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Out, About & Around the County: 04/15/2017

Out, About & Around the County

Art & warfare at SVMA

Memory and Resistance: The Work of Joseph DeLappe, comes to the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, April 15-June 18. DeLappe has been on the forefront of new media and politically based art for over 25 years. This exhibition highlights works ranging from “dead-in-iraq,” wherein DeLappe entered an online network for a defense department-funded video game to type in the names of fallen U.S. soldiers, to his most recent project, “Killbox,” a computer game that explores the cost and consequences of drone warfare. These and other works represent a history of projects that seek to engage issues of memory and political action, to critically question our complicity, reliance, and embrace of new technologies. Artist talk on April 15 at 2 p.m. Cost: $15; $12 for members.

Info: 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

World Language Fair features poetry, cartoons

On April 18,, Los Angeles-based poet Mariano Zaro will read original poems as part of Santa Rosa Junior College's World Language Fair, which runs 12-4 p.m. Originally from Spain, Zaro's life and work embody all the creative aspects of cultural expression and language learning. Then, on April 20, 12-1 p.m., nationally syndicated cartoonist and satirist Lalo Alcaraz will conduct an interactive lecture. Alcaraz is creator of the daily comic strip, La Cucaracha, which has been in syndication since 2003; he has produced editorial cartoons for the L.A. Weekly since 1992. The son of Mexican immigrants, Alcaraz has used his art to express social observations and critiques for over two decades. Free.

Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

The Chaotic Art of Life

On April 19, 6 p.m. at the Sonoma Valley Library, Professor Mary Kay Gamel will discuss Sonoma Arts Live Theater Company's upcoming performance of The Chaotic Art of Life. The play's director and author, James Jandak Wood, will be present to answer questions. Wood studied Shakespeare and Modern British Literature at Oxford University's Master's Summer Program and is currently enrolled at Oregon State University pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing. Gamel is Research Professor Emerita of Classics, Comparative Literature, and Theater Arts from U.C. Santa Cruz. Free and open to all.

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

The Veggie Queen cooks in Sonoma

On April 19, 4-5:30 p.m., Jill Nussinow, aka the Veggie Queen, comes to the Sonoma Valley Library for “Cooking in Season.” Nussinow will give a cooking demonstration showing how and where to choose the best seasonal produce, how to store it, and how to cook it for the best flavor. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

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

Taxpayers hear from D.A. Ravitch

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch will be the guest speaker at the April 20 meeting of the Sonoma County Taxpayers' Association. Ravitch took office in 2011, and is now serving her second term. During her first term, she opened the Family Justice Center, dedicated to providing wraparound services for victims of family violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and child abuse. She also established a dedicated elder protection unit, and began an adult truancy program to hold parents accountable. Noon at the Fountaingrove Inn. $25 for members and $30 at the door.

Info: 481-1089. 101 Fountaingrove Pkwy., Santa Rosa.

Advance Healthcare Planning

On April 22, there will be two presentations at Vintage House in Sonoma on advance healthcare planning and decision making. The first presentation, 1:30-3:30 p.m., covers “Advance Health Care Planning - Who will speak for you if you can't speak for yourself?” Explore what to consider and how to establish an effective directive with your family, friends, and health providers. The second event, an Advance Health Care Directive Workshop, will be a “how-to” in completing your directive. It runs 6:30-8 p.m. Free, but RSVP required.

Info: 996-0311 or 935-5257. 264 First St. East, Sonoma.

SAY talk at Rincon Valley Library

The Santa Rosa chapter of the American Association of University Women hosts local nonprofit Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) at the Rincon Valley Library on April 22, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Last year SAY helped 7,777 youth in Sonoma County. SAY's director of career services will provide information on the organization and how SAY helps youth to grow and achieve. Light refreshments will be served.

Info: 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

Self promotion for authors

Book marketing experts Judy Baker and Judy Reyes present “Building your self-promotion platform: From strategy to action steps for independent authors” on April 22 at the Flamingo Hotel. This workshop is designed to help independent authors overcome the most challenging issues in book marketing, including how to plan for a successful book launch. The half-day educational and motivational program will address the five essential areas of building your self-promotion platform: identity, scheduling, growing your fan base, connecting with influencers, and measuring results. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $25 for members of Redwood Writers, $35 for nonmembers.

Info: 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

Dancing with the Stars and Stripes

Dancing with the Stars and Stripes, hosted by the Veterans Resource Centers of America (VRC), takes place on April 22, 7:30 p.m., at Sonoma Country Day School's Jackson Theater. A serious yet entertaining competition, each team consists of a local amateur “star” and a professional dancer “pro.” In addition to the dance competition, this event features the Nordquist dancers, and My Divas a cappella singers. Ten dance teams will compete before the live audience. Proceeds go to VRC to help disabled and homeless veterans and their families from all eras. 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa.

