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Mouthful: Sofa Parade, art, more at SOFA Winterblast Art Party

  • A chair rolls on A Street during the 2010 Sofa Parade as part of Winterblast! (KENT PORTER / The Press Democrat file)

SOFA Fun: The only couch potatoes you'll find at the 9th annual Winterblast Art Party, taking place Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., are the ones who ride in the Sofa Parade, which is exactly what it says, a parade of couches on wheels.

If you're fond of quirky fun, this is the winter event for you. At the heart of the fete are the more than 35 open studios, but there is so much more, on the street, in alleys and in various nooks and crannies. You want to be everywhere, at once.

Highlights this year include Jeremiah's Disco Party, magic by Ken Garr, belly dancing by Krysta Cook, DJs Domo and Limelight, Frosty the Snowfaman and the Queen of the Winter Faeries, who will be granting wishes. The Hubbub Club and Blackwater Gold will perform.

Foods from SEED, the Bun Slinger, Canevari Ravioli, Undercover Baking Agency and the Spinster Sisters will be available for purchase, as will coffee, beer and wine.

For the best parking, arrive early. For the most fun, stay late.

Admission is free but bring plenty of cash for eating and drinking.

The SOFA Arts District is located just south of Juilliard Park, on South A Street and Sebastopol Avenue in Santa Rosa.

'Tis the Season for Craft Fairs: On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Sebastopol Grange (6000 Sebastopol Road/Highway 12) hosts what may be one of Sonoma County's oldest craft fairs, founded about 25 years ago.

The fair features jewelry, “upcycled” clothing, bottle-cap art, felted fripperies, home-made style condiments and liqueurs, holiday ornaments, wearable art, sweet and savory foods, cards, garden art and so much more.

Nearly four dozen artisans participate in this fair.

A raffle will be held to benefit the California Homemakers Association and Grange scholarships.

Admission and parking are both free.

Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! Next Friday, Nov. 22, the Santa Rosa French-American Charter School Foundation hosts its second annual Beaujolais Nouveau celebration. It takes place just hours after the official release of the wine at midnight, French time, on the third Thursday of November.

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