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Giving the taste of Wine Country

Dragonfly Farm Holiday Sale: On Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., several local artists will gather at Dragonfly Farm (425 Westside Road, Healdsburg) for a holiday sale.

As of press time, 15 artists were scheduled to join in, among them Mary Pat Ortega Rowan with twig figurines; Mackenzie Yuill-Thornton with handmade jewelry from recycled leather; Anne Bibbens Loarie with pressed flora and textiles; Katherine Plank with landscape paintings; Siobhan Loughery with barbed-wire peace signs and aprons and bags made of feed-sack cloth; Jimalee Plank with handmade books, boxes and altars and Dragonfly Floral itself, with wreaths, terrariums, tillandsia (a genus of the Bromeliad family) and succulents.

There are always surprises at Dragonfly Farm, too, so be ready to be delighted.

Make-Your Gift Baskets and the Artist Wonders Society: For many, Grapevine Trading Company's annual warehouse sale has become a holiday tradition. It takes place this weekend.

Here's how it works. The warehouse is set up so that you can select from among their specialty foods — we love the hibiscus vinegar — and other items, including discontinued candles, ceramics and more, priced well below cost to fill as many baskets as you like. Staff will then shrink-wrap each basket for you.

The sale takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you attend on Saturday, you'll want to take a look next door, too, where Artistic Wonders Society is hosting its annual "arts, craft and a whole lot more sale" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Both the Grapevine Trading Company and Artistic Wonders Society are located at 738 Wilson St. in Santa Rosa.

Planning Ahead for Fado: On Jan. 25, the Mission San Francisco Solano (located on the corner of Spain and First St. East, Sonoma) hosts a Fado performance featuring fadista Angela Brito, who is working on her first Fado CD, and David Silveira Garcia, a local favorite.

Fado is a musical genre from Portugal that goes back to the early 1800s. Fans of the genre are extremely passionate and surely would welcome a gift of tickets, which are $20 per person. We mention it now because these performances always sell out well in advance.


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