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Out, About & Around the County: 01/15/2018

Out, About & Around the County Jan. 15, 2018

Honky Tonk Angels

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Catch three gutsy gals as they sing their way to stardom in Nashville during 6th Street Playhouse's performance of Honky Tonk Angels, running now through Feb. 4. Come on down for a homey, humorous and harmonious evening of country favorites including “These Boots are Made for Walkin',” “Coal Miner's Daughter,” “9 to 5,” “I Will Always Love You,” and many more. Runs Thursday-Sunday. Tickets: $28-35.

Info: 52 W 6th St, Santa Rosa.

Advance care planning workshop

Half of us will become unable to speak for ourselves in a medical situation, yet only 23 percent of adults have written advance health care directives defining their health care wishes. Sonoma County Human Services hosts a free advance care planning workshop, “Who Will Speak for You If You Can't Speak for Yourself?” on Jan 16, 1:30-3:30 p.m., at the Redwood Credit Union Community Room. Workshop attendees will consider the type of care they'd want in a health crisis, and how to make their wishes known through thoughtful advance care planning and clear, written, advance health care directives.

Info: 565-5950,, 3033 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa.

Discover The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life, a television special produced by Quincy Jones and George Schlatter, will be shown at Vintage House on Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. Featuring celebrities including Garth Brooks, Natalie Cole, Oprah, Kenny Rogers, Betty White, John Wayne, and others, the program highlights people who are making a difference in the world, one of whom is Sonoma resident Katie Wright MacDonald. MacDonald's work as a dance therapist has been shown on Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, and Real People, and has also been featured in textbooks focusing on life science and the healing arts. An open discussion will follow the presentation.

Info: 996-0311. 264 First St. E., Sonoma.

Master Gardeners winter series

Sonoma County Master Gardeners have a number of events coming up. On Jan. 20, 10:30 a.m., Master Gardener Ann Chambers will speak on “The Wonderful World of Vines” at the Rincon Valley Library. She will discuss the best varieties of fruit production and ornamental vines for Sonoma County. Also on Jan. 20, at 10:30 a.m., Fred Revetria will speak on “Starting and Caring for Your Own Backyard Orchard” at the Sonoma Valley Library. Revetria will discuss how, with careful selection and planning, you can enjoy a succession of ripe fruits throughout the season.


Drive your own car at Sonoma Raceway

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Ever dreamed of piloting the Sonoma Raceway course in your own car? Now you can, as the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children's Charities hosts “Laps for Charity” on Jan. 20. This once-a-year-opportunity allows participants to take their vehicle for a few laps around the 12-turn road course. Includes a pre-lap classroom safety briefing with professional drivers, three lead-follow laps around the 2.52-mile circuit, a picture of your car on track, plus a “hot lap” in the instructor's car. Cost is $150, and a limited number of spots are now available between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Info:, Hwy. 121 at Hwy. 37.

Wonderful waterfowl

Learn to identify ducks, geese and other wonderful waterfowl when “Duck Man” Dave Barry comes to the Laguna de Santa Rosa on Jan. 20, 3-4 p.m. Cost is $12. He will also lead a sunrise nature walk on Jan. 21, 7:30-11 a.m., to several sites in the laguna not normally open to the public. RSVP required. Cost: $35.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

No Stomach for Cancer

Walkers and runners alike will take to the Sonoma Raceway's 12-turn road course on Jan. 20 during the 7th annual John's March Against Stomach Cancer, the West Coast's only major fundraising walk for No Stomach for Cancer, a global advocate for stomach cancer awareness. Participants and donors are encouraged to raise awareness and increase their impact by registering and creating a John's March team page at the website below. Registration is $40 per person, which includes the walk/run, a T-shirt and light refreshments. Choose from a 2.52-mile race, a 5K or a 10K. Day-of registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, and the March begins at 9 a.m.Advance registration is not required; walk-ups are welcome and encouraged.


Healing from the fires

This month, the Lomi Psychotherapy Clinic began hosting a group to help the community grieve and begin walking a path to recovery. The group is comprised of fire survivors and other local people who want to build community using mindfulness-based relational practices to help participants become more grounded and resilient, increase trust, and find a path to recovery. The group will meet every other Monday, Jan. 22 to May 28, 7-9 p.m., 10 sessions total. Sessions are facilitated by Samuel Bernier, a Marriage and Family Therapy trainee, supervised by Kitty Chelton, LMFT.

Info/RSVP: to 800-9450, 543 B St. in Santa Rosa.

