Out, About & Around the County Sept. 15, 2018
Dance classes in Sonoma heART Without Borders, a local arts and healing non-profit organization co-founded by former Transcendence Theatre performers Shannon O'Bryan and Nick Dalton, have launched a new series of dance classes for ages nine to 99 called DANSE SONOMA. As of Sept. 11, tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary dance classes are being offered at the Sonoma Community Center on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. $15 per class, paid on a weekly or 13-week session basis.
Info: heartwithoutborders.com/arts/dance/. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.
Family-friendly fiesta at LBC The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts celebrates Latino Heritage Month and commemorates Mexican Independence Day with its ninth annual Fiesta de Independencia on Sept. 16, 1-7 p.m. Experience a traditional fiesta at this family-friendly, campus-wide festival, as you enjoy authentic food, music, games, and more. Highlights include performances by Rocio y su Sonora, Los Dinnos, Mariachi Barragan and LBC's Mariachi Ensemble, Danza Azteca, and Ballet Folklórico Ireri. There will also be piñatas, a low-rider car show, cultural exhibitions, the free bookmobile of Sonoma County, El Grito with the Mexican Consulate of San Francisco, and more.
Info: 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.
Rock your bellbottoms Take a look back at the biggest music festival up until Woodstock - Monterey Pop - on Sept. 17, 7 p.m., at the Sebastiani Theater. This documentary is filled with some of the biggest headline bands of the 1960s including Big Brother and the Holding Company, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar, the Mamas and the Papas, Simon and Garfunkel, The Who, Canned Heat, Jefferson Airplane, and The Animals. There will be a special Q&A after the film with guests Peter Alvin, bassist, Dave Getz, drummer from Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Roy Blumenfeld, drummer from Blues Project. Put on your tie-dye and bellbottoms and get ready to listen to some of the best music of the summer of love! Cost $10.
Info: 996-2020. 476 First St. East, Sonoma.
123 Andrés in concert On Sept. 18, at 4 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library presents 123 Andrés in concert for kids and families. Andrés and Christina are the Latin Grammy-winning music duo 123 Andrés, and their award-winning music and lively concerts get the whole family dancing and learning in Spanish and English. Billboard says of 123 Andrés, “a rock star for little language learners.” They recently performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to all.
Info: 755 West Napa Street, Sonoma.
How are your feet?
Sonoma Valley Hospital's “Conversation with a Doctor” series continues with podiatrist Dr. Alvin Bannerjee on Sept. 20, noon-1 p.m. Dr. Bannerjee will address a number of topics related to foot health, including keeping your feet and ankles healthy during exercise, and common foot ailments such as sprains, tendinitis, bunions, and arthritis. The talk will take place in the hospital's basement conference room. Space is limited so RSVP soon.
Info/RSVP: 935-5257, firstname.lastname@example.org. 347 Andrieux St., Sonoma.
What's up in November?
Brian Sobel is a well-known local political analyst and the owner of Sobel Communications. He is a former Petaluma city councilman and a frequent commentator on local political races and ballot measures. At the Sept. 20 meeting of the Sonoma County Taxpayers' Association, Sobel will share his thoughts on the November ballot. The luncheon meeting begins at noon at the Flamingo Hotel. Cost is $25 for members with prepaid reservations; $30 for all others and at the door.
Info: 418-1089. 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.
“Pause Breathe Smile”Gary Gach will be at Readers' Books on Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. to discuss “Pause Breathe Smile.” Mindfulness and meditation have been proven to be good for the mind and body, but sometimes the process is not easy. Instead of giving up, keep in mind these three words: pause, breathe, smile. Gach, who has spent over 50 years studying and practicing mindful living, brings us back to these basics in his latest book Pause Breathe Smile: Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation is Not Enough. The book simplifies the three central aspects of mindful living, allowing the reader to explore mindfulness in their lives as a healing and transformative practice.
Info: 939-1779. 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma.
General Vallejo's printing press During the early years of the pueblo, General Vallejo seized the only printing press in California and brought it to Sonoma. This massive piece of American-made machinery issued the first medical book ever printed in California. Dr. Peter Meyerhof will discuss the history surrounding this new technology in the Mission Chapel on Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Cost is $10 general admission, $5 for SPPARKS members; docents and staff are free.
Info: www.sonomaparks.org. 114 Spain St., Sonoma.
Climate change - up close and personal Dr. Grant Ballard will bring his knowledge of the Antarctic and climate change in general to the Sept. 20 meeting of the World Affairs Council. He will discuss global marine conservation and the condition of and changes to sea ice globally. Ballard has consulted on a global basis, specifically with Korea and China, allowing him to measure how the efforts of the U.S. stack up to that of other nations. Ballard is one of the leading researchers and authorities on the Adelie penguins of the Antarctic. Closer to home, he has researched what impact the sea level rise will have in the San Francisco Bay area for people, marshlands, and local wildlife. 7:30 p.m. at the Spring Lake Village Auditorium. $5 for nonmembers.
