Out, About & Around the County
Let there be lightOn Dec. 1, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn hosts its annual tree lighting ceremony at sundown (5 p.m.) around the 100-year-old sycamore tree bedazzled in thousands of snow-white twinkling LED lights. Entertainment, complimentary hot cocoa and spiced cider complete the holiday evening.
Info: 100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma.
Burbank Gardens Holiday
Luther Burbank Open HousePuzzles and specialty ornaments are just a few of the holiday gifts available at Luther Burbank Home & Gardens' Holiday Open House, Dec. 1-2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Experience a charming reminder of bygone days when you tour the home decked out in old-fashioned holiday finery inside and out. Enjoy complimentary tea and cookies (baked by Chops Teen Club.) Admission $3; children under 12 free. Free parking available at First & “D” streets. Enjoy free rides on “Rosie the Trolley” to and from the Handmade Holiday Crafts Fair held at the Finley Community Center.
Info: Corner of Santa Rosa Ave. and Sonoma Ave.
Art at the heart of itThe Arts Guild of Sonoma hosts its annual Holiday Show Dec. 5-30, with an opening reception on Dec. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The show features works by more than 25 arts guild member artists, including original paintings, prints, cards, ceramics, jewelry, and more.
Info: www.artsguildofsonoma.org. 140 E. Napa St., Sonoma.
Transcendence Holiday Gala
Transcendence treatsTranscendence Theatre Company will present special interactive events at performances of “Transcendence's Broadway Holiday Spectacular” at the Luther Burbank Center, running now through Dec. 6. There will be an assortment of festivities along with a food truck with delicious options available for purchase before each show. Audiences can participate in an “Ugly Sweater Contest,” a “Holly Jolly Family Photo Booth,” “Festive Trivia Night Game,” and a “Holiday Sing-A-Long.” Transcendence is also hosting a letter writing campaign honoring veterans.
Info: BestNightEver.org. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.
Traditional environmental knowledge and climate change The Southern Pomo and Coast Miwok people have lived in the Laguna de Santa Rosa area for thousands of years, learning how and what to gather, and developing a deep relationship with the land. Today, society is studying the effects of climate change, life, and methods that might be used to mitigate and adapt to these changes. Pomo Tribal Elder Nick Tipon will talk about the connection between the science of climate change and the use of traditional environmental knowledge, share some of these recent efforts, and lead a discussion on Dec. 6, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Laguna Environmental Center. Cost is $12. Pre-registration required.
Info: www.lagunafoundation.org. 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.
What can we learn from Switzerland?The World Affairs Council presents Walter Niederberger, U.S. correspondent for Tages-Anzeiger, Switzerland's largest daily newspaper, who will share his thoughts on Swiss and American democracy during “Switzerland: #1 rated country in the world, what might America learn from them?” The discussion, including a Q&A, will take place on Dec. 6, 7 p.m. at the Spring Lake Village Auditorium. Cost is $5 at the door for non-members.
Info: 5555 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa.
Emily Marks exhibit at Sonoma Valley Library
Literally literaryLocal artist Emily Marks will exhibit her book sculptures at the Sonoma Valley Library during the month of December as a part of the library's 2018 artist series. A reception featuring Marks will be on Dec. 7, 4-6 p.m. Marks creates altered books, artworks that derive from previously published materials. In 2015, she exhibited altered book sculptures based on many classics in the Western literary canon at the Sonoma Community Center. For the library show, she has printed 13-inch by 19-inch photos of her constructions that will hang on the walls of the exhibition space. Each will be annotated with descriptions of how she made the sculptures and the relationship of the content of the work or works to her art. There will some touchable samples of altered books, too. Free.
Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
Holidays around the worldSonoma Sister Cities Association will showcase holiday tradition and traditional holiday foods from around the world: Aswan, Egypt; Chambolle-Musigny, France; Greve in Chianti, Italy; Kaniv, Ukraine; Patzcuaro, Mexico; Penglai, China; Tokaj, Hungary and more. Show up for treats on Dec. 7, 6-8 p.m. at Vintage House Senior Center in Sonoma. Free to members, $10 for non-members at the door. No-host wine bar for $5. Raffle tickets also on sale.
