Get out of the house! 5 things you can do tonight!

Summer isn’t going to last forever. Here are 5 things you can do tonight

1. Funky Friday

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Enjoy music and food in a family friendly environment at the Hood House.  If you haven’t been yet, there are only 2 shows left after tonight’s show.  Tonight, The Soulside Blues Band.

When: Tonight (Friday) 7pm – 9pm +/-

Where: Hood Mansion N. Pythian Santa Rosa

Cost: $10 plus parking unless you have a Son. Co. Reg. Park pass

Food: Beer, wine, food available for purchase

More info: Funky Friday

2. Friday Night Live in Cloverdale

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It’s a drive, but well worth it.  Great outdoor venue, warm weather, tons of food for purchase at the outdoor market on Cloverdale Blvd.  Tonight, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, a latin big band.

When: Tonight (Friday) 6:30 – 9:30 +/-

Where: Cloverdale Blvd plaza

Cost: Free

Food: Wide variety of food and beverages available to purchase, or bring your own.

More info: Friday Night Live

3. Rincon Valley Dog Park social

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Bring your best friend to the Rincon Valley Dog park for human food and beverages.  Well behaved dogs can play in the fenced park while adults socialize over pot luck type food and snacks.  Bring something to share.

When: Tonight (Friday) 5:30 – Dark

Where: Rincon Valley Community Park Montecito Blvd (near the library)

Cost:  Free

Food: Bring a beverage of snack to share

4. Sebastiani Friday Night Concert Series

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Food trucks are available on the last Friday of the month, otherwise, bring a picnic and buy a glass or bottle of wine and enjoy a meal out by the fountain in front of the tasting room.  Inside the Blues Burners will be entertaining an enthusiastic audience with danceable hits from the past.

When: Tonight (Friday) 6pm – 9pm

Where: Sebastiani Winery 389 Fourth St Sonoma

More info: Sebastiani Friday nights

5. Movies in the Park

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Bring the family and a picnic dinner to Howarth Park and catch Lego Batman.

When: Tonight (Friday) 7:30 – 10pm

Where: Howarth Park 630 Summerfield Rd

Cost: Free

More info: Movie

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

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Hike with your hound

Hey Rincon Valley, looking for some exercise that’s close to home? Take your dog for a Hike with the Hounds at Taylor Mountain Regional Park tonight (Thursday Aug 17) for an energetic sunset hike.

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Bagel and Jerry are up for the task
  • When: Thurs Aug 17th 5:30 pm
  • Where: Taylor Mountain Regional Park , 3820 Petaluma Hill Road
  • Bring: your dog w/ 6′ leash (or shorter), water, doggie waste bag
  • Registration: required at Son Co. Reg. Parks 707.483.0940
  • Cost: 7$ parking unless you have a park pass

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert. Tourism Ambassador 

Wine Country Horse Racing

It’s fair time in Sonoma County. The fairgrounds in Santa Rosa are alive with food vendors, carnival rides, livestock exhibits, concerts, the famous Hall of Flowers, and of course Wine Country Horse Racing.

The fair runs from now until Aug 13th and is located at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds 1350 Bennett Valley Road Santa Rosa, CA.

Horse racing dates:
Aug 3-6
Aug 10-13
Aug 18-20 (post fair race)

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Hat Day at the Sonoma County Fair

This photo was taken of Gwen and me at the track on opening day. We attended a special “Hat Day” event which included lunch, grandstand seating, and a hat competition. The photograph was taken by WB Photography of Santa Rosa who always does an outstanding job capturing the fair’s excitement.  Click on the link to see more great picture of the fair and opening day: WB Photography

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa

5 things to do tonight (Friday)

We have a friend visiting from Southern California, and Gwen asked me to find some things we could do with him tonight that are unique to Northern Ca.  After looking at the social calendar, I realized how lucky we were to have so many choices.

Summer of Love Art Night

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  • 6 pm – 9 pm Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
  • Cost is $25 but that gets admission into the exhibit, 2 drinks, and snacks.  Enjoy the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love with live music by Rubber Soul, and taking in the art work of the 60’s.

