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November Moms Need to Know! {Activities and Events in the North Bay}


The holidays are around the corner and we have your guide to November, up and ready to go! To use this guide, if you find an event you’d like more information on, simply click on the event name, and you will be directed to their ticketing or event information.

November 5th, 2016

11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Annual Harvest Festival at Connolly Ranch (NAPA) Come spend a day at the farm during Connolly Ranch’s annual Harvest Festival! Celebrate the fall season with old fashioned classics like corn grinding, apple pressing, wool spinning and scarecrow building.  Smokey’s and The Oyster Guy along with Phat Salads and Wraps will be serving up food and Lagunitas Brewing Co will be on tap! Local wines, desserts and kids drinks will also be available.  Activities by local environmental organizations, games, a raffle and live bluegrass music by the Howell Mountain Boys make this FREE day on the farm a treat for the whole family! Connolly Ranch 3141 Browns Valley Rd, Napa, California 94558

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Science Saturday at The Environmental Discovery Center The Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake Regional Park in Santa Rosa is a natural history museum with hands-on exhibits connecting children and their families to Sonoma County’s ecosystems. The Discovery Center hosts school field trips and weekend activities that spark children’s imaginations and inspire them to look at their communities in new ways. This is a free event. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. | 393 Violetti Road Santa Rosa, CA 95409

5:30- 8:00 p.m. | Windsor El Día de Los Muertos 2016 ~ Candlelight Procession & Celebration! Windsor El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an annual multicultural celebration of family and friends both living and dead! Candlelight Procession at Dusk around the Town Green! Live Music & Performances! Aztec & Folklorico Dancers, Mariachi Band & More! Windsor Bloco & Sonoma County Taiko! Come in Costume, La Catrina Contest! Great Local Food for Sale! FREE FAMILY EVENT! Windsor Town Green 701 McClelland Dr, Windsor, California 95492

November 7th, 2016

10:00 – 12:00 | Museum Mondays for Little Ones Stories, crafts, and fun for pre-schoolers! Enjoy stories, arts and crafts activities, and movement games for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers. Museum Mondays are held EVERY Monday from October – February. Cost: $5 per child before 11:00 am; up to 2 adults per child free before 11:00 am. Starting at 11:00 am regular museum admission prices apply to all: $10 per adult and $5 for children ages 4 and up. | Charles M Schulz Museum 2301 Hardies Lane Santa Rosa, California 95403

November 11th, 2016

10:00-5:00 | FREE Day at Charles M Schulz Museum Enjoy free admission all day in honor of Veterans Day and Charles Schulz’s birthday month. | Charles M Schulz Museum 2301 Hardies Lane Santa Rosa, California 95403

1:00pm | Veterans Day Parade Parade begins and ends at Walnut Park. Highlights include: military parents and military offspring, Clydesdales pulling Gold Star parents Lombardi Harriott, the Marin Sheriff’s Posey, a flyovers by a Huey Heliocopter, Sheriff’s & US Coast Guard Helicopters, and Nanchang | Walnut Park 201 4th Street Petaluma, CA 94952

November 12th, 2016

1-3 p.m. | Treasure Hunt Join us for the annual Robert Louis Stevenson Treasure Hunt!  This is the first year the RLSM is partnering with the St. Helena Public Library and we are so excited to bring an awesome afternoon of activities and adventures! The day will include: Crafts, Photo Booth, Movies (Treasure Planet and Muppet Treasure Island), TREASURE HUNT . We will have 2 treasure hunts, one for rain and one for shine so there will be hunting to be done!  We encourage all families to come in costume as their favorite storybook character! Saint Helena Public Library 1492 Library Lane, Saint Helena, California 94574

5:00 p.m. | Artist Talk and Special Reception: Faith Ringgold, More than 60 Years Faith Ringgold has traveled from New Jersey to the Art Museum of Sonoma County to give a very special lecture of her work. Join us for a very special fundraiser for the Art Museum as Ms. Ringgold talks about her beginnings in the early 1960’s with political imagery and gives first-hand accounts about the civil rights movement in the “American People Series.” Wear closed toed shoes and dress for the weather. We recommend bringing a snack and water (there is no potable water onsite.) A day-use permit is not required for participation in this event. Cost is $5 per family or $3 per individual and registration is required. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. | Tolay Lake Regional Park 5869 Cannon Lane, Petaluma, CA

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. |  Novato Laternenfest (German Lantern Festival & Parade) Join us for a centuries-old German tradition of songs and brightly-colored lanterns to celebrate Martin’s Tag! We will have a lantern parade and refreshments will be available. We’ll meet at the locations below to light our lanterns (with flameless candles) before beginning our parade. Afterwards we will have hot chocolate and Weckmaenner cookies available if desired. The parade is free! Only $5 per person if you would like a cup of hot chocolate and Weckmaenner cookies afterward. Everyone is welcome, so bring friends! Pioneer Park 1007 Simmons Ln, Novato, California 94945

9:00 – 5:00 | Brick Palooza Northern California’s only LEGO Festival. Fun for the whole family! A huge exhibition of LEGO art, play areas, and hands on activity booths. Vendors will be selling all kinds of LEGO related products and services. From new and used sets, to vintage and classic. Bulk LEGO by the pound, individual minifigures, jewelry, t-shirts, and so much more! Bring your imagination to the Building Zone! Try out the interactive Modular Castle! Or take a break in the Theatre Room (The LEGO Movie & Brickumentary), will be showing! Robotics and hands on stop motion demonstrations! Children 4 and under are free. The will be food and drink available. | Santa Rosa Veterans Building 1351 Maple Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95404

