, duck calls, art, knives, books. Price: $5 Info: 707-888-7935 Story of Stuff 3pm. The founders of the Story of Stuff project will speak on what happens with the “stuff” produced and consumed each year. The lecture will explain the interaction involved with cultures, the economy and the environment in the development and disposal of stuff such as cell phones, remote controls, and computer gadgets. Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville Price: $5/free for members Info: 707-944-0500 to reserve your space

Sunday, March 13th 7th Annual Shamrock’n Half Marathon With a little luck you’ll be running Sacramento’s largest half marathon! There’s no need to have Irish blood running in your veins to participate in the Shamrock’n Half Marathon. Price: $57 Info: www.shamrocknhalf. com When Irish Wines are Smiling 2-5pm. A celebration of Irish involvement in Wine & Food so, come one, come all and we’ll have some craic in Wine Country. Rutherford Grange Hall, Rutherford Price: $35 in advance/$40 at the door Info: 707-227-4273 Expo Quinceañeras 12-5pm. The premium Quinceañera show in Sonoma County ~ Quinceañeras and local brides looking for products and services can find them at this one stop shop unique event! Hall of Flowers, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa Price: $5 Info: 650-906-7019 or www.quinceanerasmagazine.com

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Tuesday, March 15th An Irish Hooley 8pm. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with music, song, dance and irresistible merriment from the Emerald Isle. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark Springs Rd., Santa Rosa Price: $25/$35 Info: 707-546-8742 or www.wellsfargocenterarts.org

Thursday, March 17th San Francisco Symphony and Chorus Ragnar Bohlin, conductor 8pm. In its second appearance for the 2010–11 Mondavi Center season, the San Francisco Symphony marks another Mondavi Center first, by bringing its acclaimed Chorus for a performance of one of the greatest Baroque compositions, Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Mondavi Center at UC Davis, One Shields Ave., Davis Price: Regular: $89/$73/$50; Student: $44.50/$36.50/$25 Info: 866-754-2787 or www.mondaviarts.org Men of Worth 7pm. The folk duo position themselves firmly at the extreme, traditional end of the Celtic music spectrum. The duo’s tunes and songs are so authentic, closely connected to their heritage, that Scotsman Donnie Macdonald sings some in his native Gaelic; while Irishman James Keigher includes time-polished pieces of his native County Mayo. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St. Napa Price: $25 Info: 707-226-7372 Three Heavens Productions Presents: Celtic Mystery: A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration 7pm. Come and enjoy the legends of St. Patrick. An evening of Celtic music, dance, art, stories, shortbread & more. Director Katherine Martin spent a decade in N. Ireland and weaves authenticity with Irish magic for a festive St. Paddy’s Day celebration for the whole family. Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, 1010 Ulatis Dr., Vacaville Price: $7-$18 Info: 707-469-4013 Weekender Magazine March 2011

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Annual Savor Sonoma Valley 11am-4pm. Join over 20 Wineries as they showcase 2010 vintage wines straight from the barrels, sample new releases, and offer wines paired with culinary creations. Meet winemakers, mingle behind-the- scenes, peruse art from local artists and listen to live music. Kenwood and Glen Ellen in Sonoma Valley Price: Weekend: $55/Designated Driver $20 Info: 866-794-9463 Lily Tomlin at Uptown Theatre 8pm. Get together with Lily Tomlin for an unforgettable night of fun and sidesplitting laughter. 1350 Third Street, Napa Price: $70/$85 Info: 707-259-0123 Greg Brown at the Napa Valley Opera House 8pm. Greg Brown’s songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Shawn Colvin, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. 1030 Main St., Napa Price: $25-$30 Info: 707-226-7372 23rd Annual Sonoma County Home and Garden Show 1-8pm. This is the Redwood Empire’s biggest spring event. Over 400 exhibits filled with every product and service to turn your home and garden into a showplace. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa Price: $7 adults/12 & under free/seniors (60+) Friday night only $4 Info: 800-655-0655 or www.scshows.com Alpha Pregnancy Resource Center’s Crab Feed 5pm. All-you-can-eat pasta, salad, rolls and, of course, crab! Awesome raffle prizes and dessert auction. Proceeds benefit Alpha Pregnancy Resource Center, a non-profit 501c3 charitable organization serving Solano County since 1986. Foley Cultural Center, 1491 North Camino Alto, Vallejo Info: 707-449-8996 Annual Gem and Mineral Show, 2011 Spring Bling 10am5pm. Gems, jewelry, minerals, fossils, beads, findings, jade. Solano County Fairgrounds, County Bldg., 900 Fairgrounds Dr., Vallejo Price: $5 adults/under 14 free with adult Info: 707-644-9765 or www.iwired.org

