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The Week in Sonoma Valley, Nov. 14-20

Monday, November 14th, 2011 | Posted by

Get a head start on the festive season by taking part in Holiday in Carneros on Saturday and Sunday (11/19-20), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nearly 40 wineries in the Carneros region will offer visitors a selection of food and wine pairings, live music, art or craft shows, special tastings (barrel, library, reserve, new release), discounts/special pricing, and activities. It’s a great way to explore the Carneros, including some of the smaller wineries that are never open to the public. Proceeds help fun scholarships at Santa Rosa Junior College and Napa Valley College. Advance tickets: $39/person; $29/designated drivers. Information: 800-909-4352 or carneroswineries.org/events.

Kick up your heels at Vintage Holiday on Saturday (11/19), 5:30 p.m., at Vintage House, where an elegant evening designed by Julie Atwood Events awaits. Mabeth and Bill Sanderson will be honored at this annual fundraising event. An opening cocktail-and-hors-d’oeuvres reception will be followed by a three-course dinner, followed by jazz singer Jackie Ryan and dancing to the music of Larry Vucovich. 264 First Street East, Sonoma. Cost: $175/person. Information and/or reservations: 996-0311 or invo@vintagehouse.org.

Celebrate autumn and rockin’ good music by attending “Harvest Moon,” the 5th annual musical tribute to Neil Young, on Saturday (11/19), 7-9 p.m., at Andrews Hall in the Sonoma Community Center. Playing the tunes: the six-man Joe Chaplain Band, with a combined 200 years of performing live music. Special guests: Sheila Whitney and Monica McKey. 276 E. Napa Street, Sonoma. Tickets: $12.50/advance, $15/door. Information and reservations: 938-4626 or sonomacommunitycenter.org.

Delve into the mysteries of one of the world’s most long-lived—but critically endangered—creatures, the Pacific leatherback sea turtle, at Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building on Wednesday (11/16), 7-8:45 p.m. Turtle Island Restoration Director Teri Shore and Sonoma Diver Greg Holzer, guest speakers, will discuss these magnificent creatures, which travel vast distances across the ocean each year to feed on jellyfish. Soon the Sonoma coastline will be designated a a safe haven these gentle giants. 126 First Street West, Sonoma. Fee: $5 at the door. Information: sonomabirding.com.

Enjoy a trio of talented singer/songwriters—Sean Carscadden, John Pita and Jessica Peters (who records under the name Petracovich)—on Thursday (11/17), 7 p.m., at Meadowcroft Wines tasting room. Cheese plates/charcuterie and wine are available during the show. You must be 21 or over to attend. For more info, email info@meadowcroftwines.com. Admission: $15/person (includes one glass of wine). 23574 Arnold Drive at Highway 121, Sonoma.

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Dianne Reber Hart is our Sonoma correspondent.

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