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Out, About & Around the County: 05/15/2019

Out, About & Around the County May 15, 2019

Dogs center stage in Sonoma

Jared Peterson's exhibition New Bones, at the Sonoma Community Center, invites viewers to immerse themselves in the world of dogs. In this world, Peterson explores his Hispanic heritage, his West Virginia upbringing, and storytelling with a sense of wise humor, with dogs at center stage. Incorporating large-scale installation and small narrative sculpture, New Bones blurs the line between a quiet moment and a full-body experience. The exhibit runs through June 1.

Info: 938-4626, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.


New, updated Cinderella at Spreckels

Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park presents Cinderella, running now through May 25. The first known instance of a “Cinderella story” appeared more than 2,000 years ago in 7 B.C. This is a new, updated version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. Cinderella and Prince Topher meet as intellectual, if not social, equals. There are new songs, new subplots, new characters. But all the original favorites are still there: “Impossible,” “Ten Minutes Ago,” “Sister's Lament,” “A Lovely Night,” and more. Tickets are from $30-$36, children 12 and under $18.

Info: 588-3400, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.

Get your books at the library book sale

The Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library book sale runs May 15-18. A “Members Only” preview is Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and the sale opens to the public 2 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Books, DVDs, CDs, LPs are $1-2. Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted. All Sonoma kids grade K-12 receive their first book free. On Saturday, nonprofit representatives and all teachers and staff are invited to stock their libraries with free books - see Dave Dobbins at the sale.

Info: 755 Napa St., Sonoma.


Press Democrat in focus at Taxpayers Association

At this month's Sonoma County Taxpayers Association meeting on May 16, the guest speaker is Jim Sweeney, editorial director of the Press Democrat. He will discuss the positions taken by the editorial board, how those positions are determined, and what issues merit the editorial board's attention. The luncheon meeting begins at noon at the Flamingo Hotel. Cost for members is $27, and $35 for all others and at the door.

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

Faceless at 6th Street Playhouse

Faceless, by Selina Fillinger, runs May 17-June 2 in the Studio Theatre at 6th Street Playhouse. A fictional piece based on true events, Faceless places the audience as judge and jury, as two young women face off in a courtroom, locked in a battle of wills and theologies. One, radicalized online, is zealously committed to her cause. Her prosecutor, also Muslim, lives the faith the other professes to understand. Their edgy exchanges create the escalating tension of a true legal thriller. Tickets $23-$38.

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

Free financial planning for fire survivors

Certified financial planners are volunteering to help fire survivors at two upcoming events, on May 18 and June 22, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Community Action Partnership Sonoma County in Santa Rosa. Sign up for a one-hour appointment to discuss financial issues surrounding rebuilding, such as what are the tax consequences of selling a property and moving? Can you afford to rebuild? What are the personal financial trade-offs due to higher building costs?

Info: 141 Stony Cir., Room 204, Santa Rosa.

Find direction at Compass

The Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery offers its latest art exhibition, Compass, May 18-July 19. An Artists' Reception will be held 5-7:30 p.m. on May 18. Guest artists for this exhibit are Jimmie Nord, sculpture, and Tamra Sanchez, pastel painting. Resident artists are Ralph Broussard, Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Paul Maurer and Hanya Popova Parker. Heck is the featured resident artist for Compass. Her pastel works are permanently on display at Corrick's gallery in downtown Santa Rosa.

Info: 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale.

Japanese art fest

Matsuri! Japanese Arts Festival will return to Julliard Park in Santa Rosa on May 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The festival is free and includes taiko drumming, traditional Japanese dance and music, martial arts demonstrations, Kyogen theater performance, tea ceremony, and more. There will be exhibitors and vendors offering Japanese arts, crafts, and a variety of food, a children's activity booth, and mochitsuki, the pounding of sweet rice into cakes. The event is organized by Sonoma County Matsuri, whose mission is to offer insights into Japanese culture by providing a forum for artisans, artists, and performers of Japanese traditional arts.


Flamenco and paella

Sol Flamenco presents “A Night in Spain: Paella, Sangria and Flamenco” on May 19, 5:30 p.m., at the Mary Agatha Furth Center in Windsor. Enjoy paella, sangria and artists including guitarist Mark Taylor, and dancers Joelle Goncalves and Carol Appel with Palmero, Jaime del Rio. Tickets are $45. Door prizes, raffle and more.

Info: 400 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor.

SV Dems host healthcare talk

Can “Medicare for All” really work in the United States? Dr. Mary McDevitt, active member of Physicians for a National Health Plan, will present the latest healthcare facts and answer your questions at the Sonoma Valley Democrats General Meeting on May 20, 6-8 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.

world otter day

World Otter Day

River otters are the ambassadors of choice for clean water. The River Otter Ecology Project will host a fundraiser on May 21, 5-7 p.m., in the Loft at Lagunitas Brewery. Tickets are $30 and include hors d'oeuvres, a no-host bar, and silent auction. Adults only, 21 and over. Auction items include a Sip n' Swill Swag package from Lagunitas, an overnight with dinner at Safari West, and a Point Reyes Otter Safari. You can also join the Adopt an Otter Program and help protect otters and our shared watersheds.

Info: 1280 McDowell Blvd., Petaluma.

Ukulele lessons at library

The Sonoma Valley Library will host “Ukulele: Beyond the Basics” on May 22 at 6 p.m. If you know the basics of the ukulele, if you can play a three-chord song without feeling stressed, come try the class, taught by Scott Gifford. Ukuleles will be provided and registration is required. Event is free.

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

Golden Oldies at Vintage House

The ever-popular Vintage House Singers will present their annual spring concert, Golden Oldies, on May 24 at 2 p.m. This festive program will also highlight talented members of the choir in solo performances. The concert will take place at the Vintage House in Sonoma. It is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted and refreshments will be served.

Info: 996-0311, 264 First St. East, Sonoma.


Cut the Bijl

Comedian Clara Bijl was raised in the French Alps and spent time in Germany before attending college in South Carolina. Now the Laugh Cellar brings Bijl to the Flamingo Resort on May 25 with her witty observational humor with a European twang. She has appeared in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Avignon Off Festival, the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, SF Sketchfest, Charleston Comedy Festival, Montreux Comedy Festival, and the San Diego Comedy Festival. Doors open at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20, reserved couch seating $28. 21+.

Info: 2777 4th St., Santa Rosa.

Combating fake news

The Santa Rosa Republican Women's luncheon on May 28 features the topic “Combating Fake News Head-On” with Thomas Lifson, founder, editor, and publisher of American Thinker. Lifson will review the latest political headlines and sort through what's fake and what's not. The American Thinker publishes a daily online publication providing in-depth analysis of the news. Luncheon starts at 11 a.m. at the Flamingo Hotel. Open to the public. $28 with reservations, $33 at the door.

Info: 217-3945,, 2777 4th St., Santa Rosa.

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