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Out, About & Around the County: 02/15/2019

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

Boots on the ground

Bill & Dave Hikes will be in Windsor on Feb. 16, for a hike at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park. Meet at the park's entrance at 9:45 a.m., for a 10 a.m. departure. This 6.5-mile hike will last approximately four hours and have an elevation gain of about 1,000 feet. The hike will consist of two loops starting and ending at the parking lot. Bring water and lunch, wear layered clothing, and don't forget your parking fee. Hike rain or shine.

Info: 5750 Faught Road, Windsor.

Piquant polenta

The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Foundation Bear Cub Athletic Trust will hold its eighth annual Polenta Feed on Feb. 16 in the Lawrence A. Bertolini Student Center on the Santa Rosa campus. The event will begin with a happy hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner, an auction and dancing at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. All proceeds go to support over 500 fulltime SRJC student-athletes by funding travel, meals, uniforms and recognitions.

Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Scrumptious shellfish

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County will host a fundraising crab feed on Feb. 16 at Brooks Road Club in Windsor. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes an all-you-can-eat dinner, dancing, live and silent auction, as well as a no host bar, and a DJ. Enjoy a scrumptious menu of freshly cracked crab, pasta, salad, and bread. This event benefits the after school, sports, and summer programs that the Boys & Girls Clubs offer over 3,200 youth every day. Tickets are $75.

Info: 9640 Brooks Road South, Windsor.

Lions and dragons for Year of the Pig

Celebrate the 2019 Chinese New Year and welcome the “Year of the Pig” with Sonoma Sister Cities on Feb. 17, noon-4 p.m. at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. This fundraiser will benefit efforts to build a Chinese-style Ting, called the “Penglai Pavilion,” in Sonoma's Depot Park. Honored guests will include Ambassador Wang Donghua, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco. Enjoy traditional Chinese lion and dragon dances and a special performance by soprano Morgan Harrington. A Chinese banquet will include a roast pig. Tickets $88 per person, only available in advance.

Info: 938-4626, ext. 1, 24724 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.

Seeds, soap, and greeter training at the Laguna

On Feb. 17, there will be a hands-on workshop “Seed to Table: How to Process and Eat Acorns of the Laguna Watershed” with Zoe Minervini-Zick and Dylan Gearheart, 1-4 p.m. Learn oak species identification, how to locate, harvest, and process acorns into flour, and give back to the land. Cost is $40. On Feb. 21, find out about being a volunteer Laguna Greeter. Greeters help with setup and cleanup at Laguna events, directing parking, greeting and checking-in guests, gift shop sales, and representing the Laguna Foundation (tabling) at community events. Training is free and runs 6-7:30 p.m. Then on Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. there is a “Cold Process Soap Making from Start to Finish” workshop. Join veteran soap maker Kelly Smith to learn about the chemistry and various aspects of making bar soap using the cold-process method. Cost is $40. Pre-registration required for all events.

Info/RSVP: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

The other Danny Glover

Pianist Daniel Glover will perform a solo piano concert on Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m., at Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma. He will be performing works by Debussy, Liszt, Copeland, Gershwin and more. San Francisco pianist Glover is a legendary performer in the Bay Area and has performed in 42 states and 25 countries throughout Europe, Asia, North America, South America and the Caribbean. Tickets are $25.

Info: 763 8920. 3333 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma.

Beyond Origami

On Feb. 20 at 6 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library hosts “Beyond Origami,” a workshop on origami-like creations made using the “iris folding” technique. Iris folding is a fun way to make beautiful greeting cards. Strips of paper are layered to create a pattern similar to the iris of a camera. It is easy to do and the results can be magnificent. Specially treated paper will be provided, along with all the supplies, to create handmade cards of a variety of shapes and textures. Limited to 15 participants. This event is free and registration is required.

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

Deva Marie Proto

Property taxes on the menu

On Feb. 21 the Sonoma County Taxpayers Association will host Deva Marie Proto at its luncheon meeting to discuss changes and upgrades to the county Registrar of Voters Office, the effect of the 2017 fires on real property assessments and resulting property tax revenues, and facilities upgrades intended to make buildings more accessible to everyone. Noon at the Flamingo Hotel. $27 for members, $35 at door.

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

Mark Ward

Humanitarian aid politicized

Mark Ward, a retired senior Foreign Service Officer, led humanitarian responses for the United States in several natural and man-made disasters, from the Indian Ocean Tsunami in late 2004 to the Syrian conflict today. On Feb. 21 at the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County, Ward will share his experience and his perspective on the politicization of humanitarian aid across his long career, including the current situation in Yemen. His extensive background includes 30 years in the Foreign Service. He served in Pakistan (twice), Egypt, the Philippines, and Russia. 7:30 p.m. at Spring Lake Village Auditorium. Members and SLV residents, no charge; non-members $5.

5555 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa.

Who were your ancestors?

Have you ever wondered where your ancestors came from, but haven't known how to begin looking? George McKinney, who holds a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University and is the founder of the Oakmont Genealogy Club, will explain basic tools to begin searching existing records. His workshop will take place on Feb. 21 at Sons of Norway Hall, 2-4 p.m. Tea and refreshments will be served. This event is part of the Santa Rosa Symphony League's Festival of Parties. General admission $45; $40 for League members Reservations can be made online or by mailing a check to 50 Santa Rosa Ave., #410, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.

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

bethany hamilton

The unstoppable Bethany Hamilton

On Feb. 21 at 7:15 p.m., Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) fans can catch a special documentary film screening of Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable at the Sebastiani Theatre. Hamilton lost her arm to a tiger shark at age 13, but that didn't stop her from pursuing her dream of becoming a professional surfer. Not only has she conquered the giant walls, but also the journey of being a mother - all with only one arm. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a wine reception; film 7:15 p.m. The directors and the executive producer will be in attendance for Q&A after the screening.

