Out, About & Around the County
Red, White and Green
An Independence Day celebration begins at the Green Music Center on Thursday, July 4, at 7:30 p.m. with patriotic mainstays from “America the Beautiful” to “God Bless America,” and pops arrangements including Ragtime's “Make Them Hear You,” “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables, and Gershwin's beloved “Girl Crazy Overture.” Following the concert, a music and fireworks display will commence over the Sonoma State University campus. Tickets range from $25-$85. Lawn seating for youth 12 and under is half price.
Info: 866-955-6040, gmc.sonoma.edu. Green Music Center, Rohnert Park Expy. and Petaluma Hill Road.
Friday Night Live line-up
Upcoming acts for Cloverdale's Friday Night Live include The Far West, July 5, considered by many as Los Angeles' best country music act. Opening for The Far West is Sonoma County's own Court 'n' Disaster, playing a blend of classic and traditional country music along with their own original songs. Hot Buttered Rum, a plugged-in, percussive powerhouse, is on July 12. Lost Dog Found, July 19, has been the driving force of the current swing revival around the San Francisco Bay Area. SambaDa, July 26, unites North and South America, drawing from percussion-based styles of South and Central America samba and salsa, blended with a fun Jazz and reggae back beat. Produced by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance in partnership with the Cloverdale Certified Farmers Market. Farmers Market opens at 5:30 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m.
Info: 894-4410, www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org.
Dessert and a show, Italian-style
Cinnabar Theater's Dolce Sera - an evening of desserts and a concert - features the Italian and Neapolitan music of Due Zighi Baci (Two Gypsy Kisses). Songs will include authentic renderings of Italian music popularized in film, television, and radio, such as “Mambo Italiano.” This cabaret-style evening begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 7. Cost is $20 and includes coffee and dessert. Wine will also be available for a modest donation. Seating is limited so reservations are recommended. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Wheelchair accessible.
Info: 763-8920, www.cinnabartheater.org. 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.
Dining with Daisies
A July 13 garden gala at the Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, Dining with Daisies will offer wine, hor d'oeuvres, a silent and live auction, dinner catered by Relish Culinary Adventures, and live music by Back Top Moon and Eric Muhler Jazz. Tickets are $125 per person or $900 for a table of eight.
Info: 524-5445. 204 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa.
Local writers unite!
On July 14, 17 local writers, sponsored by Redwood Writers, will bring forward their new literary efforts from 2-5 p.m. at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. Admission is free for general public, and $5 for members. Then on July 18, from 7-9 p.m., the Writers Forum of Petaluma presents Anne Jordan talking about the “Structure of Story.” All stories can be broken down into four equal parts, which helps writers create manageable outlines. Cost is $15 at the door at the Petaluma Community Center. The Redwood Writers is also hosting a fiction contest this summer, “Color Your World,” with a deadline of midnight Aug. 5. The contest is open to residents of Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Marin, Lake and Solano counties. First prize is $100, second prize is $50 and third prize is $25. Winners will be announced at the Oct. 13 Redwood Writers general membership meeting at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa.
Info: www.redwoodwriters.org or www.redwoodwriters.org/contests/.
Wine Country Big Q
Taste the best of summer barbecue at Wine Country Big Q on July 13, from 1-5 p.m. at Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa. Pitmasters from throughout the country are signing up to see who will rule the grill as grand champion and move on to compete at the Kansas City Royale and Jack Daniels Classic barbecue competitions. Enjoy summer with a plate full of barbecue, a beer or glass of Sonoma County wine, live music from Sonoma County's own country music artist Pete [stringfellow] and Paulie's Garage. The event is a benefit for the Children's Museum of Sonoma County. Adult admission is $45 for a pound of award-winning barbecue, wine tasting, live entertainment and giveaways. Youth tickets are $20 each and include barbecue, a beverage and access to the kid's area.
Info: 523-3728, www.winecountrybigq.com. Sonoma Academy, 2500 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa.
Paws for Love
Kokomo Winery will host Paws for Love, a day of dogs, art, wine, and fun on Sunday, July 14 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. Well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome to attend. For a small donation of $25, assist your best friend in creating an original painting especially for you. Proceeds benefit the Paws for Love Foundation. We'll bring the paint … you bring the paws!
Info: (209) 795-4575, Ellyn@pawsforlove.info. Kokomo Winery, 4791 Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg.
The Grandfather of Teriyaki Barbeques
Enmanji Temple in Sebastopol will host the 59th Annual Teriyaki Barbecue and Bazaar on Sunday, July 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The bazaar features barbecued teriyaki chicken lunch (hot or cold), and other Japanese delicacies including imagawa yaki, a sweetened bean-filled pastry, and locally made desserts. Highlights include a bonsai display presented by the Redwood Empire Bonsai Society, extensive outdoor plant sale, Ikebana flower arranging demonstration and sale, games for kids, handicrafts, raffle drawing with a top prize of $1,000 cash, bingo, cultural arts displays, martial arts demonstrations and two Taiko performances by Sonoma County Taiko. Proceeds support the local Enmanji Buddhist Temple and community activities. Free parking. Wheelchair accessible.
