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The Week in Sonoma Valley: March 10-17

Sunday, March 10th, 2013 | Posted by

Buy the latest “Junie B. Jones” chapter book or another childhood favorite at the spring book fair at Sassarini School, 652 Fifth St. W. The fair runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday (March 11) through Wednesday (March 13) in the school library. Selections include picture books and chapter books for children, cookbooks and titles for adults. Proceeds benefit the school library. Information: 935-6040.

Impress your dinner guests with a traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal. Chef Sarah Pinkin will teach participants how to make an Irish dinner with a twist from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday (March 15) at Ramekins, 450 W. Spain St. The hands-on class includes Irish sausage rolls, Guinness-braised corned beef and trimmings and Guinness chocolate crème bruleé. Fee: $85. Information and reservations: 933-0450.

Valda Whitman, at left, will be the featured quilter at the Sonoma Quilt Show at Vintage House March 16-17.

View fabric art at its finest at the 10th annual Sonoma Quilt Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (March 16) and Sunday (March 17) at Vintage House, 264 First St. E. This year’s show features the work of Valda Whitman, noted quilt-maker, teacher and renovator of old and damaged quilts who also practices the vanishing art of hand-quilting. She’ll be on hand to discuss quilting. Admission: $5. Raffle tickets will be sold for the queen-size Double Irish Chain quilt made by Quilters United in Loose Threads (QUILT). Raffle tickets are $2 each, three for $5, seven for $10. Proceeds benefit Vintage House.  Information: 996-0311.

Wear your skinny jeans to wedge through the crowd for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. A longtime favorite destination for those who are Irish and those who’d like to be, Murphy’s offers Irish music, Guinness, Harp’s and Smithwick’s, a full menu and some of the best people-watching in town, all jammed into the classic alley pub right off Sonoma Plaza. Be sure to wear green. Doors open at 11 a.m. Sunday (March 17) for the revelry. Information: 935-0660.

Grab your garden tools and wear your work gloves to help out at Sonoma Garden Park, 19996 Seventh St. E., from 9 a.m.-2p.m. Thursday (March 14). Garden work days continue weekly. The Sonoma Ecology Center is looking for volunteers to help grow local native plants, vegetables and perennials and to help with nursery maintenance and upkeep. All ages and skill levels welcome; children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Information: 996-0712, megan@sonomaecologycenter.org.

Looking ahead:

Sonoma Valley Chorale presents “Please Welcome Mark Hayes,” a concert and workshop with the award-winning composer and conductor. The workshop for singers, pianists and conductors is from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First St. W. Hayes will conduct the Chorale in a variety of his original music and scores at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24 at the vets building. Workshop tickets are $60 at the door, $45 in advance (including an evening concert ticket) by calling 996-5334 or downloading a registration form at sonomavalleychorale.org. Concert tickets are $20 adults, $16 seniors, $10 for kids 12 and under at Pharmaca, 303 W. Napa St., the UPS Store, 19229 Hwy. 12, or by calling 935-1576. Concert includes David Irvine as director, Barbara McElroy as assistant conductor and JoAnne Connor as chief accompanist.

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Dianne Reber Hart is our Sonoma correspondent.

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