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Out, About & Around the County: 10/01/2014

Out, About & Around the County

Beasts of the botanical world

In honor of everybody's favorite spooky holiday, the Valley of the Moon Garden Club's monthly meeting is switching it up a bit. Instead of the usual guest speaker, the Oct. 2 meeting will have a Halloween theme with a presentation on the 10 deadliest plants from your garden and a reading from New York Times bestseller Wicked Plants. Before the meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m., there will be a plant sale from 5-6:15 p.m. offering choices of succulents, fall flowers, and vegetables.

Info: 126 1st St. West, Sonoma.

Opera a la Carte

The famous opera “La Boheme” comes to St. Luke Lutheran Church in Santa Rosa on Thurs. Oct. 2, thanks to Opera a la Carte, which brings classic opera to students throughout the Bay Area. Joining professional San Francisco Opera performers with St. Luke students, this will be a student-friendly version of La Boheme. Show starts at 2 p.m.

Info: 545-6772, 905 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Afghanistan update

“Insider's View: Afghanistan Update” is the title of the Oct. 2 meeting of the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County. Theodore Eliot, former U.S.-Afghanistan diplomat, will detail the personal conversations he shared with both candidates in Afghanistan's most recent election in order to paint a picture of the country's current status. No charge for members. A donation of $5 is requested of visitors. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m.

Info: 573-6014, 5555 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa.

Insight into Native American culture

Nick Tipon is a member of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, a federally recognized tribe made up of Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo people. At this Oct. 3 event sponsored by the Sonoma Valley Historical Society, Tipon promises audience members a fascinating look into how tribal cultures have changed over time and what needs to be done in order to preserve them. A donation of $5 is suggested for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Info: 938-1762, 574 1st St. East, Sonoma.

Before the Vine exhibit

Explore Sonoma Valley's successful agricultural history and learn about the farms, orchards, poultry ranches and dairies that helped feed an entire nation. “Before the Vine” is a new exhibit at the Sonoma Valley Historical Society's Depot Park Museum with historic artifacts from the culinary collection of Kathleen Hill. Items will show how the bountiful products from Sonoma Valley were prepared around 100 years ago. Exhibit opens Oct. 3, with a Grand Opening Reception on Friday, Oct. 10 from 4-6:30 p.m. Free.

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

Explore the rancho culture

On Oct. 4, the Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park is revisiting the 1840s with an afternoon of fandango. Traditionally held to welcome the arrival of autumn, a fandango is an informal dance party accompanied by traditional Mexican music. From 12-4 p.m., watch local Sonoma County Pomo Dancers and learn how to perform the steps yourself. Admission for adults (age 17 and older) is $3, children (age 6 to 16) are $2, and ages 5 and under are free.

Info: 762- 4871. 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma.

A most egg-cellent breakfast

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Rosa is a local organization which supports youth programs from the Boy Scouts to the Santa Rosa Symphony's youth music academy, to the “Reading is Fundamental” program in local elementary schools. They are throwing an omelet breakfast at the Santa Rosa Veteran's Hall from 7:30-11:30 a.m. on Oct. 4 in order to raise funds. Tickets are $15 at the door for adults, $12 for pre-purchase. Children 7 and younger eat for free.

Info: 523-0766. 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa.

Snow Leopards in the wilds of Mongolia

The Snow Leopard Conservancy invites the community to a special screening on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Sebastiani Theater in Sonoma. The Leopard in the Land, a film by James McEachen, documents Disney designer Joe Rohde's expedition to remote Mongolia by camel, horse, and jeep to make paintings in the wilds of Mongolia, and raise funds to help save snow leopards. The film begins at 3 p.m., reception and exhibition of Rohde's work at 4 p.m. Cost is $10.

Info: 476 1st St. East, Sonoma.

Ragtime at the Library

The Sonoma Valley Regional Library hosts local composer and conductor John Partridge, on Oct. 8 at 6 p.m., to discuss the origins and development of ragtime music. Ragtime is a uniquely American type of music that took the world by storm in the 1890s. Partridge will accompany his talk with slides and musical examples on the piano, and show the influence ragtime had on many other kinds of popular music. This event is free and open to the public.

