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Out, About & Around the County: 01/15/2015

Out, About & Around the County

Maria Carrillo choral concert

If you've never heard the teens of the brilliant Maria Carrillo choirs sing, head over to the high school for their annual Winter Choral Concert. On Jan. 15 and 16 at 7 p.m., and on Jan. 17 at 2 p.m., the members of the Men's Choir, Women's Choir, Handbells, Chamber Singers, and Jazz Choir will be giving their regards to Broadway as they perform hits from a variety of classic Broadway musicals. Tickets are $10.

Info: 6975 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

Help out Sonoma teens

Sonoma Valley Teen Services has been employing and empowering our local teens for years. You can give back at their Olive Bash fundraiser at the Sonoma Valley Inn on Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. The night will consist of wines from some of Sonoma's best wineries, olive-themed bites prepared by Rocket Catering, and live Latin music. All proceeds from the $25 ticket sales will be donated to the organization which provides career resources and life skills support to teens.

Info: 939-1452, 550 Second St. West, Sonoma.

Join the fight against stomach cancer

Throngs of local residents will take to the Sonoma Raceway to fight cancer on Saturday, Jan. 17, during Sonoma's 4th annual John's March Against Stomach Cancer. The 2.5-mile walk will begin at 9 a.m. followed by light refreshments and a chance to visit the Memory Wall, where you can bring photos of loved ones affected by the disease to honor their spirit. The event is all ages and pets are welcome at the walk. Longer and shorter courses will be available for those who desire them.

Info: 933-3918,

Chili Bowl Express - a meaty event

If uniquely crafted ceramic bowls and delicious chili are up your alley, check out the annual Chili Bowl Express at 6 p.m. on Jan. 17. One of the meatiest events of the year, hosted by the Sonoma Community Center, the fundraiser includes over 200 bowls handmade by artists in the center's very own ceramics studio. The ticket price is $25, which includes the purchase of your favorite bowl filled with Whole Foods chili.

Info: 938-4626, ext. 1, 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.

Crushers of Comedy benefit performance

Enjoy a night of world-class comedy on Jan. 17 to help raise funds for the Valley of the Moon Boys & Girls Club (VOMBGC), and the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance. Headliner Jenny Yang was a featured standup comic on Joan Rivers' 2013 Showtime documentary Why we Laugh: Funny Women. Also performing is Aiko Tanaka, whose television and film credits include Late Night with Jay Leno and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Tickets are $45, and the evening starts at 7 p.m. at VOMBGC's gymnasium in Maxwell Farms Regional Park. Must be 18 and older.

Info/Tickets: 100 West Verano Ave.

Old time radio - live!

The Silver Moon Theatre group is responsible for some of the most captivating live theatre performances in the county. Their next venture into the spotlight takes place at Murphy's Irish Pub, in the form of Jack Benny's Old-Time Radio Shows, an uproarious comedy act complete with songs, sound effects, and vintage commercials. Admission to the show, which begins at 6 p.m. on Jan. 18 and 19, is $30, and includes a two-course dinner.

Info:, 464 First St. East, Sonoma.

Passion, music and tango

Tango Buenos Aires, one of Argentina's cultural treasures, will perform Song of Eva Perón in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center as part of their upcoming North American tour on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. The company will take audiences on a journey of dance and music through the life of one of the most important woman in Argentinian history, Eva Perón. Tracing her epic life - from her ascent to fame to her death in 1952 - this sparkling and poignant spectacle reveals the influence of tango on Perón's life.

Info/Tickets: 866-955-6040, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

The future of retirement

The Sonoma County Taxpayers Association's noon luncheon meeting takes place on Jan. 22 at the Fountaingrove Inn. The luncheon will feature Julie Wyne, retirement administrator for the Sonoma County Employees Retirement Association, as she discusses the current status and the future of retirement in Sonoma County. Cost for lunch is $25 for members and $30 for all others. RSVP by Jan. 19 to or call 481-1089.

Info: 101 Fountaingrove Pkwy., Santa Rosa.

Learn to love your life

From the folks at the Jewish Community Center comes a class titled “Cultivating a Path to Joy in Your Life,” in which participants can take a journey into their psyches and learn techniques to live a more joyful life. The class is taught by Catherine Reisman and Dena Lash, both of whom have extensive backgrounds in teaching, meditation, and coaching. Registration for the two Jan. 22 and 29 courses costs $125.

Info: 1301 Farmer's Lane, Santa Rosa.

Book it to the library

Thursday, Jan. 22, marks the first 2015 meeting of the Sonoma Valley Library “Sonoma Reads!” book group. The group meets monthly at 2 p.m. on Thursdays in the Library's Forum Room to discuss various fiction and nonfiction books. In January, the group will be discussing The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. All meeting are free and open to the public. For a complete schedule and list of books, visit the website below.

