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Mouthful: Carriage rides in Railroad Square

  • Driver Matt Torrance takes Jonathan Teeter and Cara Fitchett of Santa Rosa, on a free ride through Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa on Dec. 7. (JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat)

Carriage Rides in Railroad Square: This weekend and again on Tuesday, Christmas Eve, there will be complimentary horse and carriage rides between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and on Christmas Eve until 3 p.m.

This longtime tradition is a gift to the community from Railroad Square businesses and property owners.

Rides begin at the restored train depot at the foot of Fourth St. in Santa Rosa's historic Railroad Square.

In the unlikely event of heavy rainfall, rides will be canceled.

Worth Our Weight News: Worth Our Weight Culinary Apprentice Program (1021 Hahman Drive, Santa Rosa) closes for the year after this Saturday's brunch service. It will reopen for bunch on Jan. 8.

If you want to stop by Saturday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., you should make a reservation by calling 544-1200.

After they close, preparations will begin for the 24th annual Christmas dinner.

The dinner was launched by the program's executive director, Evelyn Cheatham, with friends and colleagues helping. Last year, meals for more than 500 people were delivered before 1 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Many went to individuals but clients of several nonprofit agencies, including Valley of the Moon Children's Center, Women's Recovery Services, Children's Village, Family Support Center and Sam Jones Hall were also fed. No one who has asked for a meal has ever been told there is not enough.

If you are in need for any reason or if you know someone who is unable to prepare Christmas dinner, call Worth Our Weight, 544-1200, with a contact name and phone number. Volunteers will take take it from there.

If you would like to donate food or money for the dinner, please do not call. Instead, visit worthourweight.org and click on the Christmas Dinner link, where you'll find details about when to deliver donations and what is needed.

As of press time, they needed everything from heavy-duty aluminum foil and Diamond Crystal kosher salt to turkeys, hams, chickens and so much more, including herbs, possibly from your garden.

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