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Out, About & Around the County: 11/01/2014

Out, About & Around the County

Crack open your creativity at Studio 35

Numerous art classes are being offered this month at Studio 35 in Sonoma: on Mondays, Beginning Oil Painting with Dee Dushkes; on Thursdays, Cracking Open Your Creative Genius with Gina Roman; on Saturdays, Creative Drawing with Jane Antee, and Creative Collage Creations with Robert Coury; on Sundays, Lace Knitting with Suzanne da rosa. Also on Sunday, Nov. 9, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., is Beginning Oil Pastels with Tamra Sanchez. See the website for exact dates and times.
Info: 35 Patten St., Sonoma.

Unplug with Olivia Boyd

Artist Olivia Boyd, a master in original hand-painted wine barrel staves and canvas creations, channels her back-packing adventures and photography to capture the splendor of nature. Her newest show, Unplug - Enlighten - Protect, is running now through Jan. 8 at the Eggen & Lance Chapel in Santa Rosa, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A reception will be held on Nov. 13, 5:30-7 p.m.
Info: 545-3747, 1540 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Find your way to relationship happiness

Seeking openness, awareness and fundamental change in your relationships? Sonoma author and teacher Jimmie Lewis will host a workshop called “Love, Laugh, Play … Your Way to Relationship Happiness” at the Sonoma Community Center on Nov. 4, from 7-9 p.m. Workshop topics include how to transform judgment into unconditional love, and how to transform psychological and emotional pain into the joy of love. Lewis is a licensed psychotherapist with a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology. Cost is $15 (advance), $20 (door).
Info: 938-4626, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

All about Biochar

Water conservation, soil improvement, reduced greenhouse emissions ... the innovative and revolutionary (yet simple) technology Biochar has many benefits. On Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-noon, at Swallow Valley Farm in Valley Ford, see how carbon is sequestered when making Biochar. Learn how Biochar can positively affect crop yields and soil health while providing significant conservation benefits.
Info: 996-0712. 1100 Freestone Valley Ford Rd.

Catch some jazz in Cloverdale

The Jazz Club at the Cloverdale Arts Alliance presents the Christian Foley-Beining Group on Nov. 6 at the Cloverdale Arts Alliance from 7:30-10 p.m. The group began in 2011 out of love and respect for the music of Pat Metheny and the Beatles. Come listen to unique arrangements of Metheny's music as well as jazz-style versions of Beatles tunes. Tickets are $15 for Alliance members, and $20 for nonmembers.
Info: 894-8500, 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale.

Wild Kingdom at Wells Fargo

Peter Gros, former co-host and current ambassador of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (currently airing on Animal Planet), will share his exciting animal world, travel experiences, and timeless tales on Nov. 7 at the Wells Fargo Center. Gros will highlight his adventures with a mix of video clips and bloopers while introducing friendly, exotic animals to audience members, and telling inspirational stories dealing with issues of conservation and wildlife filming. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $21 (adult), $16 (child). Free arts & crafts begin at 5:30 p.m.
Info: 546-3600, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.

The creativity of Eleanor Coppola

The first comprehensive retrospective of the artwork of Eleanor Coppola will run Nov. 8-Jan. 25 at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Eleanor Coppola: Quiet, Creative Force will present examples of Coppola's earliest work in design in the 1960s, early art films and conceptual art actions, her work as a costume designer, photographer, documentary filmmaker, and writer, and a large selection of drawings, photographs, sculptures, and collaborative installations. A centerpiece of the exhibition is “Circle of Memory,” a room-sized installation composed of straw bales, photographs, and sound, which create a space for memorializing children who are missing or have died.
Info: 939-7862, 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

Norse mythology through art and music

Dr. Kayleen Asbo will come to Norway Hall in Santa Rosa on Nov. 8, for a presentation on Norse mythology through art and music. Asbo is a cultural historian, musician, writer and teacher who weaves together myth, history and the arts with experiential learning. She is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Osher Life Long Learning Institute at U.C. Berkeley. Social hour starts at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30, and the presentation at 7:15. Program/dinner $22 for Sons of Norway members/$27 nonmembers; program only $12 for members/$17 nonmembers. Kids 8-14 half price.
Info: 996-9889, 617 W. 9th St., Santa Rosa.

Peanuts in Wonderland at the Schulz Museum

Charles Schulz kept more than one copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll in his library. Beginning in January 1958, and for many years thereafter, he featured the story in Peanuts. Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Sally all read the book aloud, and Snoopy liked to show off his disappearing “Cheshire Beagle trick.” The Charles M. Schulz Museum celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in the upcoming Peanuts in Wonderland exhibition, running Nov. 8 through April 26. The exhibition features 11 original Peanuts strips, Archie and Pogo artwork, and explores Alice in illustration, comic books, and animation.
Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

What's Your Book?