Brunch like a Viking

Norwegian-American storyteller, singer, and teacher Kari Tauring is the guest speaker at the Sons of Norway Freya Lodge Scandinavian Brunch on April 22, 12 p.m. at Norway Hall. Coming from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Tauring will display her talents on the old Nordic system of runes and the volva stav, the traditional staff carrier. Attendees will enjoy a breakfast of farmers omelet, kringle and fruit; mimosas available for purchase. Cost: $17 members, $22 nonmembers.

Info: 894-1807. 617 W. 9th St., Santa Rosa.

Assistance League Open House

For 50 years, the Assistance League of Sonoma County has been screening preschoolers for vision and hearing problems, filling the needs of teen parents, clothing elementary school children at the YWCA Women's Emergency Shelter and The Living Room, providing scholarships to eligible teen mothers, and serving women in recovery from addiction. Learn more about the organization and how you can volunteer at its open house at the Assistance League of Sonoma County thrift shop in Railroad Square, April 22, 2:30-5 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Info: 5 West Sixth St., Santa Rosa.

“Trailgating” pop-up

On April 22, celebrate Earth Day and 50 years of Regional Parks when REI hosts a “trailgate” event, 4-7 p.m., at the Spring Lake boat launch, with s'mores, gear demos, and mini-sessions on leave-no-trace camping, hiking essentials, wilderness survival, and packing. Play games and make crafts with naturalists at the Mobile Discovery Center. Afterwards, join a bilingual nature hike at 7 p.m. to learn about the parks' nocturnal residents. Free, parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members.

Info: 565-2041. 5585 Newanga Ave., Santa Rosa.

Spring plants for your garden

Sonoma Valley Wholesale Nursery is hosting a spring series of Saturday workshops, with the next one coming up on April 22, featuring “Home Run Plants for Your Garden.” Owner Paul Martinez will provide a talk and tour of the facilities. The nursery is run without herbicides, pesticides or fungicides. This event supports the nonprofit Seedlings Garden Group: School Gardens for Nutrition, Community Buildings & Sustainability. Suggested donation: $20.

Info: 815-8600. 19655 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.

Walk to end hunger worldwide

Sonoma residents will take to the streets on April 23 to raise awareness about global and local poverty and to raise funds to address hunger, during Sonoma's 8th Annual CROP Hunger Walk. Registration begins at noon at Burlingame Hall. Related events include the Earth Care Festival in Burlingame Hall (April 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.), World Hunger Awareness Day when participating Sonoma and Petaluma restaurants donate a percentage of profits to help end world hunger (April 26, lunch or dinner), and the People's Climate March from Burlingame Hall to the Sonoma Plaza (April 29, 11 a.m.-noon).

Info:, search for Sonoma. 252 W. Spain St., Sonoma.

Interfaith Service of Remembrance

Hospice by the Bay will host its annual Service of Remembrance interfaith gathering on April 23, starting at 4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Sonoma. The community is invited to participate in music, prayers, a flower ceremony, and messages from a variety of spiritual traditions. Attendees are encouraged to bring photographs of loved ones or objects of remembrance for the altar of memories. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Refreshments follow. The names of loved ones may be included in a Memorial Album that will be part of the service. To include one or more names, email your request to by April 19.

Info: (415) 321-7147. 275 E. Spain St., Sonoma.

BODYTRAFFIC debuts in Santa Rosa

Called “one of the most talked-about companies nationwide” by the Los Angeles Times, dance troupe BODYTRAFFIC takes center stage at the Luther Burbank Center on April 25 for the first time, an evening of fierce dance technique and style that has wowed audiences around the world. Tickets, including a pre-show discussion at 7 p.m. range from $15 to $45.

Info: 546-3600,

Sharia Law discussion

Ex-Secret Service Agent Jim McCully will speak about Sharia Law on April 25 at the Santa Rosa Republican Women Federated luncheon meeting at the Flamingo Hotel. According to McCully, there is nothing positive or pretty about Islamic Sharia Law, and he will explain why. McCully served Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan, and traveled with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. $30 with reservations, $35 at the door.

Info: 538-9804, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

Peanuts' enduring friendships

Enduring friendships are at the heart of the Peanuts comic strip. The Charles M. Schulz Museum's new exhibition, A Friendship Like Ours, will be on view April 26 through Nov. 6. It explores friendship through 69 comic strips, original sketches, and Peanuts ephemera. Schulz drew many of his characters from his own circle of friends, both as a boy and as an adult. Cost: $12 adults, $8 seniors, $5 kids.

