Fun fall events around Sonoma County

This weekend, book lovers can find books on the cheap at the Friends of Santa Rosa Libraries semi-annual book fair.|

Heads up, book lovers: For four days, Friday, Oct. 9, through Monday, Oct. 12, Friends of the Santa Rosa Libraries host their annual Fall Book Faire, said to be the largest book fair in the North Bay.

Things open Friday with a preview sale for members of Friends from 2 to 3 p.m. General admission, which is free, is from 3 to 7 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday, the fair is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Books are half-price on Sunday.

The sale continues on Monday from 2 to 7 p.m. with Bag Day, when you'll pay $5 for a bag of books.

Every genre from children's books, cookbooks and craft books to science, math, health, mysteries, horror, biography are represented in the sale, which also includes VHS tapes, DVDs, CDs, LPs, audiobooks and more.

It tall takes place at the Santa Rosa Veterans Building (1351 Maple St.).


Calling All Aliens: On Sunday, Oct. 11, the 25th Annual Glen Ellen Village Fair takes place from noon to 5 p.m. on Arnold Dr. between London Ranch and Warm Springs roads in Glen Ellen.

This year's fete is actually called the Glen Alien Fair, with an alien-themed parade at noon.

Following the parade is an afternoon of fun, with food booths, vendor booths, live music, activities for kids and more.

Admission is free.


Coppola Carnival: On Halloween, Coppola Winery (300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville) hosts a Halloween Carnival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The carnival, for kids up to age 14, includes games, a DJ, caramel apple decorating and more.

Space is limited to just 500 kids and tickets, $10 each, go on sale Saturday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m. at This event always sells out so if you want to delight your favorite costumed banshees, don't wait. Each transaction is limited to five tickets.

Accompanying adults do not need tickets.

The Pool Cafe will be open throughout the day.


SoCo Unplugged 5: On Sunday, October 11, Boon Hotel and Spa (14711 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville) hosts the fifth annual SoCo Unplugged, an afternoon of music, wine and food.

Participating wineries include Thomas George Estates, Claypool Cellars, VML Winery, Paul Mathew Winery, Banshee Wines, Davis Family Vineyards, Moshin Vineyards and Acorn Winery.

Seaside Metal Oyster Bar will provide oysters, there will be pies from Chile Pies Baking Co., ice cream from Nimble & Finn and other goodies from Big Bottom Market.

The musical line up includes Ashley Allred, John Courage and the Great Plains, Blap.deli; Aiden James; Jesse Brewster; Bobby Jo Valentine and others.

You should bring a blanket for lounging and sunscreen but leave your pups at home; no animals will be allowed.

Advance tickets, available at, are $20 each; you'll pay $25 at the door.

Fall Craft Faire: Next Tuesday, Oct. 13, is the second of two Fall Craft Faire days at the Forestville Certified Farmers Market (5700 Highway 116 North, Forestville. In addition to the market produce and prepared food vendors, local artisans will offer handcrafted jewelry, soap and other body products, candles, clothing, greeting cards, blown glass, fused glass, pottery, ceramics and more.

The market takes place on Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. through the end of October.

For more information about the market, visit


Unleash Your Inner Viking: On Saturday, Oct. 10, Freya Lodge and Sons of Norway present 'Vikingfest,' taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Norway Hall (617 West Ninth St., Santa Rosa). The festival includes live Viking reenactments, cultural displays and demonstrations, crafts and keepsakes, a Viking photo booth, Scandinavian vendors, a traditional bakery and a raffle, along with a 'Taste of Norway' lunch, imported foods and fresh waffles and coffee.

Freya Lodge was founded in 1951 and currently has about 160 members. For more information, visit, where you will also find information and a link for tickets for the organization's annual Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner, taking place on Jan. 23, 2016. The date may seem a long way off but tickets are already on sale for this popular event.


Buon compleanno, Della Santina: Della Santina (133 East Napa St., Sonoma) is celebrating 25 years of serving classic Tuscan cuisine to thousands of customers.

Monday's special pop-up dinner, 'Red, White and Green, Family Style,' which takes place in the Sonoma Plaza, is sold out but there is still time to post a special memory and photo on the restaurant's Facebook page.

Posts will be accepted through Monday. The top three stories then will be posted for fans to select the final winner, who will receive a catered dinner for four.

The birthday celebration continues on Wednesdays from Oct. 14 to Nov. 18, when there will be a special $25 three-course family-style dinner from 5:30 p.m. until closing. For reservations, call 935-0576.


Aloha Alert: On Tuesday, Oct. 13, the Santa Rosa Junior College Planetarium welcomes Lanakila Mangauil of Hawaii for a presentation about Mauna-a-Wakea, or Mauna Kea, where a global coalition plans to construct an 18-story telescope that will significantly alter the region's landscape.

The mountain is sacred to Hawaiians and there is a growing protest attempting to stop the development, which opponents say will destroy the environment in myriad ways.

Mangauil, a cultural leader and practitioner, will explore legends, myths and traditional practices connected to the mountain and will also discuss the connection between cultural practices and scientific observation.

A Q & A period will follow the presentation.

The event is free to students and staff of SRJC. A donation of $10 is recommended for others, though no one will be turned away for last of funds. All proceeds will benefit efforts to protect Mauna Kea.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Email Michele Anna Jordan at You'll find her blog, 'Eat This Now,' at

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