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Santa Arrives in Time for Sonoma's Stormy Weekend

With two tree-lightings, a calendar concert of half-nude jazz musicians and holiday crafts fairs, this weekend holds something for everyone - and their dog.

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Thanksgiving seems like more than just a week ago, to judge by the flurry of Holiday events bearing down on us like a storm front. For instance we have not one but two Tree Lighting ceremonies to look forward to this weekend, and one of them is kicked off by that jolly old soul himself.

Friday evening at 5, Santa Claus will drive up to the Sonoma Plaza in a fire truck, to be welcomed by the Chamber of Commerce community and free hot chocolate from the Soroptomists. We know how Santa loves his hot chocolate. He'll light the city's Christmas Tree on the balcony of City Hall, and the Sonoma Courthouse building itself will turn colorfully seasonal.

Sunday night, there's the the Lights of Remembrance  tree-lighting in the southwest corner of the Plaza, at the Hospice tree. All ages are invited to attend this community gathering to honor loved ones who have been lights in their lives. The program includes a sharing of inspiring messages, music and reflection before the Hospice Tree is lit by a local family. To sponsor a light, or for information about the Lights of Remembrance, call Hospice By The Bay at 415-526-5500,or visit hbtb.org.

One event this weekend stands out for an entirely non-Holiday reason. The Jazzalicious 2013 Calendar Concert leapfrogs into next year on Saturday night at the Vintage House with a gathering of jazz performers with strong area ties and respectable national clout. Many are familiar, thanks to the Sonoma Valley Jazz Society's 25 years of effort, and they've come to play their respects.  Mad and Eddie Duran, Chris Amberger, Ruth Davies, Mary Jenson, Dana Land, Noel Jewkes, Akira Tana , and others; see complete list here.

The hook? Most of the players are "models" in the first-ever Sonoma Jazzalicious Calendar, a take-off on the Calendar Girls idea of non-glamorous artists posing in the buff, or nearly so. In this case, the musicians will have their full exposure covered by their instruments, in a monthly graphic evocative of the Blue Note LP covers.

The Jazzalicious Calendar will be "unveiled" at the Saturday evening performance and miser. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; there will be a No Host wine and beer bar, with light appetizers. Tickets are $25, and they are going fast.

In a more traditional key, there's a Christmas Market Craft Fair on Saturday, December 1st, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church. Likewise the Sonoma Community Center will host a Holiday Art Sale for two days, both Friday, November 30, and Saturday December 1. It's in Room 201, opening at 11 a.m. each morning until 5 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

These dog people do not miss a trick. This Saturday it's the Holiday Pup 'n Pour at Sebastiani Winery, from 3 to 6 p.m. The fund-raiser includes a Silent Auction with items from dinner for two to doggie bling,  and even a cooking class from a canine culinary expert. There'll be wine and human food too, with live entertainment and a warming fire in the stone fireplace.

What are you doing this weekend? If you have an idea or suggestion or know of an event, please let us know in the comments - and add it to the Patch Events calendar!

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