Friday, March 18th Russian River Chamber Music 7:30pm. Enjoy live music featuring the Cypress String Quartet. 1100 University Ave., Healdsburg Price: Free Admission - Donations Welcome Info: 707-524-8700 Celebration of Pigs and Pinot The celebratory weekend offers a series of intimate dining and educational events hosted by Chef Palmer. A cast of Master Sommeliers and international celebrity chefs will showcase some of the world’s greatest Pinots with perfect pork pairings. Proceeds from this event will benefit Share Our Strength. Hotel Healdsburg, 25 Matheson St., Healdsburg Info: 800-889-7188 Darryl Worley 8pm. Thunder Valley Casino Resort, 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln Price: $25/$35 Info: 800-745-3000 23rd Annual Sonoma County Home and Garden Show 1-8pm. This is the Redwood Empire’s biggest spring event. Over 400 exhibits in 4 buildings and acres of outdoor space filled with every product and service to turn your home and garden into a showplace. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa Price: $7 adults/12 & under free/seniors (60+) Friday night only $4 Info: 800-655-0655 or www.scshows.com

Saturday, March 19th Celebration of Pigs and Pinot The celebratory weekend offers a series of intimate dining and educational events hosted by Chef Palmer. A cast of Master Sommeliers and international celebrity chefs will showcase some of the world’s greatest Pinots with perfect pork pairings. Proceeds from this event will benefit Share Our Strength. Hotel Healdsburg, 25 Matheson St., Healdsburg Info: 800-889-7188 28

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Taste of Yountville 11am-5pm. Foodies on forage have a ripe reason to visit Napa Valley this spring at the Annual Taste of Yountville. Info: 707-944-0904 th

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Annual Savor Sonoma Valley 11am-4pm. Join over 20 Wineries as they showcase 2010 vintage wines and offer wines paired with culinary creations. Meet winemakers, mingle behind-the- scenes, peruse art from local artists and listen to live music. Kenwood and Glen Ellen in Sonoma Valley Price: Weekend: $55/Designated Driver $20 Info: 866-794-9463 Gretchen Wilson at Uptown Theatre 8pm To all appearances, Gretchen Wilson went overnight from talented obscurity to phenomenon. 1350 Third St., Napa Price: $60/$70 Info: 707-2590123


Friday, March 25th Body Art Expo 2-11pm. the world’s largest Body Art Expo ® and a gigantic skin show-off party. Over 300 best tattoo and piercing artists of the world Win Prizes, Cash, and Respect! EVERYONE IS SUBJECT TO SEARCH This is a clean, safe, family-oriented, tattoo convention and party. You’ll have fun and be able to see the best artists doing the best tattooing and piercing from across the country. Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City Paul Taylor Dance Company: Taylor 2 8pm. Now in his 80th year, Mr. Taylor is acclaimed for the vibrancy, relevance and power of his dances. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa Price: $20-$25 Info: 707-226-7372 Taj Mahal 9pm. Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music. The Independent, 628 Divisadero, San Francisco Price: $37.50, 21 and over Info: 415-771-1421 or www.theindependentsf.com Target Family Fun Series: Mammoth Follies by Hudson Vagabond Puppets 6:30pm. Explore the wonders of dinosaurs in an old-fashioned revue of toe-tappin’ songs, witty jokes and earth-smashing dances performed by giant dinosaur puppets! Person Theater, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark Springs Rd., Santa Rosa Price: $17 adult/$12 child Info: 707-546-8742 or www.wellsfargocenterarts.org

Join Weekender Magazine on Facebook! www.facebook.com/weekendermagazine Café Cabaret featuring the Music of Irving Berlin 4pm. Featuring some of the hottest singing talents in the Bay Area, join us for an evening not to be missed. Jerome Kern said of Irving Berlin, “Irving Berlin has no place in American music. He IS American music!” Featuring: Chelsea Nenni, Christopher M. Nelson, G. Scott Lacy and Stephanie Temple. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa Price: $25 Info: 707-226-7372 Community Concerts Presents OPOLE, Philharmonic of Poland 3pm. Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St., Sacramento Info: 916-808-5181 or www.saccca.org 23rd Annual Sonoma County Home and Garden Show 1-8pm. This is the Redwood Empire’s biggest spring event. 400+ exhibits filled with every product and service to turn your home and garden into a showplace. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa Price: $7 adults/12 & under free/seniors (60+) Friday night only $4 Info: 800-655-0655 or www.scshows.com Solano Community Symphony Presents: Great Composers of the World 3pm. Under the direction of Maestro Seymon Lohss, the Symphony presents classics from Beethoven and Borodin. Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, 1010 Ulatis Dr., Vacaville Price: $14-$26 Info: 707-469-4013 Annual Gem and Mineral Show, 2011 Spring Bling 10am5pm. Gems, jewelry, minerals, fossils, beads, findings, jade. Solano County Fairgrounds, County Bldg., 900 Fairgrounds Dr., Vallejo Price: $5 adults/under 14 free with adult Info: 707-644-9765 or www.iwired.org

