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<b>Kick Up Your Heels, Zydeco Style:</b> On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Ives Park (7400 Willow St., Sebastopol) will be lively with Zydeco music and Cajun food at the 18th annual Sebastopol Cajun-Zydeco Festival. If you're worried about the hot weather, don't: There will be a large shaded wooden dance floor.

If you're a fan of the cuisine, you'll be thrilled by beignets, oyster shooters, crawfish, gator sausage, gumbo, etouffee, barbecue and more, with watermelon, shaved ice, beer, wine, margaritas, hurricanes and ice cream to keep you cool and refreshed.

Dwight Carrier and Ro Dogg kick off the music at 11:30 a.m., with Jimmy Breaux and his band taking the stage at 1:30 p.m.. At 3:10 p.m., it's Curly Taylor and Zydeco Trouble, with Sunpie Barnes and the Louisiana Sunspots wrapping things up at 5 p.m.

As of publication time, plenty of tickets remained and will be sold at the gate the day of the event.

Cost is $25 per person; children under 12 are free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Please note that you may not bring in food or beverages and only service animals are permitted.

If you can't make it to Saturday's festival, you can savor a taste Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wine Emporium (125 N. Main St., Sebastopol). There will be Cajun nibbles, wines and a jam session with some of the festival musicians. This fete is 21-and-over only.

<b>Heirloom Expo:</b> Don't forget the third annual National Heirloom Festival, taking place next Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 10, 11 and 13 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds (1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa). The festival features thousands of heirloom varieties of produce, heritage breed livestock, 300 food vendors, 100 speakers, live music and more. Admission at the door is $10 a day or $25 for a three-day pass. If you're 17 or under, you get in free.

For details and to buy tickets online, visit theheirloomexpo.com.

<b>Horses, Pigs and Pinot:</b> On Sunday, Sept. 15, from 3 to 6 p.m. Iron Horse Vineyards hosts a Pig Roast and Pinot Release Party, featuring a whole roasted pig, vegetables from the winery's gorgeous gardens and three 2011 single-vineyard pinot noirs. It's a safe bet that there may be some yummy sparkling wines, too.

This walk-around fete takes place at the estate's 1920s redwood corral.

Austin de Lone and Friends will provide live music.

Cost is $50 for members of the wine club and $75 for the general public.

We mention this because Iron Horse Vineyard events are always fun, delicious and festive and it's hard to find a more beautiful location. Ms. Mouthful says put it on your calendar if you can.

<b>Weekend Aloha:</b> On Friday night, Spreckels Performing Arts Center (5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park) welcomes Faith Ako, Sonoma County's very own Hawaiian songbird, celebrating the release of her third album, "Kulaiwi."

Doors open at 7 p.m.; the show starts at 8 p.m. All seats are $25.

Ako's first album, "Kukah i," garnered two Hawai'i Music Awards. Her second, "Papaku," received a Grammy nomination.

Ako, who lives in Rohnert Park, combines traditional Hawaiian, Samoan and Tahitian music with original tunes and a beautifully pure voice that can soar into a falsetto sweet enough to bring tears to even the driest of eyes. Her Samoan roots and Hawaiian upbringing have inspired this new work.

Tickets are available at the Spreckels Box Office from noon to 5 p.m., one hour before showtime and by calling 588-3400.

<b>Drumming for Salmon:</b> This Saturday, Sonoma County Taiko hosts a salmon barbecue at Enmanji Buddhist Temple (1200 Gravenstein Hwy. S.) in Sebastopol.

Dinner takes place in the temple's Memorial Hall, with three seatings, one at 5 p.m., another at 5:45 p.m. and a final seating at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to the salmon dinner, there will be taiko drumming, sushi demonstrations and a raffle. There's also a "Dress the Drummer" board where you can make a donation toward happi coats for the drummers.

Reservations are available at brownpapertickets.com; cost is $30 per person plus a $2.04 service fee. You may also snag tickets by calling 575-0723 and emailing info@sonomacountytaiko.org.

All proceeds help Sonoma County Taiko purchase new costumes and repair drumming equipment.

<b>Dinner on the Pacific Plate:</b> On Saturday, Sept. 21, the Point Reyes National Seashore Association hosts its fourth Dinner on the Pacific Plate at Bear Valley Grove.

Cocktails and appetizers are served from 4:30 to 6 p.m., with Cowgirl Creamery Cantina, Hog Island Oyster Company, Marin Sun Farms, Preston Vineyards and Nick's Cove among the participants.

Dinner by Pam Ferrai Catering is served from 6 to 8 p.m.

A series of hikes and lectures from 2 to 4:30 p.m. kick off the event. If you want to participate, make your reservations soon as five of the 12 pre-dinner options are already full.

Cost is $175 per person. To register, visit ptreyes.org and follow the prompts.

An online auction kicks off Sunday and concludes Sept. 22.

Proceeds from the auction and dinner support habitat and trail restoration, wildlife protection, stewardship programs, educational programs and scholarships that allow a thousand underserved children to visit Point Reyes.

The association is currently seeking volunteers for Dinner on the Pacific Plate; if you prefer to work rather than schmooze, this is a great way to be part of a great event. Email Suzanne d'Coney at suzanned@ptreyes.org for more information.

<b>Your Spooky Future:</b> It's not too soon to think about our favorite fall holiday, Halloween. And if you want to attend one of the season's most promising parties, you must think ahead or miss out.

Francis Ford Coppola Winery is hosting a Masquerade Ball on Oct. 26 from 7 to 11 p.m. in the winery's barrel room. Ms. Mouthful puts this party at the top of October's must-do list.

Why? Because no one knows how to throw a party or decorate one like Coppola; his sense of delight, which he telegraphs to his staff, is extraordinary and extraordinarily fun.

When it comes to costumes, think Sleepy Hollow meets the Great Gatsby, which should provide plenty of inspiration. The fete will include a live DJ, dancing, a fortune teller, aerial artists, a costume contest and a themed lounge, with plenty of delicious foods and wines, of course.

Cost is $125 per person. Tickets went on sale to the general public on Sept. 3 and only 175 are available.

The winery is lcoated at 300 Via Archimedes in Geyserville. For tickets, visit franciscoppola.com.

<i>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.</i>

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