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Friday, Dec. 6

<strong>Sarah Baker and Nina Gerber:</strong> Two longtime regional favorites team up when Baker sings and Gerber plays guitar at the new Kathleen McCallum Gallery's holiday party, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., at 760 Village Court, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. $5. 545-7353.

Fridays, Dec. 6 &amp;amp; 13

<strong>'Cinderella's Christmas':</strong> Actors' Theater for Children performs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13; 1 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14; 3 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15. Kids Street Learning Center Charter School, 709 Davis St., Santa Rosa. Tickets: $5, starting one hour before each show. <a href="http://actorstheaterforchildren.com" target="_blank">actorstheaterforchildren.com</a>, 256-8062.

Friday, Dec. 6

<strong>Tree Lighting:</strong> Kick off the holiday season in the Sonoma Plaza, starting at 5:30 p.m. today. Santa arrives at Sonoma City Hall aboard a fire truck, then lights the tree on display on the city hall balcony. Free. And if you wish, you can stick around for dining and shopping on Sonoma Plaza. <a href="http://sonomachamber.org" target="_blank">sonomachamber.org</a>.

Saturday, Dec. 7

<strong>Merle Haggard:</strong> The quintessential 'Okie from Muskogee' brings his pure, hard-scrabble, born-of-experience country sound Saturday to Napa's Uptown Theatre, with the Malpass Brothers opening at 8 p.m. $80-$90. 1350 Third St. 259-0123, <a href="http://uptowntheatrenapa.com" target="_blank">uptowntheatrenapa.com</a>.

Saturday, Dec. 7

<strong>Petaluma Lighted Boat Parade:</strong> A flotilla of decorated, lighted vessels gathers at Petaluma Turning Basin at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday for a graceful glide into Petaluma's downtown district. The lighted boats remain docked in downtown through the night behind the Great Petaluma Mill. <a href="http://visitpetaluma.com" target="_blank">visitpetaluma.com</a>.

Saturday, Dec. 7

<strong>Festival of Trees:</strong> The Fabulous Women of Petaluma are auctioning off beautiful Christmas trees decorated by local merchants and charity groups, with proceeds benefiting three different charities. Entertainment includes a holiday cafe of delicious treats, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Petaluma Pete, and holiday family portraits. Also occurring Dec. 13 &amp;amp; 14. $1 admission. 6-9:30 p.m. Petaluma Theatre Square Plaza. <a href="http://thefabulouswomen.com" target="_blank">thefabulouswomen.com</a>

Saturday, Dec. 7

<strong>Breakfast with Santa:</strong> Spend time with the big guy at Healdburg's Costeaux French Bakery. This bakery menu has goodies like hot chocolate and croissants, and Santa will be taking gift orders from good boys and girls. 9-11 a.m. 417 Healdsurg Ave., Healdsburg. <a href="http://costeaux.com" target="_blank">costeaux.com</a>

Sunday, Dec. 8

<strong>Snowman Lighting Festival:</strong> This annual event at Cornerstone starts at 3 p.m. with live music, a holiday dance performance, pictures with Santa, and classic holiday films. Adults can enjoy refreshments in the beer garden, and there will be lots of activities for kids. And, of course, there's the magic scene of snowman in the evening. $5 parking, plus $20 for optional benefit carnival. 23667 Hwy. 121, Sonoma. c<a href="http://ornerstonesonoma.com" target="_blank">ornerstonesonoma.com</a>

Sunday, Dec. 8

<strong>Healdsburg Jazz &amp;amp; Wine Club Party:</strong> The Healdsburg Jazz Festival organization and the Stark Wine Company present the Mark Levine Quartet, performing live from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday at Stark's tasting room, 439 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. $25. <a href="http://healdsburgjazzwineclub.org" target="_blank">healdsburgjazzwineclub.org</a>.

Sunday, Dec. 8

<strong>Secret Santa Kickoff:</strong> Montgomery Village is throwing their huge annual holiday party, with the Volunteer Center's elves in Village Court and Village Terrace. Help the community while also enjoying holiday entertainment with Santa, performances, music, and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. <a href="http://mvshops.com" target="_blank">mvshops.com</a>

Monday, Dec. 9

<strong>'Museum Mondays for Little Ones':</strong> Enjoy stories, games, arts and crafts, and a movie, all meant for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. $5 per child; up to 2 adults per child free before 11 a.m.579-4452, <a href="http://schulzmuseum.org" target="_blank">schulzmuseum.org</a>.

