Out, About & Around the County
All stamp collectors are invited to the Dec. 2 meeting of the Santa Rosa Stamp Club at 7 p.m. in Building D at the Lodge at Paulin Creek. Following a brief business session, Quiz Master George Land will try to stump collectors with his annual philatelic quiz. An auction of interesting stamps will follow.
Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. 2375 Range Ave., Santa Rosa.
Jazz at the JC
The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Jazz Combos, directed by Bennett Friedman, presents its Fall Concert on Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. This performance will feature new arrangements of compositions by Thelonious Monk, George Shearing, Miles Davis, Horace Silver, and Chick Corea among others. Guest artist will be trombonist Mitch Butler. Butler has performed with many jazz greats including Billy Taylor, Curtis Fuller, Tom Harrell and Branford Marsalis. Parking is $4, concert admission $5. Tickets available only at the door. Proceeds benefit the SRJC Foundation Jazz Studies Fund.
Info: 527-4249, www.santarosa.edu/music/concerts.php. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
Share the love
Redwood Gospel Mission's Shoes & Coats Drive runs now through Dec. 7 at Fleet Feet Sports in Santa Rosa. Bring in a gently used coat or pair of shoes for someone in need and receive $10 off apparel or $10 off shoes for your donation.
Info: 111 Third Street, Santa Rosa.
Holiday cheer at 6th Street Playhouse
Running now through Dec. 21, 6th Street Playhouse presents the original holiday melodrama Jolly Juliana or Her Fruitcake Has Nuts. Complete with songs and holiday participation, don't miss this delightful, heart-warming, extravaganza commemorating the roots of American theatre. Sing along, hiss, boo and cheer for a villain, hero and heroine! A merry company of players will bring you a menagerie of entertainment sure to be a highlight of your holiday season.
Info: 6thstreetplayhouse.com, 52 W. 6th Street, Santa Rosa.
Christmas a cappella concert
Sonoma County's premier a cappella choral ensemble, Cantiamo Sonoma, presents a cozy winter performance on Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. in the candlelit sanctuary of St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church. Audience members will enjoy beautiful holiday-themed choral gems from composers such as Tavener, Howells, Britten, and many more.
Info: www.cantiamosonoma.org. 90 Mountain View Ave., Santa Rosa.
Join The Cloverdale Arts Alliance and the Sonoma County Chamber Singers in heralding the holiday season with top-notch choral music at “Tidings…of Great Song” at the United Church of Cloverdale on Friday, Dec. 5. The program will include a special presentation of Kevin A. Memley's “Magnificat,” a fresh setting of the traditional Song of Mary with driving rhythms guaranteed to excite and sure to warm the winter chill. Music begins 7:30 p.m. The concert is free, but donations are accepted.
Info: 430 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale.
Art, wine and Santa
Becoming Independent's Professional Artists program has reached new heights. On Dec. 6, from 5-8 p.m., Becoming Independent will host a holiday open house in Santa Rosa. Come check out new work, meet the artists, and have fun in Santa's workshop!
Info: www.biarts.org, email@example.com. 14455 Corporate Center Parkway, Santa Rosa.
Sonoma Hometown Band
The Sonoma Hometown Band is a group of local musicians of all ages and backgrounds who present free concerts and musical accompaniment at some of Sonoma's public events such as Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. This December, the Sonoma Hometown Band will perform two concerts to celebrate the holidays. Conducted by John Partridge, on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., the band will perform “A Big Night” at Burlingame Hall, UCC Church in Sonoma. The doors open at 6 p.m. and local wines will be offered for your enjoyment. The program will feature “A Christmas Festival,” “A Night at the Ballet,” “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” and other classics. At 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, the band will play a concert as part of the activities at The Lighting of The Snowmen, at Cornerstone Gardens. Admission to both events is free. Donations are always welcome.
Info: UCC Church, 252 W Spain St., Sonoma. Cornerstone Gardens, 23570 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.
Floral design, worms and safety
Sonoma County Master Gardeners present three free workshops on Dec. 6, all from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. “Holiday Floral Design from the Garden,” at the Petaluma Regional Library, will teach participants about the lore, legend and secrets of making wreaths, swags and table décor using materials from your own garden. In Rincon Valley, Master Gardener Jennifer Roberts will cover all aspects of worm composting in “Wonderful World of Worms.” And at “Safe Gardening: Avoiding Injury and Illness,” in Rohnert Park, Master Gardener and Occupational Nurse Lois Temple will present a workshop for home gardeners focusing on common gardening injuries, as well as stings and bites, Lyme disease, West Nile Virus, Legionnaire's and common poisonous plants.
Info: Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr.; Rincon Valley Library, 6958 Montecito Blvd.; Rohnert Park Library, 6250 Lynne Conde Way.
Mosey on down to a Mosey Boys concert
The Mosey Boys are a Sonoma-based acoustic power trio whose infectious tunes lie somewhere in between the genres of bluegrass, rockabilly, and folk. The Mosey Boys will be at the Sonoma Valley Library on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. to play a free show for the folks of Sonoma County.
Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
Bowled over for Christmas
On the weekend of Dec. 6 and 7, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., prepare to be “bowled over” by the selection of artisanal wooden bowls at the Luther Burbank Home & Gardens Holiday Open House gift sale. Crafted by local artist Jerry Kermode from the garden's own felled Camperdown Elm, the items to be featured include bowls, pepper grinders, oil lamps, and wine corks.
Info: www.lutherburbank.org, 204 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa.
Christmas Market Craft Fair
For a classic family-friendly Christmas shopping experience, head over to the Faith Lutheran Church in Sonoma for their Christmas Market Craft Fair on Dec 6. The fair boasts over two dozen local artisans offering a variety of crafts such as jewelry, quilts, soaps, baked goods, holiday décor, and much more. Face painting, gift wrapping, and delicious snacks will also be offered. The fair will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Info: email@example.com. 19355 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.
Holiday trains return to Depot Park
The annual Depot Park Museum Holiday Train Show will once again roll into town for the first two weekends in December, bringing trains, tracks, tunnels, bridges, buildings and miniature people and animals. Mark your calendars for Dec. 5-7 and 12-14, for the colorful exhibition presented by the Sonoma Valley Historical Society and the Coastal Valley Model Railroaders of Santa Rosa. Railroad enthusiasts of all ages will see trains chugging through towns and industrial areas dropping off freight cars and using branch lines to hook up with specialized cars for industries and stations along the way. Open from 1-4 p.m. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome.
Info: 938-1762. 270 First St. West, Sonoma.
Lights for your loved ones
Dealing with the loss of friends or family is always a painful ordeal, especially during the kin-centric Christmas season. The Hospice by the Bay will host its 29th annual Lights of Remembrance community gathering on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Hospice redwood tree in the southwest corner of the Sonoma Plaza. The tree will be lit by community members in order to represent those who have been “lights in our lives.” Share the inspiring messages, along with some delicious hot chocolate.
Info: 935-7504, www.hospicebythebay.org. Sonoma Plaza, SW corner.
Coping with cancer during the holidays
If you are currently facing or recovering from cancer, the holiday season can be an especially trying time. Sutter Health recognizes this, and for those who feel overwhelmed by the prospect of facing friends and family, they are offering a gathering on Dec. 10. Learn how to communicate your limits to your friends and family, and talk to others on similar journeys.
Info: 521-7785. 2249 Summerfield Rd., Santa Rosa.
Holiday hits from around the globe
This Christmas season, the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University is filled to the brim with tantalizing performances. On Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m., San Francisco's New Century Orchestra is teaming up with acclaimed violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenburg and the San Francisco Girl's chorus to present compositions from Vivaldi, Corelli, and Piazolla, as well as other traditional holiday songs. And at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 13, native Hawaiian ensemble Na Leo will also visit the Center, performing contemporary favorites and holiday classics with a tropical twist.
Info: gmc.sonoma.edu. 1801 E Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
Kids and their families can discover local habitats while looking for as many birds as they can find at the Mayacamas Christmas Bird Count for Kids on Dec. 13, at 8:30 a.m. Please arrive 15-20 minutes early. The event will begin with “binocular boot camp” to learn the basics of binocular use. Then work in teams with local bird experts and be assigned to explore one of three local ecosystems in search of birds. Teams will return to the Dwight Center to share their findings and celebrate their efforts helping to protect local birds. All findings will be posted on eBird.org. Se habla Español.
All about olives
Don Landis from donsolives.com will be holding a presentation at Cline Cellars on Dec. 14 on how to de-bitter olives to make them edible. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Landis will talk about the history of the olive in California and teach the de-bittering methods that the ancient Greeks used in order to prepare the perfect olive. Following the lesson, there will be an olive sampling with cheese and crackers. Admission is free.
Info: 949-4025, 24737 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.
Family shows, seasonal songs
Celebrate the holidays with Petaluma's Cinnabar Theater. On Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. enjoy a holiday concert with the Cinnabar Singers at the United Church of Christ in Petaluma. Tickets are $10 for youth and $15 for adults. Then, spend New Year's Eve Under Paris Skies on Dec. 31 at 9:30 p.m. Ring in 2015 with a romantic cabaret celebrating the passionate and profound music of Edith Piaf. Enjoy delectable desserts before the show, with party favors and champagne at midnight. Tickets are $56 for youth and $66 for adults.
Info: 763-8920, cinnabartheater.org. 3333 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma.
Learn the path to publishing
Those who have been to one of the two Book Passage locations know that it's more than just a bookstore. For those who haven't, Sam Barry of Book Passage's “Path to Publishing” Program will be at the Flamingo Hotel on Dec. 14 to prove it to you. From 3-5 p.m., Barry will demonstrate how Path to Publishing equips writers with the knowledge they need in order to publish their works, from publishing options to book design to e-book production.
Info: www.redwoodwriters.org. 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.