Out, About & Around the County
World Wetlands Day at the Laguna In celebration of World Wetlands Day on Feb. 2, 9 a.m.-noon, the Laguna Foundation staff will lead a kayaking trip to experience the Laguna de Santa Rosa up close. If the weather isn't cooperative, the group will go for a hike instead, rain or shine, so plan accordingly. Kayaking the laguna gives a different perspective on this amazing, dynamic place. Enjoy birding, looking for wildlife, and cruising through the upper canopy of oaks while getting some exercise and fresh air. Meet at Heron Hall for hot drinks, snacks and a brief welcome and overview. Group size is limited, registration required. Cost: $50.
Info: www.lagunafoundation.org, email@example.com. 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.
End of your rope Master weaver Charlie Kennard leads a Cordage-Making Materials and Techniques Workshop on Feb. 4, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Laguna de Santa Rosa. String and rope are made from various parts of many native plants, taking on distinctive appearances and fragrances. Learn about the different types of fibers, process a variety of plants used by California Indians and others, and use several techniques to make cordage with them. Registration required. Cost: $85.
Info: www.lagunafoundation.org. firstname.lastname@example.org. 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.
Free gardening workshops Sonoma County Master Gardeners host a series of free workshops around the county on Feb. 4. At the Stony Point Community Garden in Santa Rosa, Master Gardener food gardening specialists are providing a hands-on demonstration of winter fruit tree pruning. At the Windsor Library, Master Gardener Denny Pedersen will give a talk about pruning, covering tools, how to use them, how to shape, when to prune and what cuts to make. In Healdsburg, learn about conquering gophers and moles when Master Gardener Jim Lang discusses the correct trapping techniques, best traps to use, and how and where to set them. Kenwoodian and Master Gardener Steve Albert will cover the why, how and when of seed planting and transplanting starts for healthy vegetables throughout the season at “Planting the Spring and Summer Kitchen Garden” at the Rincon Valley Library. And in Sebastopol, bee smart, bee dazzled at “All About Mason Bees” when Master Gardener Janet Calhoon will show the link between these bees and a healthy, thriving garden. All classes run 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Poetic prints As the most poetic of holidays approaches, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art hosts an exploration of poetry and printmaking on Feb. 5 and 12, 1-4 p.m. Guest poet Indigo Moor will lead the poetry workshop component in tandem with in-studio monoprint experimentations. This two-day, in-depth study culminates in a collaboration of the written word and print.
Info: 939-7862. www.svma.org. 551 Broadway, Sonoma.
Natives, wildflowers in Trione-Annadel Volunteer John Lynch will lead a hike to explore useful native (and not so native) plants and early wildflowers in Trione-Annadel State Park on Feb. 5. The route will include approximately 580 feet of elevation gain over 4.3 miles of varied trails, departing from the Warren P. Richardson Trailhead parking lot. Meet at 10 a.m. Wear hiking shoes, layers appropriate for weather, bring water and a snack. Trekking poles recommended. Some trails are rocky and uneven. Strollers not recommended. Rain cancels. No advance reservations needed. Parking fees apply.
Info: www.parks.ca.gov, scroll to “Park Events.”
Celebrate Fat Tuesday on Monday Mardi Gras comes early when 6th Street Playhouse throws a Mardi Gras party to raise funds for its education programs on Feb. 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma. With raffle prizes, silent and live auctions and live music by The Wild Catahoulas and Girls and Boys, this will be a special treat. Dress in your best Mardi Gras attire or just come as you are. Tickets: $35 pp.
Info: www.6thstreetplayhouse.com. 280 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma.
Books, books and more books The next Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library book sale starts Feb. 8. This sale happens to have a large number of first edition books, but priced same as all other books. Members-only preview runs 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The sale opens to the public 2-7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday sale hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and on Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Books, books on tape, videos, DVDs, and CDs are $1-2. Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted. All Sonoma kids, grade pre-K through 12, receive their first book free. Nonprofit representatives and all teachers and staff are invited to stock their libraries with free books, see Dave Dobbins at the sale.
Info: 755 Napa St., Sonoma.