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

Plight of the pelican

Last year, a confused pelican landed in the middle of the Golden Gate Bridge, causing a massive traffic jam. This bird, “Gigi,” acts as the lens through which filmmaker Judy Irving examines how urbanization is affecting the bay and its encompassing coastline in her new film Pelican Dreams. Irving will visit the Sonoma Veteran's Memorial Building on Oct. 8. at 8 p.m. to discuss the film's journey. Admission is $8 at the door.

Info: 939-8007, 126 1st St. West, Sonoma.

War - what is it good for?

The autumn edition of Dialogues for the World, facilitated by local author and psychotherapist Katy Byrne, focuses on the themes of war and rage and is designed to open up a conversation about solutions to these world problems. The forum will explore sources of anger and methods of dealing with it, and encourage participants to share questions, insights and stories. Dialogues for the World will take place on Oct. 9 at Taste of the Himalayas Restaurant in Sonoma, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Seating is limited.

RSVP: 584-8982,, 464 1st St. East, Sonoma.

Get horrified this Halloween!

Do you think haunted houses are childish and boring? The Blind Scream haunted houses, arriving in Penngrove on Oct. 10, will change your mind. The 20,000 square feet of warehouse space contains three terrifying attractions, each with its own separate theme, geared to scare even the most jaded of adults. Consult the website for more information...if you dare!

Info:, 1500 Valley House Dr., Penngrove.

Be a Viking for a day

Freya Lodge Sons of Norway is having their 28th Annual Vikingfest on Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Norway Hall in Santa Rosa. The festivities include a Taste of Norway lunch, Viking photo booth, live Viking reenactments, Scandinavian vendors, imported foods, fresh waffles, a raffle, and more. There will also be cultural displays, Nordic arts and crafts, and a remembrance of Leif Erikson. Come be a Viking for a day!

Info: 894-1807, 617 West Ninth St., Santa Rosa.

What's the buzz?

Though many cringe when they see a bee buzz by, the insect is extremely beneficial for your garden's health. At the Bee Garden Workshop at the Sonoma Garden Park on Oct. 11, U.C. Berkeley bee expert Jaime Pawelek will advise you on which plants attract our pollinating pals as well as coach you through planting, spacing, and irrigation methods. Online registration is open to the general public for $20 and Sonoma Ecology Center members for $15.

Info: 996-0712, ext. 111, 19996 7th St. East, Sonoma.

How to climb the literary ladder

Authors Susan Keller, Stefanie Freele, and Anita Amirrezvani will be featured on a Redwood Writers panel, Oct. 12 from 3-5 p.m. at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. The three accomplished writers will discuss their experiences with entering writing contests as well as submitting work to journals and anthologies to gain clout as aspiring authors. Tickets are $5 for members and $8 for nonmembers.

Info: 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

Editorial cartoonists at Schulz Museum

The folks over at the Schulz Museum have assembled a panel of some of the most legendary editorial cartoonists of our day: Steve Benson of the Arizona Republic, Kal of The Economist, Tom Tomorrow of “This Modern World,” and nationally syndicated cartoonist Jen Sorensen. On Oct. 12 at 11 a.m., these editorial geniuses will discuss the challenges they face in a social media-dominated world in which everyone's opinions are visible.

Info: 579-4452, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Fall fun at Tolay Lake

The annual Tolay Fall Festival has been entertaining children and adults for years. It's a seasonal celebration connecting visitors with the beauty and history of this special park. Running Oct. 11-12 and 18-19, the festival features a pumpkin patch, animal exhibits, hayrides, arts and crafts, and much more. Don't miss it - this year's festival promises to be the best one yet. Weekend hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under.

Info: 5869 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma.

Ol' fashioned farm festivity

For 42 years, the Shone Farm has been used as a field laboratory for students in the SRJC Agriculture and Natural Resources program. Now the farm is offering the public the chance to explore the ins and outs of farm operations for free at their first ever Fall Festival on Oct. 11. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m., visitors can participate in pumpkin picking, arts and crafts, farm tours, apple pressing, and more.

Info: 7450 Steve Olson Lane, Forestville.

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