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Holiday Events, Drives, Music & More
Sonoma County CALENDAR

by Vesta Copestakes

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Forestville School/Academy Annual Giving Tree ~ Help needy children in our community. Take an ornament off our tree at school and purchase gifts for the anonymous child on the ornament. Return the gifts to the school, unwrapped by December 14th. We have a lot of need this year, so anything you can do would help a lot!

Food For Thought ~ Located in Forestville, California, Food For Thought is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of persons living with or affected by AIDS/HIV disease in Sonoma County. Currently providing food to more than 645 people, including men, women, and dependent children of parents with HIV/AIDS. Donate at or contact Beth Wolfer at or 707-887-1647 x102.

The Living Room ~ The mission of the Living Room is to ease adversity and promote stability, dignity and self-reliance for women and children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Sonoma County. Your donation allows The Living Room to provide not only safety and refuge from the weather, but also classes and referral services, education to improve parenting skills and prevent child abuse, job search assistance, and referrals to appropriate housing agencies. Please make your donation check payable to:The Living Room Center, 636 Cherry St., Santa Rosa, CA 95403. 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Tax ID# 58-2675876. Or click on the "Donate" button on our website at

Pepperwood Preserve ~ As we enter the holiday season, Pepperwood will have served over 20,000 students, researchers, nature enthusiasts and other members of our community – all since the 2010 opening of the Dwight Center for Conservation Science! Investments in Pepperwood support our vital role in fostering the research and education programs necessary to guide the Bay Area into a healthy, sustainable and beautiful future. Because our operating costs are covered by a dedicated endowment, 100% of your gift goes to our programming. Visit to donate online, or mail check to 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Rd., Santa Rosa.

Nov 1 - Jan 31 ~ REFB Winter Food & Funds Drive ~ To help the one in six Sonoma County residents struggling with hunger, this week the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) launches its annual Winter Food and Funds Drive. The Drive runs from November 1 through January 31, during which time thousands of people from all walks of life in Sonoma County will demonstrate their commitment to ending local hunger by collecting food and funds, and donating them to the REFB. The Food Bank relies on community donations to feed 78,000 people every month. Food donation barrels can be found at the following grocery stores: Safeway, Oliver’s Markets, Walgreens, and CVS/Pharmacy, and throughout the year at G&G Supermarkets, Whole Foods Markets, and Grocery Outlet in Santa Rosa. It’s also easy to sign up virtually to hold a drive, visit the REFB online at Requests for information or donations can be mailed to the REFB, 3320 Industrial Drive, Santa Rosa, CA, 95403.

Rohnert Park Toy Drive ~ The Rotary Club of Rohnert Park-Cotati’s annual holiday gift and toy drive is gearing up to deliver another season of cheer. It is community support in the form of donated gifts and cash that enables this program to thrive and help families in need. Donations can be brought to the Cotati Police department or to any of the Rancho Adobe Fire departments until December 25th.   However, “Santa’s” elves will be wrapping gifts on December 15th   and “Santa” will be making his rounds on Saturday, December 22nd.  For those wishing to donate, please also consider gifts or gift cards for the ages of 9 to 16 as many times these young people are underserved.

Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) ~ SAY currently serves hundreds of youth and their families annually in our counseling programs. We shelter runaway and homeless youth at our 24/7 Dr. James E Coffee Teen Shelter. We provide housing for former foster youth at the Mary and Jose Tamayo Village. We feed and support homeless youth in our Street Outreach Program. We reunite families by offering short-term crisis therapy. Donate online at or mail check to: Attn. Cat Cvengros, 3440 Airway Dr. Suite E
, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Treasure House Antiquies & Collectibles ~A non-profit consignment store in Santa Rosa that donates profits to the YWCA Safe House for battered women and children, and also help support The Redwood Gospel Mission, St. Vincent’s Kitchen, Kid Street and quite a few other organizations. They not only donate to many local charitable organizations, but the consignment program helps many people earn a little extra money. All volunteers at Treasure House; there are no paid members. Stop in and shop at 700 Wilson Street, Santa Rosa. Annual Christmas Shoppe Open House is on November 30th and December 1st, from 10AM to 4 PM.

West County Community Health Clinic ~ A Guerneville based outreach program providing homeless with basic medical care. They will be open from Nov 25 through March, and need extra funding to stay open longer and hopefully provide a mobile shower unit. Funds are needed to meet basic needs of the homeless like shelter, showers, clothes washing, and medicine. To donate, contact Cheryl Bonacorso at 707-869-2849.

Verity Holiday Drive ~ Throughout the year, and especially during the Holidays, we find that some of our clients need a little extra assistance with food, toys for their children and even gifts for themselves. f you would like to donate to this year"s Holiday Drive, please drop off canned or packaged food items (non-perishable), wrapped gifts and wrapped toys to Verity before December 14. Please be sure to add a label on the wrapped gifts letting us know what is inside which will then allow us to match up the gifts with client needs. If you don't have time to shop this season, you can always donate directly to Verity by clicking here. Please drop off items at Verity, 835 Piner Road Suite D, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, between 9:00am -5:00pm Monday-Friday. If you have any questions, please contact Erica at(707) 545-7270 ext. 14 or email her at

Festive Activities

Dec 1-15 ~ Toy Drive at Chateau Diana ~ Bring a new unwrapped toy and buy a bottle of wine for $2.00. Open house Dec 8, 11am-4pm. 6195 Dry Creek Road,

Dec 1-27 ~ Petaluma City of Lights Tour ~ Petaluma shows its holiday spirit with the City of Lights Driving Tour. Get the map of Petaluma's beautifully decorated homes and business at or at the Petaluma Visitors Center, 210 Lakeville St.. After taking the self-guided tour, vote for your favorite on the website. 7pm.

