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Out, About & Around the County: 04/01/2017

Out, About & Around the County

Student art on display at SSU

Now through April 23, the Art Gallery at Sonoma State University presents a juried student art exhibition featuring almost 40 artworks in a variety of media, such as painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, drawing, and mixed media, which reflects courses offered in the art studio program at Sonoma State, as well as the students' individual creativity.

Info: 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Pet portraits for Pets Lifeline

Who doesn't love a picture of cute and fluffy animals? To benefit the nonprofit Pets Lifeline, the Arts Guild of Sonoma provided 50 canvases to fifth- through eighth-grade students at Presentation School in Sonoma, and asked them to draw, paint, collage or otherwise assemble a picture of their own special pet, or a cat or dog at the shelter. These beautiful portraits are now on display at the gallery starting April 5. There will be an opening reception on April 7, 5-7 p.m. All proceeds from sales of the art will go to Pets Lifeline.

Info: 140 East Napa St., Sonoma.

Trump, Taiwan, and U.S.-China Relations

The World Affairs Council will hear about “Trump, Taiwan and the Uncertain Future of U.S.-China Relations” at its April 7 noon luncheon at the Flamingo Hotel. Crystal Chang, Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley will discuss the delicate balancing act facing the Trump administration between recognition of mainland China and the security of Taiwan, long claimed by Beijing. Members $29, visitors $34. Checks to World Affairs Council of Sonoma County should be mailed to P.O. Box 1433, Santa Rosa 95402. Choice of pork loin or pad thai.

Info: 573-6014 2777 4th St., Santa Rosa.

More than one way to shear a sheep

Ever wonder how a sheep loses its fleece? Come to a sheep shearing demonstration at the Petaluma Adobe on April 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., when State Parks' shearer John Sanchez will demonstrate both historical and modern ways of shearing sheep. Admission: $3 for adults, $2 for youth ages 6-17, ages 5 and under free.

Info: 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma.

Grease sing-along

The Maria Carrillo Performing & Fine Arts Committee invites you to its Grease Sing-along on April 8 in the school's theater. The event will feature the original movie Grease with lyrics on the screen and a bag of props so you can sing and play along. Before the film, there will be a classic car show, hula hoop contest, performances by the MCHS drum line, Jazz Choir, Songbirds and advanced dancers, and an art show featuring student art. The event starts at 5 p.m. with the sing-along at 7 p.m. Dinner and movie snacks will be available for purchase. Tickets $25. All funds benefit the MCHS choir, band, dance and fine arts programs.

Info: 6975 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

Student Film Festival

Winning films for the ninth annual Sonoma County Student Film Festival will be shown to the public on April 7 at the Carole L. Ellis Auditorium at SRJC Petaluma. The free event includes a mixer open to all students, beginning at 6 p.m. Film screenings will begin at 7 p.m. The Film Festival will also highlight the filmmaking program at SRJC. Students with films designated as “Best of Show” will be invited to screen in Film Fest Petaluma on May 6, where they can network and engage with industry professionals from around the world.

Info: Sonoma Mountain Pkwy., #680, Petaluma.

TransCat creator at Schulz Museum

The Charles M. Schulz Museum's “Second Saturday Cartoonist” will be Knave Murdok, on April 8, 1-3 p.m. Murdok is the mind behind the hit indie series TransCat, about a young transgender superhero's adventures fighting evil in her own backyard. Armed with her magic Cat Hat, her kung fu training, and a few well-placed bad jokes, TransCat stands steadfast in her mission to defend the innocent and triumph over the powers that be.

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Improve your birding skills

Spring is the best time to develop or improve birding skills and Trione-Annadel State Park is an ideal place for birding. On April 8, volunteers will lead a hike from the Cobblestone trailhead. Identify at least 10 common birds of the park by sight and sound, and look for wildflowers, during this 3.5-mile round-trip moderate hike with some uphill. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Trekking poles recommended. Rain cancels. Free. Meet at 8 a.m. the Cobblestone trailhead parking area near Channel Drive.

Info:, click “Park Events.”

Scrumptious safari

Eat like King of the Jungle on April 8 at Safari Night 2017, benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs in Healdsburg and Geyserville. The safari-themed dinner, catered by Ken Rochioli, will also feature live and silent auctions and will be held at the Villa Chanticleer in Healdsburg. Tickets start at $100.

Info: 900 Chanticleer Way, Healdsburg.

