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Out, About & Around the County: 09/01/2013

Out, About & Around the County

The quirky life of bats

The Valley of the Moon Nature Lecture Series continues on Sept. 5 as the President of Northern California Bats, Mary Jean Quirk, comes to Sonoma to talk about these enigmatic creatures. Starting at 7 p.m., Quirk will provide insight into how bats live, and disprove common misconceptions about them. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Info: Veteran's Memorial Building, 126 1st St. West, Sonoma.

Escape through art

Several years ago, the Arts Guild of Sonoma (AGS) initiated a summer mentor program, Artescape, which matches Guild artists with one or more Sonoma Valley High School students to create a piece of art to be shown at the gallery. Running now through Sept. 23, AGS presents the artwork of recent Sonoma Valley High School Artescape students, as well as new work by Guild member artists. The opening reception will be on Sept. 6, from 6-8 p.m. Admission is free.

Info: 996-3115, 140 East Napa Street, Sonoma.

Bring your pooch to the Water Bark

The lagoon at Spring Lake Regional Park will once again host an off-leash dog park where dogs are free to walk the beach and swim on Sept. 7 and 8, from 9:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. The event will also feature a raffle with a variety of dog-themed prizes and dog games like “Bobbing for Hot Dogs.” The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation requests a $3 donation for members and $5 for non-members.

Info: 565-1830. Spring Lake Lagoon, 393 Violetti Rd., Santa Rosa.

New play to benefit Sonoma Ecology Center

Local playwright Todd Evans' new play, Troublesome Creek, will be shown on the Rosary Stage at the Sonoma Community Center. Troublesome Creek follows author Rachel Carson to Eastern Kentucky, where she must do battle with shady coal companies in order to exact environmental justice. On Sept. 7 at 8 p.m., your $50 ticket will benefit the Sonoma Ecology Center. The ticket price also includes a pre-performance wine and cheese reception and a post-performance Q&A session.

Info: 996-0712, ext. 122. 276 E Napa St., Sonoma.


Co-sponsored by Redwood Writers and Copperfield's Books, author and National Book Award finalist Beth Kephart will deliver a talk on Sept. 8 from 3-5 p.m. at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. As an expert memoirist, Kephart will focus on helping aspiring writers fashion truths, and provide insight into creating their memoirs. Tickets are $5 for members and $8 for nonmembers.

Info: 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

From screen to platter

On Sept. 8, Chef Lisa Lavagetto will teach a cooking class based on the meal from the movie The Big Night. From 3-6 p.m., learn how to cook Italian staples such as a Timballo pasta drum and a grappa-soaked Italian apple cake. Of course, after the lesson is over, you will partake in the delectable feast that you cooked. Tickets are $95.

Info: 933-0450, 450 W. Spain St., Sonoma.

CSI: Sonoma

Would you like to investigate a crime scene, the way they do on television? Here's your chance! Come and examine a mock crime scene, take notes, photograph the evidence, and develop theories of what happened and who the suspects are. Trained personnel will be there to guide you. Silver Moon Theatre presents Untangle the Mystery, CSI-style, on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 1-4 p.m. Tickets, available at the door, are $15, with a special price of $5 for young people ages 7-12.

Info: Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

National Grandparent's Day at the Schultz Museum

Sunday, Sept. 8, is National Grandparent's Day. To celebrate, the Charles M. Schultz Museum is offering free admission to all grandparents visiting with a grandchild. Also on Sept. 8, cartoonists Michael Aushenker and Rafael Navarro will sign comics, discuss working on such books as Bart Simpson and Gumby's Gang Starring Pokey, and will talk about their latest collaborations, The New Adventures of the Human Fly, based on the real-life Canadian daredevil who was the subject of a late-70s Marvel comic book. “Licensed to Illustrate: Creating Comics Based on Popular Properties” will begin at 1 p.m. Also, on Sept. 14, Tom Gammill, Emmy award-winning writer for shows like The Simpsons, Seinfeld, and Saturday Night Live, will speak as part of the Second Saturday Cartoonist series at 1 p.m. Admission is free to museum members and children 3 and under. Children ages 4-18, college students with valid I.D. card, and seniors 62+ are $5, and adults are $10.

Info: 284-1272. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Sonoma Valley Chorale sings again

A new musical season begins for the Sonoma Valley Chorale, a non-audition chorus. On Monday, Sept. 9, a special rehearsal begins at 6 p.m. Subsequent rehearsals will be on Mondays from 7-9:30 p.m. David Irvine, the conductor, invites new adult members of any age to join the vocal ensemble. Registration begins at September rehearsals.

Info: 938-5441, Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First Street West, Sonoma.

Plan for your longevity

The good news is that human beings are living longer than ever before; the bad news is that human beings do not yet understand what this means for them. The Collaborative on Positive Aging (COPA), a project of the Council on Aging in Santa Rosa, is conducting a series of “Planning For Your Longevity” workshops throughout Sonoma County. These small groups will focus on your future, on the development of your individual plan for managing the challenges and the opportunities that will arise as you live much longer. The first meeting will be held in Petaluma on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 6-7:30 p.m., at the Petaluma Senior Center.

RSVP: 778-4399. 211 Novak Drive, Petaluma.

