Out, About & Around the County Feb. 1, 2018
Fire safe landscapes The Valley of the Moon Garden Club presents a preview of Sonoma County Master Gardeners' new program “Fire Safe Landscapes” at the Sonoma Veterans Hall on Feb. 1, 7 p.m. There will be a preview of a document in development called “What Can I Do Now,” with steps homeowners can do to make their landscapes more fire resistant. Yearly membership to the club is $20 per person. Guests are welcome at $5 per meeting which will be credited towards a yearly membership.
Info: 126 First St. West, Sonoma.
Kayak the laguna The Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation is hosting a series of workshops this month starting with a celebration of World Wetlands Day on Feb. 2. From 9 a.m.-12 p.m. take a guided kayaking adventure in the laguna. Enjoy birding, looking for wildlife, and cruising through the upper canopy of oaks while getting some exercise and fresh air. Cost is $50. Pre-registration required. There will also be workshops on making twined baskets of peeled willow (Feb. 3) and a presentation with geologist Dr. Jane Nielson on rocks and minerals (Feb. 15).
Info: 527-9277, ext. 110, www.lagunafoundation.org. 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.
Sonoma nature hikes There will be two hikes this month at Sonoma State Historic Park near the Sonoma Plaza. On Feb. 3, explore the seasonal marshlands of the park, 12-3 p.m. During the wet season, a large part of the park's open space turns to marsh and wetlands. Learn about and explore this changing environment. Look for the State Park truck along the bike path between the Vallejo Home driveway and the ball fields. Then, on Feb. 11, 12-1 p.m., there will be a guided nature hike on the Montini Trail. This is a one-mile, slow-paced hike with minor elevation change. Sturdy shoes and water recommended. Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot. Both events are free.
Rock on at the Phoenix Local rock bands Frobeck and Trebuchet will perform a benefit concert Feb. 3, at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, to help send the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO), the “2013 Youth Orchestra of the Year,” to Europe in June. The SRSYO, recognized for its artistic excellence and community engagement, will perform three concerts on a 10-day tour of Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest, a trip these young musicians will remember throughout their lives. Frobeck plays high-octane funk, soul and rock with “thick, juicy” vocal harmonies. Trebuchet, an indie rock quartet from Petaluma, met while attaining music degrees from Sonoma State, and have performed at Bottle Rock. This 21+ show, begins at 8 p.m. $10 at the door.
Info: 201 Washington Street, Petaluma.
Holocaust and Genocide lecture series A series of speakers, films, and lectures will come to Sonoma State's Warren Auditorium in February as part of the 35th Annual Sonoma State University 2018 Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series, running now through May 8. Professor Evgeny Finkel from George Washington University speaks about “The Holocaust, Historical Legacies and Local Politics” on Feb. 6. The film Lillian Judd: Survivor and Activist will screen on Feb. 13, and Holocaust survivor Han Angress will relate “A Survivor's Story” on Feb. 20. All on Tuesdays, 4-5:50 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Info: 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
Uke can do it! Strum your way toward summer during a Ukulele for Beginners class on Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. Learn the basics of ukulele and have a song repertoire by the end of the class. The class is for beginners and also for those who are familiar with playing the ukulele and want to refresh their memory. Ukuleles will be provided and registration is required. Participants are welcome to bring their own ukulele.
Info: 996-5217, www.sonomalibrary.org. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
A Time 4 Love The Maria Carrillo High School Choral Department, under the direction of Gail Bowers, presents “A Time 4 Love” on Feb. 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. This concert features the men's choir, jazz choir, songbirds, women's choir, handbells and chamber singers. Tickets $10, open seating.
Info: 6975 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.
6th Street presents Equus 6th Street Playhouse presents the award-winning psychosexual thriller Equus, running Feb. 9-25 in the Studio Theater. Recipient of a Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, Equus tells the story of a psychiatrist's fascinating journey into the mind of a 17-year-old, his pathological religious obsession with horses, rising sexual feelings, and acts committed in the name of passion. On opening night, Feb. 9, there will be a complimentary reception following the performance where patrons can meet the cast and enjoy sparkling wine and nibbles. Mature content advisory: Adult themes and nudity. Runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., with select performances on Thursday evenings.
Info: 523-4185, ext. 1, 6thstreetplayhouse.com. 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa.
Enter the New World Santa Rosa Symphony welcomes Michael Christie to conduct the orchestra, Feb. 10-12, at the Green Music Center. Christie is the last of five music director candidates for the orchestra's 2017-2018 90th Anniversary season. “Enter the New World,” features award-winning, young phenomenon Anna Fedorova playing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3. The program opens with Leonard Bernstein's masterful reworking of his On the Waterfront film score into a symphonic suite, and dramatically concludes with Dvo_ák's beautiful Symphony No. 9, From the New World. Concerts are at 8 p.m. (except on Feb. 11 at 3 p.m.) with a Discovery Open Rehearsal on Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $29.
