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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sonoma Style - December 2011

Hard to believe that the holidays are upon us, but we know how to celebrate in wine country style. ‘Tis the season to get out and enjoy your community! 

Fabulous Follies
The Sonoma Community Center’s fabulous holiday review show is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2 at the Center. This is an evening of light-hearted fun, inspiring performers, campy, glittery and humorous holiday entertainment showcasing the talents of local performing artists! Their motto is, “No act is too ridiculous or astounding!” Takes place at the Center, 276 East Napa St., Sonoma. For more information call (707) 938-4626 or see

Arts Guild of Sonoma Invitational Show
Opening reception for this year’s holiday season Arts Guild show is Friday, Dec. 9, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. View and shop for fine arts & crafts, jewelry and cards presented by 25 member artists and 14 invited guest artists. Free admission. Open 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily through January 1. Located at 140 East Napa St., Sonoma.

Christmas at the Sonoma Mission
This year’s celebration of “Christmas at the Mission” is happening Saturday, Dec. 10. The evening includes Christmas carols and scripture readings, followed by refreshments served by volunteers in period attire. Tickets are free but must be picked up in advance at the Mission on East Spain Street, limit of 4 tickets. Since 1986 the Sonoma Valley Ministerial Association has coordinated the program at the Mission Chapel. Donations of canned or packaged foods will be accepted for Friends In Sonoma Helping. For more information call (707) 938-9650.

Holiday Open House at Estate
Come celebrate with local wine country artists, food purveyors and friends showcasing unique gifts for holiday shoppers. Book signing by Sondra Bernstein, with the release of her new book “Plats du Jour” along with tables by Bellwether Farms, The Candlestick, Wine Country Chocolates, Sew Bizarre, Moon Mountain Studios, Ma Snax Superior Dog Treats, Annadel Estate Winery and many more! Apertivo and antipasta will be served. Sponsored by Estate and the girl and the fig restaurants, along with wine sponsor Domaine de Nizas the open house takes place Saturday, December 10, from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Estate, 400 West Spain St., Sonoma.

WillMar Center Open House
Come check out the Center at the Holiday Open House on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Enjoy holiday cocktails and appetizers with friends and a restaurant raffle will also take place. RSVP to or call (707) 935-1946. 583 First St. W, Sonoma.

Fireside Stories at Bacchus Glass
Come mix and mingle in good cheer while characters come to life at an evening of homespun winter tales around the warm glow of the hearth at Bacchus Glass. Friday, Dec. 16, from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. there will be delectable treats and refreshments served. Adults are $10 and children are free. Fireside Stories is sponsored by the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Association. Bacchus Glass Studio, 21707 8th St E #6, Sonoma. For information call (707) 939-7862.

Photo Exhibit at the Museum
A new exhibit of “The Springs” has opened at the Depot Park Museum. The photos offer a look into the Valley’s past including the Sonoma Mission Inn, the Boyes Springs railroad station, the Valley’s lumber yard and historic Highway 12. The exhibit will run through 2012. The Depot Park Museum is located on First Street West in Depot Park and is open from Thursday through Sunday, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. free of charge. For more information, call (707) 938-1762.

Christmas Dinner at the Vintage House Senior Center
A traditional holiday meal will be lovingly prepared and served by volunteers at the Vintage House on Sunday, December 25, at 264 First St. E, Sonoma. Dinner is free, but reservations are required in advance. Call (707) 996-0311. Home deliveries will be provided by the Kiwanis Sonoma Plaza Members.