<strong>Carriage Rides in Railroad Square:</strong> This weekend and again on Tuesday, Christmas Eve, there will be complimentary horse and carriage rides between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and on Christmas Eve until 3 p.m.
This longtime tradition is a gift to the community from Railroad Square businesses and property owners.
Rides begin at the restored train depot at the foot of Fourth St. in Santa Rosa's historic Railroad Square.
In the unlikely event of heavy rainfall, rides will be canceled.
<strong>Worth Our Weight News:</strong> Worth Our Weight Culinary Apprentice Program (1021 Hahman Drive, Santa Rosa) closes for the year after this Saturday's brunch service. It will reopen for bunch on Jan. 8.
If you want to stop by Saturday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., you should make a reservation by calling 544-1200.
After they close, preparations will begin for the 24th annual Christmas dinner.
The dinner was launched by the program's executive director, Evelyn Cheatham, with friends and colleagues helping. Last year, meals for more than 500 people were delivered before 1 p.m. on Christmas Day.
Many went to individuals but clients of several nonprofit agencies, including Valley of the Moon Children's Center, Women's Recovery Services, Children's Village, Family Support Center and Sam Jones Hall were also fed. No one who has asked for a meal has ever been told there is not enough.
If you are in need for any reason or if you know someone who is unable to prepare Christmas dinner, call Worth Our Weight, 544-1200, with a contact name and phone number. Volunteers will take take it from there.
If you would like to donate food or money for the dinner, please do not call. Instead, visit worthourweight.org and click on the Christmas Dinner link, where you'll find details about when to deliver donations and what is needed.
As of press time, they needed everything from heavy-duty aluminum foil and Diamond Crystal kosher salt to turkeys, hams, chickens and so much more, including herbs, possibly from your garden.
"Please don't ask businesses to contribute," Evelyn Cheatham said, adding, "This is an example of the power of what a circle of friends can do."
<strong>Longboard Fun:</strong> On Wednesday — yes, Christmas Day — Longboard Vineyards (5 Fitch St., Healdsburg) is hosting its fourth annual Chinese Food and a Movie fete from 2 to 6 p.m.
For $40 ($35 if you're a member of the wine club), you'll get a plateful of Chinese food, a glass of wine and a surf movie, in the company of 60 like-minded holiday-avoiding folks.
As of press time, the movie had not been identified but, really, does it matter?
Seats sell out at this event, so if you want to join in, call the Surf Lounge at 433-3473 right away.
This Friday, December 20,the Surf Lounge hosts its final Chowder Friday, with chowder from Island Style Catering, free with wine tasting.
The lounge is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
<strong>Cannoli Day at Costeaux:</strong> One day each year, Costeaux French Bakery (417 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg) offers cannoli, those classic Italian confections of mascarpone, ricotta, candied fruits and chocolate chips stuffed into a crisp pastry shell and rolled in confectioner's sugar.