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Out, About & Around the County: 03/15/2015

Out, About & Around the County

Plenty o' Polenta for Santa Rosa High

On March 15, tickets go on sale to all supporters of Santa Rosa High School for this year's Annual Polenta Feed on Friday, April 24. Held at the Veterans Memorial Building in Santa Rosa, a no-host cocktail hour will start at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person. Foundation members receive first priority to purchase and they may order up to four tickets. Spouses are considered Foundation members. Because tickets to this popular event sell so quickly, there will be no waiting list.

Info: 571-7747.

Open audition night for tenors and baritones

Cantiamo Sonoma, a 20-member a cappella chamber choir, has an immediate need for tenors. The group sings a variety of repertoire from the Renaissance to the present. Only seasoned sight-singers need apply. They are having an “Open Audition” on March 17, at 7:15 p.m.

Info: Artistic Director Carol Menke, 542-0452.

Love to write, hate to sell?

No doubt about it: writers love to write, hate to sell. Yet these days, writers must craft (and sometimes publish) their own works - and also find readers to read them. What's a writer to do? On the heels of her brainstorming session at the Aqus Written Word Mixer in Petaluma last October, author, playwright, stage director and storyteller Amanda McTigue will share more of her out-of-the-box thinking on one of a writer's least favorite challenges. Promising a swap-meet of ideas, McTigue's interactive session on March 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., will offer insights, resources and creative calisthenics to help writers connect to readers. Cost is $15 at the door.

Info: Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd.

Americana in Cloverdale

On Thursday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m., the Cloverdale Arts Alliance presents the first in a series of monthly Americana music performances. These concerts are a chance to experience acoustically-oriented Americana roots music in a warm and intimate environment at the Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery. The series will take place the third Thursday of the month, now through May, starting with The Easy Leaves Duo. Songwriters Kevin Carducci and Sage Fifield create melodic, lyric-driven, catchy compositions pinned with the syncopated rhythm of guitar and upright bass. Tickets are $10 for Cloverdale Arts Alliance members and $15 for nonmembers.

Info: 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale.

Storytellers Expo

The StoryTellers Expo will inspire and educate writers in the craft of writing, and connect them with influential New York publishers, top literary agents, and Hollywood producers - ones who can help build careers. The Expo will take place March 20-22 at the Santa Rosa Junior College Bertolini Center, and will feature two days of speakers from New York and Hollywood, and a full day of pitching to a variety of top agents, production companies, and publishers. As a special bonus, on Friday night, March 20, Lagunitas Brewery is sponsoring an open-to-the-public, free workshop/presentation on “How to Pitch Your Projects.” Tickets are $295 (Regular) and $395 (VIP).

Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Swing into Spring with Haute Flash Quartet

Put a spring in your step with the Haute Flash Quartet at this fun Sebastopol Community Center concert on Friday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. Four Sonoma County gals share their love of music first popularized in the 30s and 40s - romantic French instrumental waltzes, driving Gypsy and American Swing, and three-part vocal harmonies. The Haute Flash Quartet are Rhonda Berney, Jan Kahdeman, Karol Kopley, and Susan Walters. The group's fun, danceable music is anchored by bass and guitar, colored by mandolin, and lyricized by the accordion. Tickets are $15.

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

Russian River: past & future

Sonoma Community Center and Transition Sonoma Valley's Films for the Future Series culminates this month with a screening of The Russian River: All Rivers on Friday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Andrews Hall. The film is about the 110-mile long Russian River, which flows through the forests and farmlands of Mendocino and Sonoma counties. The full-length documentary explores the diverse forces that have come to shape one of California's iconic rivers, forces which impact rivers and watersheds throughout the world. By looking at the effects of mining, logging, fishing, agriculture, diversion and development, scientists, educators, policy makers, activists and citizens offer their views on how this resource has been used and managed. A reception will begin at 7 p.m. with snacks and refreshments. Informal conversation with filmmakers William Sorenson and Stella Kwiecinski follow the film.

