Out, About and Around the County
By Brandon Sparks
The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center has reopened as of March 24, after a full year of closure to the public due to the pandemic. With new safety measures in place, there will be many new features available, along with new exhibitions and an entirely updated Biographical Gallery. “I have missed seeing our visitors and am looking forward to sharing that connection again,” said Jean Schulz, widow of Charles Schulz and Schulz Museum board president. “We are more than ready to welcome visitors back — our galleries have never looked better!” One of the new exhibitions that is available for viewing is “Girl Power in Peanuts,” which covers the female characters in the comic along with the influential women that inspired Charles Schulz. The museum will still be hosting their online viewings, including the “How to Draw Peanuts” workshops.
For the past couple of weeks, the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation has been inviting volunteers to walk alongside them on the different trails in Sonoma County to clean up the litter that has been left over time. They have already walked through Spring Lake and Doran Beach, and on April 3 at 9 a.m., they will continue on Joe Rodota Trail in Santa Rosa. The Joe Rodota Trail clean-up has already been filled up with volunteers, but this clean-up event will also continue on April 24 at Maxwell Farms and Larson Parks. Registration is required for this event. For more information, contact John Ryan via email at [email protected] org.
On April 8 at 4 p.m., local experts with the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation will be discussing the biology of the vernal pools of the Santa Rosa plain. This online event will explain what makes the vernal pools so special and how they are being protected. The panelists include Kandis Gilmore, Michelle Halbur, and Trish Tartarian, who have all studied the biology and ecology of vernal pools, along with the endangered plant life and animals there and the ecosystems they inhabit. Registration for this event is open now and free for everyone.
Registration: www.lagunafoundation. org/laguna_walks_classes.html
On April 8 at 7 p.m., join Copperfield’s Books for a free online event featuring Wendy De Rosa’s new book, “Becoming an Empowered Empath.” Rosa’s book teaches readers through a step-by-step process how to focus on themselves and place less focus on other people’s energy. Her techniques allow empaths to grow and thrive as grounded individuals, instead of having overwhelming sensitivity to the experiences of others. Rosa is the founder of The School of Intuitive Studies, which has helped people discover personal transformation for over two decades. This event is open for registration and Rosa’s book is available for pre-order at Copperfield’s Books now.
Registration: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event-grid First Annual Great Sonoma Crab Fest To Go
Join the Sonoma County Farm Bureau on April 10 as they celebrate the first Crab Fest To Go. This event will replace the 32nd Annual Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest due to the pandemic. Tickets include a take-home dinner and access to a virtual event that will include an auction and live entertainment. Pickup locations are available in Santa Rosa and Petaluma from 3-5:30 p.m., with the entertainment and auction beginning virtually at 7. Reservations are available now, with proceeds going toward the Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s agricultural education activities that benefit elementary school students, teachers, and parents.
Registration: www.cognitoforms.com/ SonomaCountyFarmBureau1/JoinUsForACrabFeedUnlike AnyOther
Dino Light Visual Arts and Dance Show
The Luther Burbank Center will be continuing its Clover Sonoma Family Fun Series on April 17-18 with the Dino Light Show in collaboration with Lightwire Theater. This performance, which was featured on America’s Got Talent, features completely glow-inthe- dark characters that have been created by neon light. Turning out the lights in your home will give the full experience. This show has captured the hearts of audiences all around the world with its beautiful visuals, and will be available to you for free from the comfort of your own home. Registration for this event is open now.
Registration: www.lutherburbankcenter.org/events Virtual 2021 Sonoma County Barrel Auction
The seventh annual Sonoma County Barrel Auction has been opened for registration by Sonoma County Vintners, held virtually for the first time. The invite-only auction begins on May 5 and will include exclusive and never-before-seen wines that members of the wine trade can resell to their customers and wine collectors. The virtual format allows a simple, one-click bidding process for the two days the auction is open. The wines crafted specifically for the auction come in five, ten, and twenty case lots, along with access to limited-release wines available for the first time. To request access or learn more about the program, check the website below or email [email protected]