weekendsherpa.com<p>Holiday hike: Sonoma County's Laguna de Santa Rosa is renowned for its ecological vitality. Shake your trail feathers on the nearly 2.5-mile Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail in Sebastopol

Nov. 28-29: Tree lighting, hard rock and more

A GREAT HIKE

Holiday hike: Sonoma County's Laguna de Santa Rosa is renowned for its ecological vitality. Shake your trail feathers on the nearly 2.5-mile Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail in Sebastopol, which represents the first successful phase of a larger protected-lands initiative. With autumn's lower-sitting sun, the landscape is golden, and so are the views of Mount St. Helena. Keep an eye out for egrets, hawks, finches, even bald eagles. The trail leads to Kelly Pond, a duck-favored oasis that can be circled via a spur trail. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com for details and other local adventures.]

FRIDAY

American food history: As America recovers from a day of feasting, History Channel historian Libby O'Connell is sharing the history of the nation's favorite foods and her new book, “The American Plate.” [Noon, Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

Family activities: Modern Times Bookstore Collective, a Mission fixture since the 1970s, is celebrating the opening of its new children's section with arts, crafts and music for families. [1-5 p.m., Modern Times, 2919 24th St., S.F.; moderntimesbookstore.com]

Light it up: Officially welcome the holidays as Macy's lights up its iconic Union Square Christmas tree. The San Francisco Boys Chorus, cast members from “Beach Blanket Babylon” and others will be providing live music. [6-8 p.m., Union Square, S.F.]

Comedy: The Cynic Cave is hosting a comedy “Reaping of the Leftovers.” [8 p.m. Lost Weekend Video, 1034 Valencia St., S.F.]

Start moshing: ArnoCorps is pounding out a set of its aggressive action-rock sound. Punk rocker Jello Biafra is also contributing a spoken-word interlude on the bill. [8:30 p.m., Slim's, 333 11th St., S.F.]

SATURDAY

Snowvember: The two-day Snowvember celebration kicks off with music, food, shopping and 20 tons of imported snow. [10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1 Avenue of the Palms, Treasure Island Flea Market, Treasure Island, S.F.; treasureislandflea.com]

Gingerbread event: The Fairmont hotel's annual Gingerbread Holiday Open House celebration features complimentary food and drink as well as live music for the holidays. [11 a.m.-2 p.m., Fairmont, 950 Mason St., S.F.]

Cooking school day: Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts welcomes the public to an interactive cooking workshop. Tours of the campus and information on enrollment will also be available at the Bleu Sunday event. [350 Rhode Island St., S.F.; chefs.edu]

R&B show: The Whispers, known for hits such as “And the Beat Goes On,” “Rock Steady” and more, are headlining. [8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland]

Pop: Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa promote their latest CD, “Savage Imagination.” [11:55 p.m., Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., S.F.]

A GREAT BIKE RIDE

Keep the Thanksgiving gratitude rolling with a ride through Golden Gate Park. John F. Kennedy Drive is closed to vehicles from Stanyan Street to Park Presidio for part of every Saturday and for the whole day every Sunday. Gather friends and loved ones and enjoy a leisurely November weekend pedaling on open streets through The City's most beloved park.

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