This begins a difficult time of year for me. I am afflicted with FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). This ailment causes me to hyperventilate and become anxious when I think I am missing out on something really great. The problem with this time of year is that there are so many great events that I want to attend, but alas, I cannot do them all!
Take this Sunday for example: I’ll go to the Forestville Fire Department’s annual Pancake Breakfast and see all my old pals, then cruise over to the 4-H ChickenQue to relive old memories of when I was in 4-H, then go to the St. Baldrick’s event to watch people get their head shaved while having a beer. But I will have to forgo A Day Under the Oaks, which I used to love when I was at SRJC.
So sharpen your pencil and bust out your social calendar….it’s about to get FILLED! ~SUE
4-H ChickenQue – Santa Rosa
Tickets: $10/Per Meal (1/2 Chicken, Beans, Coleslaw & Bread). Homemade Desserts & Drinks $1 each. A convenient Drive-Thru is also available. Hours: 11:30am-4:30pm Rain or Shine! Purchase your tickets from a 4-H Member or
Fundraiser & Open House for the Sonoma County 4-H Program. Hosting interactive booths featuring projects they are involved with as 4-Her’s. This is a great family event & an opportunity to learn about 4-H.
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa
Healdsburg Homes Tour
Event Hours: 10am-4pm.
Tickets: $35/Advance, $40/At Event.
Levin & Co. 306 Center St., Copperfield’s Books
104 Matheson, Healdsburg Museum 221 Matheson St.
Tour will be held Rain or Shine & begins at the Healdsburg Museum
St. Baldericks – Santa Rosa
A Head Shaving Fundraising Event – Raising Money for Pediatric Cancer Awareness.
Toad in the Hole
116 5th St., Santa Rosa
May Day – Geyserville
Plenty of fun for the whole family. Enjoy the Kiwanis Rib Cook Off (sample & vote) for your favorites. Kids can play in the bouncy house & rock climbing wall, plus an arts and crafts area. Partake in an old-fashioned egg toss. And, of course the presentation of the May Pole Dance by Geyserville Elementary students & dances performed by Ballet Folklorico. Soft drinks, wine & food offerings benefit local schools & non-profit groups.
Hoffman Grove Picnic Grounds, Geyserville
Day Under the Oaks – Santa Rosa
Free Admission, Free Parking, No Pets.
Help us reduce waste by using the Resource Recovery Stations around the campus to compost & recycle.
Open House & Community Education Fair extends throughout the Campus. Fun for the whole family.
Hundreds of activities:
20 music & dance performances,
Explosive chemistry demo,
The world’s largest Bubble Contest,
Native American performances,
Delicious food, Prizes, Planetarium Star Show,
3K Fun Run – Bear Cub Athletic Trust,
Over 50 student clubs to explore,
Art & Photography Exhibits & Contests,
Art projects, Jumpy Houses, Face Painting,
Judo, Tai Chi, wheelchair basketball,
Beautiful arts & crafts.
Learn about College Classes (even register!), talk to wonderful Faculty, caring Counselors & Staff Members, get to know our Athletic Programs & see our Smart Technology Library.
Santa Rosa Junior College.
1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa
PANCAKE BREAKFAST & Raffle – Forestville
Tickets: $7/Adult, $5/Children & Seniors.
Forestville Fire Station
6554 Mirabel Rd., Forestville
TUESDAYS THRU AUGUST
Free Comedy Shows – Rohnert Park
1st TUESDAY of EVERY MONTH from 7:30-9:30pm.
Local & bay area comics perform hilarious show hosted by Tony Sparks. Great Food is available for purchase.
Show: 8pm. Free to attend.
1100 Valley House Dr., Rohnert Park
Showcase Sonoma County – LBC
Event: 4-7pm. Attendance is Free & Open to Everyone! The Chamber’s largest & most interactive Networking Event & Business Expo.
Exhibits from almost 100 fellow Sonoma County Businesses — from Tech, Finance & Manufacturing to Restaurants, Wineries & Breweries.
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa
Cinco de Mayo – Sonoma
Event Hours: 4-7pm. Please Register.
Light Bites, Margaritas & Plenty of FUN!
Join our exclusive community of food-loving locals
23570 Arnold Dr., Sonoma
Cinco De Mayo Festival – Santa Rosa
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Unity from 4-9pm.
Festival Transporation – Rosie the Trolley will transport you to the Celebration
Pick Up locations: Lombardi Court by Post Office (Sebastopol Rd) & Food Max Parking Lot (Sebastopol Rd & Stony Point Rd).
Drop Off Location: Sebastopol Rd at Roseland Elementary School
Transport at start of Festival: 3-5:30pm.
Transport resumes: 6:30-10pm.
The route will run on a continual loop within the designated times. PLEASE PARK ONLY IN THE FOOD MAXX PARKING LOT. Parking in other areas (Taco Bell, etc.) may result in towing.
Roseland Area – Sebastopol Rd., Santa Rosa
Hot Dog Thursday – Santa Rosa
Admission: $5/Includes a Large Hot Dog, Chip & Soda or Water. Chili & Ice Cream also available for purchase.
Every Thursday from 11:30am-1pm.
Pacific Coast Air Museum
One Air Museum Way, Santa Rosa
FIRST FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH
1st Friday Art Walk – Guerneville
FIRST FRIDAY of each month, view art & art receptions all around Guerneville. Art galleries, studios, & merchants will be open until 8pm & some beyond. View the work of local Sonoma County, Bay Area & international artists.
Enjoy music, food & wine. Keep an eye out for street artists & performance art, too!
