Farming the Laguna: If all you know about farming near the Laguna de Santa Rosa is Laguna Farms, you may want to attend Friday evening's presentation by Gaye LeBaron.
The beloved writer and columnist will talk about the impact early 20th-century farming had on what is one of the county's most important and beautiful natural resources.
"Farming the Laguna" begins at 7 p.m. but guests are invited to arrive at 6:30 p.m. and take a walking tour of the new Laguna Environmental Center.
Cost is a suggested donation of $10.
The Laguna Foundation and Environmental Center is located at 900 Sanford Road, near Occidental Road in west Santa Rosa.
For reservations, call Anita Smith at 527-9277 ext. 110 or email email@example.com.
Art in the Park: On Saturday, June 23, Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods host Art in the Park at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve.
There are actually two events, the art portion and a gourmet hike.
Here's how it works. From noon to 5 p.m., there is an art exhibition and sale, with food, acoustic music, wine and beer.
Admission is free but if you want to taste beer and wine, you pay $15 for six tastes.
Food will also be available for purchase and there's an $8 charge for parking. Artists from throughout the region are participating with photography, paintings, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture and more.
Also beginning at noon is a literary luncheon featuring writer Kenneth Brower, author of "The Wildness Within: Remember David Brower."
The late David Brower, considered one of the most influential environmentalists of the modern era, is the author's father. He was born on July 1, 1912 in Berkeley.
Cost is $40 per person or two for $60 and includes one signed copy of the book, along with a glass of wine or beer, a sandwich (grilled tri-tip or portobello mushroom), potato salad, green salad and dessert.
To purchase tickets on line, visit stewardsofthecoastandredwood.com.
Culinary Cafe and Bakery Opens for Summer Session: On Wednesday, SRJC's popular Culinary Cafe opened for the 2012 summer session.
The cafe serves lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday. Reservations are recommended; make yours by calling 522-2796.
The bakery is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday for coffee drinks and breakfast breads. Breads, pastries and desserts are available for take-out until 2 p.m.
The cafe is located in the new B. Robert Burdo Culinary Arts Center (1670 Mendocino Ave. at Carr Ave., Santa Rosa).
Butterfly Gardens: If you do just one thing this weekend, Ms. Mouthful suggests you make it a visit to the annual Open Gardens Celebration at Hallberg Butterfly Gardens.
As she has for decades, Louise Hallberg, now in her 90s, will welcome visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at 8687 Oak Grove Ave., across from Oak Grove School in north Sebastopol.
The garden is a treasure of history as well as of butterflies and their habitat. The 40-acre property has been in the Hallberg family since 1883. Louise was born at the home and attended Oak Grove School, where her father was a trustee.