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Hometown Holidays The Healdsburg Tribune, Cloverdale Reveille, The Windsor Times and Sonoma West Times & News

November 23, 2017

DEC. 22-24: THE NUTCRACKER - Sebastopol Ballet performs its annual rendition of the Holiday favorite at Analy High School theater in Sebastopol. Tickets, info: 707-824-8006,,

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ravel during the holidays is special. list in Windsor, but if you are specifically It’s a time when towns, and the peo- looking for jewelry, you have come to the ple who live in them, are celebrating. right place. Envision diamonds, platinum, In Sonoma County we have small towns gold, precious gems and silver. Necklaces, that share in the joy of the holidays with earrings and rings for every budget and festivities, shopping and world class din- statement pieces meant to impress. For ing. Small towns are the perfect destina- the adventurist, maybe a new bike or new tion for all of your holiday needs. There is gear. Visit the bookstore for that hot new so much to be discovered, and shopping release or the classic novel that is begging locally helps strengthen our diverse mer- to be reread. A candy lover in the mix? You chants and their communities. Sonoma will find more choices of candy and County locals believe in sustainability, gourmet chocolates than anywhere else; farm to table and quality. So get in the car toffee, chocolate turtles and truffles, to and head out for an adventure in name a few. Trendy pieces of clothing and Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Windsor, accessories for the teenagers, and who wouldn’t love a gift certificate to a coffee Guerneville or Sebastopol. house? loverdale is Sonoma County’s uerneville is an eclectic, soulful northernmost town. It is known for town. It has a charming, active its burgeoning arts community and Main Street with many shops and quaint, charming downtown. The shop restaurants. Step back in owners are friendly and time and visit the 5&10 down to earth, making for Bring the family, shop with a little bit of a day of relaxed enjoyment. You won’t be bothered by friends and the kids, everything, from games to pet gifts. The newest addicrowds here. Stroll along and revel in the tion to Main Street is a the shops and be delighted in the choices of one of a enjoyment of small renovated historical building that now serves overkind collectibles. Or unique city, one of a kind the-top homemade pies fabric for the hand sewn and ice cream. Your taste gift, vintage clothes from treasures that will buds will go wild for flasome of the coolest surely bring joy and vors such as maple bourdecades, and artisan culibon bacon brittle or lavennary goodies from an holiday happiness der honeycomb. You can organic market. Grab a buy whole pies and pints cappuccino and a piece of amazing gluten free cake from the coffee of ice cream as gifts for the host or hostess at the next holiday party. shop for an afternoon treat. ebastopol is a little bit hippie and ealdsburg is in the heart of wine rich in good vibes. Here you will find country. It is an antique lovers gifts for the cocktail connoisseur and dream and a hipsters delight. You can discover handmade jewelry, fine the caffeine lover alike. Visit the distillery Italian shoes and upscale outfits for the that promotes grain to glass artisan spirkids or baby. You can also find a precious its. Then stop at the cafe that brews organgift for your beloved furry friend, like chef ic yerba mate tea. Discover other jewels inspired doggie treats and knitted like homemade soaps, featuring flavors sweaters. The wineries are a perfect place such as Santa Rosa plum and nutmeg or to pick up a fine bottle of wine or buy a California mission fig and honey. They case to ship home as a gift. Don’t forget to make soap for the four legged kind too. wander away from the plaza. On the side Everybody in your house can smell as streets you won’t want to miss the beauti- fresh as a garden herb. Have a friend with ful spools of yarn for the knitting enthusi- a green thumb? You won’t find cooler garast, the gorgeous leather handbags or the dening supplies anywhere else. Maybe home goods store with scented candles even a Venus Flytrap can top your gift list. that are to die for. Spa treatment anyone? e hope the holiday shopping bug How does a hot stone massage or a wine has grabbed your attention. There and honey wrap sound? It’s the epitome of is so much to do and see in these luxury. beautiful northern California towns. Bring indsor is just down the road from the family, friends and the kids, and revel Healdsburg, about 10 minutes on in the enjoyment of small city, one of a the 101. Cruise into town and find kind treasures that will surely bring joy your way to the Windsor Town Green. and holiday happiness. There is something for everyone on your — Elizabeth Knobel