Sonoma Nesting Company
16151 Main St., Guerenville
17th Annual Meals on Wheels Derby Day – Kenwood
We are pleased to announce our first ever all VIP level Derby Day, with live music from the Jami Jamison band, a grilled & raw oyster bar, hors d’oeuvres, mint juleps, Chateau St. Jean wines, an opportunity to bid on silent & live auction items, horse betting & more.
11am – Reception in the Chateau St. Jean Gardens
12:30 – Luncheon
12:45 – Welcome from MC Dana Adkins
2pm – Live Auction – Brent Farris
3:30pm – Live Broadcast of the Kentucky Derby
Chateau St. Jean
8555 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood
Human Race – Santa Rosa
Theme is “Totally Awesome 80s!” — dress up in your leg warmers, torn sweatshirts & BIG hair. Come run & have fun as we turn back the clocks to 1981!
16th Annual Children of the Vineyard Workers Scholarship Fund Gala – Geyserville
This event enables the wine community to come together to ensure that students in our agricultural community have access & support for a college education. Event: 6-10pm
Soda Rock Winery, Geyserville
Lobster Feed – Windsor
Wine Tasting, Silent Auction, Lobster Feed, Live Auction. Benefitting Community & Students.
Windsor Golf Course
2nd Annual “Home on the Range” fundraiser
Family Friendly Western themed Fundraiser. Help raise money for affordable housing for our community’s Seniors. Dig out your Western duds & enjoy a Country style BBQ, Lawn Games, Face Painting, Cow Patty Toss Competition, Line Dancing, DJ, Silent Auction & a Raffle with great Prizes!
Time: 11am -3pm
5307 Stony Point Rd. Santa Rosa
(Slightly South of the Rohnert Park Expressway on Stony Point Rd.)
Petaluma Adobe Living History Day
From 10am-4pm visitors can experience the activity/color of living history volunteers adorned in beautiful authentic clothing demonstrate old crafts & present entertaining historical skits that reveal the stories of the past. Learn Basking Weaving & Candle Making Techniques. Bring a picnic lunch.
Admission: $3/Adults, $2/Kids 6-16, Free/Under 5.
Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
3325 Adobe Rd., Petaluma
Dinner in the Vines – Sonoma
Please join the MVAT Foundation in supporting our Veterans. Lives Put on the Line raises funds for our work supporting Veterans & their families. Feature Medal of Honor recipient Major General Patrick Brady, USA (ret.). The inspiring evening will also showcase local MVAT Beneficiaries. Guests will enjoy wines from Cline Family Cellars, passed hors d’oeuvres & a plated dinner in the Barrel Room.
Tickets: $400/Per Person, $3,500/Table Sponsor.
Cline Family Cellars
24737 Arnold Dr., Hwy 121, Sonoma
Press Democrat’s North Coast Wine Challenge
Here’s your chance to taste 80 exceptional wines from CA’s premier wine country regions.
8 iconic wine country chefs, including Mark Stark, Armondo G. Navarro & Thomas Schmidt, will prepare gourmet bites that will showcase these overachievers!
Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center
1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park
FIESTA DE MAYO – Family Food Festival/Yard Sale/Auction & Raffle
Come join this community event in a family-fun atmosphere to enjoy it all!
All proceeds to benefit EDUCATION – Redwood Adventist Academy
– FOOD: TACOS/BURRITOS/SOPES/ICE CREAM/SNOW CONES
– HUGE YARD SALE
– AUCTION & RAFFLE (with Row 7 Warriors’ tickets!)
– ORGANIC FARM TOURS
– GAMES FOR THE KIDS
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Place: 385 Mark West Springs Rd. Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Contact: Laurie Wood at: 707-529-4880
Cycling Fever hits 122nd Annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival – Santa Rosa
Parade & AMGEN Tour of CA Cycling Competition will be occurring in tandem in Down Town Santa Rosa.
“Re-Cycling Into The Future” is the fast-paced theme for the 122nd Annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival.
Parade begins at 12/Noon & winds its way through Downtown Santa Rosa starting at Sonoma Avenue & E St. The 2-Hour Parade will take place after the cycling race begins & will help build the excitement for the teams’ climatic return to Downtown Santa Rosa.
Followed by a Community Festival 10:30am-4:30pm.
Featuring Food Vendors, Kids’ Activities, Live Entertainment, Parade Awards & more.
16th Annual Mother/Daughter Tea – Petaluma
Enjoy the pleasure of Afternoon Tea & the companionship between mother/daughter, guardian, grandmother, aunt or other female family member.
Each participant will capture their creative inspirations painting their own china tea cup & saucer.
Tea Times: 10am, 1pm & 3:30pm.
951 Petaluma Blvd., South, Petaluma
FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY 5/27-5/29
4th Annual Bottle Rock – Napa
Headliners: Stevie Wonder, Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Continuous Music on 4 Stages.
Music, Food, Wine & Beer.
Napa Valley Expo
FRIDAYS BEGINNING 5/27 – 9/1
Funky Fridays – Kenwood
Concerts are Family-oriented & welcome kids as well.
Enjoy Live Music, Dancing & Picnicking
Tickets: $10/Per Person, $10/Parking per Vehicle.
Hwy 12 at North Pythian Rd.,
21st Annual Spring Home & Garden Tour – Sebastopol
Take a guided tour of Western Sonoma County’s amazing private homes & gardens, our food bank & beloved antique store. Highlights include art collections, rare species of native plants & unique trees. All proceeds support nutrition & other services for Sonoma County residents affected by HIV & other serious illnesses.