On the Cheap in Sonoma Valley, April 17-23
Come celebrate the 38th year that Sonoma’s historic Toscano Hotel has been open to the public. Built in 1851, the building was boarded up for many years beginning in 1957. In 1972, the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation undertook the hotel’s refurbishing, doing everything from sewing curtains to acquiring authentic period furniture. The hotel re-opened in April 1973 and has been going strong ever since. Enjoy a cup of tea and refreshments this Wednesday, 2-4 p.m, while docents answers questions about Sonoma’s history. Free. 20 E. Spain Street, Sonoma.
Bring your very wee ones to Toddler Storytime at Sonoma Valley Library on Tuesday. New-borns to three-year-olds accompanied by a parent or caregiver are welcome at 10:30 a.m. for stories, songs, and rhymes. More mature tots (ages 4-5, 11:30 a.m.) get fingerplays thrown into the mix. Free. For more info, call 996-5217 or visit the website. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
Learn how communities around the world are “going local,” coming together to re-build a more human-scale and ecologically-oriented world, in a film entitled The Economics of Happiness. The thrust of the film is that, as the world moves in this new direction, the earth will be healed and people will recover a sense of well-being. The film will be shown Thursday, 7 p.m., in room 110 of the Sonoma Community Center. Transition Sonoma Valley, the film’s sponsors for the Sonoma showing, will serve light refreshments (please bring your own cup). Admission is free. For more information visit the TSV website. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.