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Out, About & Around the County: 11/15/2018

Out, About & Around the County Nov. 15, 2018

Photos on display at Vintage House

Sonoma Valley photographer Rick Bolen is showcasing his work at the Vintage House Gallery from Nov. 14 through the end of December, with an opening night reception on Nov. 14, 5-7 p.m. The exhibit will feature Bolen's recent portraits of Business Networking International members from the Sonoma chapter, of which Bolen is the current president. Bolen is known for photographs of people, fine arts landscapes and architecture, commercial products, travel and documentary content. He is the principal of both Red Mango Media and Rick Bolen Photography.

Info: 264 First St. East, Sonoma.

Art with a voice

When viewing art, do you sometimes wish you could have your own private docent next to you, talking about the artists' lives, what inspired their creations, what was going on culturally that affected their styles? On Nov. 16, 2-4 p.m., as part of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts' exhibit, reverberations, Linda Loveland Reid will discuss her work. Free admission, but RSVP. Then, on Nov. 17, 10 poets, including Reid, will read poems inspired by selected pieces of art on display, speak about their process and take questions. Also free. RSVP required.

Info: 282 S. High St., Sebastopol.

Holiday gifts for art lovers

Shop for the art lover in your life at the Sonoma Valley Museum Holiday Trunk Show, Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Since 2002, Misty Marie has distinctively defined her brand Beijo Brasil throughout all of its incarnations, reveling in adorning herself, and the world, with an eclectic array of jewelry, cufflinks and patches.

Info: 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

Photography and nature journaling classes

On Nov. 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Brenda Tharp will lead a nature photography workshop at the Laguna de Santa Rosa. Learn to create more expressive photographs of nature, including key concepts that can help make a picture stronger: learning to see, composing for maximum impact, creating visual depth, choosing the best shutter or aperture, interpreting vs. recording the scene, and how to use special in-camera techniques to create impressionistic effects. Cost is $125. Then, on Nov. 18, 1-5 p.m., Marley Peifer will lead a workshop on nature journaling, with a focus on noticing more of the vibrant natural world. Using pencils, ink, and watercolors, participants will create sketches and take notes of encounters with the fascinating biodiversity of the Laguna de Santa Rosa. Free. Pre-registration required for both.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

Bacon bursts into song

Cinnabar Theater's Salon Concert Series opens on Nov. 18, with a piano/vocal concert featuring Soprano Carolyn Bacon (The Fantasticks, My Way: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra). A versatile and award-winning entertainer, Bacon will sing Gershwin, Bernstein, Mozart, Jason Robert Brown, and more in this exciting, one-night-only cabaret, “My Foolish Heart,” starting at 7:30 p.m. Pianist Brian Fitzsousa will accompany Bacon, and she will be joined by special guests, TBA. Tickets are $25.

Info: 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

Great Thanksgiving Banquet 2018

Each year The Redwood Gospel Mission serves hundreds of free meals to those in need at the Great Thanksgiving Banquet at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds - this year on Nov. 21, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Festivities include a hot turkey dinner, family food boxes, haircuts, coat distribution, bounce house, booths with various services, and the Gospel message. All are provided free of charge. You can volunteer to help by contacting the website below, or donate a turkey at 101 6th St. in Santa Rosa by Nov. 20. Families in need can register at Redwood Gospel Mission Thrift Store 1821 Piner Road in Santa Rosa through Nov. 20. Photo ID required.

Info: 578-1830.

Don't wait until tomorrow for Annie

Join everyone's favorite orphan on her adventures as she escapes her miserable orphanage with the help of a billionaire buddy when Annie comes to 6th Street Playhouse, Nov. 23-Dec. 16. With songs like the iconic “Tomorrow,” “Maybe” and “It's a Hard Knock Life,” it's no wonder Annie has become a favorite holiday family musical. Showtimes at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets $22-$35.

Info: 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa.

What's in that basket?

On Nov. 26 at 6 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library presents “Native American Heritage: Traditional Basket Weaving” with master weaver Clint McKay. McKay (Dry Creek Pomo/Wappo/Wintun) will discuss the characteristics of fine California Indian basketry. He will also describe how to identify the possible origins of baskets, as well as the materials and techniques used by local California tribes. McKay, along with his wife, Lucy (Dry Creek Pomo/Northern Sierra Miwok) will display their beautiful collection of baskets. The event is free and open to all.

Info: 996-5217. 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma.

“High Speed” train to nowhere

Now retired, engineer Martin Bradley has managed the construction of mining and process plants, oil and gas installations, roads, bridges, tunnels, BART, wastewater and treatment facilities, and the California High Speed Rail, among other enormous projects. He thinks the high speed rail will never be constructed, operated, or maintained in the current time frame promised or within the budgets proposed. “It must be terminated immediately.” Find out why at the Nov. 27 luncheon meeting of the Santa Rosa Republican Women, Federated at the Flamingo Hotel. Meeting begins at 11:15 a.m., followed by lunch. Cost is $28 with RSVP, $33 without.

Info: 538-9804. 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

Ukulele: Beyond the Basics

The Sonoma Valley Library will host Ukulele: Beyond the Basics on Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. If you know the basics of ukulele, this class will help you move forward. This class is designed for those who are comfortable with the C, C7, F and G7 chords and are ready to learn more. Ukuleles will be provided and registration is required. Participants are welcome to bring their own ukulele. This event is free.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

All things Italian

You don't have to be Italian to love all things Italian. On Dec. 1, the North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation hosts its Mercantino di Natale, modeled after the annual Christmas markets that pop up all over Italy this time of year. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled day, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., rain-or-shine, strolling through an indoor Italian “village” at the St. Rose Parish Hall in Santa Rosa. Featuring artisan vendors, Italian cafe, wine and beer bar, silent auction, exhibit of the history of Italians in Sonoma County, and live entertainment by Steve Albini, Duo Pizzicato, Coro Allegro, Eliza the Strolling Musician and Signora Allora, the Fortune Teller. Tickets are $5 available early online or day-of at the door. Free for children 12 and under.

Info: 320 10th St., Santa Rosa.

Lighting of the Snowmen

This year, the Lighting of the Snowmen at Cornerstone kicks off with a festival and lighting on Dec. 1. The display will remain up through the end of December for all to enjoy. Each year hundreds of snowmen have been arranged into a creative and stunning scene in the gardens at Cornerstone in Sonoma. The festival, 4-8 p.m., will feature music, kids' crafts, wine and beer tasting, warm drinks, delicious food, festive decorations, an appearance by Santa and more. Admission to the festival is free and there is a $10 parking donation to charity.

Info: 23570 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.