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Benefits for a Good Cause

by Vesta Copestakes

BENEFITS benefit everyone...YOU have a Good Time and THEY get money they need to do their good work. It's a win/win! Please send BENEFITS for our calendar to


Donate to relief efforts and to local residents impacted by the flood:

One hundred percent of your donations will go directly to support relief efforts and those affected by the flooding. Go here:
West County Winter Shelter Needs:
The Winter Shelter in Guerneville could use blankets, sleeping bags, sock and shoes. They are also looking for volunteers during the day between the hours of 8-4.

thru April 21 - Providing Warm Coats for Kids - Sonoma County "Caring Strangers" was created by Leadership Santa Rosa's Class 16 so that we might continue to work together to effect positive change for kids in Sonoma County. We will be providing NEW Coats to Children from the Catholic Charities Homeless shelter in Santa Rosa, the YWCA of Sonoma County & Social Advocates for Youth - 707-544-3299

El Molino High School Project Graduation 2017 - The Project Graduation Committee needs your help! Having to relocate to a new venue and graduating on a Friday night, our Committee is faced with a much higher cost for the new venue. Our committee will need to raise an additional $20,000 to adjust to this change (hopefully one year only).
The importance of this program outweighs any price that we can put on it. A growing number of passionate Committee members are determined to create a safe environment for our graduates. We are working on creating a crowdfunding site as well as several new fundraising ideas. El Molino Project Graduation is a 501C3 non-profit, TID#94-3139867. Any cash donation is tax deductible and will be used directly to pay for this event. We are so thankful for all of the help we have received from the community in the past. Please join us in our efforts this year, we need you more than ever. To donate online: To volunteer please contact: Zeena Anderson at Please send donations to: El Molino Project Graduation (EMPG) at P.O. Box 1365 Forestville, CA. 95436 re: donation questions- Brigitte DeLeon at Your time and donations of any size are greatly appreciated. This is a wonderful community, please join us in working together to give our El Molino graduates the safe, fun party they deserve.

Eye Make A Difference Program! The West Sonoma County Union High School District and El Molino (7050 Covey Rd, Forestville) are participating in the "Eye Make A Difference Program" through VSP Global Eyes of Hope. Participation is EASY!  Simply bring/send your used eyeglasses into the AHS Main Office. All donated eye glasses will be recycled and distributed to a child or adult in need throughout the world! Such a simple donation can change someone's life by giving them the gift of improved vision!

Redwood Empire Food Bank has dropped off a food barrel at the Peace & Justice Center. Donations of non-perishable food items welcomed. If you are in the neighborhood or plan on attending an event at the Peace & Justice Center, please consider bringing a donation. Thank you! Let's help feed the hungry people in our community the other eleven months of the year. 467 Sebastopol Avenue, Santa Rosa,  (posted 1-27-17) 

Flood Relief Donations - If you would like to help the many people who were displaced from their homes by the flood event and incurred unexpected expenses, you can make a monetary contribution to the Redwood Credit Union Flood Relief Fund at This fund was set up by Redwood Credit Union in partnership with the Press Democrat, myself, and Supervisor James Gore. As of this writing we still have 7 homes red-tagged due to a serious mudslide and insurance is not expected to cover the significant costs of tree removal and engineering that will allow these folks back into their homes.  Many have had to stay in motels or hotels during this time as well.  If you know someone who suffered damages in the flood or was displaced, please have them contact my office at 565-2241.  We’ll provide them with information about the fund distribution when the details have been worked out. Should we experience another heavy storm this winter, stay safe!  We had many swift water rescues from people driving into flooded roads.  Turn around, don’t drown! Cheers,
Lynda HopkinsSupervisor, Fifth DistrictCounty of Sonoma, Board of Supervisors575 Administration Dr. 100ASanta Rosa, CA. 95403

Grocery Shopping for Parks If you shop at any of the following Sonoma County grocers, you could start earning hundreds of dollars a year for the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation – and it won’t cost you a cent! Participating stores include: all Oliver’s Markets; Sonoma and Glen Ellen Village Markets; Petaluma Market; Molsberry Market in Larkfield; and Fircrest Market* in Sebastopol. Just visit any of these stores and request a “Community Card Registration Form.” For your nonprofit beneficiary, write in “Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation, #500030086.” You’ll receive a Community Card, which you then hand to the cashier each time you check out. A percentage of your purchases will automatically be designated to the Parks Foundation, which supports county parks programs and operations. Thanks for your support! * For Fircrest Market, go online to and securely register your credit cards. Each time you shop at Fircrest, your donation will be recorded automatically. If you register your credit cards at, you also can shop at hundreds of online retailers, including Amazon, and a percentage of your purchases will benefit the Parks Foundation.

