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Out, About & Around the County: 05/01/2017

Out, About & Around the County May 1, 2017

Tuesday Night Farmers Market

Sonoma's Tuesday Night Farmers Market will open on May 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the Sonoma Plaza. Valley of the Moon Certified Farmers' Market, the local nonprofit that manages the market, will present a mix of about 50 vendors - and a few changes. There will be two music events a month at the amphitheater and fewer stalls for vendors, to decrease wear and tear on the lawn. The market will also forego October operations.


Compost Awareness Week

Celebrate International Compost Awareness Week by joining a high-level composting discussion at Shed on May 3, 6:30 p.m., and attending the bioreactor workshop on May 4, 3 p.m., at Coyote Family Farm. Learn how to support healthy microbial life in your cropland, rangeland or garden, and help restore and protect our biosphere. Sponsored by Regenerative Agriculture Group of 350 Sonoma, Healdsburg Shed, and Farmer's Guild/CAFF. A $10 donation is suggested for each event.

Info: Shed, 25 North St., Healdsburg. Coyote Family Farm, 3662 Lichau Road, Penngrove.

Spring Ceramics Sale

Sonoma Community Center hosts its annual Spring Ceramics Studio Sale on May 6. Over 20 artists will be showing and selling handmade work in all price ranges and styles, just in time for Mother's Day or revamping your garden art collection. All of the work in the sale is made at the Sonoma Ceramics studio located at the Center. Ranging from delicate porcelain bowls to succulent planters, the sale has something for everyone.

Info: 938-4626, ext. 1, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

Free gardening workshops

Sonoma County Master Gardeners host a series of free workshops around the county on May 6. At the Cloverdale Library, demystify irrigation at “Irrigation for Conservation.” At the Healdsburg Library, Steve Albert will solve your problems with tomatoes and discuss the best hybrids and heirlooms. And Susan White will demonstrate how to build a fairy garden using herbs, ground covers and other plants and decorative garden art at the Sonoma Valley Library. All classes run 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Being fearless

Robb Armstrong, the creator of the comic strip JumpStart, will talk about his latest book Fearless: A Cartoonist's Guide to Life at the Charles M. Schulz Museum on May 6, 1 p.m. An award-winning strip, JumpStart has reached 80 million readers, is syndicated in more than 300 newspapers worldwide, and is considered the most widely syndicated comic strip from an African-American author in history. In his memoir, Armstrong weaves together his personal stories of his journey to success and the hardships along the way.

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Petaluma Film Fest

Close to 40 short films from countries around the world will be screened at the ninth annual Film Fest Petaluma on May 6 at the Mystic Theatre. Four different collections of shorts will screen at 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 10:30 p.m. The day-long festival will give visitors a sampling of award-winning shorts from prestigious international festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, and Sundance. Each of the four programs offers a variety of animation, live action, and documentary content, as well as a discussion with the filmmakers. Tickets range from $10-$15.

Info: 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

Next Level Music Industry Conference

The Next Level Music Industry Conference runs May 6 and 7 at the Luther Burbank Center. Panels and workshops will cover topics such as booking and gigging, managing your digital tools and career, legal issues for musicians, protecting your intellectual property and more. Next Level is designed to support and advance musicians and provide them with expertise and training to move their careers forward. This year's presenters include Tony Magee, touring musician and founder of Lagunitas; L.A. songwriter Sam Hollander whose credits include songs for One Direction, Train, Katy Perry, The Fray, and Carole King; and Seattle engineer/producer Glenn Lorbecki who has recorded for The White Stripes, Dave Matthews, Green Day, Dizzy Gillespie and Coldplay.

Info: 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.

Violinist Vadim Gluzman plays with SR Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony presents “Vadim Returns” on May 6 at 8 p.m., May 7 at 3 p.m., and May 8 at 8 p.m. at the Green Music Center, the last concert in Music Director Bruno Ferrandis' final full season. Vadim Gluzman, winner of the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award, returns to the Santa Rosa Symphony to play Prokofiev's soaring and energetic Violin Concerto No. 2, on the legendary 1690 “ex-Leopold Auer” Stradivarius, on extended loan to him from the Stradivari Society of Chicago. Gluzman is acclaimed for his old-world lyricism, passion and virtuosity. Single tickets $25-$85.

Info: 546-8742; 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

SRJC Day Under the Oaks

Children will be introduced to the excitement of higher education, adults can learn about new and compelling career paths, and all can explore Santa Rosa Junior College's many academic, cultural and student life offerings during the 2017 Larry Bertolini Day Under the Oaks at SRJC on May 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This open house and community education fair extends throughout the campus. Booths will offer food, hands-on activities, displays, demonstrations, shows and fun for the whole family. Parking and admission is free; no pets allowed.

