<strong>Where the birds are:</strong> Friday, the 2014 Hitchcock Film Festival kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a gala at the Bodega Harbour Yacht Club (565 Smith Brothers Road). In addition to a screening of "The Birds," the event includes a red carpet flanked by paparazzi, live music, appetizers, cocktails, a photo booth and popcorn.
Cost is $50 per person, and tickets are available at Gourmet au Bay, Candy and Kites, Bodega Bay Veterinary Hospital and brownpapertickets.com.
Black tie is optional but, really, isn't that a lot of the point?
On Saturday, there will be three screenings at the Bodega Bay Grange (1370 Bodega Ave.). At noon, it's "The Birds;" "Shadow of a Doubt" shows at 3:30 p.m. and the evening is capped off with "Psycho" at 7 p.m.
Admission is $10 per movie or $25 for all three. Children under 12 pay $5, so, go ahead, take the kiddies to "Psycho."
Tickets are available at <a href="http://brownpapertickets.com">brownpapertickets.com</a>.
If scheduled events do not sell out, a few tickets will be available at the door.
Proceeds benefit local educational programs, including Bodega Bay Elementary, Pastures Preschool and Tomales Bay Elementary.
<strong>Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival:</strong> If for some reason Sebastopol's film festival isn't on your radar screen, there is still time to enjoy it. It kicked off on Thursday and continues through Sunday, March 29.
A few things that caught our eye include "More Than Honey," which tries to shed light on the worldwide die-off of bees, showing at 4:30 p.m. today at Rialto Cinemas #1; "Sleepless," a six-minute journey into insomnia, showing at 2:15 p.m. Saturday at Rialto Cinemas #4 and Guy Madden's remarkable look at his childhood home, "My Winnepeg," which you can see at 9:30 p.m. at Rialto Cinemas #3.
For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit <a href="http://sebastopolfilmfestival.org">sebastopolfilmfestival.org</a> or stop by the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (282 S. High St.).
<strong>Benefit for School Culinary Programs:</strong> Next Wednesday, April 2, wine Country Chefs of Tomorrow and the Sonoma County Lodging Association join together with high school students and local chefs, including Louis Maldonado of Spoonbar and Pazzando, for an entertaining benefit at the Vintners Inn Event Center (4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa).
Things get started at 5:30 p.m. and you don't want to be late, as appetizers are presented by local students.
Here's how it works. Seven high school teams, each paired with a local chef, have chosen a holiday and will prepare appetizers appropriate for that holiday.
Attendees vote on their favorite appetizers and one team will wine the People's Choice Award. Participating schools include Cloverdale High, El Molino High, Healdsburg High, Maria Carrillo High, Piner High, Sonoma Valley High and Windsor High.
Following dinner, Vintners Inn executive chef Thomas Schmidt will present a special holiday dinner.
The evening includes a live and silent auction and takeaway desserts.
Tickets are $85 each, plus <a href="http://brownpaperticket.com">brownpaperticket.com</a>'s service charge; sponsorship and reserved tables are also available. For tickets, visit <a href="http://chefsoftomorrow.org" target="_blank">chefsoftomorrow.org</a> or call 523-3728.
<strong>Heads up, whiskey lovers:</strong> On Wednesday, April 23, the Sonoma County Single Malt Society hosts its first traditional tasting of 2014 with Lorne Cousin, brand ambassador for Balvenie Distillery.
As of press time, there were five Balvenie single malts to be tasted, 12-year Double Wood, 12-year Single Barrel, 14-year Caribbean Cask, 21-year Port Wood and Balvenie 30 Year.