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Out, About & Around the County: 04/15/2019

Out, About & Around the County April 15, 2019

Military history of early Sonoma

On April 18, at 7 p.m., Dr. Peter Meyerhof will share the history of the Sonoma Barracks, the oldest remaining structure built during California's Pueblo period, when General Vallejo was attempting to defend the northern frontier of California from advances by Russians, Americans, Native American tribes, political forces to the south, and recent Mexicans immigrants. Meyerhof is a board member of the Sonoma Valley Historical Society and the Bay Area Institute for Historical Study. The lecture takes place in the Mission chapel. Admission: $10, general public; $5, parks members; free for docents and staff.

Info: 98 E. Spain St., Sonoma.

Pension questions for taxpayers

The Sonoma County Taxpayers Association hosts its monthly luncheon meeting on April 18, featuring guest speaker Sonoma County Attorney George Luke. Luke will discuss the status of his lawsuit against Sonoma County seeking to rescind actions by the Board of Supervisors approving retroactive pension benefits in 2004. The luncheon meeting begins at noon at the Flamingo Hotel. Cost is $27 for members with prepaid reservations and $35 for all others and at the door.

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

Jesus Christ Superstar

Opening April 19, the Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts Department presents Jesus Christ Superstar, by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. This first-ever rock opera, created at the end of the turbulent '60s, has at its center a social and political rebel. Jesus' meteoric rise provides, as the title suggests, a parallel to contemporary celebrity worship. Propelled by a stirring score, Jesus Christ Superstar illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit. Guest artist Phillip Percy Williams, an 11-year veteran of Beach Blanket Babylon, plays the role of Jesus. Runs select dates, April 19-May 5, at the Maria Carrillo High School theater.

Info: 6975 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

Midnight North

Midnight North performs at the Mystic Theatre on April 20, in a show featuring tunes from their third studio album, Under the Lights. Expect flares of country on tracks like “The Highway Song” and “Greene County,” tinges of soul on the likes of “Back To California,” but mostly good solid rock and roll. With strong melodies and stronger harmonies, for this band it comes down to one thing: the song. Also on stage that night, Ben Morrison of Brothers Comatose and Erika Tietjen of T Sisters. Door open at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m. 21+. Tickets: $18.

Info: 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

Earth Day Celebration at Larson Park

Sonoma Ecology Center is hosting a neighborhood festival in Larson Park on April 20, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Activities include an organized clean up of the banks of Sonoma Creek, a recycling workshop, traditional dancing by Ballet Folklórico dancers, booths, children's activities, and delicious offerings from the Picazo Café food truck. Free.

Info: 329 DeChene Ave., Boyes Hot Springs.

An egg-cellent Easter brunch

Ramekins is hosting an Easter Brunch on April 21 with a menu that includes a waffle station, farm fresh omelets, a Pacific Coast seafood station, and a carving station with pork and prime rib, plus sides of salads, fruit, and biscuits and gravy. There will be Easter Egg cookie decorating for the kids and wine and cocktails (for adults) available for purchase. Two seatings, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Cost: $69 adults, $25 kids age 6-12 and under age 5 are free.

Info: 450 West Spain St., Sonoma.

Down on the farm

Do your children love animals? Need a goat fix? Have you always wanted your own horse? Come help feed goats, chickens, and resident superstar, Pete, the mini-horse on April 21 during Family Farm Chores, 8:30-10 a.m. at Tolay Regional Park. Collect eggs, clean pens, and participate in the daily routine of caring for the park's farm animals. Bring gloves, water bottles, and farm-appropriate shoes. All ages welcome. Heavy rain cancels. Registration is required. Free. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members.

Info: 789-9699. 5869 Cannon Lane, Petaluma.

Dodd to speak in Sonoma

Bring your questions for State Senator Bill Dodd to the Sonoma Valley Democrats General Meeting on April 22, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sonoma Springs Community Hall. Everyone is welcome at no charge. Attendees are asked to bring a potluck dish to share.

