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Out, About & Around the County: 08/01/2015

Out, About & Around the County

The Living Room’s Garden Party

“A Garden Party,” The Living Room’s annual summer event benefiting homeless women and children, will be held on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2-4:30 p.m., on the grounds of the Pythian House. Enjoy a delightful afternoon of wine and hors d’oeuvres, live music performed by Stephanie Ozer, a silent auction, and a diamond jewelry raffle. Catering will be provided by Park Avenue Catering, flowers by Pedy’s Petals, delicious cupcake favors from Sift Cupcake + Dessert Bar. Tickets are $100 per person.

Info: 579-0138, 1001 Pythian Road, Santa Rosa.

Around the world with dance

Sonoma Conservatory of Dance’s Summer Dance Workshop culminates in a performance of dance “Around the World” at the Sebastiani Theatre on Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. The performance will showcase pieces from Scotland, Spain, Italy, Russia and the United States. Dancers have been studying classical ballet, modern, jazz, flamenco, ballroom and Scottish folk dance. Gathering the best teachers from around the Bay Area and even Europe, the Summer Dance Workshop is designed to offer students the best training and widest exposure to dance styles from across the globe. Tickets are free, with a suggested donation of $10. Reserve your tickets now.

Info: 938-1424, 476 1st St. East, Sonoma.

pianoSonoma at Weill Hall

pianoSonoma returns to Weill Hall at the Green Music Center for the third year in a row. Join them on Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. for an afternoon of music-making featuring artists in residence Peter Dugan, piano, and Emi Ferguson, flute, among others, performing a program including Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin, Prokofiev’s Flute Sonata in D Major, songs by Brahms and Gershwin, an excerpt from the Ives Piano Trio, and the world premiere of a piano trio by Composer in Residence Paul Frucht. Plus Emi Ferguson’s arrangement of Chick Corea’s Spain.

Info: 866-955-6040, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Ceramics talk and demonstration

On Aug. 2, 2-4 p.m. at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts, discover how Charlene Doiron Rein-hart’s sculptural ceramic pieces are created. Reinhart will talk about her process and pieces during a slide presentation; then, on a piece in process, she will show how she lets her pieces find their voice and evolve as she demonstrates her techniques. Reinhart’s sculptures are part of the 4th Annual Clay and Glass Exhibition at Healdsburg Center for the Arts. The exhibition runs through Aug. 16.

Info: Vesna Breznikar, 130 Plaza St., Healdsburg.

Food preservation made easy

The Valley of the Moon Garden Club presents its Food Preserving Class on Saturday, Aug. 8, in the kitchen at the Sonoma Community Center from 9 a.m. to noon. Learn to can, freeze, and dry garden produce, and receive tastes and handouts with recipes and techniques from Garden Club members who each year preserve their own produce. There will be short summaries of gleaning food, local organizations who glean, and the process of fermenting vegetables. Advance reservation required. $20.

Info: Bonnie Brown 935-8986 or 721-6927 (cell). 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

“Family” theme of Open Mic

Redwood Writers hosts the next Library Open Mic at the Santa Rosa Central Library, on Saturday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m.-noon. The theme is “Family.” The first half of the afternoon is reserved for Redwood Writers members, and the second half is open to the general public. Open mic is limited to five minutes per person. Readers and listeners welcome. Sign up by emailing


The Blues Session begins in Cloverdale

The Blues Session
The Cloverdale Arts Alliance and music workshop present The Blues Session, an all-star lineup of local musicians bringing the best in local live performance to Cloverdale on the second Saturday of each month – two solid hours of popular and classic songs from a wide spectrum of blues influenced American music. This month’s session is Aug. 8. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music is 7:30-9:30 p.m. The Blues Session will feature a house band with David Garland on drums, Ubidube Whitaker on bass, Tom McBride on guitar, and Oscar Calderon on percussion. Each show will also feature other top local musicians. Whether you are a musician or fan, like to dance, or just appreciate good music, The Blues Session is a fun lively music experience for all. Musicians can sign up at Tickets are $5, available at the website below, or at the door.

Info: 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd.

Building your author website

Join members of the Redwood Writers Club as Linda Lee describes the essential components of a writer’s website and reveals how an accessible website can generate interest and readers. Lee will focus on the elements that make an author’s website successful and show how writers can make the best use of the Internet to promote their books in this new age of self-publishing. The presentation is Aug. 9 at the Redwood Writers meeting, 3-5 p.m. at the Flamingo Hotel. Admission is $5 for members, $8 for non-members.

Info: 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa.

A Taste of Honey for Rosh Hashanah

Have you ever dipped apples into honey? You’re invited to taste a variety of delicious honey at Sonoma Market on Aug. 11, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Come meet Carol Appel, Big Tent Judaism’s concierge in Sonoma County, and learn more about the other symbols and rituals for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Find your favorite honey, pick up some scrumptious honey-featured recipes, and enter the free raffle for a chance to win fun prizes. This program is free and open to all.

Info: Carol Appel, 684-6692 or 500 W. Napa St., Sonoma.

Hear Jonah Raskin at library reading

On Saturday, Aug. 15, at 2 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library presents local author Jonah Raskin as he reads from his latest book, A Terrible Beauty: The Wilderness of American Literature. This presentation is an exploration of the seductive power of the wild and the wilderness in the literature of Sonoma County and the United States, with particular attention to fiction, poetry and protest movements of the 20th century. The event is free and open to all.

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

Off to the Cloud at Jacuzzi

Off to the Cloud
Transcendence Theatre’s Artist Series presents Mark Gindick (Big Apple Circus and Off Broadway’s Wing-Man) and Lexy Fridell (Broadway: Pee-Wee Herman Show Off-Broadway: Avenue Q) for an evening of virtual hilarity as they explore love and connection in our digital world. Gindick modernizes the tradition of vaudeville using social media and technology while Fridell plays his electronic guide, utilizing her penchant for playing multiple characters to teach him how to truly live. It’s a journey of dance, live music, audience participation, physical comedy and more. The show is Aug. 19 at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. Preshow festivities begin at 5 p.m., with the show starting at 7:30.

Info: 24724 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.

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