Out, About and Around the County
Water Bark at Spring Lake Regional Park returns
During the first three weekends of October, Spring Lake Water Bark will return after taking last year off. The Spring Lake Water Bark is a fundraiser for the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation that has raised money for over 50 dog-friendly parks and trails in Sonoma County. The event opens the filtered and chlorinated swimming lagoon for dogs to enjoy. Tickets are available online and at the location, but online tickets are strongly encouraged to allow for faster entry and discounted prices. Morning and afternoon sessions are available to minimize crowding, with morning sessions taking place from 9 a.m. to noon, and afternoon sessions taking place from noon to 4 p.m.
Tickets: www.sonomacountyparksfoundation.org/water-bark. html
Charles Schulz Museum presents new exhibition
From Sept. 19, 2021, to March 13, 2022, the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center will present “Drawn from Life: The People and Places of Peanuts,” a new exhibition that examines the people and places that inspired the characters in “Peanuts.” For 50 years, Charles Schulz had a daily deadline to create comics and would struggle to find fresh ideas for his characters. He was often inspired by his own life and included many of his own memories in his work. Visit the museum today to see this new exhibit and discover the origin of many of the characters and places in the iconic comics.
Jack London redwood fitness hike
On Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon, take a hike in the beautiful Jack London State Park and experience the ancient redwoods that grow there. This free event is a guided tour through the park, allowing you to see the beautiful scenery and get some fresh air with other participants. Two options are available for the hike: a two-mile hike to the lake site and back, or a four-mile hike continuing from the lake site to the ancient redwoods. Participants are limited to 20 and reservations are required.
Registration: www.jacklondonpark.com/events/ redwood-fitness-hike-october-2-2021
Muscardini Cellars fall release weekend
On Oct. 2 and 3, Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood will feature new, limited production wines with live music to enjoy during the tasting. Michael Muscardini has been a winemaker in Sonoma Valley for over 15 years, leading the revival of Italian varietals in Sonoma, such as Barbera and Sangiovese, since 2005. During the weekend, guests will enjoy a tasting flight on Muscardini’s patio with music from local Sonoma artists Don Trotta and Dann Walters, who will play each day from 2–5 p.m. Reservations are available now for parties of one to eight guests for $35 each, or $15 for wine club members.
Reservations: www.exploretock.com/ muscardinicellars/experience/295090/ fall-release-weekend?date=2021-10-02& size=2& time=12%3A00
Cinnabar Theater presents “Dancing Lessons”
Mark St. Germain’s heartwarming romantic comedy, “Dancing Lessons,” is making its debut at Cinnabar Theater from Oct. 15–31. The story follows a Broadway dancer who is unable to perform due to an injury and a science professor dealing with Asperger’s syndrome. They come together to help each other through their challenges and form an unexpected friendship. St. Germain is a distinguished playwright whose previous play, “Freud’s Last Session,” ran for two years on Broadway, making “Dancing Lessons” a must-see event for fans of theater. There will be nine live performances in total, in addition to virtual screenings for those who’d like to watch from home. Tickets for all performances are now on sale at www.cinnabartheater.org, or call (707) 763-8920.
Dia de los Muertos at the Sonoma Community Center
For the entire month of October, the Sonoma Community Center will host different activities and crafts to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. The activities include crafting Mexican sugar skulls, learning how to make an altar, an Aztec dance class, and on the Day of the Dead on Nov. 1, a free public altar lighting ceremony. The lighting ceremony is a yearly tradition wherein the center will erect its altar, designed by local sculptor Jim Callahan, and decorate it with lights, golden butterflies, and portraits of Sonoma’s passed loved ones. All these activities will teach adults and children the history and rituals of the Day of the Dead. Registration for all the activities is available now, including registration for individual days.