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Out, About & Around the County: 04/01/2019

Out, About & Around the County April 1, 2019

Hungry for history

On April 3, 6 p.m. at the Sonoma Valley Library, Dr. Mark Teaford will discuss what our ancestors were eating way back when, touching on lines of evidence ranging from dental patients to monkeys in the wild. Teaford is a professor and vice-chair of the Department of Basic Science, Touro University, and associate editor of the Journal of Human Evolution. He is also a research affiliate with the Department of Anthropology U.C. Davis and Human Evolution Research Center, U.C. Berkeley. Free.

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

Vintage & Collectibles Sale

The Jesse Peter Multicultural Museum at Santa Rosa Junior College will host its first ever Take Me Home Vintage & Collectibles Sale on April 3-6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Bussman Hall on the SRJC main campus. All profits will benefit the museum as it aims to broaden its multicultural collections and modernize its exhibits. The museum has a collection of more than 5,000 items, including traditional Native American art, with all North American Indian culture areas represented in various art forms including ceramics, basketry, beadwork, sculpture, textiles, and jewelry.

Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Finance awareness for seniors

As part of the Sonoma Valley Library's “Money Smart Week,” there will be two programs on April 3. At 11 a.m. is “Avoiding Frauds, Scams and other Types of Elder Abuse,” by Donata Mikulik. This presentation discusses signs to look for with elderly neighbors and loved ones, especially common frauds and scams targeting older adults. Mikulik is the Elder Justice Coordinator for Sonoma County with the nonprofit Senior Advocacy Services. Then at noon is a webinar on “Thoughtful Investment Research,” presented by ValueLine Investment Research. Both events are free and open to all.

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

Call of the Valley

Sonoma Valley's evolution as a mecca for Native Americans, missionaries, rancheros, the military and American pioneers is the focus of a new documentary by local filmmaker Julie Morrison, Call of the Valley: The Enduring Lure of Sonoma, premiering on April 5, 6 p.m. at the Sebastiani Theatre. Local historians and longtime residents share tales of cultural clashes, political maneuverings and the rise and fall of Sonoma's fortunes. A Q&A session will be moderated by David Bolling, Valley of the Moon Magazine. Tickets: $12.

Info: 476 1st St. East, Sonoma.

Pros tee up in Windsor

The fourth stop on the 2019 “Road to the LPGA” takes the Symetra Tour to Windsor Golf Club for the Windsor Golf Classic, April 5-7. The 144-player field, with a total purse of $150,000, will compete in a 54-hole stroke play format with a cut to the low 60 players and ties after 36 holes. The Symetra Tour is the official qualifying tour of the LPGA Tour. Defending champion Hyemin Kim (Republic of Korea) is among the competitors. The 30-year-old has nine top-10 finishes on the Symetra Tour in 121 career starts entering the 2019 season. Action gets underway at 7:30 a.m.

Info:, 1340 19th Hole Dr., Windsor.

Shakespeare shorts

The Petaluma Shakespeare Company hosts “A Night of Shakespeare Shorts” on April 6, 7:30 p.m., at the Phoenix Theatre in Petaluma. A celebration of short scenes from various Shakespeare plays in the spirit of a competition, participants will perform a scene of no more than 10 minutes. Scenes will be judged by a panel from other local Shakespeare companies, and awards will be given for best scene of the night, best comedic scene, best dramatic scene, and People's Choice. Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for those under 18.

Info: 201 Washington St., Petaluma.

Soulful singing and lightning-fast footwork

The passion and fire of Spain hits the stage when Sol Flamenco comes to the Sebastopol Center for the Arts on April 6. Doors open at 7 p.m. for wine and refreshments, show at 7:30 p.m. Featuring a cast of six artists who have lived and trained in Spain, the birthplace of flamenco: dancers Damien Alvarez, Gina Giammanco, Joelle Goncalves and Lea Kobeli, with international recording artist, guitarist Mark Taylor, and singer “La Yuli.” Tickets are $20 in advance, students $10, children under 10 are free.

Info: 282 South High St., Sebastopol.

Wine Country Tea and Fashion Show

The Redwood Empire Auxiliary of the Assistance League hosts a high tea and fashion show on April 6, 2-5 p.m., at the Friedman Event Center in Santa Rosa. This is the organization's annual event supporting the Women's Recovery Center and Teen Parent Connection. Enjoy beautiful tables decked out with vintage and themed tea services, sandwiches, and scones, plus champagne and wine for purchase, and a fashion show and silent auction. Cost is $50, children under 12 are $20.

RSVP: or 544-6638. 5 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa.

