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Dickens Dinners at Madrona Manor

Madrona Manor kicks off the first of its holiday Dickens Dinners at 6:30 p.m. Sunday with caroling by the Twelfth Night Singers and a five-course menu by Executive Chef Jesse Mallgren.

The dinners continue on Dec. 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25 with seatings at 6:30 p.m., plus an additional seating at 1:30 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Cost is $85-$125, depending on the date, with wine pairings extra. A Twelfth Night Singers CD will be for sale, with proceeds benefitting the Healdsburg Boys and Girls Club and the Healdsburg Food Pantry.

To reserve, call433-4231. 1001 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Diners who book a room on the night of their Dickens Dinner will get half off the usual room rate.


Take wine trail without leaving

The Santa Rosa Wine Trail, a collection of urban wineries and tasting rooms located within minutes of downtown Santa Rosa, will host a holiday tasting weekend from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 10 participating wineries.

"Eat, Sip and Be Merry" includes food trucks, live music and exclusive tours and activities at each winery. Passports with stamps from all 10 locations will be entered for a drawing to win prizes.

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