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My Visit to Mustards Grill in Napa I woke up this morning and it was raining. It’s not exactly how I wanted the day to go. Afterall, I had a date in the afternoon with Casey and we were headed to Mustards Grill in Napa. Well Someone must have seen my disappointment because as two o’clock rolled around the rain had stopped and the sun was peeking through the gray storm clouds. There was even some blue sky. Nice! It was a nice drive from Vacaville to Napa. Actually if you want to be specific it was a nice drive to 7399 St. Helena Highway in Yountville. We arrived about 20 minutes prior to our reserved time and although the restaurant was very busy we were seated in less than five minutes! By the way, you can just drop in for a bite to eat, but I highly recommend making reservations – especially on the weekend. Mustards has an extensive menu and probably the longest wine list I’ve ever seen. The wine list actually comes in a silver metal “binder” and is labeled “WAY TOO MANY WINES” (you can see it in the picture to the right). You can view their current menu, including drink offerings, on their website at www.mustardsgrill.com. I perused the site before we went so I knew exactly what I was having for lunch - Roasted Lemon and Garlic Chicken with local artichokes and lemon vinaigrette. Casey had their special of the day which was a 21-day Aged Ribeye with mashers (mashed potatoes), spinach and blue cheese butter. We started off with an appetizer - Sweet Corn Tamales with wild mushrooms, tomatillo-avocado salsa and pumpkin seeds. This was an interesting dish as I am used to traditional savory or sweet tamales and this was a bit of both. The mushrooms added a definite earthy flavor that was balanced nicely with the slight sweetness of the white corn masa and the amazingly flavorful tomatillo-avocado salsa. After our delicious appetizer we were primed and ready to enjoy our other selections from the menu. The appetizer alone was such a sweet harmony of flavors that I was eager to try my roasted chicken. I certainly was not disappointed. The chicken was absolutely fabulous! It was roasted to the perfect tenderness and completely bursting with the best balance of lemon and garlic I have had in a long time. Lemon is a strong flavor, as is garlic, and it can easily overpower anything it is cooked with – not at Mustards. They got it right – 110%. I have to be sure to mention that Casey really, really, really enjoyed his ribeye and even the spinach (and he’s not a big fan of spinach so score another point for Mustards!). One final note of importance. Mustards is a unique restaurant in that their food is sophisticated yet is as satisfying and comforting as a home cooked meal. The atmosphere is just as unique in that you can show up dressed in your Sunday best or your weekend casual. The restaurant was very busy and yet it was very easy to carry on a conversation and not be distracted by the people coming and going. Mustards Grill is a great place to go for couples, families, and friends. Visit www.weekendermagazine.com to view more photos from my visit to Mustards Grill. 30

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Willie B. Jefferson Jr., Realtor Business: (707) 334-7900 E-mail: wbjefferson@aol.com www.williebhomes.com 15th Annual Presentation of Sonoma County’s Favorite Brew Fest! 5-9:30pm. Local charity fundraiser. Beer tasting, food and music. Must be 21 to enter; valid California Driver’s License required at time of entry. Grace Pavilion, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa Price: $40 Info: www.active2030sr.com/evebnts/battle-of-the-brews

Napa Orchid Society Sale & Show 9am-4pm. The Napa Orchid Society presents it’s “Treasures of the World” Orchid Show & Sale. Hundreds of orchids on display and for sale. Bring your plants for re-potting, just a small fee, raffles, workshops and great growing and blooming advice! Napa Senior Center, 1500 Jefferson St, Napa Price: Free Info: 707-425-3575

People’s Choice Voting & Preview Party 5:30-8pm. Heavy refreshments. Team Superstores, 301 Auto Mall/Columbus Pkwy, Vallejo Price: $10 Humane Society of the North Bay members/$15 general. Info: 707-645-7905 ext.113 or www.barkitecture.net