Info: 476 1st St. East, Sonoma.

Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men

On Feb. 21, Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men will bring their rootsy rock n' roll vibe to Cloverdale Arts Alliance's Americana Night. Born and raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the influence of those early surroundings - and an upbringing listening to Tom Petty, Neil Young and The Beatles - comes through in songwriters Jamie and Kellen Coffis' blend of folk, blues, R&B and straight-ahead rock. They're joined by Kyle Poppen on lead guitar, Aidan Collins on bass and Sam Kellerman on drums. Tickets $15 for Cloverdale Arts Alliance members; $20 for non-members. Doors open at 7 p.m.; music begins at 7:30 p.m.

Info: 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd.

“Bridge, Mexico from Disappearing; Act 1 Series” by Sharon Madden Harkness

Landscapes and beyond

“NOT JUST Landscapes,” opening on Feb. 22 at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, celebrates artwork reflecting scenery in any style, from cityscapes to nature views. There will be an opening reception at the center from 6-7:30 p.m.

Info: 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol.

Quiche, kugel and couscous

Joan Nathan, author of King Solomon's Table will be at Readers' Books in Sonoma for a meet and greet tea on Feb. 23, 3 p.m. Nathan, a James Beard Award-winning, much-loved cookbook author and authority, has gathered together an around-the-world collection of recipes from the global Jewish diaspora - an essential book of cooking and culture.

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

Woolly weaving demonstrations

Learn about the different kinds of sheep and the products that were made from their wool back in the days of the California Missions. At the Sonoma Mission on Feb. 23, participants will card and spin wool, then incorporate that piece into a weaving. Sessions last 40 minutes and are held in the Mission courtyard at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. This activity is geared for ages 8 and up and is free with paid admission to the park.


Chili Bowl Express

On Feb. 23, support the ceramics program at the Sonoma Community Center. For $30, the annual Chili Bowl Express includes your choice of a handmade bowl filled with your choice of vegan or meat chili, live music, raffle, silent auction, studio demonstrations and gallery exhibition. Over 700 handcrafted chili bowls are being made for the event, take your pick of one… or more. Fill the bowl with your choice of homemade chili by renowned local chefs and enjoy. Seatings are at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., plus a special 5 p.m. cocktail hour proceeding the dinner seating for $60, which includes free cocktails and mocktails in your choice of a handmade cup to keep.

Info/Tickets: www.sonomacommunitycenter/chilibowl19/, 938-4626, ext. 1. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

Lyons, tigers and bears?

On Feb. 23 at 11 a.m., the Sonoma Valley Library hosts the Animals of Lyon Ranch for children ages three and older and their families. Meet animals from around the world. Five different species from three different continents will take part in this exciting education program. For over 20 years Lyon Ranch has been retraining abused and neglected animals for animal assisted therapy programs. In that time, their creatures have touched the hearts and lives of countless people. This event is free and open to all.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Hungry for Hungrytown?

On Feb. 23, at 2 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library hosts folk duo Hungrytown. Hailing from Vermont, singers/songwriters Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson comprise Hungrytown. They tour worldwide, spending more than half of each year on the road, especially in North America, Europe and New Zealand, and have released three critically acclaimed albums. They released their first CD, Hungrytown, in 2008. Hungrytown's music has received extensive radio airplay worldwide and has been played on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, IFC's Portlandia and Netflix's Lady Dynamite. This event is free and open to all.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Cinnabar's Broadway Bash

The third annual Broadway Bash on Feb. 23, Cinnabar Theater's gala fundraiser, has been expanded to showcase professional actors and singers together with the best and brightest from the theater's Young Repertory, performing duets and group numbers. The evening is accentuated by Broadway-themed silent and live auctions, culminating in a sneak preview of the upcoming season of shows at Cinnabar. In the Carole Ellis Auditorium of the Petaluma SRJC campus. Cost is $75. Includes hors d'oeuvres, libations and desserts.

Info: 763-8920, 680 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy., Petaluma.

Montini Preserve winter hike

On Feb. 24, join Park Interpretive Specialist “Ranger Dave” for a winter hike along the lower Montini Preserve Trail in Sonoma. This slow-paced hike, from noon to 1:30 p.m., is just over one mile in length with minor elevation changes. Sturdy shoes and water recommended. Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot at the end of 3rd St. West. Free, no reservation needed. Steady rain cancels.


Adult Literacy Program looking for volunteers

The Sonoma Valley Regional Library and Adult Literacy Program of the Sonoma County Library are looking for volunteers to teach adults to read and write English. An orientation session will be held on Feb. 25, at 6 p.m., for those who are interested in getting information on the program. Additional training sessions are required to become Literacy Volunteers. The Adult Literacy Program is free for students in the program and there is currently a waiting list for students to be paired up with teachers. The orientation is free and open to all.

Info: 544-2622, ext. 1569, 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Eyes on the Prize at Sonoma Library

On Feb. 27 at 6 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library will screen the award-winning documentary, Eyes on the Prize, with Professor Michael Ezra from Sonoma State University leading a discussion on the decades' worth of lessons from Episode 6: “Bridge to Freedom.” Ezra is a professor of American Multicultural Studies and editor of the Journal of Civil and Human Rights. He authored Muhammad Ali: The Making of an Icon (2009) and edited the books Civil Rights Movement: People and Perspectives (2009) and The Economic Civil Rights Movement: African Americans and the Struggle for Economic Power. Professor Ezra teaches courses in recent African American history and culture. Free.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

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