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Out, About & Around the County: 07/01/2018

Out, About & Around the County July 1, 2018

Ruby Newman exhibit at Arts Guild

Ruby Newman painting
The Arts Guild of Sonoma features work by artist Ruby Newman, July 5-30. Newman’s distinctive paintings are as much about color, rhythm, and harmony, as they are about the subjects themselves. There will be an opening reception on July 7, 5-7 p.m., and a chance to meet Newman on July 14 and 21, 1-6 p.m. at the gallery.

Info: 140 East Napa St., Sonoma.

Honky tonk, soul, and gypsy rock

Dirty Revival Band
Next up at Cloverdale’s Friday Night Live summer concert series are western swing sensations Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue (July 6), Dirty Revival, a seven-piece soul/rock band hailing from Portland, Oregon (July 13), and gypsy rockers Diego’s Umbrella (July 20). Street fair festivities begin at 6 p.m. and music starts at 6:30 p.m. Arrive early and bring your own lawn chair; seating area is limited. Craft beer, local wines, and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase by the glass.

Info: 894-4410.

New Zealand Reggae at the Mystic

Head on over to Petaluma’s Mystic Theatre on July 8 to enjoy the pure classic sound of Katchafire. Hailing from Hamilton, Aoteoroa in New Zealand, Katchafire delivers one of the most authentic Reggae shows around, built on the foundations of classic roots reggae, R&B and funk, modern dance hall, and slinky reggae pop. By crafting a universal vibe, they have been able to capture something truly special in a diversity of instrumentation and clarity of sound. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; show begins at 8:30 p.m. for anyone 21+.

Info/Tickets: 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

Ending domestic violence in Sonoma County

The YWCA of Sonoma County is offering a 40-hour domestic violence training that could qualify you for multiple volunteer positions. The training, from July 11 to Aug. 1, includes supporting the advocates at the Confidential Safe House, answering calls on their 24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline, serving in court accompaniment programs, and facilitating support groups. This training is also geared toward people who work in health and human service organizations where certification in domestic violence is key. Fee is $195, $95 for students.

Info: Lydia, 303-8401, 2755 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Do you know your state lichen?

Lace lichen (Ramalina menziesii) is the California state lichen and it grows on oaks in the Laguna de Santa Rosa. Join Shelly Benson, former president of the California Lichen Society, for an evening lecture on lichens on July 12, 7-8:30 p.m. These commonly overlooked yet fascinating organisms are found all around us, growing in nearly every habitat and on almost any surface. Cost: $12. Pre-registration required.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

Rebels with a cause

Get your reggae on at the Rebel Music Series presented by Ineffable Live and Second Octave. Toots and the Maytals along with Anthony B will be performing live at the SOMO Village Event Center on July 13. Providing a platform for artists with strong messages, these acts bring encouraging words of growth and change through their powerful song and lyrics. Doors open at 6 p.m., show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $34-$43 and include free parking.


Headlining comedians at Barrel Brothers and The Reel

Blonde Medicine and Learn From Me Comedy present Myq Kaplan and Zach Sherwin as their two headlining comedians this month. Kaplan is a 2010 Last Comic Standing Finalist and has appeared on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, the Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central Presents, and more. Sherwin is a comedian and writer whose YouTube videos have been viewed over 400 million times. With performances on America’s Got Talent and The Pete Holmes Show, Sherwin has quite a repertoire. Tickets are $20, with The Reel performance on July 13 and Barrel Brothers performance on July 14.

Info: 401 Grove St., Sonoma. 399 Business Park Ct. #506, Windsor.

Improv workshop

Liberate your imagination, discover the freedom of voice and body, and prepare to laugh and enjoy each moment during a day-long improv workshop with Patricia DeJong on July 14 at the Theater School in Sonoma. Through the use of storytelling, theater games and spontaneous movement, students will be present to the moment, listen carefully and engage positively with others. All are welcome and no prior experience is necessary. Cost is $40 and limited to 10 students. DeJong has been involved with improvisation for 40 years as a performer and director.

Info: 483-5582, 19485 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma.

Bell Bottom Bash

Bell Bottom Bash poster
Break out your bell bottoms (you know you still have them) for a Bell Bottom Bash on July 14, 6-10 p.m. at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club in Sonoma. This all-ages fundraiser for Sonoma Tuesday Night Market will feature dancing to live music by The Fabulous 45’s, a costume contest, raffle, beer and wine for sale, and food by El Brinquito. Cost is $20 per person, $30 per couple, under age 12 free. Pre-sale tickets sold at Readers’ Books.