Music and dancing at Sebastiani Winery Friday night music series

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Sebastiani Friday Night Music

  • This is a weekly FREE event. Wine is available for purchase at the winery.  Bring your own food and picnic in the courtyard.  Local bands play inside the tasting room.  Gwen and I hit this about once a month and it’s always a good time.  Wine is available for purchase by the glass or bottle .  Several food trucks are on site on the last Friday of the month. Tonight, enjoy music by Magic

Funky Friday lawn concerts at Hood Mountain

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Funky Fridays

  • Come sit, sip, eat, listen, and dance to local bands. Tonight its Frobeck which is a combo of jazz, soul, and rock and roll.  Think Tower or Power!  Tix $10, parking is free if you have a Sonoma County Park Pass

Punchline Palooza

More info

  • Tonight Amy Miller (Last Comic Standing) does a live performance at Palooza restaurant 8 pm – 10 pm 8910 Sonoma Highway.  Tix $20 and up

First Friday at Fog Crest Vineyard

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Fog Crest

  • Everybody enjoys the views of the west county hills from Santa Rosa.  Tonight is an opportunity to look back at Santa Rosa from beautiful Fog Crest Vineyard in the the west county hills of Sebastopol.  The event is free, and a gourmet food truck is on site dishing out great grub.  Enjoy some of Fog Crest’s great whites and Pinots while sitting on the deck over looking Santa Rosa.

 

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

 

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa

 

 

 

 

Hood Mountain Regional Park

Rincon Valley’s Hood Mountain Regional Park is a wonderful 1,750-acre protected wildlife park on the east side of Santa Rosa. There are no attractions at this park other than hiking and wildlife. Don’t come to this park if you are looking for playgrounds or places to swim. This is strictly for getting away and enjoying nature.

The park is in the Mayacama Mountain Range and runs east/west on the north side of Hwy 12. There are 2 entrances, one at 3000 Los Alamos Road, and the other at 1450 Pythian Road. Each entrance access’ different trails so have an idea of what trail you want to hike then pick the appropriate entrance.

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The Mayacama mountains rise above the fertile valley floor

The Los Alamos entrance accesses the Hood Mountain Trial which is a fire road that leads to other trails that branch off it. There are moderate hills on the Hood Mountain Trail.

One of my favorite hikes on this side of the park is the hike to the Grandmother tree. Here is a link to this hike: Grandmother tree

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The Lower Johnson Ridge Trail is the place to start.

From the Pythian entrance (1450 Pythian Rd), expect a tough 1/4 mile hike up a steep paved road before you come to any trails. Once you hit the trailhead for Lower Johnson, the hike becomes less of a workout and more of a walk in the woods. One of my regular hikes is to hike to Merganser Pond, about 1 mile, then doing the Valley View Loop Trial, an additional 1 mile, and back to the parking lot for a total hike of 3+ miles. This is an intermediate hike with steep elevation.

Sonoma County Regional Parks recently established 2 environmental campgrounds at Merganser Pond that are “hike-in” only. There are 3 sites and only 4 people per site are allowed.

There is no running water to the campground, however, there is a creek nearby where water can be collected then filtered for cooking. There is a portapotty near the campground. Contact Sonoma County Regional Parks for more details about reserving these camp site.

Two of Sonoma County’s pinnacle hikes are at Hood Mountain Regional Park.

#1 is the hike to Gun Site Rock. This is an advanced hike for athletic people who can handle the 1700′ elevation ascent to the summit of Hood Mountain and then the descent back to the parking lot. Count on this being a 4-hour strenuous hike.

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Panoramic picture for Sonoma Valley from the top of Gun site Rock

#2 is a one-way hike from Sugarloaf SP, to Hood Mountain Parking lot on Pythian with an optional drop in at Gun Site Rock. This is an advanced hike for people who are athletic and can handle the steep uneven terrain. This hike requires setting up a shuttle or utilizing the once monthly shuttle offered by the Friends of Sugarloaf. For more shuttle info click: Shuttle

Hood Mountain Regional Park rules:
Parking: $7
Dogs: yes on 6′ or less leash
Hours: 7am – sunset
Emergencies: 911
Non-emergencies:
Sonoma County Regional Parks: 707.565.2041
Spring Lake Ranger Station 707.539.8092

Hood Mountain wildflowers

Wildflowers on the way up to the Grandmother Tree

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

 

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa

 

 

Healdsburg Water Carnival

 

72cdefb7ba1f46c406ec5f1b89180038The annual Healdsburg Water Carnival is coming next weekend to Memorial Beach in Healdsburg. This has been a Sonoma County tradition since 1905. The carnival hasn’t exactly been uninterrupted, WWII, and the retrofitting of the Healdsburg bridge have caused the festival to skip some years.

