It’s impossible to feel grim while listening to ragtime, so if your P.O.V. needs some sunshine, get thee to Sonoma Valley Inn, STAT. A quartet of dexterous virtuosos will pound out a program of classic rag charts. They’re easy winners, these entertainers, who’ll dare your toe not to tap.
Friday, Nov., 10, 10 a.m., 550 Second St. West, winecountryragtimefestival.com, Free.
Love v. Smoke
Design ceramic hearts that will hang in the Plaza for the “Love is in the Air” city celebration, and craft a tangible testament to the intangible swirl of feelings we all feel. In two sessions at the Sonoma Community Center, you’ll stamp, texturize and paint oversized clay hearts.
Friday, Nov. 10, 2 to 3:30 p.m. and 5 to 6:30 p.m., 276 E. Napa St., sonomacommunitycenter.org, $15
Recharge your spiritual batteries in our own grand cathedral: Jack London State Historic Park. Mercifully spared by the wildfires, the park carries ever onward with a series of contemplative guided hikes through Christmas. Bring sturdy shoes, water, lunch, and fortitude.
Saturday, Nov., 11, 10 a.m., ranch parking lot, jacklondonpark.com, Free.
Pancakes & Pork
In ironic reversal, firefighters want to thank YOU. They’ll show you some love with a plate of hotcakes, let you ogle the big trucks and other shiny, life-saving things. If ever there was a right time to turn up for breakfast, on the heels of what we all just endured, it is now.
Sunday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m.to 1 p.m., Al Mazza Fire Station, 630 2nd St. W., $5