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DOCENT TRAINING, MARCH 8 - APRIL 11

Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen is looking for adult volunteers to train as docents. The training is on six successive Wednesdays 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. March 7-April 11 at Quarryhill Botanical Garden, 12841 state Highway 12 in Glen Ellen.

Volunteers will gain a deeper understanding of plant conservation worldwide, in depth information about the plants in Quarryhill’s Asian Woodland collection and its unique history. To sign up as a volunteer docent contact Neely Hart (707) 996-6027 or nhart@quarryhill.org. More information is available at quarryhill.org/volunteer.html.

FAMILY BIKE WORKSHOP, MARCH 10

Sebastopol: Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition’s safety instructors hold a free, family bicycle workshop 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Sebastopol Independent Charter School, 200 S. Main St. Children must be 7 and older and able to ride a bike with their parents. Functional bike and helmet required. The event includes instruction in a parking lot and a supervised bike ride. Call 707-545-0153 for information or visit bikesonoma.org.

WILDFLOWER WALK, MARCH 10

Glen Ellen: Join naturalist John Lynch on a slow pace early spring wildflower walk 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road. Fore ages 15 and up. $10 admission and $10 per parking per vehicle. Bring snacks, water and binoculars and meet at the ranch parking lot. Visit jacklondonpark.com/early-spring18.html# for details.

TRIP PLANNING 101, MARCH 11

Sebastopol: Learn about the importance of planning an overnight hike or camping trip, 2-4 p.m. at Ragle Ranch Regional Park 500 Ragle Road. Parking $7, registration required at SonomaCountyParks.org. Call 707-565-2041 for information.

ILSANJO CLASSIC, MARCH 11

Santa Rosa: The Empire Runners Club’s 10-miler and neo-classic 4-miler races and a 1K Newt Scoot free for kids 10 and under on the bike paths and trails of Howarth, Spring Lake and Trione-Annadel parks starting at 8:45 a.m. Online registration is free until March 8, $10 for non members and race day fee is $20. Visit empirerunnersclub.org for information.

BICYCLE CLASS, MARCH 17

Santa Rosa: The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition’s on-bike class for those who have completed the previous classroom instruction is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 750 Mendocino Ave. Call 707-545-0153 for information.

MINDFUL WALK: MARCH 17

Glen Ellen: Jeff Falconer leads a relaxed, 1.5-mile mindful walk to the lake at Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road, 10-11 a.m. with an option to continue another three miles. $10 plus parking. Meet in the ranch parking lot.Visit jacklondonpark.com for information.

GARDEN WORKDAY, MARCH 17

Santa Rosa:Join the Larkfield Community Garden workday at Maddux Ranch Regional Park, 4655 Lavell Road 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring water, snacks and work gloves and wear sturdy shoes and a hat. Parking $7. For information email ProgramDirector@communitysoil.org.

FAMILY HIKE, MARCH 17

Santa Rosa: Enjoy a family hike and visit the Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake Regional Park, 393 Violetti Road. Programs start at 1 and 3 p.m. Parking $7. Call 707-539-2865 or visit SonomaCountyParks.org. for information.

Splurge Pinot Noir

TOP PICK

Arista

Arista, 2014 Mononi Vineyard, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 14.9% alcohol, $75. ★★★★1/2

This pinot noir is drop dead gorgeous, with deep cherry flavors and notes of cola and smoke. It’s generous, packed with fruit, a touch earthy and has great intensity. It’s knockout.

Tasty ALTERNATIVES

William Selyem, 2014 Bucher Vineyard Sonoma County Pinot Noir, 13.8%, $59. ★★★★: An aromatic pinot with bright red fruit -- raspberry and cherry. Notes of leather and herbs in the mix. Round texture.

MacMurray Estate Vineyards, 2014 Russian River Valley Sonoma County Pinot Noir, 14.3%, $30. ★★★1/2: A solid pinot noir with aromas of lavender and flavors of cherry, cranberry and toast.

Marimar Estate, 2013 Mas Cavalls, Dona Margarita Vineyard, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 14.2%, $45. ★★★★: A pretty pinot noir that’s earthy with notes of cherry, white pepper and sandalwood. Bright acidity. Supple texture.

Etude, 2014 Grace Benoist Ranch, Carneros Pinot Noir, 14.3%, $95. ★★★★: This is a tasty pinot with a lush texture. Notes of red fruit, anise and mineral. Bright acid. Lingering finish.

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Peg Melnik’s Tasting Room blog

FAMILY WALK, MARCH 17

Santa Rosa: Free, guided moderate 1.5-mile walk designed for families with children at Pepperwood Preserve, 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Meet at the Dwight Center. Donations accepted. Visit pepperwoodpreserve.org for details.

EQUINOX WALK, MARCH 20

Santa Rosa: Celebrate the arrival of Spring with a 3-mile walk along the wheelchair accessible Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail 4:30-6 p.m. Meet at 6303 state Highway 12. Parking $7. Call 707-565-2041.

HOOD MOUNTAIN HIKE, MARCH 24

Santa Rosa: Join Bill and Dave Hikes for a moderately strenuous 6.5-mile hike in the extreme northern part of Hood Mountain Regional Park and the McCormick extension of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Meet at the Los Alamos Road parking lot at 9:45 a.m. Parking $7. Visit SonomaCountyParks.org for details.

RACE REGISTRATION

Forestville: The deadline is April 2 to register teams online for the 2018 Russian River Mud Run on April 8 at Ya Ka Ama near Forestville. There are 5K and 10K races for adults and children and registration prices vary. Details available at www.russianrivermudrun.com.

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