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Out, About & Around the County: 05/01/2013

Out, About & Around the County

Chihuahua de Mayo

Don't miss your chance to adopt a friendly, energetic, and highly-trainable Chihuahua during Sonoma County Animal Care and Control's Chihuahua de Mayo, a celebration of these dogs, running through May 4. All week, the shelter is offering all Chihuahua and Chihuahua mixes for $25 and will be providing behavior experts to answer any questions and help you find the right dog for your family.

Info: 565-7100, 1247 Century Court, Santa Rosa.

Sustainable Agriculture Summer Academy

This summer, the Santa Rosa Junior College's Sustainable Agriculture Summer Academy offers high school sophomores and juniors the opportunity to experience the workings of the SRJC's Shone Farm in Forestville and earn college or high school credits. The free class will span two weeks in late July and early August and applications for one of the 24 spots are due by May 3.

Info: 887-1187, 7450 Olson Lane, Forestville.

Dancing With Our Stars

Ever watched “Dancing with the Stars” and thought, “Well, this is okay and all, but I wish there were some locals competing?” The Sonoma Community Center will grant your wish during their Dancing With Our Stars on May 4 at the Sonoma Veteran's Building. Featuring teams of professional dancers and local luminaries, the competitors will foxtrot, waltz, and soft-shoe in order to raise funds for the community center. General admission tickets are $50 and $100-150 for those wishing to attend the pre-show reception.

Info: 938-4626, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

Free tomato growing workshop

Let gardening expert and Kenwood Press columnist Steve Albert guide you through the ins and outs of growing tomatoes during the Harvest for the Hungry Free Workshop “Growing Tomatoes” on May 4 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Albert will explain techniques for producing the best tomatoes, discuss which seeds and seedlings to use, and cover pest and disease prevention as well.

Info: 484-3613. 1717 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa.

SVHS Booster Bash 2013

Join the Sonoma Valley High School Boosters at the Hanna Boys Center Event Pavilion on May 4 from 5:30-11:00 p.m. for this year's Booster Bash, a night of barbeque, auctions, and cocktails to benefit extra-curricular programs. The fundraising goal for this year is $200,000, a number that can only be reached with your contribution. Tickets are $65 per person and will be held at will-call once purchased.

Info: 235-4150, P.O. Box 1264, Sonoma.

Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle Festival

The tradition continues May 4 and 5 when fiddlers descend on Cloverdale for the 38th Old Time Fiddle Festival. Since 1975, this family-friendly event has welcomed talented musicians and fans alike to enjoy the great food and better music, or to join in one of the many impromptu jam sessions that break out. Headliners this year include The Oak Grove String Band, Dan Levenson and Bobby Carlin, and Debby McClatchy. Tickets are $13 per day or $25 for both days and can only be purchased at the door.

Info: 894-2067, Citrus Fair Drive, Cloverdale.

Iris Society Spring Show

Stock up on your irises during the Santa Rosa Iris Society's spring show “Iris Eyes are Smiling” on May 4 and 5. The show is free to attend and open from 1-5 p.m. on May 4 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 5 at the Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center. Come check out the many different types of irises available to beautify your garden.

Info: 433-8633. 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa.

Prayer and Redemption

The American Philharmonic Sonoma County closes out its 14th season with “Prayer and Redemption,” a concert featuring the works of Turina, Hovaness, and Rachmaninoff. Tickets for the two performances, May 4 at 8 p.m. and May 5 at 2 p.m. in the Santa Rosa High School Performing Arts Auditorium, are $15 for premium reserved seating, $10 for general seating, and $5 for students under 18.

Info: 206-6775, 1235 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Santa Rosa Stamp Club

Enthusiasts, collectors, and the merely curious are all welcome to attend the May meeting of the Santa Rosa Stamp Club on May 7 at 7:30 p.m. This month's meeting will feature Bob Kirk, who will discuss philatelic material produced by the British Empire during the reign of King George VI, followed by a small auction. If you have an avid interest in the hobby, come early and trade with other aficionados to expand your own collection and knowledge.

