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<strong>Tamale Time at Cornerstone Sonoma:</strong> On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cornerstone Sonoma (23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma) celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Mexican folk dancing, cooking demonstrations, kids activities, a special lunch, a tamale tasting and much more. Expect Mexican pastries, churros, sangria, margaritas and a lot of spicy fun.

There will be an opportunity to vote for your favorite tamale. Awards will include "People's Choice," "Best Traditional Tamale," and "Best Non-Traditional Tamale." As of press time, there were seven competitors.

Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for kids aged 3 to 12. You might want to bring a blanket to lounge on the grass and maybe even enjoy a nap after filling up on tamales.


<strong>Mother's Day Reservations:</strong> There are countless possibilities for last-minute fun on Mother's Day but a couple of local events require forethought if you want to participate.

At the top of Ms. Mouthful's list is Mother's Day Mimosa Brunch on the Sonoma Serengeti at Safari West.

There are two options, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

The morning packages begins with brunch at 10a.m., followed by a trek on the African Queen at 11:30 a.m. The afternoon package features brunch at 1:30 p.m. and a tour at 2:30 p.m.

Cost is $70 for adults and $35 for kids aged 4 to 12. If you want to come for brunch only, cost is $40.50 for adults and $18.50 for kids.

You can spend the night in a luxury safari tent for just $150.

There's a new Masai giraffe at Safari West, a little — so to speak — boy born on April 14 and you'll be able to see him frolicking with his mom, dad and aunties.

To make reservations, visit <a href="http://safariwest.org" target="_blank">safariwest.org</a>, call 566-3667 or email reservations@safariwest.com.

Safari West is located at 3115 Porter Creek Rd. in north Santa Rosa.


<strong>The Merry Month of May:</strong> Of all the celebrations that take place this month, our very favorite is the maypole dance, a tradition with deep historical roots in many cultures.

This weekend, the Russian River Rose Co. hosts a May Day Festival, with dance performances, including a maypole dance, by the UPside Dance Company of Sonoma County at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days.

The gardens are in lush, full bloom, with the scent of roses wafting on spring breezes.

The gardens and nursery will be open on both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and festivities include live music, a rose harvest and a tasting of rose sorbet.

But the maypole dance, that's reason enough to head to 1685 Magnolia Drive in Healdsburg.

Admission is free, but donations to the dancers would be a very nice gesture.

Geyserville hosts its annual May Day Festival on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., with a maypole dance performed by local 8-year-olds around 2 p.m., following the crowning of the May Day Queen and her court at 1:30 p.m.

There will also be a display of historic Geyserville items, a rib cookoff by the local Kiwanis Club, an egg toss, a performance by Ballet Folklorico, live music and dancing, free activities for kids and much more.

It all takes place at the Geyser Peak/Hoffman Park picnic ground at 22298 Geyserville Ave., behind the Geyser Peak warehouse.


<strong>May Day Aloha Festival Dinner:</strong> Santa Rosa Junior College has been hosting several community events as part of a festival honoring May Day. Next up is a very special dinner concert this evening, May 2, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

The dinner menu includes ahi poke, sweet and sour meatballs, vegetarian chow mein, potato-mac salad, boneless char siu chicken and, of course, kalua pig. Expect yummy desserts, too.

Faith Ako, Sonoma County's own Hawaiian songbird, will perform.

Cost is a donation of $25 for the general public and $20 for students, plus $4 for campus parking.

It all takes place at the Bertolini Student Activities Center on the main campus at 1501 Mendocino Ave. Tickets are available at the door.

On Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Day Under the Oaks celebrates in Hawaiian style, with hula lessons, ukulele lessons, story time, games, crafts and face painting for kids and more.

It will be held on the lawn behind Pioneer Hall.

Admission is free.

A final event takes place on May 17 at 7 p.m. in SRJC's Planetarium in Lark Hall, also on the main campus. This evening event looks at Polynesian wayfinding, navigation that relies exclusively on nature. Polynesians have long been recognized among the world's greatest navigators.

Cost is $10 for the general public and $7 for students and seniors, plus parking.

Speaking of aloha, as of press time there were still tickets available to Saturday's performance by Halua Hula Na Pua O Ka La'akea, under the direction of Kumu Hula Shawna Alapa'i, which takes place at the Hamilton Amphitheater in Novato from 1 to 3 p.m. For complete details, visit <a href="http://hulaon.org" target="_blank">hulaon.org</a>.


<strong>The Red Barn Opens:</strong> On Thursday, May 8, the lovely historic Red Barn farm store opens at Oak Hill Farm (15101 Highway 12, Glen Ellen) for the 2014 season.

The store will be open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free farm tours are offered at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month through October.

The barn sits near the western edge of the 700-acre farm on the eastern side of the Valley of the Moon.

The store features the farm's harvest, which currently includes strawberries, carrots, beets, herbs, heirloom lettuces and other leafy greens and a glorious selection of cut flowers, including sweet peas, cornflowers, larkspur and so much more.

In addition, there are local handmade items, dried wreaths, cookbooks by local authors and artisan products from local producers.

For more information, visit <a href="http://oakhillfarm.net" target="_blank">oakhillfarm.net</a>.


<strong>Barn Dance!</strong> On May 31 from 5:30 to 10 p.m., FarmTrails hosts BBQ, Brews & Barn Dance at Dutton Ranch (10717 Graton Road, Sebastopol).

Music is by cahoots. Daniel and Marianna Kedan of Forestville's Backyard restaurant take the helm in the kitchen.

Last year's fete sold out early, so if you want to go, consider getting your tickets early at farmtrails.org. Cost is $80, and proceeds benefit FarmTrails and the Gravenstein Apple Fair.


<strong>Happy Birthday, Andy's:</strong> On Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Andy's Produce Market (1691 Gravenstein Highway N.) in Sebastopol will celebrate its 50th anniversary with all manner of fun.

The festivities will include cooking demonstrations and tasting, with something for just about everyone, from Raw Kit Fuel vegan energy snacks to Zoe's nitrate-free salumi and charcuteries. Guayaki Yerba Mate, Petaluma Poultry, Revive Kombucha, Redwood Hill Farm, Sunshine Roasters, Petaluma Creamery and Spring Hill Jersey Cheese are among the other participants.

Sondra Bernstein of the Girl and The Fig will join in from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with tastings of Figfood condiments.

The market is family owned and operated, with the third generation of the Skikos family now at the helm.

<em>Michele Anna Jordan hosts "Mouthful" each Sunday at 7 p.m. on KRCB 90.9 & 91.1 FM. E-mail Jordan at michele@micheleannajordan.com. You'll find her blog, "Eat This Now," at pantry.blogs.pressdemocrat.com.</em>

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