The Guerneville School Pencil and Paper Project ~ The Sisters are actively seeking donations of classroom supplies and have placed a “Wish List” on their website and on their Facebook page Drop-off box locations are Guerneville 5&10, Lark Drugs Pharmacy, Rainbow Cattle Co and R3 Hotel (formerly the Russian River Resort) and Buck’s River Theater. 

8th Annual Classic Cars & Classic People Calendar to benefit the Sebastapol Area Senior Center $15 available at Firecrest Market, Copperfields of Sebastopol, Forestville Pharmacy, The Legacy, Pacific Market, Sebastopol Hardware Center and the Sebastopol Area Senior Center!

Raven Theater ~ Compete for Mr. Healdsburg - For a great Cause - It's that time of year again—The 2017 Mr. Healdsburg Pageant is coming to town and men ages 21-121 are encouraged to join the fun! Now in its 14th year, the Mr. Healdsburg pageant includes beachwear, formalwear, talent, and interview contests—but don't let that give you cold feet!  Real skills seem to weigh little in determining the winner, and there are so many reasons to become a Mr. Healdsburg contestant. Past volunteers have had a blast in this silly, zany pageant, making lifelong friends and connections. Contact Carol Noack at for more information. Contestants must have a Healdsburg presence, through residency, work, or a strong social or volunteer role. We look forward to cheering you on!

Call for Student Entries

6th Street Playhouse and AAUW Present:  Star Seekers: "Sonoma County Unsung Heroines" Art Contest - Open to all Sonoma County Public Middle School Students 1st Place $500, 2nd Place $350, 3rd Place $200 - 7 runner-up participants will receive $50 each.   Choose and unsung Heroine from our list and create an art project using your selected heroine and her work in our community as your inspiration! For more information and to enter go to:  or email or call 707-523-4185 x 122  This is NOT a Santa Rosa City Schools sponsored activity. 


Thru - Mar 24 ~ Russian River Sister of Perpetual Indulgence -In the decision process we look at how the applicant’s usage of the funds granted would serve the Russian River Community. Show us what you have in mind!  You may also include pictures, diagrams or other supportive documents to help us understand your ideas.

Thru April 7 ~ Rotary Club Of Sebastopol Teacher Mini-Grant Program - The Rotary Club of Sebastopol is accepting applications for its Sebastopol Teacher Mini-Grant Program.  Teachers from public and tax-exempt private schools within the boundaries of the West Sonoma County Union High School District are eligible to receive one-time grants in the amount of $50 to $500 to purchase classroom materials or to implement programs that might otherwise go unfunded. Since its inception in the Fall of 2002, the Rotary Club of Sebastopol has distributed over $235,000 in Mini-Grants to local teachers.  All net proceeds from the annual Rotary Club of Sebastopol crab feed directly fund West County Teacher Mini-Grants. A grant application and guidelines can be found at,  707 972-1679

Thru Apr 14 ~ Service to Community Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded for female high school seniors residing in and attending a school in Sonoma County, who have demonstrated a strong commitment to volunteerism in our community.  Scholarships are awarded based on volunteer service, exemplification of our club’s values, and financial need. Please follow this link for more details and for the application. Applications must be postmarked or emailed by April 14th, 2017 to be considered for scholarship.

Benefit Events by DATE below....

Every Third Thursday Visiting Chefs Dinner Series ~ A fundraiser for Worth Our Weight, a program that trains troubled youth in food service and the culinary arts for free. Dinners are every 3rd Thurs at 6pm at the WOW Cafe, 1021 Hahman Dr, Santa Rosa. Tickets $75, reserve at or 707-544-1200.