Info: 18627 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma.

Local success story

Dana Bryant's life story reads like a novel, but it isn't. She went from being a high school cheerleader, student council member, and part of the “in” crowd, to college dropout, young wife in an abusive relationship, to drugs and prison. But her story has a happy ending. With her future husband Michael, who was also in prison, she turned her life around, and together they created Crossing the Jordan. This 18-month residential recovery program serves those affected by addiction, domestic violence, human trafficking, and homelessness. Bryant will share her story at the next Santa Rosa Republican Women Luncheon Meeting on April 23, 11 a.m. Cost: $28 with reservation, $33 at the door.

Info: 2777 4th St., Santa Rosa.

A Last Survivor of the Orphan Trains

On April 24, at 6 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library hosts author Victoria Golden reading and discussing her latest book, A Last Survivor of the Orphan Trains. The books tells the story of William Walters, one of the few remaining survivors of the “Orphan Trains” that transported 250,000 children from the East Coast into the emerging West over a 75-year span of American history. His story unfolds in this memoir co-authored with Golden. Golden is a former book reviewer for the Press Democrat (“Book Club Favorites”), public relations writer, and book editor. The event is free and open to all.

Info:, 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Stand Up Science

Comedians + scientists = stand up science. Comedian Shane Mauss hosts a show on April 25 at the Sebastiani Theatre. Mauss was awarded “Best Stand-Up” at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in 2007. This led to his first of five appearances on Conan. Since that time, he's been on Jimmy Kimmel, Showtime, Comedy Central Presents and This Is Not Happening. For over a decade he has been headlining shows all over the world. Mauss hosts his own podcast, Here We Are, for which he travels the country interviewing scientists about the meaning of life. Show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets $20.

Info: 476 1st St. East, Sonoma.

Tailwags & Handbags

Pets Lifeline hosts its annual Spring Luncheon, Tailwags & Handbags, on April 26, featuring a delectable menu from the girl & the fig, and a silent auction of designer, vintage, and one-of-a-kind handbags, plus jewelry and clothes. The event runs 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Buena Vista Winery.

Info: 18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma.

Focus on prostate health

Urologist Adam Kaplan, MD, will discuss “Prostate Health: What Men Need To Know” at Vintage House on April 26, 10 a.m. Sponsored by Sonoma Valley Hospital and Vintage House, this talk will cover prostate health including lifestyle behaviors and diet that promote a healthy prostate. Dr. Kaplan will also discuss common prostate issues, such as an enlarged prostate and frequent urination, as well as current practices for prostate cancer screening, detection and treatment. There will be ample time for questions. RSVPs are requested.

Info: 996-0311, 264 1st St. East, Sonoma.

It's a sin to kill a mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird comes to Santa Rosa's 6th Street Playhouse on April 26, adapted by Christopher Sergel from the novel by Harper Lee, and directed by Marty Pistone. Few perspectives on American society have been as perceptive, or as poignant, as those of this young girl in 1930s rural Alabama. As her lawyer father defends a black man framed for a crime he did not commit, she and her brother witness their community divided over issues of injustice and racism. Tickets: $20-$30. Runs Thursday-Sunday through May 19.

Info: 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa.

Food and wine spring fling

A showcase of locally produced food and wine in the heart of the Russian River Valley, 2019 Russian River Spring Fling takes place on April 27, on Main Street in Guerneville, 1-4 p.m. Featuring the best in food and wine with small bites and wine tastings from Russian River and Green Valley wineries and restaurants, hosted by The Russian River Chamber of Commerce.

Info: 869-9000.


Phil Kopczynski is a sought-after comic. He's performed big corporate shows for Red Lion Hotels, Godfathers Franchise groups, Bunzl, Pacific Steel, and many popular comedy clubs in the U.S. and Canada. He placed first and second at World Series of Comedy Satellites, won Valleyfest Clean Comedy Competition, and has performed from Vancouver, B.C., to Orlando, Florida. His popular YouTube Channel has received over 120 million views. Kopczynski is coming to the Flamingo Hotel on April 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20.