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

Year-round gardening is a reality

Offered at Sonoma Garden Park, an Organic Gardening Workshop, March 21, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., will be a hands-on experience demonstrating how year-round gardening can be accomplished for Sonoma Valley residents. Whether planning a new garden or working with established plantings, this class will teach participants what to seed, plant and grow for the spring and the rest of the year.


Russian pianist plays Green Music Center

The passionate and talented Russian pianist Olga Kern will perform two piano concertos by her countrymen, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev - an opera overture based on a Russian story, and a tale full of exotic creatures, driving rhythms, unusual scales and a sense of drama complete a program that threatens to go up in virtual flames. Kern will perform March 21 (8 p.m.), March 22 (3 p.m.), and March 23 (8 p.m.) at Weill Hall at Sonoma State University's Green Music Center. Tickets range from $20-$80.


Learn from the Master Gardeners

Sonoma County Master Gardeners will host two free gardening workshops on March 21. At the Rincon Valley Library, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Master Gardener Dennis Przybycien will discuss the scientific practices and horticultural philosophies that address safe gardening. “Minimum Impact, Maximum Output Gardening” will cover soil quality, fertilization, pest and disease management, weed control and water conservation. And on the same day and time, Master Gardener Carlyss Van Ness will present a workshop on hydrangeas at the Sonoma Valley Library,

Info: Rincon Valley Library, 6958 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa. Sonoma Valley Library, 755 West Napa Street, Sonoma.

Fairytales and folklore from Ireland

Sonoma Community Center will present another in its Storytellers Series for Families on the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall on March 22 at 3 p.m. “Fairytales & Folklores from Ireland” will be an afternoon of family fun featuring stories from the West of Ireland with vibrant characters accompanied on Celtic harp. Cost: $10, $5 kids ages 12 and under.

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

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

The 8th Annual Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival (SDFF) will take place March 26-29 and tickets are on sale now. With a mission to bring the best documentaries and filmmakers in the world to Sonoma County, SDFF will once again bring audiences and filmmakers together in a four-day celebration of non-fiction film. The festival features 70 documentaries to be shown at five venues in downtown Sebastopol. Beginning with Thursday's Opening Night Film and Party, through Sunday's full slate of films, this year's festival brings over 100 filmmakers and guests to town, from as far away as Poland, Spain, and the U.K. and as close as Sebastopol.

Info: 829-4797,,

Violin and video

Grammy Award-winner Gil Shaham comes to Weill Hall at the Green Music Center on Friday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. to perform Bach's complete sonatas and partitas for solo violin, set to a visual backdrop of short films by artist David Michalek. Shaham's unique interpretation of Bach's six solos seeks to highlight the cultural references and performance practices of Bach's time. The collaboration between Shaham and Michalek provides visual depth to the performance, contrasting the baroque masterpieces with a 21st century artistic vision.

Info: 1-866-955-6040,

A bookworm's paradise

The first-ever Sonoma County Local Author Showcase & Symposium (SCLASS) is set for Saturday, March 28, at the Forum Room of the Central Santa Rosa Library. The event will run from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The SCLASS will play host to a wide ranging selection of today's authors from all around Sonoma County, including 25 writers whose work runs the gamut from romance to writing, from history to homemaking, from poetry to politics. The day will feature author tables and ongoing readings and speakers. Visitors may speak directly with writers, and sit and enjoy readings throughout the day.


Wildflower walks at Van Hoosear

Join Sonoma Ecology Center naturalists on March 28, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. for one of the best wildflower displays in all of Sonoma County at The Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve. They will lead this beginning- to intermediate-level hike on the 162-acre property in the foothills of Sonoma Mountain. There's no charge for this outing, space is limited and reservations are required by 5 p.m. on the day prior to the walk. Walks will go on in light rain, heavy rain cancels. Several more dates are scheduled: April 1, 4, 8, 11, and 22.

RSVP: 996-0712 ext. 108,

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