Info: email@example.com. 264 First St. East, Sonoma.
Tiny trainsSonoma's Depot Park Museum is hosting the sixth annual holiday model train show Dec. 7-9, 14-16 and 21-23, 12-4 p.m. The event is designed and run especially for the museum by The Sonoma Short Line Model Railroad Club. Admission is free, donations accepted. Santa will visit on Dec. 16.
Info: 270 First St. West, Sonoma.
Holidays on the northern frontierThe public is invited to the many activities associated with Christmas at the Sonoma Mission on Dec. 8. The downtown buildings of Sonoma State Historic Park will be open, festively lit, and free to visitors, 4-8 p.m. Wander through this historic state park on an evening filled with living history, live music, Victorian-era craft making, and a holiday sing-along. Refreshments will beckon passers-by into the 1860s era of the Sonoma Barracks, where Kris Kringle awaits young visitors in the cozy theatre room. Enjoy some holiday cheer with the soldiers of 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Co. G by a campfire in the barracks courtyard, and attend one of the popular sing-alongs with the Sonoma Valley High School Madrigal Choir in the Mission Chapel at 5, 6 and 7 p.m.
Info: 3rd St. West, Sonoma.
Freya Lodge Holiday Event
Scandinavian Holiday FairFor a holiday fair with a Scandinavian flair come to Freya Norway Hall, in Santa Rosa, on Dec. 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring arts and crafts by local vendors, light lunch available for sale, baked goods, Norwegian waffles and coffee.
Info: 617 W. 9th St., Santa Rosa.
Wild food and medicineDemystify the edible, medicinal, and magical world of plants during a hike at Crane Creek Regional Park in Rohnert Park on Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Get to know which wild foods and medicines are growing beneath our feet and alongside our trails. Explore watershed health and connectivity to discover how the wild food and medicine at Crane Creek is connected to a wetland of international importance, the Laguna de Santa Rosa. Cost is $10. Pre-registration required.
Info: www.lagunafoundation.org. 5000 Pressley Road, Rohnert Park.
The Snow MaidenKick off the holiday season with ballet. The Sonoma Conservatory of Dance presents The Snow Maiden, a Russian folktale of love and magic, Dec. 8 and 9 at 1 p.m. at the Sebastiani Theatre. With a cast comprised almost entirely of children, ages six to 18, come enjoy the story of Lel, the Russian shepherd boy who falls head-over-heels in love with the beautiful and mystical Snow Maiden. Tickets are $22 (adults), $17 (students) and $12 for age 12 and under.
Info: thesnowmaiden.brownpapertickets.com. 476 First St. East, Sonoma.
Rum-pa-pum-pumLooking for some indoor fun during these wet, winter days? On Dec. 8 the Sonoma Valley Library offers two drumming workshops. The morning workshop at 11 a.m. is geared for children ages 5-12. The afternoon workshop at 2 p.m. is for adults. These interactive drumming workshops, led by Louise Raymond of the Malicounda Dance Company, will leave participants feeling energized, relaxed and happy. This group rhythm activity uses instruments from around the world to explore community and teamwork. No previous musical background is required. Drums will be provided. Number of participant is limited and registration is required. Stop by the library, call, or register online. Free.
Info: sonomalibrary.org. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
Unique gifts at ART FlareThe ART Flare Collective is hosting a gift show and sale on Dec. 8 and 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in Santa Rosa. This is a unique and fun place to find unusual gifts at a reasonable prices, with many small treasures and fine art priced under $20.
Info: Barracks Building 33, 3840 Finley Ave., Santa Rosa.
The Carbonaro Effect at the LBCMichael Carbonaro, from the hit series “The Carbonaro Effect” on truTV, will bring his signature blend of bizarre antics, audience interaction, hilarious video clips, and mind-blowing magic to Santa Rosa on Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. A trickster at heart, Carbonaro performs inventive tricks on unsuspecting members of the public who are unaware that he is a magician. Jaws drop when he causes a car to disappear from under a security guard's nose, or transforms crabs into kittens in a science lab. Carbonaro's illusions - along with his absurd, matter-of-fact explanations - leave people bewildered and families at home laughing out loud. Tickets $39.50-$174.50.
