Musical alchemist Son Little
Son Little, the singer and songwriter born Aaron Livingston, is the easygoing musical alchemist of our time. Much like those of his heroes, Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix, his songs are deconstructions of the diaspora of American R&B. He deftly weaves different eras of sound - blues, soul, gospel, rock 'n' roll - through his own unique vision, never forced, always smooth, each note a tributary on the flowing river of rhythm and blues. Son Little comes to the Mystic Theatre on July 3. Doors open 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m. 21+.
. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N, Petaluma.
Spring Lake campfire
Campers are invited to a campfire program exploring the diverse ecosystems of Spring Lake Regional Park on July 6, 7-8 p.m. Through hands-on, family oriented activities, discover the wonders of local flora and fauna within the park. Good cheer, campfire songs, and marshmallows provided. Every Saturday beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Free. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members.
Info: 539-2865. 5585 Newanga Ave., Santa Rosa.
The July 7 Sunday Beer Garden Music Series at HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol features The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men, a rootsy rock n' roll band born and raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Songwriters Jamie and Kellen Coffis' blend of folk, blues, R&B and straight-ahead rock is evidence of an upbringing spent listening to all of the right records from Tom Petty, Neil Young, and The Beatles. Grill includes a premium brat, veggie brat, or hot dog, German potato salad and beverages. Cost is $13-$33. Doors open at 4, show at 5 p.m.
230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol.
Sea stars, hermit crabs, sea anemones and more! Learn about tide pool ecology and how you can protect the ocean environment. On July 13, 11 a.m.-noon, Doran Regional Park will host hands-on creature fun, exploring the animals found in its tide pools. Meet at the Jetty Campground amphitheater. Free. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members.
Info: Kristina Stanton, firstname.lastname@example.org
An afternoon of Jazz in Healdsburg
The Russian River Ramblers will perform an afternoon of jazz in the Secret Garden at Dry Creek Vineyard on July 14, 2-4 p.m. The Ramblers have been entertaining jazz aficionados at local venues for the past 25 years. General admission is $45; $40 for members of the Santa Rosa Symphony League, which supports the Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education. This event is part of a series of lectures, musicals, and cultural activities known as the League's Festival of Parties.
. 3770 Lambert Ridge Road, Healdsburg.
Wine Women discuss fire impacts
As the two-year anniversary of the Napa and Sonoma county wildfires approaches, Wine Women host a panel discussion on the impact to businesses, land and people, July 17, 5:30-8 p.m. at Buena Vista Winery. There will be a wine and appetizer reception, followed by a panel discussion led by Chet Laws of InterWest Insurance Services. Panelists include Katelyn Duarte of Regusci Vineyard Management and Tom Blackwood of Boisset Collection. The panel will share the lessons learned, review the progress of recovery, and discuss how climate change is altering the landscape and possibility of future fires. Tickets are $20; $10 for members.
. 11000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma.
Restoration, biodiversity in 21st century California
For over 50 years, the Native Plant Society has worked to save and restore California's celebrated wild gardens, from Joshua Tree to Point Reyes to the Laguna de Santa Rosa. During those decades, the human population has doubled and biodiversity conservation in California has been dramatically transformed. On July 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Laguna Environmental Center, Dan Gluesenkamp, executive director of the California Native Plant Society, will discuss the work the organization has done and the new threats on the horizon in California's future. Cost: $14 (non-refundable). Pre-registration required.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.
“Gentlemen, start your squash.” The annual Zucchini Car Races come to Sebastiani Winery's Arbor Park on July 19, sponsored by the Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers Market. Entries will race for prizes in speed and creativity; cars can be no wider than 10-inches, the squash must represent _ of the car, and no skateboards, skateboard wheels, roller skates or doll buggies for wheels. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., races at 6:30 p.m.
Info: 4th Street East, Sonoma.
I love olives
On Sunday, July 20, there will be a special opportunity to learn all about edible olives at The Olive Oasis in Sebastopol. Don Landis will cover the noble fruit from its history, de-bittering methods without lye, and how people make use of the olive. Landis' talk will be followed by an olive-inspired lunch. Runs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost is $95 per person. Registration required by email.
7820 Apple Blossom Lane, Sebastopol.
Come celebrate the “Greatest Slough on Earth” and help raise funds for Friends of the Petaluma River at the 10th anniversary of Rivertown Revival on July 20, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., at The David Yearsley River Heritage Center on the McNear Peninsula. There will be live music by Petaluma's own Ben Morrison, The Rivertown Revue featuring The Crux, La Gente and more, plus activities like riding a giant seesaw, slackline yoga, interactive art, and five-dollar weddings.
Vino & Vibrato
The first of four evenings of wine and chamber music - with works from Saint-Saëns and Shostakovich and celebrated sets spanning Mozart to Muczynski, plus new Artist Exchange pre-concert talks with performers - is coming up on July 23 at the Green Music Center. Wine tasting begins at 5:30 p.m. on the patio, followed by a performance at 6 p.m. in the hall. Tickets are $15 per concert; $12 per concert for two or more. pianoSonoma is a music festival that brings together artists in residence and adult musicians to collaborate and perform in private and public concerts and community workshops across the United States.
. Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
Pets, performance art, acrobats, more
Pets Lifeline will put the fun in fundraiser when it hosts “Tales from the Menagerie” on Saturday, July 27, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Enjoy acrobats, live music, performance art and a live auction, topped off by dinner by the girl & the fig. Proceeds from this event will help Pets Lifeline's efforts to serve the community and care for its shelter animals. Tickets: $200.
. Vintage Kennel Club, 22071 Bonness Rd., Sonoma.
The paradox of preservation
Both Point Reyes National Seashore and the Laguna de Santa Rosa could be described as “Leopoldian,” places that exemplify Aldo Leopold's ideas about the interconnections between wild and cultivated landscapes. Yet the practicalities of including active agriculture within federally protected areas like Point Reyes National Seashore bring their own challenges. Laura Alice Watt, professor of Geography, Environment, and Planning at Sonoma State University, will discuss this paradox on Aug. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Laguna Environmental Center. Watt's recent book addresses how environmental history can help us to understand, and perhaps solve, this management dilemma. Cost: $14 (non-refundable). Pre-registration required.
Info: Info: www.lagunafoundation.org.
Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.