Holiday Calendar of Events ONGOING November 24-January 7 Model Trains Spectacular Exhibit - This year’s annual holiday toy exhibition will feature model trains of many scales and styles. Trains will be featured in small town winter settings from the mid-1940s to the 1960s. Highlights will include famous passenger trains: Santa Fe El Capitan and New York Central’s 20th Century Limited; Southern Pacific and Northwest Pacific freight trains; tank and box cars carrying wines from Healdsburg’s Roma and Foppiano wineries and Asti’s Italian Swiss Colony winery, as well as replicas of the Healdsburg Train Depot and the Roma winery building, now Hudson Street Wineries. Also featured is Shirley Truitt’s handmade ¾-scale replica of the “California,” a steam locomotive that set speed records when it was introduced in 1865. What is particularly impressive about this train is that it was fabricated working from the original train plans, worked on as a hobby over 11 years, from 1948-1959. Open 11 a.m. Free admission. Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society, 707-431-3325.

November 25-December 24 Hotel Healdsburg Holiday Tea - Indulge in housemade pastries, petit sandwiches, custom blend teas, classic cocktails and other holiday fare; live music and holiday decor.

Saturdays and Sundays, 2-4 p.m. 25 Matheson St., Healdsburg. Reservations: 707-431-0330,

December 1-31 Cloverdale Historical Society’s Christmas - The 1862 historic Gould-Shaw House will be decorated in holiday style and open for tours. For more information call 707-894-2067.

December 7-January 1 Windsor’s Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove - Trees decorated with personalities reflective of the community groups that created them are lit at sunset, followed by the main tree lighting at 7 p.m. Enjoy train rides in the gym parking lot and myriad activities for families. A special mailbox enables kids to send letters to Santa (and receive responses). Food vendors, hot chocolate, coffee and more. Snowfall nightly at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. 5-8 p.m. Windsor Town Green, Windsor.

NOVEMBER November 23 Free Thanksgiving Dinner in Sebastopol - This 17th annual event is open to all. Deliveries to the Sebastopol area (call by Wed., Nov. 22 by noon). 1-5 p.m. Community Church of Sebastopol, 1000 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol (Noah’s ark out front). Karin or Linda at 707-823-2484.

Healdsburg Turkey Trot - This is a 5K run/walk through downtown Healdsburg. Race starts at 8 a.m. Registration:

DEC. 1: CLOVERDALE WINTER FESTIVAL - Holiday fun for the whole family with a tree lighting, vendors, visits from Santa and open businesses for holiday shopping. adults/$35, youth - ages 6-18/$25, 5 and under/$15. Everyone registering before Nov. 9 receives a Turkey Trot Tshirt. Register at: Part of each entry goes to the Rotary Club of Healdsburg Sunshine to support wildfire victims. The Healdsburg Food Pantry will be onsite to collect nonperishable food donations. For more info:

November 24 Free Thanksgiving Dinner in Guerneville - This 16th annual event is open to all. Doors open at noon and food is serves for as long as it lasts. Volunteers and donations are always welcome. To donate, mail a check made out to God’s Grace, Inc., P.O. Box 324, Guerneville. CA 95446 or bring your donation to the event. To volunteer, call Penny Rivas at 707-326-1257. Guerneville Vets Hall, 16255 First St., Guerneville.

Downtown Healdsburg Holiday Party - Downtown merchants will open their doors for the annual open house, complete with entertainment, music, carolers and the Healdsburg Community Band to put patrons in the holiday spirit. Kids can come to the gazebo to give Santa their Christmas list, starting at 4-6 p.m. Music, magic, clowns, treats, cocoa and cider. Free horse drawn carriage rides. Retail shops will stay open late, 4-8 p.m. Call 707-433-6935 or visit for more information. November 24-25 Bodega Fire Department Christmas Crafts Faire -Come

Starcross Christmas Faire Fundraiser - Find unique holiday gifts at the Starcross Christmas Faire. The charming 1902 country farmhouse will be filled with premium Noble fir Christmas wreaths, trays of colorful dried fruits, books by Brother Tolbert McCarroll, and Sister Marti’s beautiful book of haiku “From Stardust to Stardust - a Final Year.” Taste the fresh Olio Nuovo from this year’s olive harvest and purchase Sister Julie’s Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, as well as wild blackberry jam, home-grown herbs and Italian seasoning mix, organic lavender sachets and wands, and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Starcross Community, Annapolis, 707-886-1919. November 26 Holiday Giftaway - LITE Initiatives, Zero Waste Sonoma County, Community Bikes, Sebastopol Grange and Transition Sebastopol present the 6th Annual Holiday Giftaway and Clothing Swap. A fun and ecological way to get gifts and new-to-you clothing and to give away good unwanted item. Every adult must volunteer for 30 minutes (it’s fun!) or make a $10 donation. Sign up to volunteer via Facebook. 1-3 p.m. Sebastopol Grange #306, 6000 Sebastopol Rd. (Hwy 12), Sebastopol. 707-573-6049.

