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2016 Fall Celebrations and Events - Sonoma County CALENDAR

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2016 Fall Celebrations and Events - Sonoma County CALENDAR

by Vesta Copestakes

FALL Fun Events to Celebrate Harvest & More

2016 Oktoberfests

Oct 15 ~ Fort Ross Harvest Festival ~ 10a-6p Questions? Email: info@fortross.org or call us at 707/847-3437 for special event admission prices and directions. http://www.fortross.org/2016/harvest.htm

Oct. 15-16 and 22-23 ~ Tolay Fall Festival ~ Nighttime creatures barn, Creepy Crawly Room,  straw maze, petting zoo, lawn games, food stands, Native American village, old-fashioned crafts, and a pumpkin seed spitting contest. Join experts in archery, fly fishing and astronomy for hands-on demonstrations.$5 for adults & ages 13 and up, $3 for kids 12 and under. Regional Parks members get free, one-time admission for two adults and two children and free parking when they present their membership cards and parking tags at the entrance. Parking for non-members is $7. Activities inside the Festival are free. 11a - 5p at Tolay Lake Regional Park, Cannon Lane Petaluma. http://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Activities/Tolay_Fall_Festival.aspx

Sonoma County Oktoberfest

Halloween 

Throughout October ~ Sonoma County Library is hosting numerous Halloween related events for kids of all ages. Check main website calendar: sonomalibrary.org/events

Oct 15 ~ Fort Ross Seaview Harvest Festival – 10a-6p – www.fortross.org - Join the Fort Ross-Seaview Winegrowers Association and Fort Ross Conservancy at the 4th Annual Fort Ross-Seaview Wine and Harvest Festival for an incredible day of world-class wine tasting, delicious local foods, historic crafts and music, all set on the spectacular Sonoma Coast at Fort Ross State Historic Park. Harvest Festival is a family friendly event, with gentle apple picking in the historic orchard live music, and seasonal activities. $20.00 per car. infor@fortross.org - 707-847-3437

Oct 16 ~ Harvest of Hope – 12p-4p Dragonfly Farm 425 Westside Road, Healdsburg Ca - Join in celebrating the harvest season to cultivate a brighter future for animals in need. Enjoy a fabulous afternoon with delicious food, wine and adorable dogs - all for a great cause! Tickets are $75 and all proceeds will go directly towards Compassion Without Borders lifesaving work for the animals.• Ticket price includes lunch, drinks and goodie bags.• Children under 12 – free • Dogs welcome! For more info: info@cwob.org

Oct 15 ~ Floating Pumpkin PatchFamily event suitable for participants of all ages. Pick your pumpkin and deck it out at the decorating station. Swimming, treats, games and prizes.  2-6p. $5-$10. Ridgeway Swim Center, 455 Ridgeway Ave, Santa Rosa 707-543-3421

Oct 21 - 23 ~ Haunted Sonoma County - Sonoma County's fascinating history stretches back more than a century. Most everyone knows it for the acres of vineyards that make up part of the region's award-winning wine production. Sonoma County wines are known the world over. But until now, its ghosts have been kept a secret. Their stories, revealed here for the first time, paint a unique portrait of the area and its colorful residents. Wailing women, dark shadows, ladies in white -- it's a secret no more: Sonoma County is haunted. Tom Wyrsch, the director and producer, will be present at both screenings for an introduction and Q&A session.   $8 Adults / $6 Children and Seniors. Fri: 8 p and Sunday 12p Rio Theater,  20396 Bohemian Hwy, Monte Rio  http://www.hauntedsonomacounty.com/

Oct 22 ~ KBBF 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat Event -  This is the event where kids trick or treat from the trunks of decorated lowriders while showing off their fabulous costumes.  We had lots of beautiful cars last year, so you do not want to miss this very special annual KBBF event.  Souleros Ball Revue will be spinning the oldies.  KBBF will be selling Tamales, Nachos, pizza, popcorn, hot chocolate and pan dulce, and even some beer and wine for the adults (inside the Carpenter’s hall only). Free – 5p-9p KBBF Headquarters, 1700 Corby Ave. Santa Rosa

