FIRE IN THE ECOSYSTEM, NOV. 30
Santa Rosa: Fire ecologist Sasha Berleman’s presentation about fire’s role in the ecosystem and how plants depend on that role. 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Heron Hall in the Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road. Pre-registration required at lagunafoundation.org. Sliding-scale donation requested.
JINGLE BELL RUN, DEC.2
Petaluma: The Empire Runners Club’s annual Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run at Shollenberger Park, 1400 Cader Lane. 5K timed or untimed run, 1-mile run or walk and Fun Run for kids 12 and under. Participants wear holiday-themed costumes and tie bells to their shoelaces or show off ugly Christmas sweaters. Post run activities. Proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Register at jbr.org/petaluma.
GIRLS ON THE RUN, Dec. 2
Rohnert Park: This 5K event and celebration culminates a 10-week course for the Girls on the Run Sonoma County empowerment program. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., 5K start time is 9 a.m. The event is at SOMO Village, 1400 Valley House Drive. Post-5K celebration follows at 10 a.m. Details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STRENUOUS HIKE, Dec. 2
Glen Ellen: Bill and Dave Hikes lead a 12-mile hike, rain or shine, to the top of the Sonoma Ridge Trail and its east extension at Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road. Meet in the upper parking lot at 9:45 a.m. No parking fee. Visit billandavehikes.com for details.
SUNRISE HIKE, DEC. 2
Windsor: Take an invigorating hike 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. at Foothill Ranch Regional Park, 1351 Arata Lane. Bring a headlamp, as the hike will start in darkness. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Parking $7. Visit SonomaCountyParks.org
WATERFOWL PHOTOGRAPHY, DEC. 2
Santa Rosa: Photograph waterfowl 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Laguna de Santa Rosa, 6303 Highway 12. $10 fee. Bring a kayak or register to rent one for $12 at SonomaCountyParks.org. Call 707-565-2041 for more information.
WINTER DAY CAMP, DEC. 9
Santa Rosa: Park naturalists entertain kids ages 6 and up with games and crafts 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Spring Lake Regional Park’s Environmental Center, 393 Violetti Road. $20 per child, registration required at SonomaCountyParks.org. Call 707-539-2865.
MINDFUL WALK, DEC. 9
Glen Ellen: Moderate, relaxed 1.5-mile walk 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. guided by Jeff Falconer to Jack London’s Lake at Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road. Option to extend the walk another 3 miles from the lake 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet in the ranch parking lot. There is a 20-person limit. Free admission to the park. Call 707-938-5216.
Napa Valley Wine Train’s packages
Quattro Vino Journeys ($332 to $392 per person.)
The Famiglia Tour. The six-hour trip from Napa to Rutherford features a four-course meal and tours of Silverado Vineyards, Whitehall Lane Winery and Grgich Hills Estate.
The Estate Tour. The six-hour trip from Napa to St. Helena features a four-course meal and tours of Domain Chandon, HALL Wines and Inglenook.
The Collective Tour. The six-hour trip from Napa to St. Helena features a four-course meal and tours of St. Supery Estate Vineyards, Beringer Winery and Raymond Vineyards.
The Legacy Tour. The six-hour trip from Napa to St. Helena, features a four-course meal and tours of Robert Mondavi Winery, Charles Krug Winery and V. Sattui Winery.
Castle Winery Tour. The one-and-a-half hour trip from Napa to Calistoga features a gourmet lunch and an exclusive tour and tasting at Castello di Amorosa. ($269 to $334 per person.)
Raymond Winery Tour. The one-and-a-half hour trip from Napa to St. Helena features a gourmet lunch and an exclusive tour and tasting at Raymond Vineyards. ($209 to $229 per person.)
Grgich Hills Winery Tour. The two-hour trip from Napa to Rutherford features a gourmet lunch and an intimate tour and tasting at Grgich Hills Estate. ($209 to $229per person.)
Ambassador Winery Tour. The one-and-a-half hour trip from Napa to St. Helena features a gourmet lunch and exclusive tours and tastings at Charles Krug Winery and Raymond Vineyards. ($269 to $334 per person.)
Hop Train. The two-hour tour of Napa Valley in the Open Air car every Monday features tastes of local craft beers and bites from Palisades Beer Co. (Begins at $75 per person.)
The Vista Dome. The three-hour tour of Napa Valley, offered at lunch and dinner in the two-story Vista Dome, an elevated dining car, features a gourmet meal with a glass of sparkling wine. ($214 to $244 per person.)
The Gourmet Express. The three-hour tour of Napa Valley, offered at lunch and dinner in the refurbished antique Pullman rail cars, features a gourmet meal and a glass of wine. ($139 to $169 per person.)
Murder Mystery. The three-hour tour of Napa Valley features dining on a gourmet meal with a glass of wine while figuring out who-done-it in the murder mystery dinner theatre. ($195 to $215 per person.)
Meet the Maker. The three-hour evening rail tour of Napa Valley features a four-course gourmet dinner with a selection of wine from the featured winery, tasting notes from the winemaker, and food pairings. (Begins at $272 per person.)
Blue Note Express Music & Dinner Train. The four-hour tour of Napa Valley, offered every Thursday night, features a glass of sparkling wine and appetizers onboard the new Open Air rail car with a Napa-style meal, a live performance from the “Wine Train Quartet” and a ticket to the 9:30 p.m. show at Blue Note Napa. (Begins at $213 per person.)
Santa Trains: The annual Santa Trains, from Napa to Yountville, feature an interactive adventure and offer its passengers holiday bites and beverages, along with games, sing-alongs, and a fun cast of holiday-inspired characters. (Prices not yet set.)