Out, About & Around the County Nov. 15, 2019
DNA Doe Project The Sonoma County Genealogical Society presents Forensic Genetic Genealogy with DNA Doe Project co-founder Dr. Margaret Press on Nov. 16, noon-2 p.m., at the Finley Center. The DNA Doe Project has one mission: “To identify John and Jane Does using genetic genealogy.” The project's first successful identification was the first example of how DNA could identify cold case victims. Since then forensic genetic genealogy has also been used to identify cold case perpetrators such as the Golden State Killer. Press will share a behind the scenes look at the DNA Doe Project's first solved case. Free.
Info: scgsonline.org. 2060 West College Ave., Santa Rosa.
Stand-up comedy open mic On Nov. 17, HopMonk Sebastopol hosts its “Comedy Open Mic,” a monthly gathering with comedians from Sonoma County and beyond. Are you interested in performing? Think you have what it takes to be a stand-up comic? Sign-ups start at 7 p.m., but the list can fill up fast - all levels of experience encouraged. No musical, ventriloquist or magic acts - stand-up or performance comedy only. Guiding you through the night, your alternating hosts are Jefferson Mars, award-winning comedian and street performer, and Jon Lehre, prize-winning speaker and comic. Free.
Info: 829-7300, www.hopmonk.com. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol.
Youth Orchestra turns 60 The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) Youth Orchestra celebrates its 60th season with a concert titled “Great Composers Revisited,” Nov. 17, at the Green Music Center. This 3 p.m. concert, conducted by Bobby Rogers, features guest piano soloist Jana Olvera performing Eclogue for Piano and String Orchestra by Gerald Finzi. The concert will also include Kaiser-Walzer by Strauss, Festive Overture by Shostakovich, Danse Macabre by Saint-Saëns and Symphony No. 1 by Schumann. The program opens with Prelude to Die Meistersinger by Wagner. Cost: $20/adult, $10/youth at the door.
Info: gmc.sonoma.edu. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
Dress a Girl Around the World On the evening of Nov. 20, the Sonoma Community Center Fiber Arts Department will host a sewing opportunity for anyone interested in helping underprivileged girls. Since its inception in 2009, the Dress a Girl Around the World campaign, led by Hope 4 Women International, has delivered over one million dresses to 81 countries. For most of these girls it is the only gift they will ever receive, and it affords them the dignity of having something beautiful of their own. Sex trafficking awareness is a part of the DAG program, which further helps these young women stay safe in their communities. Space is limited; sign-up before Nov. 16.
Info: 938-4626 x3. sonomacommunitycenter.org. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.
Talking about taxesThe guest speaker at the Nov. 21 Sonoma County Taxpayers luncheon meeting will be Tim Aboudara, president of the Santa Rosa Local Fire Fighters Union, to discuss the half-cent sales tax increase for fire services proposed for the March 2020 ballot. The proposed tax is the latest in a series of sales tax increases coming before voters in recent years. The luncheon meeting begins at noon at the Flamingo Hotel.
RSVP: 481-1089. email@example.com. 2777 4th St., Santa Rosa.
100th anniversary of Harlem Renaissance On Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Green Music Center, Harlem 100, hosted by Michael Mwenso, presents Harlem musicians and dancers in a modern variety show that pays homage to the Apollo Theater, the Cotton Club, and other celebrated venues of the Harlem Renaissance. Created in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, this multi-media show features special guests Brianna Thomas, and Michela Lerman, and the music of Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, and Ethel Waters, as well as a nine-piece band with three dancers. Tickets: $25-$55.
Info: gmc.sonoma.edu. 1801 E .Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
Discovered in Sonoma CountyTen Sonoma County artists are being recognized through the fifth “Discovered Awards for Emerging Visual and Literary Artists of Sonoma County” program, produced by Creative Sonoma and funded by Community Foundation Sonoma County. Five visual and five literary artists were selected from all corners of the county. Winners' work will be recognized and exhibited at the Museum of Sonoma County, starting Nov. 22. Winners will also receive a $2,500 stipend and a professionally produced catalogue including excerpts of the written work and visual images.
