Go.Do.Now. in Sonoma

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Creative Paint

Psst, Picasso. Yeah you with the paintbrush. Ever consider some formal training? Artist Alex Cole is teaching a workshop that will curb your bad habits and develop your strengths. Working in acrylics, you’ll have three chances to channel the muse, plus a glass of wine and light bites to lubricate its arrival. Aprons provided, but come dressed for mess: Creativity is untidy by definition.

Friday, March 15, 6 to 8 p.m., Alex Cole at Bump Cellars, 521 Broadway,, $70.

Bird? Plane? Helicopter

What is it about a chopper that makes everyone look up? Helicopters are strange and miraculous birds. Two of the hardest working ones are at the Charles M. Schulz Airport this weekend, ready to be ogled and petted. A pristine UH-1H Huey and a H-34 Choktaw will be on the tarmac awaiting the curious, ready to star in the aviation fantasies of earthbound onlookers.

Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sonoma County Airport,, free.

Say Cheese

Shift from amateur to expert in a two-hour hike, pausing at prime locations to focus your lens. Sugarloaf’s water photography field workshop will show you where and how to best capture creeks swollen from near-biblical rains. Aperture, shutter speed and ISO will be covered, and they’ll be calling you “Ansel” before you know it.

Sunday, March 17, 9 to 11 a.m., Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood,, $10.

Got Craic?

Everybody is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and the best place to be Irish is Murphy’s Pub. The beer is cold and the corned beef is hot, and the cloggers make twice the racket on the cobblestones out front. Expect a happy mob of well-oiled celebrants, and a full plate of classic Irish faire. Live music starts at noon and opportunities for toasting continue until the road rises to meet you, or 11 p.m.

Sunday, March 17, 3-11 p.m., Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E.,, free.

Kate Williams

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