Info: 546-8742. www.srsymphony.org. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
I love olives Don Landis presents all things olive on Feb. 10 and 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at Jacuzzi Vineyards in Sonoma. Savor unique olives, taste delicious olive oil, and eat olive inspired snacks. Feast your eyes on olive art served up by ceramists, photographers and painters. Notable olive tree experts from U.C. Davis, as well as local folks, will quench your thirst for olive knowledge. Enjoy Jacuzzi Family Vineyards wine, tour The Olive Press olive oil mill, browse the gift shops, and relax in the beautiful courtyard with Italian music in the air.
Info: www.anoliveodyssey.com. 24724 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.
Drumming, dancing, songs for kids The Sonoma Valley Library presents Village Rhythms with Onye Onyemaechi, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m., for children and their families. Onyemaechi is a world-renowned percussionist and educator who engages his audience in a participatory experience of African Village life. Join him in drumming, dancing, songs and stories that bring the joy and soul of African culture and music alive here in Sonoma Valley. This event is free and open to children ages 3 and older and their families. Space is limited and is first-come, first-served.
Info: www.sonomalibrary.org. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
Be their Valentine
The 19th Annual Paws for Love Gala returns on Feb. 10, 6-10 p.m., featuring 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. Framed paintings - accompanied by artist biographies - will be sold to raise money for the Paws for Love Foundation, a nonprofit foundation which provides 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. Live and silent auctions, a wine cave auction, cruise raffle, and hors d'oeuvres round out the evening. Wines for the event are provided by Mutt Lynch, Pedroncelli, Iron Horse, and Korbel Champagne. Tickets are $45 in advance ($55 at the door).
Info: www.pawsforlove.info. 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa.
Well-behaved women rarely make history Learn about the life of Alma Spreckels on Feb. 10, at the Depot Park Museum in Sonoma. One of San Francisco's most unforgettable characters, Alma de Bretteville Spreckels rose from poverty to become one of the wealthiest women in the western United States. Born with striking beauty and bred with a belief that she was destined for greatness, Alma turned many heads, including that of sugar magnate Adolph B. Spreckels (the original “sugar daddy”). Combining her husband's fortune with her own limitless energy, Alma strove to improve the cultural standing of San Francisco even as her humble beginnings, scandalous behavior, outspoken manner, and bohemian friendships alienated her from San Francisco society. Follow Alma from San Francisco to Europe to Sonoma, where she hosted elaborate parties at her 3,000-acre Sobre Vista estate. 2 p.m. Admission: $5.
Info: 270 First St. West, Sonoma.
Good deals on good books The Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library book sale runs Feb. 14-17. Members-only preview on Feb. 14 is 11 a.m.-2 p.m., open to the public 2-7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, LPs are $1-2. All Sonoma kids grade K-12 receive their first item free. On Saturday, nonprofit representatives and all teachers and staff are invited to stock their libraries with free books (see Dave Dobbins at the sale).
Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
On Feb. 15, the Cloverdale Arts Alliance's Americana Night features the California-grown T Sisters. Born in California and based in Oakland, the T Sisters, Erika, Rachel and Chloe, have been singing and writing music together since childhood. Their inventive songwriting is supported by their own acoustic instrumentation as well as upright bass (Steve Height), mandolin/guitar (Andrew Allen Fahlander), and drums (Marlon Aldana). Styles range from traditional to pop, to breathtaking a cappella, to energetic indie Americana. Tickets are $15 for Cloverdale Arts Alliance members and $20 for non-members. Doors open at 7 p.m. Music 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Info: 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd.
Improvisation workshops Patricia de Jong will lead four improvisation workshops for adults on Tuesday evenings, Feb. 20 and 27, and Mar. 6 and 13. Workshops will run 7-9 p.m. at The Theater School in Sonoma, above Off-Broadway Cleaners and Edward Jones, across from Staples. Patricia has been involved with improvisation for 40 years as a performer and director. $60 per student. 10 students.
Info: 483-5582. firstname.lastname@example.org. 19485 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma.
The Redwood Empire Food Bank is currently registering teams for Sonoma ReCANstruction, a unique art exhibition and competition taking place at Coddingtown Mall on Feb. 24. Sonoma ReCANstruction brings together teams of local architects, engineers, designers, contractors, schools and businesses to help end hunger. Teams design and build structural works of art made entirely of canned food, which is then donated to the REFB. Help end hunger and build a stronger Sonoma County, one can at a time, by forming a team of builders today.