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Out, About & Around the County: 03/15/2019

Out, About & Around the County March 15, 2019

The music of American Dreams

The Santa Rosa Symphony welcomes the return of Conductor Emeritus Jeffrey Kahane for a program of American composers March 16-18 at the Green Music Center. “American Dreams,” on March 16, 7:30 p.m., and March 17, 3 p.m., features George Gershwin's “American in Paris,” Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3 and violin virtuoso Elena Urioste for Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto. Tickets are $24 to $87 and may be purchased online, in person or by phone (see below). In addition, for each adult ticket purchased, the ticket holder may request a free ticket for a youth, ages 7 to 17, to accompany them.

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

An evening of flamenco

Enjoy an evening of flamenco on March 18, when Seattle-based flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes brings her latest show, “Luz, An Evening of Flamenco,” to the Santa Rosa Arts Center. Born in Seattle to parents of Puerto Rican and Irish ancestry, Fuentes has strong links to flamenco culture. She studies both baile (flamenco dance) and cante (flamenco singing) and has toured throughout the western United States. She will be joined by two exceptional Spanish flamenco artists, Spanish-Romani guitarist Pedro Cortes and singer/percussionist/dancer Jose Moreno. Tickets: child $7, student $12, general $22, VIP $34. Show at 7:30 p.m.

Info: 312 South A St., Santa Rosa.

Recover, rebuild, reimagine

Nonprofit Rebuild NorthBay Foundation is opening its first office space in Sonoma and will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 19, 4-7 p.m., with hors d'oeuvres, drinks and special guests, Chair of NorthBay's Honorary Board Congressman Mike Thompson and Board President Elizabeth Gore. Rebuild NorthBay's vision is to rebuild the North Bay “better, safer, greener and faster” through collaboration with the private, public and nonprofit sectors.

Info: 595 5th St. West, Sonoma.

Recycling bin basics

On March 20 at 6 p.m. the Sonoma Valley Library presents “Recycle and Compost: Doing it Right” facilitated by Recology of Sonoma and Marin counties. The staff of Recology will explain how to properly sort waste and divert recyclables and compost away from the landfill. With the goal of zero waste, Recology will explain what they now accept both for recycling and compost. There will be time for questions and answers and suggestions for reducing our waste impact. Recycling guides will be distributed free of charge. Free.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Silly Seuss

On March 21 at 4 p.m. the Sonoma Valley Library presents Silly Seuss Show, a Dr. Seuss-inspired variety show for children and their families ages 4 and up. Award-winning entertainer Bri Crabtree takes the audience on an adventure featuring, juggling, magic, illusion, Dr. Seuss rhymes and laughter. Crabtree is a sought-after performer who has been honing her juggling and unicycle skills on stages from Dubai to France, for clients such as Dreamworks, Google, and Netflix. Free.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Rabbitt on the menu

Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt will be the featured guest speaker at the March 21 luncheon meeting of the Sonoma County Taxpayers Association. Rabbitt will discuss the CASA housing compact, proposed sales tax increases for mental health services, and fire district consolidations, as well as the recently lifted cap on local sales tax increases. The meeting begins at noon at the Flamingo Hotel. Cost for lunch is $27 for members with prepaid reservations (reservations must be received by noon on March 18) and $35 for all others and at the door.

Info: 2777 4th St., Santa Rosa.

Art of the orient

Chinese ceramics will be on display at the Sonoma Community Center this month during International Cultural Exchange Week. Workshops in wheel thrown pottery, handmade brush making, traditional Chinese painting (Sumi) on paper and on ceramics, and Yixing teapot making are open to the public and include tea service along with ceramics demonstrations and hands-on activities. The Brush-Making Workshop is March 22, 1-5 p.m., followed by a potluck and artist talk, 6-9 p.m. (suggested donation $20). On March 23 the artists offer workshops to show their respective work and approaches to tea ceremony. Pre-registration required for both.

Info: 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.

Heavenly harp and flute

On March 23 at 2 p.m. the Sonoma Valley Library presents harpist Anna Maria Mendieta and flautist Gail Edwards with the Santa Rosa Symphony. This hour-and-a-half-long concert features a range of styles from the Baroque Masters of Bach and Leclair to the lush impressionism of Debussy and Ravel. Audiences will enjoy familiar classical favorites, as well as unknown treasures newly composed for the flute and harp combination. The program will have special emphasis on French composers with an added sprinkle of Argentine tangos by Astor Piazzolla and fiery Spanish music. Free.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Get the dirt on dirt

