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Out, About & Around the County: 01/15/2019

Out, About & Around the County Jan. 15, 2019

Moon Over Buffalo

6th Street Playhouse presents the hilarious farce Moon Over Buffalo, running now through Feb. 3. Set in Buffalo, New York, in 1953, a couple in a crumbling marriage struggles to keep their acting ensemble together long enough for a famed director to see them perform. But with a pregnant ingénue, a drunk leading man, and a surprise visit from their daughter, things quickly go horribly and hilariously wrong. Performances at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $22-$30; those under 30 are $20.

Info: 523-4185 ext. 1, 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa.

New mayor talks to taxpayers

Santa Rosa's newly elected Mayor Tom Schwedhelm will be at the Jan. 17 Sonoma County Taxpayers meeting to discuss his goals and plans as he embarks on a two-year term. In particular, Schwedhelm will talk about Santa Rosa's efforts to address the burgeoning challenge of homelessness and its impact on the community. Come and be part of the discussion, starting at noon at the Flamingo Hotel. Cost is $27 for members; $35 for all others and at the door.

Info/RSVP: 481-1089, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa.

Bee-Dazzled at the library

On Jan. 19, 10:30 a.m. at the Sonoma Valley Library, learn how to create and care for native bee houses during “Bee-Dazzled: An Introduction to Native Bees.” Honeybees are not the only beneficial bees to visit your garden. There are 1,600 species of native bees in California and many are in decline. These native species can be helped by turning landscapes into magnets for native bees and other pollinators. This workshop, led by Sonoma Master gardener Janet Calhoon,will discuss the link between these insects and a healthy, thriving garden. The event is free and open to all.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Lutefisk or meatballs?

Or both? It's your choice on Jan. 19, during the annual Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner at Freya Lodge Sons of Norway, Norway Hall in Santa Rosa. The traditional Norwegian menu will include the very famous lutefisk (cod), as well as delectable meatballs in brown gravy and all the trimmings, almond cake and coffee. The dinner starts at 4 p.m. Cost is $26 for members, $32 for non-members.,

Info: 1-800-838-3006, 617 W. Ninth St., Santa Rosa.

Fighting for What Makes America America

On Jan. 22, at the Flamingo Hotel, the Santa Rosa Republican Women, Federated look at the principles that unite Republicans and why they are worth defending, when Dr. Terry Paulson gives a talk, “Fighting for What Makes America America.” Paulson is a longtime conservative who has spoken to numerous Republican groups, corporations, hospitals, government agencies, and associations. A Ph.D. psychologist, he has written five books, many of which will be available after the program: The Optimism Advantage; They Shoot Managers, Don't They; Speak Like a Pro; Favorite Family Lectures; and The Dinner: The Political Conversation Your Mother Told You Never to Have. Meeting begins at 11:15 a.m., followed by lunch. Cost is $28 with reservation; $33 at the door.

Info/RSVP: 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

Ripley kicks off 2019 reading challenge

The Sonoma Valley Library's “Sonoma Reads” book discussion group meets monthly at 2 p.m. in the Library's Forum Room. The first meeting of the year is Jan. 24 to discuss The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. Since his debut in 1955, Tom Ripley has evolved into the ultimate bad boy sociopath. A dark reworking of Henry James' The Ambassadors, The Talented Mr. Ripley serves as an unforgettable introduction to this smooth confidence man, whose talent for murder and self-invention is chronicled in four subsequent Ripley novels. Book group selections include both fiction and non-fiction chosen by a committee of librarians from throughout the County. Find a list of books at the library; the books are available for check-out a month in advance.

Info: 996-5217, 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Legos at the Library

This month, the Sonoma Valley Library hosts a Lego Club for children ages 5 and up. The next meeting is Jan. 25, and continues Feb. 8 and Feb. 22. The club runs 3:30-5:30 p.m. Kids will have thousands of Legos and space at the library to play with Legos, create, destroy, and create again. The event is free and open to all.

Info: 996-5217. 755 West Napa Street, Sonoma.

A Streetcar Named Desire

6th Street Playhouse presents this classic American play by celebrated playwright Tennessee Williams and directed by Phoebe Moyer, running Jan. 25 through Feb. 17. Tormented by the memory of her tragic marriage and the scandal she precipitated, a woman flees to New Orleans to find refuge with her sister. But her brutish brother-in-law resents her presence and in a violent, passionate rage exposes her past, jeopardizing her last chance of escape from the squalid misery of her life. On opening night, Jan. 25, there will be a reception following the performance where patrons can meet the cast and enjoy complimentary sparkling wine provided by Korbel. Performances at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $23-$28; those under 30 are $18.

Info: 523-4185 ext. 1, 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa.

The Life and Times of Django Reinhardt

On Jan. 26, at 2 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library presents guitar duo Django Shredders to tell the story of the Belgian jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. “The Life and Times of Django Reinhardt,” performed by Alex Ciavarelli and Rudy Marquez, brings exuberant energy coupled with virtuosity to the late master's renderings of what we now call gypsy jazz. Ciavarelli and Marquez met as undergraduates in the Jazz Studies program at SDSU. Combining traditional Gypsy and modern jazz, they keep one foot in the past and one in the present. The event is free and open to all.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Fantasies and Enigmas

The Sonoma County Philharmonic presents Fantasies and Enigmas on Jan. 26 and 27, at its new venue in the Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School. With Norman Gamboa, conductor, Lin He on violin, Tom Hyde, trumpet, and Anthony Perry, English horn, the concert will feature “Scottish Fantasy” by Max Bruch, “Quiet City” by Aaron Copland, and “Enigma Variations” by Edward Elgar. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 and 2 p.m. on Jan. 27. $15 General Admission tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. Students (18 and under) are always free with tickets available at the door.

Info: 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa.

Classical Kids LIVE!: Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery

The Santa Rosa Symphony presents an affordable family concert on Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. Classical Kids LIVE! provides engaging antics for children as they learn about 17th-Century Venice, including Carnivale and the Island of the Dead, while they follow a young orphan violinist as she searches for her true identity and a missing Stradivarius violin. Along the way, audience members will gain an understanding and appreciation for Antonio Vivaldi, his music and the orchestra's instruments. The program includes excerpts from Vivaldi's “Four Seasons,” the “Violin Concerto in A minor” and the “Guitar Concerto.” SRS Youth Orchestra Conductor Bobby Rogers will lead the orchestra for Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery. Concert begins at 3 p.m. Arrive at 2 p.m. for a free Instrument Petting Zoo in the lobby. Tickets are $18 adult; $12 youth (12 and under).

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

Free ukulele classes

The Sonoma Valley Library will host “Ukulele: Beyond the Basics” on Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. The class is for those who are comfortable with the C, C7, F & G7 chords and are ready to learn more. Ukuleles will be provided and registration is required. The event is free.

Info: 996-5217. 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma.

Financial footing for wildfire survivors

The nonprofit United Policyholders hosts a Roadmap to Recovery Workshop for fire survivors on Jan. 30. Focusing on “Financial Decisions & Income Tax Strategies,” the workshop will be at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Santa Rosa at 6 p.m. Additionally, certified financial planners are volunteering their time for one-hour appointments on Feb. 23, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Ameriprise Financial, 611 Humboldt St., Santa Rosa. Book an appointment at

Info: 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

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