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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 anita@lagunafoundation.org.

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.

After attending college, she returned to the family home and after she retired as registrar at Santa Rosa Junior College, she focused her attention on butterflies. She has been recording species since 1986.

Docents will be on hand to help visitors with butterfly and bird sightings and identification. There will also be educational displays, self-guided tours, activities for children and book and plant sales.

For more information about this local treasure, visit hallbergbutterflygardens.org. On Sunday, all you need to do is show up without any pets. Admission is free but donations are always welcome.

Making Mozzarella: On Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., Viva Italian Food, Wine And Culture Center (7160 Keating Ave., Sebastopol) hosts a cheesemaking workshop conducted by Gabe Jackson of The Beverage People.

Jackson will demonstrate how to make mozzarella, ricotta, mascarpone and burrata, all techniques that are within reach of home cooks. Jackson will provide information on tools, specific ingredients, terms and techniques, including how to wrap a whole tomato in homemade mozzarella.

Unfortunately, new health department restrictions forbid the serving of lunch or other foods at the facility but all attendees will enjoy a glass of Italian wine.

In light of the new restrictions, the cost of the workshop has been reduced to $50.

To register by phone, call 824-9913. To register on line visit saiprograms.com/viva.

Hawaii comes to Guerneville: A few weeks ago, Ono'z, a Hawaii-inspired cafe, opened in Guerneville at 16218 Main St.

There's always a barbecue plate with rice and salad and on Sundays, it is specifically Hawaiian, with kalua pig, pipi kaula (Hawaiian beef jerky) and other island specialties. On Saturday's, there's a Filipino theme, by customer request.

Jocelyn Nelson was born and raised in Honolulu and the recipe is inspired by Hawaii's diverse culture and those foods she most enjoys when she returns to Hawaii.

She and her husband Tim bought a house in Guerneville nearly a decade ago and decided to open their cafe after Tim retired.

Currently, Ono'z is open on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. Expect expanded hours in July. The cafe is closed on Tuesday.

There's no alcohol but there is shave ice, perfect on a hot afternoon.

Bamboo Workshop: On Sunday, Darrel DeBoer, a Bay Area architect who specializes in natural materials, teaches a class on working with bamboo. The class takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bamboo Sourcery (666 Wagnon Road, Sebastopol).

The class includes instruction in how to cut, pin, split, weave, tie, bend and join bamboo and explores a variety of other related topics, including varieties and harvesting.

The morning session will focus on demonstrations and in the afternoon, students will be able to work with bamboo.

Cost is $75 per person; the cost includes a make-it-yourself bamboo try. Participants should bring a bag lunch, gloves and sunscreen and wear closed-toe shoes.

It's a good idea to dress in layers, too, as it could be cold in the morning and hot in the afternoon.

To sign up for the class, call 823-5866 or email bamboo@bamboosourcery.com.

Pigs and Planes: On Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., the board of directors and officers of Pacific Coast Air Museum host a "Western Pig Bar B Q with All the Fixings."

The menu features pig-on-a-spit, along with Caesar salad, chili and sourdough bread.

Cost is $15 per person; kids under 6, with their parents, are admitted free. Wine and beer area available for $3, soft drinks are $1. Tickets will be available at the door.

It all takes place on the patio of the museum at 2230 Becker Blvd. in Santa Rosa, adjacent to the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport.

Why a party? you ask. The directors and officers want to show their appreciation to both their members and the community at large.

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

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