.CULTURE CRUSH—North Bay Turkey Trots, Open Studios in Point Reyes, and more.

North Bay

Walk, Run or Trot

Before getting stuffed on stuffing, get out of the house on Thanksgiving with a Turkey Trot on Thursday, Nov. 25. The St. Helena Hospital Foundation hosts its annual AHEAD Turkey Trot, a two-mile outing at Crane Park, 360 Crane Ave., St. Helena (shhfoundation.org). The Bank of Marin Turkey Trot offers 5K, 10K or one-mile runs at Indian Valley College, 1800 Ignacio Blvd., Novato (marinturkeytrot.com). The Healdsburg Turkey Trot returns with a 5K walk or run starting at the Healdsburg Running Company, 333 Center St., Healdsburg. (healdsburgrunningcompany.com). Registration is required for all runs, and Covid-19 safety protocols, including proof of vaccination, will be in place.


Holiday Resort

Napa’s Meritage & Vista Collina Resorts are embracing the holiday season and transforming into a Winter Wonderland Village. The merry offerings include a Holiday Ice Rink open daily through December for guests and locals, and events like the Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet on Thursday, Nov. 25, from 10am to 4pm; and the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, complete with an artisan market full of seasonally-inspired items, tasting rooms, holiday carolers and a visit from Santa Claus, on Friday, Nov. 26, from 4–6pm, on the lawn at 850 Bordeaux Way, Napa. The tree lighting is free, but ticketed—RSVP at Cellarpass.com. Find more events at Meritagecollection.com.

Point Reyes Station

Art Up Close

While the masses are spending Thanksgiving weekend shopping, Bay Area art lovers can spend time with more than 20 artists in their studios throughout West Marin during the self-guided Point Reyes Open Studios tour. The three-day showcase features an array of sculptors, photographers, potters, painters, printmakers and woodworkers located along the scenic back roads of Point Reyes Station and Inverness, each of whom open their doors to display their latest original works, share their creative process and sell art that’s perfect for the gifting season. Point Reyes Open Studios runs Friday to Sunday, Nov. 26–28, at various locations. 11am to 5pm each day. Masks required. Pointreyesart.com.

Sonoma & Santa Rosa

Gut Busters

When the Thanksgiving food coma wears off, three North Bay Stand-up Comedy shows are ready to make bellies ache with laughter. The Comedy Night After showcase features veteran comedians Johnny Steele, Larry “Bubbles” Brown and Michael Meehan on Friday, Nov. 26, at Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E, Sonoma (sebastianitheatre.com). That same night, Barrel Proof Comedy brings headliner Wendy Lewis and others to 3 Disciples Brewing, 501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa (barrelproofcomedy.com). Then, come out for Comedy Under the Tent, featuring Bay Area headliner Dauood Niamyar, on Saturday, Nov. 27, at Iron Ox Brewing, 3334 Industrial Dr., Santa Rosa (ironoxbeer.com).

—Charlie Swanson

Charlie Swanson
Charlie Swanson is a North Bay native and an arts and music writer and editor who has covered the local scene since 2014.
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