Info: 527-4679. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Vox Populi sings women composers

The Vox Populi Choir will present their spring concert “Women Composers” at the Sebastiani Theatre on May 8, and at the Sonoma Woman's Club on May 13, benefiting both the theater and the club. Both shows will start at 7:30 p.m. The concert will present an eclectic mix of songs written by women singer-songwriters, featuring sophisticated harmonies from this 50-member rock 'n' roll choir. Come unwind with a glass of wine and enjoy an engaging evening with Vox Populi while supporting the historic Sebastiani Theatre and the Sonoma Woman's Club. Tickets, $18, are on sale at the Sebastiani Theatre and Tiddle E. Winks in Sonoma.

Info: 939-6933.

How I am Unlearning My Whiteness

Bayo Akomolafe asks: In what ways can we partner with the world to perform new notions of racial identity and socio-politico-economic justice? Instead of trying to be “good white people,” perhaps what racial justice asks of us is that we account for our difficult histories, our deepest longings for something better, and to consider curiosity as a replacement for confusion. Akomolafe will speak at the Glaser Center on Santa Rosa on May 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Akomolafe is globally recognized for his poetic, unconventional, counterintuitive take on global crisis, civic action and social change. He is the coordinating curator for The Emergence Network, and host of the online course, “We Will Dance with Mountains.”

Info: 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

NAFTA discussed at World Affairs Council

Professor Harley Shaiken of U.C. Berkeley Department of Geography will speak on “NAFTA and the TPP: What they are, their potential impact and effectiveness” at the May 12 luncheon of the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County. Has NAFTA been effective in reducing trade barriers and increasing trade, or is it “the worst trade deal ever,” as characterized by the president? Shaiken is Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Berkeley. The noon luncheon will be at the Quail Inn. Members $31; visitors $36. Checks made out to 'World Affairs Council of Sonoma County,' must be received no later than May 5. Send to P.O. Box 1433, Santa Rosa, 95402. Select from cross rib of beef or vegetable Wellington.

Info:, 573-6014. 7035 Oakmont Dr., Santa Rosa.

What's in a label?

On May 12 at 11 a.m., the Sonoma Valley Library hosts “What's in a Label?” an informational workshop that will focus on reading nutrition labels to make quick, informed food choices that contribute to a healthy diet. Nutritionists from the Northern California Center for Well-Being will discuss how consumers can make better food choices more effectively and easily. Free.

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

Living History Day

Step back in time at the Petaluma Adobe during Living History Day when the 1840s Mexican California era comes to life in Sonoma on May 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Meet the vaqueros, traders, cooks, craftsmen and women, and others who lived in Old California. Volunteers will demonstrate crafts and present historical skits that reveal the stories of the past. Bring your picnic basket, relax and enjoy the spring vista and a glimpse into another time at this fascinating state park. Drink and food concessions not available. Admission: $3 age 18 and older, $2 age 6-17, 5 and under free.

Info: 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma.

Hike the Sonoma Raceway

Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards will host hikes and a picnic lunch at Sonoma Raceway on May 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., to raise money for a rehabilitation project on the Sonoma Overlook Trail. Participants can choose a 3- or 5-mile guided hike through the hills and grasslands of the raceway's extensive open space. Offering 360-degree views and bayland vistas, this property is not usually accessible to the public. Enjoy this season's spectacular wildflowers, and watch the “woolly weeders” and their spring lambs in action. Easy and suitable for all ages. $50 per person, includes a picnic lunch, wines and non-alcoholic beverages. Sign up soon; this event sold out last year.

Info:; Jeni Nichols,, 738-3791.

All-star blues show

On May 13, the Cloverdale Arts Alliance presents The Blues Session, which runs on second Saturdays monthly, October through May. The Blues Session brings the best in local live performance to Cloverdale, delivering two solid hours of popular and classic songs from a wide spectrum of blues-influenced American music. The Blues Session features a cooking house band and top local musicians bringing their best performances. Whether you are a musician, a fan, like to dance, or just appreciate good music, The Blues Session is a fun, lively music experience for all. Tickets are $5 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m.; music 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Info: 894-8500. 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale.

Come As You Art

Come dressed as your favorite artist, performer or piece of art and celebrate community at the Sonoma Community Center's “Come As You Art” party on May 13, 6-9 p.m. The festivities include hors d'oeuvres and cocktail party, a full bar, and live music. Proceeds from this event fund programs that benefit thousands of members and visitors to the Sonoma Community Center each year and help maintain the historic facility. Tickets: $100.

Info: 938-4626, ext. 1. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

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