TURKEY TROT, NOV. 23
Healdsburg: 5K run/walk through downtown Healdsburg starting at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. Registration is $35 for adults, $25 for ages 6 to 18 and $15 for kids five and under. Part of the entry fee and all the sponsor proceeds go to the Rotary Club of Healdsburg to support victims of the fires in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties. The Healdsburg Food Pantry will collect non-perishable food at the event. Visit the Healdsburg Running Club website or sceneaperformance.com/events/healdsburg-turkey-trot/ for details and to register.
TURKEY BURNER HIKE, NOV. 24
Santa Rosa: Burn off your Thanksgiving feast with a moderately strenuous 5-mile hike 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve, 3820 Petaluma Hill Road. Meet at the Kawana Terrace Parking lot. Parking $7. Registration required. Visit SonomaCountyParks.org. Call 707-565-2041 for information.
REDWOODS FRIDAY, NOV. 24
Glen Ellen: Admission to Jack London State Historic Park is free 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Redwoods Friday, a statewide celebration of California’s redwood parks. Join a guided, moderate 4-mile Turkey Waddle hike through the redwoods, visit the ruins of Jack London’s Wolf House home that burned in October’s fires and take the Beauty Ranch Tour of historic structures for sustainable agriculture. Golf cart rides are free 12 to 4 p.m. only. Meet in the ranch parking lot, 2400 London Ranch Road. Rain cancels the hike. Register at https://www.savetheredwoods.org/get-involved/free-redwoods-days/redwoods-friday/. Visit jacklondonpark.com.
CREATURE FEATURE, NOV. 26
Forestville: Discover the mysterious world of the otter with activities, games and storied for kids 3 to 7 accompanied by an adult, 2 to 3:30 p.m.,Sunset Beach River Park11060 River Road. Parking $7. Visit SonomaCountyParks.org or call 707-483-0940 for information.
MCGUIRE’S BREAKFAST RUN, NOV. 26
Santa Rosa: For Empire Runners Club members only, 3K and 10K race. Start 8 a.m. at Hidden Valley Elementary School, 3435 Bonita Vista. Race Day entry fee is $20. Potluck breakfast after the race is optional.Visit empirerunners.org for information.
WINGING IT, NOV. 29
Healdsburg: Birding Guide Dave La Casse leads a 2-hour, easy-pace, interactive, wheelchair-accessible walk to learn and identify local birds, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Riverfront Regional Park, 7821 Eastside Road. Bring binoculars or borrow them on site. Parking $7. Visit SonomaCountyParks.org for details.
FIRE IN THE ECOSYSTEM, NOV. 30
Santa Rosa: Fire Ecologist Dr. 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 un-timed 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. Proceed 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 INFO@GOTRSONOMACOUNTY.ORG.