Info: 546-3600, lutherburbankcenter.org, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.
Twisted ChristmasBack again and weirder than ever, Twisted Christmas Live!, on Dec. 9, promises to be an evening of offbeat holiday tales read aloud by some of the funniest people in the Bay Area. Includes an appearance by the North Bay Zombie Caroling Choir. At the Spreckels Performing Art Center. Admission is $30 (advance), $35 (door).
Info: spreckelsonline.com. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.
Crab and beer for CinnabarThe Crab Feed, the annual fundraiser supporting Cinnabar Theater, is Dec. 11 at Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma starting at 5:30 p.m. Enter the beer garden, step into a heated tent, and enjoy loads of freshly caught Dungeness crab along with pasta, salad, bread, and dessert. Wash it all down with your favorite Lagunitas beer or a local wine. (Beverages are not included in the ticket price and all proceeds benefit Cinnabar Theater). Support Cinnabar by bidding on festive raffle prizes. Reservations are required by 4 p.m. on Dec. 8 to guarantee that your crab is fresh. Be sure to bring your own crab implements. Tickets are $55.
Info: www.cinnabartheater.org. 1280 No. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma.
A Christmas Carol at the SebastianiA special live performance of A Christmas Carol comes to the Sebastiani Theatre courtesy of the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation & Silver Moon Theatre. On Dec. 14-Dec. 16, the spirits of Christmas transform selfishness into generosity, and Ebenezer Scrooge discovers joy. Experience this famous story in a live theatre performance with music, carolers, and holiday festivities. Adults $20; children 12 and younger $10.
Info: www.sebastianitheatre.com. 476 First St. East, Sonoma.
One woman's holiday survival guideWoman is engaged to man. Man kisses other woman on national TV. Break up ensues. Woman spends next year going out on 12 dates. Some good. Some bad. Will woman find real meaning behind the holidays? The 12 Dates of Christmas, hilarious and touching, runs Dec. 14 through Jan. 6 at 6th Street Playhouse.
Info: www.6thstreetplayhouse.com. 52 West 6th St., Santa Rosa.
SRJC Winter Spotlight Dance GalaAn intimate celebration of dance theater and the talent of Santa Rosa Junior College students and faculty, the SRJC dance program presents its second annual Winter Spotlight Dance Gala at the Black Box Theater, Dec. 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. With Directors Casandra Hillman and Tanya Tolmasoff at the helm, the 2018/2019 Touring Dance Company creates a new tradition of dance performance by incorporating music, movement, and spoken word, promoting a deep connection to the spirituality of dance and the dance community. Tickets are $10 General Admission, $5 with student ID, and free for children under 12. Available at the door or in advance from any SRJC Touring Dance Company member. Proceeds benefit the SRJC dance department.
Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
Have Yourself A Merry Little ChristmasThe ever-popular and lively Vintage House Singers will present their annual holiday concert, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, on Dec. 14 from 2-4 p.m. Led by co-directors Kay Adams and Nancy Hughes, this festive program will feature the ukulele stylings of “Ukes of Yule” as well as other talented members of the chorus. The concert will take place at the Vintage House in Sonoma. Free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted and refreshments will be served.
Info: 996-0311, vintagehouse.org. 264 First St. East, Sonoma.
Celebrating Woody Guthrie in songOn Dec. 15 at 2 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library presents folk singer Adam Miller to sing and tell about the life and songs of American balladeer Woody Guthrie. Miller leads this sing-along program, telling the story of Woody Guthrie, who, in his short life, wrote over 1,000 songs. One of the premier autoharpists in the world, Miller is a renowned American folk singer and natural-born storyteller. He accompanies his rich baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and beautiful autoharp melodies. A masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along, Miller has distinguished himself as one of the great interpreters of American folksongs and folktales, and as a performer who appeals to audiences of all ages.
Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.