Out, About & Around the County
21st century raptors
On Nov. 1, Pepperwood Preserve will host another of its Discover Nature lectures, “The 21st Century Raptor.” Starting at 7 p.m., Golden Gate Raptor Observatory Director Allen Fish will walk you through the recent changes in California raptor populations as well as the current challenges that they face. The talk is free, and reservations are not necessary.
Info: www.pepperwoodpreserve.org. 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, Santa Rosa.
Celtic harp concert
On Nov. 1, The Glaser Center in Santa Rosa will feature three of the world's foremost Celtic harp players, Lisa Lynne, Patrick Ball, and Aryeh Frankfurter, as part of the theatrical “Legends of the Celtic Harp” tour. Tickets for the hauntingly beautiful performance are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
Info: 568-5381, www.glasercenter.com. 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
LifeRing Secular Recovery
LifeRing Secular Recovery has support groups for people wanting to end their cycles of alcohol and drug addiction. There are meetings every Friday, 5:45-6:45 p.m. at Sonoma Valley Hospital in Sonoma. LifeRing encourages individuals to build a recovery program based on sobriety, secularity, and self-help.
Info: 343-5623, www.lifering.org. 347 Andrieux St., Sonoma.
Classic drama at 6th Street Playhouse
A stage adaptation of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,” a classic good vs. evil story about the charismatic McMurphy rebelling against the tyrannical Nurse Ratched at an Oregon psychiatric hospital, is now playing on weekends at 6th Street Playhouse's GK Hardt Theater. Last performance is Nov. 10, so purchase tickets ASAP!
Info: www.6thstreetplayhouse.com/box-office/buy-tickets/. 52 West 6th St., Santa Rosa.
Veterans Day with the Redwood Writers
In remembrance of Veterans Day, “honor” will be the theme of the readings at the Redwood Writers' Library Open Mic on Nov. 2. The event takes place at the Santa Rosa Central Library from 10 a.m.-noon, so if you have written work you'd like to share with the public, don't miss this opportunity.
Info: 545-0831, www.redwoodwriters.org. 211 E St., Santa Rosa.
New Exhibit at Schulz Museum
“Starry, Starry Night” is the title of the upcoming exhibit at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Starting on Nov. 2, the museum will display 40 strips that explore and celebrate the night sky in classic Peanuts fashion. In addition to the strips, there will be a constellation board, a planet walk, telescope viewing, and more. For museum hours and admission fees, please refer to the website below.
Info: www.schulzmuseum.org. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.
Satirist Zimmerman at Cinnabar
Reminiscent of legendary satirist Jim Lehrer, Roy Zimmerman is coming to Sonoma County on Nov. 3 with a show titled “Roy Zimmerman Offers Bad Advice.” Having shared a stage with everyone from George Carlin to Bill Clinton, there is no doubt that Roy's devastatingly funny lyrics will leave the audience with split sides. The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20.
Info: 763-8920, www.cinnabartheater.org. 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma.
Celebrate Newah Nepal New Year
The Newah Organization of America Northern California Chapter invites the community to celebrate Happy Newah New Year 2013 on Nov. 3, 11 a.m., at the Santa Rosa Afternoon Club. There will be a Mha Puja, an annual ritual performed by the Newar people of Nepal to purify and empower the soul as part of New Year celebrations. Tickets are $35, $10 for kids, children under 5 are free.
Info: 978-2369, email@example.com. 430 10th St., Santa Rosa.
Get a taste of The Stew
The Defying Gravity Gals are a Sonoma-based group of women whose love of singing is matched by their knack for zany humor. On Nov. 5 and 6, they will be performing their newest show, “The Stew,” at the Sonoma Community Center. The show, which begins at 7 p.m., will consist of a variety of musical performances interspersed with spoofs of your favorite talk shows. Tickets are $20.
Info: 938-4626, www.svbo.org. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.
An evening withPearls Before Swine
Stephan Pastis, the author of the critically acclaimed comic strip Pearls Before Swine, is coming to Santa Rosa High School on Nov. 6. The cartoonist will be in town to promote his newest book, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made. The event is free and will begin at 7 p.m.