Get ready to bring new life into your book project with the help of writing coach Brooke Warner on Nov. 9, 3-5 p.m., at the Flamingo Hotel. “What's Your Book?” will be an interactive discussion helping authors think about their ideas and concepts, as well as their belief systems and where they get stuck in their writing. Admission is $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers. Sponsored by Redwood Writers.
Info: 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

Sonic bliss in Sebastopol

Phutureprimitive is the moniker of Bay Area producer and songwriter Rain, who comes to the HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol on Nov. 13. Early childhood photos reveal Rain sitting at the piano plinking keys, grinning from ear to ear. Rain was later drawn to electronic music and after beginning a DJ career in the 90s, he began incorporating the music from his home studio into his DJ sets. Lush melodies drift across intricate rhythms, groove-heavy beats and warm, fuzzy bass lines. Also performing will be Zack Darling and Reliable Reilly. Show begins at 9 p.m. Cost: $20.
Info: 829-7300, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol.

Tattoos and Printmaking in one exhibit

Indelibly Yours: The Tattoo Project, a new art exhibit at Santa Rosa Junior College, runs Nov. 12 through Dec. 12 at the Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery. There will be an opening reception on Nov. 13, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore works of two art forms - tattoos and printmaking - and learn about the connections between them. Admission is free.
Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

SRJC Chamber Concert Series

The Santa Rosa Junior College Chamber Concert Series features the New Esterhazy Quartet on Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Bertolini Student Center on campus in Santa Rosa. The New Esterhazy Quartet is recognized as one of the world's top period instrument quartets, with a core repertoire primarily of Franz Joseph Hayden's 68 quartets. Single tickets are $26, with youth 16 and under $15.
Info: 415-392-4400, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

How sustainable ag could save the planet

At U.C. Davis, efforts are underway to change unhealthy agricultural practices that cause irreversible damage to soil, water, wildlife and other natural systems. Scientists believe the world is approaching a “tipping point” that can't be reversed, and the result would be severe impacts on fisheries, agriculture, clean water, air and much of what the Earth needs to sustain its inhabitants. Professors James F. Quinn and Patrick Huber will be the guest speakers at a Nov. 14 Sonoma Valley Historical Society meeting, 3:30 p.m. at the Sonoma Community Center. They will discuss the school's various programs that address sustainability in California and throughout the world. Admission free.
Info: 938-1762. 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.

Jazz at SRJC

The Music Department of Santa Rosa Junior College presents a jazz concert by the Bennett Friedman Quartet on Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. The performance will feature compositions by John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, and Dizzy Gillespie, in special arrangements by Bennett Friedman. General admission is $10 and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door only. Proceeds benefit the SRJC Foundation Jazz Studies Fund.
Info: 527-4255, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Up your brainpower

The Edgar Cayce Foundation is offering a workshop on “How to Nourish and Heal Your Brain” on Nov. 15, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at FAHA Heritage Hall in Sonoma. Learn how current neuroscience research points to a flexible mind and how the use of different brain modalities can improve your brainpower at any age. Speakers have 60-plus years of combined practical and clinical experiences on this topic.
Info: 935-3853, 197 W. Verano Ave., Sonoma.

Classical guitar at Sonoma Valley Library

Award-winning classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will perform at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library on Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. Fletcher is a New York City-based musician who plays across the country, including four sold out shows at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Guitar International Magazine wrote that, “...(Fletcher's) list of accomplishments are the proof of his success and help to make him a true stand out in the classical guitar world.” The performance is free. Funded by the Sonoma Valley Friends of the Library.
Info: 996-5217, 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Pruning 101

On Nov. 15 at the Guerneville Regional Library, Master Gardener John Bramfitt will discuss a basic approach to pruning, with coverage of general landscaping trees and perennial shrubs, with a focus on fruit trees and specific issues related to them.
Info: 14107 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville.

Sonoma County Philharmonic concert

The Sonoma County Philharmonic (formerly the American Philharmonic - Sonoma County) presents Musical Fantasies, its second concert of the 2014-2015 season, on Nov. 15, 8 p.m., and Nov. 16, 2 p.m. The concert, at Santa Rosa High School, will feature conductor Norman Gamboa, pianist Manuel Matarrita, and the California Redwood Chorale, with works by Dvorak, Mozart, and Beethoven. Premium seating can be reserved for $15. General seating is $10, and students 18 and under are free.
Info: 1-800-838-3006, 1235 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

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