Forestville Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony - The Forestville Chamber of Commerce presents a lighting ceremony with beverages and cookies. Hot dogs and chips available. Santa Claus will arrive, music. Starts at 4 p.m. Forestville Downtown Park, Front St., Forestville. November 30 Guerneville Holiday Extravaganza - Tree Lighting & Merchant Open House - Enjoy a holiday party atmosphere

out to McCaughey Hall to support the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department at their annual holiday fundraiser, now in its 65th year. With 20 to 30 craft vendors, you can get ahead on holiday shopping while supporting volunteer firefighters and local artisans. Bodega Fire t-shirts also are for sale along with offerings from the snack bar. 17184 Bodega Hwy., Bodega. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

when shops open their doors and welcome you in for holiday shopping from 4-7 p.m. along Main St. Christmas tree lighting and Santa arrives in the plaza between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Downtown Guerneville. 707-869-9000. See Dec. 1 and Dec 2 for more events.

Gualala Arts Festival of Trees - Kick off the holiday season with beautiful crafts, holiday treats, and the magical Gingerbread House. Kids can enjoy daily visits from Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and The Grinch. Festival: 10 a.m-6 p.m. Friday tree lighting and Christmas caroling ceremony from 5-6 p.m. tonight. Sat: 10 a.m-4 p.m.;

Sebastopol Holiday Tree Lighting - The Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce invites you to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season in downtown Sebastopol. The town plaza welcomes Santa in style at 6:30. Kid crafts, warm beverages and treats, and plenty of live music. 5-8 p.m.

November 25 Geyserville Tree Lighting & Tractor Parade - Lit-up tractors, harvesters, backhoes and fire trucks parade through downtown Geyserville. Before the parade starts, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in merry style at the Visitor Plaza at 5 p.m. Join the tree lighting ceremony and caroling at 6 p.m., followed by the parade at 6:30 p.m. Chili and cornbread at Firehouse for $5; hot dogs at Oddfellows. or 707-276-6067.

Gualala Lighted Truck Parade with Santa Claus - A convoy of festively lit “big rig” trucks cruise Highway 1 through Gualala. Santa stops to visit for photo opportunities and to give out candy canes. 6-8 p.m. Downtown Gualala. 707-8841080 Stories and Scenes from the Nutcracker Ballet - Join Sebastopol Ballet as the Nutcracker story is read and dance along to the Nutcracker Suite. 1-2 p.m. Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. 707-823-7691.

DECEMBER December 1 Guerneville Holiday Princess & Prince Crowning Ceremony - At this annual dinner and toast, Guerneville’s Holiday Princess and Prince will be announced and crowned. The selected royal pair will then reign over the following night’s Parade of Lights. $25. 6-9 p.m. At Trio Restaurant, 6236 River Rd, Guerneville. 707- 869-9000,

Cloverdale Winter Festival - The annual event will feature two marketplaces, the traditional Christmas Tree lighting in the downtown plaza, live music, food, local wines and a host of crafts, vendors and family activities. From 3- 4:30 p.m. kids are invited to decorate gingerbread men in the plaza. Christmas tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. A decades-long (continues on next page)

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NOV. 24: DOWNTOWN HEALDSBURG HOLIDAY PARTY - Music, carolers, open merchants, a visit from Santa and more. tradition, the Cloverdale Lions Club puts out hot cocoa, cider donuts and Santa arrives and he sets up in his holiday house and visits with the children, a wonderful photo opportunity for parents. There will also be music of the season on the stage. Downtown businesses are encouraged to stay open until 9 p.m . Downtown Cloverdale will be outfitted with garlands, lights and other decorations. Many downtown storefronts are also decked out for the holiday season. There will be two markets downtown, the “North Pole” next to Plank Coffee, and the “South Pole,” adjacent to the Trading Post Restaurant. The Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce invites the community to enjoy music, crafts and wine at each from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be live music, food bites, holiday desserts, wreath decorating, and vendors offering a wide array of handmade gifts. Clover Theater will be showing “White Christmas” on the big screen starting at 8 p.m. The Cloverdale Historical Society’s Gould Shaw House museum will be decorated in full holiday splendor and open for visitors. For more info, call 894-4470. Downtown Cloverdale. For more information, visit or call 707-894-4470.

