Those Busy Oyster Girls: This Saturday, the Oyster Girls flex their shucking wrists at Muscardini Cellars (9380 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood) from 1 to 4 p.m. For $20, guests can enjoy four oysters and a glass of sparkling wine, pinot grigio or Rosato. Four oysters not enough? No reason you can't pony up another twenty bucks.
On Sunday, Iron Horse Vineyards ( 9786 Ross Station Road, Sebastopol) kicks off this year's Oyster Sundays, which continue through the end of May. From noon to 4 p.m., the Oyster Girls will be on hand with freshly shucked oysters for $2 each, cash only. You can enjoy them with a glass of Iron Horse bubbly.
Reservations are neither needed nor accepted.
In the heart of Lakeville: Every Friday and Saturday, Keller Estate (5875 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma) hosts a cave tour and barrel tasting. Tours start at 11:30 a.m. and last about an hour and a half.
Things get started with a walk through La Cruz Vineyards, with its breathtaking view of the Petaluma Gap, currently within the Sonoma County viticultural area but likely to become an appellation in its own right before too much time passes. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Mt. Tamalpais.
Guests will also see the full wine making facility and stroll through the caves to a sit-down tasting by candlelight.
Cost is $40 per person. You can sign up for a tour at kellerestate.com or call 765-2117.
A special reason to visit this part of Lakeville is the opportunity to see the graceful "s" curve of the Petaluma River.
You can't see it from the winery itself, but if you stop at the top of the road and look south, there it will be unless, of course, it is enshrouded by fog. Allow some extra time and bring your camera; on a good day, it's breathtakingly beautiful.
Is Beer Brewing an Art or a Craft? This Friday night, you can decide as the Sonoma Community Center hosts "Beer-vana: Nirvana for Beer Lovers," a tasting and amateur competition at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building (126 First St. West, Sonoma).
This year, the third for the competition, 275 homemade beers were submitted for judging; winners will be announced at Friday's fete.
The "Best in Show" brew will be produced at Dempsey's in Petaluma and served at Hop Monk Taverns in Sonoma, Sebastopol and Novato.
Friday's party will feature dozens of beers to sample and compare, along with coffee and nibbles to sustain you while you taste.
There also will be music by Jason Bodlovich Group and Ragtag Sullivan.
Admission is $40 per person in advance and $45 at the door; the price includes all tastings, live music and a commemorative beer glass. T-shirts will be available for purchase.
All proceeeds benefit the Sonoma Community Center.
For more information and to purchase tickets, call 938-4626 ext. 1
Sweet Sounds of Aloha: With the 50th Annual Merrie Monarch in full swing in Hilo, Hawaii, it's a great time to soak up a bit of local aloha. There are two opportunities coming right up.
On Friday night, Da Puna Bruddahs appears at the French Garden Restaurant and Bistro (8050 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol). The band plays from 7 to 10 p.m.
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