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Wedding Preparation Can Be as Simple as Mouse Clicks

Pity the unprepared wedding couple. What should be a glorious day exchanging vows can sometimes be marred by stress, given all the planning, managing the guests, and then, the extra demands of coordinating a honeymoon.

Yet what if you could visit just one website, and with a few clicks of the mouse, have it all come together? And without the even more challenging requirement of finding that perfect wedding planner?

Sonoma County Dines Out for Life November 30, 2017

What if you could savor an excellent Sonoma County restaurant lunch or dinner, and know that up to 50 percent of your bill would go to providing nutritious meals to a fine, medical charity?

That’s the joy of Dining Out For Life, a co-op event being held at nearly 90 Wine Country restaurants on Nov. 30, 2017. All that Thursday, some 90 Sonoma County restaurants will donate 25 to 50 percent of all meal purchases to the non-profit Food For Thought’s food bank.

New Chicken Pharm Restaurant in Petaluma

Sonoma County is famous for its boutique poultry ranches, so it’s entirely fitting that a new Petaluma restaurant is named Chicken Pharm.

Set in the heart of historic downtown, the family-friendly neighborhood eatery focuses on – what else – chicken. Chef Adam Mali serves up home-style cuisine elevated with local ingredients, for mouthwatering dishes like buttermilk fried chicken, honey Sriracha and buffalo wings, and a signature Kimchicken sandwich of fried or grilled bird with gojichang Korean pepper sauce and kimchee, served on a King’s Hawaiian roll.

Bear Republic Opened New Brewpub in Rohnert Park

It’s been a year in the making, but the new Bear Republic Brewing Co. is finally up and running in Rohnert Park. And from day one, the crowds have been going wild for this combination of brewpub, restaurant, beer garden and play space overlooking Roberts Lake.

The spot joins the original Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg, which is famous partly for its beers, and partly because it is so continually packed, with people standing in line for its handcrafted suds.

Third Annual Alexander Valley Film Festival October 19-22

Healdsburg, Geyserville, and Cloverdale take to the big screens Oct. 19 through 22, 2017, as these Wine Country towns welcome the Third Annual Alexander Valley Film Festival.

Presented by the Alexander Valley Film Society, the gathering draws thousands of film lovers from all over, converging for four days of screenings, industry panels, awards ceremonies, and opening and closing night parties.

Experience Harvest at Sonoma County Wineries

Harvest is one of the best times to visit Sonoma County wineries, to witness the hustle and bustle of sorting, stemming, crushing and the beginning of fermentation. Some wineries even offer hands-on experiences so in-depth you might feel that you’re part of the winemaking team.

The idea is so popular that a Sonoma County Grape Camp sells out each year for an immersion into everything from picking grapes to creating your own bottled wine blends (the September event just passed, but plan now for the 2018 camp at sonomagrapecamp.com).