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Ghirardelli Chocolate Fest in San Francisco offers up some seriously sweet stuff

The Chocolate Festival in San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square runs Sept. 9-10 and offers tastings, chef demonstrations and even a “chocolate school.”
The Chocolate Festival in San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square runs Sept. 9-10 and offers tastings, chef demonstrations and even a “chocolate school.” mcrisostomo@sacbee.com

Cuckoo for cocoa? Then head to San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square for its annual Chocolate Festival.

The event, running 12-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10, gives visitors a chance to indulge in some seriously sweet stuff. In addition to watching chef demonstrations and noshing on samples, visitors can check out one of several ice cream sundae eating contests, with participants chosen at random from the audience. There also will be a “chocolate school” that takes attendees through the chocolate-making process, from bean to bar.

Tickets cost $20 in advance, $30 at the door, and are good for 15 tasting samples. Proceeds benefit Project Open Hand, a nonprofit organization that provides meals for seniors and the critically ill. Ghirardelli Square is located at 900 North Point St., San Francisco. For more information: www.ghirardelli.com.

Constitution Day Celebration

What: Highlights at this two-day event in Nevada City include a “living history” lesson on the American Revolution and colonial life, a reenactment of the signing of the Constitution and a massive parade featuring floats, marching bands and antique automobiles.

When: Various times on Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10

Where: Various locations in Nevada City

Cost: Free

Information: www.nevadacitychamber.com

Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival

What: Enjoy the music of Tower of Power, the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Stephanie Mills in this unique outdoor concert, staged on the banks of the Russian River and among the towering redwoods.

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10

Where: Johnsons Beach, 16241 First St., Guerneville

Cost: $55-$190

Information: russianriverfestivals.com

Delta Harvest Run

What: Brentwood in Contra Costa County hosts the sixth annual Delta Harvest Run, offering a half marathon, 10K, 5K and 1-mile family run on a scenic farmland course that’s flat, fast and fun for runners of all ages and skill levels.

When: Starting at 7 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10

Where: Community Centre/City Hall, 35 Oak St., Brentwood

Cost: $5-$55

Information: www.deltaharvestrun.com

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