Things to do in Sonoma County
Happy Mother's Day weekend! Whether you are a mom or you know one, here are a few things you can do for fun this weekend. Included in our list is the Human Race in Santa Rosa, Meals on Wheels Derby Day in Kenwood and the Matsuri! Japanese Arts Festival in Santa Rosa on Saturday. Other events include a film fest, a tour of art studios, a chili cook-off and more. It's all in our list of things to do. Laguna Garden Volunteer Day: This Friday, grab your gardening gloves and head over to Laguna Environmental Center to help maintain and enhance their “outdoor classroom.” Weather permitting, volunteers can be a part of what makes the center's landscape beautiful, taking part in planting, weeding, spreading wood chips and general cleanup. Tools and snacks will be provided, bring water, gloves and friends. More information is at www.lagunadesantarosa.org. Human Race: On Saturday, thousands of do-gooders will be raising funds for the charity of their choice by taking part in a 3K and 10K run or walk through Howarth and Spring Lake Parks. The race starts at 8 a.m. at Herbert Slater Middle School. The event will also include a pancake breakfast, free bike valet, live music, a marketplace and more. Find out all the details at humanracenow.org. Derby Day: Wear your Derby-inspired apparel and compete for prizes at the 17th annual Meals on Wheels Derby Day this Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chateau St. Jean Winery in Kenwood. The event includes live streaming of the Kentucky Derby, a silent and live auction, live music, a raw oyster bar and more. Tickets start at $250 and benefit the Council on Aging. Find out more at councilonaging.com/derby-day. Matsuri! Japanese Arts Festival: Celebrate Japanese arts this Saturday when this annual festival comes to Juilliard Park. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the free event will include art exhibits, martial arts demonstrations, Taiko drumming performances, origami and other Japanese crafts, traditional food and clothing and more. Find out all the details at www.sonomamatsuri.com. Tour Oakmont Artist Studios: This Saturday and Sunday, Oakmont Art Association artists are opening their studio doors to visitors, allowing a personal look at their art process and works of varying media. More than 30 artists will be represented at 24 studio locations. Find a map of studios and more information at oakmontart.com. FilmFest Petaluma: With a chance of showers this weekend, it's a great time to catch a movie - or 38 of them. The Mystic Theatre in Petaluma is venue to the 8th annual Film Fest Petaluma, showing more than three dozen short films from over 15 countries. Following the shows, filmmakers will take part in post-screening discussions. Show times are noon, 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for each showing, or $30 for an all-day pass. Tickets can be purchased at McNear's or Copperfield's Books in Petaluma, or by visiting petalumafilmalliance.org/film-fest-2016. Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off: Bring your appetites to the Sonoma-Marin Fairground this Saturday to attend the 19th annual Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off, Salsa and Beer Tasting event. From 1-5 p.m., enjoy music, dancing and, of course, delicious samples of chili, salsa and beer. Tickets are $25-$45, $10 for kids 5-11 and free for kids under 5. Find out all the details at facebook.com/PetalumaChiliCookoff. Happy Mother's Day! If you're treating Mom to breakfast in bed, be sure to check out these delicious brunch recipes. If you want to take your mom out to brunch, here's a list of brunch places around Sonoma County. And if you'd rather steer clear of brunches altogether, here are a few alternative Mother's Day experiences your mom will love. Mother's Day Open Garden: Bring Mom and the family to the Russian River Rose Company in Healdsburg this Saturday to tour the gardens, peruse the rambling roses and maybe even select a fragrant blossom for Mom to take home. Doors open at 10 a.m. Admission is a $2 donation or $10.95 for tours, and moms will receive a small gift. Find out more at russian-river-rose.com. Chosen Spot Plant Expo: At the Luther Burbank Home & Gardens this Sunday, tour the spring gardens and home, buy plants and bouquets, and learn about plants and bugs at this educational and entertaining expo. The SSU Biology Outreach will conduct a bug hunt for kids, and budding artists can paint clay pots. There will also be live dance performances and more. Admission is $2, or free for kids under 12. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds. Find out more at lutherburbank.org. Champagne at Korbel: Treat mom to champagne on Mother's Day. Korbel Champagne Cellars is offering free champagne tasting for moms on Mother's Day, and will also offer tours of the garden. Find out more at www.korbel.com.Astronaut Lullabies: On Mother's Day, Jim and Kathy Oceans will perform “Astronaut Lullabies” - a star-filled experience at the SRJC Lark Hall Greenhouse (near the Planetarium) that combines live music with a visual space exploration. The adventure starts at 3 p.m., and admission is $10-$15. More information at jimoceanmusic.com.