<strong>It's Still Christmas:</strong> The Christmas season did not end Wednesday. In a certain way, that's when it began. Dec. 25 is the first day of Christmas, which comes to its quiet conclusion on Twelfth Night, Jan. 6, or Jan. 7 in the Russian Orthodox tradition.
There is still plenty to enjoy, if you are so inclined.
Petaluma's City of Lights Driving Tour wraps up today, but there still is time to snag a free map for the self-guided tour at the Visitors Center (210 Lakeville St., Petaluma) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Many other light displays will remain in place through Monday; very few will still be up by Twelfth Night.
Windsor's Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove will be on display in the Town Green through the end of the year, with "snow" falling every 15 minutes from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
<strong>New Year's Day Brunch:</strong> K & L Bistro (119 S. Main St., Sebastopol) will be open on New Year's Day from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
In addition to the regular menu, several specials will be available, including smoked salmon, potato latkes and chive creme fraiche; orange-scented French toast with huckleberry compote; the classic French sandwiches Croque Monsieur and Croque Madame; migas (baked eggs, grilled peppers, beans and grilled bread), and winter hash with poached eggs.
Several special Champagne cocktails will be offered, too.
For reservations, call 823-6614 or visit klbistro.com.
Sometime soon after the new year, the popular family bistro will close for a major remodel.
When it opens, a full bar will have replaced the dining room, and a new dining room adjacent to the bar.
Stay tuned for details.
<strong>Olive Season:</strong> Don Landis, aka Olive Don, will be offering a free class on Jan. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cline Cellars (24737 Arnold Drive, Sonoma).
Landis will explore the history of the olive, including in California, and offer a thorough explanation of techniques for taking the bitterness out of olives without using lye.
The session also includes an olive tasting, with cheese and crackers.
The class is free, but you must RSVP by calling 940-4025 if you'd like to attend.
<strong>Blues Monday:</strong> This Monday, musician John Allair will appear at Sweet T's (2097 Stagecoach Road, Santa Rosa) from 5 to 7 p.m. for an evening of blues and jazz.
He may be best known for his work with Van Morrison, but on Monday, he will be accompanied by Tom Martin, who plays bass with Da Puna Bruddahs, and a drummer, unnamed as of press time.
There is no cover charge, but if you want to snag a bar stool, arrive earlier rather than later. If you'd like to enjoy dinner, make a reservation as a crowd is expected.
To reserve, call 595-3935.
Speaking of Da Puna Bruddahs, they're playing at Truitt-Hurst Estate Tasting Room (5610 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg) from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
<strong>Geyserville New Year's Eve:</strong> On Tuesday night, the town of Geyserville celebrates the end of 2013 with a downtown New Year's Eve Bash at Odd Fellows Hall. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the fun continues through 12:30 a.m.
Admission is $50, which includes three drink tickets, appetizers, local wine and beer, a Champagne toast at midnight and dancing all evening with DJ Dan. Proceeds benefit Geyserville schools.