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SANTA ROSA: Slow Food dinner

Slow Food Russian River will host “Making Welcome Real,” a buffet dinner to honor recent refugees from 4 to 7 p.m.

Sunday at Laguna de Santa Rosa’s Heron Hall,

The dinner will feature Syrian and Afghani cuisine prepared by local chef Nawar Laham, owner of Santa Rosa’s East West Cafe, and chef Ali Akbar Raufi, a recent immigrant from Afghanistan who has settled in the East Bay.

Proceeds from the dinner will go toward Welcome Boxes containing items necessary for setting up kitchens and households. Tickets are $35, $25 for teens. To reserve, go to brownpapertickets.com/event/2900310. 900 Sanford Road.


SONOMA COUNTY: Farm Trails tours

Go back to the farm, the dairy and the orchard during “Blossoms, Bees and Barnyard Babies,” a self-guided, family-friendly tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 29 and 30 hosted by Sonoma County Farm Trails.

With the help of a Farm Trails map, visitors can select from dozens of farms for a full weekend of open house festivities. Most of the stops along the trails are free.

Baby animals will include bunnies, lambs, chicks, dairy goats, piglets and even water buffalo calves. Other activities include beekeeping demos, tastings, tours, games and crafts for kids and flower arranging. Many sites offer snacks, lunches and epic picnic sites, plus fresh-from-the-source products for purchase.

For information and to register, go to blossomsbeesbarnyardbabies.com. Don’t forget to bring a map and a cooler.


FORESTVILLE: Horses and wine

The Santa Rosa Junior College will host its 3rd annual Hoofbeats in the Vineyard benefit from 12:30 to 5 p.m. April 29 at the Shone Farm Ag Pavilion.

The fundraiser includes performances, speakers, wine and olive oil tastings and shopping. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for ages 13 to 20, free for kids 12 and under. Tickets are available at Western Farm Supply, Friendly Feed or Apples N Carrots, all of Santa Rosa, or at brownpapertickets.com.

Proceeds go toward the Shone Farm Equestrian Programs and Equi-Ed Therapeutic Equestrian. 7450 Steve Olson Lane.


SONOMA" “Rosé for the Bay”

Poseidon Vineyard & Obsidian Ridge tasting room will release its “Rosé for the Bay” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in honor of Earth Day.

Proceeds from the limited production rosé will go directly to the San Francisco Baykeeper, helping to fund their work to stop the Bay’s worst polluters. Cost is $24 a bottle.

The tasting room is located at Cornerstone, 23568 Arnold Drive.


NAPA: Brush up on cooking

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia has announced its spring class schedule through June, with new classes ranging from Homemade Fresh Cheese and Sourdough at Home to Thai and Korean cooking.

Classes are open to the public and require no advanced skills. Taught by CIA instructors and guest lecturers, programs are held in the Napa Valley Vintners Theater, a 72-seat, state-of-the-art wine tasting and culinary demonstration theater. Classes generally run one to two hours and range in price from $15 to $95, with some including a meal or a wine tasting.

Purchase tickets and read complete class descriptions at ciaatcopia.eventbrite.com. 500 First Street.

Ridge Trail-Creekside Trail Loop


Hiking distance: 2.8-mile loop

Hiking time: 2 hours

Configuration: loop

Elevation gain: 550 feet

Difficulty: easy to moderate

Exposure: forested hills and open ridge

Dogs: not allowed

Maps: USGS Healdsburg and Mark West Springs, Shiloh Ranch Regional Park map

Shiloh Ranch Regional Park is north of Santa Rosa near Windsor. It was a cattle ranch until 1988. The 860-acre park stretches from the base of the valley floor into the wild foothills. The hilly terrain has rugged, stream-fed canyons and a variety of habitats, including valley oak woodlands, coast redwood groves, stands of Douglas fir, bigleaf maple, grasslands and mixed chaparral.

This loop hike follows a ridge with sweeping vistas, returning through a canyon in a riparian corridor along a creek.

To the trailhead

5750 Faught Road, Santa Rosa

38.525095, -122.762905

From Highway 101 in Windsor, exit on Shiloh Road. Drive 1.4 miles east to Faught Road at the base of the hills. Turn right (south) and continue 0.1 mile to the posted park entrance on the left. A $7 fee for parking in the lot is required.

The hike

Walk past the trailhead map panel and restrooms on the wide gravel path. Stroll through an oak-shaded picnic area to a junction at 50 yards. The Big Leaf Trail goes to the right. Continue straight on the Ridge Trail. Cross a seasonal stream on the west edge of the park. Curve right and climb 150 yards to a posted junction with the Creekside Trail.

Begin the loop on the right fork, staying on the Ridge Trail. Weave up the hillside through oaks and madrones to overlooks of the town of Windsor, the expansive Santa Rosa Plain and the Mayacamas Mountains.

Follow the ridge between two steep canyons, steadily gaining elevation. The trail tops out by power lines and descends 50 yards to a posted Y-fork. The South Ridge Trail veers off to the right.

Curve left and slowly descend along the north-facing canyon wall. Just shy of the grassy valley floor is the Creekside Trail. Continue straight for 100 yards and veer left on the Pond Trail.

Follow the north side of the creek, surrounded by open, rolling hills. Loop around the pond and picnic site on the left.

Join the Creekside Trail on the west end of the pond by the outlet stream. Go to the right and head down canyon along the south edge of the creek under pines and mossy oaks in a shaded, fern-filled glen.

Traverse the narrow south canyon slope, and cross a bridge over a stream. Complete the loop 100 yards ahead at the Ridge Trail. Retrace your route straight ahead to the parking lot.

Excerpted from “Day Hikes Around Sonoma County” by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books, 2016).

Staff writer Diane Peterson can be reached at 521-5287 or diane.peterson@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @dianepete56.

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