This article was updated on Friday, April 20, to add three new events in the comments section below.
Take a look at that thermometer! Don't be surprised if it pushes over 80 this weekend, making this a clear gateway to summer and all that means: canoeing on the river, , long glowing sunsets and chardonnay…
But we're getting ahead of ourselves. Friday, April 20 brings us a prix fix ($28) party at the familiar Plaza-facing restaurant. As the Patch listing says, "This is comfort cooking at its best. There will be no fois gras, no brussel sprouts (Mary likes them, Dave doesn’t), and absolutely, positively no hoity toity-ness." Technically that should be hoit-toitiness, but we'll let that pass. Prepaid admission is required, so email email@example.com call 707-433-7224.
Saturday April 21 the Healdsburg High School Peace Project sponsors , with music, activities, informational exhibits and yo-yos. Other area .
If you see a palette of people in downtown Healdsburg today doodling, drawing, painting or photographing, they could be "sketchcrawlers" - artists who meet in locations all over the world and share their work online at www.sketchcrawl.com. Join them at at 10 a.m., if you're interested in participating.
At 7 p.m. you can take a journey to Varanasi at the behind the (now empty) Café Gratitude. Local independent filmmakers Jim Wills and Pam Bell introduce their new documentary an English engineer and scientist who became enraptured with India's holiest city in 1819. Sizzling Tandoor snacks, desserts by Patisserie Angelica, and a DVD of the movie included with the $15 admission.
The traditional Earth Day is April 22, Sunday, and if you're keen on keeping the tradition head to Santa Rosa's Courthouse Square, from noon to four. Lots of eco-friendly activities, for more information visit www.srcity.org/earthday
In Healdsburg you could drop by , this weekend's Brazilian jazz Andrew Emer Duo providing the global theme to go with your (11:30 to 2 p.m.). While you're there - or maybe it's because you're there - spend some time with Barbara Bourne's wine country photographs, on display in the indoor dining area. The Healdsburg artist has an eye for what makes us all love living here.
Then take the family to the Sunday matinee at the . for at 2. It also shows at 8 p.m. , and again next weekend, same times. Harper Lee's dramatic, deep family play about pre-judgment and life lessons, ably acted and staged by the Raven Players.
Meanwhile at the Movies… Starting Friday at the is Jiro Dreams of Sushi (PG) about Tokyo's subway station Michelin 3-star sushi chef, 85-year-old Jiro Ono. Coming as it does following Patch's its timing could hardly be more appropriate. Also new is The Lucky One (PG-13) from a Nicolas Sparks novel, with Zac Ephron, Taylor Schilling and Blythe Danner. Continuing: The Hunger Games (PG-13) and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (PG-13)