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The Week in Sonoma: Nov. 12-18

Sunday, November 11th, 2012 | Posted by

Delve into the mind of adventurer and author Jack London as Jay Williams speaks on “The imagination of Jack London,” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday (Nov.12). This is the inaugural event of a monthly lecture series featuring notable authors who will explore London’s books and the lives of Jack and Charmain London. The events benefit Jack London Historic State Park. Refreshments will be served at intermission, and the lecture will include a Q&A and author reception. Tickets (including parking) are $10 at the museum store, online at jacklondonpark.com, or $15 at the door. 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. Stairway access only; for details call 938-5216.

Buy a book at Readers’ Books from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, (Nov. 15) and the store will donate 15% or your purchase to Flowery School. Browse, shop and enjoy light refreshments at 130 E. Napa St. Information: 939-1779, readers.indiebound.com.

Soft Flex Gallery opens to the public from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 17-18) with a special holiday collection of beads, gemstones, findings and beading wire products. Learn how to create a handmade gift for someone or a unique piece for yourself. Free parking and refreshments both days. The facility is at 22678 Broadway, Suite 1. For information, call 938-3539 or visit  softflexcompany.com.

Just in time for the holidays, Mike “the Bejkr” Zakowski shares the secrets of baking specialty holiday and dessert breads. His team recently won a silver medal at the Coupe de Monde de la Boulangerie competition, known as the “Olympics” of baking. The class runs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 17). Using locally sourced ingredients, Zakowski will teach you how to make Kugelhopf, a traditional French holiday bread and send participants home with a loaf. Fee: $90. Register at 938-4626 x 1, at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St., or at sonomacommunitycenter.org.

Visit undiscovered cult treasures and legendary wineries when 20 Carneros region host “Holiday in Carneros” from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Nov.17-18). Each winery offers activities, food and wine pairings, music, art shows, special tastings, discounts or special pricing. Proceeds fund scholarships at Santa Rosa Junior College and Napa Valley College. Two-day tickets are $39 in advance at carneroswineries.org, or $45 at any participating winery during the event. Designated drivers, $10. For information, contact Hospitality de Los Carneros, (800) 909-4352.

– Dyann Espinosa

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Dianne Reber Hart is our Sonoma correspondent.

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