Out, About & Around the County Sept. 1, 2019
Documentary on fire suppressionWilder Than Wild, an award-winning documentary that reveals how fire suppression and climate change have exposed our forests and wildland-urban landscapes to large, high-severity wildfires, screens at the Rincon Valley Grange on Sept. 5, 7-9 p.m. Following the film, Jared Childress, prescribed fire specialist at Audubon Canyon Ranch, will speak about the nonprofit's work with prescribed fire and effective fuel management treatments to make our communities safer. Sponsored by Friends of Mark West Watershed, Audubon Canyon Ranch and Rincon Valley Grange, #710.
Art spotlight at the libraryLocal artist Candi Edmondson will exhibit her paintings at the Sonoma Valley Library during the month of September as a part of the library's 2019 artist series. A reception featuring Edmondson will be held on Sept. 6, 4-6 p.m. Her work will be displayed in the Library's forum room throughout the month of September. A Sonoma resident, Edmondson paints almost exclusively in oil. She finds inspiration all around her, in “color, shapes, light, patterns, landscapes, horses and on and on.” Edmondson attended the Art Center School in Pasadena and has also studied with a number of successful artists.
Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
Music on the lawnAmerican singer/songwriter Andy Grammer has taken the music world by storm with a succession of anthemic pop hits, six of which are certified gold or better. His debut album featured the platinum singles “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me.” His second album, Magazines or Novels, featured the quadruple-platinum worldwide hit “Honey, I'm Good,” and the certified gold anthem “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah).” His latest album Naïve was released on July 29. Grammer comes to Weill Hall Lawn at the Green Music Center on Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25.
Info: gmc.sonoma.edu. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
Free hands-on art day Experience Sonoma Community Center's new fall art programming at its “Free Art Day & Open House” on Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This is an opportunity to sample family-friendly art activities provided by the center and to meet instructors of upcoming fall classes. Includes free open ceramic studios where participants will experience what it's like to throw on a ceramic wheel or hand build with clay. A figure drawing open studio will be available for those interested in sketching, and attendees of all ages will discover hands-on fabric crafts including a large-scale weaving project in the Center's fiber studio.
The flautist and the fawnA book signing will take place in the Sonoma Barracks on Sept. 7, with Al Striplen, author and self-taught Native American flute player. He will perform on the flute and sign copies of his children's book, Little Deer and the First Native American Flute. Striplen will play in the Barracks breezeway at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 7, where copies of the book may be purchased and signed for $12.95 each. Striplen is of Amah Mutsun Ohlone and Aztec heritage.
Info: 36 East Spain St., Sonoma.
A lot of gallOak galls, an apple-like deformity on oak trees caused by chemicals injected by insects, are one of the most fascinating ecological phenomena found in the Laguna de Santa Rosa and a subject that warrants further examination. Lucy Martin is a botanical artist whose paintings are all about close observation, which often leads to increased understanding of the particular object at hand. Martin will lead a workshop on painting oak branches and galls in Gouache on Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Environmental Center. Cost: $95. Register online.
Bark in the parkThe Spring Lake Water Bark, a leash-free day for dogs to swim and romp on the sand, kicks off at the Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon on Sept. 7 with free treats and tennis balls for the first 300 dogs. Water Bark days are Sept. 7-8, 15, 21-22 and 28-29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $5 per dog for Sonoma County Regional Parks' members and $7 per dog for non-members. Purchase tickets online in advance to expedite admission into the Water Bark, and print and sign the online waiver and turn it in upon arrival. Non-transferable season passes are $30.
cabaretThe Sebastopol Center for the Arts hosts its Gala & After Party on Sept. 7, 5:30-10:30 p.m. with local celebrity chefs, live gypsy jazz with DGIIN, and silent and live auctions. Tickets to the Gala & After Party are $125, or After Party “at the door” are $65. French Cabaret attire is encouraged.
Info: www.sebarts.org. 282 South High St., Sebastopol.
Adult acting classesHave you ever wanted to “think like an actor?” Sign up for one of 6th Street Playhouse's fall adult acting classes: audition workshop, improvisation, scene study or Viola Spolin technique. Classes begin Sept. 9. Prices listed online.
