Memorial Day things to do

Memorial Day is a two-sided holiday, juxtaposing remembrance of loved ones we've lost in war with the summer-kickoff fun of a long weekend.

The 55th Sonoma Valley Memorial Day observance starts at 11 a.m. Monday at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park, 126 First St. W., Sonoma. The speaker will be Francis J. Harvey, Secretary of the Army from 2004 to 2007.

Santa Rosa Memorial Park, 1900 Franklin Ave., will present its "Annual Avenue of the Flags" display from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. John Logan of the Military Order of the Purple Heart will speak. There also will be live music and children's activities. 542-1580, srmp.org.

The Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery's Memorial Day ceremony starts at 1 p.m. Monday at the Franklin Avenue gate. 543-3292, ci.santa-rosa.ca.us.

And on the lighter side:

Viansa Winery kicked off its three-day barbecue Saturday and it continues through Monday, with live music each day. Free admission. Wine and food for sale. 25200 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. viansa.com.

The Russian River Rose Company's "Tea and Memories in the Rose Garden" event also began Saturday and runs through Monday. Sip organic tea and relax amid more than 650 varieties of antique and modern roses, surrounded by vineyards. 1685 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg. $4 donation. 433-7455, russian-river-rose.com.

Taft Street Winery launches the second season of its "A Little Street Music" free summer concert series with the Pulsators, from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tasting room opens at 11 a.m. Wine for sale. 2030 Barlow Lane, Sebastopol. 823-2049, taftstreetwinery.com.

Join Arista Winery for its Memorial Day Backyard Party from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday for a traditional Southern barbecue lunch, featuring a whole roasted pig, flatbreads from the backyard pizza oven, a live band and new wine releases. $85. 7015 Westside Road, Healdsburg. 473-0606, aristawinery.com.

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