Info: museumsc.org. 425 7th St., Santa Rosa.
Stargazing at Cooley Ranch On Nov. 22, join LandPaths and the Sonoma County Ag + Open Space District for an evening of stargazing at the beautiful Cooley Ranch. Straddling Sonoma and Mendocino counties, the 19,000-plus acres of Cooley Ranch is the perfect place for an unobstructed view of the night sky. Spread out your blankets and camp chairs, share a potluck dinner, and enjoy stories and information from experienced astronomers, Jim and Linda, from Wine Country Star Party. Runs 6:30-10:30 p.m. Meet at 6 p.m. for a caravan. This event is free but requires RSVP.
Bennett Friedman's jazz quartet plays SRJC The Music Department of Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) presents a jazz concert by the Bennett Friedman Quartet on Nov. 22, at 8 p.m. in Newman Auditorium on the SRJC Santa Rosa campus. Pianist Aaron Garner, bassist Peter Barshay, and drummer Hamir Atwal will perform works of John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, and a new composition by Friedman. Admission is $15 general and $10 for students and seniors. There is a $4 fee for parking on campus. Tickets will be available at the door only. Proceeds from the concert benefit the SRJC Foundation Jazz Studies Fund.
Info: 527-4255, firstname.lastname@example.org. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
The hills are alive...Celebrate the holidays with The Sound of Music, a collaborative production between Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University students, Nov. 22-30. Set at the feet of the majestic Austrian Alps as the Nazi menace begins to spread across Europe, audiences will be transported by the show's award-winning score, including songs like “Edelweiss”, “My Favorite Things,” and “Climb Every Mountain.” Recommended for ages seven and up. Directed by Laura Downing-Lee. At the Evert B. Person Theatre. Evening and matinee performances at 7:30 and 1:30 p.m.
Info: 527-4307. theatrearts.santarosa.edu/buy-tickets-online. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
Sonoma Mission holiday sing-along, hike Tickets for the annual Christmas at the Mission holiday sing-along with the Sonoma Valley High School Madrigal Choir will be on sale Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-noon. Choose from three Dec. 14 performances at 5, 6, or 7 p.m. Suggested cash donation is $2.50 per ticket with a maximum of four tickets per person. Also on Nov. 23, noon-1 p.m., hike along the lower Montini Preserve Trail. This is a slow-paced hike of just over one mile, with minor elevation changes. Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot. Sturdy shoes and water recommended. All ages. Free of charge. No reservation needed.
Info: 363 3rd St. West, Sonoma.
Soap-making workshop Learn a fun and useful new skill just in time to make gifts for the holidays, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. If you're new to cold-process soap-making, it can seem a bit overwhelming even with all of the online resources available; sometimes they make it even more confusing. Instructor Kelly Smith will walk participants through the chemistry of soap-making, formulating recipes based on your own needs (such as dry skin), and breaking down the step-by-step process. This hands-on class leaves no soap-making secrets untold. Cost: $40.
RSVP: www.lagunafoundation.org. 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.
Let off some STEAM Are your little ones feeling pent up during the Thanksgiving break? The Charles M. Schulz Museum will host a series of day classes for kids in Kindergarten through sixth grade at the end of November. From Myths and Monsters (Nov. 25) to Drawing Dinos (Nov. 27) kids can get out some energy and creativity - and get out of the house.
Info: schulzmuseum.org/classes-camps. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.
Vive le cirqueCirque de Bohème, an old-style circus based on the French tradition of the 1920s, presents “A Paris,” a new show with an amazing cast of world class performers including magician, hand chairs balancing, hula hoop, mime, spinning plate, slight rope, juggler and more, at Cornerstone. This year, in addition to donations to the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance and The Living Room, Cirque will donate a portion of its profits to the Napa/Sonoma LGBTQ Connection (www.lgbtqconnection.org). Runs Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 (shows daily at 1, 3 and 5 p.m.) Tickets: $27-$55.
Info: cirquedeboheme2019.bpt.me. 23570 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.