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Out, About & Around the County: 06/01/2009

Out & About for June 1, 2009

Connections, a supportive community of women in business, will hold a dinner meeting on June 3, 5:45 to 8:45 p.m., at the Flamingo Hotel, 2777 4th St., Santa Rosa. Keynote speaker Betty Jo Waxman presents: “Does Your Thinking Limit Your Success?” Reservations requested. RSVP to 522-9399 or Members $35 and visitors $45. There will also be a breakfast meeting on June 19, 7:45-9:30 a.m. at the same venue. Members $25 and visitors $35.

Santa Rosa’s Barnes and Noble will feature a book signing by two well-known Sonoma authors, Lois and Jon Foyt. They will be signing copies of their latest novel The Landscape of Time on June 3, 6-8 p.m., as part of Santa Rosa’s Downtown Street Faire celebration. There’ll be a farmer’s market, arts and crafts, food, music and lots of fun for everyone.

The annual Arts Guild June Invitational Exhibition begins June 4 with a reception for the artists and their guests June 5, from 6-8 p.m. at the Arts Guild Gallery, 140 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For the June Invitational all exhibiting members invite other artists from the Bay Area to show their artwork in the gallery alongside Guild member’s artwork. Hours are Sunday, Monday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information call 996-3115.

The Active 20-30 Club of North Bay #656 will be hosting its annual golf tournament on June 5, at the Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park. The long running charity golf tournament, a major fundraiser for the Active 20-30 Club of North Bay, has a theme for this year’s tournament of “Hillbilly Hackfast 09.” All proceeds will go to local children’s charities in the Sonoma County/Rohnert Park area. The tournament will begin at 11:30 a.m. with check-in, and the scramble golf tournament will start at 1 p.m. Tickets are $135. The purpose of Active 20-30 is to provide young adults the opportunity for personal growth, friendship and leadership development while improving the quality of life for the special needs of children in the community. For details visit

The 18th Annual Beerfest/A Benefit for Face to Face will be held June 6, from 1-5 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa. In addition to tasting more than 35 of Northern California’s finest microbrews, food purveyors offer exceptional creations for sampling. Proceeds from the Beerfest help Face to Face/Sonoma County AIDS Network to provide compassionate care to more than 500 men, women and children living with AIDS and HIV in Sonoma County. Tickets, $35-$40, can be purchase online at, from the Center’s box office (546-3600) and at local brew pubs. Tickets include all beverage and food tastings and a logo beer glass.

The Santa Rosa Redwood Chordsmen will present a Barbershop Harmony Show, Barbershop, Banjos and Birdies, on Saturday, June 6, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Center, 600 Acacia Lane off of Highway 12 in Santa Rosa. The popular Sonoma County banjo band, the Southtown Strummers, will also be on hand. Tickets are $20 for adults; students and children are $10. Call Beverly for tickets, 538-7000.

Sonoma County Choral Society invites all to a workshop taught by early music specialist Shira Kammen: “Welcome Somer!” Music of May and Midsummer. This full-day vocal music workshop features Medieval and Renaissance compositions, British Isles traditional music, as well as traditional Anglo-American songs celebrating the May season, springtime, love of the court and country, gardens, greenery and renewal. All voice parts are needed, some sight singing skills required. Please bring a dish to share for the potluck lunch. The event will take place June 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., SSU, Ives 119, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. Tickets, $10-$30, are available thru

Valley of the Moon Art Association will hold its 48th Annual Art and Artisan Show on Sonoma Plaza on the weekend of June 6 and 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fine artists will be exhibiting their works in oil, watercolor, pastel, graphics and mixed media. Craftsman and jewelry creators will also be showing their works. For additional information call 255-3101 or email

Foppiano Vineyards invites you to join them on June 6 for an afternoon of art, food, fine wines and doggone good fun—all to benefit the Paws for Love Foundation. Take your canine friend to share in the activities, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the winery, just south of Healdsburg. While you enjoy a picnic lunch of grilled sausages and take part in tasting fine wines, your pooch is welcome to try his/her paws at painting—creating an original masterpiece for you to take home as a keepsake of this special day. There will also be “special” treats for dog-guests. Admission is $10 per person and dogs are free. Foppiano Vineyards is located at 12707 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. Contact Susan at 433-7272 for information.