Dec. 9-10

<strong>Monte Schulz:</strong> The Sonoma County native returns to talk about his newest novel, 'Naughty,' based on a 1962 Santa Rosa murder case, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Barnes &amp;amp; Noble, 700 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. <a href="http://barnesandnoble.com" target="_blank">barnesandnoble.com</a>. (Also, 7 p.m. Monday at Book Passage in Corte Madera.415-927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.)

Dec. 9-12

<strong>Santa Express:</strong> Love trains? Love Santa Claus? You can't miss with this. The jolly old elf boards the Napa Valley Wine Train from Napa to Yountville and back, 3-5:30 p.m. Dec. 9-12; 9-11:30 a.m. and 3-5:30 p.m. Dec. 16-19. $20-$35; food not included. 800-427-4124, <a href="http://winetrain.com/holiday" target="_blank">winetrain.com/holiday</a>.

Wednesday, Dec. 11

<strong>Dianne Reeves:</strong> Working from her last album, 'When You Know,' and previewing her next release, the four-time Grammy winner and star jazz vocalist performs with the San Francisco Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. $40-$85. 415-864-6000, <a href="http://sfsymphony.org" target="_blank">sfsymphony.org</a>.

Wednesday, Dec. 11

<strong>Holiday Dinners:</strong> Chef Jesse Mallgren crafts seasonal cuisine from local ingredients at Madrona Manor, 1001 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Seatings available include 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11. $50 and up. For reservations and full schedule: 433-4231, 800-258-4003, <a href="http://madronamanor.com" target="_blank">madronamanor.com</a>.

Dec. 11 &amp;amp; 12, 18 &amp;amp; 19

<strong>Healdsburg Strolling Dine-Around:</strong> Downtown Healdsburg restaurants offer special four-course progressive dinners Dec. 11-12 and 18-19 at $89. Chef Anne Cornell of the Relish Culinary Center will create appetizers and conduct cooking demonstrations. <a href="http://relishculinary.com" target="_blank">relishculinary.com</a>.

Through Dec. 12

<strong>'Making Special':</strong> Curator Gina Telcocci has assembled work by six artists who create art from everyday materials. The show runs through Dec. 12 in in the Agrella Art Gallery on the Santa Rosa Junior College campus, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Closed Sundays and Fridays. 527-4298, <a href="http://santarosa.edu" target="_blank">santarosa.edu</a>.

Dec. 12-15

<strong>Christmas Memory:</strong> The Petaluma Readers Theatre presents a live staged reading of Truman Capote's 1956 holiday story, based on his boyhood, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12-14 and 2 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Clear Heart Theater, 90 Jessie Lane, Petaluma. $10. 287-1766, <a href="http://petalumareaderstheatre.com" target="_blank">petalumareaderstheatre.com</a>.

Dec. 13-15

<strong>'Nutcracker':</strong> Ballet Califia of Cotati presents its popular annual production of the classic ballet set to Tchaivosky's music, at 8 p.m. Dec. 13, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Dec. 14, and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. $18-$25. 570-7682, <a href="http://BalletCalifia.org" target="_blank">BalletCalifia.org</a>, 588-3400, <a href="http://rpcity.org" target="_blank">rpcity.org</a>.

Sunday, Dec. 15

<strong>Victorian Inn Tour:</strong> The Camellia Inn, Grape Leaf Inn, Calderwood Inn, Haydon St. Inn, Raford Inn and Irish Rose Inn in and near Healdsurg decorate for the holidays and open for public tours from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Start at any of the six. $5, or donate canned food. <a href="http://healdsburg.com" target="_blank">healdsburg.com</a>, 433-6935.

Sunday, Dec. 15

<strong>Handel's 'Messiah':</strong> Thrill to singers building to the joyous 'Hallelujah' chorus. The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale performs at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. $40-$85. <a href="http://gmc.sonoma.edu" target="_blank">gmc.sonoma.edu</a>, (866) 955-6040.

Mondays through Jan. 20

<strong>'David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition':</strong> The de Young Museum presents the first comprehensive survey of of the celebrated British artist's 21st-century work daily except Mondays through Jan. 20. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. $16-$46, under 5 free. 415-750-3600, <a href="http://famsf.org" target="_blank">famsf.org</a>.