Oct 22 ~ Rocky Horror Picture Show - The Sisters are back to celebrate our annual screening of everyone's favorite movie this time of year.  Costume contest, beer and wine service, and raffle. Admission: $20 Event, Goodie bags are included in the price of admission.  Sales to benefit the Russian River Sisters Grants Program will commence from 8pm. Just after 8:30, the sisters arrive for the raffle drawing and then the movie starts at 9:00. Did someone say Eddie was going to drop by?  Event is at the Rio Theather in Monte Rio,  20396 Bohemian Hwy, Monte Rio   
Advance tickets available at http://www.riotheater.com/calendar/2014/10/1/rocky-horror-sister-show

Oct 22-23 & 29-30 ~ Witchie Poo and the Haunted Cruise - Enjoy a Halloween variety show for the whole family at Sebastiani Theatre in Sonoma, presented by Witchie Poo Players and Rhoten Productions. Come in costume to participate in the Costume Parade, and for a chance to win a prize. Admission is $8-$10. Doors open at 1:30p - Sebastiani Theatre  476 1st St E, Sonoma  Ticket locations available at sebastianitheatre.com

Oct 22 ~ YMCA Halloween Carnival: Dress up and enjoy some family fun entertainment for the annual Halloween Carnival. Admission $5. Kids under 2 Free;  4-7 p.m. at the Sonoma County YMCA, 1111 College Ave, Santa Rosa. More information at scfymca.org

Oct 23 - Nov 8 ~ Rocky Horror Picture Show ~ That sweet transvestite, Frankenfurter, and his motley crew return in the original stage musical that inspired the 1975 cult classic film. 6th St. Playhouse: 52 W 6th St, Santa Rosa, Tickets at www.6thstreetplayhouse.com

Oct 23 ~ Fall Harvest JamboreeWindsor Farmer’s Market. Giant Pumpkin Show, Pumpkin Car Races, Build a Scarecrow, Apple Pressing, Pumpkin Bowling, Carving and Painting, Hard Cider, Beer and Wine Garden with the Windsor Lions Club, Windsor Garden Club Plant Sale, Country & Bluegrass music, BBQ, Brunch, Artists, Crafters. 10a - 1p;  McClelland Dr at Market St Windsor.

Oct 22 ~ YMCA Halloween Carnival ~ 4-7p. Sonoma County YMCA, 1111 College Ave, Santa Rosa ~scfymca.org/newsEvents/calendar.shtml ~ 707-545-9622 for info. $5 for kids ages 2+; adults free

Oct 25 ~ Sugar Pumpkin & Skull Decorating Night -All materials provided -  Snacks to share are appreciated. $7 per pumpkin or skull. 5p-9p Sebastopol Masonic Center - 373 N. Main St. Sebastopol. Reservations to Becky Herzog 707-874-6016 or beckyjoherzog@gmail.com by 10-22. 

Oct 27 ~ Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Party ~  For Tweens and Teens. Join for some spooky fun and decorate a pumpkin! Paint it, dress it or accessorize it. Win prizes! Ages 9-19; Rincon Valley Library; 4:00p

Oct 28 & 29 ~ Cirque du Sebastopol Halloween - Hopmonk Tavern presents their 9th annual Halloween bash with two nights this year! The event showcases the hottest electronic music in the abbey and local indie americana in the beer garden along with burlesque and festive antics. On Friday, Oct. 28 in the Abbey, El Radio Fantastique and Junk Parlor, while Cabaret de Client is in the heated garden. On Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Abbey, Pantyraid, Sugarcoats, and iNi will be playing and the heated garden will have Silent Disco. Hopmonk - Tickets Start at: $15. Doors open at 8p - The Abbey 230 Petaluma Ave. Sebastopol   Details: http://hopmonk-sebastopol.ticketfly.com/ 

Oct 28 ~ Halloween Costume Dance / YES on Measure M Benefit - Come let your Costume be your guide, if you dare & let's show our Love for a Yes on Measure M GMO FREE Sonoma County Halloween Benefit Dance!  Costumes encouraged!  Food, light Beverages, local Beer & Biodynamic Wine Available.  - $10-$20 Donation Requested (No one turned away) - 7pm - Doors Open    7:30 - Awesome Activated Opening act TBA    8:15 - GMO Information with the dynamic Ignacio Chapela, Professor of Microbial Biology    8:40 - Dance W/ Bear Bones Band & set your Spirit Free  Sebastopol Grange 6000 Hwy. 12 / Sebastopol Rd.   Facebook Event Page - https://www.facebook.com/events/1664973883812834/     

Oct 29 ~ Mr Music Foundation -Halloween Party– Music by Frobeck and Mr. Music Love Choir – Costumes and Dancing. $12. In advance and $15 at the door - 7:30 p till the stoke of midnight  - at Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 390 Morris St. Sebastopol. Call 707-823-1511 for more information.

