The Week in Sonoma Valley: Feb. 3-10
Taxpayers with low to moderate incomes can find free tax help this week and throughout the tax season through the United Way’s Earn It! Keep It! Save It! program at La Luz Center, 17560 Greger St. Help from IRS-certified volunteers is available by calling 211 or (800) 325-9604 for an appointment. Volunteers will help clients fill out tax returns and highlight ways to obtain maximum refunds.
Love a good romance? Need a novel? Visit the Friends of Sonoma Valley Library book sale from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 6) and 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 7), Friday (Feb. 8) and Saturday (Feb. 9) at Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa St. The winter book sale features a wide assortment of genres and titles, with students from preschool through high school invited to select a free book. Information: 996-5217.
Visit Sonoma’s historic mission on Thursday (Feb. 7) for “Old Mission Dolores, San Francisco: A Return to Original Indian Management,” a lecture presented by the curator and assistant curator of Mission Dolores. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7 p.m. Sonoma’s Mission San Francisco Solano is located on the Sonoma Plaza at 114 E. Spain St. The program is sponsored by California State Parks and the Sonoma/Petaluma State Historic Parks Association. Fee: $10 at the door. Information or access: 938-9560 or parks.ca.gov.
VJB Vineyards and Cellars offers a taste of Italy during its Italian-style happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Fridays in the winery piazza, corner of Highway 12 and Shaw Avenue in Kenwood. Visitors can dine on Neapolitan-style pizza and flat bread baked in wood-fired outdoor ovens by the winery’s Red Rooster Pizza Co. One-liter jugs of Italian-style table wine will be filled from barrels for $20, with refills for $12. A jug and pizza combo are $32 or $24 with a jug refill. Take-out service also is available. Information: 833-2300 or vjbcellars.com.
Join the Jack London Piano Club for a Valentine’s concert benefiting Jack London State Historic Park. The event is from 4-6:30 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 10) at the House of Happy Walls Museum at the park, 2400 London Ranch Road. Pianists Jud Goodrich, Marilynn Scott, Jim Wittes, Zina Milyavsky and Esfir Ross will perform a repertoire ranging from classical to popular songs from the Great American Songbook. Jennifer Farmer is the guest performer. Refreshments served at intermission. Access is by stairway only. Tickets: $20 (includes parking) at the museum store or jacklondonpark.com. Information: 938-5216.
Celebrate Mardi Gras and help a Sonoma Valley man suffering from a rare and debilitating genetic skin disorder, Epidermolysis bullosa (EB). Friends of 28-year-old Cody Cordellos are planning a Louisiana crawfish boil and Zydeco dance party to the live music of Gatorbeat at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at the Sonoma Moose Lodge, 20580 Broadway. Mardi Gras costumes encouraged. Tickets: $35 at Dave’s Muffler, 925 W. Napa St., or Steiners Tavern, 465 First St. W. on the Sonoma Plaza. Donations can be made to thebutterflyfund.org. Information: Steve Thrasher at 548-2957.
– Dianne Reber Hart