Info: 574 1st Street East, Sonoma.

Hands-on cattail weaving

Enjoy a delightful day full of hands-on learning in Heron Hall and around the peaceful Laguna Environmental Center grounds with master weaver Charlie Kennard on July 15, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Participants will make plaited table mats based on a Central Mexican technique for rodilleros, mats to kneel on when grinding corn at home. When new, they have a delightful grassy scent and a muted variable green color. $95. Pre-registration required.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

My Absolute Darling

Book jacket My Absolute Darling
Author Gabriel Tallent will present the paperback release of his book My Absolute Darling at Readers’ Books, July 16 at 7 p.m. My Absolute Darling has been applauded nationally, from Stephen King to the New York Times and was a finalist for prizes from the National Book Critics Circle and the LA Times. Protagonist Turtle Alveston is a fierce, steely and determined survivor. At 14, she inhabits a wilderness along the Northern California coast, and while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous, growing up in the thrall of her abusive father. When Turtle meets two high school boys in the woods, her eyes open to the reality that life with her father is neither safe nor sustainable. What follows is a harrowing and heart-stopping fight for her own soul.

Info: 939-1779, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

Planning ahead

Educate yourself on the necessary steps to ensure a smooth transition into the only “natural disaster” that can’t be avoided – death. “My Care, My Plan: Speak Up Sonoma County” will host a free workshop on advanced care planning on July 17, 2-4 p.m. Participants will consider what type of care they would want in the event of a health crisis, and will draft clear, written, health care directives. The goal is to advocate for an environment that is more open about discussing end-of-life care in order to ensure a smooth transition. Open to anyone over the age of 18 at the Redwood Credit Union Community Room. Reservations recommended.

Info: 565-5950, 3033 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa.

Down the research rabbit hole

Frances Rivetti photo
British/American freelance journalist and author Frances Rivetti (Fog Valley Winter) will talk about “Heading Down the Research Rabbit Hole – Layering Fiction and Non-Fiction Without Losing the Plot,” at the July 19 Redwood Writers Forum at Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma. Research is essential and fun. The challenge for most writers is learning how to stay on track with writing goals when investigation detours take up too much time. Rivetti will share her tips and tools for managing research, scene setting, and how to avoid overzealous forays into the maze of online procrastination. 6:30 p.m. Free.

Info: 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma.

Doug Morton and Del Sol at Madrona Manor

The garden of the elegant Madrona Manor will host Doug Morton and his Del Sol band’s summer concert on July 22. Joining Morton are vocalist Charity Goodin, bass player Rob Fordyce, and Brad McKeague on the drums. Proceeds from the event will go towards youth music education programs of the Santa Rosa Symphony. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased online.

Info: 293-9833,

Pies and Pints at Schulz Museum

Grab some friends and head to the Schulz Museum on July 27 for an exciting Friday night filled with local food, drink, and fun. St. Florian’s Brewery will help you get your sweet tooth on with sweet and savory pies, paired with local craft brews. Then get in the director’s seat to create your own animated movie and make live-action photo flip books with A Flying Camera. Advanced tickets are required: $24 for members and $30 for non-members. For adults aged 21 and up with an ID.

Info: 284-1297, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Sonoma Valley Wine History Weekend

Buena Vista Winery and the Sonoma Valley Historical Society will host the Sonoma Valley Wine History Weekend July 28-29, celebrating the astonishing history of the Sonoma Valley. This free, two-day event will take place at the Buena Vista Winery on Saturday, and the Depot Park Museum on Sunday, starting at 11 a.m. Both days will be packed with lectures surrounding the history behind prominent winemakers in our region. The goal is to encourage a discussion that focuses on the identification, preservation, and sharing of artifacts, documents, and images.

Info: (805) 801-6625,

Elegant Flea on the Green

The Windsor Farmers Market will host a fun flea market located beneath a picturesque grove of trees in old Downtown Windsor on July 29, featuring antiques, collectibles, shabby chic, vintage clothing, repurposed goods and handmade art. There will also be a Classic Car & Cycle Show, Kidz Bicycle Drag Racing, Mimosas & Marys with the Windsor Chamber of Commerce, Windsor Library Book Sale and a Blood Drive with Blood Centers of the Pacific.

Info: 701 McClelland Dr., Windsor.

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