On March 23, 10:30 a.m at the Sonoma Valley Library, Master Gardener Karen Guma will give a talk on “Don't step on it; it's alive: an introduction to soil.” Guma will cover the living nature of soil, dimensions of soil health, good and bad soil practices, compost and mulch, cover crops, the effect of the soil on the environment, and carbon sequestration. Guma has been a Master Gardener since 2014. She is a hiker, backpacker and retired librarian with an enthusiasm for California native plants and habitat restoration projects. She explores the intersection of ecology and gardening with a view to keeping both the earth and the garden healthy. Free.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Hands-on history in Sonoma

Learn about embroidery, a craft used by people during mission times to personalize their clothing, and then practice three basic stitches on March 23, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the Sonoma Mission. This hands-on activity is geared for ages 8 and up and runs continuously between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Sonoma Mission courtyard, rain or shine. Also on March 23, there will be a guided nature hike along the lower Montini Preserve Trail, leaving at noon from the Vallejo Home parking lot at the end of 3rd Street West. This slow-paced hike is just over one mile in length with minor elevation changes.

Info: 938-9560. 114 East Spain St., Sonoma.

Free mini-concerts in Railroad Square

Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) Youth Ensembles are taking to the streets. On the afternoon of March 23 they will play at various venues in Santa Rosa's Railroad Square. These “Music Around Town” performances are free to the public. The symphony's Institute for Music Education has partnered with a select group of historic businesses and venues to create community and expose more people to classical music and the amazing array of SRS education programs. The public is invited to stroll through the square's shops, restaurants and galleries as chamber ensembles of two to 14 young musicians and faculty perform 20-30 minute sets. 2-5 p.m.

Info: 9 4th St., Santa Rosa.

Custom wood shop opening

GreenLynx Woodworks and Reuse Store will have a grand opening celebration on March 23, 1-6 p.m. Enjoy drinks and bites at the new showroom and custom wood shop on Santa Rosa Avenue, and learn how reclaimed vintage wood from houses is transformed into new products. Also see a reclaimed materials art exhibit by San Francisco based Artist Kathryn Hyde. GreenLynx began as a deconstruction, reuse logistics and green building company in 2013 and opened its Reuse Store later in 2017. The opening of the new Woodworks represents the continued emphasis of reusing reclaimed materials once destined for the landfill.

Info: 3260 Santa Rosa Ave.

Magic in the air

The longest-running magic show in the Bay Area, led by quick-witted master of sleight of hand and grand illusionist Majinga the Magician, will appear for the first time at the Sebastiani Theatre on March 24 at 2 p.m. It will be a show for all ages, featuring Magic Genii, Mystical Maya, and the cast of the Magique Bazaar. Witness Houdini's famous Metamorphosis illusion and the beauty and precision of the Dance on Wine Glasses. Special guest artists will round out an incredible evening of magic with Old World charm and a modern twist. Tickets $20, $25 at the door.

Info: 476 First St. East, Sonoma.

Life in the laguna

The topography, soil and climate of the Santa Rosa Plain produce a mosaic of interwoven and diverse habitats that provide homes to many different plants and animals, including rare and endemic species. This rich ecosystem makes the Laguna a special and important place for all. On March 26, 6-8:30 p.m., Denise Cadman gives a presentation about the biology of the Laguna de Santa Rosa. This will be a lively visual journey to learn about the life of the Laguna and to gain deeper understanding of and connection to our shared home environment. Cost is $14. RSVP required.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

Writing workshop for teens

The Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library welcomes students in grades 7-12 and their teachers to a special writing workshop with Sonoma County Poet Laureate Maya Khosla on March 26, 4-5:30 p.m. The workshop will focus on wildlife, the natural world, and the history of wildfire in California. Khosla is a wildlife biologist by profession, and is currently bringing communities together in a series of gatherings, writing workshops, and filmed poetry readings. Khosla will share two short films-in-progress, followed by discussions of contemporary poems, and students will be invited to write in a supportive environment. This is a unique opportunity for students to work closely with Khosla. Registration is limited to 20 participants.

Info: 584-9121. 6250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park.

Republican Women hear from Senator Morrell

State Senator Mike Morrell (23rd Senate District, Rancho Cucamonga) will be the speaker at the Santa Rosa Republican Women's March 26 dinner meeting. Morrell is vice chair for the committees of Legislative Ethics, Energy, Utilities and Communications, and Public Employment and Retirement. Born and raised in California, he will bring a rousing, optimistic outlook for the state. Morrell hosts dozens of interns through his office and has been impressed by their caliber and devotion to serve California and the country. He looks to their enthusiasm to apply our nation's founding principles to public service. 5 p.m. at the Flamingo Hotel. Cost: $36 with reservation, $42 at the door.

Info: 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

Healthy heart on a budget

The Ceres Community Project will host two free nutrition wellness programs at the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, 5:30-7:15 p.m. The class in Spanish will be on March 20 and the class in English will be on March 27. Each class will include a 30-minute lecture and a 60-minute hands-on workshop where participants will prepare a healthy meal together.

