Out & About
The Luther Burbank Center’s garden, museum, and gift shop have reopened from 1- 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays.
The center is still under pandemic restrictions, requiring everyone to wear a mask when entering the museum or while on a tour.
There is also a modified mini-tour for $5 that shares Luther’s work and history without going into the house itself, as the rooms are too small to allow for social distancing. Tours are offered on the hour and half-hour on a drop-in basis. The garden will also be hosting a plant sale on Sundays and Wednesdays, along with a Little Free Library station where people can take or leave a book for free.
The Sonoma Land Trust is hosting guided virtual hikes through Sonoma County’s many fields of wildflowers that have been blooming since spring began. These Zoom hikes guide you through areas all around Sonoma, from the Tolay Creek serpentine fields to the Jenner Headlands on the Sonoma Coast, along with many other areas. Their next event is May 18 at 6 p.m., but if registration is full, there are plenty of other events occurring afterwards, all for free. Registration has been filling up fast, but waitlists are available.
Online book event detailing the history of Nick’s Cove
On May 19 at 7 p.m., Copperfield’s Books is hosting Dena Grunt, the author of “Table with a View: The History and Recipes of Nick’s Cove.” Nick’s Cove, located next to Tomales Bay, has been a premier spot to visit in Northern California since its opening in the 1930s. Grunt’s book celebrates the historic restaurant and its awardwinning cuisine, which features fresh seafood and seasonal produce from their on-site farm and garden. Grunt herself is the proprietor of Nick’s Cove and Cottages, making her the best person to write a book on the history of the restaurant. Registration for this event is free for everyone.
Pepperwood Preserve in-person guided tour
The Pepperwood Preserve is hosting a family friendly outing on May 22 that will allow you to discover the many different reptiles and other creatures that dwell beneath Sonoma County’s rocks and streams. Wildlife biologist Jeff Alvarez will guide a tour through the trails of Pepperwood to observe the many different reptiles and amphibians that reside there, while also demonstrating how to make and use a lizard lasso and the best places to find snakes, turtles, frogs, salamanders, and more. This hike is about three miles long on varied terrain, and will be socially distanced for safety precautions. Tickets are $35 each, or $30 for members. There are two registration times: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Registration: www.pepperwoodpreserve.org/ get-involved/classes-events
Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra airs on TV
On May 30 at 8 p.m. and May 31 at 7:30 p.m., the Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra will re-air one of their shows on the Northern California Public Media channels. The channels are KRCB 22 for the May 30 showing and KPJK 60 for May 31. They will air a concert recorded at the Green Music Center’s Weill Hall on April 10, which is no longer available to the public on their Youtube channel. This specific concert features works by two women who have made Pulitzer Prize history: Caroline Shaw, at the age of 30, was the youngest recipient in the Music category, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich was the first woman to win the honor in Music.
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival goes virtual
For 2021, the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival (SDFF) will be bringing the entertainment to your home. Invite your friends over to enjoy exclusive premieres and limited screenings that have been curated by the SDFF Programming Team, with exclusive Q& As after many of the films. Tickets are on sale now to the general public at $12 per ticket, or $50 for five. Passes are also available that give you access to all of the films created for SDFF, which are also available for purchase. All of the SDFF programs will be available for viewing for pass holders from June 10-13.
Tickets: sebastopolfilmfestival.org/ how-to-fest/#toggle-id-3