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Out, About & Around the County: 02/15/2015

Out, About & Around the County

We all love Lucy

Before America fell in love with Lucille Ball in I Love Lucy, she played Liz in the radio show My Favorite Husband. The Silver Moon Theatre group's next step into the spotlight comes in the form of a complete My Favorite Husband reboot at Murphy's Irish Pub in Sonoma, featuring songs, sound effects, and vintage commercials. Admission to the show, which begins at 6 p.m. on Feb. 15 and 16, is $30, and includes the price of a two-course dinner.

Info: 464 First St. East, Sonoma.

Saddle Mountain Preserve planning session

To better guide future handling of Saddle Mountain Preserve, the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District is putting together a management plan, and they want your help. On Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m., the community is invited to the Rincon Valley Library to learn about the Preserve and the management plan, as well as to offer input on potential actions and impacts.

Info: 565-7262, 6959 Montecito Blvd, Santa Rosa.

Crabfeed at Hopmonk

Winter time means that the crabbing season is well underway, and on Feb. 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol is throwing its 2nd Annual Crab Feed, complete with an all-you-can-eat buffet, four local beers on tap, and live music from songwriter Galen Nash. Advanced tickets ($65) are a must.

Info: 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol.

GMOs: they're what's for dinner

If you've heard both sides of the great GMO debate but still aren't sure whether they're good or bad, the Sonoma Community Center is partnering with Transition Sonoma Valley to put together a documentary screening that just might answer your questions. Filmed in 2013 by director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert, GMO OMG is an in-depth look at the genetically modified organism and its place in the future of farming. The screening will take place on Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. and will be preceded by a brief opening reception featuring refreshments from Whole Foods and Lagunitas at 7 p.m.

Info: 938-4626, ext. 4, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

Vikings no more

Once a land plagued by raids and pillaging, Scandinavia is now one of the most progressive and peaceful areas in the world. Norwegian Consul General Hilde Janne Skorpen will be coming to Norway Hall in Santa Rosa at noon on Saturday, Feb. 21, for a presentation on the historical interactions between the Scandinavian countries that have forged the way for such harmony. The talk will be complemented by a traditional Scandinavian brunch, featuring smoked salmon, homemade yeast breads, and more. The price is $17 for members and $22 for non-members. Prepaid reservations are required by Feb. 16.

Info: 996-9889, 617 W. 9th St., Santa Rosa.

Visit eight wineries on Eighth

The Annual Eighth Street Wineries Open House is the only time of the year when eight Sonoma wineries open their cellar doors and give the public the chance to sample, browse, and even meet the winemakers themselves. At this Feb. 21 event, which takes place from 12-4 p.m., you will have the chance to spend the afternoon tasting exquisite wine with special food pairings designed by local chefs. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. The ticket price includes a tasting glass and access to all participating wineries.

Info: 939-3930, 21200, 21692 & 21481 Eighth St. East, Sonoma.

Swing music comes to Sonoma

The jumpin' and jivin' Swing quartet Honey B and the Pollinators will perform at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library on Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. Made up of Bay Area jazz scene mainstays, Honey B and the Pollinators will thrill audience members with their unique blend of swing, jive, and jazz standards from Jazz's golden era in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. The performance is free, and funded by the Sonoma Valley Friends of the Library.

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

A Frozen family sing-a-long

Though it was released a year and a half ago, Disney's Frozen is still a nationwide phenomenon. The Sebastopol Center for the Arts is hosting a Frozen sing-a-long in its Brent Auditorium on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. At this family-centric event, adults and children alike will watch the movie and join their voices in singing future classics such as “Let it Go” and “For the First Time in Forever.” Children are invited to come in costume. Tickets are $5 for kids and $10 for adults.

Info: 829-4797, 282 S High St., Sebastopol.

Black History Month: Mama C at SRJC

Charlotte “Mama C” O'Neal is an accomplished poet, musician and visual artist, and a Founding Director of Tanzania's United African Alliance Community Center (UAACC), an organization promoting community development in rural Africa. With her husband, O'Neal has spent decades working with rural and urban youth in that country, inspired by their previous activism with the Black Panthers in the U.S. The O'Neals have been featured in the recent documentary Mama C: Urban Warrior in the African Bush and in the award-winning PBS documentary A Panther in Africa. To commemorate Black History Month, the SRJC Black Student Union will host O'Neal on Feb. 23. From 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Bertolini Student Activities Center, Mama C will speak about her efforts with the UAACC and much more.

Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.

This boy's wicked smaht

The next entry in the Sebastiani Theatre's Vintage Film series is the unforgettable 1993 film Good Will Hunting. Starring Matt Damon and Robin Williams in arguably their finest roles, the film tells the story of a young incorrigible-yet-genius janitor at MIT (Damon) and a hapless psychologist (Williams) who attempts to unlock the boy's potential. The film will be shown on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $9 per person.

Info: 476 1st St. East, Sonoma.

The state of the State

The Sonoma County Taxpayers Association's Annual Meeting takes place on Feb. 26 at the Fountaingrove Inn. The meeting will feature California State Assembly Member Marc Levine as the keynote speaker. Over cocktails and dinner, Levine will discuss his observations about the state of California and what to expect in 2015. The event costs $60 for members and member guests, and $70 for all others.

Info/RSVP:, 481-1089, 101 Fountaingrove Pkwy., Santa Rosa.

Protecting the snow leopard

Sonoma Birding's Spring Nature Lecture series continues on Feb. 26 with a fascinating presentation titled “Big Cats - Snow Leopard Survival.” Leading leopard experts Dr. Rodney Jackson and Dr. Quinton Martins educate the audience about the dire situation of snow leopards living in the wild; for example, did you know that there are only 4,500 to 7,500 wild snow leopards left? At 7 p.m. at the Veteran's Memorial Building, you can find out how to better protect these majestic creatures.

Info: 939-8007, 126 First St. West, Sonoma.

You can't get any higher than this

Jeremy Jones' Higher is an epic snowboarding documentary following snowboarder and adrenaline junkie Jeremy Jones as he hits the slopes all the way from his native haunts of Jackson Hole and Tahoe to the Eastern Alaska Range and the Himalayas of Nepal. The film is being shown at the Third Street Cinema at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 26. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Following the film, an after party will be held at Third Street Aleworks along with a raffle and a silent auction. Proceeds of this event go to building new trails at Taylor Mountain Regional Park.

Info:, 620 Third St., Santa Rosa.

Writing workshop with acclaimed author

Join award-winning author Roy Parvin at the Cloverdale Arts Alliance on Mondays from March 2 to May 4 for a 10-week workshop on fiction writing. Focused on the presentation and peer critique of your work, the class will delve into multiple aspects of craft, such as plot, voice, character development, and more. You will also have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Roy to discuss your work. The class will meet weekly from 7-9:30 p.m. Enrollment is $300.

Info:, 204 N Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale.

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