The Art at the Source 2009 Open Studio Tour will be celebrating its 15th anniversary with 124 artists in 70 studios, June 6-7 and June 13-14. The tour offers the public an up-close and personal look at the diversity of artistic works including painting, print making, sculpture, ceramics, fiber arts, fine jewelry, art glass, assemblage, woodwork and mosaic, along with the professional fine artists who create them. Color catalogs are available with detailed maps and an example of each artist’s work exhibited, and can be found at many local restaurants, hotels, wineries and bookstores, and on-line at

Sonoma’s 42nd Annual Ox Roast will take place June 7 in Sonoma’s historic town square. There will be a 2.2-mile and 10K foot race known as Hit The Road Jack starting at 8 a.m. The Ox Roast starts at 11 a.m. with food, drink, and live music. Ox plates cost $12 and consist of a hearty portion of slow-roasted beef or sausage, an ear of fresh corn, green salad and bread. Sodas, beer and wine are available at an extra charge. Proceeds from the event benefit Sonoma Community Center and Sonoma Valley Education Foundation. Tickets are available at, or call 938-4626, ext. 1. For race registration visit Tickets and registration are available the day of the event.

A Garden Tour for Charity is a collaborative fundraiser for West County Health Centers, River to Coast Children’s Services, and West County Community Services, all of which provide health and human services to the rural communities of western Sonoma County. Tour the finest gardens in western Sonoma County at 15 resort properties. Enjoy historic landmarks, a Zen meditation garden, rare specimen plants, organic cooking events, and master gardener presentations while supporting these vital services to our community. Visit for all the details and background information on the benefiting charities. The event will take place June 12-14 with tickets $30 to $60.

Becoming Independent’s annual fundraiser, Dinner Under the Stars, will take place June 13, 5-10 p.m., at Imagery Estate Winery, in Glen Ellen. The theme this year is a journey back to the pyramids of Egypt and a beautiful evening along the Nile River. Under a desert moon there will be enticing food, wine, live and silent auctions, and extraordinary treasures to be found by all. The biggest treasure of all…supporting Becoming Independent on their quest to turn disabilities into great possibilities. Tickets ($150, tax-deductible) are limited. Call 542-6606 to reserve your spot or to become a sponsor.

Sonoma Birding, along with its area nature partners, will offer five half-days of unique birding experiences for kids with its Summer Bird Camp for Kids June 15-19 (ages 8-14). Songbirds, Raptors, Owls and Waterbirds will be this year’s focus. Through classroom and field experiences, children will discover the joy of birds and birding…one bird at a time. (Limited to 15 students). The Camp is offered through the Sonoma Community Center Summer Camp Program. Call 938-4626, ext. 1, to enroll. Camp cost is $125. Partial scholarships are available. Visit for birding activities.

The WillMar Center for bereaved children has teamed up with 12 of Sonoma’s top restaurants for the inaugural Restaurants of Sonoma Raffle. One lucky winner will enjoy dinner for 4 at each of the participating restaurants. Restaurants range from The Red Grape to The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, and feature some of the best restaurants in a town lucky to have a number of outstanding places to eat, on virtually every street corner and every block. Tickets range from $50 for 1-4 tickets to 10+ tickets at $42.50 each. The drawing will take place July 1. You may obtain tickets by visiting or calling 935-1946. WillMar will also present “Rockin’ the Vineyard” June 13, 7 p.m., at Gundlach Bundschu, 2000 Denmark St., Sonoma. Call 935-1946 for tickets and information.

The Redwood branch of the California Writers Club announces a Poetry Contest in conjunction with its 2009 Writers Conference, for residents of the Redwood Empire. The contest begins immediately and is open to all residents living in Sonoma, Marin, Napa, Solano and Mendocino counties, and all CWC members statewide. All submissions must be unpublished works and postmarked by August 15. The cost is $5 per entry for up to three poems. Entries will be judged on clarity, originality and cohesion by well-known local poets. Additional information is available at

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