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The week in Sonoma Valley: Dec. 2-9

Saturday, December 1st, 2012 | Posted by

Don’t overlook Fluffy or Fido for photos with Santa. Pets Lifeline presents Santa Paws from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St. Bring your pets (even iguanas are welcome) for portraits with Santa, with various photo packages and prices available. Crafts, baked good and more at Santa’s Workshop. Proceeds benefit Pets Lifeline, the valley’s nonprofit animal shelter. Free admission. Information or appointments: 996-4577.

Crafts, hot cocoa and cookie decorating are part of the festivities at the second annual Winter Wonderland children’s holiday party benefit for Sonomans Offering Support (SOS). Party runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at Ramekins Culinary School, 450 W. Spain St. Admission: $20. Info: courtney@asavvyevent.com.

Music Works!/Sonoma presents a holiday concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at St. Francis Solano Church, 469 Third St. W. The 16-voice chamber choir welcomes the Faith Lutheran Church choir and guest musicians who were friends of Sonoma’s late Santa, David “Lumpy” Williams. The concert will be held in Williams’ memory. Admission is free, donations are accepted.

Stop by the El Dorado Kitchen on the Sonoma Plaza from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 to preview some of the original artwork created by Sonoma Arts Guild members for the upcoming Sweetheart Gala and Auction benefit for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley. Theme for the artwork and gala is Moulin Rouge. Appetizers served. In addition, sample the club’s Moulin Rouge signature cocktail-contest winning libation for $10. For information or tickets to the Feb. 9 gala, call 938-8544, ext. 120, or bgcsonoma.org.

Impact100 Sonoma presents a holiday reception from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Sonoma Golf Club, 17700 Arnold Drive. Food and wine served. The group is a women’s giving circle that brings at least 100 women together to award a high-impact grant of $100,000 each year to a Sonoma Valley non-profit organization. Membership is open to women who make a tax-deductible donation of $1,000. Information: 939-5007, info@impact100sonoma.org.

Plan to get dirty helping out at the native plant nursery workday presented by the Sonoma Ecology Center from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 8 at Sonoma Garden Park, 19996 Seventh St. E. Volunteers will sow seeds from the fruit of California buckeye. All ages and skill levels welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring gloves, a snack and a water bottle. Limited space. Reservations: Megan FitzSimmons at 996-0712, ext.113.

Join the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley for a Christmas tree lighting and open house from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at its Maxwell Clubhouse, 100 Verano Ave. Event includes arts and crafts activities, Christmas carols and refreshments. Free admission. Information: 938-8544.

Pets Lifeline benefits from Miracle on 8th Street, a holiday gourmet dinner celebration from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at Ramekins Culinary School, 450 W. Spain St. Some of the valley’s most acclaimed chefs will prepare dinner: Bryan Jones of The Fig Café, Ed Metcalfe of Shiso, Doug McFarland of Ramekins, John McReynolds of Stone Edge Farm, Gaetano Patrinostro of Mama Tantino’s, and Norm Owens of Hot Box Grill. Silent and live auctions also planned. Dinner tickets are $125, VIP tickets, at $150, include a private cooking class at 4 p.m. Reservations or information: 996-4577, ext. 109.

– Dianne Reber Hart

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Dianne Reber Hart is our Sonoma correspondent.

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