Archive for the ‘Events in Healdsburg’ Category

Four More Days Till Winter Wineland!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Winter Wineland is just around the corner! The 18th Annual Winter Wineland is a very fun two day event where you will have the opportunity to meet winemakers, taste limited production wines, new releases or library wines and this event will take place on January 16 and January 17 from 11:00AM-4:00PM!

There will be some wineries that will offer food pairings and some wineries will have tours on these two days. This event will push through, come rain or shine, so we encourage you to book a vacation home with us if you will be attending this event!

There are a lot of fabulous wineries that will be participating in this fun event! For more information, please visit Russian River Wine Road to view ticket information, and for rules and regulations regarding this event. It is important that you have a responsible designated driver if you are going to join Winter Wineland. Please have fun but be safe and responsible.

Have fun and be safe! See you there!

18th Annual Winter Wineland

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

The 18th Annual Winter Wineland is a very fun two day event where you will have the opportunity to meet winemakers, taste limited production wines, new releases or library wines. This event will take place on January 16 and January 17 from 11:00AM-4:00PM. There will be some wineries that will offer food pairings and some wineries will have tours on these two days. This event will push through, come rain or shine, so we encourage you to book a vacation home with us if you will be attending this event.

There are a lot of fabulous wineries that will be participating in this fun event! For more information, please visit Russian River Wine Road to view ticket information, and for rules and regulations regarding this event.

We would like to remind you to have a responsible designated driver if you are going to join Winter Wineland. Please have fun but be safe and responsible. Take care!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Healdsburg!

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Our Sonoma County Vacations team would like to invite you to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Healdsburg! Why not spend the start of a bright and promising New Year in wine country? There are a lot of fun and exciting events that night, and we’d like to share an exciting event with you.

We still have a few vacation homes available for New Year’s Eve for you, your family, or your loved ones, so please feel free to give us a call anytime.

Affronti, a beautiful and cozy restaurant with amazing food, will be having a New Year’s Eve Party with Richie Blue. This will be a night filled with good food, great music, and dancing! A 4 course prix fixe menu will be served, either at 6:00PM or at 8:00PM, and there will be music from 9:00PM to 1:00AM. Please visit their website for more information.

If you’d like to see other events happening on New Year’s Eve in Healdsburg, please visit Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce’s Events Calendar.

Annual Breakfast With Santa At Costeaux’s

Friday, December 18th, 2009

If you’ll be in Healdsburg this weekend, we strongly encourage you to visit Costeaux’s- a really wonderful bakery with the yummiest treats and friendliest people!

Tomorrow, December 19th, Costeaux’s will be having their final breakfast with Santa for the year between 9:00AM-11:00AM. You and your family will have a lot of fun during this event! You can have your photo taken with Santa Claus for $10, and you can even bring your dog at their outdoor area.

For more information, please visit Costeaux’s and please feel free to give us a call if you’d like to spend a weekend here in one of our Sonoma County vacation rentals!

Live Music at Affronti Dining & Wine Bar During Sunday For Brunch

Friday, December 18th, 2009

If you think breakfast/brunch is the yummiest meal of the day and if you love this as much as we do, you might want to check out Affronti Dining & Wine Bar on Sunday, December 20th and December 27th, from 11:30AM to 2:30PM.

Affronti Dining & Wine Bar will have live music during these days- Christian Foley-Beining on Solo Guitar on the 20th and Grant Levin and Chris Amberger on Piano and Bass on the 27th.

For more information, visit Affronti Dining & Wine Bar, and if you’d like to spend the weekend in Healdsburg, feel free to check out our Sonoma County vacation homes.

Don’t flush medicine

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

If you flush unwanted or expired medications down the toilet, you may be surprised to find you’re inadvertently medicating the wildlife in our local waterways.  Wastewater treatment plants aren’t designed to remove synthetic medicines which can harm aquatic animals, especially at the developmental stage of their lives.  Both over the counter and prescriptions drugs are classified as hazardous waste and should always be taken to authorized drop off sites.  Drop offs are:  Healdsburg CVS Drug store at 455 Center Street and the Healdsburg Police Department at 328 Center Street.  Cloverdale at Cloverdale Pharmacy, 117 Broad Street, and Windsor at Health First 9070 Windsor Road and CVS Pharmacy at 9030 Brooks Road.

Weekend Along the Farm Trails

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Sponsored by Sonoma County Farm Trails,  Open Farms welcome the public Saturday Sept 26 and Sunday Sept. 27 from 10-5.  Dozens of local farmers and artisan producers throughout Sonoma County from Healdsburg to Petaluma will open their doors to tell the behind the scenes story of local food during Weekend Along the Farm Trails.  Tours, Artisan foods, hands-on activities, cooking, pick your own, demonstrations, music and harvest.  From Hayrides to cheese-making — Farm Trails offers a chance to experience Sonoma County’s agricultural heritage.  Learn how and where the food is grown, and meet those who produce it.  Admission is free to most farms.  Tour info and map available on www.farmtrails.org or visit Farm Trails FACEBOOK page for tales from the farms.  707-837-8896.