Symphony of love On Valentine's Day weekend, Feb. 11-13, the Santa Rosa Symphony presents “Tales of Love,” featuring two works inspired by Romeo and Juliet, and Alessio Bax playing the epic Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. The program, conducted by Bruno Ferrandis, begins with Hector Berlioz's Introduction to Roméo et Juliette, his “dramatic symphony” written in 1839. Internationally sought-after Steinway artist Bax has played with more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic orchestras. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. (open rehearsal 2 p.m. on Feb. 11). Single tickets $20-$85.
Info: 546-8742, srsymphony.org. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
All things olive Don “The Olive Guy” Landis presents an “An Olive Odyssey” Feb. 11 and 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards in Sonoma. Taste olives, olive oil and olive inspired snacks. Feast your eyes on olive art by ceramists, jewelers, photographers and painters. Hear all about olives from olive tree experts, notables from U.C. Davis and local folks. Enjoy Jacuzzi Family Vineyards wine. Attendees get a discount on selected wines throughout the event. Tour The Olive Press, browse the gift shops, and relax in the beautiful courtyard with Italian music in the air...it's entertaining, delicious and fun. Free.
Info: 931-7506, www.donsolives.com. 24724 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.
Superhero cartoonist at Schulz Museum
Info: Schulzmuseum.org. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.
Old timey music with Old Dominion On Feb. 11, 2 p.m., Old Dominion presents a trip through American musical history from the Civil War to the 1940s. Harkening to a time when bluegrass and country took over the airwaves, the musicians will discuss how this music has progressed and grown over the years, eventually leading to bluegrass and western swing. The event is free and open to all.
Info: 996-5217, email@example.com. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
Poochy Picassos at Paws for Love The annual “Paws for Love” Gala will showcase a gallery of captivating original artwork by local shelter and rescue animals. While waiting for a second chance and new homes, these amazing artists have used their paws, tails, and whiskers to create their masterpieces. Seventy five framed paintings will be sold to raise money for the Paws for Love Foundation, a nonprofit providing a safety net of resources for shelters and rescues by funding emergency surgeries, rescue operations, spay and neuter clinics, and senior-to-senior pet adoptions. Auctions, cruise raffle, and hors d'oeuvres round out the evening. The gala is Feb. 11, 6-10 p.m. at the Finley Community Center in Santa Rosa. Tickets: $45 (or $55 at door).
Info: www.pawsforlove.info. 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa.
Explore seasonal marshlands On Feb. 12 and Feb. 25, 12-3 p.m., learn about and explore Sonoma State Historic Park's winter environment, whose grounds turn to marsh and wetlands during the rainy season. See what types of plant and aquatic life exist in the pond areas. Look for the green State Parks all-terrain vehicle with a green flag along the bike path near the Vallejo Home driveway. Suggested: Rain boots or water-proof shoes. Free. Meet on the bike path near the Vallejo Home.
Info: 938-9560. 363 3rd St. West, Sonoma.
Toast the SRJC The SRJC Wine Classic, Feb. 12, 2-5 p.m., is a walk-around tasting reception, with a gathering of 30 different Sonoma County wineries and their owners, principals, and winemakers, pouring over 50 wines. Live music will be provided by SRJC students, and gourmet appetizers will be provided by SRJC Culinary Arts students, graduates and alumni. All proceeds support SRJC Wine, Culinary Arts & Hospitality programs and student scholarships. In the Lawrence A. Bertolini Student Center on SRJC's Santa Rosa campus. Tickets: $75 pp.
Picture Book Craft 101 Want to write for kids? Breaking into the picture book industry takes patience, perseverance, and practice. On Feb. 12, 2-4:30 p.m., children's authors Tim McCanna (Bitty Bot, Watersong) and Meg Fleming (I Heart You, Ready, Set, Build!) will share their professional insights and discuss the nuts and bolts of writing effective and successful picture book manuscripts. Talking points will include developing ideas, writing resources, character development, the importance of revision, rhyming do's and don'ts, and more. Hosted by Redwood Writers at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. Open to the Public: $10.
Info: 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.
Political columnist speaks to Taxpayers Association
Info: 481-1089. 101 Fountaingrove Pkwy., Santa Rosa.