<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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.