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The Week in Sonoma Valley: Dec. 30-Jan. 6

Saturday, December 29th, 2012 | Posted by

There’s still time to cast a vote for your favorite gingerbread creation in the seventh annual Gingerbread Contest presented by Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers. This year’s theme is “favorite holiday movies.” Visitors can vote for their favorite creations for a chance to win a case of Sonoma Valley wine. The display continues through Monday (Dec. 31) at the Sonoma Valley Visitors Center at Cornerstone Sonoma (featuring Annadel Estate Winery), B.R. Cohn, Buena Vista, Chateau St. Jean, Envolve, Glenlyon & Two Amigos, Highway 12, Imagery, Kenwood, Lasseter Family, Mayo Family, Spann and Viansa. Online voting on Facebook.

Ring in the New Year at the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance New Year’s Eve Glitz and Gatsby Gala on Monday (Dec. 31) at The Lodge, corner of Broadway and Leveroni Road. Festivities include a cocktail reception at 7:30 p.m., gourmet dinner, silent auction and champagne toast at midnight. Music provided by David Martin’s House Party. Half of the $250 ticket price is tax-deductible. Proceeds benefit the alliance’s one-on-one mentoring program in Sonoma Valley public schools. Tickets and information: sonomamentoring.org.

Hopmonk Tavern presents live music, with three shows during New Year’s week. Loosely Covered performs on Monday (Dec. 31), with Bobby Jo Valentine on stage Friday (Jan. 4) and Cahoots playing on Saturday (Jan. 5). Show times are 9 p.m. at the restaurant and bar, 691 Broadway. Information: 935-9100, hopmonk.com.

Start the New Year with a low-key celebration at Readers’ Books – football-free, guaranteed. The bookstore, 130 E. Napa St., hosts its New Year’s Day Blow-out Party from noon-5 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 1). Discounts will include half-off on all 2013 calendars. The bookstore is one of just a few places where jazz lovers can find the Sonoma Valley Jazz Society’s semi-nude “Jazzalicious” silver anniversary calendar. Shoppers who donated books for the Book Stars charitable holiday program will have a chance to win gift certificates. The bookstore is well-stocked with self-help books for guidance for New Year’s resolutions, too.

Youngsters in Sonoma Valley can learn about birding at the seventh annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday  (Jan. 6). Young birders from 8 to 16 will attend a “binocular boot camp” and then head out in small teams for 90-minute hikes on a safe route with an experienced birder. A tabulation ceremony and kids’ presentations will follow the hikes. Each child should be accompanied by an adult. Birders should bring a bag lunch. A Budding Birder Club for children 4 to 7 will be offered by the Montessori School, co-sponsored by the Sonoma Community Center. Birders should meet at the community center, 276 E. Napa St. Registration: sonomabirding.com. Information: 939-8007.

The Sebastiani Theatre Foundation offers a Specticast film presentation of the San Francisco Opera’s “Madame Butterfly” at 1 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 6) at Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E., on the Sonoma Plaza. The dramatic opera is a classic tale of colliding hearts and cultures set in 20th century Japan.  Run time is two hours, 40 minutes, with a 10-minute intermission. The opera is sung in Italian with English subtitles. The rating is G. Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors and children. Information: 996-2020.

– Dianne Reber Hart


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Dianne Reber Hart is our Sonoma correspondent.

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