December 1-3, 7-10 A Vintage Christmas - A mix of “A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” set in wine country presented by Raven Performing Arts Theater. Dominic’s family has been in the wine business for a hundred years but lately the pressure, both economic and emotional, finds him contemplating selling the family winery. On the eve of their annual Christmas celebration Dom thinks his dead grandfather is haunting him, showing him what could happen to his family if he sells the business. 8 p.m. Tickets: Venue: Trione Winery, 19550 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville.

December 1-3, 8-10 Nutcracker...The Musical - When Marie's godfather gives her a toy nutcracker for Christmas, she puts it under the Christmas tree just as a mouse scampers by. As we watch, the Nutcracker grows to life-size as a handsome soldier, the mouse grows into a man-size Mouse King, and Marie is transported to the land of the Sugarplum Fairies, where duels are fought and romance blossoms. Dec. 1 & 2 and 8 & 9 at 7:30 p.m.; matinees run Dec. 3 and 10 at 2 p.m. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale.

December 2 Burbank Holiday Craft Faire - Handmade holiday crafts, original art, “Grandma’s Kitchen” of baked goods, soups and chili. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Burbank Heights Community Building, 7777 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. 707-634-6165.

Alexander Valley Ladies Aid Christmas Bazaar - A superb opportunity to ditch the crowds and find your holiday gifts amid the bucolic scenery of Alexander Valley. Baked goods, jams, jellies, homemade crafts, fresh Christmas wreaths, ornaments and refreshments are offered for sale to benefit good causes. 10 a.m.2 p.m. Alexander Valley Community Church, 6650 Hwy. 128, Healdsburg. Hessel Grange Holiday Craft Faire - Crafts, food, fun and raffles. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 5400 Blank Rd., Sebastopol. 707-829-7511.

Hospice Tree Lighting - St. Joseph’s Hospice hosts a tree lighting ceremony in the Healdsburg plaza. Starts at 5 p.m. Call (707) 431-1135 for more information. 15th Annual Kiwanis Crab & Pasta Feed - All-you-can-eat cold cracked crab, pasta, salad and desert, wine and beer included. Doors open 5:30 p.m., dinner

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DEC. 2: Alexander Valley Ladies Aid Christmas Bazaar - Holiday fare, crafts, Christmas wreaths and ornaments.

served 6 p.m. Features live and silent auctions. At the Citrus Fairgrounds Auditorium, 1 Citrus Fair Dr. in Cloverdale. Advanced tickets only: $50, available from any Kiwanis member, at The Mail Center, or on-line at: 707-894-3222.

Guerneville Holiday Extravaganza - Parade of Lights - Enjoy colorful and brightly lit floats, marching contingents, horse and other holiday-themed entries from 7-9 p.m. Downtown Guerneville. 707-869-9000. December 2, 3 Luther Burbank Home and Gardens Holiday Open House - Enjoy a community tradition by visiting the historic home and gardens of Luther Burbank, decked out in Victorian holiday trimmings inside and out. Unique Burbank and Santa Rosa related gift ideas. $3 admission, children under 12 free. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 204 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707-524-5445.

December 2, 3, 8-10 Occidental Community Choir: Alleluia Anyway -The OCC presents its holiday concerts with original compositions and traditional ones from both contemporary and classical music genres. This 40-plus member choir knows how to mix humor with gravitas and over nearly 40 years has developed into a west county institution. Occidental Center for the Arts, Graton Rd. and Bohemian Hwy: Dec. 2, 8 p.m. first night ticket price is reduced $10, come for the sing-along before concert; Dec. 3, 3 p.m.; Dec 8 & 9, 8 p.m. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino, Santa Rosa: Dec. 10, 3 p.m. Visit or call 707-874-8622 for more info.

December 2, 9, 16 Breakfast with Santa - Eat with the Big Guy at Costeaux French Bakery.

