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Barn Dance Gala celebrates Farm Trails

Kick Up Your Heels for Farm Trails: Next Saturday, April 27, from 3 to 10 p.m., Two Rock Ranch (1051 Walker Road, Petaluma) hosts a Barn Dance Gala to celebrate Sonoma County Farm Trails' 40th anniversary and its Gravenstein Apple Fair.

The gala begins with a farm tour and an opportunity to get up close — cuddlingly close — to piglets, baby goats, bunnies and chicks. Following a wine and cheese reception at 5 p.m., dinner, prepared by chef Daniel Kedan of Backyard in Forestville, will be served at 6 p.m.

Dancing to the band Cahoots kicks off at 7 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m.

Two Rock Ranch is owned by Kathy and Joe Tresch, and dinner will be served in Olympia's Barn, a gorgeous venue.

Cost is $50 per person, $80 per couple and $10 for kids under 12. Kids of all ages are welcome.

Farm Trails was the first organization of its kind in the country and has inspired similar organizations throughout the country. It is one of Sonoma County's agricultural treasures. For tickets, visit farmtrails.org or call 837-8896.

National Hanging Out Day: If you want to do something for Earth Day, Ms. Mouthful recommends the Sonoma County premiere of "Drying for Freedom," an English documentary about the world-wide "right to dry" movement. Right to dry?

Yes, the right to hang your damp laundry outside on a clothes line. In many communities, there are ordinances that prohibit this sensible method of drying one's clothing and linens.

The film will be screened at The Share Exchange (533 5th St., Santa Rosa) at 6:30 p.m. today. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door; the price includes a sparkling-wine reception. Proceeds benefit The Share Exchange and the Local Economy Institute.

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