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Out, About & Around the County: 05/15/2014

Out, About & Around the County

Stock up on used books, DVDs and more

Are you in need of books, DVDs, records, or VHS tapes? If so, be sure to check out the Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library book sale. The sale runs Thursday, May 15, and Friday, May 16, from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nothing is priced at more than $2, and students grades K-12 are entitled to one free selection.

Info: 996-5217, 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma.

Annadel trail work day

Help repair trails in Annadel State Park on May 17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Meet at the Warren Richardson Trail parking lot at the east end of Channel Dr. and look for the white Trails Council tool trailer. Bring a daypack with lunch, water, gloves, hat, long pants, sturdy shoes, and sunscreen. Parking passes and tools provided. No experience necessary. If you plan to attend, email

Info: 538-9389,

Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival

The 120th Annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival will be held Saturday, May 17. This year's theme is “Heroes & Helpers,” honoring all those who have made a difference in our community. The parade starts at 10 a.m., at Sonoma Ave. and E St., ending at Julliard Park for a Festival of Family Fun from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be family activities, food vendors, live entertainment, and more.

Info: 523-3728,

Bike Safety Rodeo

Families with children ages five-13 are invited to the Sonoma Bicycle Coalition's 2nd annual free Safety Rodeo on May 17. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Bicycle Coalition volunteers will be at the Rohnert Park Community Center back parking lot to fit helmets, provide bike inspections, and teach children proper bicycling skills. Participating children are awarded a novelty “bicycle license” upon completing the course.

Info: 5401 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.

British accent for Sonoma Valley Chorale

“The British are coming! The British are coming!” is the theme of the Sonoma Valley Chorale's concert featuring British composers and a wide variety of their music. Highlights will be a medley of songs by the Beatles, adapted for choral singing, and “A Tribute to Queen,” as well as a variety of pieces by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The concert will be performed at the Sonoma Veterans' Building on Saturday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors and $12 for children 10 and under, and are available at Pharmaca, the UPS Store in Sonoma, or at the door.

Info: 1st St. W, Sonoma.

Students' Mission projects on display

History papers and projects researched by Sonoma Valley's fourth-graders are on display now through Memorial Day weekend in the Theater Room at the Sonoma Barracks in Sonoma. California history is a mainstay in the curriculum of fourth grade students across the state. Annually hundreds of students, teachers and parents visit Sonoma to explore the Sonoma Mission, the Barracks, Mariano Vallejo's home, and the Toscano Hotel. Sponsored by the Sonoma/Petaluma State Parks Association.

Info: East Spain St. and 1st St. East in Sonoma.

“Plarachterization” discussed

Since his debut novel released in 2009, San Francisco-based writer Joshua Mohr has racked up accolades from the New York Times, O Magazine, SF Gate, and others. The Redwood Writers will host the up-and-coming author on May 18 from 3-5 p.m. at the Flamingo Hotel. The topic of the discussion will be what Mohr calls “plarachterization,” which is the use of character in order to craft an engaging plot. Admission is $5 for members, and $8 for nonmembers.

Info: 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

New information about Sonoma Barracks, Swiss Hotel

The Swiss Hotel on the Sonoma Plaza is the location and also the featured topic of the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation's quarterly meeting on Wednesday, May 21. Swiss Hotel owner Hank Marioni will speak about the history of the hotel and the structure. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.The meeting is from 5:30-7 p.m. Then on Thursday, May 29, at the Sonoma Barracks, Dr. Peter Meyerhof will present the lecture, “Rediscovery of the Lost Sonoma Mission Padre's Quarters.” This presentation sheds an entirely new light on the much larger original building and the use of its many rooms, both on the ground floor and the large attic. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for the general public, and $5 for members of the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation or the Sonoma State Parks Association.

Info: 938-0169,

9/11 monument in Santa Rosa for Memorial Day

Built in 2011 to commemorate the 10 year remembrance of the 9/11 attacks, the Global War on Terrorism Wall of Remembrance is traveling the United States so that everyone can have a chance to pay their respects to the victims of the horrible tragedy as well as to the courageous soldiers who died in uniform protecting our country overseas. The wall will be open around the clock to the public at Santa Rosa Memorial Park from May 23-26.

Info: 707-542-1580, 1900 Franklin Ave., Santa Rosa.

Art from the Land of the Rising Sun

The Matsuri! Japanese Arts Festival has been offering Sonoma County residents insight into Japanese culture for four years. This year's edition, on May 24 at Juilliard Park and the surrounding SOFA arts district, promises to be the most enriching yet. The cultural festivities include Taiko drumming, martial arts demonstrations, traditional dancing and singing, and more. The festival is free and will run from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Info: 227 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa.

Award-winning documentary screened in Sonoma

On May 24, the Sonoma Ecology Center will host a free screening of the new documentary The Organic Life at Sonoma Garden Park. In the film, director Casey Beck details a year in her boyfriend's life as he struggles with being a small, independent farmer. After premiering in October of 2013, the film has received much acclaim, going on to win Best Feature at the Santa Cruz Film Festival. The showing begins at 8 p.m.

Info: 19996 7th St. East, Sonoma.

Concert by gifted Russian pianist

Acclaimed by publications such as the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, Russian Jura Margulis is one of the most highly regarded pianists of our time. He will be performing works by Schumann and Liszt as well as his own arrangements on May 24 at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Students get in free.

Info: 778-4398, 20 4th St., Petaluma.

Honky-tonk kicks off Cloverdale summer lineup

Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys are a Grammy-nominated, downhome blues band coming all the way from Nashville, Tennessee. They will be the first band of many to be featured in Cloverdale's summer-long Friday evening concert series, performing in the plaza on May 30. Every Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m., various musical guests will be on tap at the Cloverdale Farmer's Market.

Info: Cloverdale Downtown Plaza.

Figaro, Figaro, Fiiiiigaro…

The continuation of Rossini's iconic comedy The Barber of Seville, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro has been entertaining audiences for centuries with its saucy jokes, witty characters, and gorgeous love songs. Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma will be putting on an English adaptation of the Mozart masterpiece running from May 30 to June 15. Tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for ages 21 and under.

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

Brazilian music at Sonoma Library

The Sonoma Valley Library will host the Brazilian band Rua Samba on Saturday, May 31, at 2 p.m. Rua Samba explores a wide variety of Brazilian music including samba, choro, bossa nova, and balao. The music, some of which dates to the early 1930s, reveals a culture rich in lovely melodies and exciting rhythms. Band members are Philip Van Gelder on guitar, Sandy Feldhorn on flute, sax, and percussion, and Dan McGee on bass. This program is free and open to the public.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Cowboy Cab Benefit

Sonoma Valley Teen Services is putting on its annual Cowboy Cab benefit on June 7 at the historic Sonoma Barracks. From 6-10 p.m., enjoy a fun-filled, country casual event with plenty of cowboy grub, beverages, and boot-stompin' music by Tommy Thomsen. Tickets are $65. Sonoma Valley Teen Services provides many employment and career resources for over 500 Sonoma Valley teens. Programs include running micro-businesses, participating in internships, and securing employment.

Info: 812-3960, 36 East Spain St., Sonoma.

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