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Chávez Health Fair

Families with little or no access to basic healthcare may attend this weekend’s César Chávez Health Fair, held at Roseland Elementary School in Santa Rosa. Marking the eighth year of the state’s César Chávez Day of Service and Learning, health professionals from area hospitals will be on hand to discuss and answer questions relating to any and all areas of healthcare, and free vision and hearing screenings will be offered along with basic dental check-ups. Participating health organizations include Kaiser Permanente, CalServes, St. Joseph Health System, Sonoma County Department of Health Services and Latino Service Providers. Over 500 families are expected to attend.

While nutrition, anemia and dental complications remain at the top of the list of concerns for low-income families, workers will be on hand to schedule follow-up appointments and offer financial counseling. Free bicycle tune-ups will be offered as well. Entertainment includes music, salsa dancing and a bike rodeo. A farmers market with fruits and vegetables rounds out the healthy festivities, and, yes, there’s even a free lunch. Everything is open to the public of all ages and free at the César Chávez Health Fair on Saturday, April 5, at Roseland Elementary School, 950 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa. 10am-2pm. 707.480.4660.

—Gabe Meline

Call for Entries

A shout out to all you pint-sized creators of slashing action-packed stage-performance, celluloid art pieces. Ahhh, waidaminute . . . methinks I read that wrong. Try this:

Hail the clarion trumpet announcing submission deadlines for your (no matter thy physical stature) short works of cinematic majesty and/or likewise brief but penetrating gems of stagecraft magic!

For you who thrive on pressure, this Friday, April 4, is the entry deadline for the North Bay Only (NOBY) filmmaker awards. Each jury-judged doc and drama short will showcase at Napa’s Nest Gallery in June. Best of all, winners in each of four award categories will be gifted $2,000 in cash prizes—and two of the award categories are for youths 17 years of age or younger. For more info, call 707.255.7484.

Playwrights seeking a romantic Russian River venue to vent their unpublished pleasures need but submit five- to 15-minute stage works to the third annual “Tapas: A New Short Play Festival,” to be held in the Pegasus Theater in Monte Rio. Every imaginable (and yet to be imagined) type and age of human being is invited to submit. And don’t forget to get the skinny on their “fabulous” playwright receptions. Deadline is June 30. Submissions should be sent to Tapas,

14290 Sunset Ave., Guerneville, CA, 95446.

—P. Joseph Potocki

Sonoma County Library