3rd Annual Healdsburg Arts Festival

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

In downtown Healdsburg Plaza Park.  Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Free festival with more than 80 juried artists, fine arts and crafts, a children’s art zone, food, drink music, family entertainment and activities.  For more info visit www.plazaartscenter.org or call 707-431-1970

Healdsburg Jazz Festival

Monday, July 27th, 2009

IT’S JUST OVER A WEEK AWAY!
Locals Summer Jam, August 2
The biggest summer jazz benefit in Healdsburg is coming up faster than double-time tempo. It’s the LOCALS SUMMER JAM, an afternoon of tasty barbecue, good company and great music at a private garden in Dry Creek Valley. Save the date: Sunday, August 2 from 3 – 7 pm More on our website

Just added: Noam Lemish, an incredibly gifted pianist and composer who will surely become an international name in a few short years, has just agreed to join us.

And it’s for a good cause — the Music in the Schools program, one of the cornerstones of the our mission. As Healdsburg High School’s music director Randy Masselink said about one aspect of the program, the Oaktown Jazz Workshops “become highlights of the school year. These are experiences that really stick with the kids and mean something to them.”

And Elizabeth Haze Vega, Healdsburg teacher, author and musician, likewise sings the praises of the festival’s educational mission. “I recognize that this wonderful program is unique to our town and is one of the finest cultural gifts Healdsburg offers to her children.”

Since 1999, our Music Education Programs have touched thousands of area school children, from elementary to high school — and beyond. As education budgets are cut it’s ever more important for generous people to step forward and share your support for our children’s education. More on our website

As long as you agree with that — let’s have some fun doing it! Gather together at the Fagan home in Dry Creek to absorb the beauty of this charming location, hear the best musicians our talented community can offer, and join like-minded music fans knowing every note you hear goes to support jazz education in our schools.

Just look at this lineup!
The lineup of local talent who will share the stage on Sunday, Aug. 2 just got better, as Noam Lemish has found time to participate before his departure for Bhutan. He’ll join our previously announced musicians Shea Breaux Wells (vocals), Susan Sutton (piano), Bill Fouty (bass), Lee Charlton (drums) Gary Johnson (saxes and flute), and, at last count, four jazz guitarists: Carl Vast, Christian Foley-Beining, David Howard, and Healdsburg High’s own Kai Devitt-Lee.

Tickets are available at this web page – but there’s a limited number available. Please, do your kids a favor and give your community the gift of music by supporting the Healdsburg Jazz Festival’s LOCALS SUMMER JAM!

Upcoming August Highlights
Palette Art Café: Next Thursday, July 30, be sure to catch the Randy Vincent Quartet from 7 to 10 pm. The following Thursday, Aug. 6 brings us an amazing trio from New York, featuring bassist Essiet Essiet. And later in the month, Aug. 20 marks the return of Walter Savage, a veteran of our Education Program in years past, now living in Arkansas. He’ll come back to town on Thursday, Aug. 20 at Palette with a full quartet playing music from his two new CDs.

Don’t forget the Palette’s new Sunday Brunch menu, with Healdsburg’s teen talent, guitarist Kai Devitt-Lee (read more about Kai here), every Sunday this month from 11:30 am – 2 pm. And check out our website for more events at Palette Art Café.

Hotel Healdsburg Lobby: A full menu of local combos plays every Friday and Saturday nights at HH’s Lobby & Bar, from 7:30 – 11 pm. Some highlights: The Terry Henry Trio Aug. 1, Stephanie Ozer and Chuck Metcalf Aug. 7, and (what’s this?) Walter Savage Trio in the Lobby on Saturday, Aug. 8. Visit the website for more music at the Hotel Healdsburg Lobby.

Murphy-Goode Tasting Room: There’s no better way to greet the weekend (and say goodbye to your workweek!) than to sit in the sun at Murphy-Goode and listen to jazz. From 5 pm to about 7:30, ease into it with the Tyler Blanton Trio (July 31) the Sylvia Cuenca Trio (Aug. 7) and — now here’s a familiar name — the Walter Savage Quartet (Aug. 14). Visit the website for more info at the Murphy-Goode Tasting Room.

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www.healdsburgjazzfestival.org
PO Box 266
Healdsburg, CA 95448
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The Vineman

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

About 2,000 athletes participated in the Vineman, which included a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run last weekend July 19, 2009

It was an extremely warm day, with runners talking about being ‘cooked’, and marred by a falling oak tree which injured some cyclists.  The event is huge, drawing participants from all areas of the state and country.  For entry form and info, see:  http://www.vineman.com/Assets/Entry+Forms/2009+70.3+Entry+Form.pdf

For those interested in the course, please see below, and if you need lodging for next year, please see www.SonomaCountyVacations.com for some great choices.

