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Voodoo Flag Raffle: Jimtown Store is helping Haiti in a unique way. After owner Carrie Brown came upon an opportunity to purchase two gorgeous voodoo flags from a collector, she decided she wanted to use one to benefit the people of Haiti as they attempt to rebuild their lives after the devastating earthquake.

So the flag, which is valued at $250, is being raffled. Tickets are two for $5 and are available at Jimtown Store throughout March. The winning ticket will be drawn on March 31.

You can see a photograph of the flag on Jimtown's Facebook fan page. It is also on display at Jimtown, along with Haitian crafts, until the drawing.

All proceed benefit Mercy Corps for its Haitian endeavors; to learn more about what the nonprofit organization does, visit mercycorps.org.

Jimtown Store is at 6706 Highway 128, Healdsburg, in the Alexander Valley.

Eat, Dance, Play: At the top of Mouthful's list for fun on Saturday night is a benefit for Nonesuch School, a nonprofit private school that has been based in Sebastopol for more than 30 years. Although not an event for food lovers — which is to say the emphasis is not on the food — it is an important community party and promises a good time for a great cause.

The fete takes place at the Masonic Center (373 N. Main St., Sebastopol) at 6 p.m. Dinner will feature Sonoma County comfort food; beer and wine will be available for purchase. Uncle Wiggly will offer its blend of rock and roll, blues, funk and reggae starting at 7 p.m. At 8:45 p.m., the Vaudeville-inspired new wave medicine show known as the Jug Dealers will entertain you.

There will also be a silent auction.

Nonesuch is unique in the way that it encourages the blossoming of each of its students as both creative individuals and involved, responsible citizens. This is not an elite school; Nonesuch has always offered scholarships to families who have needed them.

Alas, like all nonprofits right now, it is suffering from the recession and needs community support.

Admission is just $15 or $12 plus three cans of food for the food bank. If you can afford more and want to support this west county treasure, I'm sure they wouldn't turn down your donation.

For tickets, call 696-6800.

For more information about the school, visit nonesuchschool.org.

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival: Among the dozens of films being shown at the three-day festival that starts today are several of interest to food lovers.

First is "Mr. Mack's Kitchen," which will be screened at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Youth Annex of the Sebastopol Community Center. The six-minute film explores students of Lafayette Elementary school as they cook and serve at chef Reggie Mack's kitchen. Admission is $8 and "Racing Dreams" will also be shown. "Mr. Mack's Kitchen" will be screened a second time, at 7 p.m. Saturday at Viva, along with "Still Bill."

At Sebastopol Cinema 4 at 2 p.m., "Mr Okra," 12-minutes long, features Mr. Okra's folk-art produce truck and his message of peace, fruit and vegetables broadcast to those living in New Orleans' Ninth Ward. "Mine," a look at the pets who survived Hurricane Katrina but were adopted instead of reunited with their humans, follows. Admission is $8.

At 7 p.m. on Saturday, the Sebastopol Center for the Arts hosts a screening of "Salt," a 28-minute documentary about a solo pilgrimage to the salt flats of Lake Eyre in Australia by photographer Murray Fredericks. If you have never seen salt flats, don't miss this opportunity to discover their stark, haunting beauty. "Salt" will be shown with "Waiting For Hockney," Admission is $8.

There is something for just about everyone in this festival, including special presentations, parties and more. For a full schedule, a list of winners and information about tickets, visit sebastopolfilmfestival.org or call the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (6780 Depot St.) at 829-4797.

Fourth Annual Salt Dinner: On March 14, the Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar hosts its fourth "Salt and Sparkling Wine Dinner," a collaboration between chef Janine Falvo and sommelier Chris Sawyer.

The meal begins with smoked sturgeon, potato latkas, Tsar Nicoulai caviar and creme fraiche, paired with Gloria Ferrer 1998 Carneros Cuvee. Next comes Hawaiian blue prawns with citrus-coriander salt, ginger vinaigrette and Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs.

The third pairs pairs crispy quail, crispy Brussels sprouts and foie gras vinaigrette — yes, it raises our eyebrows, too — with Gloria Ferrer Brut Ros?

The entree sounds quite spectacular, with Berkshire pork three ways, belly, sphere and pulled. The wine is three ways, too, with the Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvee deconstructed, i.e., Royal Cuvee, chardonnay and pinot noir.

Desserts features ricotta cheesecake, strawberry fleur de sel ice cream and Gloria Ferrer Va De Vi.

Gloria Ferrer's Eva Bertran and David Brown are the event's special guests.

Chef Janine Falvo enjoys playing with salt and makes her own blends, such as citrus-nori salt and strawberry salt.

The five-course supper begins at 2 p.m. and the cost is $95. For reservations, call 931-2042 or visit thelodgeatsonoma.com. The restaurant is located at 1325 Broadway, Sonoma, within the Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa.

Benefit Screening For Worth Our Weight: Although we mentioned this event a couple of weeks ago, there's enough new information that it warrants a revisit. Next Thursday evening at 7:15, Rialto Cinemas Lakeside hosts a reception and film screening to benefit Worth Our Weight, the culinary apprenticeship program operated by chef Evelyn Cheatham.

Several elements make this event special. First, the evening begins with New Orleans refreshments, including gumbo prepared by WOW apprentices; red beans and rice prepared by Jeff and Susan Maul of Healdsburg's Zin restaurant; little corn muffins with pepper jam and Delice de la Vallee Cheese from Jimtown Store and the Epicurean Connection and pralines from the culinary arts department of Santa Rosa Junior College.

A wine tasting features sangiovese from Duxoup Wine Works, chardonnay from Russian Hill Estate and sauvignon blanc from Optimist Creed.

Following the screening of "Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans" there will be a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers.

The film won a "Best Documentary" award at the San Francisco International Film Festival and it is described as revelatory, brilliant and powerful. It is essential viewing for anyone who loves New Orleans and wants to deepen understanding of this unique and uniquely American place.

Cost is $25 per person, and all proceeds benefit Worth Our Weight. Everyone involved, including the theater, is donating their services.

If you plan to attend, you should get your tickets right away, as the theater holds just 270 people.

Tickets are available at Jimtown Store in Alexander Valley, at the Rialto Lakeside Cinema Box Office (551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa) and at Worth Our Weight's Weekend Cafe (1021 Hahman Drive, Santa Rosa. You may also buy tickets at worthourweight.com.

Michele Anna Jordan hosts "Mouthful" each Sunday at 7 p.m. on KRCB 90.9 & 91.1 FM. E-mail Jordan at michele@micheleannajordan.com.

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