Navah Perlman with the Napa Valley Symphony 3pm. Conductor, Joel Smirnoff. Mozart - Overture to Don Giovanni, Chopin - Piano Concerto No. 2, Beethoven - Symphony No. 3. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr., Yountville Info: 707-944-9910

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Mike Pace with opener Maggie Newcomb 8pm. Stone Hall Comedy Series. Benicia Historical Museum, Stone Hall, 2024 Camel Rd., Benicia Price: $20 Info: 707-745-5435

Branford Marsalis Quartet and Terence Blanchard Quartet 8pm. Powerful pairing featuring two of the most accomplished jazz players of their generation. Mondavi Center at UC Davis, One Shields Ave., Davis Price: Regular: $58/$47/$35; Student: $29/$23.50/$17.50 Info: 866-754-2787 or www.mondaviarts.org

Benicia in Bloom 11am-5pm. The annual Spring Open House celebrates the “greener” side of spring with demonstrations from our eco-friendly partners. Merchants, restaurants and businesses showcase the latest trends for spring 2011. Benicia Body Art Expo 11am-11pm. the world’s largest Body Art Expo ® and a gigantic skin show-off party. Over 300 best tattoo and piercing artists of the world Win Prizes, Cash, and Respect! EVERYONE IS SUBJECT TO SEARCH This is a clean, safe, family-oriented, tattoo convention and party. Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City Napa Orchid Society Sale & Show 9am-4pm. Hundreds of orchids on display and for sale. Bring your plants for re-potting, just a small fee, raffles, workshops and great growing and blooming advice! Napa Senior Center, 1500 Jefferson St, Napa Price: Free Info: 707-425-3575 Wig Out for Wine 6-10pm. A women’s-only event benefiting women for Women International. Tableaux, 218 Dobbins St., Vacaville Price: $25 advance/$30 at door (a wig is required for entrance) Info: www.vitusnapavalley.com

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An Evening with Will Durst 8pm. Sweeping both sides of the aisle with a quiver full of arrows dipped in common sense, Durst transcends party ties. Outraged and outrageous, Durst is as current as today’s headlines, as accurate as a sniper, and universally acknowledged by even his peers as the nation’s foremost political comic. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa Price: $35 - $40 Info: 707-226-7372 Lisa Lampanelli at Uptown Theatre 8pm. Lisa Lampanelli is Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean. Heralded as “more than a standup – a standout,” by comedy legend Jim Carrey, Lampanelli is a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker, and a vial of estrogen. 1350 Third Street, Napa Price: $55/$70 Info: 707-259-0123 Pillow Talk 8pm. A womanizing bachelor (Rock Hudson) and a prim interior decorator (Doris Day). Pillow Talk is the quintessential romantic film comedy. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland Price: $5 Info: 1-800-745-3000 or 24-hour hotline at 510-465-6400

Saturday, April 2nd Free Forum on Benefits for Veterans 9am-3pm. Participants to include representatives from both the state and US Dept of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, Sacramento Valley National Cemetery and various veterans service groups. Presentations will cover services and benefits available to veterans, with emphasis on the returning veterans who suffer from military trauma, particularly women veterans. Caseworkers will be present to assist with veterans services applications. The VA mobile center will be there (there are only 2 in the state). Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, 611 Village Dr., Suisun City Price: Free Info: 707-455-8025


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Tuesday, April 5th Aquila Theatre in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” 8pm. Set against a classical Athenian backdrop, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” deals with the universal theme of love and its attendant complications: passion, lust, frustration, depression, confusion and of course, marriage. . Person Theater, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark Springs Rd., Santa Rosa Price: $25/$35 Info: 707-546-8742 or www.wellsfargocenterarts.org

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Fun Run for ages 14 and under. Proceeds benefit all Benicia public schools through the Benicia Education Foundation. All events leave from the beautiful First Street Green at 1st and B, Benicia Price: March 1-April 7: $20 ages 17 and under/$30 adults 18 and older; Race Day Registration: $25 ages 17 and under/$35 adults 18 and over Info: www.BeniciaRunForEducation.org

Wednesday, April 13th Chris Tomlin, The “And If Our God is for Us” Tour 7pm. With Louie Giglio, Christy Nockels and Rend Collective. Adventure Christian Church, 6401 Stanford Ranch Rd., Roseville Price: $32.50/$27.50 (all seating is reserved) Info: 1-800-965-9324 or www.iTickets.com

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