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Out, About & Around the County: 05/01/2014

Out, About & Around the County

Scientist's view of climate change in Bay Area

Climate change will bring rapidly increasing temperatures and drier soil to the Sonoma landscape. On May 2, U.C. Berkeley Professor of Plant Ecology and Evolution David Ackerly will deliver a speech at the Pepperwood preserve that will detail these coming changes and the impact they will have on our local plant life. The talk begins at 7 p.m., and attendance is free.

Info: 591-9310, ext. 204, 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, Santa Rosa.

Local teens perform Broadway play

Cinnabar Theater's Youth Rep is a group of 25 talented teenagers who share a love of musical theater. During the weekends of May 2 and 11, the group will perform the Broadway Caribbean-themed love story Once On This Island. The performances will begin at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for ages 21 and under.

Info: 707-763-8920, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma.

North Bay Sinfonietta concert

North Bay Sinfonietta presents another inaugural season performance on Friday, May 2, at 8 p.m. with conductor Cynthia Weichel and Anthony Collins performing Mozart's Concerto for Alto Trombone, Pfitzner's Scherzo, Wilms' Symphony No. 1, and Cimarosa's Overture to Giannina e Bernardone. General admission is $5 at the door.

Info: First Presbyterian Church, 1550 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa.

Cheap but Grand Arts Guild exhibit

The Arts Guild of Sonoma is holding its annual “Cheap but Grand” exhibition throughout the month of May, with an opening reception May 2 from 6-8 p.m. Guild artists and community members are provided a canvas to create art using any media that will stick to it - paint, collage, clay, fiber, glass, etc. Each will be priced at $100 - cheap but grand!

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

Abraham Lincoln topic at Historical Society

The Sonoma Valley Historical Society offers a presentation on President Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War on Friday, May 2, 2 p.m., at the Depot Park Museum in Sonoma. Mick Chantler, an educator and student of early American and Civil War History, will provide intriguing details about the 16th president, including how he influenced and was influenced by the Civil War.

Info: 938-1762. Depot Park Museum. 270 1st St. West, Sonoma.

See Sonoma County on two wheels

As a part of its Sonomafest 2014 charity benefit, Sonoma Raceway is offering motorcycle riders a chance to see the beauty of Sonoma County and the Pacific Coast during a scenic group ride on May 3. The excursion will last almost a full day, with plenty of stops for photo ops and lunch at Rancho Nicasio. The ride is free, but make sure to bring money for lunch.

Info:, 29355 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.

Maria Carrillo hosts two Spring concerts

The singers at Maria Carrillo High School are hitting the ground running this spring with two performances. The first, on May 3 at 6 p.m., is Jazz & Family Night, a performance from the Jazz Choir and their family and friends. Weather permitting, this concert will be held outside, so bring lawn chairs and a picnic. The second is the official Spring choral concert, set to take place May 15, 16, and 17 at 7 p.m. Admission to both concerts is a $10 donation.

Info: 6975 Montecito Boulevard, Santa Rosa.

Social commentary, Peanuts-style

The golden era of the beloved comic strip Peanuts ran through some of the most tumultuous times in U.S. history. The newest exhibit at the Schulz Museum, titled Social Commentary, takes you back to the 1960s and 70s, when incendiary issues such as racial and gender equality were reflected not only on the front pages but also in comic strips. The exhibit, which opens on May 3, will use original prints as well as reaction letters and contextual artifacts that paint a picture of Schulz as a force for social justice.

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Spring Rhapsody for season finale

Santa Rosa Symphony's season finale celebrates the blossoming and rebirth that is spring, beginning with Debussy's “Printemps.” Jon Kimura Parker displays his talent and dexterity in Rachmaninoff's final, and perhaps most perfect piano concerto “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.” To conclude, Maestro Bruno Ferrandis has chosen Stravinsky's “The Rite of Spring.” Shows are May 3 (8 p.m.), May 4 (3 p.m.) and May 5 (8 p.m.) at the Green Music Center. Tickets range from $20-$80.

Info: 546-8742; 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Tamales for Cinco de Mayo

To celebrate the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo, Cornerstone Sonoma will be putting on its second annual Tamale Cookoff on May 4. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the gardens at Cornerstone will play host to live music, traditional Mexican folk dancing, a raffle, and of course, the sampling of delicious tamales to decide the People's Choice award winner. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 3-12. All proceeds benefit Sonoma Valley schools.

Info: 23570 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.

Calling all stamp collectors

The next meeting of the Santa Rosa Stamp Club will take place on May 6, 7 p.m. at the Lodge at Paulin Creek. The meeting will begin with a brief business discussion followed by a show-and-tell session featuring a myriad of significant philatelic items. Finally, a stamp auction will be conducted.

Info: 2375 Range Ave., Building D, Santa Rosa.

Popular science writer in Petaluma

Compiling a record containing music, sounds from earth, and encoded photographs, and sending that record out into space aboard the twin Voyager 1 spacecraft for potential alien life to discover is on the shortlist of the coolest things ever done. On May 10 at 2 p.m., U.C. Berkeley Professor Timothy Ferris, one of the men behind the Voyager Golden Record, as well as dozens of books and documentaries about space, will speak about the Record and other topics at the Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma campus. The talk is free.

Info:, 680 Mountain Parkway, Petaluma.

Open Mic: your time in the limelight

Do you have a piece of poetry, prose, or music that you've been wanting to perform? On May 10, you will get your chance to share your creation at an open mic hosted by Readers' Books in Sonoma. From 5-7 p.m., come to the store and get your five minutes in the spotlight, or simply relax and enjoy the performances. Tickets are $5.

Info: 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

Benefit for equestrian complex

Find out about the California Equestrian Park and Event Center, an equestrian sports complex being developed in Sonoma County that will include arenas for riding and events, polo fields, a veterinary hospital, and more. A fundraiser for the center takes place on May 10 from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Draper Ranch in Santa Rosa. Event includes BBQ, live music, auction, and equestrian exhibitions. Tickets are $80.

Info: 530 Irwin Lane, Santa Rosa.

Learn how to get published

If you have written work that you're interested in publishing, literary agent Katherine Boyle is coming to the Petaluma Community Center on May 15 to shed some light on the ins and outs of the literary world. From 7-9 p.m., the accomplished agent will provide behind-the-scenes details about being a literary agent. Tickets are $10.

Info: 320 No. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma.

Legendary Bay Area artist's new exhibit

In the last 50 years, William T. Wiley has contributed troves of his works in the Bay Area Funk Art style to exhibitions throughout the world. The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art will be the latest museum to feature the innovative artist with an exhibit titled Wall and Ardor, which runs from May 10 into late June. The exhibit will showcase many of Wiley's drawings and paintings, as well as a replica of a wall from his Marin County studio.

Info: 939-7862, 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

Daily Acts call to environmental action

On May 17 and 18, thousands of Sonoma County residents will rise to the Community Resilience Challenge, a collective call to environmental action sponsored by Daily Acts. To sign up, visit the Daily Acts website below and commit to any number of environmentally responsible actions, ranging from using clotheslines to planting trees. Every action makes a difference!


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