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

SRJC Career Expo

Santa Rosa Junior College's Career Development Services Department will host their 2017 Career Expo on April 26, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in the Lawrence A. Bertolini Student Center. Students, alumni, high school seniors and job-seekers are encouraged to attend. More than 50 businesses will be at this year's expo, which will provide the opportunity for guests to explore various careers, apply for jobs, network, and practice self-introductions. Attendees are encouraged to dress and prepare (bringing copies of their resumes).

Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Red Cross Real Heroes

The 14th Annual Real Heroes Breakfast will be held on April 27 to honor 15 inspirational community members for their selfless acts of courage. The Real Heroes Breakfast, at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel, is a signature event in support of the lifesaving programs and emergency services that the Red Cross California Northwest chapter provides to the nearly one million residents of Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma Counties. Registration opens at 7 a.m., and the program runs 7:30-9 a.m. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are still available.

Info: 170 Railroad St., Santa Rosa.

Sebastiani Theater celebrates Rhoten

Roger Rhoten has been manager of the Sebastiani Theatre for 25 years. To celebrate his tenure, you are invited you to have dinner, watch Rhoten's favorite movies, listen to music, watch a magic show, and dance the night away. All proceeds go to keeping the doors open at this beautiful theatre on the Sonoma town square. Tickets can be shared if you cannot make all events, which run from April 28 through May 1.

Info: 996-9756, 476 1st St. East, Sonoma.

Hoofbeats in the Vineyard

Now in its third year, Hoofbeats in the Vineyard is a fundraiser for Equi-Ed Therapeutic Equestrian program and the Santa Rosa Junior College Shone Farm Equestrian program. These two programs provide lessons, activities, and education to students and individuals of all abilities. The event includes a variety of vendors and equestrian-related demonstrations, from the Tambourine Vaulters performing gymnastics and dance on horseback, to mounted archery by the California Centaurs mounted archery team, and free tastes of Shone Farm's own wines and olive oils, tickets are $25 adults, $20 students, and $30 for adults, $25 for students at door. Free for 12 and under.

Info: 7450 Steve Olson Lane, Forestville.

Bridge to Nowhere? Turkey & the West

A longtime American ally, Turkey is faced with multiple crises brought on by an attempted coup last July, the flood of refugees from troubled neighbors, and terrorist acts. Professor Jessica Varnum of Middlebury Institute of International Studies will discuss prospects for the continuation of Turkey's cooperation with the West as a NATO member, at the next World Affairs Council meeting, April 27, 7:30 p.m. in Spring Lake Village Auditorium. Member free; visitors $5.

Info: 5555 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa.

Reimagining nature

Environmentalism did not originate with the founding of the nation, nor did it suddenly burst on the scene with the first Earth Day in 1970; rather, it developed, despite formidable obstacles, as a movement and moral imperative, over time, beginning in the early 19th century and reaching its zenith with the mass of environmental and consumer protection legislation passed in the 1960s and '70s. Dr. John Smihula will focus on the past and the future of environmentalism at the Laguna Environmental Center on April 27, 7-8:30 p.m. to Cost: $10. Pre-registration required.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

Day of the Child/Dia Del Niño

Celebrate Day of the Child with family, nature, and fun on April 29 at 12 locations throughout Sonoma County. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sonoma County parks, nature centers, preserves, and interpretive centers will open their doors, offering outdoor explorations, nature crafts, ropes courses, bird box building, hands-on activities, visits with animals, family nature walks, and more. The day will end with a concert by Zun Zun at Roseland Village Neighborhood Center from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Other locations include Maxwell Farms Regional Park, the Sonoma Barracks and the Montini Preserve. At Mission San Francisco Solano in Sonoma there will be crafts, demonstrations, and activities such as candle making, basket weaving, wool spinning, and leather tooling. The Pomo Youth Dance Group will kick off the day at 11 a.m. Adults $3, children 17 and under free.


Jazz quartet comes to Sonoma

Enjoy an hour of music presented by La Mer Quartet. This free concert will be at 2 p.m. on April 30 at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Rosa. The quartet will present selections from the Jazz Suite II by Claude Bolling. The suite was written for classical flute and jazz piano, and includes percussion and double bass. Musicians are Mary Kemnec, flute, Norma Doyle, piano, Jocelyn McCord, percussion, and guest musician Gary Digman on double bass.

Info: 1550 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa.

Presto Mambo!

Platypus Theatre joins the Santa Rosa Symphony at the Green Music Center on April 30 at 3 p.m., to present Presto Mambo!, an interactive program that will have you standing up and dancing. The program follows Max - an energetic and impulsive young boy - on a whirlwind adventure that takes him from the concert hall to the vibrant lands of Latin American culture where - with the help of his new friend, Mambo the dog, the orchestra, and the audience - Max learns the magic of Latin rhythms and how to “dance” with the music.

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

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