Info: 5555 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa.
Serious fun for cinephiles
“Cinema & Psyche: The way of the elder,” a film studies class presented by Terry Ebinger, comes to Vintage House in Sonoma on Sept. 21. Famous films Wild Strawberries, Harold and Maude, and The Straight Story will be paired with dynamic lectures and discussions. Class will be held Fridays, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Sept. 21-Oct. 5. Cost for the three-week series is $60 for members, $75 nonmembers.
Info: www.cinemaandpsyche.com. 264 1st St. East, Sonoma.
Mariachi for the masses On Sept. 22 at 2 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library will host the Mariachi quartet Los Reyes, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Los Reyes has been performing all over Northern California since 1992. Their repertoire includes festive, folkloric, traditional, and romantic music from many countries, in Spanish, English and Italian. This event is free and open to all.
Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
Tower of Power at Green Music Center Tower of Power continues its 50th Anniversary Tour with special guest Average White Band on Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m. at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center. Well known in the '70s for tunes such as “What is Hip?” and “You're Still a Young Man,” they continue to thrill audiences with their signature brand of East Bay Grease, laying down a tune like no other band. Tickets start at $25. Lawn seating still available.
Info: gmc.sonoma.edu. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
Paws for Love
On Sept. 22, join Paws for Love for a day of dogs, art, wine, and adoptions at West Wines in Healdsburg. The $25 admission includes a Paws for Love keepsake wine glass and wine tasting, vineyard “walking tour,” original 8x10 masterpiece painted by your dog, a chance to win a Caribbean cruise, and entry into the World Famous “Wine Barrel Dash,” an UN-agility course (cheating encouraged!) Sonoma County Animal Services and Green Dog Rescue will be on site with dogs for adoption. Proceeds benefit the Paws for Love Foundation, providing assistance and life-saving funding for homeless pets for 20 years.
Info: www.pawsforlove.info. 1000 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg.
A look at today's labor movement Occupy Sonoma County presents “Rise Up: A Look At Today's Labor Movement,” Sept. 24, 7-9 p.m., at the Peace & Justice Center. This free teach-in will include presentations by Marty Bennett, Mara Ventura, Maria Garcia and workers from the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. North Bay Jobs With Justice will discuss topics including why unions matter and the consequences of union decline, what the new labor movement is, what social movement unionism is, and how it differs from business unionism. Explore why unions must build community-labor coalitions to organize low income, immigrants, youth, and women workers, and ways that the public can become involved with Jobs With Justice campaigns and the labor movement.
Info: northbayjobswithjustice.org. 467 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa.
Immigration and sanctuary: Broken laws, broken system Susan Tully, National Field Director for FAIR (Federation of American Immigration Reform), will speak at the Sept. 25 Santa Rosa Republican Women Federated dinner meeting about “the myths, the costs, and the flow of transnational crime and violence due to our ineffective (or absent) immigration policies.” She will specifically discuss California laws AB 450 and SB54. Tully is a retired code enforcement manager in Orange, California, and began working as an activist on immigration issues in 1989. FAIR was founded in 1979 and leads the call for immigration reform. 5 p.m. at the Flamingo Hotel. Cost is $36 with reservation, $42 walk in.
Info: 538-9804. 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.
Roots of American music The Back West Tour with Gina Villalobos and Amee Chapman comes to Petaluma Taps on Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m. - two solo acts, traveling the West Coast, singing old and new songs, both solo and duo, looking for adventure and telling their stories of love lost and love found. Villalobos' music is deeply rooted in time, place and history. Chapman's voice conveys both the brutal honesty of a changing California and the tender-footed sweetness of its past. Both maintain a love affair with the roots of American music. Free.
Info: 54 E. Washington St., Petaluma.
Maker studio for kids; Social Security benefits for adults On Sept. 26 at 4 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library presents a “maker-studio” for kids ages 9-12, with the theme of electricity. Participants will design and create a greeting card using a button battery, LED, and copper tape. Registration is required as space is limited. Then, at 6 p.m. the library will host a presentation on “Social Security: Maximizing Your Benefits.” Social Security Administrators will present information to help participants understand and maximize benefits. There will also be time for questions and answers. Both events are free.
Info: www.sonomalibrary.org. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
The love in the air...“From Fire, Love Rises,” running Sept. 29 through Jan. 6 at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, commemorates artists who were impacted by the October 2017 fires in Sonoma and Napa Counties. The exhibition features artists and writers who work in bronze, photography, ceramics, printmaking, new media, poetry, and prose to express their countless stories of loss, gratitude, and resiliency that have emerged in the year since the fires. As part of the exhibit, SVMA will install Laura Kimpton's “LOVE” sculpture in front of City Hall in the Sonoma Plaza. The internally lit steel letters pay tribute to the resiliency and strength of the Sonoma community.
Info: www.svma.org. 551 Broadway, Sonoma.