Oct 29 ~ Halloween in Howarth Park $6-$10 Dress in your best costume and trick-or-treat through one of Santa Rosa's most popular parks. Take a train ride, hop on the carousel, and catch a pony ride! Local businesses and organizations will be handing out treats to children aged 12 and under. This event may well sell out, so try to purchase tickets in advance for one of the three sessions: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. or 12:45-1:30 p.m. or 2-2:45 p.m. at Howarth Park, 630 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa. 707-543-3737

Oct 29 ~ Boos, Bones and Walking with the Dead… Safari West ~  With tricks and treats, pumpkins and skulls, bats and bones, the Safari West Halloween Spectacular is an event the whole family can enjoy together. Treks booked every 45 minutes. Adults $50. Children (4-12) $25. - INFO http://www.safariwest.com/halloween-spectacular/

Oct 29 ~ Tricks & Treats at Montgomery VillageVisit the Pumpkin Fairy Godmother, Free fun Games & Activities for the kids, Costume Contest, Treats, FREE 11a-2p. Free. Hwy 12, Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa. ~ MVSHOPS.com

Oct 29~ Pumpkins on Pikes ~ Tera Firma Farms - The festivities start in the afternoon with great food, music and pumpkin carving. Everyone will get the chance to display their Jack-O-Lantern on a pike in the corn field. When the sun goes down the pumpkins are lit. It is a truly heart warming feeling looking over the glowing corn field to see the individual creations of all who attend. 2pm-10pm at 3796 I Street Ext, Petaluma. $20 general | $15 farm members | $10  BBQ Plate. Phone: 707-765-1202. tarafirmafarms.com/events for info and tickets.

Oct 29 ~ Midnight of the Day Mad Monster Party ~ Join us for pumpkin decorating, Holloween prize winning, costume partying, Mad Monster Bash! Ages 5 and up - 12p – 2p at Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol

Oct 29 ~ Ghosts of SugarLoaf! - Join Sugarloaf Park History Docent Larry Maniscalco for a pre-Halloween sunset version of his fabulous “Ghosts of Sugarloaf” Walk and Talk.  On this 2.2-mile walk, Larry will recount the fascinating history of some of those that have met their maker in the park, including a desperate millionaire with a checkered past and a homesteader that went boom.
The hike will follow the Meadow Hillside trail loop and include 250 feet of vertical climb. The hike will stop at Camp Butler to watch the sunset. Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 for campers and students and 18 and under are free. Bring a flashlight, and meet at the White Barn/Stable area (near observatory). 4p-6:30p - Sugarloaf Ridge State Park 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood Bring a flashlight, and meet at the White Barn/Stable area (near observatory).   http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2639659

Oct 29 ~ Hallowine 5K - The Hallowine 5K, presented by Parkpoint, starts at Mazzocco Winery and follows the final three miles of the Wine Country Half-Marathon course before finishing at Trentadue Wineryto join in the post-race Wine and Music Festival. This event is open to adults and kids ages 7 and older.  Tickets start at: $30.00 - Race Start: 8:40a - Trentadue Winery 19170 Geyserville Avenue Geyserville  Details: destinationraces.com/runhb

Oct 29 ~ Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade - The Healdsburg Dog House will be hosting its 16th annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade in the beautiful Healdsburg Plaza in downtown Healdsburg! The cost is $15 per dog, which includes the parade, costume contest with fabulous prizes, and raffles. 100% of the proceeds benefit Sonoma Humane Society’s Healdsburg Center for Animals! Come enjoy this hilarious community event with your four-legged friends and family!  12p - 2p - Healdsburg Ave. & Matheson St. Healdsburg More info: http://sonomahumane.org/event/howl-o-ween-dog-parade/?instance_id=6923 Early registration available at The Healdsburg Dog House, 212 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg.