Free gardening workshops

Sonoma County Master Gardeners host a series of free workshops around the county on April 8. At the Cloverdale library, learn about “The Single Best Thing You Can Do For Your Garden,” with Lyle Bullock (hint: it has to do with composting). At the Healdsburg Library, Dennis Przybycien will discuss a practical guide to “minimum impact” gardening. A “Supermarket Orchid Survival Class” at the Petaluma Library will help you give new life to your ailing orchids. And “Dahlia Care and Culture” is the topic at the Sebastopol Library. All classes run 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Mellow Yellow paintings

In capturing colors on her canvases, Donna Schaffer strives to infuse her oil paintings with emotion and a certain level of magic found in the color yellow. Schaffer carefully selects scenes and objects that elicit the bright, cheery feel of the color. In April, Schaffer is the featured fine arts painter at the Upstairs Art Gallery on the plaza in Healdsburg. Meet her at an artist's reception, April 8, 5-9 p.m. Gallery open daily 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Info: 431-4214. 306 Center St., Healdsburg.

Charged Particles at the library

Bay Area jazz trio Charged Particles will play at the Sonoma Valley Library on April 8 at 2 p.m. Charged Particles crosses stylistic boundaries and blends multiple traditions to create vital new sounds in the electric jazz arena. Keyboardist Murray Low, electric bassist Aaron Germain, and drummer Jon Krosmick make up this cutting-edge trio. Their repertoire blends jazz styles with elements from Latin music, classical music, funk and more. Free.

Info: 996-5217 or 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Learn about Levi

Historian Lynn Downey will speak at the Sonoma Community Center on April 8, 2-3 p.m., about her new book, Levi Strauss: The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World. Downey was the first historian hired by Levi Strauss & Co. in San Francisco and for 24 years she filled in the historical blanks left by the 1906 earthquake and fire, not only with research but with actual historical garments, documents, and photographs. Cost: $5 or free for members.

Info: 276 E Napa St. Sonoma.

Question history

What does it mean to be a writer? Iris Jamahl Dunkle found the answer at Jack London State Historic Park. Join her as she tells the story of Jack London and her own journey toward finding a voice and writing back to history in order to find a better sense of the truth hidden beneath. Dunkle will talk about “How Jack London Changed my Life and Inspired me to Become a Writer that Questions History” at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa on April 9, 2-4:30 p.m. The general public is invited. $10.

Info: 2777 4th St., Santa Rosa.

Merry men come to Sonoma

Come to the Sonoma Library for a performance of heroic deeds and jolly adventures in a live-action tale of the intrepid Robin Hood and his Merry Men, as they jauntily escape the clutches of the Sheriff of Nottingham. The Traveling Lantern Theater Company performs Robin Hood for children and their families at the Sonoma Valley Library on April 12 at 4 p.m. Free and open to children ages 6 and up and their caregivers. Seating is limited and is first-come, first-served.

Info: 996-5217. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Running down the road with Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie plunges into a flashback-inducing, mind-expanding musical trip on April 14, 7:30 p.m. at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center. Featuring some of the most outstanding cuts from Arlo (1968), Running Down The Road (1969), Washington County (1970) and more. The Running Down the Road Tour exemplifies the sound that shaped a generation. Tickets start at $35.

Info: 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Benefit Jazz concert at SRJC

The Music Department of Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) presents a jazz concert by the Bennett Friedman Quartet on April 14, at 8 p.m. in Newman Auditorium on their Santa Rosa campus. The concert will feature organist Brian Ho, guitarist Randy Vincent, and drummer Lorca Hart. Ho brings his Hammond B-3 organ, and while following the B-3 masters such as Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff, and Richard “Groove” Holmes, Ho demonstrates respect for the tradition while bringing a modern and youthful approach to the instrument. Tickets: $5-10. Proceeds from the concert benefit the SRJC Foundation Jazz Studies Fund.

Info: 527-4255, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Irrigation for Conservation

Sonoma Master Gardeners will present a workshop on “Irrigation for Conservation” at the Sonoma Valley Library on April 15, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jerilynn Jenderseck, Sonoma County Master Gardener, will present information for those who are attempting to set up or transform an existing irrigation system into a more water-saving one. Learn about hydrozoning, soil (texture and composition), irrigation components as well options for reducing landscape water use. Free.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Easter Sunrise Worship Service

Santa Rosa Memorial Park hosts its free, annual Interdenominational Easter Sunrise Worship Service at 6:30 a.m. on April 16, in Santa Rosa. This event has roots that date back to 18th century Saxony where communities gathered for all-night prayer vigils that were followed by visits to the nearby graveyard. There people sang hymns of praise to the Risen Savior. Easter Message by Rod Bowman of Westview Christian Church, with praise and worship led by Lennie Trujillo and the Redwood Gospel Mission. All are welcome. Outdoor seating will be provided and warm clothing is advised.

Info: 542-1580, 1900 Franklin Ave., Santa Rosa.

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