Dec 2 - 31 ~ Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree Grove ~ Windsor Downtown Merchants Association is pleased to announce the fourth annual Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree Grove to be held on the Windsor Town Green. Holiday revelers will be treated to 175 decorated holiday trees, twice nightly snow flurries for the kids, and high quality holiday music from a new sound system. Snow twice nightly at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for further info.

Nov & Dec ~ Local Arts and Crafts Gift Show ~ They will be carrying a variety of unique handcrafted gifts, by many local artists, for that special present you cannot find anywhere else. At the Russian River Art Gallery, 16357 Main St., Guerneville. 

Dec 14-22 ~ Holiday Cabaret featuring the cast of The Marvelous Wonderettes ~ The fabulous foursome will grace the 6th Street Studio Theatre as part of our Cabaret Series to serenade us with a smorgasbord of favorite holiday favorites, all arranged in beautiful four-part harmony. Holiday entertainment for the whole family to enjoy! December 14-22 in The Studio Theatre, tickets $25. 52 West 6th Street, Santa Rosa

Dec 14 & 15 ~ Holiday Wonderland Crafts Fair ~ Held at the Monte Rio Community Center on Friday,December 14th from 11-7 p.m. Saturday,December 15th,10-6 p.m. and on Sunday,December 16th from 10-4 p.m. A myriad of hand-made,locally produced gift items and tasty baked goods await the shopper!

Dec 15 ~ "Wings of Glory" Gospel Choir ~ 10am, 4th annual Christmas at Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street,Petaluma. 707.778.6060. No admission charge, but do buy their rich coffee or tea and scrumptious food!

Dec 15 ~ Christmas Classics & Frosty Fun ~ The concert will last about an hour and have lots of fun and interactive songs for kids as well as some classics done by Lizann Bassham, Darryl Fenley, Ray Walker, Brian Wetzel, Sonya Krautner and others. No admission charge, a free will offering will be collected to benefit the Community Church Youth Programs. 4:00pm at the Sebastopol Community Church, 1000 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol.

Dec 15 ~ Madrigal Dinner in Forestville ~ The Forestville United Methodist Church invites you to a Madrigal Dinner at the church. It will be a visit to a bygone time at a 17th Century English manor house whose middle class Squire and Lady invite the townfolk to enjoy a Christmas Feast with a festive meal and pageant with Christmas music, song and dancing. While the staff and performers will be in costume, guests are not required to wear a costume, but may choose to do so.  The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children or $65 for family of four. Seating is limited so make your reservations no later than December 3rd. To reserve a seat, call the church office at 887-2020 or the Squire at 887-2759.

Dec 15 ~ Blues Christmas Service ~ Do the sounds of Christmas make you want to scream? Do you dread going to the mall at holiday time?  Do you feel like the Grinch at the Christmas party? If you’re feeling blue this Christmas, don’t sing the blues alone! This year the Church of the Incarnation (550 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa) is offering a Blues Christmas service: Saturday December 15, at 7 pm.  Sing along with a hot blues band headed by Rick Schaefer (former music director and accompanist for Maria Muldaur), pray for those you’ve loved and lost – and chase those blues away!

Dec 16 ~ Santa Comes to Graton ~ THIS IS A FREE EVENT and represents the village of Graton’s gift to the Community. He’ll pull up his sleigh in front of the Graton Community Club (corner of Graton Road and Edison Street) from 1 to 6 pm, bringing several of his elves and pixies with him, maybe even RUDOLPH. SNAP, THE PHOTO ELF, will take pictures of the children and/or their families FREE OF CHARGE. Photos printed on the spot! Apple Cider, home-baked cookies, various sugar plums & other goodies (courtesy of the Graton Community Club members) are yours to enjoy. REMEMBER bring a new, unwrapped gift for your TOYS FOR KIDS donation barrels. 

Dec 16 ~ Santa Comes to Healdsbueg Museum ~ from 1 pm to 4 pm, Santa will be the Healdsburg Museum's special guest. He'll be available to visit with everyone and take last minute gift requests.  Mark your calendar.  You don't want to miss Santa ...or the "Magical Toyland" exhibit!Make a visit to the Healdsburg Museum a part of your holiday traditions. 221 Matheson St., Healdsburg. 707-431-3325

Dec 21-23 ~ Sebastopol Ballet Presents "The Nutcracker" ~ The Nutcracker Ballet, a colorful and cherished tradition since 1992, the Sebastopol Ballet presents the magic and beauty of Tchaikovsky’s full-length ballet. Matinees feature a complimentary pre-show Sugar Plum Party at 1p.m. with sweets and dancers in costume to delight children and guests. $20 reserved, $15 general, $10 under 12 and seniors over 60. Fri. at 7 p.m., Sat. at 2 and 7 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Analy High School Theater, 6950 Analy Ave., Sebastopol . For tickets, call (707) 824-8006; or purchase online at

Dec 22 ~ A Charlie Brown Christmas – Jazz Music of Christmas ~ The Jim Martinez Trio and Jazz vocalist, Laura Didier, will present "The Music From A Charlie Brown Christmas" on Saturday, December 22, 2012. Show starts at 7:00 pm and will take place at The Vine Church of Petaluma, 1129 Industrial Ave, Suite 208 in Petaluma. Refreshments will be provided. Purchase advance tickets for $12 at Hollingsworth Jewelers Gallery and other select locations or online at Call (707) 256-8463 for more info.

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