Oct. 29 ~ Apple Blossom Halloween Carnival: Wear your costume to Apple Blossom Elementary School's Halloween Carnvial for an afternoon of carnival games, face painting, a pumpkin carving contest and more, plus the 5th grade hosted haunted house. This free event is 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Apple Blossom Elementary School, 700 Watertrough Rd. Sebastopol. Proceeds benefit the Twin Hills Apple Blossom Education Foundation.

Oct. 29 ~ Candlelight Procession with Giant Puppets: Watch as giant puppets make their way through Petaluma, starting at the Water Street Bistro and ending at the Petaluma Museum. Along with the parade, the event will include Aztec dancers, live music, food and art vendors, altars and more. 6a - 10p More information at petalumamuseum.com.

Oct. 29 ~ Midnight of the Day Mad Monster Party: Kids 5 and older are invited to Sebastopol Regional Library Noon to 2 p.m - 7140 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, for pumpkin decorating, costume fun and more, . Find out more at sonomalibrary.org

Oct. 29  ~ Halloween at Howarth Park: Come in costume for an afternoon of trick-or-treating around the park. Families are invited to register for a time slot, and then travel through the park to treat stations hosted by local businesses and organizations. Admission is $5 for a basic pass, and $12 to include additional park fun. 630 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa; Register at pd2go.net/HalloweenAtHowarth for one of three different time slots. 

Oct. 30 ~ Halloween Carnival at Coppola: From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy a day of games, crafts and costume fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Tickets are available for purchase until Oct. 17. Admission is $12 per child, 14 and under. Purchase tickets at francisfordcoppolawinery.com.

Oct 30 ~ Fall Colors Festival and Vintage Car ShowKiwanis Vintage Car Show, wine & food booths, craft booths, silent auction, children’s games, more. Event 10a-3p on Geyserville Ave. in Geyserville. 707-857-3745 

Oct 30 ~ Halloween Carnival at Francis Ford CoppolaSo much family fun it's scary! Join us for a day of game-playing, craft-making, and costume-wearing fun. Tickets: $15 per child (ages 14 & under). Space is limited to 500 children and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets Available October 17th. Francis Ford Coppola Winery 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville.   https://www.francisfordcoppolawinery.com/visit/events/winery-events#156  Call 707-857-1471 for more information.

Oct 30 ~ Santa Rosa Salsa presents the 16th Annual Halloween Costume Party - Halloween night is drawing near. Join us for our 16th Annual Halloween Costume Party! Come out in your best costume for an evening of fun and dancing. A wicked good time for everyone! Cash prizes for best costumes! Salsa & Bachata Nights - Dance lessons every Sunday. Learn the basic steps plus a simple combination, then stay for social dancing. $10 Cover (21+ with I.D.) - Salsa Lesson 7 pm - 8 pm/ Bachata Lesson 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm - No partner or experience necessary! Open Dancing 9:15 pm- 12 am    Dress to impress! - Mention Santa Rosa Salsa in the bar and restaurant and receive 10% discount on your food order before 9 pm. Valid Sundays only. Flamingo Resort Hotel - 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 

Oct 31 ~ "Snoopy's Writers Presents..." Halloween Writing and Coloring,  COSTUME - Wear if you like and not required, WRITERS - Bring computer, pens and notebooks, COLORING ENTHUSIASTS - We'll provide coloring pages and crayons, BYOL - Buy your own lunch.
RSVP - only if attending: Georgette ggdeb@sonic.net or Dawn undertheredfedora@gmail.com
Attached is a Pdf Poster if you'd like a hardcopy - 1 -4 pm, The Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy's Home Ice, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa, CA. - Web - http://www.snoopyswriters.com Blog - http://www.snoopyswriters.blogspot.com

Oct 31 ~  Annual West End Kid’s Halloween Street Party and Costume Show - It’s a Sweet gathering for kiddos to get into the Halloween spirit. We will have games, music, cute kids (and adults) in costume and a permit to block street. Last year we had it be a potluck, which was great. Get some healthy snack, finger foods into the kids before sugar blast. 5:30p-7:00p - Location: Corner of Coulter and Boyce in West End Santa Rosa

