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  • Chuck Williams, founder of Williams-Sonoma, in front of his original store location in Sonoma. (Press Democrat/ Mark Aronoff) file 2007


Honors for Chuck Williams at Ramekins: Chuck Williams, founder of the kitchenware retail icon Williams-Sonoma, will be honored during the annual Sonoma Valley Muse 2013 event at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Ramekins in Sonoma.

Produced by the Sonoma Community Center, the event honors a person who has made significant contributions to the culture and heritage of the Sonoma Valley.

The evening begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a three-course meal based on some of Williams’ favorite recipe.

Williams opened the first Williams-Sonoma store in 1956 in a hardware store on Broadway, just south of the Sonoma Plaza. Now 98 years old, Williams is an editor or contributor to nearly every cookbook from Williams-Sonoma.

The evening's program includes entertainment, a tribute to Williams and a brief, live auction.

Tickets are $235 and seating is limited. To reserve, go to www.sonomacommunitycenter.org. Ramekins is at 450 W. Spain St.


Festa Italiana fun, food on Sunday: In honor of Columbus Day on Monday, the North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation will throw its annual Festa Italiana from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Hall.

Lunch and dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the East Room, with children’s activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the West Room.

Live entertainment by the Balliamo Dancers, Zighi Baci, Don Giovannis, Il Sole, Coro Allegro and the Viva Opera Ensemble takes place throughout the day. There will also be exhibits on the Roman Gladiators, a classic auto show and bocce instruction.

Tickets are $6 in advance, $10 at the door, free for 12 and under. www.nbicf.org. Maple Avenue at Brookwood.


Lifeworks Harvest Hoedown Saturday: Lifeworks Harvest Hoedown will round up some country fun from 4 p.m. until the cows come home Saturday at Trappe Ranch.

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