Out, About & Around the County
The International Folk Dance Ensemble will perform The Gathering at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center, March 2 at 7.p.m. The Gathering is a showcase of cultural dances throughout the world complete with costumes, lights and thrills, consisting of dances from an array of cultures, including Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and North America. The ensemble's repertoire includes many unique pieces such as exotic Indian dances, harmonic Croatian songs, and Hungarian men's slapping dances. Tickets are $20.
Tickets: 588-3400. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.
The Women's Global Leadership Initiative and Santa Rosa Junior College are hosting a one-night only benefit reading of Eve Ensler's award-winning play The Vagina Monologues on March 4, 6-9 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma Campus in the Carole L. Ellis Auditorium. Tickets are $17 for general admission, $10 for students, and may be purchased at the box office on night of event or at the Santa Rosa Junior College Student Affairs Office front desk. Proceeds benefit women in Sonoma County via the Women's Global Leadership Initiative, The Living Room, and the Women's Justice Center.
Info: Taylor Anderson-Stevenson, (415) 305-9073. 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma.
Social Advocates for Youth is hosting a Sock Hop on March 5, 5 p.m. at the Friedman Center in Santa Rosa. The Hop will feature a soda fountain, fabulous fifties fare, cocktails, music spun by deejay Brent Ferris, a twist contest, live auction and more. All proceeds will support SAY's programs and services for at-risk youth and families. SAY operates the Dr. James E. Coffee House Teen Shelter, Sonoma County's only 24/7 teen shelter, and the Mary and Jose Tamayo House, a transitional housing program for former foster youth. Tickets for the Sock Hop are $100.
Tickets/info: www.saysc.org, 544-3299. 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa.
Elinor Stutz, author of the recently published book, HIRED! How to Use Sales Techniques to Sell Yourself on Interviews, will be giving a class on March 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Maggini Hall on the campus of Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa. She asserts that the best way to land a job is by developing areas of commonality, story-telling and properly executing the gentle art of persuasion so that potential employers recognize the best candidate for the job is sitting right in front of them.
Info: bit.ly/SRJC-HIRED-EStutz , or 415-615-6887.
Would you like to be a volunteer at Luther Burbank Home and Gardens in Santa Rosa? Call now for an informational interview to attend the training program on three Saturdays (March 5, 12 and 19). No experience is necessary. Gardeners work two or more morning shifts per month year-round. Docents and gift shop staff work three morning or afternoon shifts per month during tour season, April 1 through Oct. 31. Join a friendly, well-operated, nonprofit organization, and help promote the legacy of Luther Burbank.
Info: 524-5445 or BurbankHome@LutherBurbank.org. 204 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa.
Spend the afternoon of March 5 at Chateau Sonoma with artist and author Anna Corba, creating a unique object of art using vintage book covers as the canvas. Working with vintage papers, buttons, ribbons and other ephemera from Anna's collection participants will learn the basics of collage techniques as well as inkjet transfer methods. As a final touch, beeswax will be used to dip and glaze. This collage class will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the cost is $100 plus a $20 materials fee.
Register: 935-8553 or www.chateausonoma.com. 153 W. Napa St., Sonoma.
Local author Laura McHale will read from her book, Reversible Skirt on March 5, 2 p.m. at North Light Books & Café in Cotati. The book depicts a guileless girl who faces relentless abuse in the aftermath of her mother's suicide, but who nevertheless discovers the key to a better future. Reversible Skirt was a winner of the RockWay Press international writing competition in the memoir category. Also appearing will be National Poetry Slam finalist Claire Blotter, renowned storyteller Ruth Stotter, and Kate Farrell, co-founder of Wisdom Has a Voice, a multimedia project to produce daughters' memoirs of their mothers.
Info: 304-2000. 550 E. Cotati Ave., Cotati.
The Sonoma State University Jazz Forum continues its spring calendar on March 9, 1 p.m. with Julian Lage. Lage is a celebrated jazz guitarist, and he will collaborate and perform with SSU students as part of his three-day educational residency at SSU. A prodigy from Santa Rosa, Lage is now one of the most respected guitarists in jazz - his debut album, Sounding Point, was nominated for a Grammy award last year. This event will take place in the jazz rehearsal room of the Music Education Hall.
Info: Doug Leibinger, 664-4149.
Ramekins Culinary School in Sonoma will host a winemaker dinner with Sonoma Valley's Robert Hunter Winery on March 9, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Robert Hunter Winery comes to Ramekins with Guest Chef Bruno Tison of the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. Robert Hunter Winery has four wines, all sourced from the estate vineyard. Robert E. Hunter Jr., Proprietor, and son Robert E. Hunter III, Winemaker, produce limited quantities of Brut de Noirs, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. These wines will be paired with gourmet fare such as goat cheese and white truffle oil flan, ahi and avocado tartare with curry oil and wasabi, and grass-fed beef short ribs. Cost is $125.
Register: www.ramekins.com or 933-0450. 450 West Spain St., Sonoma.
The Wells Fargo Center for the Arts presents the Parsons Dance and East Village Company on March 10, 8 p.m., performing Remember Me. This is the most ambitious and talked about production created by Parsons Dance in its 22-year history. Remember Me is a high-energy mix of contemporary American dance, opera and rock music. It combines smoldering, sexy athleticism with exhilarating live vocal performances, resulting in an original and dynamic performance experience. Creator David Parsons is known as one of modern dance's greatest living dance-makers. Tickets are $25 and $45.
Tickets: 546-3600 or www.wellsfargocenterarts.org. 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa.
The 10th Annual Business Environmental Alliance Business Leaders' Breakfast will take place March 11, 7-9:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa. The keynote speaker will be Andrew Hoffman, professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, who will speak on powerful and practical strategies for harnessing sustainability to benefit your business. Also speaking is Todd Ahlsten, chief investment officer of Parnassus Equity Income, who will speak on how environmentally responsible practices can boost your financial market standing. Tickets are $45. Register by March 4.
Register/info: www.SonomaBEA.org, 565-7257. 170 Railroad St., Santa Rosa.
The Santa Rosa Junior College Theater Arts Department will perform Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest March 11, 12, 16, 17, 18 and 19, at 8 p.m., and March 19 at 2 p.m. Sparkling with wit and quotable gems, this comedy of manners is one of the crown jewels of British theatre. With grand characters, Wilde's wicked satire aims at the pretenses and posturing of society as it follows the misadventures of two earnest young bachelors. It is one of the most popular comedies ever written. Tickets are $10 and $15. There is a $4 parking fee at campus lots.
Tickets: 527-4343, or www.santarosa.edu/theatrearts/tickets.html. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
The World Affairs Council of Sonoma County meets on March 11, noon, at Le Gare Restaurant in Santa Rosa. The speaker will be Jean Charles Boisset, President of France's worldwide Boisset Family Estates, whose domestic wine business is in the top 25. He will discuss worldwide management, farming practices, and the quest for premium quality with minimal environmental impact. $23 for members, $28 for visitors. Sign up by sending a check to WACSC, P.O. Box 1433, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 by March 4.
The Santa Rosa Fishing Tackle, Duck Decoy, & Sporting Collectible Show will take place March 11 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and March 12 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at the Santa Rosa Veterans Building in Santa Rosa, across from the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Buy, sell, or trade. For sale and on display will be new and used fishing tackle, rods, reels and lures, as well as duck decoys, knives, wildlife art and other sporting collectibles. $5 admission. Free parking.
Info: Red Johnson, 539-3662 or www.redsshow.com. 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa
Redwood Writers presents a poetry workshop on March 12. Learn to create and polish your poetry with celebrated poets Gwynn O'Gara and Arthur Dawson, 1-5 p.m. at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. At the end of the session, participants will share their poems and learn effective editing techniques to make their poems sing. Cost is $20 for Redwood Writers members, $25 for non-members. Refreshments will be available. To register, send a check payable to Redwood Writers, P.O. Box 4687, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.
Info: www.redwoodwriters.org. 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.
The Santa Rosa Junior College Orchestra will join forces with the College of Marin Orchestra for two concerts of celebrated orchestral music. The first performance will take place on Saturday, March 19, 8 p.m. at the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa. A repeat performance will take place on Sunday, March 20, 4 p.m. at Novato's Unity in Marin church. There is a $10 suggested donation to attend the concert with all proceeds benefiting student scholarships in music at both colleges.
Info: Cynthia, 528-8884. Glaser Center: 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Unity in Marin: 600 Palm Dr., Novato.
The Fifth Annual Redwood Empire Community Choral Festival will take place March 19, 7:30 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Bible Church. Celebrate the joy of communal singing by participating in this free concert along with the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus, Cantiamo Sonoma, California Redwood Chorale, Sonoma County Chamber Singers, SRJC's Jazz Choir, Mostly Motets, and The Etude Choir. Admission is free.
Info: 527-4999, ext. 9228, or www.santarosasymphonicchorus.com. 4575 Badger Rd., Santa Rosa.
The Sonoma Ecology Center needs volunteers to help at a workday at Nathanson Creek in Sonoma on March 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. For the past few years, SEC staff and volunteers have been working to enhance the habitat of Nathanson Creek along the Nathanson Creek Preserve. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers will be getting dirty, so please dress appropriately. Wear sturdy shoes. Bring gloves, a snack and refillable water bottle. Meet at the Preserve by Sonoma Valley High School. RSVP for groups of five or more is required.
RSVP: Connor, 996-0712, ext. 102, or email@example.com.
The second annual Day for Women, sponsored by Women's Cancer Awareness Group (WCAG), will be held Saturday, March 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Petaluma Community Center. The purpose is to empower women with information and ultimately design healthier lives. There will be speakers and informative breakout sessions. WCAG is dedicated to creating support programs for cancer survivors, and to increasing awareness of the risk factors and symptoms of gynecologic cancers. Cost for the event is $30. Registration closes March 12.
Tickets/info: www.WCAGroup.net, Lydia Zipp, 769-8325. 320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma.
The Sonoma Valley Chorale and guest choirs from the Church of the Roses and St. Andrew Presbyterian Church will present a concert “In Memoriam.” The choruses sing to honor victims of the 9/11 disaster, the Holocaust, and other cherished loved ones. Guest conductor and composer Brad Ellington, Director of Choral Music at the University of New Mexico, will direct his own composition, “Requiem.” Concerts are Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m. at the Church of the Roses in Santa Rosa, and Sunday, March 20 at 3 pm. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Sonoma. Tickets are $18 adult, $14 senior and $10 children 10 and under. Tickets may be purchased at Pharmaca and UPS, Sonoma.
Info: sonomavalleychorale.org or 935-1576. Church of the Roses: 2500 Patio Court, Santa Rosa. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church: 16290 Arnold Drive, Sonoma.