Oct 31 ~ Petaluma Downtown Trick or Treat Trail ~ Join over 60 participating Merchants for a fun and safe community Halloween for the whole family and goodies for costumed kids 12 and under. Download the official Trick or Treat Trail Map from our website: www.petalumadowntown.com and look for participating businesses with balloons & posters on their store front.  3-5:30p in Downtown Petaluma. 707-762-9348 

Oct 31 ~ Windsor Halloween Parade ~ Begins 6p at Raley’s Supermarket at the Lakewood Shopping Center on Lakewood Drive in Windsor, ends at Windsor Community Center. 8858 Lakewood Drive, Windsor 

Oct 31 ~ Lighthouse Christian Church 6th Annual Costume Party - Family Fun - Food and Games, Bounce House, Candy - Last year over 700 people attended, this year they are expecting 1000.  FREE - 4:30p - 8:30 - 700 Verano Ave. Sonoma 

Oct 31 ~ Halloween Trunk or Treat and Harvest Festival ~ fun-filled family celebration. Where a costume, if you choose, for a wide variety of harvest and Halloween activities; Candy and prizes will be given. Free. First United Methodist Church, Santa Rosa. 707-545-3863

Haunted Houses Woman in Haunted House

thru -Oct 31 ~ Blind Scream ~ 3 new haunted houses under one roof, fearsome mazes anywhere. Dusk to 10 or 11p depending on the night. Group rates available. Check blindscream.com for specific dates & times. 1500 Valley House Dr., Rohnert Park. ( Next to Sally’s Tomatoes ) 707-523-3728

thru Nov 1 ~ Nor Cal Fear – Located in the Petaluma Fair Grounds. See the gate across from the new Dick’s Sporting Goods. Call 707-347-6210 – Open Thursdays – Sundays.   Two different Experiences, Hell House and Zombie Hunt: The Exodus $13.00 at the door.

Most Tuesdays – Saturday’s in Oct – Walk with Ghosts at 3 different locations – 1. Napa City Ghosts and Legends, 2. Sonoma Plaza Ghost walking tour, 3. The Haunted Town of Volcano Pararetreat & Murder Mystery Ball.  Call: 888-298-6124 for more information. http://www.napaghosts.com/untitled

Pumpkins Patches & More

Healdsburg

Grandma’s Pumpkin Patch ~ 10a-dusk. Free. 17740 Healdsburg Ave at Lytton Springs Rd, just N of Healdsburg 707-431-8058 ~ healdsburggranny.com 

Preston Organic Farm and Winery Pumpkin Patch: The U-Pick Pumpkin Patch is open daily, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 9282 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. prestonfarmandwinery.com

Sebastopol

Hale’s Apple Farm ~ Pumpkin, apples, tomatoes (till it starts to rain), squash, gourds, apple cider. 9a-5p. 1526 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol. (707) 823-4613

Papa's Pumpkin Patch: Located at 13110 Occidental Road, Sebastopol. Visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Papas-Pumpkin-Patch-522647544485878

Pronzini Pumpkin Patch: Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with hay rides, Indian Village, petting zoo and more. 3795 Adobe Road, Sebastopol. www.pronzinitrees.com

Petaluma

McClelland’s Dairy Pumpkin Patch ~ Sat & Sun, 10a-5p. 6475 Bodega Ave, Petaluma. 707-664-0452  - http://www.mcclellandsdairy.com/PumpkinPatch.htm

Petaluma Pumpkin Patch ~ Closes Nov 1. 4-acre A’Mazing Corn Maze $6, Night Maze on Fri & Sat 6-10p $9.  Sun-Thu 10a-6p, Fri & Sat 10a-10p. 550 Stony Point Rd, Petaluma. 707-781-3132 ~ petalumapumpkinpatch.com

The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch ~ Free: Learn to milk a cow, pet baby animals, corn pit, hay maze, hay rides, cheese tasting. Open daily to Oct 31, 9a-6p. Spring Hill Jersey Farm, 4235 Spring Hill Rd, Petaluma. 707-762-3446,  springhillcheese.com 

Peterson's Farm Pumpkin Patch: Located at 636 Gossage Avenue, Petaluma. www.petersonsfarm.com

Santa Rosa

Muelrath Ranches ~ Pumpkin Patch, hay rides, hay pyramid, haunted dungeon, pumpkin slingshot, pumpkin cannon, picnic tables, B D parties, and much more. $12 for Friday Nights in the Pumpkin Patch. Reservation required. To Oct 31. 3800 Walker Ave, Santa Rosa. 707-585-2195. ~ muelrathspumpkins.com