The carnival brings in thousands of guests who want to enjoy a safe (lifeguarded) place to swim while enjoying water floats, a 60′ water slide, music, food, and vendors from around the county.

This year, the carnival benefits Sonoma County Regional Parks “Water Safety Patrol” program. The program consists of bilingual parks staff and lifeguards who travel up and down the river passing out free life vests for nonswimmers who want to play in the water.

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Come enjoy this one-day festival Saturday, July 15th 11 am – 5 pm.

Water Festival Events:
Floating wine barrel races
Zoom Flume 60′ river slide
Kids games
Live music: Rosetown Soul (R&B review)
Pedal boats
Food trucks to include:
     Diaz Catering
     Rossoti’s Hot Dogs
     The Wurst
     And more…

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A Healdsburg tradition since 1905

When: Saturday, July 15th 11 am – 5 pm
Where: Memorial Beach 15 Healdsburg Ave Healdsburg, CA
Cost: Free for walk-in. Standard park parking fee
More info: Carnival

 

 

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

 

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  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa

 

 

 

 

 Originally posted on ActiveRain 7/10/2017

 

Walk, Wine, Woof

Kunde Winery and the Sonoma County Humane Society team up for a great outdoor wine experience that you can share with the one you love.

 

2016-04-30 11.38.49.jpgFor the second time, I have taken my dogs over to Kunde Winery for a guided wine tasting hike through the vineyards.  The hikes vary in length and route.   They seem be  4 miles +/- and last about 3 hours.

The hikes take place on Saturday mornings.  The number of hikers and dogs is limited so advance registration is required.  Hikers and their dogs meet at the Kunde tasting room, 9825 Sonoma Hwy Kenwood, at 9:00 am. for a pre-hike check in and to get a wine glass for each human over 21.  The hikes are $60 (2016 price).  A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Sonoma County Humane Society, and Canine Companions.

We departed for the vineyard with our guide, Jeff Kunde and his dog cooper at about 9:20.  We were able to take the dogs off leash as soon as we crested the first hill.    For the rest of the hike, the dogs were able to remain off leash, and were allowed to run free through the vineyard and play in the many irrigation ponds.

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Could this be an adoption in the making?

Our first tasting of wine came within 15 minutes, a Sauvignon Blanc.  A perfect choice at 9:45 am.  Later tastings were Chardonnay, Old Vine Zinfandel, and blend or two.  Of course there were strategically placed dog watering stations so nobody had to go thirsty.

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At the completion of the hike we were served a buffet lunch with an endless supply of wines to taste.  Doggy treats and flavored water  (bacon, mojito, and of course garden hose) for the dogs.

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If you want to try something different with your best friend, check out one of these hikes.  Here is a link to the 2016 schedule: Schedule .  You can also call the hospitality desk at 707.833.5501 ext 334.  As of this writing, more hikes are scheduled in July, and in October.

Historic Quarries hike in Annadel Friday

Friday May 13th join park historians for a hike to old basalt quarries in Annadel State Park

Melitta quarryStone quarries in Annadel provided stonemasons with the material to build most of the historic buildings that are still standing in Railroad square today. The stones were also shipped to SF after the 1906 earthquake to help rebuild the city. On Friday May 13th, you can accompany a state historical volunteer on a 5 mile hike in Annadel State Park to see the historic quarries that helped build Santa Rosa and the north bay.

The hike meets at 9 a.m. at the North Burma trailhead on Channel Drive in Rincon Valley. The cost is $7 per car to enter the park. People who do not mind walking a bit, can park for free outside the park on Channel Drive in a dirt pullout. Beware, car burglaries are common so hide your valuables or bring them with you. No reservation needed.

