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Out, About & Around the County: 06/01/2014

Out, About & Around the County

Art at the Source open studios

Over the last two decades, the Art at the Source Open Studio Tour has been giving people a chance to step into the world of Sonoma's finest artists along the scenic highways and country roads of Sonoma County. Now entering its 20th year, this year's Art at the Source showcases 165 artists in 99 studios. The studios will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. during the weekends of May 31-June 1 and June 7-8. To plan your tour, refer to the website below.
Info: 829-4797,

Beat the drought in the shade

On June 3, landscape designer Maile Arnold will present “Shade Gardens and Planting Under Trees” as part of the Valley of the Moon Garden Club's lecture series. She will show you how to conserve water by growing your seeds in partial and full shade areas, such as under certain tree canopies. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a meet-and-greet, and the lecture starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free for members and $5 for nonmembers.
Info: 337-3415. Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall, 126 First St. West, Sonoma.

Tuesday night concerts on Healdsburg Plaza

This year's Tuesday night concerts in Healdsburg Plaza are off and running. Coming up for jazz fans are the Groovemasters with Rhonda Benin on June 3; Americana, country and blues tunes from Kay Marie on June 10; and jumpin' swing with Stompy Jones on June 17. The concerts are from 6-8 p.m., and there are food vendors available.
Info: 431-3301,

Calling all stamp collectors!

For all philatelics, ranging from aspiring to obsessed, the next meeting of the Santa Rosa Stamp Club will take place on June 3 at 7 p.m. at the Lodge at Paulin Creek. The meeting will begin with a brief business discussion followed by a talk by George Shalimoff about his collection of Russian-American postal material. Finally, a stamp auction will be conducted.
Info: 2375 Range Ave., Bldg. D, Santa Rosa.

Native Californian land management techniques

When the European settlers first saw the Sonoma County landscape, they were transfixed by its beauty. Little did they know, many of the wildflowers and plentiful resources resulted from the hard work of the Native Americans. On June 6, Santa Rosa Junior College Professor of Anthropology Ben Benson will deliver a speech at the Pepperwood Preserve concerning Native Californian land management techniques from the philosophical, religious, and scientific perspective of the natives. Open house begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the talk at 7 p.m. Attendance is free.
Info: 591-9310, ext. 204. 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, Santa Rosa.

Head to Cloverdale for live music

Friday Night Live at the Plaza is back for another summer season at the downtown Cloverdale Farmers Market on June 6. The market opens at 5:30 p.m. and live music starts at 6:30 p.m. Pop, blues and rock artist Shana Morrison will perform on June 6, with North Bay's own Linda Ferro Band opening. Bring your own lawn chair as seating/chairs are not provided and the concert seating area is limited. Craft beer, local wines, and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase by the glass.
Info: 894-4410,

Arts Guild of Sonoma exhibit

The first artist being shown at this month's exhibition of artwork from the Arts Guild of Sonoma is Brian Martinelli, a mixed-media artist whose dream-inspired pieces use fabricated metal to explore connections with other media such as drawing, painting, and sewing. The other artist is Michael Mudd, a photographer who will present his collection Barn Dance, a series of 10 abstract and expressionistic shots of classic Sonoma barns. A reception will be held at the guild on June 6 from 6-8 p.m.
Info: 996-3115, 140 East Napa Street, Sonoma.

Spice up your writing

Just as the best chefs know which ingredients and spices will get people scrambling for more, writers must also be in tune with what readers crave in their stories. Susanne Lakin, author of more than a dozen novels, is coming to the Flamingo Hotel on June 8 to talk to Redwood Writer members and any other interested parties about techniques used by best-selling novelists in order to make their scenes sizzle. Cost is $5 for members and $8 for nonmembers.
Info: 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

Thursday night music on Windsor Town Green

Thursday evenings are hopping from 5-8 p.m. in Windsor on the Town Green, with a farmers market, food vendors, family lawn games, and live concerts. Upcoming musical performances are Shannon Rider and The Ride on June 12, Tommy Castro and the Painkillers on June 19, and Gator Nation on June 26. Music is from 6-8 p.m. each evening.

Still a long walk to freedom

“South Africa after Mandela” is the topic of the June 13 noon luncheon meeting of the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County. Dr. Jessica Piombo, professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, will detail the progress of South Africa over the last 20 years of democracy and the challenges it still has to face after the death of national hero Nelson Mandela. Cost is $26 for members and $31 for nonmembers. Send checks by June 5 to World Affairs Council, Box 1433, Santa Rosa, 95402.
Info: 573-6014, 3555 Round Barn Blvd., Santa Rosa.

Irish harpist performs in Sonoma

Acclaimed by critics for her ability to transport listeners to faraway lands, Irish harpist Diana Rowen will be performing at the Sonoma Valley Library on June 14 at 2 p.m. Rowen combines virtuosic technique with folk sensibilities to create her powerful music, which ranges from traditional to completely unique.
Info: 755 West Napa Street, Sonoma.

Rock out at Blue Rose Ball

To commemorate the life of the recently passed Joseph Capone, the Sebastiani Theatre is bringing you the Blue Rose Ball on June 14, a fundraiser with a stacked music lineup for the benefit of Capone's scholarship fund at the Old Adobe School in Sonoma. Featuring members of the Grateful Dead extended family such as Mark Karan, Josh Joplin, and Steve Forbert, the Ball is your excuse to rock out while supporting a great cause. Festivities begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $100.
Info: 476 First Street East Sonoma.

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