Sail with the Impressionists
Monet's maritime masterpieces have come to the Bay Area for the summer. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco presents "Impressionists on the Water," a collection of more than 80 works by Monet, Renoir, Seurat and others from the world's top galleries. Gaze at artworks of lazy rivers, harbors and ocean beaches, plus two traditional boats of the time, to get a feel for sailing in 19th century France.
The setting is the Legion of Honor, an architectural landmark that overlooks the Pacific Ocean at 100 34th Ave., San Francisco. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., with final admittance at 4:30 p.m.; the exhibition runs until Oct. 13.
Admission to this exhibit requires a special timed ticket, but includes general admission to the museum: $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, $16 for students and $10 for youths ages 13 to 17. Call (415) 750-3600 or visit legionofhonor.org for more information.
What: Lace up your boots and watch wildflowers bloom on the ring trail around Lake Tahoe. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association offers free guided hikes for people of any age and ability, so socialize and soak up some mountain views.
When: Dates throughout August and September
Where: Tahoe Rim Trail, various locations
Cost: Free, but reservations required
Information: (775) 298-0012; www.tahoerimtrail.org
Music on a vineyard
What: Listen to classical guitar and classic local acts every Sunday at the B.R. Cohn Winery & Olive Oil Co. Savor a glass of chardonnay and let the music transport you high above Sonoma's vineyards.
When: 2-4:30 p.m. Sundays through September
Where: B.R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen
Cost: Free; $10 for wine tasting, $15 for tour (by appointment only)
Information: (800) 330-4064; brcohn.com
What: Yolo County promises a "tomato explosion" at the Sixth Annual Woodland Tomato Festival. Local chefs will square off to cook the best tomato-based dish; viewers can taste and vote on freshly made salsa in the People's Choice Salsa Competition; and families can hear live music, enjoy arts and crafts, and learn about tomato clothing.
When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Heritage Plaza, 600 Main St., Woodland
Information: (530) 666-2626; www.woodlandtomatofestival.com
What: Lou Gehrig's disease, Down syndrome, adult illiteracy: Six shorts use creative film techniques to tell hard- hitting stories at this year's Best of the Fest Shorts Program. Come for film at its finest and leave appreciating the art of shorts.
When: 7 p.m. Aug. 23
Where: Robert Brent Auditorium at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol
Information: (707) 829-4797; http://sebastopolfilmfestival.org
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