Mar 11 ~ Brave a Shave for Kids with Cancer - Aqus Café and St. Baldrick’s will be joining forces to raise money to conquer kids cancer. Join with the brave men and women who will shave thier heads and raise money in the process. St. Baldrick’s is the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. Come to Aqus Café to show your support or join in if you are interested in participating. 2- 6p. Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma., or call John Crowley at 707.347.6692 or Matthew Joffe at 707-331-2934

Mar 11 ~ Naughty Nuns Bingo Presented by the Russian River Sisters - The Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (RRSPI) are proud to present a night of fun, fundraising and frivolity as only the Sisters know how. Not like any other Bingo game you've ever played -picture your Grandmother's church hall bingo crossed with the Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the Sisters in their best drag-nun attire. Fundraiser for the RRSPI Operating Fund and Grant Programs. Players must be 18 years of age or older. No exceptions. Tickets starting at $20 for entry plus bingo cards. Pre-Sale Ticket Holders admitted at 5:30pm. Doors open at 6pm, games start at 7pm. Guerneville Veterns Memorial Building, First and Church Streets, Guerneville,,

Mar 11 ~ River Hoops 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament ~  Benefit for West County Community Community Services youth employment programs. Open to ages 16-24. 8 teams, single elimination. The fun includes a half court shoot off, 50/50 raffle tickets, and prizes. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. 6:30 - 8:30 pm More more information, call Vivian at (707) 823-1640 x122 or email $20 participation fee per team. $3 entry fee. Download your registration form here. at El Molino High School, 7050 Covey Rd., Forestville

Mar 11 ~ El Molino Ag Boosters 10 Annual Country BBQ - Silent auction, raffle, live auction, dessert auction, and Music. - Shone Farm $45. 5-10p RSVP -

Mar 11 ~ Lions Club, St. Patricks Corned Beef & Cabbage, All you can Eat - Raffle - $18, 5p Windsor Community Center 901 Adele Dr. Windsor Call for Tix:838-4531

Mar 11 ~ Penngrove Social Firemen Corned Beef and Cabbage Feed - This tasty plate of features corned beef and cabbage cooked by Stan Pronzini and the kitchen crew, beverages and a Pot-O-Gold drawing with prizes of Visa gift cards of $200, $100, and $50. Meat is provided by Bud’s Meats. Dessert will be sold by the Penngrove 4-H. All proceeds help maintain the Penngrove Clubhouse and Penngrove Park. $15, Children under 12, $7.50. 4 – 7p. At the Penngrove Clubhouse, 385 Woodward Ave. Information - Stanley Pronzini 707-217-7161.

Mar 11 ~ Cash & King - Benefit for Spreckels Theater -  International recording artist Steven Kent presents CASH & KING, a new high energy concert in 2 acts paying tribute to two of the most important figures in popular music history, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.  This is not an impersonator, or your typical “hits”, or “oldies” show.  CASH & KING digs deeper by bringing to the stage not only the hit songs, but also stories of their unparalleled careers.Tickets begin at $45 Event begins at 6:30p with concert at 8p.  For information on sponsorship and/or tickets - - contact Gail or Jennifer at 707-588-3400 or email . Spreckels Performing Arts Center, Codding Theatre 5409 Synder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA  Box 707-588-3400 Visit:

Mar 11 ~ Education Foundation of Cotati & Rohnert Park - Shaping our Future 31st Annual sharing of the Green - Since 1983 the Education Foundation has contributed over 1.5 million to our local schools. Cocktail Attire  $75. Doors open at 5:30 Dinner 6:45 - Dancing 8:30 - Rohnert Park Double Tree -1 Doubletree, Rohnert Park -

Mar 12 ~ Irish Potato Supper ~ the Forestville United Methodist Church will again be holding an Irish Potato Supper with music and a silent auction on Sunday, March 12th in Wiebe Hall at the church.  The event starts a 6PM.  Food and music is free - donations accepted.  Be the highest bidder and you'll go home with some nice item or items.  Call 887-2020 for more details. Covey Road at Hwy 116, Forestville, 

Mar 16 ~ Bunko - Thanksgiving Lutheran Church fundraiser. Refreshments, cash prizes and an opportunity drawing. $ 15.00 to play. 6:30p Thanksgiving Lutheran Church 1225 Fulton Rd. Santa Rosa

Mar 17 ~ St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef & Cabbage Feed -  Hoist up your knickers, grab your fella or mot for dinner and dancing. Enjoy a pint of ale or a shot of whiskey for a few bob, Dance a jig to the hip music of Amnesia. Share yer Irish humor, sing a nifty ballad. Enjoy tasty West County style corned beef and cabbage by local chef Steve Weinberger. Enter the raffle for a fierce Pot of Gold (over 20 rare wines and a wine fridge).Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Can't make it to the party? Take away food available for $25 per plate (while it lasts). 5:30 - 10p Sebastopol Community Cultural Center 390 Morris St. Sebastopol -Call 707-829-2440 or go to for more information. 

