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.