The Week in Sonoma Valley: Nov. 18-25
Take an opportunity to clear out the clutter before the holidays. Sonoma County Waste Management Agency and Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire hold a free e-Waste and Styrofoam recycling event from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in the parking lot at Whole Foods Market in the Marketplace Shopping Center, 201 W. Napa St. Working and non-working equipment and household items and clothing in gently used condition are accepted; no large appliances. Information: 565-3375, recyclenow.org.
Load up on local Thanksgiving produce at the Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers Market from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, in the parking lot at Arnold Field, 241 First St. W. Typically held on Friday mornings, the market changes days to accommodate holiday shoppers; no market planned for Friday, Nov. 23. To celebrate Thanksgiving, visitors can enter a chance to win a produce basket full of market products. The market resumes its regular schedule Nov. 30.
Heart of Sonoma Valley Association, an alliance of 28 wineries and tasting rooms, presents its 29th annual holiday open house Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24, with tickets available for those who enjoy wine tasting as well as their designated drivers. Wine discounts and tastings, gift packages, holiday nibbles and special events will be offered from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. both days at 26 wineries throughout Sonoma Valley. Tickets are $45 for both days (single-day tickets aren’t available), $10 for designated drivers. Information: HeartOfSonomaValley.com, (866) 794-9463.
Celebrate the start of the holiday season at the eighth annual Lighting of the Snowmen from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Drive. Festivities include live music by Robert and Amy Ethington in the snowflake-filled courtyard, a holiday performance by Sonoma Ballet Conservatory, outdoor holiday films for kids and a visit from a “special mystery guest.” Food and wine served. Free. Information: 933-3010, cornerstonesonoma.com.
Garlands, lights and holiday music transform the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley into a festive Holiday Wine Trolley, circa the late 1800s. Travelers will view Sonoma Valley historic landmarks from the turn of the 19th century and visit four premium wineries also decked out for the holidays. Holiday Wine Trolley runs Nov. 25-Dec. 30. Information: 938-2600, sonomavalleywinetrolley.com.
– Dianne Reber Hart