Out, About & Around the County Aug. 1, 2018
Shakespeare under the stars Theater goes outdoors when The Comedy of Errors comes to Santa Rosa's Sixth Street Playhouse Aug. 1 to Sept. 2. See Shakespeare's funniest play performed in the cannery ruins right next to the playhouse. Shakespeare's first and shortest play is a farcical onslaught of mistaken identities, fateful romance and family reunions. Directed by Shakespeare expert Jared Sakren, of last year's FairyWorlds! Bring a picnic dinner or purchase concessions onsite.
Info: 523-4185. www.6thstreetplayhouse.com.
Rev up your squashes Continue a 30-year community tradition by entering your prized zucchini in the annual zucchini car races at the Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers Market on Aug. 3. Vern Angeli from RSVP Hauling brings and assembles the original track, built in 1988. Scott Sherman heads up the release of the cars at the top of the track and the audience cheers for winners, losers and crashes. So get that squash from your garden or the market, attach some wheels, create a fun entry and bring it to the races. Entries should be no more than 10 inches wide; the squash must represent three-fourths of attached car; no skateboards, roller skates or doll buggies. Registration at 5 p.m.; race time at 6:30 p.m.
Info: Sebastiani Winery-Arbor Park, Fourth St. East, Sonoma.
Fall gardening 101 Work up an appetite at the Sonoma County Master Gardeners' “Fall Food Gardening” workshop on Aug. 4 at the Sebastopol Regional Library. August is an ideal month to begin planting your fall food garden. This workshop will talk about best practices for a west county food garden. “Fall into Food Gardening” will address integrated pest management, planting a nutritious fall and winter garden (including container food gardening), and the benefits of cover crops.
Garden club cannabis update The Valley of the Moon Garden Club will meet next Thursday Aug. 9. The guest speaker will be Alexa Wall, co-owner of Luma California cannabis farm. Alexa is also chair of the board of the Sonoma County Cannabis Growers Alliance. Her presentation will include legal updates on cannabis at a federal, state, and local level, and a summary of Sonoma County's Cannabis Program and Ordinance. Alexa will also field questions about cannabis cultivation, consumption and benefits. The meeting will be at the Sonoma Veterans Building. Members are free and guests $5 at the door. A meet-and-greet starts at 6:30 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m., and complimentary refreshment and a raffle follow.
Info: 126 First Street West, Sonoma.
An amusing evening A muse provides the inspiration we all need to do our best. Each year the Sonoma Community Center looks for a person who inspires us to achieve our mission of brightening lives through the arts, education and community-centered activities. On Aug. 11, you're invited to the Sonoma Community Center to celebrate two Sonoma locals who exemplify this spirit, Steve and Holly Kyle. Enjoy a party to honor these community leaders, and help support the Sonoma Community Center at the same time. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m.
Info: 938-4626 x1. sonomacommunitycenter.org/muse.
The Artsy Dogs of Kokomo Aruba, Jamaica, ooh, I want to take you to Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama... with the Artsy Dogs of Kokomo. Paws for Love hosts a day of dogs, art, wine, adoptions and fun on Saturday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at Kokomo Winery in Healdsburg. For a $25 donation, attendees can take home an original masterpiece created especially by their furry best friend. Paws for Love provides the paint, you provide the paws. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome. Proceeds benefit the Paws for Love Foundation.
Info: www.pawsforlove.info. 4791 Dry Creek Rd. at Timber Crest Farms, Healdsburg.
Bask in sea breezes with Bill & Dave Bill & Dave Hikes gets out of the heat this month with a trip to the Sonoma Coast on Saturday, Aug. 11. Hikers will begin and end at the Shell Beach parking lot about three miles south of River Road. Plan to arrive by 9:45 a.m. for a prompt 10 a.m. departure. This 7.5-mile moderate hike with an elevation gain of 1,700 feet will last approximately four hours, with lunch among the redwoods. Bring a lunch and liquids and dress appropriately for the weather.
Roy Rogers rides into Cloverdale For nearly 30 years, Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings have brought the blues to legions to fans around the world. Like his namesake, Rogers is a singer, as well as a master slide guitarist with a distinctive and instantly recognizable style. The band will play Aug. 3 in Cloverdale as part of the Friday Night Live series. Street fair begins at 6 p.m.; concert at 6:30 p.m. Arrive early and bring a lawn chair. Craft beer, local wines, and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.
Info: 894-4410. www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org.
An apple a day ... One of the biggest fundraisers for local farms is the Gravenstein Apple Fair, organized by Sonoma County Farm Trails, whose local members include Beltane Ranch, Sonoma Garden Park and Vella Cheese of California. The 45th annual Gravenstein Apple Fair is August 11-12 at Ragle Ranch Regional Park in Sebastopol and is expected to draw 15,000 visitors. Activities include how-to's on sheep shearing, cow milking, cheese making, wool spinning, and more, plus live music, locally produced food and beverages, and activities for children.
Painting bark and lichens in gouache If you've had a chance to see Lucy Martin's beautiful Heron Hall art exhibit Microcosms: A Closer Look at Mushrooms and Lichen (on display through Aug. 29), you know that her artwork is all about close observation. Join Martin at the Laguna Environmental Center on Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., to learn gouache painting techniques. Gouache has a similar look to watercolors, though the effect is more opaque. Cost: $95. Pre-registration required.
Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.
Writing as a tool for transformation On Aug. 16, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., author Christine Falcon-Daigle will show how to shape your experiences into stories that will not only heal you but free those who are brave enough to not look away. Falcon-Daigle has worked in film and radio, serving as associate producer for The Last Stand, an award-winning documentary that aired nationally on public television, and screened at more than two-dozen major film festivals. Free.
Info: www.TheWriteSpot.us. Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma.
S'mores at Sonoma State ParkSonoma State Historic Park will host two more campfire programs this summer, on Aug. 11 in Sonoma, and on Aug. 18 in Petaluma, both from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gather 'round the campfire for a short talk, songs and a marshmallow roast! All ages, free.
Info: Sonoma Barracks Courtyard, 36 Spain Street East, Sonoma. Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma.