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You?ve got recipes: On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Viva (7160 Keating Ave., Sebastopol) hosts a cooking class for kids aged 9 to 11.

The class will be taught by Francoise Dudal Kirkman and Jerry DiVecchio, who worked together at Sunset Magazine, Kirkman as art director and DiVecchio as food editor.

At the core of the class is a delightful new cookbook, ?You?ve Got Recipes,? which Kirkman and DiVecchio co-authored. The book focuses on the adventures of Sophie Souris, a Parisian mouse, and two San Francisco raccoons, Cleo and Henry, who exchange recipes via e-mail.

Cost of the class is $50, which includes a signed copy of the book. For reservations, call Heather Cruciano, program coordinator, today at 824-9913.

Dragonfly seasonal classes: Dragonfly Farm kicks off its season of classes Sunday with a wreath workshop form 10 a.m. to noon and a centerpiece design class from 1 to 3 p.m. Additional classes will be held Nov. 15 and 22 and Dec. 6, 13 and 20, with one workshop from 10 a.m. to noon and another from 1 to 3 p.m. each day. Classes are scheduled this way so you can take both workshops in a single day. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy during the break.

Cost is $70 for one class and $125 for both. The price includes all materials, but you may want to bring a container for your centerpiece design.

The farm is located at 425 Westside Road in Healdsburg and includes complete floral design services and a farmstand, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment.

To register, call 433-3739. For more information about the farm and its services, visit www.thedragonflyfarm.com.

Mushrooms, skunks and wine: There are still seats available on the Wine & Mushroom Train, which leaves the Willits train station (299 E. Commercial St., Willits) at 10 a.m. Saturday for a two-hour ride on the famous Skunk Train to Camp Mendocino, where travelers will enjoy a special luncheon with entertainment and an auction.

Lunch includes applewood-grilled chicken with a porcini-shiitake herb blend, handmade fettuccini with sauteed chanterelles, cream sauce and Oregon truffle oil, vegetable saute with Velvet Pioppini mushrooms and, for dessert, pound cake with Candy Cap mushroom ice cream and plum sauce.

About a dozen wineries will be on hand, too, including Esterlina Vineyards and Winery, Handley Cellars and Dunnewood Vineyards. There also will be plenty of time to explore Camp Mendocino and enjoy Noyo River and the beautiful redwoods.

Things begin at the Willits Depot at 9 a.m., with Thanksgiving brand coffee, muffins and fruit. When the train departs at 10 a.m., Greg Schindel, train singer, will provide entertainment. The Bassics entertain at Camp Mendocino.

The train departs for the return trip at 3 p.m. and arrives at the Willits Depot at 5 p.m.

Cost of the excursion is $125, which includes everything except what you may purchase at the auction. Proceeds directly benefit the Hospital Building Fund.

Although you can just show up at the Willits Depot, you might have a less stressful drive if you reserve your tickets by calling 459-2777.

For more details and to read about Jack Czamecki, the colorful chef who inspired the menu, visit www.howardfoundation.com.

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Sonoma County Showcase: On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Carol Goshorn of Events Unlimited is presenting an extravaganza of local businesses and nonprofits at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds? Grace Pavilion.

As of press time, Goshorn was still registering participants, which range from tiny producers, such as Amy Contardi, who will be on hand with chocolates and biscotti, to large retailers, such as Orchard Supply Hardware.

Several nonprofits are participating, including Bird Rescue, Greyhound Rescue and animal shelters, which will be offering kittens for on-the-spot adoption.

There will be foods available for sampling and for purchase and free entertainment, with Moon Dancer Bellydancers Troupe and the Allways Elvis Band among the performers. The Julie Nation School will present a fashion show of holiday wear with models ranging in age from 4 to 66.

The event, including parking, is free, and children and adults of all ages are welcome.

Washi Egg Classes: Barbra Friedman is offering another round of classes on the ancient art of making Washi egg ornaments that were so popular last spring. The eggs ? duck and goose ? are decorated with handmade Japanese mulberry paper.

The first class takes place Wednesday at Coffee Catz (6761 Sebastopol Ave.) in Sebastopol from 1 to 3 p.m. Subsequent classes will be held at Coffee Catz on Nov. 18 and Dec. 2, 9 and 16.

Cost is $25, which includes materials for three eggs. Additional materials wil be available for purchase.

Friedman, who taught the craft to Martha Stewart many years ago, is also available to teach private classes in your home, a great way to entertain friends and family over the holidays.

To register and for information about private classes, call Friedman at 696-2009 or e-mail her at barbrabvf@yahoo.com.

Regional French in Napa: When chef Ken Frank moved his widely acclaiming La Toque restaurant from Rutherford to the edge of downtown Napa in the Westin Verasa hotel (1314 Mckinstry St.), he also opened the Bank Cafe and Bar in the hotel?s lobby. Bank is open from breakfast until last call.

For the next two months, Bank is featuring three-course French dinners for $29, with a new menu and new region each week. The Toulouse menu, which includes shaved fennel and artichoke salad, cassoulet with duck, pork and lamb and fresh fruit sorbet, concludes Sunday.

On Monday, Bank travels to Gascony, with warm shaved vegetable salad with duck confit and pistachios, pork chops with ?Pruneaux a L?Aigre Doux? and potato puree and, for dessert, creme brul?.

Upcoming destinations, in order, include Brittany, Burgundy, Antibes, Normandy, Lyon and Basque country. Unfortunately, the weekly menus are not yet posted on the hotel?s Web site, but you can call Bank Cafe and Bar at 257-5151.

KSRO contest finale at G&G: The finalists in the 23rd annual KSRO Recipe Contest will appear with their dishes at G&G Market (1211 West College Ave., Santa Rosa) at 11 a.m. Saturday, when ?The Good Food Hour? with host Steve Garner and co-host John Ash airs live.

As Garner interviews contestants, judges will sample the bean dishes selected for the final round of the competition. After votes are tallied, winners will be announced and prizes awarded. At the conclusion of the judging, lucky onlookers will be able to sample the winning recipes.

Bruce Cohn at Madrona Manor: Next Thursday, Madrona Manor welcomes Bruce Cohn of B.R. Cohn Winery for an evening of delicious foods paired with outstanding wines.

Dinner begins with seared Hokkaido scallops with kobocha pumpkin, melted leeks and malt vinegar, paired with 2008 Sonoma County Chardonnay. Next comes local petrale sole with potato puree, preserved lemon, slow-cooked broccoli and Hollandaise, with 2008 Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay alongside.

Save room because there is a lot more to come, with B.R. Cohn 2007 Silver Label Cabernet Sauvignon alongside Liberty Farms duck breast and confit with brussels sprouts, parsnips and quince the next course. It will be followed by grilled prime strip loin of beef with braised short ribs, potato gratin, chard, zinfandel vinegar and the extraordinary B.R. Cohn 2006 Olive Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, one of our all-time favorite wines in almost any vintage.

Dessert is a warm chocolate souffle with creme Anglaise.

Cost of the dinner, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is $100, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, call (800) 258-4003.

And here?s a hint: Bruce is a great storyteller. Whether the subject is how he became an olive oil producer, how he snuck grapes in the dead of night to a winery to produce his very first wine or how he heard the Doobie Brothers? first hit for the first time, he will delight you with his tales.

Got knives? If you do, they likely need sharpening. If you don?t, you may need some. This weekend, there?s a great opportunity to refurbish your knife collection as Sonoma Cutlery (730 Coddingtown Mall, Santa Rosa, and 130 Kentucky St., Petaluma) celebrates its 30th anniversary.

On Saturday, both locations will host free knife sharpening clinics from noon to 3 p.m. Customers are limited to three knives each and, please, no serrated blades.

Everything in both stores will be on sale all weekend.

And here?s a tip: If you are looking for good kitchen knives for yourself, don?t forget to pay close attention to how the handle feels in your hand. Having a knife that is comfortable to hold is essential if you want to enjoy cooking.

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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