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Out, About & Around the County: 06/15/2019

Out, About & Around the County June 15, 2019

Bird courtship walk

Have you ever wondered about the parenting duties of the double-breasted cormorant? What better way to celebrate Father's Day weekend than to look and listen for birds in the Laguna de Santa Rosa? June is the month when fledglings appear throughout the wetlands and on June 16, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Lisa Hug will lead a bird walk through the wetlands to the cormorant rookery to observe their nesting behavior. Participants will also be able to see colorful orioles, grosbeaks and more. Cost is $55. RSVP required.

Info: Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.


Experience how Austrians of the early 1800s spent a relaxing Sunday afternoon. A Schubertiade was an informal gathering held at a private home, sponsored by one of composer Franz Schubert's wealthier friends. Schubertiade at the Petaluma Museum on June 16 will be an afternoon of music performed by a dozen musicians highlighting Schubert's beloved Trout Quintet and some of the most beautiful songs ever written - masterpieces for violin and piano. Tickets are $40, or for students $10. Tickets include complimentary wine and traditional Viennese savories and sweets. The event runs 1-6 p.m. and is intended to be casual, with breaks for refreshments.

Info: 20 4th St., Petaluma.

The Great Connecting

Author Jim Cashel will be at Readers' Books on Tuesday, June 18, for a 6:30 p.m. reception followed by a 7 p.m. reading. His book, The Great Connecting: the Emergence of Global Broadband and How That Changes Everything, is an examination of the global event that promises to reshape the planet. Currently half the planet has little or no internet access; large tech companies such as Google and Facebook have spawned major initiatives to connect the globe. Once even the poorest and most remote of global citizens have access to information, communications, online banking, distance education, and other powerful services, the world will reach a new epoch. Cashel discusses the challenges and opportunities global broadband will bring to the planet.

Info:130 E. Napa Street, Sonoma.

Bring your burning questions

The Sonoma Biochar Initiative is holding a meeting to discuss its recent activities, form new collaborative relationships, and hear about other synergistic efforts to build healthier forests and soils, manage fire adaptive landscapes, sequester carbon, and build local resiliency. The program, June 19, 5:30-8 p.m. at the Shone Farm Pavilion in Forestville, consists of short presentations and time for discussions and networking. A recent U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report named biochar production and use as one of the least expensive and most easily scalable carbon drawdown strategies that can be employed now.

Info: 7450 Steve Olson Ln, Forestville.


What's the use of unions?

Bob Wickers, President of The Freedom Foundation, will speak at the June 20 Sonoma County Taxpayers meeting to discuss the influence public employee unions exert on local government. The Freedom Foundation works to make the collective bargaining process more transparent by educating government employees about their rights to not be forced into union membership. The luncheon meeting begins at noon at the Flamingo Hotel. Cost for lunch is $27. RSVP by email or phone.

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

Native American resistance

California State Parks is sponsoring a lecture on “Indigenous Labor and Resistance in the Rancho Era” on June 20, in the Sonoma Mission Chapel. Originally populated by Native Americans, California was explored by settlers from many European nations, colonized by Spain, and then annexed by the Mexican government. European diseases nearly annihilated the indigenous population, but those who remained formed a resistance. Local ethno-historian and SSU graduate student April Farnham will discuss the Patwin and Wappo tribal groups of Napa and Sonoma County during the Mexican Era. 7-8 p.m. Admission: $10 general public, $5 SPParks members, free for docents and staff.

Info: Sonoma Mission Chapel, 114 Spain St. East, Sonoma.

ceramic pot

All fired up about ceramics

The Sonoma Community Center hosts contemporary ceramicist Gail Kendall, Professor Emeritus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, for a lecture and two-day workshop. Kendall will present on her work and the European pottery traditions that influence her. She will explain ideas in surface design, the historical breadth of terracotta, and demonstrate innovative hand-building techniques. Kendall's artist talk is on June 21, 6-7:15 p.m., with a potluck beginning at 6 p.m. (no pre-registration required, suggested donation $20). On June 22 and 23, Kendall will demonstrate slab and coil pottery utilizing techniques with bisque molds, springs, gravity, and simple tools. Pre-registration required.

Info: 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.

Pueblo Day

Commemorate Pueblo de Sonoma's 1835 founding with a special event in the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard during Pueblo Day Celebration on June 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Immerse yourself in exhibits, demonstrations, and crafts reflecting the first 40 years of Sonoma. There will be original artifacts, costumed re-enactors, authentic food for purchase, black powder demonstrations and live music by Petaluma's renowned Californio band Los Gu'Achis. All ages, free of charge.

Info: Sonoma Barracks Courtyard, 36 Spain St., Sonoma.

The technicalities of taste

Dr. Nolan Gasser, local composer, pianist, musicologist, and chief architect of Pandora Radio's Music Genome Project, visits Cinnabar Theater on June 23, 7:30 p.m., to celebrate the release of his new book, Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste. Gasser breaks down how mind, body, and upbringing influence the music we love, and what our favorite songs say about us. His books will be available for purchase and signing after the performance. Tickets are $15.

Info: 3333 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma.

Pasta with a pol

On June 23, join Congressman Mike Thompson for an evening with family, friends and pasta at Saralee & Richard's Barn at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Catch up with Thompson and hear firsthand about what is happening in Washington and what he is working on to help our community. The Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County will be there, and there will be representatives from a variety of Sonoma County organizations, like the Children's Museum of Sonoma County, Chops Teen Club, and 10,000 Degrees. Tickets for the dinner, 5-7 p.m., are $25 for adults, and children under 12 years are free.

Info: 1350 Bennett Valley Rd. Santa Rosa

Deva Proto

Meet Deva Marie Proto

Deva Marie Proto, Sonoma County's newly elected Clerk-Recorder-Assessor, will discuss election procedures and answer questions at the Sonoma Valley Democrats General Meeting on June 24, 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.

los tigres del norte

Corridos of life, love, and struggle

Legendary norteño group Los Tigres Del Norte come to the SOMO Village Event Center in Rohnert Park on June 28. Already boasting an unparalleled career resume as “the most influential regional Mexican group” (Billboard) and “the genre's greatest statesmen” (New York Times), the legendary Los Tigres Del Norte remain one of Latin Music's leading creative and socially outspoken voices, as they continue to sell millions of albums, regularly top sales and airplay charts, and win the recognition of their peers with multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $40-$78.

Info: 1100 Valley House Dr., Rohnert Park.

elephant walks in a dump

Documenting what is lost

Photographer Nick Brandt, famous for his portraits of Africa's most majestic and vanishing animals, presents a series of epic panoramic landscapes in Inherit the Dust, running June 29-Sept. 8, at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. In this series, he records the impact of man in places in East Africa where animals used to roam, but no longer do. In each location, life-size panels of his animal portraits are placed within a world of explosive urban development, factories, wastelands, and quarries. On June 29, Brandt will give a talk at 2 p.m., followed by an opening reception, 6-8 p.m.

Info: 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

Wishes and wine

Join Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area and local winemakers and chefs at Wishes on the Vine - Sonoma County, the first in a series of three events to celebrate the local chapter's 35th anniversary of granting wishes for children with critical illnesses. This June 29 dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. at Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards. Guests enjoy a rustic family-style meal prepared by local chefs in the company of guest winemakers, live entertainment and more, while supporting local wish kids and their families. Tickets: $350-450.

Info: 4401 Slusser Road, Windsor.

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