Art in the openThe Sonoma Plein Art Festival, a celebration of outdoor painting to benefit art education in Sonoma Valley, culminates on Sept. 14 with an art show and sale in the Sonoma Plaza. The sale includes artist demonstrations, live music, free art activities for all ages, live and silent auctions, and a raffle. All artwork from the weeklong festival is on display and available for purchase. Runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with art demonstrations at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.
Autumn abundance Master Gardener food gardening specialists will host a free workshop on Fall/Winter Food Gardening on Sept. 14, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library. The workshop will address garden location, options for planting beds, soil (including compost and mulch), crop selection and planning, irrigation, garden maintenance, pest control, harvesting and cover crops. Helpful seasonal handouts include planting dates for fall and overwintering crops, a sample garden layout, and suggested vegetable varieties for Sonoma County. No registration required.
Big BI LuauIt's a luau all the way at Becoming Independent's 6th annual fundraiser on Sept. 14. Enjoy Polynesian dancers, tropical libations by Tipsy Horse Mobile Bar, local beer and wines, and an island-inspired dinner buffet, all benefiting a nonprofit helping those with disabilities live meaningful and independent lives. The fun runs 4-8 p.m. at the Friedman Events Center in Santa Rosa. Tickets are $50.
Snazzy jazzy JamisonJoin the Santa Rosa Symphony League for an evening of music by the Jami Jamison Band at Madrona Manor in Healdsburg on Sept. 15, 3-5 p.m. Bay Area blues and jazz vocalist Jami Jamison surrounds herself with seasoned musicians including saxophone, guitar, standup bass, and drums, performing music from Billy Holiday, Etta James, Peggy Lee, Louis Jordan, Ruth Brown and more. No host bar. General admission is $40; $35 for Symphony League members. Reservations can be made online or by mailing a check to The Santa Rosa Symphony League, 50 Santa Rosa Ave. #410, Santa Rosa, CA. 95404.
Pretty pressed flowers Experimenting and creating with pressed flowers is a great way to bring a bit of life and beauty into the dormant fall season. In this make-and-take workshop at the Laguna de Santa Rosa on Sept. 15, 1-4 p.m., local gardener and Laguna Foundation volunteer Jan Lochner will share the simplicity and elegance of the art of pressing flowers. Cost is $35. Register online.
Fiesta de IndependenciaLuther Burbank Center for the Arts celebrates Fiesta de Independencia on Sept. 15, 1-7 p.m. Organized by the Center's Latino Advisory Council, the free, family-friendly, campus-wide festival provides an opportunity for guests to experience a traditional fiesta as they enjoy authentic food, music, games, performances, and more. Highlights include performances by Banda Los Lagos, Mariachi Barragan, LBC's Mariachi Ensemble, Danza Azteca, and Ballet Folklórico Ireri; children's activities include carnival games, piñatas, an instrument petting zoo, face painting, and the Children's Museum of Sonoma County; a lowrider car show with 1 Firme Car Club, cultural exhibitions, the Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County, El Grito with the Mexican Consulate of San Francisco, and more. Organizations such as Latino Service Providers, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, and Vital Immigrant Defense and Advocacy Services are returning as well.
'Life and Death at Mission San Francisco Solano' Sonoma Petaluma Parks summer lecture series continues on Sept. 19 with retired State Park Senior Archaeologist Breck Parkman. Learn about life during the time of Mission San Francisco Solano (1823-1834) - the Sonoma Mission - when thousands of native peoples were brought there for conversion to Christianity. This included members of various tribes - Coast Miwok, Southern Pomo, Wappo, and Patwin. Parkman's talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Mission San Francisco Solano Chapel. Admission for the general public is $10 at the door; SP Parks members pay $5, docents and park staff are free.
Info: 114 East Spain St. off the Sonoma Plaza.
Strike for the ClimateA Climate Strive event is scheduled for Sept. 20, noon at Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa. Are you concerned about climate change and the future of the planet? Then it's time to make your voice heard. Sept. 20-27 is Global Climate Strike Week around the country and the world, and Sonoma County Climate Action is putting on the Sept. 20 event in Santa Rosa. For northern Sonoma Valley folks, you can participate with your neighbors in a walk to Courthouse Square from Melita Road (5.7 miles) starting at 9:30 a.m. Look for the signs.