Tuesday, December 31, 2013

January 2014 Schedule + extra Fun on February 3

January MMP Schedule
Winter Hours
* Reminder: No MMP in inclement weather *


Monday, January 6
Crane Creek Regional Park
5000 Pressley Rd, Sonoma Valley
12pm-3:30, Group Viewing TBD at 3:15
Directions: From Santa Rosa Ave. Turn left onto Petaluma Hill Rd and go 7.9 mi. Turn left onto Roberts Rd/Roberts Ranch Rd. Then go 1.3 mi and Continue onto Pressley Rd
This 128 acre park features rolling grassland meadows and a seasonal creek in the Sonoma Valley foothills, east of Sonoma State University. The park's open space is bordered by stands of California Buckeye, White Alder, Black Oak and Maple. The park offers outstanding vistas of Rohnert Park and Santa Rosa.
** A $7 parking fee

Monday, January 13
Petaluma Turning Basin
12-3:30 pm, Critique at 3:15 TBD
Views of the river, mill, yacht club, boats.
From Hwy 101, take East Washington exist west and turn left on Petaluma Blvd.  Turn on B Street and drive to the end, turning right into the Great Petaluma Mill parking lot.  Critique along Weller Street.

Monday, January 20
Luther Burbank Home & Botanical Gardens
204 Santa Rosa Avenue (at Sonoma Avenue) Santa Rosa, CA
Directions: From 101, exit 489 towards Downtown Santa Rosa and merge onto Davis Street.  Turn left onto 3rd Street and take the 3rd right onto Santa Rosa Avenue.  Luther Burbank Home and Gardens will be on the left.
Donations suggested $5-10
Registered National, State and City Historic Landmark of world-renowned horticulturist Luther Burbank.  Victorian Greenhouses, hundreds of ornamental flowers, medicinal gardens, cactus gardens, wildlife habitats.  The friend and colleague of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford created more than 800 new kinds of edible plants as well as a phenomenal collection of specialty gardens in downtown Santa Rosa before he died in 1926.  The Gardens and Home are historically accurate.

Monday, January 27
Taylor Mountain Park & Open Space Preserve
12-3:30 PM, Group Viewing in Parking Lot at 3:15
Sweeping views of the Santa Rosa Plain, rolling hills and walking paths. 
Directions: From Santa Rosa / Farmer’s Lane, turn right onto Sonoma Ave.  Then turn left onto Santa Rosa Ave.  Then turn left onto Petaluma Hill Rd.  Make a quick left then onto Kawana Springs Road.  Make the 1st right onto Franz Kafka Avenue.  This becomes Kawana Terrace.  Follow signs to the park and parking.
*Wear comfortable shoes if you’d like to hike in for more views.  $7 parking fee


Monday, February 3
Boat House Lunch & DORAN BEACH Regional Park
12 PM Optional Lunch at Boat House – 1445 N Hwy 1 in Bodega
12:30-3:30 PM, Group Viewing in the Parking Lot at 3:15
2 miles stretch of sandy beach, dunes, and vast expanses of winter Pacific Ocean
Directions: From the town of Bodega, continue on Bodega Ave.  At the Stop sign past town, turn right onto CA-1 / Bay Hwy / Shoreline Hwy.  After approx 3 miles, turn left onto Doran Park Road. Beach parking will be on the left.
$7 parking fee

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


DECEMBER 2013 Schedule

Monthly Theme: Holiday Painting in our towns

Monday December 9
Noon-3:30 PM, Group Viewing at 3pm at center of Square/TBD
Holiday festivities, tinsel, lights, shops, and historic architecture dressed up for the holidays
Directions: From North 101, exit Central Healdsburg (name of exit).  Slight left onto Healdsburg Avenue.  Park around the square.

Monday, December 16
Noon-3:30 PM, Group viewing at the market/coffee shop at 3pm
Early 1800s California architecture, vistas of pastures and rolling hills, rustic holiday d├ęcor.
Directions from 101: Take Hwy 12 West into and through Sebastopol.  Continue onto Bodega Avenue.  Go 6.9 miles.  Turn left onto Freestone Valley Ford Rd.  Take slight left onto CA-1 S/Valley Ford Road and drive short distance to the town of Valley Ford.

Monday, December 23
Closed for the Holidays

Monday, December 30
Noon-3:30 PM, Group viewing at cemetery entrance at 3pm
Winter oak trees, stark vegetation, historic gravestones.
Directions: From 101, exit Farmer’s Lane/12 towards Sonoma.  Turn left onto Hwy 12/4th Street.  Proceed up 4th street.  Turn right onto Bryden Lane (a light).  Bryden Ln becomes Pacific Avenue.  Turn right onto Franklin Avenue and follow signs for Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery.
* No restrooms *