It's JuneBug Time! At the top of our must-do list for the weekend is Worth Our Weight's South A Street extravaganza, JuneBug.
It takes place from noon to 6 p.m. at 327 S. A St., outside at the former Cookhouse Cafe, which Worth Our Weight is currently renovating with plans to open soon.
The fundraiser offers unique entertainment and ways to support the widely-praised culinary apprenticeship program, including a silent auction that features a limited edition serigraph by John Lennon. It is a drawing, made for Lennon's son Julian, of an elephant counting sheep to try to fall asleep and has been donated to the program by Yoko Ono Lennon. It is just one of many unique auction items.
Events take place throughout the day, with a teen cooking competition, a cake decorating booth, performances by the Summerfield Waldorf Circus Performers, the Blue Moon Band and, to top things off, the fabulous Leela James and the James Gang.
There will be plenty of yummy things to eat throughout the day, as well, including huli huli roast chicken, wood-fired pizza, maple chicken and walnut sliders, salted caramel cotton candy, strawberry shortcake, paletas (fruit popsicles) from Frozen Art, lemonade, house-made ginger beer, watermelon-mint water and more. Adults can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine from a great selection, including Iron Horse Vineyards, Hafner Vineyards, Preston of Dry Creek, Remick Ridge Vineyards and Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Tickets, $65 each, are available at Worth Our Weight (1021 Halman Drive, Santa Rosa) and at brownpapertickets.com. All proceeds benefit Worth Our Weight's programs.
Going Wild With Dad: Safari West offers several ways to celebrate Father's Day on Sunday. If your pop is a morning guy, you can opt for the 10 a.m. Brew Brunch and tour, with a delicious barbecue following by a tour on the African Queen. If your papa prefers to sleep in, drag him out of bed in time for the 1 p.m. Brew Brunch, followed by a tour at 2:30 p.m.
Cost is $70 per person and $35 for kids aged 4 to 12. The price includes brunch, brews, gratuities, taxes and tour.
If you'd simply like to linger over brunch, cost is $40.50 for adults and $18.50 for kids.
For reservations, call 579-2551.
Safari West is located at 3115 Porter Creek Road in north Santa Rosa.
Father's Day in the West: West county, that is. Two wineries have teamed up to offer a unique lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, June 16, Father's Day.
Here's how it works.
At Balletto Vineyards (5700 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa), you and your dad can enjoy spicy hot links and taste current releases, all for $5 per person. Several Balletto wines — especially Estate Rose of Pinot Noir and Estate Zinfandel — are excellent with the spicy sausages.
When you're ready for dessert, just head down the road a bit to Hanna Winery (5353 Occidental Road), where you'll enjoy freshly baked sweets and more wine, again for $5 a person.
Reservations are not necessary; all you need to do is show up.
Festa Italiana Sonoma: On Saturday, the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park and Cotati hosts Festa Italiana Sonoma, a free festival taking place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Rohnert Park Community Center Square (5401 Snyder Lane). The day will be filled with art, food, music, entertainment and contests, including meatball and cannoli eating competitions.
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