“Christianity Under Attack”

Tim Arensmeier, pastor of the Sonoma Valley Community Church, will speak at The Lodge at Sonoma on Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. on the topic of “Christianity Under Attack.” In addition to the talk, lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m. Reservations for the event are required by Sept. 8.

Info: 939-1029. The Lodge at Sonoma, 1325 Broadway, Sonoma.

Tee off for education

The Santa Rosa High School Foundation is hosting their 18th Annual Golf Tournament on Sept. 13, with a shotgun start at 11:15 a.m. The ticket price of $145 per person covers 18 holes, lunch, prizes, a raffle, auctions, and dinner, as well as a cart and range balls. Come join the fun to support your local high school and its students.

Info: 571-7747, Oakmont West Golf Course, 7025 Oakmont Dr., Santa Rosa.

JFK assassination revisited

Ruth Hyde Paine, who offered up her home in Irving, Texas, and lent other aid to the Lee Harvey Oswald family in the months leading up to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, will be making her first public appearance in recent memory to discuss the historic tragedy and her close personal association and involvement with the Oswalds. Paine became one of the Warren Commission's most important witnesses and provided its most extensive testimony. She currently lives in Sonoma County. “The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later: My Window on the Oswalds” will take place on Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. and be sponsored by The Sonoma Valley Historical Society. A donation of $5 is suggested for Society members and $10 for non-members attending the event.

Info: 574 1st Street East, Sonoma.

Rejoice in Latino culture

Since 2010, the Fiesta de Independencia has commemorated Mexican Independence Day and celebrated the fascinating history of the Latino people in a fun and family-friendly way. This year's fiesta, which takes place on Sept. 14 at the Wells Fargo Center, will be no different. Featuring food, music, games, a car show, and a salsa competition, this free event takes place from 1-6 p.m.

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

Wine Country Art at Upstairs Gallery

Large scale and expansive views of vineyards have become a trademark of Laura Roney's paintings, a passion fueled by her family's wine business. Roney's paintings will be on display at the Upstairs Art Gallery through September. An artist's reception will be on Saturday, Sept. 14, 5-8 p.m. Drop by for a glass of wine and other refreshments.

Info: 306 Center St., Healdsburg.

Visit the Renaissance city of Fenford, Sebastopol

Much Ado About Sebastopol returns to Ives Park on Sept. 14 and 15 with another look at life in the late 16th century. From 10 a.m.-6 p.m., guests can partake in entertainment such as storytelling and archery, shopping at the marketplace, and paying a visit to the Lagunitas-sponsored Pip and Vine Tavern. Single day tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, and weekend passes are $25 for adults and $15 for students.

Info: 481-8213, Ives Park, 7400 Willow St., Sebastopol.

Gershwin tunes in Sonoma

Cinnabar Theater's Gershwin in the Garden features the sophisticated anthems from George and Ira Gershwin. Famed contralto Denise Perrier will team up with her eight-piece orchestra to bring you these hits immortalized in film and on Broadway. The evening begins at 4 p.m. on Sept. 15. Tickets for the concert are $25, and for $50 you can attend the concert as well as the subsequent BBQ dinner.

Info: 763-8920, 200 Queens Lane, Petaluma.

Do you love Paris?

Architecture, travel, food and wine, this class has it all. Beginning Sept. 18, and continuing on Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, from 7-9 p.m., Steve Rabinowitsh, SRJC instructor, and Chef Christine Piccin, confessed fanatique of la cuisine française, will lead students through the City of Light via maps, walking tours, French recipes and wines and cheeses. “Why We Love Paris” is a class for all lovers of Paris, whether you have been there many times or you're still at the trip-planning stage. It will be held in the new SRJC Culinary Center at the Santa Rosa Campus. The fee is $110.

Info: 527-4372,

Bookworms unite!

The 14th annual Sonoma County Book Festival, the oldest general interest book festival in Northern California, features national, Bay Area and local writers, book readings and signings, books for sale, panels of writers and publishers, poets and authors of young adult and children's books, and workshops and round tables for writers and publishers. The popular teen poetry slam returns with cash prizes. Entertainment and activities for children abound. Book lovers, authors, poets, early readers, story-lovers, writers, and book sellers can enjoy a full day of literature, poetry and entertainment for the entire family on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free.

Info: Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa Campus (1501 Mendocino Avenue).


The first annual PAWS & PAWSTA gala, on Sept. 22 beneath the oaks of Richard's Grove and Saralee's Vineyard, will benefit Sonoma County animal care and future animal care in Healdsburg. Art Ibleto, Sonoma County's renowned and generous Pasta King, will serve up a grand meal of pasta, BBQ tri-tip and polenta complemented by award-winning wines from Kendall-Jackson. There will be a puppy-kissing booth, cameos by some of the adorable pets looking for homes, live music, silent and live auctions and more. Presale tickets are $50 each and reserved tables for eight are $500.


Celebrate the future

The North Bay Black Chamber of Commerce will host its 7th annual “Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow” fundraising gala and dinner, benefitting local youth programs, mentoring, and scholarships for high school and college students. The dinner will be held on Friday, Sept. 27, from 5-11 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. Please RSVP by Sept. 16.

Info: 888-846-5155. 8400 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor.

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