Crab Feed Update: There are at least six crab feeds taking place this weekend and if you are crab-obsessed, you could make it to three of them. And if you can't make it this weekend, no worries: By last count, there are nine local crab feeds taking place next weekend.
Here's the round up:
In Santa Rosa, Active 20-30 of the Redwood Empire hosts its crab feed from 6 to 11 p.m. (dinner starts at 7 p.m.) at The Becker Center of St. Eugene's Church (2323 Montgomery Dr.). Cost is $45 per person and you must be 21 or older to attend. The menu includes pasta, salad, bread and all the crab you can eat, along with complimentary soft drinks and a no-host bar. There will be live entertainment and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Children's Charities of Sonoma County. For tickets, call 953-5034.
The Santa Rosa High School Foundation hosts its crab feed on Saturday, too, at the Veteran's Memorial Building (1351 Maple Ave.) from 5:30 to 9 p.m. In addition to crab, there will be ceviche, clam chowder, Caesar salad and more, along with a live and silent auction, a no-host bar and an appearance by the school's cheerleading squad. Cost is $50 per person and you must be 21 or over to attend. For tickets, call 571-7747.
Piner Olivet Charter School and Jack London Elementary School have teamed up for their crab feed, which takes place at 8500 Old Redwood Highway in Windsor on Saturday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. In addition to crab, salad, bread and pasta, there will be Mexican-inspired appetizers and desserts, including tamales, chips and salsa and tres de leche cake. Cost is $45 per person. For tickets, call 328-7359.
In Sebastopol, The Sebastopol Masonic Center's Spark Plug program hosts its annual crab feed on Saturday, with two seatings, one at 5:30 and one at 7 P.m. There will be crab, green salad, pasta and garlic bread, with a no-host bar. Desserts will also be available for purchase. Cost is $45 per pereson for adults, $25 for kids aged 6 to 12 and free for kids under 6. For tickets, call 695-3967. Proceeds benefit the Spark Plug program, which raises money for local public schools.
In Petaluma, the 7-11 Lions Club hosts a two-part crab feed, with one seating from noon to 1:30 p.m. and another from 7 to 8 p.m. If you'd prefer lunch, the cost is $40 and includes pasta, salad and French bread; no-host cocktails will be served as of 11:30 a.m. Dinner, which is $45 per person, begins with cocktails at 5:30 and dinner at 7 p.m. There will also be a huge raffle and a silent auction. For tickets, call 778-7796.
Finally, on Sunday the Bodega Bay Grange hosts its annual Crab Cioppino Feed, a tradition that began in 1953. There are four seatings, at noon, at 1:30 p.m., at 3 p.m. and at 4:30 p.m. Cost is $45 per person for adutls and $22.50 for kids 12 and under. For reservations, which are essential, call 875-3616.
Make a basket, love your Laguna: This Saturday, Charlie Kennard, a longtime student of California Indian basketry, leads a coiled-straw basket workshop at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center (900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa).
Kennard will use Harding grass, an invasive plant not native to California, and Juncus, a roadside grass, to make traditional baskets.