Out, About & Around the County Oct. 15, 2018
Creepy? Kooky? But of course!
The Addams Family is at Spreckels Performing Arts Center, now through Oct. 28. In this Tony award-winning musical, we find Gomez and Morticia are still dealing with their gruesomely creative family. The twist? Now grown, Wednesday has fallen in love with a “normal” boy. How will this oddly-matched love affair pan out? Start practicing your snapping! Directed by Carl Jordan, music direction by Lucas Sherman, choreography by Michella Snider.
Info: 588-3400, www.spreckelsonline.com. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.
Network like the best of them Conscious Capitalism Bay Area Chapter will host a Business, Finance, Law Career Community Networking event at Sonoma State University on Oct. 16, 5:30-7 p.m. at Overlook Restaurant in the Student Center. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the SSU Career Center to support career networking. Includes a panel and Q&A with Patrice Williams (class of 2003), Founder and CEO, BrandGOV; Amy Kauffman, Founder and CEO, Givily.com; Brandon Trammell, Founder of Purpose Financial & Insurance Services; Joseph Huang (classes of 2004 and 2018), VP Regional Business Development Officer, Exchange Bank; Anna McGrath, Partner, Culture and Transformation, Godfrey Dadich Partners; and Joe Stanridge, Professor, SSU School of Business and Economics. SSU students encouraged to attend. Dress to impress and learn to network like the best of them.
Info: consciouscapitalismbayarea.org. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
Path to College workshop On Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library will present a workshop on “Paying for College: A Path to College.” Financial aid experts from Santa Rosa Junior College will provide overviews of the financial aid application process, including the types of aid available and how to navigate the aid process. They will answer individual questions about the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the California Dream Act, and provide personal assistance with completing the online applications. Bring 2016 Federal tax returns if you wish to complete the online FAFSA. A number of laptops will be available, or bring your own. Bilingual English and Spanish. Attendance is limited. Please register in advance.
Info: 996-5217, sonomalibrary.org. 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma.
Fun with foam martial arts On Oct. 18, at 4 p.m., kids age seven and up get the chance to practice Foam Martial Arts. Foam Martial Arts blends martial arts with historical and modern fencing techniques to create a fun and safe format that allows for more contact and increased precision. Register in advance.
Info: 996-5217, sonomalibrary.org. 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma.
Seed to Table; Plants to Paper Learn how to process and eat acorns of the Laguna watershed on Oct. 19, 6-8 p.m. with Zoe Minervini-Zick and Dylan Gearheart. If you've ever thought about eating acorns, here's your opportunity to try it in this hands-on workshop. It will cover oak species identification, how to locate, harvest, and process acorns into flour, and give back to the land. Sliding scale $15, $25, or $45. Pre-registration required. Then, learn papermaking with Laguna plants during a two-day workshop with Jane Ingram Allen, Oct. 20 and 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. This workshop will cover how to make paper from local plant materials found in the Laguna de Santa Rosa. During a walk around the native plant landscape at the Laguna Environmental Center, learn to identify plants suitable for papermaking and gather dried leaves and bark from trimmed branches or fallen twigs. $200. Pre-registration required.
Info: www.lagunadesantarosa.org/laguna_walks_classes.html. 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.
Have a Black & White Ball On Oct. 20 , 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Paws for Love Foundation hosts a Black & White Ball for humans and dogs at White Oak Winery in Healdsburg. The $30 admission includes a costume contest with prizes, an original artfully paw-painted masterpiece created by your best friend, and complimentary wine tasting with a 10 percent discount on all wine and food. Grab your dog and dress in your best black and/or white costumes, and enjoy a day of canine festivity, prizes, and fun. Tasty treats for humans will be offered by Got Balls Meatball Factory. Dogs will be available for adoption by Sonoma County Animal Services and Green Dog Rescue Project.
Info: 433-8429, bit.ly/paws4luvbnwball. 7505 Highway 128, Healdsburg.
Food & Farm Fest The Food & Farm Fest, on Oct. 21, 4-7 p.m., at the Barlow in Sebastopol will be an outdoor showcase of local food and drink from some of the finest Sonoma County chefs, winemakers, brewers and food artisans, all featuring the seasonal bounty from your favorite farms. Enjoy live music and art, as well as a wide array of tastes from dozens of culinary masters, each paired with a local farmer, bringing you the full spectrum of Sonoma County terroir. From field to plate, all in one place. Tickets: $60-$75. All proceeds go towards wildfire relief and a new initiative to better prepare farms and rural communities for future disasters.
Info: Eventbrite.com. 6770 McKinley St., Sebastopol.