Wear comfortable hiking clothes and bring plenty of water. This is a moderate hike with a 900’ gain in elevation. No dogs are allowed in the park.

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Montgomery Village Free Saturday Concerts 2015

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A few years ago I saw that Montgomery Village was hosting free concerts at the shopping center on Saturday afternoons.  I dismissed it as a publicity stunt to steal customers away from the big mall downtown,  and to get more people out shopping at the Village. DSCN0572

Last Saturday I happened to find myself at Montgomery Village and heard a live band doing a really good cover of the Tom Petty song I Wont Back Down.  I realized it was probably that very publicity stunt designed to get me shopping, but since I love Tom Petty songs, I decided to check it out.

I found the Petty Theft band hard at work playing most of Tom Petty’s  hits, and playing them VERY WELL.  I hung out for awhile and enjoyed the music with a beer I bought at the hospitality booth.  There was a crowd of people sitting at tables, some standing, and some dancing in front of the stage.  I plan to be back next week.

The shows are free, with all proceeds from alcohol sales going to local charities.  That’s a cause I don’t mind drinking for.

Here are the details:

Every Saturday noon – 3 pm Montgomery Village Shopping Center in the Village Court.  Food and beverages available for sale.

Ends October 10th

2015 summer lineup:

June 6 – Pop Fiction (70’s, 80’s, 90’s dance)

June 13 – Notorious (80’s dance)

June 20 – Paperback Writer (Beatles tribute)

June 21 (SUNDAY) – Catch a Wave (Beach music tribute)

June 27 – Garratt Wilkin & The Parrotheads (Jimmy Buffet tribute)

July 4 (SUNDAY) – Sh-Boom (rock’n roll oldies)

July 11 – Johnny Vegas & The High Rollers (rock’n soul revue)

July 18 – Summer of Love/Big Bad Boogie Rock (super charged 70’s & 80’s)

July 25 – Nathan Owens & Legends of Motown ( Motown tribute)

Aug 1 – Super Diamond (Neil Diamond tribute)

Aug 8 – Tainted Love (80’s tribute)

\Aug 22 – California Beach Boys (Beach Boys tribute)

Aug 29 – Foreverland (Michael Jackson tribute)

Sep 5 – Caravanserai (Santana tribute)

Sep 6 (SUNDAY) – Rick Lenzi & Roustabout (Elvis tribute)

Sep 12 – Mustache Harbor (Soft rock)

Sept 19 – Sun Kings (Beatles tribute)

Sep 26 – Chicago Tribute Authority (Chicago tribute)

Oct 3 –  Rebel Yell (80’s tribute)

Oct 10 – Pride and Joy (Motown)

If you know of a free event in or around RIncon Valley that you’d like to share, let me know in the comments section below.  I’ll check it out, and write a post about it.

Friday Night Live Free Concerts in Cloverdale

DSCN0620Generally I write about free events in or close to Rincon Valley, but Cloverdale has really done a great job hosting free concerts in their town plaza during their farmers market on Friday evenings.

Cloverdale kicked their summer concert series off with the Tommy Castro Band which really packed in a crowd.  Plenty of seating is available on the lawn, with standing room along the perimeter of the plaza.  Running concurrently with the concert is the town’s farmers market.  Not only can you buy fresh fruits and vegetables, but plenty of food venders are on hand to provide a nice selection of dinner options.  Beer and wine is available for sale.

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Cloverdale’s Friday Night Live is definitely worth the drive !

Details:

Every Friday evening through Sept 4th, 7pm – 9pm

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Cloverdale Plaza

2015 Line up:

June 19 – JP Harris & The Tough Choices (country)

June 26 – Big Sandy & His Fly-RIte Boys (western swing)

July 3 – Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (modern soul)

July 10 – El Radio Fantastique (art pop)DSCN0635

July 17 – The Stone Foxes (rock & roll)

July 24 – Las Cafeterias (afro-mexican)

July 31 – Orgone (heavy funk)

Aug 7 – The Mother Hips (folk)

Aug 14 – Con Brio (soul)

Aug 21 – Patrick Sweany (blues rock)

Aug 28 – Dustbowl Revival (americana swing)

Sept 4 – Charlie Musselwhite (blues harmonica)

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