Venturing Out: Great ways to get outdoors the week of Sept. 30 in Sonoma County
NATIVE PLANTS, SEPT. 30
Santa Rosa: Learn about creating your own native plant wildlife landscape for birds and butterflies and tour a native plant nursery at the Laguna de Santa Rosa, 900 Sanford Road. 3-5 p.m. $12 nonrefundable, pre-registration required at lagunafoundation.org.
LANDSCAPE PAINTING, SEPT. 30
Santa Rosa: SRJC art instructor Marsha Connell leads an outdoor early autumn landscape painting session 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Pepperwood Preserve, 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road. For ages 13 and up, beginning painters welcome. $45 per participant, $40 for Pepperwood Preserve members. Meet at the Bechtel House. Visit pepperwoodpreserve.org.
CREATIVITY WALK, SEPT. 30
Windsor: Sonoma County Regional Parks’ staff lead women on a healing, creativity walk 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Shiloh Ranch Regional Park, 5750 Faught Road. Visit SonomaCountyParks.org.
BICYCLE REVOLUTION, OCT. 2
Santa Rosa: The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition hosts a free screening of the film “Bicycle Revolution.” The film follows a class of college students who ride to 12 cities in Southern California to face the challenges of creating bicycle-friendly cities. 7 p.m., Sports Basement, 1970 Santa Rosa Ave. Donations accepted. 707-545-0153.
PADDLE RACE, OCT. 6
Bodega Bay: Sonoma Coast Surfrider’s fundraising Blue Water Paddle Race 8:30 a.m. -1 p.m., Doran Regional Park, 201 Doran Beach Road. Participate or watch. Races are 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Pets welcome. Race Day check-in at 8:30 a.m. Parking $7, free for Regional Parks members. SonomaCountyParks.org for registration.
COMMUNITY HEALING, OCT. 6
Windsor: Attend a community healing event to mark the one-year anniversary of the October 2017 wildfires in the county. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Shiloh Ranch Regional Park, 5750 Faught Road. Family activities, food trucks, music, dancing, drumming, fire ecology hike and drop-in crisis counseling. Visit SonomaCountyParks.org.
FOUNDERS’ DAY RUN, OCT. 6
Rohnert Park: The Empire Runners Club’s annual 5K Fun Run and 2-mile walk, 8 a.m., Rohnert Park Community Center, 5401 Snyder Lane. Raffle and costume contest. Registration limited to 400. Visit empirerunners.org.
HIGH FIVE HIKE, OCT. 6
Glen Ellen: Fundraising 5-mile hike at Jack London State Historic Park to the summit of Sonoma Mountain. Prizes at five hike stations along the mountain trail and the ultimate prize of a mountain bike at the summit. Music, beer and food trucks in Beauty Ranch Meadow, kite decorating and flying, Pets Lifeline Adoption van. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 2400 London Ranch Road. Tickets are $10, $20 and $25. jacklondonpark.com, 707-938-5216.
FITNESS HIKE, OCT. 6
Glen Ellen: Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road. Choose from an easy-to-moderate 7-mile hike and an 8-mile strenuous hike 10 a.m,-noon, with options to hike further until 2 p.m. Free, meet in the ranch parking lot. jacklondonpark.com, 707-938-5216.
FAMILY BICYCLE WORKSHOP, OCT. 6
Santa Rosa: Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition’s free, family bicycle workshop, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Santa Rosa French American Charter School, 1350 Sonoma Ave. The workshop includes an instructional, family bike ride. 707-545-0153, bikesonoma.org.
DOWNTOWN MILE RUN, OCT. 7
Santa Rosa: Walk, roll or run in downtown Santa Rosa’s Old Courthouse Square. 30-minute fun mile walk or roll and bicycle parade at 9 a.m., and timed mile heats start at 9;30 a.m. Presented by the Empire Runners Club. $40 for adults, $20 for youth includes festival meal and beverage. Visit empirerunners.org.