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Out, About & Around the County: 02/15/2018

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

Bali Ha'i is calling
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Ever since its Broadway debut in 1949, South Pacific has remained one of the most beloved and thought-provoking American musicals. This month South Pacific comes to Spreckles Theater, running now through Feb. 25. It's World War II and American nurse Nellie Forbush is stationed on a South Pacific island, where she finds herself falling for an expatriate French plantation owner, until she finds out about his mixed-race children. A second romance, between a U.S. lieutenant and a young island woman, further explores the subject of race and prejudice. Meanwhile, American seabees are going stir-crazy for lack of female companionship. Classic songs include “Bali Ha'i,” “I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” and “Some Enchanted Evening.”

Info: 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.

Classical guitarist at library

Sonoma County classical guitar virtuoso Patricia Castneda plays at the Sonoma Valley Library on Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. Castneda will entertain with traditional classical pieces by composers such as J.S. Bach, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Agustin Barrios, as well as popular music arranged for solo guitar. Free and open to all.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Whose streets?

Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice. A powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live, from filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis, the movie “recounts not just the major incidents but also the black Ferguson community's specific point-of-view on what happened, with the anger and frustration that point of view entails. It is a straightforward attempt to redress an imbalance of storytelling power - to see and hear people who felt misrepresented or ignored at the time.” (Ebert Digital). Film screens at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Free, but you can reserve tickets.

Info: 529-6949. 282 S. High St., Sebastopol.

Taylor Mountain walk; dragonfly discovery

How is Taylor Mountain connected to the Laguna de Santa Rosa? Join Sonoma County Regional Parks and Laguna Foundation naturalists on Feb. 18 for a walk along Todd Creek Trail, a 1.5-mile loop. Topics include watershed connections, conservation, wildlife corridors, and more. Hike starts at the Laguna Environmental Center's Heron Hall with hot drinks, snacks, and a brief watershed perspectives presentation at 9 a.m. Then carpool to Taylor Mountain. Cost: $10. On Feb. 22, learn about dragonflies, the “Eagles of the Insect World.” Join Laguna Foundation's self-described dragonfly-nerd Kevin Munroe, 7-8 p.m., for a behind-the-scenes look into the strange and colorful world of dragonflies. Cost: $12.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

Harpist Patrick Ball in concert

On Feb. 18, Cinnabar Theater presents a concert of Celtic Harp featuring Patrick Ball. This renowned performer blends two of the richest traditions of Celtic culture in a celebratory concert, telling marvelous old tales of wit and enchantment, and playing the ancient brass-strung Irish harp. This is an early St. Patrick's Day celebration and will feature a specialty Irish cocktail. Begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25.

Info: 763-8920. 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

Celtic love songs

The First Congregational United Church of Christ in Santa Rosa will host a celebration of spring featuring songs and spoken word from the Celtic Romantic Era on Feb. 18, 3-4 p.m. Celeste Ray of Four Celtic Voices, with her stellar cast of musicians, creates a mesmerizing Celtic Folk experience - from upbeat jigs and reels to romantic well-known classics of the Irish repertoire. Guest artists include vocalist Marni Davis, flutist Jane Shelley of Santa Rosa Symphony, and pianist Chris Alexander. Cost is $20 advance, $25 door.

Info: 2000 Humboldt St., Santa Rosa.

Improvisation workshops

Patricia de Jong will lead four improvisation workshops for adults on Tuesday evenings, Feb. 20 and 27, and March 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. deJong has been involved with improvisation for 40 years as a performer and director. $60 per student; limited to 10 students.

Info: 483-5582. 19485 Sonoma Hwy.

Free chiropractic care in February

Chiropractor Venus Ann Maher will be providing certain services free of charge during February as part of Doctors with a Heart. Traditionally this occurs on one day only - which for existing patients will be Feb. 23. However, due to a need that cannot be met in one day, new patients will receive a free history, examination and first treatment when they schedule any time in the month of February. Maher has been providing service to the greater North Bay for 30 years. While all adjustments are free for Doctors with a Heart, optional donations will be accepted for fire relief. Services are by appointment only.

Info: 792-0202. 101 Golf Course Dr. C5, Rohnert Park.

Straw bale gardening

On Feb. 24, at 10:30 a.m., Master Gardener Marybeth Hull presents “The Option of Straw Bale Gardening” at the Sonoma Valley Library. Straw bale gardening is an alternative for the beginner gardener, a way of adaptive gardening for the disabled gardener, or for a gardener with limited space. Straw bales create the biodegradable equivalent of a raised bed. Plants thrive in a mud-free, weed-free medium that turns to mulch after a growing season or two. Almost any vegetable, herb or annual flower can be grown in a straw bale. Free and open to all.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Libros de Artista explores Mexican paper

Inspired by Sonoma Valley Museum of Art's current exhibition, Libros de Artista, San Francisco book artist Rhiannon Alpers will guide participants in an exploration of the beautiful textures and colors of Mexican Amate paper on Feb. 24, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This ancient paper dates back to pre-Columbian and Meso-American times and is still made by hand to create beautiful surfaces and textures that are equally interesting to handle. SVMA members: $95; general public: $110.