DEC. 7: Holiday Celebration at Windsor Town Green tree lighting, Santa visits, snowfall, crafts, kids activities.

lenged pirates? It’s up to a little girl to save Christmas for everyone. Suggested audience 5 years and older. Adults $25, students $12, pay-what-you-can on Dec 6, 7:30 p.m. preview. Fridays and Saturdays: 7:30 p.m., Sunday: 2 p.m. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N.Cloverdale Blvd. in Cloverdale. 707-894-3222,

December 7 Holiday Celebration at Windsor Town Green - Town of Windsor invites families and children of all ages to its annual holiday celebration at the Town Green. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides around the Green, stage performances, train rides, arts & crafts, and gingerbread cookie decorating, visits from Santa, live music by Windsor Community Children’s Choir, carolers. 5-8 p.m.; the spectacular tree lighting and snowfall occurs at 7 p.m.

December 8 Healdsburg Community Band Christmas Concert - The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing the joy of music performs at the Veterans Memorial Building, 205 W. 1st St. in Cloverdale. 7:30 p.m. Free, but donations accepted. 707-433-7903.

December 8-9 Sebastopol Holiday Home Tour and Artisan Boutique - Spend the day touring five decorated homes and historic school in and around Sebastopol. The free Artisan Boutique offers wares from dozens of local Sonoma County vendors, artists and crafters. Tour tickets are $10-$45. Friday, 6-9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Benefits the Scholarship fund at Pleasant Hill Christian School. For info, visit

Experience the largest nutcracker collection north of the Golden Gate. 9-11 a.m. 417 Healdsburg Ave. in Healdsburg. 707-433-1913.

December 9-10 Occidental Holiday Crafts Faire - Occidental Community Council presents its

December 3, 7-9 The Healdsburg Chorus Winter Concerts - This chorus also gives the annual

32nd annual Holiday Crafts Faire at the Occidental Community Center. Family and friends are all invited to peruse the works of over 35 local and regional artists, purchase fabulous food and baked goods as gifts (or for yourself). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Santa will be there from 12-2 p.m. both days. Occidental Community Center, Bohemian Hwy. and Graton Rd.

gift of holiday song—an assortment of old favorites and some not so familiar— that will put you in a festive holiday spirit. These popular performances have increased to four, one in Santa Rosa and three concerts in Healdsburg. Dec. 3, (3 p.m.) at Glaser Center, Santa Rosa; Dec. 7 & 8 (7 p.m.), Dec. 9 (3 p.m.) at Healdsburg Community Church, Healdsburg.

December 6 Bob Burke Fundraiser - Come to the Union Hotel Restaurant to enjoy live music, choirs, a raffle and a pasta dinner courtesy of the Union Hotel. All proceeds go to Bob Burke’s Kids, a non-profit activities program for families with children with illnesses and special needs. Activities include bowling, trout fishing trips, pizza parties, and Thanksgiving dinner. 5:30–8:30 p.m., Union Hotel Restaurant, Occidental. 887-1222, December 6 & 7 Healdsburg Strolling Dine Around - Explore Healdsburg cuisine with a progressive three-course feast, each course at a different restaurant in downtown Healdsburg. Call 707-433-6935 or visit for more information.

December 6-9, 14-16 Yo Ho Ho: A Pirate’s Christmas - What will become of Christmas when Santa and the citizens of the North Pole are kidnapped by a bunch of directionally chal-

Goddess Crafts Faire - For truly one-of-a-kind items, don’t miss this exquisite collection of handmade gifts by local and regional women. This fair also includes refreshments plus music and dance to celebrate the coming of winter. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Suggested donation: $5 to $13 (kids free). Sebastopol Community Center, Sebastopol. A Frozen Ballet - Teresa Lubarsky’s Healdsburg Ballet premiers a brand new story length ballet with Anna and Kristoff and Elsa, based on the Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen.” Sat: 7 p.m., Sun: 2 p.m. Tickets: Adults $20, seniors $18, kids $15, at door $2 extra. Available at: More info: 707-431-7617, At the Raven Performing Arts Theater, 115 North St., in Healdsburg. December 10 Healdsburg Historic Inns Tour - Visit classic historic inns Bella Luna Inn, Calderwood Inn, Camellia Inn, Grape Leaf Inn, Haydon Street Inn, Inn on the Plaza and River Belle Inn all decked out for the holidays. 2-4 p.m. Cost: $5 donation or a canned good for the Healdsburg Food Pantry.

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Hometown Holidays, Part 1  

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