Info: 2777 4th St., Santa Rosa.

Putting the fun in fundraiser

Crossing the Jordan's Annual Not Forgotten Gala on April 27 will be “The Greatest Show in Town,” held this year at DeTurk Round Barn in Santa Rosa. This event puts the fun in fundraiser with a circus theme that includes the best in entertainment - a magician, contortionist, juggler, stilt walkers, cyr wheel acrobat, sword swallower, and light dancers. Old-time circus dress or evening attire encouraged. Starts at 6 p.m. Tickets $50-$75.

Info: 819 Donahue St., Santa Rosa.

Aging, disability and advocacy expo

The 13th Annual Disability Services & Legal Center A.D.A. Expo takes place on April 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., in Grace Pavilion at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. This event will showcase the latest technology and services that enable people with disabilities and seniors to live/work independently. Exhibitions include assistive technology, modified vehicles, home modification options, funding options, sexual health, adaptive equipment, local resources, pain management options, and more.

Info: 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Mission Children's Day

Children's Day at the Mission, Sonoma State Historic Park, is a chance to create history with the young people in your life. On April 27, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., weave baskets, dip candles, bead jewelry and more. Brand a piece of leather with the mission's cattle brand and try to rope the “steer.” Personalize your own leather keepsake with a variety of tooling designs. Stroll by the cook station to enjoy cornbread baked in a traditional horno or oven, and churn fresh butter. Admission: $3 adult, $2 kids age 6-17, under 5 are free.


Global guitar

On April 27, at 2 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library presents The Global Guitar Summit with Matthew Montfort and Friends. Montfort is a pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar, an instrument combining qualities of the South Indian vina and the steel string guitar. Montfort spent three months in intensive study with vina master K.S. Subramanian, where he learned the South Indian gamaka (note-bending) techniques. Montfort is also known for his work on flamenco guitar, electric guitar, sitar, charango, mandolin, and gamelan, and glissentar, an 11-string fretless guitar. Free.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

The Art of Song

Composer and conductor Bradley Ellingboe joins the Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble, performing works from the Renaissance to the Romantic to the Contemporary. “The Art of Song” includes pieces by René Clausen, Thomas Weelkes, Claude Debussy, Eriks E_envalds, Sergey Khvoshchinsky, Francis Poulenc, and Morten Lauridsen. An evening concert takes place on April 27, 5 p.m., at the Sonoma Community Center, followed by a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception. The April 28 matinee concert is at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Sonoma Community Center's arts and cultural education programs.

Info: 938-4626 x1,

Folks under the oaks

Join the fun at the annual Larry Bertolini Day Under the Oaks at Santa Rosa Junior College on April 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This open house is a great opportunity for the entire community to re-connect with SRJC's many offerings. Children will be introduced to the excitement of higher education, adults can learn about new and compelling career paths, and all can explore the college's many academic, cultural and student life offerings. Booths will offer food, hands-on activities, displays, demonstrations, shows, and free fun for the whole family.

Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

I'll be there for you

FRIENDS! The Musical Parody lovingly lampoons TV's “Friends,” celebrating the wacky misadventures of your favorite group of 20-somethings as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990s Manhattan. It's a seemingly typical day at Central Perk, until a runaway bride with beautiful hair enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear. This delightfully naughty confection plucks the best moments from the show's 10 years and recreates them through an uncensored, fast-paced, music-filled romp. At the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts on April 30, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$45; recommended for mature audiences.

Info: 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.

Uke can do it

The Sonoma Valley Library will host Ukulele for Beginners on May 1 at 6 p.m. Learn the basics of ukulele and have a song repertoire by the end of the class. Music educator, Scott Gifford, will teach this class, geared for adults. The class will cover four chords: C7, C, F and G7 and songs like “The Beat Goes On,” “Frère Jacques,” and “My Darlin' Clementine.” Ukuleles will be provided and registration is required. Free.

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

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