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The week in Sonoma Valley: Dec. 9-16

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Sonoma Community Center’s Puppet Playhouse presents “Aladdin” by the Fratello Marionettes at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the center, 276 E. Napa St. Admission is $10, $9 members. Tickets and information: 938-4626, ext. 1, sonomacommunitycenter.org.

An opening reception for oil and pastel artist Shirley Roberts is planned from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Gen. Joseph Hooker House museum, 414 First St. E. The art show and sale continue through Jan. 15, with Roberts donating all proceeds to the museum. Free. Museum hours are 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Monday.

Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble performs its annual Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center, with Dr. Brian Sebastian as conductor. Proceeds benefit the Andrews Hall renovation project. Admission: $25 general, $40 reserved seats. Tickets and information: 938-4626, ext. 1, sonomacommunitycenter.org.

The Jack London Piano Club presents a winter concert from 4-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the House of Happy Walls museum at Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. Eight pianists and two guest singers will perform classical pieces and Christmas favorites. Proceeds benefit the park. The $20 admission includes parking and refreshments. Stairway access only; call 938-5216 for details. Tickets: jacklondonpark.com or at the museum store.

Sonoma Valley residents can vote for their favorite local nonprofit organization or school as part of the inaugural Thursday Late Nights at Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Drive. The winning group will receive a special events package valued up to $15,000. Voting takes place from 4-7 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 20 at Cornerstone’s 10 shops and specialty businesses. Schools and nonprofits should register with desiree@artefactdesignsalvage.com. Information: CornerStoneSonoma.com.

Sweet scenes are on display at Sonoma Valley wineries and tasting rooms during 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 month-long display continues through 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.

– Dianne Reber Hart

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