Info: 939-6070, 19270 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma.

Chefs & Shorts series

On March 28, food and film come to Ramekins as part of the Sonoma International Film Festival's (SIFF) Chefs & Shorts series. Culinary luminaries will prepare dishes inspired by short food-focused films from around the world, paired with select wines. Celebrated chef Tyler Florence will screen a preview of his new documentary film Uncrushable. Then, on March 29 join Florence for “Dinner and a Movie,” featuring the debut of Uncrushable, a tightly woven story of hardship, loss, bravery, and ultimately hope, one that shows viewers - through community, food, music and love - how to continue after a natural disaster. A four-course dinner follows at 5 p.m. Tickets for each night are $250 with Soirée Pass, $275 with Cinema Pass, $300 General Public and $500 Seat at Tyler Florence's Hosted Table. The Sonoma International Film Festival runs March 27-31.

Info: 450 W Spain St., Sonoma.

Moving pictures

A 14-year-old girl recalls the fires through her singular voice in From the Ashes We Will Rise. Go on a riotous romp when A Great Ride's unabashedly lesbian pioneers leave the city and migrate to our nearby northern communities including Oakmont. The Silence of Others honors the victims of Franco's reign and restores a country's memory - a cautionary tale about fascism and the dangers of forgetting the past. See all this and more at the 12th annual Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, March 28-31. Tickets: $15-$50. Full festival schedule is available online.


The elephant-headed god

A Perfect Ganesh, a play written by Terrance McNally which premiered Off-Broadway in 1993, comes to Petaluma's Cinnabar Theater March 29-April 14. The play follows the life of two very rich middle-aged women, Margaret Civil and Katherine Brynne, who travel to India as they struggle with the concept of inner peace. The play was a finalist for the Pulitzer in 1994. Tickets are $30.

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

Night at the museum

The Petaluma Museum comes to life for one special night on March 30. This fundraiser features locally-themed noshes, beer and wine, music, a raffle, scavenger hunt, local authors signing their books, photo op with the American Graffiti cop car, live and silent auctions and more. Period attire encouraged. Tickets: $60.

Info: 20 Fourth St., Petaluma.

Barbecue Apocalypse

Three couples gather on the back deck of a modest suburban home for a midsummer barbecue where the hosts Mike and Deb struggle with feelings of inadequacy about their decor, their clothes, their careers, their culinary skills, and pretty much everything else. The superficial, neuroses-laden squabbles abound until the group discovers the rest of the world has been falling apart - literally - during their barbecue. For these complacent suburbanites, the end is just the beginning. Barbecue Apocalypse plays at the Spreckles Performing Arts Center March 29-April 20. Showtimes at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. on various dates.

Info: 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.

Eat dessert first

The Luther Burbank Center's fundraiser, The Art of Dessert, returns on March 30, an evening of fine dining and one-of-a-kind confections created by famed North Bay pastry artists. Proceeds from the silent, wine, and live auctions benefit LBC's Education and Community Engagement programs. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail and hors d'ouevres reception. Dinner is at 7 p.m. along with a performance by the LBC Mariachi Ensemble, and the live auction. Tickets start at $250.

Info: 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.

Cooking up a new concert series

On the last Sunday of every month, the public is invited to the Sonoma Community Center for a cozy, acoustic set of great music featuring the music department's accomplished singers. The Kitchen Concert Series continues on March 31, 6 p.m. with Judy Bowles and Jessica Terwilliger singing a variety of genres, including jazz, rock, Reggae, Americana, gospel, and bluegrass. Tickets at the door are $10.

Info: 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma, Room 210.

Yoga kids

On Mondays in April, it's Downward Dog for kids ages 5-10 at the Sonoma Valley Library. “It's Yoga Kids,” at 4:30 p.m., will be taught by local yoga teacher, Lesley Giovannelli. Kids will develop self-expression, focus, flexibility and social skills in this fun, non-competitive class. Classes start on April 1 and continue through April 29. Giovannelli has 12 years of experience teaching safe, fun and effective yoga classes to various ages in a variety of settings including schools, libraries, gyms, homes and workshops. Classes are drop-in and are first come, first served. All equipment is provided. This is a kids-only yoga class, parents/caregivers are welcome to observe. Free.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Democrats discuss public banks

The Sonoma Valley Democrats will hold their General Meeting on March 25, 6-8 p.m. at the Sonoma Springs Community Hall, Sonoma. The featured speaker will be Chris Petlock, with a discussion of public banking, focusing on how a Northern California Regional Bank might be implemented. Everyone is welcome at no charge. Attendees are asked to bring a potluck dish to share. For more info email Beth at

Info: 18627 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma.

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