Loving Your Laguna: If you're worried about the new casino's encroachment on the eastern edge of the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed, you can alleviate some of those concerns by focusing instead on fall activities at the Laguna Foundation.
There are three events this Saturday. First, the Laguna Environmental Center hosts its monthly open house from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. There will be guided tours, hands-on activities, birdwatching and a chance to simply relax on the observation deck or shop in Heron Hall. The event is free and all you need to do is show up (and leave pets at home, as this is a working farm).
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., docents will lead an autumn amble on Lower Stone Farm, where you may spot black-crowned night herons, white pelicans, bald eagles and, if you're really really lucky, maybe a raven or two. This event is free but space is limited and registration required. To join in, call 527-9277 ext. 110 or email email@example.com. Donations are always welcome.
Finally, at 3 p.m., Dr. Robert Rubin, a marine biologist and member of the foundation's board, will make a presentation about elephant seals, their history, their lives and their amazing adaptability. Admission for this 1 1/2 hour presentation is $10, payable at the door.
The Laguna Environmental Center is located at 900 Sanford Rd. in Santa Rosa.
For complete details, visit lagunafoundation.org.
Backyard Cider! Devoto Gardens and Orchards and Slow Food Russian River have joined together this year to use Gravenstein apples from west county backyards to produce Backyard Cider, a delicious adult beverage, perfect at this time of year.
All profits from the sale of the cider will benefit The Apple Project, an on-going Slow Food Russian River endeavor to promote and preserve the county's apple orchards.
Just 60 cases of this cider were produced and sales will close on November 12. To snag some, visit devotocider.com. A full case (12 750ml. bottles) is $132; a half case is $72.