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Out, About & Around the County: 10/01/2018

Out, About & Around the County Oct. 1, 2018

Ordinary terrible things

Acclaimed children's author Anastasia Higginbotham will lead a workshop for children ages 6-12 at the Sonoma Valley Library on Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. Higginbotham's book series “Ordinary Terrible Things” focuses on the importance of resiliency and coping in the face of adversity. In the workshop, she will present her latest book, Not My Idea, and lead a collage activity focused on identifying and processing emotional experiences. Space is limited.

Info/RSVP: 996-5217, (under “Events”). 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma.

Stand with Africa concert

The Maria Carrillo High School Choral Department, under the direction of Gail Bowers, presents Stand with Africa, on Oct. 3 and 4, featuring the MCHS Men's Choir, Women's Choir, Jazz Choir, Handbells and Chamber Singers, along with the New Life Band. A group of eight talented musicians who excel in various genres of music, the New Life Band have become ambassadors for peace and forgiveness, performing throughout Tanzania and in Africa, Europe and the United States. Half of the proceeds of both concerts will be donated to a secondary school in Tanzania. Tickets are $10. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m.

Info: 6975 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

On Oct. 4, 6-8 p.m. Wilibees Wines & Spirits hosts a multi-course dinner at the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, prepared by Preferred Sonoma Caterers and paired with select rums. Chef Amber Balshaw and Wilibees staff will be on hand to walk you through each course and highlight the culinary and spirited connections between food and rum. Pirate attire encouraged! Cost is $60/museum members; $70/non-members.

Info: 20 4th St., Petaluma.

Big drums and more

Allen Biggs, principal percussionist for the Santa Rosa Symphony, comes to the Fountaingrove Lodge on Oct. 4, 2-4 p.m., to give an inside look at how he creates the mysterious sounds and “voices” an orchestra performs that cannot be created with normal instruments. Biggs will introduce many of the exotic instruments he has collected over the years, demonstrating how he creates the precise sound he is looking for. The Santa Rosa Symphony League supports the Santa Rosa Symphony in raising funds for music education for youngsters in Sonoma County. This event is part of the League's Festival of Parties, a series of lectures, musicals, and cultural activities. Admission is $50; $45 for members.

Info:, search “big drums and more.” 4210 Thomas Lake Harris Dr., Santa Rosa.

Library art features Barbara Jacobsen

Local artist Barbara Jacobsen will exhibit her collage, paintings, drawings and assemblage at the Sonoma Valley Library during the month of October as a part of the library's 2018 artist series. A reception featuring Jacobson will be on Oct. 5, 4-6 p.m. Jacobsen's exhibit is a world of dream-like, intuitive and inspirational artworks. She was named as a Sonoma Artist Treasure in 1997. She is also known for her Journey Book workshops and the collage classes she conducts with Audrey von Hawley in their studio.

Info: 755 West Napa Street, Sonoma.

Suzanne Phillips art in Sonoma

Drawn to the organic nature of things, artist Suzanne Phillips is featured this month at the arts Guild of Sonoma, Oct. 3-29. “I like taking an existing scene and making it my own. Some scenes have a storybook quality to them... magical, idealistic,” says Phillips. Her acrylic paintings will be on display at the gallery, with an opening reception on Oct. 5, 5-7 p.m.

Info: 140 East Napa St., Sonoma.

Youngster yoga

On Fridays and Mondays in October, the Sonoma Valley Library will offer yoga classes for babies and toddlers ages 0-5, and kids ages 5-10. Little Om Baby/Toddler Yoga classes run Fridays, Oct. 5-26, at 10:30 a.m. Yoga Kids classes are offered on Mondays, Oct. 1-29, at 4:30 p.m. Both classes will be taught by local yoga teacher Lesley Giovannelli, and incorporate gentle movement and songs to enrich development and deepen the bond with baby and toddler. Kids will develop self-expression, focus, flexibility and social skills in this fun, non-competitive class. Free and open to all.

Info: 755 West Napa Street, Sonoma.

Food drive in SOFA

The Redwood Empire Food Bank and Santa Rosa Arts Center are sponsoring a Food Drive on Friday Oct. 5, 5-8 p.m., at the Santa Rosa Arts Center/Chroma Gallery. Bring a canned or dry food donation while you visit the open studios and galleries of the SOFA District. Live music by Joyride at Chroma Gallery. Art opening of “Wonder and Whimsy” at the Santa Rosa Arts Center, a juried exhibit of works in collage and assemblage, running through Nov. 18.

Info: 293-6051. 312 South A St., Santa Rosa.

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts Department returns for another season starting with How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, running Oct. 5-7 and 10-13 in Newman Auditorium, with show times at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The play traces the journey of the Garcia family's flight from dictatorship in the Dominican Republic to New York City, based on the charming and funny novel by Julia Alvarez. Join Sofia, Sandra, Yolanda and Carla as they face the challenges of assimilation, displacement and identity-confusion with humor and passion. Recommended for age 14 and above.

Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Symphony season opener

The first Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) concert of the 2018-2019 season - and Francesco Lecce-Chong's first as SRS Music Director - opens on Oct. 6 at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, with Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. Arnaud Sussmann will join the orchestra to play Brahms' Violin Concerto in D major. “Passion and Power” begins with Pulitzer-prize-winner Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's exuberant “Celebration” and also includes “Sonoma Strong” by local composer Paul Dooley, a work commissioned by the Symphony that captures the ordeal of last October's wildfires and the resilience and strength that arose from it. Single tickets start at $25. Patrons may request a free youth ticket (for ages 7-17) per each paid adult ticket.

