Arundo weed crew
ARUNDO ARMY Volunteers at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Bridge in March show off their work pulling the invasive reed Arundo donax. Another removal effort will take place Saturday, 9am at the same location. (Photo by Rick Tang)

True Folkie
SoCal rocker Sam Blasucci climbs the stairs to Second Story Thursday night, May 9, for a shimmering set of sonic waves. Next week, May 16, Steve Poltz takes the stage, also at Second Story, for Dad Country music. Doors at 6pm, music at 7pm; tickets or registration requested. Upstairs at Little Saint, 25 North St.

‘Death Valley’
Melissa Broder comes to town for the paperback release of her novel, Death Valley, named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times. It’s a Copperfield’s Books event at Thumbprint Cellars, at 7pm on Thursday, May 9. Free but registration requested at

Run for Funds
Annual run from Healdsburg Junior High to the Plaza, and back, ending with a color powder celebration, music, snacks and a party for participants. It’s Friday, May 10, starting at 2:30pm.  This year’s fundraising goal is $20,000, which will be directed towards enriching student life at Healdsburg. To donate, visit:

Barrel Room
The band Third Rail plays the barrel room at Hudson St. Wineries on Friday, May 10. This is the last month of music in the barrel room at this wine collective. Next week: Junk in the Trunk. From 5-8pm, $5 cover; food from Fogbelt available. 428 Hudson St., at Front.

Opening Night
The play Dead Man’s Cell Phone opens a three-week run at the Raven Performing Arts Theater on Friday, May 10; performances through Sunday, May 26. It’s a new comedy from MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Sarah Ruhl about how we memorialize the dead. Curtain 7:30pm, 115 North St., tickets at

Reed Removal
Gather at Veterans Memorial Beach to join the third Arundo donax removal workday this Saturday, May 11 from 9am to noon. Local residents on the river will be donating snacks and refreshments.  Sign up at or at the event.

Native Arts
The Progressive Tribal Alliance presents a day of Native American culture, art and food at the Windsor Town Green on Saturday, May 11, from 10am to 3pm. Information at

Stella Heath & Friends deliver vocal jazz at Furthermore Wines on Saturday, 5-8pm. Heath will be performing her Billie Holiday tribute show at Luther Burbank in March 2025; catch her locally at Furthermore this week. 5-8pm, no cover, 328A Healdsburg Ave.

Spirit Jazz
Regular Saturday night jazz at the Spirit Bar, in the lobby of the Hotel Healdsburg. Saturday, May 11, the Laura Klein Trio plays sparkling jazz standards, swinging bebop, deep Latin grooves and soulful ballads. With Doug Miller, bass, and Bryan Bowman, drums. 6-9pm, 25 Matheson St.

Folk with Horns
Mr. December, a local folk group with a horn section, leaps into action at Elephant in the Room on Saturday night, May 11, at 8. Music all month long at the pub, 177 Healdsburg Ave., usually $10.

Mother’s Day
Don’t forget or neglect Mum on her special day. Check out a craft-your-own three-course prix fixe brunch at Dry Creek Kitchen ($110, 317 Healdsburg Ave.), a Breathless Mother’s Day Brunch at Breathless Sparkling Wines (499 Moore La., 10am-2pm) or the Sonoma County Fire District’s Pancake Breakfast and Safety Fair (8am-noon, Keiser Park in Windsor).

Special Budget Meeting
Healdsburg’s City Council meets on Monday, May 13, to hear public comment and discussion on the 2024-25 budget. Meeting begins at 5pm, at City Council Chambers at 401 Grove St.

Tuesday Market
Season opener for the Tuesday Healdsburg Farmers’ Market is on Tuesday, May 14. Held in the Healdsburg Plaza with produce, flowers, cheese, baked goods, packaged and prepared on-site foods and handmade crafts. 9am to 12:30pm, Tuesdays until Aug. 13.

Planning Commission
Meeting Tuesday, May 14, 6pm at 401 Grove St. Among other topics, they will consider a design review application for 444 Healdsburg Ave. Agendas for all city meetings are published in advance at

The Experience Begins
The Healdsburg Food & Wine Experience begins on Thursday, May 16, with the Welcome Celebration at Montage Healdsburg, 6-8pm. Other events include special lunches, a blues concert with Christone “Kingfish” Ingram on Friday at Rodney Strong Vineyards, the popular Vintners Plaza Grand Tasting on Saturday and more. Details at

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