Crab feed season heating up

  • The fresh crab at the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa West crab feed and auction. The event was held at the Grace Pavilion in the Sonoma County Fairgrounds Saturday evening as a benefit for the ChildrenÕs Museum of the North Bay and local/international projects. January 31, 2009. (Photo: Erik Castro/for the Press Democrat)

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).

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