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Out, About & Around the County: 06/15/2018

Out, About & Around the County June 15, 2018

It's alive!

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's groundbreaking novel Frankenstein. But the real story began two years earlier, while Mary and friends were visiting Lord Byron at his estate on Lake Geneva. There, Mary entered into a story-writing contest to see who could devise the most frightening ghost story. After a long night of talk about electricity and science, Mary dreamed a story so terrifying she knew she must share it - not just with her friends, but with the world. Now theater companies across the Bay Area and beyond are offering free onstage readings of David Templeton's play Mary Shelley's Body, which premiered last October. Catch this this one-woman show at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center on June 16. Free, but reservations recommended.

Info: 588-3400. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.

The Bon Voyage concert

The Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO) is headed to Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest later this month. For its grand send-off, in addition to the tour repertoire, Chloe Watson, winner of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles Concerto Competition, will perform a bassoon concerto by Hector Villa-Lobos. The program also includes the world premiere of “Stardust and Dark Matter” by acclaimed composer Gloria Coates. Conducted by Dr. Richard Loheyde, the SRSYO will perform its final stateside concert of the 2017-2018 season at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, on June 16 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5-$15 in advance or $10-$20 at door.

Info: 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Antelope, rhinos, giraffes - and dads?

World Giraffe Day lands on Father's Day this year, so why not gather up the family and head out to the Sonoma Serengeti where dads (and giraffes) are VIPs for the day. On June 17, Safari West hosts a barbecue in the park like no other. Snag a burger from the Savannah Café and head out to the Amani Oasis beer garden to enjoy a sampling of local brews and lawn games. Runs 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tickets: $57 (adults), $29 (kids age 4-12). Includes one complimentary beer, Serengeti Bus Trek, aviary walk, and BBQ.

Info: 3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa.

Lifelong Learning

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Sonoma State University (SSU) offers a unique four-course summer lecture series, for adults 50 years or older, exploring environmental issues impacting all of us. From June 19 through July 17 ecologists, filmmakers, artists and advocates share their work and encourage critical thinking about our world and its natural resources. Classes will take place on Tuesdays, 9:30-11 a.m., and cost $25 each. Held at Schroeder Hall at SSU's Green Music Center.

Info: 664-2691, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Learning a new language - of love

Authors Georgia James and Deborah Parrish will talk about “The Language of Love in Today's Changing Times: How to Write Empowering Love Connections that Embrace Passion and Intimacy,” on June 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Copperfield's Books in Petaluma. Home Sweet Sonoma is their debut novel, but it is really about their shared love affair with romance and the little things in life that truly matter, like small towns, wine and song, pies (lots of pie), sunsets, walks in the park, kissing, and, of course, the behind-the-curtain passion that is the juice of life. Free.

Info: 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma.

Is a housing bond the right solution?

On June 21, Santa Rosa City Council Member Jack Tibbitts will discuss the $300 million affordable housing bond proposed for Sonoma County. Santa Rosa and Sonoma County face a housing crisis that threatens our future. It's becoming increasingly difficult to attract and retain businesses whose employees are unable to find suitable, affordable housing. Young families are leaving the area in search of better housing options, and the October fires have exacerbated the problem. Is a housing bond the right solution? This Sonoma County Taxpayers Association luncheon meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the Flamingo Hotel. Cost for lunch is $25 for members with prepaid reservations (must be received by noon on June 18) and $30 for all others and at the door.

RSVP: 481-1089. 2777 4th St., Santa Rosa.

Ballet master classes at Sonoma Conservatory

Ballet students will be treated to a special series of ballet master classes when mother-daughter duo Nancy Bielski and Sophie Alpern come to the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance, June 21-23. A world-renowned ballet teacher, Bielski works with leading ballerinas such as Misty Copeland and Sarah Lane in American Ballet Theatre (ABT), in addition to teaching at Steps on Broadway. Alpern teaches at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT, and American Youth Dance Theatre in New York City. Alpern and Bielski will offer insights, expertise, guidance, and technical corrections to students lucky enough to take their master class series. Experienced students ages 10 and older are welcome to enroll for one or more of the master classes.

Info:, 938-1424. 561 Broadway, #B, Sonoma.

A Thousand Cranes

Come to the Laguna de Santa Rosa on June 21, 7-9 p.m., to celebrate the summer solstice with a rare screening of Brian Kahn's Award-Winning documentary A Thousand Cranes, followed by a presentation by Veronica Bowers of Native Songbird Care and Conservation about the role of the Laguna de Santa Rosa in the Pacific Flyway. Local writer Michele Anna Jordan will introduce the film, which is narrated by Joanne Woodward and uses the parable of the cranes to explore both the threat of nuclear annihilation and the remarkable efforts of Soviet and American scientists, who worked together to save the Siberian crane from extinction. Cost: $12-25.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

Passport to history

On June 23 (the day before Sonoma's 183rd birthday), dive into history with a free event for the whole family. Pick up your Passport to History 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at either the Sonoma Barracks, Maysonnave House, Depot Park Museum, or the Blue Wing Inn, and visit the historical sites of Sonoma to get all your passport stamps. End your adventure at General Vallejo's statue on the Sonoma Plaza and enjoy a free ice cream scoop from Sweet Scoops.

U.S. Poet Laureate at the library

On June 23 at 2 p.m. the Sonoma Valley Library presents Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and U.S. Poet Laureate (2008-2010) Kay Ryan. Ryan received the MacArthur Foundation's “Genius” Fellowship in 2011. Also in 2011, Ryan won the Pulitzer Prize for The Best of It: New and Selected Poems (Grove Press, 2010), described as “a body of work spanning 45 years, witty, rebellious and yet tender, a treasure trove of an iconoclastic and joyful mind.” Ryan has written nine books of poetry, plus a limited-edition artist's book. Free.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

S'mores at the Petaluma Adobe

The historic Petaluma Adobe will host its inaugural Campfire Program, 7-8 p.m., on June 23. There will be a short talk, campfire songs and, of course, a marshmallow roast. For all ages, free of charge. Park in the main lot and walk up to the courtyard area.

Info: 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma.

Tacos, Tequila, and Trivia

Did you know that dogs sweat through their mouths and that smell is their most heightened sense? Come test your knowledge of dog- and Snoopy-themed trivia in honor of the Year of the Dog at Tacos, Tequila, and Trivia, hosted by the Charles M. Schulz Museum, June 29, 6-9 p.m. Add a taco bar provided by the Warm Puppy Café and flights of tequila for an evening of alliteration and fun. The winning team will be awarded best in show and take home a prize.

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Tower of Power 50th Anniversary Tour

Tickets go on sale starting June 14 for a September Tower of Power concert at Green Music Center. For over 50 years Tower of Power has delivered the best in rhythm and blues music across the nation. Well-known in the 70s for tunes such as “What is Hip?” and “You're Still a Young Man,” they continue to thrill audiences with their signature brand of East Bay Grease, laying down a tune like no other band. This electric show on Sept. 22 also features special guests Average White Band. Tickets start at $25.


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