Local author Donna Benedetti signs copies of her newest children’s book, “SF Boats on the Bay: A Voyage in Riddles.” Designed for children 5-12, the book includes intriguing information and stories about the floating crafts that call the Bay Area waterways home. The event offers riddles, boats to draw and boat rides for children and their parents, plus food and drinks. The signing is at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center, Copeland and D streets, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. Call 695-0040.
Hallelujah! Literally. Dominican University’s Winifred Baker Chorale brings a diverse Christmas concert to St. Vincent de Paul Church at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25. The evening of music includes the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah,” Ives’ “Christmas Carol,” Olatunji’s “Betelehemu,” and Sweelinck’s “Hodie,” plus concert pianist Joe Bloom performing Bach’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Minor. Tickets are $10-$15. Call 482-3579 or visit eventbrite.com. The church is at 35 Liberty St.
Ladies – Tuesdays are all about you at Buffalo Billiards. Every Tuesday including this one, Nov. 26, is Ladies’ Night, with free pool to those of the feminine gender. Don’t know how to play? No problem –lessons, also free, are available from 7-9 p.m. Call 585-8992 for details or point your car, bike or feet toward 246 Petaluma Blvd. North.
Okay. It’s the day before Thanksgiving and you’ve got cooking on your mind. While you finish your errands and do that prep work, why not sign your child up for Chef Camp: Thanksgiving at the Community Center. Your child can learn how to make pecan pie and cranberry relish, play games and even learn some fancy napkin-folding tricks. The class is from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 320 N. McDowell Blvd. Call 778-4380. Cost is $65-$70.
Begin Thanksgiving with some serious movement – the seventh annual Turkey Trot. The event – a four-mile or six-mile course begins and ends at McNear Park, 11th and G streets. Participants can walk, trot or run either course in this casual community event featuring no registration, no medals and no fees. Trotters should show up by 8:15 a.m. for an 8:30 a.m. start on Thursday, Nov. 28. Visit madarc.com/turkeytrot for all the details.
Attention, Thanksgiving overeaters. Do you feel as stuffed as, well, a turkey? Work off the calories with the North Bay Rowing Club’s third annual Turkey Relays and Mixer. All solo non-motorized watercraft are welcome. Meet at 8:45 a.m. at 625 Second St., Saturday, Nov. 30. Team assignments are at 9:30 a.m., followed by racing until noon, when it will be time for a potluck and awards. Donations are welcome; bring a dish to share at the potluck. Point your canoe toward petalumasmallcraftcenter.org for details.
The latest in Petaluma’s lineup of holiday crafts fairs include the Christmas Craft Faire, beginning Saturday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The event continues from noon-4 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 1-22, at the United Methodist Church, 410 D St. In addition to all sorts of craft and gift goodies, soup and cornbread to dine in or take out, are available. Visit petalumaumc.org.
Holiday Crafterino, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Veterans Building, 1094 Petaluma Blvd. North, is a juried craft show with intriguing items from Bay Area creators. It’s also a fundraiser for COTS, the Committee on the Shelterless. Admission is $1. Go to petalumadowntowncraftmart.com. And on Dec. 1, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. the Christkindlmarkt, a European-style Christmas market, is at Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Ave. The market includes gifts, food, chocolates, needlecrafts, woodworking, jewelry and baked good, many by local artists. And Santa will be on hand for photos with the kids. Call 953-4039.
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