Info: 2375 Range Ave., Santa Rosa.

Navigating the New Economic Reality with Richard Heinberg

Richard Heinberg, along with other local leaders, will panel Navigating the New Economic Reality, a discussion of the future of economic development in the North Bay, at the Glaser Center on May 8 at 6:30 p.m. Worldwide economic events will be analyzed and dissected, and used to determine what can be done here to maximize this region's economic potential. Tickets are $10; $5 for students.

Info: 583-7667, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

The Pirates of Penzance

Listen to, laugh at, and enjoy the comic exploits of New York's Gilbert & Sullivan Players' performance of The Pirates of Penzance on May 8, 8 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Featuring Santa Rosa's own Laura Sudduth, the production promises to be a swashbuckling good time for the whole family. Tickets are $45-65.

Info: 546-3600, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa.

2013 Summer Lecture Series

Luther Burbank Home and Garden's 2013 Summer Lecture Series kicks off on May 8 at 7 p.m. Jennifer Sloan of the Arts Council of Sonoma County will be the featured speaker as she discusses the county-wide program to encourage cultural and ethnic heritages, and expose local and regional art. Tickets are $10 and free to members of Friends of Luther Burbank.

Info: 524-5445, Santa Rosa Ave. and Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa.

Sonoma Valley Republican Women

Ward Connerly, former member of the University of California Board of Regents and current president of the American Civil Rights Institute, will be the featured speaker at the Sonoma Valley Republican Women's meeting on May 9, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The picnic lunch fundraiser will feature a silent and live auction to support the club's patriotic essay awards for seniors in high school and the annual field trip for students to meet legislators and tour the capitol in Sacramento. The cost of lunch is $25 and reservations must be made by May 5.

Info: 939-1029, 24737 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.

Support Sweetwater Spectrum Urban Farm

Make sure to buy your tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and other vegetables during the upcoming sales at Sweetwater Spectrum Urban Farm on May 11 and 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. All sales help support this nonprofit organization which provides appropriate, high-quality housing choices for adults with autism.

Info: 996-3104, 724 West Spain St., Sonoma.

Drones Over Wine Country

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, wait, it's just an unmanned drone infringing on your privacy, according to the ACLU. Learn more about this potential threat to your rights at the ACLU's 2013 Awards Celebration and Annual Dinner on May 17 at 5:30 p.m. A three-course meal will be capped by keynote speaker Trevor Timm's lecture “Drones Over Wine Country? Surveillance Drones & Your Privacy.” Tickets are $55 until May 7 and $75 afterwards.

Info: 765-5005, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa.

Petaluma Garden Tour

Support the Sonoma County Medical Association Alliance and Foundation during their annual Fundraising Garden Tour, May 17 and 18 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The tour takes patrons through six private and unique gardens in Petaluma, ranging from large to small and horticultural to sculptural. Tickets are $45.

Info: 578-4537,

Sonoma Valley Chorale

Take a journey through the rugged landscape of American music on May 18 and 19 with Sonoma Valley Chorale during An American Quilt, a celebration of songs spanning cowboy and railroad melodies, African-American spirituals, and Broadway showstoppers. Tickets can be purchased online or at Pharmaca and the UPS Store in Sonoma for $20, $16 for seniors, and $10 for children 12 and under.

Info: 935-1576, Sonoma Veteran's Memorial Building, 126 First St. West, Sonoma.

Spring Home and Garden Tour

Witness the springtime splendor of some of Sonoma County's finest homes and gardens during the 18th annual Spring Home and Garden Tour on May 19 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This docent-led tour features eight different locales and benefits Food for Thought Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank. Tickets are $45 and must be purchased in advance.

Info: 887-1647, 6550 Railroad Ave., Forestville.

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