Info: 571-7747, www.srhsf.org. 1235 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
Places of refuge
In the first lecture of a three-part series about Native Americans, put together by California State Parks, Dr. Tsim Schneider will examine the archaeology of Spanish missionization in Marin and Sonoma counties and the creative ways Indians built connections to countless “places of refuge” orbiting the missions. This lecture takes place on Nov. 7 at the historic Mission San Francisco Solano in Sonoma. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 7. Admission is $10 at the door.
Info: 938-9560, www.parks.ca.gov. 114 E. Spain Street, Sonoma.
Sonoma County landscapes at Healdsburg gallery
Having grown up in the wilderness of northern Manitoba, Canada, painter Cynthia Jackson-Hein draws from her connection with nature in order to paint her “soft impressionist-style” landscapes of unique Sonoma County vistas. Jackson-Hein's work will be featured at the Upstairs Art Gallery in Healdsburg throughout November, with a reception on Nov. 9 beginning at 5 p.m., complete with refreshments and a chance to meet the artist.
Info: 431-4214, www.upstairsartgallerysite.com. 306 Center St., Healdsburg.
Andean Music and Dance in Sonoma
A Celebration of Andean Music and Dance will take place Nov. 10, 1:30-5 p.m., at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall. Two outstanding musical groups will be on hand for a concert to benefit Chicuchas Wasi Alternative School for Girls in Cusco, Peru. There will be a pre-concert reception, silent auction, and beverages and small bites served. Tickets are $35 (kids under 12 are $10).
Info: 939-7162, www.chicuchaswasi.org. 126 First Street West, Sonoma.
Support The Living Room
The Living Room, a program for homeless women and children, is having a Pasta Party fundraiser and 20th Anniversary celebration on Nov. 10, 3-6 p.m. at the Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa. There will be live music, silent auction, and beer and wine. Tickets are $20 for adults; children 12 and under are free with registration and must be accompanied by an adult.
Info: 579-0138 x3, www.thelivingroomsc.org. 550 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
Beer, cider & spirits
Join the owners of local brewing companies such as Lagunitas, Russian River, and Bear Republic at the first ever Sonoma County Beer, Cider & Spirits Conference at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel. The conference, which takes place Nov. 12, 1-6 p.m., will address the current state of the craft beverage industry. At the end of the afternoon there will be a trade show and a tasting session featuring many local craft beverages and artisanal foods. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by emailing the address below.
Info: firstname.lastname@example.org . 170 Railroad St., Santa Rosa.
Catch Wit at Sonoma Community Center
To close out its season of staged readings, the Sonoma Readers Theatre is putting on a production of Wit on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. Wit is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a renowned English professor's transformation as she undergoes treatment for ovarian cancer. Admission for the reading, which will be performed on the Rotary Stage at the Sonoma Community Center, is $14.
Info: 938-4626, www.svbo.org. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.
Calling all Sonoma County Republicans
The theme of the next Sonoma Valley Republican Women's luncheon is “Living under Communist Rule.” Join the group at The Lodge at Sonoma on Nov. 14 as they invite former Czechoslovakia residents to share their experiences of living under a communist regime and successfully emigrating to the United States. To reserve your spot for the luncheon, which begins at 11 a.m., call the number below.
Info: 939-1029, 1325 Broadway, Sonoma.
World Affairs Council focus on Cyprus
The World Affairs Council Sonoma County will present, “Cyprus: A Country Shaped by History” on Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Rosa. Retired United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Gus Feissel will examine the events that shaped Cyprus' political and cultural development and contributed to problems dominating Cypriots' lives for more than half a century. This event is free to all.
Info: 573-6014, www.wacsc.org. 1550 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa.
All about hydrangeas
Master Gardener Carlyss Van Ness is offering a workshop on hydrangeas at the Rincon Valley Library on Nov. 16, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Learn about water saving techniques, fertilizing, pruning methods, hydrangea varieties, and more.
Info: 565-2608. 6958 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.
American Philharmonic - Polish Inspiration
The American Philharmonic Sonoma County presents “Polish Inspiration”, a concert featuring conductor Norman Gamboa and pianist Alice Zhu, with works by Tchaikovsky and Chopin. Zhu is a Bay Area high school student and international contest prize winner. Concert dates are Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 2 p.m., and will take place at Santa Rosa High School's Performing Arts Auditorium. Tickets range from $5 to $15.
Info: 1-800-838-3006, www.apsonoma.org, 1235 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.