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

Provocative painters

The Impressionist era is known for being fairly radical in its violation of formal painting rules. What is less known, however, is the radical nature of the artists themselves. Noted French scholar and author Dr. Anne Perochon will discuss these renegades on Jan. 22 as part of the Santa Rosa Symphony League's Festival of Parties. The talk will be delivered at the Sons of Norway Hall at 11:30 a.m. A tasty lunch is included in the ticket price of $40.

Info:, 617 West Ninth St., Santa Rosa.

Master Gardeners workshops

A new year means a new crop of workshops from the green thumbs of the Sonoma County Master Gardeners. On Jan. 24, the group will simultaneously hold four events throughout the county, all of which run from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. In Guerneville, you can learn all about worms and how they benefit your garden. In Healdsburg, Master Gardener Denny Pedersen will demonstrate the correct pruning method for healthy and productive fruit trees. The Sonoma Valley and Rincon Valley workshops will both deal with the tools and techniques needed in order to produce beautiful roses. Consult the website below for exact workshop addresses.


Following in Snoopy's footsteps

Over the course of the nearly five decade run of Peanuts, Charles Schulz wrote, drew, and lettered nearly 18,000 strips himself. On Jan. 24 at 1 p.m., you can hear about Schulz's creative process straight from the creators of the newest Peanuts monthly comic books. The artists and writers will discuss the challenges of adapting Peanuts for a modern audience as well as how they hope to continue the Schulz legacy of cartoon supremacy.

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Crab feed benefit for SVHS

Sonoma Valley High School Boosters will put on a Crab Feed & Dance on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Sonoma Veterans Building. Enjoy fresh cracked crab, pasta, Caesar salad, a no-host bar, dessert and coffee. Check-in and cocktails is 5-7 p.m., 7-8:30 p.m. is dinner, and 8:30-11 p.m. is dancing to the music of BackTrax. Tickets are $65 per person, $85 for VIP table service and premium wine at your table. $15 for dance only.

Info: 241-3268, 126 1st St. West, Sonoma.

Blaze some trails

On Jan. 24, the Sonoma County Trails Council is partnering with Sonoma County Regional Parks in order to build new trails at Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve. To volunteer, show up at the Taylor Mountain trailhead at 9 a.m. wearing appropriate work gear. Snacks, refreshments, and tools will be provided to those who RSVP with the email address below.


Chamber music at SRJC

The SRJC Chamber Concert Series welcomes the Dorian Wind Quintet on Sunday, Jan. 25, 4 p.m., at SRJC's Newman Auditorium. The quintet (flute, oboist, clarinet, bassoon, and horn) is recognized internationally, known for its polished and passionate performances. The quintet was the first wind quintet to perform at Carnegie Hall. The program on Jan. 25 includes works by J.S. Bach, George Perle, and Antonin Dvorak. Tickets are $26, $15 for youth 16 years and younger.

Info: 415-392-4400, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Duck and beer showcase

On Jan. 25, the HopMonk Tavern will be hosting Anchor Brewing Company Brewmaster Mark Carpenter as well as CEO Keith Greggor for a special duck-themed meal prepared by Executive Chef Billy Reid. The meal, which begins at 6 p.m., will highlight five of the San Francisco-based brewery's best beers. Cost is $65 per person. For the entire menu, consult the Tavern's website below.

Info: 829-7300, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol.

Boundaries and balance

Dealing with cancer is extremely difficult at every stage, including post-treatment, when many struggle with life changes resulting from their diagnoses. For those who feel overwhelmed by the prospect of striking the right balance in their lives, on Jan. 28 at noon, Sutter Health is offering a chance to talk to a diverse panel of survivors about how to set and communicate your boundaries.

Info: 521-7785, 2249 Summerfield Rd., Santa Rosa.

Give Sonoma Garden Park a facelift

The Sonoma Garden Park is Sonoma's hub for all things garden-related. The park will benefit from a water conservation-based low impact design rework on Jan. 30, courtesy of the Sonoma Ecology Center. Volunteers who wish to help beautify the park by installing native, water-wise plants can don their work clothes and meet at 9 a.m. at the park's straw bale barn.

Info: 996-0712, ext. 102, 19996 Seventh St. East, Sonoma.

Writers open mic

On Jan. 31, the Redwood Writers are back in action with their second open mic of the New Year at the Santa Rosa Central Library. The theme for January is “one last chance,” so if you have any work relating to this theme or any other work that you'd like to share, head on over to the library at 10 a.m.

Info: 211 E St., Santa Rosa.

Trashion Fashion

From now until Feb. 27, the Sonoma Community Center (SCC) is accepting submissions for its 5th annual “Trashion Show.” Inspired by the sustainability movement, the show will display wearable art made from recycled materials and cast-off junk. The SCC will also be offering a four-week class in “Trashion” fashion for those who are interested in improving their design skills. To submit your design or to get more information on the design class, visit the website below.

Info: 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.

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