A week of trashion fashion

Trashion Fashion Week is back with the kick off Trashion Fashion Show at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall on April 6, with shows at 1 and 4 p.m. More than 40 professional and amateur designers will walk the catwalk showing off outrageous and unique designs all made from recycled materials and found objects. On April 7, the free and popular Trashion Show for dogs, Dogs on the Catwalk, takes place at 11 a.m. in the Sonoma Community Center's Secret Garden. Prizes will be awarded and Pets Lifeline will also offer adoption opportunities. All well-behaved pooches and owners are invited to participate in this canine fundraiser. Early registration is $25 by April 5, or $40 for day-of-event drop-ins. Look for a variety of creative waste management classes all week long, like a hands-on culinary class incorporating new ideas to address leftovers and food waste in “Preparing the Unplanned Meal” lead by The Epicurean Connection on April 10. It all ends April 12, with the Trashion Week “Wrap-Up” Party & Craft Sale at the Sonoma Community Center from 5-7:30 p.m.


Symphonic murder mystery at Green Music Center

The Santa Rosa Symphony presents “The Composer is Dead,” an affordable family concert on April 7, 3 p.m., at the Green Music Center. This engaging program, designed to excite and inspire young audiences, premiered in San Francisco in 2006. Conducted by Francesco Lecce-Chong, the symphonic murder mystery features music by Nathaniel Stookey, with narration written by children's author Lemony Snicket. As the story unfolds, audience members learn about the orchestra and its instruments as the inspector interrogates each section of the orchestra to find the culprit. Tickets: $18 for adults, $12 for youth 12 and under.

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

Harvest Season screening

La Luz Center, the Sonoma Valley Historical Society, and the Sebastiani Theatre present a screening of Harvest Season on April 7, 4:45-6:30 p.m., at the Sebastiani Theatre, with a post-screening reception, Q&A, and photo exhibit at the Depot Park Museum. Harvest Season delves into the lives of people who work behind the scenes of the premium California wine industry - Mexican-American winemakers and migrant workers who are essential to the wine business, yet are rarely recognized for their contributions. The film unfolds during one of the most dramatic grape harvests in recent memory, as wildfires ignite in Napa and Sonoma counties. Tickets $11. A portion of proceeds benefit La Luz Center Scholarship Fund.

Info: Sebastiani Theatre, 476 1st St. East, Sonoma. Depot Park Museum, 270 1st St. West, Sonoma.

Living with our wild neighbors

Join Denise Cadman on April 9 for “Birds of the Laguna de Santa Rosa,” 6-8:30 p.m., at the Laguna Environmental Center. These winged friends provide natural insect control. Birds are indicators of environmental health and are found nearly everywhere in the world. They capture our imaginations, stimulate innovation, and provide respite from the demands of our lives. Then, on April 11, 7-8:30 p.m., Audubon Canyon Ranch Wildlife Ecologist Dr. Quinton Martins will give a presentation on the Living with Mountain Lions Project, which aims to increase the scientific and public understanding of mountain lions. Based out of Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen, the scope of the project has expanded, through the help of land owners, with the capture and GPS-collaring of mountain lion P14 in West County. Martins will share some of the project's research findings and answer questions about how we can co-exist with this ecologically significant species. Cost is $14 for each event. Pre-registration required.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa

Country a cappella

Country a cappella entertainers Home Free will be at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts on April 11, at 8 p.m. Comprised of Austin Brown (high tenor), Adam Chance (baritone), Tim Foust (bass), Rob Lundquist (tenor), and Adam Rupp (vocal percussion/beatboxer), the five-man band is known for show-stopping performances that mix their signature no-instrument, all-vocal music with quick-witted humor. Home Free has amassed more than 250-million YouTube views and entertained more than 350,000 people live in concert since bursting onto the national scene in 2013. Tickets start at $34.

Info: 50 Mark West Springs Road, Sonoma.

Sonoma Valley Community Health Fair

The Sonoma Valley Community Health Fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 13 at Altimira Middle School from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. This year’s organizing committee includes Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, La Luz Center, Parent University, Sonoma Valley Hospital, 4Cs of Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley Unified School District, The Club at Maxwell, Valley of the Moon Lions Club and Vintage House. The annual event will promote health and wellness through the sharing of a broad range of resources. Participating partner organizations include social service agencies, health education, emergency preparedness, legal, law enforcement and more. Non-invasive health screenings will include body mass index, glucose, blood pressure and vision screenings. There is no cost to attend. Participants will enjoy activities including a raffle, live entertainment, food from El Coyote Taco Truck and the first 100 families will receive FREE emergency kits.

Info:, 939-6070 Ext. 112.

Swap your bike!

