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Catch a Sonoma Event this April

For those that can tear themselves away from the course, courts or pool at Mayacama, outings in Wine Country offer exceptional ways to connect with the best of Sonoma County. Discover a few highlights of local activities in April:

Sonoma International Film Festival: runs through April 3, 2016

Enjoy world-class food and wine on the Historic Sonoma Plaza at the Sonoma International Film Festival, featuring over 90 hand-selected films screened in intimate venues within walking distance. Renowned filmmakers, industry leaders and celebrities such as Bruce Willis, Susan Sarandon, Mary-Louise Parker and Ray Liotta have enjoyed this unique event.

Mendocino Coast Whale & Jazz Festival: April -May, 2016

Presented by Gualala Arts and taking place during the Smithsonian Institute’s Jazz Appreciation Month of April, this highly regarded festival features live music, inspired, original jazz art work, whale education, jazz films, poetry plus an annual Chowder Challenge and tasting!

Fools for the River: April 1, 2016

At this annual riverside restaurant crawl, you can visit four of ten participating restaurants. Tickets are good from 7:30am when Water Street Bistro opens until midnight, when Graffiti closes. Share your ticket, purchase a few and visit all locations with friends as you please!

Orchids in Art: April 2-3, 2016

A weekend full of fun, education and beautiful blooming orchids! For two days the Santa Rosa Veterans building will be transformed into a spectacular world of dazzling exotic epiphytes and terrestrial plants from around the world. Visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy the largest family of flowering plants in spectacular full bloom and enjoy live music by The Carnelian Strings and Nicolette Rickles.

Battle of the Brews: April 9, 2016

Over 70 drafts and food vendors will fight for your vote at the 20th Annual Battle of the Brews. The Craft Cup is a VIP event featuring judged, premier micro-brews alongside the Sonoma County Sandwich Showdown that highlights delicious sandwiches from local chefs. All with great live music on stage, brewing demonstrations, and much more!

April in Carneros: April 16 -17, 2016

Enjoy one great event, 15 award winning wineries, 15 great wine country experiences and live entertainment for two full days throughout the Carneros Appellation.

Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival and Parade: April 16, 2016

The 70th Annual Apple Blossom Festival begins with a parade on Saturday, followed by live music, food, crafts, games for the kids, an art show, wine and more! The fun carries on Sunday with the Festival and Jazz Explosion. Saturday, April 16, 10am to 6pm Sunday, April 17, 10am to 5pm.

Celebrate Earth Day at Lake Sonoma: April 22 – 23, 2016

Two celebrations of Earth Day will be held at Lake Sonoma. On Friday, April 22, a volunteer leader will meet participants at the Lone Rock parking area for a hike (3-4 miles, to be decided by attendees). On Saturday, April 23, it’s “Earth Day Family Fun” with art and craft projects for all ages. An easy, almost level family hike (1 mile or so) will step out from the Lone Rock parking area, as well as a second “moderate” hike (1.5 miles) at the Woodland Ridge trail marker, located near the Visitors Center.

Annual Butter and Eggs Day Parade & Festival: April 23, 2016

Celebrate the rich history of Petaluma and a look at its future with the arrival of the SMART Train in 2016. Over 100 groups and floats kick off the day marching through downtown Petaluma in costume, on horse-back and more. The day is family-friendly with craft booths, kids activities, live music, art – plus local food and drink booths.

Passport to Dry Creek Valley®: April 23, 2016

This is a beloved tradition among wine lovers who enjoy world-class tasting experiences with a modern twist, all within Sonoma’s idyllic Dry Creek Valley. Explore more than 45 wineries throughout the valley, each offering an exclusive pairing of exquisite wine, gourmet food and live entertainment. Each winery promises to be an unforgettable destination for returning guests and novices alike.

Petaluma’s 2016 Spring Antique Faire: April 24, 2016

“The Bay Area’s Premier Antique Center,” Historic Downtown Petaluma will transform into an antique marketplace. Amid the beautiful historic buildings, one of a kind stores, an incredible array of restaurants and cafes, guests can find an incomparable selection of antiques from over 180 dealers.

Day on the Green at the Village: April 30, 2016

Enjoy a day of art, music, and family fun at the annual arts show and sale. Live music starts with Sarah Baker and Mona Gnader of the “Wa Girls” opening the festival. There will also be live dance performances and artist demonstrations, free creative activities and henna paintings for kids of all ages. Beverage proceeds benefit Food for Thought.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Sonoma Style Holiday Showstoppers

‘Tis the season. It’s time to bundle up and head out to experience the joys of this holiday season.  Don’t worry… you won’t have to travel far to enjoy world-class performances throughout Wine Country.

The Wells Fargo Center for the Arts is the North Bay’s premier Arts Center presenting world-class performances, nationally recognized education programs, contemporary visual arts and many popular community events.  Enjoy an evening out with ease, as the Center is located less than 6 miles from Mayacama. Local Tip: Willi’s Wine Bar‘s classic roadhouse appeal captures the casual, laid-back nature of Sonoma County Wine Country and is a great spot to gather before or after a show.

Joy To The World from Transcendence’s “Broadway Under The Stars”
12/4, 12/5

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and it’s time to celebrate Transcendence-style with this breathtaking holiday revue for all ages sprinkled with that beloved collection of song and dance. Join this extraordinary cast of Broadway professionals for a concert filled with Broadway showstoppers, holiday favorites and modern twists on some of the world’s most uplifting and cherished songs.

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Home for the Holidays!
12/6
Known for its warm, rich choral tones, the acclaimed San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) returns for a second year at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts with a holiday celebration that is a festive, heart-warming and simply not-to-be-missed extravaganza!

Moscow Ballet presents The Great Russian Nutcracker
12/19

Experience the majesty of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece as world-class Russian dancers, playful puppets and the unmatched splendor of hand crafted sets and costumes captivate the hearts of young and old alike. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is the holiday tradition that brings the Christmas spirit to life.

The Napa Valley Opera House (NVOH) is a performing arts organization that owns a national historic landmark theatre in the heart of downtown Napa and has been part of the Napa community for more than 130 years. Local Tip: Dine at nearby Ristorante Allegria before or after the show. Located in a historic landmark, this Italian restaurant captures the ambiance and love for Italian cuisine with a fresh twist.

VOENA – Voices of the Season…Cameo
12/13
VOENA is a captivating, multi-cultural, world music experience that redefines “choir” the way Cirque du Soleil redefines “circus.” Director Annabelle Marie inspires more than 150 children from ages 6-18 to celebrate music through voice, sound, rhythm and physical expression.

VOENA is a unique and dynamic ensemble of voices that leaves audiences with an elevated sense of spirit. – Elizabeth Warnimont, Benicia Herald

Nestled in the foothills of wine country, the Green Music Center (GMC) is a focal point for arts in the Northern San Francisco Bay Area, presenting year-round programming of premiere classical, contemporary, jazz, chamber and world music artists in concert. Local Tip: Come again in summer for an alfresco picnic set to your favorite tunes during the summer concert series.

Handel’s Messiah – Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
12/20
Few orchestral pieces are more beloved than Handel’s Messiah. Experience this glorious choral masterpiece in the superb acoustics of Weill Hall, accompanied by one of America’s most admired early music ensembles. This performance is a great way to celebrate the holidays.

Be sure to reserve your tickets early, as these popular events sell out very quickly this time of year.

Happy Holidays from the Mayacama Team.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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