Race Course

Swim Course Details:

The Vineman Ironman 70.3 swim is staged at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville, California. The swim takes place in the Russian River. Groups of 75-150 swimmers at a time will start in 8 minute intervals beginning at 6:30 A.M. Water temperatures should be between 72 and 74 degrees; wetsuits will be allowed as this falls within USA Triathlon guidelines.

The swim course is an out & back course which starts in front of the dam at Johnson’s Beach and proceeds upstream stream to the turn-around point. Swimmers will keep the swim buoys on their left-hand side for the entire swim. A neutral area, which is marked with buoys, where there are no swimmers will separate the swimmers on the outbound and return legs of the swim. The swim course, which averages between 4 and 7 feet in depth, will be monitored by lifeguards in kayaks. The swim course will remain open for one hour and 15 minutes after the last wave of swimmers begins. Click here for the course map.

Between the Russian River being dammed in a number of locations near Guerneville and the fact that it almost never rains in Sonoma County between June 1st and October 15th, there is very little current in the river during this time period. Under typical conditions, a 25-minute mile swimmer should expect it to take about one minute longer to make it to the turn-around point (swimming against the stream) than it would to return back to the swim finish from the turn-around (swimming with the current.)

The dam at Johnson’s Beach is a seasonal dam which is up only in the summer months. The dam is scheduled to be in place by June 20th and will remain in the river until after Labor Day.

Johnson’s Beach has been a favorite summertime spot in Sonoma County for decades. The beauty of the redwoods which line the banks of the Russian River, the serenity of the flowing river, and the down-to-earth people who run Johnson’s Beach and Resort make it a truly special place. The concession stand at Johnson’s Beach is open daily and is famous for its giant draft beers and its fresh grilled hamburgers.

Bike Course Details:

The bike portion of the Vineman Ironman 70.3 is simply a great course. It is challenging, but not too difficult. Its many rolling hills and curves are technically demanding. It has 1600 feet of climbing, a 385 foot climb on Chalk Hill, which is enough of a challenge because of the location. Its comes at 45 miles into the ride to keep you honest in your training and rave pacing. But most of all the course is extremely beautiful, passing endless miles of vineyards and dozens of wineries.

The bike begins at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville and finishes at Windsor High School (approximately 15 miles away from its starting point). Aid stations are located at mile 18, 29, 40 and will be serving water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, and PowerBars. NOTE: Gatorade Endurance Formula contains a unique five-electrolyte blend including nearly twice the sodium (200mg) and three times the potassium (90mg) of Gatorade Thirst Quencher as well as calcium, magnesium, and chloride to help you better replace what you lose in sweat during longer and more intense active occasions.

The gently rolling hills are challenging, but not overwhelming. The roads are lightly traveled and will be intensely marshaled by USAT officials.

Air temperatures generally range from the low-to-mid 50s early in the morning to daytime highs between 80 and 95 degrees.

Bike Course Turn by Turn Description:

Click here for the course map

Cyclists leave Guerneville on River Road heading east (toward Highway 101) and proceed 5 miles to Sunset Avenue
– RIGHT on to Sunset & underneath River Road
– RIGHT on to Westside Road
– LEFT on to Kinley Road
– LEFT on to Dry Creek Road
– RIGHT on to Canyon Road
– RIGHT on to CA 128 into Geyserville
– LEFT to stay on CA 128 in Geyserville
– RIGHT on to Chalk Hill Road
– LEFT on to Pleasant Road which turns into Faught Road
– RIGHT on to Shiloh Rd
– LEFT on to Old Redwood HWY
– RIGHT on to Fulton Rd
– RIGHT on to Airpoort Boulevard
– RIGHT on to Skylane Boulevard
– LEFT on to Shiloh Road
– RIGHT on to Windsor Road to Windsor High School
Cyclists will TURN LEFT to enter the south parking lot at Windsor High School to finish the bike portion of the event. The transition area will be located on the grassy field behind the school.

Run Course Details:

The Vineman Ironman 70.3 13.1 mile run course starts and finishes at Windsor High School. Aid stations are located approximately each mile on the run course and will be serving: Gatorade Endurance Formula, water, cola, PowerBar Gel, assorted fruit, & cookies

The run course starts at Windsor High School and takes athletes to the La Crema Winery on an out and back course. The run course will be open for eight hours after the last wave of swimmers begins.

Run Course Turn by Turn Directions:

This is an out and back course. The run will start behind Windsor High School and exit the school at the south entrance turning:
RIGHT on Windsor Rd.
RIGHT on Reiman Rd.
LEFT on Starr Road
LEFT on to Markwest Station Road
RIGHT on to Slusser Road
LEFT on to Laughlin Road which you will follow to the entrance of the La Crema Winery where you will enter the La Crema winery and complete a loop on their property. From this point the runners will follow the same course back to the High School. The finish line is located behind the school on the large grassy field.
The swim takes place in the Russian River, the • A falling oak tree injured three riders, including one man who broke his back, delaying the race for at least 15 minutes.
• Some areas of Sonoma County topped 100 degrees Sunday. One participant said of the final leg: “The run just cooked you.”