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
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
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
Info: 894-4410. www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org.
An apple a day ...
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.