The annual Blessing of the Olives will be taking place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma on the corner of First Street East and East Spain Street. The Rev. Mike Kelly blesses the olives at last year’s ceremony. The event is free and open to the public. This is the kick-off event for the 13th annual Sonoma Valley Olive Season, taking place January and February. For more information and a schedule of events, see olivefestival.com.