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<b>SOFA Fun:</b> On Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., Santa Rosa's South of A Street — hence, SOFA — hosts their annual Vine Art. It's one of the hip neighborhood's best events of the year.

When you pony up twenty-five bucks, you get to sip and nibble your way through the studios, chatting with artists and representatives of participating wineries, running into friends and enjoying all manner of surprises. The areas cafe's and restaurants are participating, too, and it's really anyone's guess at this point what they'll be offering.

Whatever it is, it will be interesting, delicious and fun, as things here always are.

It all takes place just south of Juilliard Park, on South A Street at the intersection of Sebastopol Ave. If you drive to the event, arrive early or be prepared to walk several blocks.

For advance tickets and more information, visit sofasantarosa.com.

<b>Greek Fete In Occidental:</b> On Saturday evening at 8 p.m., the Occidental Center for the Arts (3850 Doris Murphy Court), welcomes the Hohlax Trio, a group of Greek musicians touring the West Coast.

The evening will include music and dance, along with a savory plate of Greek nibbles (dolmas, feta cheese, olives and pita), Greek cookies and other sweets and, of course, ouzo.

General admission is $15; foods and beverages will be available for purchase.

For advance reservations, visit occidentalcenterforthearts.org or call 874-9392. Tickets should be available at the door, too.

<b>Summer Music Series:</b> This Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., the Cork Pullers present their unique form of "Sonomacana" music at Wilson Winery (1960 Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg).

Admission is $5 for wine club members and $10 for the general public, which includes a wine glass.

Wines will be available by the glass and bottle and food will be available for purchase from Vero's Kitchen food cart.

Two weeks remain in this music series, which has taken place at four wineries. On September 20, Blue Steel will play at Soda Rock Winery, with Nellie's Oysters providing the nibbles. On September 27, the Blues Burners wrap up the season with their soul funk at DeLorimier Winery.

<b>A Trip to Paris:</b> Next Wednesday, Christine Piccin and Steve Rabinowitsh start a new session of their popular class, "Why We Love Paris!"

The class takes place over three Wednesday evenings, September 18 and 24 and October 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the new Santa Rosa Junior College Culinary Arts Center.

Both instructors have traveled extensively in France, including Paris. Rabinowitsh will explore his favorite neighborhoods and their parks, museums and hidden treasure. Piccin, a professional chef and writer, will offer tastings of French dishes, cheeses and wines.

Students will receive recipes, maps, walking tours, travel and shopping ideas and more.

If you're longing for a trip to Paris but can't take one right now, this could be just what you need.

The fee for the class is $110 per person.

To register, call 527-4372 at any time or visit santarosa.edu and follow the prompts to Community Education.

The course section number is 9604.

<b>Got Produce?</b> The Hessel Grange Community Grower's Exchange (5400 Blank Road, Sebastopol) continues on Wednesdays through early October.

The exchange started several years ago, when neighbors began getting together to trade their extra fruits and vegetables. Before long, they invited the entire community. Some people come once a season, some come weekly, some come with a bountiful harvest and others arrive empty handed, hoping to trade cash for crops. Everyone is welcome.

In recent weeks, there have been lots of apples, tomatoes, peppers, leeks, squash, onions and eggplant, along with plants, including fig trees and berry bushes, ready to go into the ground. There are jams, jellies, fresh-pressed apple juice, cheese and owl boxes, helpful if you're tired of feeding gophers.

This is an informal exchange and there is no charge to attend. There are, however, a few guidelines. There is no trash pick-up at the grange, so be prepared to take any garbage you generate with you when you leave. Dogs are not allowed and parking is restricted to the gravel parking lot; the grassy area is reserved for loading and unloading.

Member in the Grange is not required but visitors are encouraged to support the Grange however they can, by joining or by volunteering to work on maintenance or improvement projects. Every little bit helps this community treasure.

The exchange takes place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. through October 9.

<b>Birds, Bees and Butterflies:</b> The Russian River Rose Company hosts "Beckoning Butterflies, Birds and Bees to the Garden" this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with special presentations at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days.

Participants include the the Audubon Society, Hallberg Butterfly Garden, Sonoma County Bee Keeper's Association, Master Gardeners and a maker of bird houses. These experts will be happy to share their expertise about how to create a special haven for flying critters in your own garden.

The nursery will be open through the event.

You might want to bring your camera, too, as it is Monarch butterfly season and this gorgeous oasis is filled with flying and fluttering beauties.

There is no admission charge but a donation of $2 if you attend the presentations will help cover costs.

Russian River Rose Company is located at 1685 Magnolia Dr. in Healdsburg. For more information, visit russian-river-rose.com or call 433-7455.

<b>Thai Tastes and Techniques:</b> Chef Phant (pronounced "Pon") Worakul, a native of Thailand, is offering two Thai cooking classes in the Santa Rosa Junior College Community Education program.

The first, "Thai Food For Health," takes place on Saturday, September 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Robert Burdo Culinary Arts Center. The fee for this hands-on class, section number 9687 is $98.

A second class, "Thai Barbecue," will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is also hands-on; its section number is 9707.

To register, visit santarosa.edu and follow the prompts to Community Education or call 527-4372.

If you have questions for Chef Worakul or would like menu details before registering, email pworakul@sonic.net. More information about Chef Worakul, his food and the services he offers is available at thaiessence.com.

For tickets visit wilsonwinery.com or call 433-4355.

<i>Michele Anna Jordan hosts "Mouthful" each Sunday at 7 p.m. on KRCB 90.9 & 91.1 FM. E-mail Jordan at michele@micheleannajordan.com. You'll find her blog, "Eat This Now," at pantry.blogs.pressdemocrat.com.</i>

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