Pacific Maritime Communities of the Sonoma County Coast April 18, Thursday, doors open 6:30 pm, presentation 7:00-8:30 pm, Museum of Sonoma County, 425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa. Today, most tourists visiting the local region see the Sonoma County coastline as a place of isolated and unspoiled natural beauty at the very edge of the North American continent. But the history of that place tells a very different story. Our coast has been home to a diverse range of communities who have made their living from the sea, from the earliest ancestral Pomo peoples to a succession of Russian, Spanish, Mexican, and American peoples. These communities saw the sea not as a boundary to their worlds and livelihoods, but as a freeway for commerce, trade, and long-distance community-building. Over time, these Sonoma coastal maritime communities became part of a vast network of other, similar communities, all of whom were shaped by their connections to the sea. This presentation explores what we know about that broader world of Pacific maritime communities, and how our local places participated in the sea-oriented way of life. Dr. Margaret Purser received her BA from the College of William and Mary, and her PhD in Anthropology from UC Berkeley. She is a Professor of Anthropology at Sonoma State University and teachers courses in Historical Archaeology and Material Culture. For over a decade she participated in a series of "Teaching American History" grants with an interdisciplinary team of historians and education specialists beginning in 2004. One of her current interests is in community-based heritage projects and using new digital technologies to capture and convey information about how people are connected to place and to the past. Members are free; Non-Member tickets are $10 prepaid or $15 at the door; Student with ID is $5. Preregistration ends at 5pm on the day of the program.

OPEN COCKPIT: Top Gun Weekend April 20 & 21, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am- 4 pm, Pacific Coast Air Museum, One Air Museum Way, Santa Rosa. Look inside the F-5E Tiger II, F-16N Viper, and the mighty Grumman F-14A Tomcat! This month we present three planes that featured big in training US Navy pilots: the F-14A Tomcat, F-16N Viper, and F-5E Tiger II. During various training scenarios and programs, the F-16 and F-5 were flown as enemy "aggressor" airplanes because their performance closely matched that of the enemy planes our Navy pilots were likely to encounter. Pilots in F-14s would square off against experienced pilots in the aggressor planes, until the good guys in the F-14s learned how to beat them. The F-14, F-16, and F-5 are on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola, Florida.

FACES OF BODEGA BAY April 27 & 28, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm, Grange Hall, 1370 Bodega Avenue, Bodega Bay. FACES OF BODEGA BAY is a photojournalistic record of people in our small town: school kids, surfers, shop owners, fishermen, restaurant workers; a whole gamut of people who live and work in Bodega Bay and help make it the wonderful community that it is. Photographer John Hershey pairs his "environmental portraits", portraying local residents in their natural environment, capturing their character through their surroundings; paired with a short biography of the each person, written by members of the Rancho Bodega Historical Society. In addition to the photo exhibit, there will be a Pop-Up Cafe, featuring coffee, tea, and pastries, with proceeds to go towards a new, code-compliant kitchen for the Bodega Bay Grange. Please check out the link to their Go Fund Me page, below, where you can watch the wonderful video prepared for us by the amazing videographer, Jason Windsor. They invite you to donate to their fundraising campaign, either through the Go Fund Me page, or by mailing a check directly to: Rancho Bodega Historical Society, P.O Box 1027, Bodega Bay, CA 94923. (Note on your check that your donation is for the Faces of Bodega Bay project). Please share our fundraising campaign with your friends, either on Facebook, using the "Share on Facebook" button, or by forwarding this email to them (or both!). Thank you for your enthusiasm and support for this great project! Rancho Bodega Historical Society, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit California corporation Robin Rudderow, Archivist.

FISHERMAN'S FESTIVAL May 4-5, Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 6 pm Westside Park, in Bodega Bay. Special Events, include a golf tournment, wooden boat challenges, boat parade, blessing of the fleet, art show & sale, kids zone, kite flying demos, CHP & Sonoma County Sheriff helicopter ongoing performance, food, wine, beer and more. This event is (leased) pet friendly and parking is free. VOLUNTEER: Saturday & Sunday 9 am-1 pm OR 1 pm to 5 pm. Pick a shift and come on out to meet your neighbors and help your community! When you volunteer at the Fish Fest on behalf of RBHS you are not only getting free admission and a $5 food voucher, you are helping RBHS. The more volunteers we provide, the larger the donation we receive from Fish Fest. Please let us know if: you are already scheduled as a volunteer and have designated your sponsorship of RBHS or you have a request as to where your assistance could best be used. To sign up, contact Susan Teel:

STEAM TRAIN RIDES May 4-5, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-4 pm, weather permitting, Redwood Empire Live Steamers Interactive Museum, Youth Community Park, 1689 Fulton Rd, Santa Rosa. Bring the family out and enjoy the sun while taking a ride on the Redwood Empire Live Steamers train in Youth Community Park! The Redwood Empire Live Steamers is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Sonoma Counties Railroad history through the re-creation, in miniature, of railroad equipment and historic landmarks.

OPEN COCKPIT: Supersonic Weekend May 18-19, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm, Pacific Coast Air Museum, One Air Museum Way, Santa Rosa. They present four planes noted for their supersonic speed: The F-4C Phantom II, the F-106 Delta Dart, the Blue Angels F-4N Phantom II Cockpit Simulator, and the T-38 Talon trainer. The F-4C was a front-line fighter and tactical aircraft for several decades, the F-106 was the fastest single-engine aircraft ever, the Blue Angels F-4N Phantom II Cockpit Simulator helped train US Navy aviators, and the T-38 Talon was the Air Force plane that gave countless pilots their introduction to supersonic flight. The Blue Angels F-4N Phantom II Cockpit Simulator is loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola, Florida. Our F-4C Phantom II #64-823 flew on the famous Operation Bolo mission during the Vietnam War. Find out more about this plane, and about the F-106 Delta Dart, the Blue Angels F-4N Phantom II Cockpit Simulator, and the T-38 Talon.

BODEGA BAY FARMERS MARKET Sundays, Memorial Day until the end of October, 10 am to 2 pm, 2255 Highway One, Bodega Bay (707) 875-9609. Behind the Community Center. Formed to provide residents of Bodega Bay and surrounding communities with fresh, locally grown products and to provide farmers with a venue to sell their farm fresh products directly to the consumers. The open-air BBCFM thrives behind the Bodega Bay Community Center at the north end of town. We offer the freshest, locally grown produce specializing in organic, heirloom and gourmet varieties of fruits and vegetables, beef, goat, duck, pork, poultry and fish. Also available are eggs, (duck and chicken), artisan breads, olive oils, premium goat and cow cheeses. Try the honeys, salsa, hummus, jams and jellies and organic skin care products. A different Food Truck offers hot food each week, Croquettes and small plates, Japanese, Mexican, BBQ, different offerings to tickle your palette. We always have live music with picnic tables for hanging out listening to the band, a large space for dancing if your happy feet need to move and, if you brought the kids, a large field for just playing, flying kites or throwing the Frisbee for the dog. Come to the Bodega Bay Community Farmers Market to connect with the people who produce our food, meet old friends, make news one and become a part of our friendly local community.

WINEMAKER DINNER: St. Francis Winery June 21st 6:30 pm, Inn at the Tides, 800 Highway One, Bodega Bay. 4-course menu including wine. $99 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required. Call 707-875-2751

RUSSIAN RIVER RODEO June 22-23 1pm Duncan Mills. Rodeos on both days, barrel races, roping and more. Snack bar available. Admission: $12 per adult, $7 for seniors 60 and over and $5 for kids 12 and under. Call 707-865-9854.