Up early? How about going down to the river and taking in the seventh annual Wine Country Rowing Classic on Sunday, Oct. 7? More than 500 competitive rowers will race in three classes. Watch the event from Shollenberger Park or the Petaluma Marina. Crews, boats and vendors will set up in the Sheraton parking lot, as well. Check out northbayrowing.org for details.
Take the whole gang down to the Sunflower Center at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, for an Art & Yoga Family Hour. Amy Wolff and Jennifer Richardson lead 60 minutes of yoga, breathing and partner exercises, a story and an art project. Suggested donation is $10 per person, or $20 per family. The center is at 1435 N. McDowell Blvd. Call 336-9277 or go to for-the-love-of-you.com.
Pack up those art skills and head to the drop-in Monday Night Drawing Class at the Petaluma Arts Center. Sara Bell leads the Monday, Oct. 8 class in drawing on silkscreen. Time is 6:30 to 9 p.m. Cost is $15. The center is at 230 Lakeville St. Visit petalumaartscenter.org.
Dana Davis of Sonoma Body Balance leads a free workshop, “The Three Myths That are Causing Your Back Pain,” from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 210 Vallejo St. Included are a slide show on posture, lecture, practice and hands-on guidance. Call 658-2599 or go to sonomabodybalance.com.
Ready for a truly sweet deal? Sonoma Cutlery hosts a pre-holiday Cake Decorating Class on the basics of decorating with fondant, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9. Cost is $35. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Sonoma Cutlery is at 130 Kentucky St.
Celebrate Petaluma’s Harvest Days downtown starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 and running through Oct. 13. Merchants offer activities such as wine grape tasting, a cupcake competition, pumpkin decorating, music and “Scarecrows on the Town,” a display of decorated strawfolk. Visit petalumadowntown.com to learn more or call 762-9348.
Copperfield’s Books hosts a Debut Dinner at Risibisi with Kathleen Alcott, former Petaluman and author of “The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets,” at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Cost is $65 and includes dinner and a copy of the book. Risibisi is located at 154 Petaluma Blvd. North. Visit copperfields.com to learn more.
Experience an evening of song as San Francisco Opera Center’s Adler Fellows perform opera, art songs and chansons at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 in the Carole L. Ellis Auditorium on the Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma campus. Tickets are $25. Call 415-392-4400 or visit santarosa.edu. The campus is located at 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway.
Explore a spooky barn; investigate a straw maze; create old-time crafts; take part in vintage lawn games – all this and more at the Tolay Fall Festival. The event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 11 and 12; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14. The park is at Cannon Lane off the Lakeville Highway. Cost is $1 to $4, plus $7 parking.. Call 565-2041 or go to sonoma-county.org.