<b>Flamenco Friday:</b> This Friday, April 18, the Arlene Francis Center (99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa) hosts a lively fete, Flamenco Friday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., when you can enjoy tapas, paella and sangria for $25 (kids under 12 are admitted free).
The show starts at 8 p.m.; admission, should you not want dinner, is $17.
The performance by Sol Flamenco features dancers Joelle Goncalves and Hilit Maniv and guitarists Geoff Hawkins and Mark Taylor. The group has performed together throughout the Bay Area for years and is widely praised for its passion and precision. You can check them out at solflamenco.com.
Tickets are available at the door the night of the show.
The performance is a joint production by Sol Flamenco Dance Troupe and 100 Thousand Poets for Change.
<b>Easter at our Farmers Markets:</b> Although farmers markets typically close on major holidays like Christmas Day and New Year's Day, most are open for business on Easter Sunday.
The West End Farmers Market, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will raffle off two big beautiful baskets featuring a bounty of goods from market vendors, including handmade soap and body butters, flowers, bread, honey, sausages, eggs and spring produce.
Kids can search for Easter eggs hidden at vendor stalls and there will be holiday surprises, too. T-Luke and the Tight Suits provide live music throughout the market.
You can enjoy breakfast or lunch — or hang out and enjoy both — from Goodman's Jewish Deli, Happy Jack's Taco Co. and Starting From Scratch.
The West End Farmers Market is located on Donahue Street, between West Eighth and Boyce streets and adjacent to the DeTurk Park and Round Barn in Santa Rosa.
The Sebastopol Farmers Market, which is open from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and takes place in the town plaza at the corner of McKinley and Petaluma avenues, will celebrate both Easter and Earth Day. There will be free books and garden seeds for kids, a clothing swap for adults and an opportunity to hang out with and pet baby animals.
If you have not yet tasted the market's paella, offered by Cesar Vernier's Bone Broth Company, this is a great opportunity. Vernier gets to the market early, shops for ingredients and prepares his delicious paella on the spot.
There will also be a cooking demonstration, tasting and book signing by yours truly; the focus will be on spring-friendly vinaigrettes and dressed-up deviled eggs.
<b>More Easter Options:</b> If you feel like a little road trip on Easter Sunday, you might consider Nick's Cove in Tomales, where executive chef Austin Perkins is now harvesting spring crops from the on-site farm. You'll find Dungeness crab Benedict and Fra'mani ham and cheese sandwiches on the menu, along with their classic grilled oysters and full oyster bar.
We've also heard there will be special hunt in the Boat Shack, at the end of the public pier; whatever kid finds the Easter Bunny — a stuffed toy — will receive a bag full of Easter goodies.
Nick's Cove is located at 23240 Highway 1 in Marshall. For reservations, call (415) 663-1033.
Costeaux French Bakery (417 Healdsburg Ave.) is open for brunch Easter Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. but if you're looking for the Easter Bunny, you need to stop by on Saturday, when he's expected to be hopping about around 10 a.m. The bakery has a number of Easter specialties, including hand decorated cookies, fruit basket cakes, hot cross buns and more.