Pinot on the River Benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County, Pinot on the River is a fun-filled day of Pinot Noir in the beautiful Russian River Valley town of Healdsburg. On Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., sip with winemakers and other Pinot-loving consumers, focusing on limited-production West Coast Pinot Noirs. The event features a Grand Tasting with over 100 wineries plus guest artisan food vendors all on the downtown Healdsburg Plaza. (Ages 21 and over only, no dogs, no strollers.)
Info: www.bigtickets.com/e/bgccsc/pinot-on-the-river-2018. Downtown Healdsburg.
Demystifying the County's pension problem
The Santa Rosa Republican Women, Federated will host Jack Atkin, chair of the Independent Citizen's Advisory Committee on County Pensions, to discuss Sonoma County pension difficulties, at a luncheon meeting on Oct. 23, starting at 11:15 a.m. at the Flamingo Hotel. Atkin will provide the low-down on the county's public employees' pension program. It's a serious and complex issue. He will discuss the status of the current reforms, the cost to the community and why they are so high. Cost: $28 with reservations, $33 at door.
Info: 538-9804. 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.
A plan for the solo ager On Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. the Sonoma Valley Library presents Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers. Workshop facilitator, Sara Zeff Geber, author of Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers, is an expert on life planning for people aging alone and those without children. Ten thousand baby boomers turn 65 every day, and one out of every five has no children. Add to that the ever-growing number of older adults aging alone for other reasons, and we end up with millions of solo agers. Without the safety net of adult children, aging alone requires a well-scripted plan. Zeff Geber is a certified retirement coach, a blogger on retirement for Forbes.com, and the founder of LifeEncore, a retirement coaching consultancy. She will deliver information on housing choices, legal documents, financial security, and more. Free.
Info: 755 West Napa Street, Sonoma.
Artificial Intelligence - Our future is now
Jonathan Miranda, Director of Strategy-Technology at Salesforce, has the coolest job title ever - “Futurist.” On Oct. 25, he comes to Santa Rosa Junior College, Newman Auditorium, to explain AI (artificial intelligence) and walk the audience through the changes you can anticipate in the everyday world. Find out what a typical day in your life could be like five years from now. Will jobs disappear, or simply change in interesting and efficient ways? Miranda will explain new medical innovations and their impact on hearing aids, facial recognition through new eyeglasses, and life-saving surgery. Explore the positive side of technology and how we can best navigate the trail ahead. Includes a Q and A session. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Presented by the World Affairs Council Sonoma County with assistance from Tech Bay Area Advocates.
Info: wacsc.org. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
Halloween Live Band Karaoke
Sonoma Arts Live and the Sonoma Community Center bring you the Sonoma Sound Syndicate and Starling Bar House Band on Oct. 27, 7-10 p.m. at the Sonoma Community Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Center and Sonoma Arts Live. This is your chance to dress up like a rock star, go to a wild Halloween party, and sing that song you slay with in the shower - backed by a live band! Enjoy a fully stocked selfie station and free Jell-O shots for those who dress up - and of course you don't have to sing; enthusiastic audience members needed, too. Winners of best costume will receive two tickets to the center's popular Chili Bowl in February, and two tickets to a show of their choice for Sonoma Arts Live Season 2018-19. Tickets $35 in advance; $40 at the door.
Info: 938-4626, ext. 1, www.svbo.org. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.
Howl at the moon Have a howling good time at Sonoma Historic State Park's Costume Campfire Program on Oct. 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the barracks near Sonoma Plaza. Kids are invited to come in costume. The focus is on nature and the season of fall, along with Halloween songs and a spooky marshmallow roast. Free.
Info: 98 E. Spain St., Sonoma.
Biggest Pumpkin Pie on the West Coast On Oct. 28, the Windsor Farmers Market on the Windsor Town Green hosts its annual Pumpkin Jamboree. This fun festival features colorful fall produce, such as apples, pumpkins and pomegranates, Kidz Dig It Pumpkin Carving and Painting, Build a Scarecrow to take home, Giant Pumpkin Show, and the Biggest Pumpkin Pie on the West Coast. The pie, at 5 feet round and weighing over 400 pounds, is prepared with all natural ingredients like Clover cream and butter, Saigon Cinnamon and fresh squash. Cutting will be at 11 a.m. Slices are $5 to benefit the Windsor High School Culinary Program. There will be a Halloween Costume Parade at 10:30 a.m.
Info: www.windsorfarmersmarket.com. 701 McClelland Dr., Windsor.
Marionette Halloween Spooktacular There will be a Halloween Spooktacular on Oct. 30, at 4 p.m. at the Sonoma Valley Library, put on by Fratello Marionettes. This is a family-friendly, fun for all ages puppet show featuring happy ghosts, Frankenstein, the Purple People Eater, a not-so-scary spider, and more. The Fratello Marionettes have been entertaining audiences through the art of marionettes since 1989. Free.
Info: 996-5217. 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma.