Out, About & Around the County
The 5th Annual Tolay Fall Festival takes place Oct. 15-17 and Oct. 21-24. Bring the family to spend the day at the spectacular 1,769-acre Tolay Lake Regional Park, east of Petaluma. Children of all ages can explore the Native American Village, learn about food and fiber making crafts, meet and greet farm animals, and view lots of creepy, crawly critters. There will also be lawn games, hayrides, hikes, a giant maze, pumpkin seed spitting contest and more. Delicious food will be available. Festival hours are Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is $6 per vehicle, and there is a charge to enter the festival.
The Jail Industries Plant Sale will take place Oct. 16, 9 a.m. to noon. Great prices on trees, shrubs, perennials, vines and grasses. Master Gardeners will be on hand to demonstrate how to start your own compost pile or worm composting project. All plants are grown by inmates, and 100 percent of sales revenue goes to the Agriculture Vocational Education Program.
2254 Ordinance Rd. at Airport Blvd., Santa Rosa. www.sonoma-county.org/news/jailplantsale.htm.
Taylor Mountain will be open to the public on Oct. 16 for Taylor Mountain Day. This will be an all day community event, with a number of hikes scheduled as well as many interpretive activities. There will also be an opportunity to comment on the Taylor Mountain Master Plan. To reach Taylor Mountain, take Kawana Springs Road off Petaluma Hill Road in Santa Rosa. Take first right on Franz Kafka and follow bend to the left as it becomes Kawana Terrace. Follow road to Taylor Mountain parking area on the right at 1825 Kawana Terrace Road.
Info: Mark Cleveland, 565-2041, www.sonoma-county.org/parks/mt_taylor.htm.
The Hopmonk Tavern features the music of Whispering Pines on Oct. 16 at 9 p.m. Amazing guitar tones, soulful vocal melodies, warm harmonica - this band has it all. Cost is $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol.
Goodwill will be having a Free E-waste Electronics Recycling event Oct. 16-17, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Walmart parking lot in Windsor. Drop off your computer equipment, consumer electronics, televisions, office equipment, and kitchen and household appliances. No large appliances and large office equipment.
6650 Hembree Rd., Windsor. 565-3375, www.recyclenow.org.
The Santa Rosa Junior College Orchestra will perform a concert on Oct. 17, 4 p.m., at the Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa. The concert is free with donations accepted at the door. SRJC Music Department teacher Leslie Dukes will be playing a rare organ concerto, and the orchestra will perform a number of other pieces. The orchestra is conducted by Cynthia Weichel.
550 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 528-8884.
The Writers Forum of Petaluma presents editor/agent Mark Burnstein on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 7-9 p.m. at the Petaluma Community Center. Burnstein will address questions, share often-humorous war stories, and talk about the editorial process from conception to a finished work of art.
320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. www.thewritespot.us.
Cirque Mechanics, the acclaimed troupe of circus stars from Cirque du Soleil, Pickle Family Circus and Moscow Circus Fame, will be performing their new show “Boom Town” at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. The show centers around two saloon owners in the 1860s looking to profit from the town's gold rush craze. Tickets are $30, $45 or $10 for students with a valid ID.
On Saturday, Oct. 23, 11a.m. to 3 p.m., the Disability Services & Legal Center (DSLC) will hold its 5th Annual DSLC Tech Expo & More 2010, featuring state of the art assistive technology, which will introduce the community to the latest technology for seniors and people with disabilities. The expo will take place at Grace Pavilion at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Admission is free for all.
Info: Vaughn Held (DSLC Assistive Technology Program Manager), 528-2745, ext. 306.
Rockin Roses in Healdsburg presents The Art of Grace Slick on Oct. 23, with a reception running from 6-9 p.m. Slick, formerly of Jefferson Airplane, is also a professional painter, and her work has been well received by collectors as well as critics. Slick will not be able to attend, but will appear virtually via Skype.
243B Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 433-6400, www.rockinrosesart.com.
There will be an Antique Evaluation Fair on Saturday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sonoma Valley Woman's Club. Bring your antiques to be evaluated, learn about age, material, condition, and preservation methods. $5 per item, limit three items at a time (no jewelry or modern collectibles).
574 First St East in Sonoma. Info: Dorothy Lund, 235-5153.
The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and the Sonoma Ecology Center will be facilitating a training session at the Montini Open Space Preserve on Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to noon. The Montini Volunteer Patrol provides a unique opportunity for members of the community to access the incredible Montini Preserve. Volunteers help monitor and report conditions of the property on a monthly basis.
RSVP: Cassandra, 996-0712, ext. 104, or Cassandra@sonomaecologycenter.org.
Sonoma's Congregation Shir Shalom will host its first annual Wine Country Jewish Winemakers Tasting and Nosh on Sunday, Oct. 24, 1:30-4:30 p.m. This event celebrates the contributions of local Jewish winemakers. Proceeds will underwrite Jewish education and cultural events in Sonoma wine country. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door, and can be purchased online at www.shir-shalom.org/winemakers, and at Readers' Books and Tiddle E. Winks on Napa Street in Sonoma.
252 West Spain Street, Sonoma. Info: Avram Goldman, email@example.com.
The Sonoma State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble will host bands from Santa Rosa and Novato at its fall concert at 4 p.m. on Oct. 24 in the Evert Person Theatre. The program, entitled American Landscapes, features music about Americans and places in America. Admission is free to students with ID. Tickets are $12 for general admission.
1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 664-2353, www.sonoma.edu/tix.
Sonoma County Regional Parks presents a daylong seminar for Pesticide Application Training. Geared toward landscaping, park, golf course and vineyard professionals, the seminar takes place Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, The registration fee of $75 ($90 after Oct. 19) includes handouts, continental breakfast and a catered hot lunch.
1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa. sonomacountyparks.org, 565-2041.
The Redwood Writers 2010 Conference takes place on Oct. 30, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (check-in 7:30-8:15 a.m.), at the Flamingo Hotel and Resort, in Santa Rosa The theme of the conference is “Celebration of the Written Word.” This one-day conference will feature agents, editors, and writers from all genres. They will offer their insights and experiences in the craft of writing at beginning through advanced levels, as well as the encouragement of fellow writers in a relaxed and friendly, wine-country setting.
2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, 545-8530. www.redwoodwriters.org.
Becoming Independent is hosting a Halloween Party on Oct. 30 in one of California's oldest buildings. The privately owned barn is the oldest in Sonoma. Your ticket to the party will include entrance, wine, dancing, and dinner from Mary's Pizza Shack. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to support 1,300 men, women, and children with developmental disabilities in the North Bay. Tickets are $100 per person.