Lots of fun at the library

The Sonoma Valley Library has an exciting winter line up, starting with a panel discussion on climate change on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. The panel of representatives from Sonoma State University's Center for Environmental Inquiry, Sonoma Clean Power, and the Regional Climate Protection Authority and others will discuss how climate change is being addressed in Sonoma County. Then, on Jan. 24, catch an English conversation circle for adult learners of English who want to improve their speaking skills. Held every Wednesday, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mandolin fans should come hear The Gravenstein Mandolin Ensemble, the only mandolin orchestra in the North Bay, when they come to play on Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. Finally, on Jan. 31, 4-5:30 p.m., Introduction to LEGO Robotics will explore how robots interact with the world. Participants will build a sensor bot using Lego NXT Mindstorms. Instructor Lindsay Hunter will lead students age 8-12 as they complete challenges with their robots.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

KSRO topic at Republican Women luncheon

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The speaker at the next Santa Rosa Republican Women luncheon on Jan. 23 will be Lawrence Amaturo, owner and managing partner of Sonoma Media Group. His topic will be “How KSRO Went Big During the Firestorm.” The luncheon takes place at the Flamingo Hotel starting at 11:15 a.m. This event is open to the public and tickets are $28 with a reservation, $33 at the door.

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

SRJC celebrates 100 years

Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) is celebrating 100 years of excellence throughout 2018, and the entire community is invited to attend the 100th Anniversary Opening Reception on Jan. 24, 4:30-6:30 p.m., at the Lawrence A. Bertolini Student Center on the Santa Rosa Campus. The reception features music, theatre, and cheerleading performances by SRJC students. Come and enjoy the birthday cake, share your SRJC stories on a long scroll, and dress up in theatre costumes for the photo booth. The reception is free, and parking on campus is free from 4-7 p.m.

Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

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January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, an effort to bring attention to the epidemic of human trafficking in our country. During the month of January, the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office, along with the Sonoma County Human Trafficking Task Force is leading and participating in a number of events, including a free screening of the film I Am Jane Doe on Jan. 24, 6-8 p.m., at the Finley Center in Santa Rosa. The film chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters who are victims of sex trafficking.

Info: 2060 West College Ave., Santa Rosa

Papier-mache class

Improve your skills in collage, painting, papier-mache, paper-cutting and more at an art class at Art Escape in Boyes Hot Springs, Jan. 28, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cost is $25. All materials will be provided. Accompanied children are welcome. Call now to reserve your spot.

Info: 833-6982, 17474 Sonoma Hwy.

Symphony presents family concert

The Santa Rosa Symphony presents a family concert, “Green Eggs & Ham and Tubby the Tuna” on Jan. 28, 3 p.m. at the Green Music Center. Featuring Really Inventive Stuff, a group which performs family and education concerts with orchestras, conductors and musicians from around the world, this company of classically trained performers is committed to sharing inspiring, memorable experiences with audiences of all ages. A free Instrument Petting Zoo takes place in the lobby at 2 p.m. Children are invited to learn about, handle and play instruments. $17 for adults, $12 for children 12 and under.

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

How to write a murder mystery

On Jan. 31, at 6 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library presents “How to Write a Killer Murder Mystery” with local author Jonah Raskin. Raskin will discuss his experience writing and publishing his murder mystery, Dark Land, Dark Mirror, (2017) which is set in Sonoma Valley with a fictional detective. Learn essentials such as creating a crime, a detective, a place for the story to unfold, and suspense. Raskin will also talk about the old masters of American murder mystery in film and literature. Raskin is the author of 15 books. He has often written about Sonoma and the Valley of the Moon and has taught creative writing at Sonoma State. This is a free event.

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

Jazz in Cloverdale

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On Feb. 1, the Cloverdale Arts Alliance presents Barrio Manouche, an international acoustic septet that will take you on a magical journey at THE Jazz Club. The ensemble has been recognized for its surprise concerts, innovative style, complex technique and their passion for musical improvisation. The band performs a repertoire of original instrumental compositions deeply influenced by a range of musical traditions, from Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, to Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, and from the flamenco of Paco de Lucía to the avant-garde sounds of Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane. Performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$20.

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

Calling all sculptors

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A “Call for Artists” for the 2018-2019 Cloverdale Sculpture Trail, a year-round outdoor exhibit of sculptures, is now available. The Cloverdale Historical Society & History Museum is seeking sculptors for the next exhibit beginning April 27, 2018, through May 1, 2019. Deadline for entries is Feb. 25. There is no entry fee. The goal of this outdoor exhibit is to increase awareness of public art and the part sculptures play in bringing art to citizens and visitors through the placement of sculptures in publicly assessable spaces, such as the streets of Cloverdale.

Info: 894-4929,

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