Info: 546-8742, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

20 years for Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

On Oct. 6, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (SVMA) hosts its 20th Anniversary Gala. Starting at 6 p.m., enjoy Champagne and cocktails with the Starlite Strings, and view the Museum's latest exhibitions, “20 Sonoma Collectors: Celebrating SVMA's 20th Year,” and “From Fire, Love Rises: Stories Shared by the Artist Community.” Dinner follows, by Elaine Bell Catering, with entertainment, live auction, and Fund-A-Need for “Art in our HeARTS.” DJ On-Que will host the After Glow party with dancing from 10 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $275 for the entire Gala or $50 for After Glow party only.

Info: 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

Paddle across the county


If you love the idea of a multi-day paddle with nothing but a knapsack on your back - join LandPaths and TrekSonoma for a Russian River Deep Paddle Oct. 6-8. This will be a three day paddle - from Wohler Bridge to Jenner - down the lower stretches of the Russian River, through willows and redwoods, passing cormorants, river otters, harbor seals, and osprey. Each night gather to prepare and share delicious communal meals, tell stories around a fire and sleep under the stars. Cost: $440, or $480 if renting a boat.


Rise and shine for omelets!

The Santa Rosa Kiwanis Club hosts its 21st annual omelet breakfast fundraiser, Oct. 6, 7:30-11: 30 a.m., at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building. The club is a member of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time, and the Santa Rosa Kiwanis are committed to doing service that is crucial to our community. Proceeds from this event will benefit Sonoma county youth programs. Tickets are $15 for a full breakfast. Kids under 7 are free with a paying adult. A family package is $50 for four people.

Info: Toni Holland at 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa.

Boogie-woogie at the library

The Sonoma Valley Regional Library hosts local composer and conductor John Partridge discussing “The History and Significance of Ragtime” on Oct. 10 at 6 p.m., in conjunction with the Wine Country Ragtime Festival. Then, on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m., six nationally known ragtime musicians will convene at the library to perform, answer questions, and educate Sonomans about this unique American music genre. Featuring Michael O'Brien, Larisa Migachyov, Maple Profant, Sue Nigro, Sue Keller, and John Partridge, both events are free and open to the public.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Do the Time Warp at 6th Street Playhouse

It's time for The Rocky Horror Picture Show at 6th Street Playhouse, running Oct. 12-Nov. 3. Dress up in your wildest outfit and enjoy songs like “Time Warp,” “Sweet Transvestite,” and “Hot Patootie (Bless My Soul).” This cult classic horror/sci-fi parody takes place on a dark and stormy night, as clean-cut newlyweds stranded on a lonely road seek refuge at the castle of a gender bending mad scientist. New this year are front row VIP café table seats for an up-close experience. General admission riser seats are also available. On opening night, Oct. 12, there will be a complimentary reception following the performances where patrons can meet the cast and enjoy Korbel sparkling wine. Tickets: $36 for VIP tables, $30 for general admission.


Pomo arts and dance on display

October is Pomo Honoring Month, and free community events highlight the history, traditions and artistry of one of Sonoma County's indigenous peoples. On Oct. 13 at 2 p.m., there is a workshop, Traditional Pomo Baskets and Original Beadwork (for ages 12 and up) at the downtown Santa Rosa Library. Make a basket to take home at this workshop taught by Buffie Schmidt, a fourthgeneration Pomo basket weaver who learned from her mother Christine Hamilton of the Yokayo Rancheria. Hamilton was taught by Elsie Allen, who was taught by her mother, Annie Burke, both from Cloverdale Rancheria. Then on Oct. 14, at noon, Sonoma County Pomo dancers visit the Sebastopol Plaza, performing ceremonial Pomo dances in traditional regalia.

Info: Downtown Santa Rosa Library, 211 E St., Santa Rosa. Sebastopol Plaza Gazebo, 6908 Weeks Way, Sebastopol.

Tolay Fall Festival, creepy crawly fun

The annual Tolay Fall Festival, Oct. 13-14 and 20-21, means fun for the whole family. More than just a pumpkin patch, the festival is a seasonal celebration of the beauty and history of this special park. Explore the “Nighttime Creatures Barn” full of native and exotic snakes, birds of prey, tide pool animals, and taxidermied wildlife. Take a hayride to a pumpkin patch and find the perfect Halloween pumpkin, try farm activities like wool-carding and candle-dipping, enter the world-record pumpkin-seed spitting contest and more. Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for kids age 12 and younger. Parking $7.

Info: 5869 Cannon Lane, Petaluma.

Twilight hike at Montini Preserve

Discover history, nature, and legend on Oct. 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m., during a guided twilight nature hike along the lower Montini Preserve Trail. This slow-paced hike is just over one mile in length, with minor elevation changes. Sturdy shoes, water, and flashlight recommended. Meet at the General Vallejo Home parking lot in Sonoma. All ages. Free of charge. No reservation needed.


Be a Viking for a day!

Freya Lodge Sons of Norway is holding their 31st annual Vikingfest on Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Vikingfest is a celebration of Leif Erickson Day and all things Norwegian, from Viking era reenactments to Nordic arts and crafts, traditional foods, bake sale, a Taste of Norway Lunch, genealogy, photo booth and much more.

Info: 617 W. 9th St., Santa Rosa.

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