Mar 18 ~ CASA Hearts for Children - This year is special for the CASA Program because we are celebrating 20 years of advocating for positive futures and outcomes for foster children. It will be a festive evening with music, live and silent auctions, fine dining and wine pairings.  During these two decades CASA Volunteers have devoted many hours, driven many miles, and found themselves in some unique situations—some pleasant and some frightening—but all rewarding. Through all this, over 720 CASA Advocates have touched, and in most cases changed, the lives of more than 1,370 kids! We’reproud of this achievement and invite you to celebrate with us. As 2016 draws to a close, all of us at Court Appointed Special Advocates of Sonoma County (CASA) look forward to another successful year made possible in part by your support of our annual event. $125, 5p Vintners Inn 4350 Barnes Rd. Santa Rosa

Mar 18 ~ Green Valley Farm Herdshare Gala ~ Come learn about our herdshare program and meet other herdshare members on the farm! Starting at 1:00 we'll do farm projects and tours followed by a dinner (suggested donation of $25/person) at 5:30/6. Come celebrate holistic land management and learn about ways that you can support sustainable food and farming. Tickets at 1-9pm at Green Valley Farm & Mill, 13024 Green Valley Road, Sebastopol.

Mar 21 ~ Give Back Tuesday for Russian River Historical Society - Dinner provided by Chef Paul, San Francisco Fire House Pasta. Lots of fabulous raffle prizes donated by local merchants, too many to mention, so please visit our website. Proceeds to benefit the RRHS General Fund.6p.Rainbow Cattle Company, 16220 Main St, Guerneville., 

Mar 21 ~  Jiggs & Maggie Benefit for Education - Dino is cooking up a traditional corned beef & cabbage dinner with all the trimmings! Benefit for Geyserville area schools. Oddfellows Hall, Geyserville. $30 5-8p at the Geyserville Oddfellows Hall, 21027 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville,

Mar 24-26 ~ The California Artisan Cheese Festival - Celebrates 11th Anniversary at Local Farms, Creameries & Tasting Rooms around Northern California -Tickets now on sale for the weekend's wide range of cheese-centric events featuring intimate Artisan Producer Tours,Educational Seminars, and Friday night's Ultimate Best Bite Competition  Many new cheese-centric elements are being introduced this year, from Friday night’s Ultimate Best Bite competition featuring local cheesemongers, chefs and cheesemakers; to a new crop of educational hands-on Saturday Seminars featuring topics such as Cheese & Chocolate and Mighty Morphing Milk; to Saturday night’s Wine and Dine Cheesemaker Dinners and a Cheese & Cocktail Celebration. Seminars and Pairing Demonstrations to take place at the Sheraton Sonoma County and near by Cowgirl Creamery Warehouse; 10 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 3 p.m.; Tickets $75; More seminar details may be found at  A 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, the California Artisan Cheese Festival strives to increase cheese appreciation, educate consumers about artisan cheeses, support the cheesemaking community and its sustainability and celebrate the creations of California’s many farmers and cheesemakers. To date the Artisan Cheese Festival has contributed more than $90,000 to these non-profit organizations that work to support the artisan cheesemaking community and its infrastructure in California.  

Mar 25, 26, 27 ~ Fundraiser & Gala performance  for Curtain Call - tickets $50 minimum donation. Friday and Saturday at 8p/Sunday at 2p. Murder Mistakes - A classic British thriller by Janet Green.  A murder occurs due to a horrible misunderstanding. Now someone else will have to die.  Packed with suspense, thrills, and not a little bit of British dry humor, the machinations of the killer’s mind are laid bare for the observation of the audience, and the twists are unexpected and spine-chilling.  Russian River Hall, 20347 Hwy 116, Monte Rio.  707-524-8739 -

Mar 26 & April 23 - Yoga + Garden at Rancho Mark West - LandPaths warmly invites you to take part in our newest series. Yoga allows the practitioner to reeducate their self with mindful action during daily doings. We compliment this yoga session with the mindful doing of the garden, and walking the land - feeling our rich connection to the earth and nature in a tangible way.All proceeds support Rancho Mark West site stewardship and programs such as Owl Camp - $10 - $25 Suggested donation 10a -12:30p - Rancho Mark West 7125 St. Helena Rd. -

Apr 1 ~ Quilt and Doll Show – Over 200 quilts on display from four different countries, doll and quilt vendors. Featuring guest speaker Julie Silber, lecturer, author and curator.  Mimosa and continental breakfast, lunch buffet, deserts, beverages and wine tasting. Hosted by Healdsburg Senior Living, Benefits Quilt Guilds. Quilts Wanted: if you have a quilt you would like to enter in the show please contact: Liz, Saturday or Sunday 707-433-4877 or Tony, Monday – Friday 707-395-2302 9:30a – 3:30p.