Info: 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

Meet cartoonist Judd Winick

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On Feb. 25, enjoy free admission all day at the Schulz Museum. At 1 p.m. cartoonist Judd Winick will talk about and sign his newest graphic novel, Hilo Book 4: Waking the Monsters. Winick started creating comics after appearing on the MTV reality-TV show The Real World. He won several awards for his 1999 graphic novel Pedro and Me, and also worked on Road Trip; Frumpy the Clown (from 1996-98); The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius; and Green Lantern. Winick's newest graphic novel series Hilo was named Best Children's Books of 2015 by Kirkus Reviews and also won the 2016 Children's Choice Book Award.

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Republican Women meet Meuser

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The Feb. 26 meeting of the Santa Rosa Republican Women Federated will feature GOP candidate for Secretary of State Mark Meuser, who will discuss “Challenging the California Elections and Voting Process.” Meuser is an attorney and election law expert. Open to the public. Meeting begins at 11:15 a.m. at the Flamingo Hotel. Cost is $28, or $33 at door.

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

Know your weeds


“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer - know your weeds,” says Sonoma County Master Gardener DJ DeProspero. DeProspero will present her talk “A Healthy Garden's Approach to Managing Weeds” to Valley of the Moon Garden Club on March 1, 7 p.m. This “healthy garden” approach uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a method of dealing with garden pests in a way that considers the whole ecosystem, not just the pest. The IPM principles give the home gardener a set of strategies and tools to manage weeds while minimizing risks to people and the environment. Members free; guests $5 at the door. A meet-and-greet starts at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting at 7p.m.

Info: Sonoma Veterans' Building, 126 First Street West.

Marriage on the silver screen

Terry Ebinger's new Cinema & Psyche class at Santa Rosa Junior College focuses on the comedies of remarriage. These classic films subverted movie censorship with sophisticated satires of gender, class, power, romance, and marriage. These peerless greats used quicksilver banter, wild gamesmanship, extramarital escapades, sparkling chemistry, superb writing, and masterful direction to sneak past the rules. Study, watch, and discuss six timeless treasures seen through film studies, psychology, philosophy, art, and myth. Movies screened include It Happened One Night, The Awful Truth, His Girl Friday, The Philadelphia Story, The Lady Eve, and Adam's Rib. Class runs Thursdays, March 1-April 12, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Cost: $135.

Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Short plays dissect the meaning of family

6th Street Playhouse presents “It's All Relative,” created and produced by Beulah Vega. The collection of plays will run March 2-10 in the Studio Theatre. This unique show features four very different one-act plays that, together, remind us that without family, life can be a scary and overwhelming proposition. But, with a sense of family - biological or otherwise - there is potential for support, understanding, hope and maybe even love. Runs Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m., with a pay-what-you-will preview performance March 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets prices are adult $25, senior $22, and under 30 $18.

Info: 523-4185, ext. 1, 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa.

Unveiling artist Marsha Klein

Local artist Marsha Klein will exhibit her work at the Sonoma Valley Library during the month of March as a part of the library's 2018 artist series. A reception featuring Klein will be held on March 2, 4-6 p.m. On Fridays in March from 11 a.m. to noon, Klein will be available at the exhibit to meet and discuss her work and her process. The show is rich in content with strong archetypal and biomorphic images. Connected by the theme of “unveiling,” the pieces were created over a period of 30 years in each of the three studios where Klein worked in the Sonoma Valley. Free.

Info: 755 West Napa Street, Sonoma.

Mindful Meditation and Movement

Sonoma Valley Hospital will host “Mindful Meditation and Movement,” a workshop series led by Patricia Brooks, LCSW, PhD, and Kristine Marchus, MA, RYT, beginning March 2. The program consists of six weekly sessions featuring a facilitated Mindful Meditation practice and a gentle movement sequence that emphasizes balance and grounding in the present moment. Breathwork and guided visualization exercises are included. Benefits include stress reduction, promotion of healing, energy, strength, flexibility and greater wellbeing. All physical abilities are welcome and those with limited mobility will be given options to work within their capacity. Fridays beginning March 2, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $125 per person and class size is limited to 20 participants.

Info: 935-2900, 347 Andrieux St., Sonoma.

Safe space for shy people

Julie Nation Academy Scholarship Foundation is providing a free workshop, “Stepping Into Self-Confidence,” on March 3. This class is for pre-teens and teens, with a special welcome for children of that age group who were affected by the wildfires. Open to Julie Nation students and the public, it's designed for aspiring actors and models, or simply for young people who wish to have more self-confidence in their everyday lives. Led by Jacqueline Hayward, Julie Nation's director of acting, who uses improvisation and theater games designed to increase self-trust and confidence. Reserve a seat at the email below.


From pen to published

Redwood Writers, one of the largest writers groups in California, hosts its 10th biennial writers conference on April 21 at the Finley Community Center in Santa Rosa. Early registration for the full-day conference is available now until March 1 at the discounted price of $95 for Redwood Writers members and $150 for non-members. After March 1 the price is $135 for members and $175 for non-members.


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Community Calendar

Food Bank comes to Sonoma Valley
Funky Fridays concerts at Hood Mansion
“Fantastical Family Night” at Jack London
Oakmont Farmers Market
Walk ‘n Wag
‘Forest bathing’ hike
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Kenwood Community Church service
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