Punky’s Pumpkins at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts ~Oct 3 – 31 - M-F 11am-9pm Sat and Sun 9am-9pm  In lot near Luther Burbank, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa ~ punkysadobefarm.com/

Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch ~ 20 acres of family farm fun, pumpkins, a huge corn maze, variety of fun family activities. 5157 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa. Haunted Night Maze Fri & Sat nights 8-10p,. Open Fri-Mon. More info at http://santarosapumpkinpatch.com/attractions/ 

Eastside Seasonal Farm and Pumpkin Patch: Open 6-8 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, with pick your own pumpkins, a corn maze, petting zoo and more. 5834 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa. eastsideseasonalfarm.com

Oct 15 ONLY ~ Floating Pumpkin Patch -  1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Ridgway Swim Center in Santa Rosa. Entry fee is $10 and includes a pumpkin. Pre-sale registration required before the event. 455 Ridgway Avenue, Santa Rosa. pd2go.net/floatingpumpkinpatch

Pumpkin with hearts and eyes

Cemetery Tours of Sonoma County 

Oct 22 ~ Petaluma Historic Cemetery Tour ~ 10:30a - 12:30p. Cypress Hill Cemetery, 430 Magnolia Ave, Petalumans of yesteryear are presenting contributions of the petauluma pioneers. Petaluma. $10/PMA Members  $15/Non members   Children 12 & Under Free. Limit – 35 Participants per tour. RSVP to 707-778-4398  -  www.petalumamuseum.com

Oct 27 ~ 4th Annual Mystery Writers in the Mausoleum ~ by candlelight inside the park’s 100+ year old mausoleum. The free event takes places 7 pm – 8:30 pm in the park's 100-year-old mausoleum. Santa Rosa Memorial park, 1900 Franklin Ave, Santa Rosa The juried selection of local mystery and suspense writers includes David Templeton, Robby Bryant, Wendy VanHatten, John Lynch, and several others. Dramatic readers and retelling of American ghost stories by David Gonzalez and Elaine Guenette and a hauntingly original song by Ann Hutchinson. All will read, perform or sing their selections by candlelight. “This is a great way to showcase some of the area’s local talent,” said Tim Maloney, General Manager, Santa Rosa Memorial Park. The mausoleum, he added, will be the perfect setting for spine tingling suspense. This event is a collaboration with FolkHeart Press. Participants can have a chance to meet writers and readers after the event. Warm wear is advised. For details about this free event, visit: http://srmp.org/2015/09/3rd-mystery-writers/.

El Dia de los Muertos of Sonoma County 

Day of the Dead painted face

Oct 11 - Nov 3 ~ Día de los Muertos Altar Workshop - Mahoney Library - Join SRJC Petaluma in all-day altar-making workshop in honor of Dia de los Muertos. The creations at this workshop will be on display Oct 11 thru Nov 3.  680 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy, Petaluma

Oct 27 - History Museum of Sonoma County - Dia de Los Muertos: ancient Celebrations and Traditions of LIfe and Death. Laura Larqué, professor of history at Santa Rosa Junior College, will give an overview of the philosophy of life and death, the concept of duality and the belief of equality in the universal realm of the Indigenous civilizations. The heart of the lecture will be on the Aztec/Mexica celebration of dead and how the ancestors of Mesoamerica view death as only one state of the infinite cycle of life and death. Although practices and details vary from one indigenous community to another, there is almost a universal belief that the spirits of the dead reach, in one way or another, the spirit world once the body goes to nurture mother Earth. Members: $10; Non Members: $15. Reception: 630p Talk Begins: 7p - History Museum of Sonoma County, 425 Seventh Street Santa Rosa,  More info: http://museumsc.org/eventdetails.aspx?EventId=29749 

Oct 29 ~ Dia de los Muertos Family Day - A fun activity for families or for grandparents to do with grandchildren! Learn about the festival of Dia de los Muertos from exploring our exhibition. Then decorate your own sugar skull. Have your face painted for Dia de los Muertos. Bring a photo of a deceased loved one and make an offering to the community altar (optional, please use photocopies or digital printouts). FREE/with admission - 2p-4p - History Museum of Sonoma County, 425 Seventh  St. Santa Rosa   http://www.museumsc.org/eventdetails.aspx?EventId=30005

