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The Week in Sonoma Valley: Feb. 17-24

Saturday, February 16th, 2013 | Posted by

Grass skirts, ukuleles and leis will be in abundance as Hula Mai of Sonoma presents “Ka Nohona Hawai‘i” – The Hawaiian Way of Life from 1 to 9 p.m.  Sunday ( Feb. 17) at Vintage House, 264 First St. E. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Workshops and presentations in Hawaiian lore, history, hula, chant, lei making and beginning and advanced ukulele. Hawaiian pork and chicken dinner included in the $35 admission.

Help preserve Sonoma Valley’s rich history by joining the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation. The group’s quarterly meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 20) at Maysonnave House, 291 First St. E. The all-volunteer nonprofit organization will have membership information available for those interested in promoting the valley’s history. The league operates several historic sites, maintains archives of historic photos and documents, sponsors awards for historic preservation and offers tours, special events and educational program. Free. Information: sonomaleague.org, 938-0169

Head over to Sonoma’s warehouse district to sample artisan wines from 10 independent producers at the Eighth Street Wineries Open House. The event runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 23) at 21481 Eighth St. E. Visitors can wander from cellar to cellar trying limited-production wares, current releases, library offerings and barrel tastings. Includes gourmet food pairings. Featured labels: MacRostie, Parmelee-Hill, Anaba, Three Sticks, Tin Barn, Stone Edge Farm, Patz & Hall, Endiku, Talisman and Ty Caton. Tickets: $40 ($45 at the door), $10 for designated drivers, at eventbrite.com. Ages 21 and older, no pets Information: eighthstreetwineries.com.

Join some of Sonoma’s top chefs for the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Community Table Series at the Sonoma Community Center’s Rotary Kitchen, 276 E. Napa St. Chef Rob Larman of Cochon Volant’s Flying Pig BBQ opens the series on Saturday (Feb. 23). The three-course dinner series continues March 30 with Cafe La Haye executive chef Jeffrey H. Lloyd; April 27 with Wild Thyme Catering chef Beau Filipello; and May 30 with the girl & the fig owner Sondra Bernstein and executive chef John Toulze. All dinners feature wines by the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance. Dinners begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $65 at svbo.org or 938-4626, ext. 1.

Celebrate the year of the snake with a traditional 10-course banquet hosted by the Sonoma Sister Cities Association. The Chinese New Year gathering pays tribute to Sonoma’s sister city in Penglai, China. Lunch, including Cline Cellars wine, is from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 24) at Lily Kai, 3100 Lakeville Hwy., Petaluma. Tickets: $30 at svbo.org or 938-4626, ext. 1. Information: pphelan@clinecellars.com.

Looking Ahead:

Jean-Charles Boisset, president of Boisset Family Estates, is the featured speaker for “France & California: Ultra Wine Blend,” the latest offering in the Windows to the World series sponsored by the Sonoma Community Center and the Sonoma Sister Cities Association. Boisset, whose portfolio includes the historic Buena Vista Winery, will speak about wine and sustainable winemaking methods at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at Vintage House, 264 First St. E. Tickets: $15 at svbo.org or 938-4626, ext. 1.

Send your Sonoma Valley events to Dianne Reber Hart at sonomatowns@gmail.com. The deadline is two weeks before publication.

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Dianne Reber Hart is our Sonoma correspondent.

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