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Santa Rosa Snippets - March 2015

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Santa Rosa Snippets - March 2015

by Jo Anne Cohn

I love Spring! The daffodils are in bloom. The days are getting longer. And it’s time to come out from hiding in my house and see what’s happening in sunny Santa Rosa! The good news is that that March is the perfect time to reconnect with old friends and make new ones at events throughout our town.

Free Day at the Schulz Museum 

Who hasn’t toured the Schulz Museum? If you haven’t, now is the time.  Come to the Schulz Museum from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, March 7th to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alices Adventures in Wonderland. At 1pm, join cartoon historian Craig Yoe; Mark Burstein, president emeritus of the Lewis Carroll Society on North America; and Malcolm Whyte and Andrew Farago of the Cartoon Art Museum for a panel discussion of Lewis Carroll as a precursor to the comics and the numerous appearances of his characters in comic book strips.  It’s a free day at the Schulz Museum. Isn’t it time for a visit? 

Elsie Allen Crab Feed 

Haven’t gotten enough of our wonderful Dungeness Crab here in Sonoma County? Then head over to the Elsie Allen High School 10th Annual Project Grad Crab Feed at the Center for Spiritual Living on Saturday, March 7th from 6-9pm. This All-You-Can-Eat Fresh Dungeness Crab, Pasta, Salad & Bread fundraiser will feature a raffle and silent auction benefiting the senior class Safe & Sober Graduation Celebration. Also, the Famous Elsie Allen Jazz Band will be performing for your entertainment.

Arbor Day Tree Planting - Rincon Valley 

Bring your family and celebrate Arbor Day on March 14th from 9:00am to noon at the community tree-planting party and park beautification event at Rincon Valley Community Park. Learn about what makes trees important to our natural and urban environments, and what makes Santa Rosa a Tree City USA! Share your favorite tree in our Instagram photo contest (details below). Arbor Day is the birthday of the late famed botanist Luther Burbank, so expect cake!

The Arbor Day event is part of the City of Santa Rosa’s Park-A-Month volunteer program, in which a different park each month is spruced up by neighborhood and community volunteers. Families are welcome. In addition to planting trees, we'll be spreading mulch, picking up trash and other assorted tasks. All trees and tools will be provided. Wear sturdy shoes as it will most likely be muddy outside. This is a rain or shine event -- trees like the rain!  Please contact Elaine Gutsch, Volunteer Coordinator, (707) 543-3279, egutsch@srcity.org for more information.

Sonoma County Restaurant Week

 

Need an excuse to go out to dinner the week of Monday, March 9th? Then join in the fun of the Sonoma County Restaurant Week and celebrate the fine dining opportunities in Sonoma County. Local food aficionados have the opportunity to enjoy special prix-fixe menus from participating restaurants throughout Sonoma County for the week. These three-course special dinner menus will be priced at $19, $29, or $39. These prices are for one three course meal at a participating restaurant. Continuing this year, participating restaurants will also offer a prix-fixe lunch menu. The special 2-course lunches will be priced at $10, $15 and $20. Each restaurant selects its own price point. Restaurants are encouraged to use local ingredients and feature a local wine for Restaurant Week. For a listing of participating restaurants, see www.sonomacountyrestaurantweek.org

ST. Patrick's Day Run/Walk

Make Sunday, March 15th your lucky day! Join your neighbors at 3pm at Julliard Park for a St. Patrick’s Day Run/Walk. Make it a fun filled afternoon and don’t forget to come in costume. Maybe you’ll go home with the prize for the most convincing leprechaun, the Best Wearing’ O’ the Green, or the Best Dressed Team award.

This 5K chip-timed race is open to all ages and abilities and participants receive a commemorative mug at the finish line! Stick around after the race for the post-run celebration complete with a judged costume contest, live music from a local band, activities and sponsor giveaways. Plus, all finishers get to fill their race mug with Whole Foods root beer or a beer generously provided by North Coast Brewing Company and Morris Distributing (for those 21 or older)!

All proceeds from the 5K benefit the Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks Scholarship Fund. Scholarships from this fund are given to qualifying families who apply so that they can participate in our recreation programs, including -- and most often -- swim lessons for children.