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THINGS TO DO IN SEBASTOPOL

Indulgence: Taste West Sonoma

Formed over the summer, the new winery collective Taste West Sonoma is an assortment of vineyards and estates dedicated to promoting and appreciating the bounty of wine that can be found in west Sonoma County. This month, Taste West Sonoma is putting the spotlight on nearly a dozen of those wineries at the inaugural Indulgence: Taste West Sonoma event at the Barlow Event Center. For the occasion, TWS is partnering with the avant-garde nonprofit the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. While the sisters spread goodwill and cheer with a schedule of theatrical fun and games, wineries like Claypool Cellars, Halleck Vineyard, Iron Horse Vineyards, Red Car Wines and others show off their spoils of viticulture selections. Live music, auctions and appetizers prepared by Worth Our Weight nonprofit culinary training organization complete the offerings. Proceeds will go back to the community in scholarship programs for graduating students at West Sonoma County high schools. Saturday, Sept. 16, Barlow Event Center, 6770 McKinley Ave., Sebastopol. VIP admission, noon; general admission, 1pm. $75–$125. rrsisters.org.

Harvest Hoedown 2017

Nonprofit mental-health organization LifeWorks of Sonoma County is dedicated to helping families and individuals make positive life experiences through counseling and education. Every year, the helping hands at LifeWorks cut loose in the country, when they host the rollicking Harvest Hoedown Event at one of Sebastopol's most picturesque ranches. Get to the hoedown early for the opening cocktail reception, featuring folk delights from San Francisco world music trio Wry Rovers. Then, choose from a sumptuous spread including Napa Slaw Sliders, fried chicken and filets cooked with wild mushrooms. Stay for the silent and live auctions, boasting international trips and local adventures. Then dance into the night with the sounds of the Old Boots Band to cap off the country-western extravaganza. Saturday, Sept. 16, Trappe Family Ranch, 12620 Bodega Hwy., Sebastopol. 4:30pm. $100 and up. lifeworkssc.org.

Harvest of the Heart

Delivering nourishing meals to seriously ill residents and empowering teens through garden and kitchen programs, Ceres Community Project inspires, heals and cares with communal heart. Now, the community is welcome to share in the love with the Harvest of the Heart fundraiser at Ceres' garden in Sebastopol. The evening features a local, seasonal feast prepared by popular Sonoma County chefs and served under the stars among the beauty of the garden's natural wonders. Live music and silent auctions open the festivities and a live auction promises world-class offerings. Saturday, Sept. 16, Ceres Community Garden, 1005 N. Gravenstein Hwy., Sebastopol. 5pm. $150. ceresproject.org.

Luther Burbank's Experiment Farm Open House & Plant Sale

In addition to crafting new plant species at his home in Santa Rosa, famed Sonoma County botanist Luther Burbank made like a floral Dr. Frankenstein at a farm in Sebastopol, where nearly a thousand species of plants, trees and shrubs were developed on the 15-acre property atop Gold Ridge. Today, that farm is still thriving thanks to the efforts of the Western Sonoma County Historical Society, who host the annual Luther Burbank's Experiment Farm Open House & Plant Sale this month. History comes alive as docents lead guests on tours of the farm, highlighting not only the variety of plants on hand, but revealing Burbank's story with accounts of his successes and influences. The farm's cottage is open and filled with a photographic display from Burbank's heyday, and kids' activities will keep the young ones engaged while the adults peruse the nursery for a wide selection of plants to take back to their own gardens. Saturday–Sunday, Sept. 23–24, 7777 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. 10am–4pm both days. Free admission. wschsgrf.org.

Sonoma County Art Trails Preview Exhibit

Autumn in Sonoma County brings with it Art Trails. For two weekends each October, art lovers can take self-guided tours to dozens of Sonoma County artists' homes and studios for an up-close look at new art and works in progress. In addition to the Art Trails weekends, taking place Oct. 14–15 and Oct. 21–22, local enthusiasts can flock to the Sonoma County Art Trails Preview Exhibit, happening at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, who spearhead the annual affair. Get a glimpse at the abundance of art being produced in the county at the exhibit, which boasts a piece from each of the nearly 100 participating artists and runs through Oct. 22. Opening reception is Thursday, Sept. 28, at Sebastopol center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. 6–8pm. Free. sebarts.org.

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