Are you looking for deals on used bicycle gear? Do you have unused bikes or parts that you'd like to sell or swap with fellow bike enthusiasts? Join the Sonoma County Bike Coalition at a free community bike swap meet on April 13 at the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market in the parking lot of the Luther Burbank Center. It's free to attend. Come to the farmers market and enjoy a fun Saturday where you can browse, meet fellow cyclists and shop. Market runs 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Info: 545-0153, 50 Mark West Springs Road.

Fiesta for Boys & Girls Clubs

“It's a Fiesta” on April 13, at 6 p.m., the annual benefit to support Healdsburg & Geyserville Boys & Girls Clubs. The party will feature a delicious dinner catered by Ken Rochioli, a live and silent auction, a club performance, and raffle. If you want to support the kids at the Guerneville Club who have been impacted by the recent flood, come to the fiesta! This event is at Villa Chanticleer in Healdsburg. Tickets are $100.

Info: 900 Chanticleer Way, Healdsburg.

LGBT+ training for caregivers

Caregivers are invited to improve their skills by attending one of eight free LGBT+ Awareness Trainings through November hosted by the IHSS Public Authority, Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging, SAGECare and LGBTQ Connections. The free program will train and certify 180 care providers about the needs of LGBT+ older adults and LGBT+ adults with disabilities. The first four-hour class will be April 11, from 9-11 a.m., at the Adult & Aging Division in Santa Rosa. Pre-registration is required online.

Info: 3725 Westwind Blvd., Santa Rosa

Bill & Dave hike Tolay Lake park

On April 13, join Bill & Dave for a hike at Tolay Lake Regional Park, Sonoma County's newest regional park, southeast of Petaluma. Plan to arrive by 9:45 a.m. for a prompt 10 a.m. departure. This is a moderate hike of almost nine miles, with elevation gain and loss of 1,000 feet, on ranch roads, trails, and grasslands. Views, weather permitting, may be seen of San Pablo Bay, the San Francisco skyline, and various Bay Area peaks. Bring a lunch with water, wear weather-appropriate clothing, and prepare to hike rain or shine.

Info: 5869 Cannon Lane.

Spanish Family Story Time

On April 13, at 11 a.m. the Sonoma Valley Library presents Spanish Family Story Time, led by Guadalupe from the organization Colors of Spanish, with songs, laughter and stories that come alive through rhymes and movement. Even if you do not speak Spanish fluently, experience the language through lively and energetic activities designed for children under age six and their families. Guadalupe is a native of the Bajío region of Mexico and has taught Spanish to children and young adults since 2003. She has a Master's degree in Spanish, with a focus on the early acquisition of foreign languages. Free.

Info: 996-5217, 755 West Napa St.

Fazioli & Friends

The Fazioli is a 10-foot grand piano. The “Friends” are Ken Piters, Piano; Roy Zajac, principal clarinet, Santa Rosa Symphony; and members of woodwind ensemble Scattered Winds. They will perform the sonata for clarinet and piano by Francis Poulenc, the Quintet in E-flat Major Major for piano and winds, K4522 by Mozart, and a piece to be announced. Taking place in the great room of a Calistoga home on two consecutive afternoons, April 13 and 14, 2-4 p.m., tickets are $50. All proceeds go to the Santa Rosa Symphony League and FACE 2 FACE. Refreshments and wine will be served.

RSVP:, or 579-4094.

It Only Hurts When I DON'T Laugh

The Jewish Community Center Sonoma County presents the best in Jewish comedy at “It Only Hurts When I DON'T Laugh: An Evening of Jewish Humor,” at the Glaser Center on April 13 at 7:30 p.m. Featuring headliner Cathy Ladman (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Modern Family), along with Lisa Geduldig (Kung Pao Kosher Comedy), Joseph Nguyen (Vietnamese Jewish comedian), Rabbi Sydney Mintz (a Rabbi and a comedian) and Judi Leff (longtime San Francisco Jewish humorist). Proceeds support JCC SoCo services for all Jews, families, allies, and friends living in Sonoma County. Tickets $25-100.

Info: 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Ever-changing Golden State

Artist, author and naturalist Laura Cunningham will discuss “Forgotten Landscapes of California” at the Sonoma Valley Historical Society's Second Saturday Lecture at the Sonoma Community Center on April 13, at 2 p.m. This artistic tour of California's past will focus on what northern California was like before European contact - grizzlies, condors, salmon runs and herds of elk - and also the processes that shape California such as climate, flood, and fire. Cunningham spent 20 years studying the wildlife and plant communities of California in order to write the book A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California. Cost is $5, free for Historical Society members and docents.

Info: 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.

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