November 19th, 2016

9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Laguna Stewardship Day for Families Help care for the Laguna and restore critical wildlife habitat – and learn about the Laguna! Tasks will depend on the weather but may include planting native plants and trees, weeding, and removing old irrigation hardware from successful restoration projects. Join us for this fun and meaningful way to volunteer while enjoying the outdoors with your family. Bring the kids! No experience needed. Tools and training provided. Wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty. Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail, Sonoma County Regional Park 6303 Highway 12, Santa Rosa

1:00-4:00 | Family Hike at The Environmental Discovery Center Get the kids outside and let them explore Spring Lake Regional Park with a naturalist from the park’s  Environmental Discovery Center. On the third Saturdays from November through May and September, naturalists lead free family hikes into the park and share their knowledge of the area’s plants and wildlife. One-hour hikes start at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Discovery Center. Families can return to the Center after each hike for nature-themed crafts and to explore the touchable tide pool and other exhibits. The Discovery Center is at the park’s Violetti Road entrance. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring a bottle of water. Heavy rain cancels. | 393 Violetti Road Santa Rosa, CA 95409

1:00 – 4:00 | Thanksgiving Feast with Snoopy Enjoy the animated classic A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on the big screen and help prepare a re-creation of Snoopy’s Thanksgiving meal of toast, popcorn, and jelly beans from the classic television holiday special, along with hands-on crafts, and other fun family activities! Then finish off your feast with an ice cream dessert provided by Cold Stone Creamery of Sonoma County (while supplies last). Bring two cans of food to donate to the Redwood Empire Food Bank in exchange for one free child’s admission. | Charles M Schulz Museum 2301 Hardies Lane Santa Rosa, California 95403

November 25th, 2016

12 p.m.-8 p.m. | San Rafael Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland Downtown San Rafael will once again host its annual Holiday Parade & Winter Wonderland. In its 37th year, the event features a Holiday Marketplace with arts and crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities, free snow sledding, and one of the largest Holiday Parades in the Bay Area. The event is attended by people from all over the Bay Area. It also enjoys a very “local” feel and is known as a great destination for people of all ages. The event starts at noon with free snow sledding and kids’ activities and a Holiday Marketplace. The Parade begins at 5:30 PM.

4:00 – 8:00 | Healdsburg Downtown Holiday Party 2016 Kick off your holiday season with Healdsburg’s charming and fun-filled Downtown Holiday Party. Bring your gift list, friends, family and appetite to this not to be missed town celebration. The fun will include: pictures with Santa from 4-6 pm, musicians and carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, and shopping for unique, beautiful holiday gifts. Sponsored by the Healdsburg Downtown Merchants | Healdsburg Plaza, Healdsburg, CA 95448

4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. | Winter Lights | The Downtown Santa Rosa Tree Lighting On Friday, November 25th, from 4:30-8:00 pm, downtown Santa Rosa’s annual tree lighting event – Winter Lights – brings together the community to celebrate the holidays with activities for all ages. This beloved celebration is free and open to the public. The festivities are particularly special to those who participate in the Remembrance Candle Lighting and Tree Lighting portion of the night. Over 30 years ago, Sutter Care at Home began the person-to-person candle lighting tradition in honor of loved ones who are no longer with us. After all the candles are lit, the countdown begins to illuminate the trees with thousands of color-changing LED lights! Winter Lights is a free community event presented by the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce and the downtown merchants.

November 26th, 2016

8:00-8:00 | Mega Lula Holiday One Day Extravaganza  We are so excited to bring you the MEGA Lula Holiday ONE DAY Shopping Extravaganza! 24 Fashion Consultants * RAFFLE PRIZES * Bring the whole family, stay and play at Coddingtown, and get your holiday shopping on! How would you like to come shop over 18,000 pieces of inventory? Sizes range from 2T to 3XL so there is something for everyone! If you’ve never heard of LuLaRoe or have heard of it, but wondered what the hype is all about – you are in for a real treat! These fabulously comfortable and beautiful items are perfect for every body type; there is truly something for everyone! The prints are limited edition, only 2,500-5,000 pieces are made of each pattern across all styles, so if you see something you truly love, don’t wait! Come in, join us, and see how amazing this clothing feels on and how amazing you’ll feel in it! | Coddingtown Mall 733 Coddingtown Ctr, Santa Rosa, California 95401

November 26th & 27th, 2016 

9 a.m.- 4 p.m. (both days) | Winter Wonderland Craft Fair Hi Friends! Holidays are fast approaching and we are creating a Winter Wonderland for your shopping pleasure! Looking for unique gifts and holiday decor? Please join us in celebrating the holiday season with local talented artists and entrepreneurs! We have 30 local vendors ready to showcase their creations.  Featured items include beautiful wine class candle holders, Christmas, Hannukah decorations, jewelry and more! Sebastopol Masonic Center 373 N Main St, Sebastopol, California 95472

November 27th, 2016

11 a.m.-4 p.m. | The 8th Holiday Crafterino! Get your holiday shopping started while supporting local artists! $1 donation at the door gets you one raffle ticket. All raffle tickets goes to COTS! Petaluma Veterans Memorial Bldg 1094 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma, California 94952

November 30th, 2016

8:30-10:30am | Winging it Wednesdays We’ll be “Winging It” the last Wednesday of each month, exploring Sonoma County’s birding parklands along wheelchair accessible routes. November 30, join our experienced birding guide, Dave LaCasse, at Shollenberger Park as he helps you identify and learn more about our local birds. The walk lasts 2 hours, moves at an easy pace, is free, interactive and fun for all ages. If you cannot stay the entire time, you may return to the starting location at your convenience. Carpooling is encouraged. Heavy rain cancels. | Shollenberger Park, Petaluma


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