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May
12
Sat
Farm to sTable Dinner @ Beaumont Farms
May 12 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Farm to sTable Dinner: May 12, 5:00-11:00 pm


Held at the beautiful Beaumont Farms, and hosted by the White Barn Project, the Giant Steps Farm to sTable Dinner highlights locally-sourced food and libations from the Sonoma Valley. We have once again partnered with Stellar Catering, a collaboration between renowned chefs Bruce Reizenman of Park Avenue Catering, and Ari Weiswasser, the Executive Chef at Glen Ellen Star. The evening features fabulous silent and live auctions, a mechanical bull, petting zoo, and much more. Beer is provided by Lagunitas Brewing Company, and libations by Sonoma Coast Spirits, with an opportunity to taste their grappa selection post-dinner, paired with Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates.

The Farm to sTable Dinner includes a variety of cash and product sponsorship opportunities with associated benefits such as event tickets, signage and other branding opportunities, social media exposure, and more. Likewise, the auction allows businesses to reach targeted audiences that match their desired demographic. We’re expecting approximately 150 guests from Sonoma, Napa, Marin, and San Francisco counties.
For additional information on how to participate, please contact Katherine Theus at 707-769-8900 or katherine@giantstepsriding.org. For more information about sponsorships, visit
https://tinyurl.com/ftsbuy. Thank you for your consideration.


Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center was founded in 1998, and is based on the belief that caring for and riding horses can be a powerful and life-changing tool for healing. Specifically, it is our mission to enrich the lives of children and adults by empowering their physical, emotional, and cognitive development through equine-assisted therapies and activities. Our clients have represented over 60 disabilities, with the most common being Autism Spectrum Disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, stroke, spinal and head injuries, and mental and emotional challenges. We also serve military members living with post-traumatic stress disorder and other visible or invisible injuries resulting from their service. Our clients range in age from four to 89, come from eight Bay Area counties, and represent all socioeconomic groups.
Our programs include traditional mounted lessons as well as targeted programs for partners such as the USO, Veterans Administrations, Project Avary (for children of incarcerated parents) and others.

Jul
1
Sun
Fireworks over Bodega Bay @ Westside Park
Jul 1 @ 9:30 pm
May
18
Sat
125th Annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival @ Downtown Santa Rosa, Ca
May 18 @ 9:00 am

Though the famed horticulturist Luther Burbank took part in the event as early as 1914, the annual tradition began in 1894 with the first Rose Carnival.  It continued until 1926 when it was canceled due to Burbank’s death, shortly before the festival.  A longer hiatus was observed during the World Wars.

The Junior Chamber of Commerce ‘Jaycees’ revived the event in 1950, renaming it in honor of Burbank. It has been held every year since and always with a parade. Many elements have changed over the years. The original affairs offered the grandeur of coronation balls and the pageantry of royal courts; later versions offered regattas, bicycle and running races, fireworks and tennis. The parade, though, has always been the central activity.?

Since its rebirth in 1950 the parade has become an annual event on the third Saturday in May, drawing a strong showing of local school marching bands, floats built by community and service organizations, equestrian teams, and units honoring local veterans.?

Festival activities, particularly fun and games for children, became a larger part of the day with the 100th anniversary event in 1994. The Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival became a formal tax-exempt corporation in 1994 after the last of its parent organizations disbanded. Community members, determined to keep the annual tradition alive, formed a 12-member board of directors. The volunteer group works year-round to produce the event, which meets an annual budget of $100,000 through sponsorships, grants, and parade and vendor fees.