Apr 1 ~Jeff Tobes 13th Annual 20 Mile History Walk - It’s the annual History Walk commemorating teacher Jeff Tobes, who began the tradition many years ago by taking his middle school students on walks through the local area. The walk will begin at 6am at Big John’s Market in Healdsburg and will last all day as the group passes through Geyserville on the way to Asti and finally, to Cloverdale. Walkers are treated to historic information about the places that  they are walking through. Register online. The fee includes breakfast, lunch and dinner plus a t-shirt, and all proceeds go to the Jeff Tobes History Day Fund. Contact Ray at 707 535 6476, register at

Apr 1 ~ Stand Up for Youth 4th annual Sonoma County Family YMCA Comedy Night - Benefit Featuring favorite Bay Area comedians. Comedy contest most appropriate for 18yrs and over. $15 - $20 - Doors open at 7p; 8 -10p Odd Fellows Hall – 545 Pacific Ave, Santa Rosa    All proceeds benefit YMCA youth scholarship fund. Purchase tickets @ the Y. Contact Michelle Head 707-545-9622, x 3120

Apr 1 ~ Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for Pleasant Hill Christian School -Pancakes, eggs, bacon, coffee, biscuits/gravy together with a silent auction and rafflebenefiting Pleasant Hill Christian School. 8a Community Church of Sebastopol, 1000 Gravenstein Hwy, Sebastopol.

Apr 7 ~ Freedom For All, Humane Minds - Sinkyone Animal Sanctuary presents Humane Minds, a local all-star band. Join us for music, fun, a raffle and food to benefit Sinkyone Animal Sanctuary as it provides daily feeds and houses over 50 animals, which have been rescued from euthanasia, abuse or slaughter. Each rescued animal requires veterinarian care, food and shelter all of which Sinkyone Animal Sanctuary provides. $15, 6 - 11p.  Sally Tomatoes, 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park.

Apr 7 - Luther's Burbank's Un-Birthday - Help Celebrate Luther Burbank's 168th birthday- no attendance reqiured, no need to purchase a gift or wear a funny party hat.  Just make a donation that will benefit the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens Association at Your donation of any amount will help us with our goal to expand the educational programs at Luther Burbank Home and Gardens. Call 524-5445 or visit

Apr 8 ~ Annual Dinner and Auction for Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County - Join us for our annual dinner and auction benefiting our Healdsburg and Geyserville Boys and Girls Clubs and featuring live and silent auctions and great food catered by Ken Rochioli. 6 – 10p. For more information or to become an event sponsor, contact or visit  Villa Chanticleer, 1248 N Fitch Mountain Rd, Healdsburg,

Apr 9 ~ Old Fashioned Chicken BBQ – Come enjoy BBQ dinner with live music, silent auction, car show and bake sale.  All proceeds benefit the Cotati Historical Society.  Event is dedicated to Prue Draper, founder of the Cotati Historical Society and Museum. $14 in advance/$17 at the door.  12 – 4p, meals served until 3p. Cotati Room, Ray Miller Community Center, 216 E. School St, Cotati. 707 794 0305

Apr 14 ~ Russian River Sister's Anniversary & Grant Award Party - Location TBT,

Apr 14 ~ Fiddler on the Roof Analy High School Arts - Music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in Imperial Russia in 1905. The story centers on Tevye, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family's lives.  Matinee Apr 14 @ 6:30p Benefit for Sebastopol World Friends/Ukraine $12 at Door ONLY - Analy High School, 6950 Analy Ave., Sebastopol,

April 26 ~ Annual Wine Country Chefs of Tomorrow Fundraiser, This entertaining night of great food, local wines, silent and live auction raises funds for local youth culinary arts programs. This is our fifteenth year partnering with Sonoma County high school culinary arts programs including Casa Grande, Cloverdale, El Molino, Healdsburg, Maria Carrillo, Piner, Sonoma Valley and Windsor high schools. Each of the schools will be partnered with a lodging chef for a friendly appetizer competition dueling it out for the “People’s Choice Award” and the “Best Appetizer”.  Event Center at Vintners Inn in Santa Rosa 4350 Barnes Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 