On July 20, at 7 p.m., enjoy the outdoor summer Japanese dance festival of Obon Odori, traditionally danced to honor the ancestors. Sonoma Taiko drummers will be on hand and all dances take place beneath round paper lanterns. Refreshments including udon noodles and freshly baked imagawa yaki will be available for sale.
Info: 823-2252. Enmanji Temple, 1200 Gravenstein Hwy. South, Sebastopol.
JC course on Homeland Security
Santa Rosa Junior College is adding a new course this summer that positions the college at the forefront of public safety training. “Introduction to Homeland Security” will be taught at SRJC's Public Safety Training Center in Windsor. The course will meet Monday through Friday, July 15-Aug. 5, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and will cover the current threats facing the United States, including terrorism and natural disasters. Upon completion students will be familiar with government and industry investment in the prevention and response to threats against the homeland, and will be able to identify and describe relevant law, policy, and strategy. Course fee is $204 for California residents and will earn three college units; non-residents pay an additional $212 per unit.
Info: www.santarosa.edu/ps/homeland-security.php. Public Safety Training Center, 5743 Skylane Boulevard, Windsor.
The Great American Trailer Park Musical
When Pippi, a stripper-on-the-run, comes between the Dr. Phil-loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband, storms begin to brew. Put on your finest “trailer park” attire and take a trip to Armadillo Acres as “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” returns to 6th Street Playhouse on July 19. Starring the original 6th Street Playhouse cast: Taylor Bartolucci, Daniella Innocenti Beem, Mark Bradbury, Alise Girard, Natalie Herman, Julianne Lorenzen, Shannon Rider, and 6th Street Playhouse Artistic Director, Craig A. Miller.
Info: 523-4185, www.6thstreetplayhouse.com, 52 W. 6th Street, Santa Rosa.
New garden at Cornerstone
Cornerstone Gardens celebrates the opening of its newest garden, “Ecology of Place” by Suzanne Biaggi, with New Zealand sculptor Regan Gentry. On July 18, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., enjoy a complementary glass of Obsidian Ridge Wine from Tricycle Wine Partners (the newest onsite winery) and witness the unveiling of this exciting new garden. At 6:30 p.m. Biaggi will speak about her work and collaboration with Gentry, whose sculptural tree holds a prominent place in the garden. Admission is free. A no-host dinner with the artists will follow at the onsite restaurant, Park 121, for $27.50/person. Dinner includes a full meal, a glass of wine, and dessert, with live music in the Olive Courtyard.
Info/Reservations: email@example.com. 23570 Arnold Dr. Sonoma.
Catalan Festival at Gloria Ferrer
Visit Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards for the 21st Annual Catalan Festival, featuring traditional Spanish folklore, food, wine, lively classical guitar, passionate flamenco with Sol Flamenco and a festive grape stomp. The event will transport visitors to Spain for the day, enjoying savory tapas and paella, cooking demonstrations and educational seminars as they sip Carneros sparkling and estate wine. Profits will go to the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation. The festival is July 20 and 21, from 12- 4 p.m. Tickets range from $50-90.
Info: 933-1999, www.gloriaferrer.com/catalan-festival. 23555 Hwy. 121, Sonoma.
Digital Petting Zoo
Learn how to check out free e-books on iPad, Nook, Kindle, smartphone, and other e-readers at Sonoma County Library's Hands On Digital Petting Zoo on Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Rincon Valley Library. Learn how to use your own e-reader, or try out different devices to see which one you prefer. The Sonoma County Library now provides access to more than 1,100 current titles through OverDrive, as well as more than 100,000 titles through Open Library. Learn the basics of searching for, checking out, and downloading ebooks. Bring your own e-reader to practice, or just watch the presentation.
Info: 537-0162. Rincon Valley Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.
Lessons (Learned or Not)
Off the Page presents “Lessons (Learned or Not, Willingly or Unwillingly),” a lively performance of local writers' work on July 25 (Sebastopol Center for the Arts Fireside Room), July 26 (Earle Baum Center, Santa Rosa), and July 27 (Unitarian Universalist Congregation Glaser Center Social Hall, Santa Rosa). All shows start at 7:30 p.m. Six local actors will interpret pieces by 15 Sonoma County writers. The performances, in two acts, include poems, short plays, memoir segments, satire and music. Tickets are $15.
Hoppin' at Hopmonk
Sonoma County native Alison Harris plays The Abbey at The HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol on July 27. Harris' debut album “Smoke Rings in The Sky” was released on Omega Records in 2008. Since 2009 she has been performing with classic Americana band The Barn Owls, and has opened for Sam Bush, John Doe, and Ramblin' Jack Elliot, among others. Harris is working on the release of her second album, recorded live with The Barn Owls at the Walker Road Schoolhouse in Petaluma.
Info: 829-7300, www.hopmonk.com. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol.