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<b>Barn Dance Alert!</b> As of press time, there were still tickets available for FarmTrails' BBQ, Brews and Barn Dance on Saturday at Dutton Ranch (10717 Graton Road in Sebastopol).

Things get started with a beer and cheese reception at 5:30 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m., when it's time to take off your rock

'n' roll shoes and head home.

The menu, designed and presented by Daniel Kedan and Mariana Gardenhire of Forestville's Backyard, includes glazed and grilled chicken, grilled lamb merguez, spiced tri-tip, barbecued tempeh with shiitake mushrooms, roasted potatoes, greens with mustard vinaigrette, buffalo milk gelato and strawberry trifle.

Beverages include local cider, craft beer, local wine, mead, coffee, yerba mate and sun tea.

All foods and beverages are from local producers.

A complete list is available at farmtrails.org, where you can also purchase tickets, which are $80 per person.

Adam Passow provides live music at 5:30 p.m.; he'll be followed at 7 p.m. by Cahoots.

Proceeds benefit the production of the 41st annual Gravenstein Apple Fair, a FarmTrails project.

<strong>Rancho Bodega Historical Society Play:</strong> On Saturday, the Bodega Bay Grange (1370 Bodega Ave., Bodega Bay) hosts a special presentation of "Manuela, Beauty of Bodega," a short play performed by community members.

The play is a story about 16-year-old Manuela Torres of Peru and her husband, a Yankee sea captain, Stephen Smith, who settled in Rancho Bodega in 1843.

The Bodega Red Potato Band will present a musical perspective on the story and there will be old-time bluegrass music by Harken Back String Band, featuring Joselyn Brabyn of Salmon Creek Ranch and Carson Hunter, formerly of Carson's Catch seafood and currently a park aide at Doran Beach Park.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids, available at the door starting at 6:15 p.m. The fun begins at 7 p.m.

Seating is limited, so don't wait until the last minute to arrive.

<strong>More Fun at the Grange:</strong> On Sunday, Bennett Valley Grange hosts its 142nd annual Grange Picnic.

The picnic, which takes place from noon to 4 p.m., includes live music, a raffle and a cherry-spitting challenge. The menu includes barbecued chicken, salads, beans, homemade desserts and coffee.

Guests are welcome to bring their own adult beverages.

Cost is a donation of $15 for adults and $10 for kids ages 11 to 16; kids 10 and under who are accompanied by an adult are admitted free. All proceeds benefit the grange.

The Bennett Valley Grange is the oldest continuously operated grange in the United States.

For more information and to become a member, visit <a href="http://bvgrange.org">bvgrange.org</a>.

<strong>Windsor Farmers Market Celebrates:</strong> On Sunday, the Windsor Farmers Market celebrates its 13th anniversary with cake, prizes and a presentation by chef John Ash, who will share Asian street food dishes from his newest book, "Culinary Birds: The Ultimate Poultry Cookbook" (Perseus Books, 2013). The book just received a James Beard Award.

Ash's presentation will take place at 11 a.m. Books will be available for purchase.

The market takes place on the Windsor Town Green from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

<strong>Know your ocean:</strong> If your inner science geek is longing for a field trip, consider a visit to the Bodega Marine Laboratory (2099 Westside Road, Bodega Bay), which hosts public drop-in tours on most Fridays from 2 to 4 p.m.

The facility includes several marine aquarium displays, which include local fish and a variety of other sea creatures, a kelp forest, a tidal habitat, a harbor aquarium and more.

Tours are led by volunteer docents and are appropriate for children and adults.

These free tours are for groups of fewer than 10 people. Larger groups — up to 45 adults or 30 children — can be arranged in advance on other days and require a small fee.

For information about group tours, call 875-2211.

For more information, visit <a href="http://bml.ucdavis.edu">bml.ucdavis.edu</a>.

You may want to head to the coast early and enjoy lunch at The Birds Cafe (1407 Highway 1, Bodega Bay), a tiny new restaurant with a big outdoor dining area.

We love their clam chowder, fish tacos and artichoke fritters. They also have a special wine, a red blend that is quite good.

<strong>New butcher shop opens:</strong> On Saturday, Rian Rinn and Jenine Alexander of the new Sonoma County Meat Company (35 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa) host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be specials throughout the day, samples of whole smoked pig for everyone, surprises and general fun.

Butcher Rian Rinn has gained a reputation as one of the top go-to meat guys in the Bay Area and has been offering workshops and classes at such venues as Healdsburg's Shed since leaving his positions at Willowside Meats and Golden Gate Meats, both of Santa Rosa.

He also is a chef, with such restaurants as San Francisco's Fifth Floor among his credentials.

The new shop will double as a retail destination and a processing facility with both state and USDA inspectors.

For more information, including about the company's meat CSA program, call 521-0121 or visit <a href="http://sonomacountymeatco.com">sonomacountymeatco.com</a>.

<strong>Heads up, pinot lovers:</strong> Curious what a chef thinks about the heartbreak grape? If so, Santa Rosa Junior College is offering a perfect class for you.

Chef Christine Piccin teaches "Wine 119: An Examination of Pinot Noir" on Tuesday evenings from June 17 to Aug. 5 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The class takes place at the Petaluma campus.

Students will learn to identify and describe pinot noir from around the world, with tastings, exercises, guest speakers and a field trip.

In addition, you'll have an opportunity to learn if you are a non-taster, taster or hyper-taster, a physical characteristic that impacts how we experience wine.

No special expertise is required for this class, but you must be at least 21 years old to enroll. There's a $50 fee for the class.

To sign up, visit <a href="http://santarosa.edu">santarosa.edu</a> and follow the prompts to the summer schedule.

<strong>"Fed Up" and the Sugar-Free Challenge:</strong> There's been a great deal of buzz about the new documentary by Stephanie Soechtig, "Fed Up," which explores the devastating impact of the consumption of sugar in the U.S., where we eat an average of more than 130 pounds per person each year.

The film opens locally today at Summerfield Cinemas (551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa) and on June 6 at Rialto Cinemas (6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol).

In conjunction with the film, there is a "Fed Up Challenge," which encourages people to stop eating sugar for 10 days.

To learn about the challenge, visit <a href="http://fedupmovie.com">fedupmovie.com</a> and click on "Join," which will take you to information about the challenge and the option to join.

<em>Michele Anna Jordan has written 17 books to date, including "Vinaigrettes and Other Dressings." You'll find her blog, "Eat This Now," at pantry.blogs.pressdemocrat.com. Email Jordan at michele@saladdresser.com.</em>

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