Christmas at Mission: The ticket handout for Christmas at the Mission begins Saturday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. at the Mission. There is a limit of four tickets per person and the suggested donation is $2.50 per ticket. The popular Mission Las Posadas and candle-lit, sing-along will be Saturday, Dec. 9 at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. The entire downtown historic Park will be decorated and open on the evening of Dec. 9 with many family-friendly activities, including a campfire and sing-along in the Barracks. The Pickle Creek String Band will play in the Toscano Hotel and Santa will be visiting the Toscano Kitchen. The Blue Wing Inn will host Gold-Rush era living history, refreshments and crafts.
Movie fun: Altimira Middle School’s AVID classes will be screening “Toy Story 3” as part of a fundraiser movie night at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17. The funds raised will benefit fire victims.
Hearts: Art Escape is hosting a free drop-in heart-making workshop in the Springs on Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Cycling team: All high school athletes who are interested in mountain biking are invited to join a new coed composite team of students from any high school. Come to an informational meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15 or email Lisa Ziganti at email@example.com for more information. You don’t need a bike to participate, they have loaners and other gear if needed.
Maker fun: Sonoma Valley Museum of Art’s popular Holiday Make-In will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages are invited for a day of handmade art-making with multiple making stations, hosted by local artists.
Book sale: The Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library are hosting their fall book sale Nov. 15 through 18. First book is free to all students throughout the sale. Books are free to schools, local nonprofits and neighborhood libraries all day Saturday.
Mentors needed: The Sonoma Mentoring Alliance needs mentors now more than ever. The nonprofit is holding its next mentor training session on Friday, Nov. 17. Call 938-1990 to learn more or visit sonomamentoring.org.
Top grade: Congratulation to El Verano Preschool which received the highest possible score, 5 out of 5, on its recent “Quality Counts” assessment from First Five. “We do this every two years to prove that we are a quality program preschool, it’s a lot of work to put binder together but worth it,” says director Sonya Valiente Mc Entee. first5sonomacounty.org
Campfire: Sonoma Parks is hosting a campfire from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18. There will be a short talk, songs and a marshmallow and apple roast. Free and open to all ages.
Movie series: Lincoln Theater is hosting its inaugural Holiday Movie Series. On Sunday, Nov. 19, the series begins with a free screening of “The Polar Express.” Then, the fun continues with “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” on Dec. 1 and “Elf” on Dec. 8 ($5 each). Hot cocoa, warm apple cider, cookies, champagne, and popcorn by the Yountville Little League Team will be available for purchase.
Pumpkin pie: Last week, the Kenwood School Garden Club served pumpkin pie to everyone at the school. Members made the pies from pumpkins they grew organically in the school garden.