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Get Out Weekend Planner: March 17

A poetry slam, Jewish "Mardi Gras," a wildflower hike, a two-day tasting and concert.

POETRY SLAM!

Where/when: , Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m.

Why: Poetry gets cool and personal when it's read out loud, "Slam" style. Sign up begins at 6:45; the top three poets get prizes, top two go on to compete in the county finals in Santa Rosa on June 17. Free.

SPRING WILDFLOWER HIKE

Where/when: , March 19, 9 – 11 a.m.

Why: Historical ecologist Arthur Dawson leads a wildflower hike to celebrate the Spring Equinox. He'll point out spring wildflowers, native oak trees, and the most wonderful views. Free, but book reservations  by Friday, March 18. Call Elly Seelye at 996-0712, x 124, to reserve.

SAVOR SONOMA VALLEY

Where/when: Heart of the Valley Wineries (see list), Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Why: Twenty-four Sonoma Valley wineries serve up their 2010 vintages from the barrel and pair them will bite-sized treats. Live music and art displays. Tickets are $55 per person for both days or $40 for one day.  Hire a designated driver for $20 both days; $10 for one.  Purchase tickets by clicking here.

PURIM: A JEWISH MARDI GRAS

Where/when: , 252 West Spain Street, Saturday, March 19, 4 – 7:30 p.m.

Why: Celebrate a joyous Jewish holiday where revelry is practically a requirement. Plays, parodies and a carnival-like atmosphere. Come in a 50’s costume, join in the family games, and songs. Listen to The Story of Esther in rock n' roll. Suggested donation: $3-10. Call 935-3636 for further information.

CHORALE CONCERT: IN MEMORIAM

Where/when: 16290 Arnold Drive, March 20 at 3 p.m.

WhyConductor David Irvine leads a 120-vocal ensemble in memory of 9/11.  The concert concludes with University of New Mexico Director of Choral Studies, Bradley Ellingboe, conducting his own “”Requiem.” Tickets, which are $18 for adults, $14 for students and seniors, are available at , (707) 935-1576

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