Sunday Oct. 30 at 3 -5 pm at Occidental Center for the Arts. Annual Community Sing with the Threshold Choir . In observance of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), OCA hosts a Community Sing with local members of this unique non-profit a cappella chorus who sing at bedside of those who are at the thresholds of life. Through rounds, parts singing, original songs and songs from around the world, come join in circle for “Kindness made audible” as we sing and share stories to honor our ancestors, our loved ones, and ourselves. www.ThresholdChoir.org . There will be an ancestor altar. Donations gratefully accepted. Light refreshments served. OCA is accessible to people with disabilities. www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org  707-874-9392. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct. (Bohemian Hwy @ Graton Rd. in Harmony Village.)

Nov 1 ~ Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration -"Sugar skull" faces and costumes encouraged. Appropriate for the whole family. Free - 6p-8p - Maloney Memorial Waterwise Garden at the front of the Building 276 E. Napa Street, Sonoma  http://www.sonomacommunitycenter.org/dia-de-los-muertos.html#sthash.reB8dVik.dpuf

thru - Nov 5 ~ Day of the Dead Candlelight Procession & Celebration ~ A series of multicultural arts, culture and music events held throughout October leading up to a music, dance and food-filled celebration of family -- living AND dead  The Big Night! (Nov 5) Bring an electric candle and come to the Windsor Town Green to celebrate your friends and family among the dead! Have your face painted Calavera style. Calavera costumes welcome. Listen to the music, switch on your candles and follow the drummers and dancers of Windsor Bloco around the Town Green. Then enjoy more music, performances, food and fun on the green in celebration of Los Muertos 5:30p-8:30p. Windsor Town Green, 701 McClelland Dr, Windsor. INFO: Windsor Bloco

Free October Events Honor Indigenous Pomo People

Keynote on Native Americans’ Access to Health Care by Molin MalicayMolin Malicay

Free community events highlight the history, traditions and contributions of Sebastopol’s indigenous people during Pomo Honoring Month in October. Hosted by the local Pomo Project, activities include a talk by Sonoma County resident and nationally known Native American educator and health policy consultant Molin Malicay on the history and contemporary issues of Native Americans’ access to health care, a ceremonial Pomo dance performance, art displays and two original radio theater productions.

See the schedule of events below and online at www.pomo-honor.org.

7th Annual Pomo Honoring Month Schedule for October 2016 in Sebastopol

http://www.pomo-honor.org/

Oct. 15, noon -Radio theater with the American Dream Players, Lost Bird, by Jane Hirsh Streaming on http://kows107-3.org/

Saturday, Oct. 22, 4-6 p.m. - How Health Care Works for American Indians - Keynote Speaker: Molin Malicay Center for Spiritual Living, 2075 Occidental Road, North Wing, Room 10, Santa Rosa. The nationally known educator and consultant describes the origin of national, state and local health care for Indians, plus contemporary complications created by the Affordable Care Act.

Friday, Oct. 28, 4-7 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 29, noon-5 p.m. Pomo and Nature Themes Art Show / Sale 330 Lorraine Court, Sebastopol. Works by painter Sandy Eastoak and photographer Christine Cobaugh of the Pomo Project.

Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. Live interview with Native American advocates Molin Malicay and Rose Hammock  Streaming on http://kows107-3.org/

About Pomo Honoring Month

Pomo Honoring Month is organized by local volunteers from the Pomo Project to foster awareness of Pomo history and traditions, support Pomo people having an active voice in contemporary challenges, and value collaboration with all Pomo people toward reconciliation and understanding.

For 13,000 years, Pomo people have lived in Sonoma County. The site of their village, Batikletcawi (where elderberry grows), was on the bank of the Laguna de Santa Rosa, where Sebastopol now stands.

A 2010 Sebastopol City Council Resolution designated October Pomo Honoring Month, saying: "The Pomo maintained a harmonious relationship with ecology of the area, including knowledgeable and respectful harvesting of animals, plants, and mineral resources...," and "their wisdom and crafts traditions hold important values for our community...." The resolution encourages “business owners, educators, artists and all our citizens to participate in making each October an occasion for joy, learning, and prosperity."