Sebastopol’s HopMonk Tavern will host the fifth annual Johnny Downer Memorial Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 4, honoring a local musician and raising money to support music education.

A popular local guitarist, Downer died in 2009. The Johnny Downer Music Memorial Fund was set up by his mother, Carol Esonis. Over the last four years the fund has raised more than $16,000 for sheet music, instruments and music teachers.

The tribute will feature some 40 musicians, starting at 1:30 p.m. in the HopMonk’s beer garden, then moving to the tavern’s Abbey showroom at 8 p.m.

Admission costs $10. Information:  829-7300,

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