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Out, About and Around the County


Frederick Weisel, a short story writer for over 30 years, is presenting his debut novel, “The Silenced Women,” in an online event with Copperfield’s Books from 7 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 11. “The Silenced Women” is a fictional crime story about a detective’s investigation into the killings of women who were strangled to death over the course of many years. Weisel was awarded an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Arts and Humanities Foundation, and his articles have appeared in the Boston Globe, Washington Post, and Christian Science Monitor. He currently resides with his wife in Santa Rosa, where he is working on his second novel. Admission to the event is free, and Weisel’s book is

Waterfowl of the Laguna de Santa Rosa & the Pacific Flyway

Continuing their “Birding to Beat the Winter Blues” series, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 11, the Laguna Foundation is hosting a webinar with Dave Barry about the migration of ducks and other waterfowl on the Pacific Flyway. The webinar will discuss how far geese and ducks migrate, the differences between male and female waterfowl, and other interesting information about migration. Dave Barry is a certified California Naturalist, a certification program created by UC Berkeley and UC Davis. Dave volunteers his time mentoring people and leading bird tours and hikes. He is originally from Santa Rosa and has done many different programs with local foundations, including Sonoma Land Trust and the Wildlands Conservancy. Registration is free, with pre-registration required.

Safari West has now gone virtual during the COVID- 19 outbreak, with their digital edition named [email protected] Home. This is a virtual safari that guides you through the preserve at Safari West, encountering many different animals, including giraffes, rhinoceroses, zebras, and more. This program also allows you to interact with your guide and ask questions while being virtually escorted through the preserve in the comfort of your own home. The virtual safaris are available to book now for $50.

Join cartoonist Robert W. Pope on Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. on Zoom as he collaborates with the Charles Schulz Museum to teach how to draw some of Peanuts’ most iconic pairings. From Snoopy and Lucy to Sally and Linus, these drawings will make the perfect Valentine card for that special someone. Pope is known all around the cartooning world, drawing Bugs Bunny, Batman, and contributing to multiple new “Peanuts” comic books.

Advance registration is required, with $10 admission for members of the museum or $15 for non-members.


Need to get outside while learning about the nature around you? At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, join Melina Jozanitas and the Pepperwood Preserve on a hike to discover different kinds of fungi species. Melina, a biologist and mycology lecturer at Sonoma State University, will guide you on a two-mile, slow-paced hike through mixed hardwood forest and grassland to The Laguna Foundation is presenting a webinar for World Wetlands Day 2021 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 2 for free. The webinar will be hosted by Anne Morkill and Christine Fontaine, who will explore the vital role of wetlands around the world and display many different wetland habitats across the U.S., all the way down to Laguna de Santa Rosa. Wetlands are one of the most productive ecosystems, supplying fresh water and other essential services that earth couldn’t live without. Not too long ago, wetlands were more like wastelands, as most people would treat them as dumping grounds. With our newfound knowledge, however, wetlands have become critical to our habitation on earth. Pre-registration to the event is required.

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Inseparable: Water, Wetlands & Life

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Mushroom field exploration

find, identify, and understand local mushrooms and the environments they thrive in. The event will be limited to small groups of 10 participants. Masks and social distancing are required, with the bathroom facilities sanitized between each group. Registration is $25 per person, or $20 for members.


Michael Mwenso’s Black Music Series: Episode 4

Musician, artist, and social commentator Michael Mwenso partners with the Green Music Center on Feb. 4 to offer his unique and ancestral ideas on Black music and its power to heal us. This is a live studio recording of Mwenso & The Shakes, along with commentary from Mwenso and the executive director of the Green Music Center, Jacob Yarrow. The commentary will explore Mwenso’s discoveries in life and explain the Black experience through interludes of his music. Tickets are $10, with a subscription to the entire spring series for $70 also available. The video will be available for ticketholders to watch for 48 hours after the premiere.

Art Spots: Jacob Lawrence

The Sebastopol Center for the Arts has been hosting a series of lectures on different famous artists. At 1 p.m. on Feb. 10, their next lecture will cover Jacob Lawrence, who came to New York during the Harlem Renaissance. Lawrence’s art focuses on the history of America, depicting simple things he saw on the streets and historical figures. The lecture will cover other important Black artists from the 1930s to today. The speaker will be Linda Loveland Reid, who has been an instructor at Sonoma State and Dominican University. She is also the chair of the SSU OLLI Art Club, which has 200 members. Tickets for this online event are $5.


Santa Rosa Junior College yoga certificate

The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) has begun offering a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate for their Spring 2021 semester, allowing you to become a teacher for yoga studios, fitness facilities, spas, and more. A certificate can be earned in as little as two semesters, enabling anyone to start a career in the field of kinesiology and athletics. SRJC has altered the program to accommodate greater scheduling flexibility by offering classes every semester and holding the program virtually. More information and how to register can be found at the link below.

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Edward Snowden in conversation with Cory Doctorow

Join Copperfield’s Books’ exclusive event on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. for a virtual visit from Edward Snowden, featuring his new book, “Permanent Record.” Snowden will be discussing his book with Cory Doctorow, followed by a short Q& A session. In 2013, Snowden revealed to the world how the United States government was spying on private citizens. Questions for Cory Doctorow and Edward Snowden can be submitted during ticket purchase on Eventbrite; no live questions will be allowed. Tickets are $20 and come with Snowden’s book, which will be delivered by mail.