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Pumpkin fest at Healdsburg market


My pumpkin's faster than your pumpkin: On Saturday, the Healdsburg Farmers Market hosts its annual pumpkin festival, with a pumpkin carving contest and a pumpkin car race.

Pumpkins for carving are available at the market at no charge between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Pumpkins that will compete in the race must be brought to the market already made.

The market takes place from 9 a.m. to noon one block west of the plaza at North and Vine Streets. Pumpkins will be available at 8:30 a.m., but shopping starts when the cowbell sounds at 9 a.m.

Day of the Dead Art Reception: On Saturday, Galley 300 (300 South A St., Santa Rosa) hosts a reception for its juried exhibition from 6 to 9 p.m.

This Day of the Dead show features nearly two dozen artists, among them Jennifer Hirschfield, Alejandro Salazar, Molly Perez, Mary Jarvis, Mary Vaughan, Hamlet Mateo, Cat Kaufman and Ceylan Crow.

The show opened on Oct. 22 and remains on view through Nov. 3.

A Day of the Dead 2013 Calendar will also be available throughout the two-week exhibition.

Events in the South A Arts District are always great fun and warrant pulling out your favorite costumes.

Viva Brazil! On Saturday, Capoeira Mandinga Santa Rosa hosts a Brazilian festival featuring a beginning capoeira workshop from 2:30 to 4 p.m., a capoeira roda open to everyone from 4 to 4:30 p.m. and a drum workshop from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Capoeira is a martial art indigenous to Brazil, where it was developed by African slaves in the 1600s. Although it is a form of self-defense, it has strong art and dance elements, as well. A capoeira roda is a large group practicing the art together.

Following the workshops, there will be Brazilian food and dancing until 10 p.m.

The festival takes place at the Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art and Politics, located at 99 Sixth St. in Santa Rosa.

Admission is a suggested donation at the door of $8 to $15.

For more information about the Capoeira Mandinga Santa Rosa, call 861-0002.

Welcome to the Parish Cafe: Chef Rob Lippincott, who is from Louisiana, quietly opened his Parish Cafe last Friday morning after months of work readying the space. Word spread quickly and by Saturday, business was pretty much nonstop.

Parish Cafe features New Orleans cooking, which is a blend of Creole and Cajun cooking unique to the beloved city. The menu includes shrimp and grits, grillades and grits, gumbo, jambalaya, fried oyster salad, muffaletta, fried okra, several po-boys (including shrimp and debris gravy) and more.

Beignets, familiar to everyone who shops at Healdsburg, Windsor and Santa Rosa farmers markets, are offered all day long. And if you're hankering for your market beignets, don't worry. They'll return, once Lippincott and his staff have their sea legs.

Prices are reasonable, cafe au lait is delicious and art evokes the Big Easy. Try it, Ms. Mouthful says, you'll like it.

The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and is located at 60A Mill St. on the south edge of downtown Healdsburg. For more information, call 431-8474 or visit theparishcafe.com.

Topel Winery's Dogtoberfest: On Saturday, the Topel Winery Tasting Room, located on the Healdsburg town plaza at 125 Matheson St., hosts its fifth annual Dogtoberfest, beginning at noon.

The winery's 2013 Wine Tails Calendar will be released at the celebration. The calendar, which sells for $20, features dogs from all over the country. The winery pays all production costs and donates 100 percent of proceeds to the Healdsburg Animal Shelter.

The celebration also features complimentary readings by pet psychic Marla Steele from 1 to 4 p.m. Robert Harris will paint a portrait of your pups (for a fee) and if your beloved canine can't attend, you can bring a photo.

There will be yummy treats for both dogs and humans. There will also be a costume competition for the dogs, with prizes for their humans.

Special tastings will be offered throughout the day and there will be special sales on wines.

The Topel Tasting Room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 433-4116 or visit topelwines.com.

Gardeners, just two more weekends: If you want to visit Occidental Arts & Ecology Center's nursery, newly opened to the public, you have just two more weekends this year to do so.

The nursery will be open this weekend, Oct. 27 and 28, and next weekend, Nov. 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The newly-built nursery specializes in organic perennial plant.

The center is located at 15290 Coleman Valley Road in Occidental. For more information, visit oaec.org or call 874-1557 ext. 101.

McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch and Farm Store: You have one more weekend to visit McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch, which is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission to the pumpkin patch and parking are free.

The pumpkin patch includes a hay maze, bouncy house, a petting zoo and an opportunity to watch the cows being milked.

There's also a barbecue lunch available and the farm store will be open during the same hours, offering eggs from grass-fed chickens, butter, estate ice cream, lavender and vegetables.

Tours, which require advance registration, are offered at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Children 3 and younger attend the tours for free, kids aged 4 to 12 pay $7 and everyone 13 years older pay $15. These are the last tours of 2012.

McClelland's Dairy is located at 6475 Bodega Ave., Petaluma. To sign up for a tour, email info@mcclellandsdairy.com, visit mcclellandsdairy.com or call 664-0452.

Sunday Suppers at K & L Bistro: This Sunday, K & L Bistro's Sunday Supper features prime rib, Yorkshire pudding, horseradish cream and spinach gratin. This by-demand menu — customers love it so much that prime rib is now featured on the last Sunday of every month, with different seasonal accompaniments — begins with grilled Treviso radicchio with Gorgonzola cream, candied walnuts and saba.

Cost is $27.50. The 10/40 Club's wine is 2008 Vall Llach Embruix Priorat, a red wine from Spain, offered at $10 a glass and $40 a bottle.

Chef Lucas Martin, who co-owns the restaurant and shares cooking duties with his wife Chef Karen Martin, will be at the helm.

Andrew Dovel, who has been working at K & L Bistro for a while now and heading up Sunday Supper, has left the restaurant to move to San Francisco.

K & L Bistro is located at 119 South Main St. in Sebastopol. For reservations, visit klbistro.com or call 823-6614.

Sunday Supper is served from 4 to 8 p.m. There's a limited a la carte menu in addition to the featured special.

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. You'll find her blog, "Eat This Now," at pantry.blogs.pressdemocrat.com