Walk This Way

Join a vigorous group of LGBTQ seniors for a pleasant stroll along Sonoma Creek. Quiet your mind in the whispering forest, then socialize over lunch at the Breakaway Café. Hard rain cancels the hike because getting soaked isn’t fun, but lunch is a go either way (at noon.) Meet at the front entrance to the Breakaway Café, dressed for sport and prepared for new friendships.

Friday, Feb. 9, 11:15 a.m., Maxwell Shopping Center/Breakaway Café. Free.

Apertures and Shutter Speeds

From the particular mood cast by a cold, misty day to the exhilaration brought on by a creek rough and rushing or steam rising off the rind of a north-facing tree, winter tells its own story. Three professional photographers will show you how to capture its essence, and whether you’ve got a point-and-shoot iPhone or a professional rig, your images will be transformed by their trade tricks.

Saturday, Feb. 10, 8 to 11:30 a.m., Jack London State Park, jacklondonpark.com, $35

Giveitaway, Giveitaway, Giveitaway Now

Football season may be over but chili’s still delicious, and it’s doubly good served in a hand-crafted bowl. With 600 to choose from that’s the hard part, but even tougher is deciding which to sample. Top chefs and restaurants will be serving up savory options, garnished with cornbread, live music, and a roomful of friends.

Saturday, Feb. 10, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m., Sonoma Community Center, sonomacommunitycenter.org, $30-35

Or…Walk This Way

If a mellow loop up and down the Overlook Trail sounds like the right way to spend part of your Sunday, lace up those trainers and get after it. The hike is a mile, with minor elevation changes, suitable for people of all shapes and sizes. Whether you live in lululemons or just got off the couch for the first time all weekend, you can do this nature hike, and you should.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 12 to 1 p.m., Vallejo Home parking lot, sonomaparks.org, Free.