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Celebrate the Changing of the Clock on the Russian River Wine Road

Spring has sprung, and what better way to celebrate the changing of the clock than by indulging in some oenophile fun?

As part of the 31st annual Russian River Wine Road, 100 wineries will open their doors to the public starting March 13 in a three-day festival full of barrel tastings, chats with winemakers, and chances to explore the stunning Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valley wine regions. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to purchase limited-edition "futures"--wine that has yet to be bottled and will be picked up 12 to 18 months later--at a discount.

70-year-old dads have a better chance of spawning a dimwit than of being killed by a terrorist


Luckily, Hugh Hefner’s kids can grow up to be pimps or porn stars (its in the blood) so they won’t have to worry too much about those pesky SATs.  

This is clearly a smidgen of feminist schadenfreude on my part but my favorite headline in The Times today was “Older Fathers Linked to Lower I.Q. Scores”.

Your Dream Photoshoot Could Become a Reality

Every writer, photographer or artist of any type has a dream assignment: that often unreachable goal that could only be potentially accomplished with unlimited funds (or at least a large chunk of change). Well, now all those with a panache for photography have the chance to turn the dream into a reality.

Can you ski down a steeper grade than your 401(k) is vertically dropping?

With 6 new feet of snow having just landed in Tahoe, last weekend looked, in the words of one first grader, just like the landscape from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  There’s more than enough new snowfall to bury a vertical first grader - and more on the way. And they’ll be a blizzard of savings for 7x7 Readers.


Last weekend marked the opening ceremonies for the 28th Annual Snowfest:"The Mountain Mardi Gras," which runs through Sunday, March 8 and includes all kinds of fun snow pursuits: think snow-themed parades, races, polar bear swims and snow sculpture contests.

Poshness in Sacramento?

It used to be that when you traveled to Sacramento, whether on business or pleasure, you'd be destined to stay the night at some impersonal chain hotel, like a Sheraton or Marriott (which are fine for some, but let's be honest, sometimes you deserve a little pampering). However, thanks to the gradual addition of a few quality inns and B&Bs, this is no longer the case. While not yet thriving like a state capital should, at the very least, Sacramento's heart is pulsating once again.

Pecha Kucha Tonight at 330 Ritch

Ever heard of Pecha Kucha? The event, originating in Tokyo and Japanese for "to chat", aims to bring together designers from all sorts of disciplines in order to share their work and get inspired. There's usually about nine to twelve presenters per evening, and here's the catch: each one is limited to showing 20 slides at 20 seconds a piece, to keep things moving. You can check out the Pecha Kucha site for tonight's list of presenters, and for details on how to sign up to show your work at the next event. But you don't have to present to get involved, simply stop by and take in all the design-y goodness being shared.

Lance Armstrong: He's Just Like Us (?)

Lance Armstrong swept through town yesterday on the Tour of California, and we took this opportunity to ask his strength and conditioning trainer, Peter Park, for some insider info and get-healthy tips.

A Winter Wonderland

President's Day weekend travelers were rewarded for all the hard effort it took to actually reach Tahoe--a seven-hour drive from the city, if you were lucky--by the biggest snowfall of the season. And it just keeps getting better for ski junkies and snow bunnies alike. Northstar-at-Tahoe, for example, has accummulated 59 inches of powder in the last week alone, with the promise of more in coming tonight, as a winter storm lingers over the Sierras.

40% Off at kàrikter

Since international jet-setting is being put on hold for the time being, why not decorate your apartment with a little reminder of the good ol' days? kàrikter is currently having a 40% off all Tintin and Europa (think Air France) posters. The sentimental and vintage reproductions are both colorful and beautiful, and would offer up a great (and cheap!) opportunity to dress up a wall. The sale runs through February 28th.

Upside of the Recession: Killer Last-Minute Getaway Deals

If you didn't plan a weekend getaway for Valentine's or President's Day in advance, that might have been a wise decision. Whereas in holiday weekends' pasts, you'd be looking at a 500 percent increase on day-before bookings, 2009 has proven that it pays to wait and be flexible. In an effort to keep occupancy high, many hotels are offering killer deals--deals that are sometimes even better than their normal rates (and when does that ever happen over a peak weekend?). This is where new California travel site, LocalGetaways, comes in. Offering amazing new specials each week on regional travel, you won't find better proposals anywhere on the Web. Check out some of the ones still available this weekend:

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