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THINGS TO DO IN SANTA ROSA

World Language Fair & World Heritage Day

Things get international at the Santa Rosa Junior College this month when the school's department of modern and classical languages hosts two separate days of bilingual presentations and entertainment, the World Language Fair and World Heritage Day. First, on April 18, the SRJC's Emeritus Plaza welcomes an array of musicians, dancers and authors, such as Spanish-born and Los Angeles–based poet Mariano Zaro, to demonstrate their creative cultural expression in several languages. An international cafe will be serving food from around the world, and SRJC language department staff will be on hand to offer more information about their academic offerings. Next, on April 20, the SRJC's World Heritage Day event takes over the student center for an interactive lecture by nationally syndicated cartoonist and satirist Lalo Alcaraz, who has produced editorial cartoons for the LA Weekly since 1992. Both events begin at noon and are free to attend (campus parking is $4). 1501 Mendocino Ave. 707.527.4011.

Earth Day at City Hall

Santa Rosa's eighth annual Earth Day On Stage event makes its debut at City Hall on April 22 for a day of inspiration and conservation. The free, family-friendly event features a stellar lineup of multicultural entertainment, including VOENA children's choir, Sonoma County Taiko drumming ensemble, the Native Youth Pomo Dance Group and martial arts demonstrations from the Redwood Empire Chinese Association. Accompanying the stage show are local vendors and experts who will show off their eco-friendly products and organize activities for the kids. Delicious food and a positive environment compliment the event. Anyone looking to start Earth Day early in Santa Rosa can join the creek cleanup at Prince Memorial Greenway at 9:30am. Earth Day On Stage kicks off at City Hall, 100 Santa Rosa Ave. Noon to 4pm. srcity.org/earthday.

Courthouse Square Festival

It's an idea that dates back decades, and a process that's been over a year in construction, but Santa Rosa is finally close to completing the Old Courthouse Square reunification project. Just in time for summer days, the downtown outdoor plaza is set to open to the public with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and festival on April 29. Santa Rosa mayor Chris Coursey will lead the opening ceremony, and local historian Gaye Lebaron will speak on the square's historical roots and the cultural significance of the reunification. Once the site is dedicated, the festival boasts live music and dancing, art and history displays, a farmers market, beer and wine gardens, and lots of family-friendly activities. 12:30pm to 4pm. Mendocino Avenue and Fourth Street. srcity.org/CHS.

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