Apr 29 ~ Forgotten Feline of Sonoma County's Cat Scratch Bingo - $25 for entry and 1 bingo card, $5 for each additional card. 12:30 - 5p. Center For Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa -2075 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa Tickets available on Contact:

Apr 29 ~ Day on the Green at the Village Festival - Day on the Green At the Village is a day of original art and music! A celebration of Earth Day with live music by Sasha Smith Band, dance performances and live art demonstrations. Free henna hand paintings and  creative activities for kids of all ages. Benefit for LandPaths  Highlights include: Art Show and Sale Juried by Healdsburg Gallery Owners Paul Mahder FREE 11a to 4p.  Montgomery Village Shopping Center Village Court Mall, Farmers Lane at Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa 707-328-8094/

May 2 ~ Celebrate May Day & Dance into Spring with CeresFest 2017! - Price includes organic dinner (with vegetarian and vegan options). Enjoy live music, delicious seasonal food and a raffle. Proceeds to benefit the Ceres Project. $25.00 adult, $12.50 Children 5 - 12, Children under 5 – FREE; 5:30 - 8:30p Lagunitas Brewing Company, 1280 N. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. Contact Julie Foley at 707-829-5833 x108 or or

May 6 ~ The 20th Annual Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off - Salsa, and Beer Tasting event with over 40 chili and salsa teams and 15 breweries to enjoy. Music, dancing, entertainment, and spicy hot fun!  Benefit fundraiser for the Cinnabar Theater Youth Programs. Come vote for your favorite chili, salsa, and beer.  Voted one of the best chili cook-offs in the USA!  Tickets starting at $25 for adults, $10 for kids 5-11 and FREE for kids under 5. From 1-5.  Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Dr., Petaluma.,  707-763-8920

May 6 ~ Home on the Range ~ PEP Housing 2017 Benefit Gala. Country BBQ with all the fixins, Silent Auction and Raffle prizes (Go Pro, I Watch, Smart TV and more…) Lawn games, face painting, balloon animals, hay rides, cow patty toss competition, photo booth and music $30 Adults $20 Children (under 15) at Tomrose Ranch, 5307 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa CA 95407 INFO:  or Christina Salenger 707-762-2336

May 6 ~ Derby Day - benefits West County Community Services. There will be great Southern-inspired food, music, horse races on the big screen, mint juleps, crazy hats and more! Break out your pastel attire and plan for your best hat — prizes will be awarded for ‘best hat in show’. Wage your bets on races shown on the big screen, enjoy great musical entertainment, stroll and sip mint juleps, wine / beer and sweet tea, dine on a southern inspired menu and enjoy other southern treats. Advance tickets can be purchased for $75 per person. 12 PM - 5 PM at the Rio Theater, 20398 Bohemian Hwy, Monte Rio. TICKETS:

May 6 - 7 ~ Sturgeon Mill Restoration Project At Sturgeon's Mill, you can bask in the rich resonance of more than 100 years of California history. Imagine the mighty redwoods that passed through this once-bustling facility, creating the timber that built a great state. Close your eyes, and you can almost hear the voices of the workmen as they labored and laughed together. Stand alongside the powerful steam-driven sawmill, and the now-silent roar of its machinery still echos faintly through the glade. Live Demonstrations Open to the Public! We hope you come visit one of our demonstrations. It is a great way to spend the day. Our docents are friendly and enjoy sharing their knowledge of the history of the mill and the surrounding area. There is no cost to you but donations are gratefully accepted.  2017 Run Dates: May 6-7, June17-18, Sept. 16-17, Oct. 14-15 Sturgeon’s Mill Restoration Project 2150 Green Hill Road Sebastopol, CA 95472 707-829-2479

Jun 10 ~ Beerfest The Good One, a benefit for Face to Face - For more than a quarter century, Beerfest - The Good One has provided attendees with the opportunity to taste a variety of brands and styles of beer, in a beautiful setting with great entertainment, all for a good cause. Net proceeds from Beerfest - The Good One benefit Face to Face, whose mission is "...ending HIV in Sonoma County while supporting the health and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS. Tickets start at $50. 1-5p, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts -50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa,