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<b>The Barlow Heats Up:</b> As new businesses put the the finishing touches on their Barlow digs in Sebastopol, the tasting room at La Follette Wines (180 Morris St.) is launching its summer music series this Friday night, with Bill Stratton entertaining with his popular folk, rock, blues and pop tunes. Ricky Alan Ray, whose specialties include blues, jazz, pop, blues and country, plays on Aug. 9 and then the two musicians alternate through the end of August.

There is no admission charge and wine is available by the glass. Music is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday evenings.

If things stay on schedule for Zazu Kitchen and Farm, it will reopen on Aug. 7 at its new location in The Barlow at 6770 McKinley St. It will be open for lunch Wednesday through Friday, for brunch on Saturday and Sunday and for dinner on Wednesday through Monday. The restaurant will close on Tuesdays to accommodate Black Pig Meat Co.'s production. Zazu's phone number is the same, 523-4814.

<b>Happy Anniversary, Costeaux Bakery:</b> Healdsburg's Costeaux French Bakery (417 Healdsburg Ave.) opened in August 1923 as the French American Bakery and celebrates its 90th anniversary throughout the month, though the observance of the anniversary began several weeks ago, when the bakery handed out more than 2,000 chocolate chip cookies at the annual FFA Twilight Parade just before Memorial Day weekend.

The celebration will include in-store specials, including Elephant Ear cookies for 90 cents each. There will be weekly drawings for $90 gift cards, t-shirts, hats, cutting boards and more, with rumors of a big party near the end of August. Stay tuned for details.

<b>Artwalk Weekend:</b> Whenever SOFA, the South A St. Arts District in Santa Rosa, plans a party, we perk up. Whatever this neighborhood does is interesting, fun, hip and a tad raggedy around the edges, in the best possible way. This is to say it is real, genuine and homespun, not overly commercial.

Artwalk, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., features 25 artists near the corner of South A St. and Sebastopol Ave., just south of Juilliard Park. Studios will be open, there will likely be sips and nibbles to enjoy and you'll get to see a lot of interesting, engaging art of all types.

Expect surprises, dress however you like — this is to say, no attire is too outlandish for SOFA — and allow plenty of time to linger. If you think you'll want to stick around for dinner at the popular Spinster Sisters (401 South A St., 528-7100), reservations are a really good idea.

<b>Dog Days of Summer:</b> On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mutt Lynch Winery (602 Limerick Lane, Healdsburg) hosts its 10th annual Dog Days of Summer, a benefit for the Sonoma Humane Society.

In addition to a hound lounge with puppy treats, there will be a costume contest and a singing contest for canines, along with special wine tastings and nibbles for humans. Camelot Party Music will be playing a lot of dog-themed tunes.

Tickets are $10 for the public and free to wine club members; all proceeds will benefit the Humane Society. For more information about Mutt Lynch wines and their commitment to humane treatment of dogs and other animals, visit muttlynchwinery.com.

<b>Time for Tix to Heritage Fire:</b> On Sunday, Aug. 11, Charles Krug Winery (2800 Main St., St. Helena) hosts Heritage Fire, an enormous barbecue fete previously known as Primal.

This year's fete, the fifth annual event, promises to be bigger than ever.

Here's the deal. Twenty-five chefs and butchers will gather at the winery to cook whole heritage breed animals asado-style, as is done in Argentina. Larger breeds will be cooked on iron crosses above an open fire; small ones will be spit roasted or cooked on smokers, grills and wires, all with wood heat.

There also will be hand-made sausages, oysters, lobster, fin fish, hand-crafted cheeses, heirloom vegetables, craft brews, cornbread, pies, s'mores and wines from nearby family-owned wineries.

Butcher Brady Lowe, founder of Cochon 555 and its national tour, will debut his Pop-Up Butcher Shop, where several butchers will demonstrate techniques for breaking down whole animals.

This is more than just a chance to indulge. It is also an opportunity to learn about heritage breeds, the way and the reason to support the use of entire animals rather than just the familiar parts, and a celebration of eating thoughtfully raised foods.

General admission tickets are $125; VIP tickets, which offers admission at 3 p.m. instead of the general starting time of 4 p.m. For details about participating chefs, wineries and foods, visit cochon555.com, where you can also buy tickets.

<b>Aloha Alert:</b> Next Thursday evening, the Sonoma County Fair welcomes Faith Thompson Ako, who will perform on the Park Stage at 6:00, 7:15 and 8:15 p.m. Rumor has it that Kumu Hula Shawna Alapa'i and dancers from her halau will join Ako on stage. If you have not yet seen or heard Sonoma County's own Hawaiian songbird, this is an easy opportunity, especially if you're going to the fair.

Ako's album, "Kulaiwi: My Beloved Homeland" will be available at the end of the month, with a release concert planned for Friday, Sept. 6, at the Spreckles Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park.

Stay turned for details.

<b>Blue Wine Blues Festival:</b> The Tallman Hotel and the Blue Wine Saloon Restaurant (9550 Main St., Upper Lake) are hosting a blues festival this weekend, Friday through Sunday.

Each evening from 5:45 to 9 p.m., guests will enjoy two blues bands and a barbecue dinner (with vegetarian options). Admission is $50 plus tax.

Barry "Big B" Brenner, a singer-songwriter and Delta blues guitarist, opens each night. Friday's headline is David Landon and his six piece band; Twice as Good featuring Paul Steward on guitar, sax and vocals takes the stage on Saturday and Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Kings wraps it up on Sunday night.

If you're looking for a road trip, Ms. Mouthful says check this out. The hotel is luxurious, though as of press time there were very few rooms available during the blue festival. The saloon, located where the town's very first saloon, before Prohibition, was, is lively and fun.

<b>Honoring Farmers Markets:</b> National Farmers Market Week kicks off Sunday and offers a great reason not only to visit your regular markets but to reach out to new ones.

If you haven't been to Bodega Bay for a while, consider a short road trip on Sunday, when the Community Farmers Market is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2255 Highway 1, immediately behind the Bodega Bay Community Center. It's a sweet market, with an excellent selection of produce, eggs, cheese, poultry and meat, along with baked goods, flowers, condiments, skin care products and yummy things to eat on the spot. There's live music, picnic tables, a small petting zoo, a mermaid who paints kid's faces, a free bookmobile and, of course, a gorgeous setting that you will want to explore after visiting the market.

The new West End Farmers Market, which takes place at 817 Donahue St. in Santa Rosa, adjacent to the DeTurk Round Barn and Park on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is thriving since it opened on May 26. Its location makes it a great destination for the entire family, including pups, who will enjoy the spacious dog park.

There are nearly 30 farmers market days each week, on every day but Monday. If you haven't yet made shopping at a farmers market a habit, why not start?

(Michele Anna Jordan hosts "Mouthful" each Sunday at 7 p.m. on KRCB 90.9 & 91.1 FM. Email Jordan at michele@micheleannajordan.com. You'll find her blog, "Eat This Now," at pantry.blogs.pressdemocrat.com.)