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Out, About & Around the County: 10/01/2015

Out, About & Around the County

SRJC Theatre Arts presents Almost, Maine

The Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts Department has something for everyone this season, starting with the quirky romantic comedy Almost, Maine. One cold Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky, the residents of this small town find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine, will never be the same. Running Oct. 1, 2, 3 at 8 p.m., and Oct. 3 and 4 at 2 p.m. in Newman Auditorium. Recommended for ages 10 and above; contains adult themes.

Info: 527-4343, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

History of the H-Bomb, from someone who was there

Dr. Kenneth Ford, author of Building the H-Bomb: A Personal History, will speak at the Sonoma Valley Library on Friday, Oct. 2, 4 p.m. Ford recounts the time when he was a member of the team that designed and built the first hydrogen bomb. He worked with the scientific greats, including Edward Teller, Enrico Fermi, and Stan Ulam, and offers illuminating insights into these men. Well-known for his ability to explain physics to non-scientists, Ford brings to life the physics of fission and fusion.

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


Fandango dancers

Join the fandango and enjoy the spirit of the rancho when the brilliant dance moves of Baile de California and Yesteryear come together on Oct. 3 to perform and teach the celebration dances of the 1840s. The fandango was not only a dance but also the name given to an informal dancing party. Holding a fandango during autumn was a tradition at General Mariano Vallejo’s Rancho de Petaluma, now Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park. Light refreshments will be served. Dancing will take place 12-4 p.m. Admission: $3 for adults 17 and older, $2 for ages 6-16.

Info: 762-4871. Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma.

All your eggs in one omelet

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Rosa will host its 18th annual Omelet Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 3, 7:30-11:30 a.m. You pick the ingredients, and volunteers from local high school Key Clubs will cook up the omelet, served with juice, potatoes, meat, muffins and other beverages. The event will be at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building. Tickets are $10 (advanced), $12 (door). Kids under 7 free.

Info: 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa.

Jazz at the library

On Saturday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library presents the Alan Early Jazz Quartet. Saxophonist and flautist Alan Early will be joined by keyboardist Randal Collen, Brian Allen on bass, and Joe Kelner on drums. They will play music from all styles of jazz: Dixieland, blues, swing, Latin, bebop, fusion and modal. This event is free.

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

Lang Lang at Weill Hall

Lang Lang headshot

Rising to the pinnacle of the concert world, pianist Lang Lang has inspired millions of children to take piano lessons, and has awed billions more with televised appearances from the 2008 Olympics to the Grammy Awards, where he has performed with Herbie Hancock, Metallica and Pharrell Williams. On Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m., in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, Lang Lang will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Bach, and Chopin. Tickets are $65-$175.

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

ARTescape Books and Words Show

Bring the whole family to ARTescape in vibrant Boyes Hot Springs for an evening of music, food and wine on Saturday, Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m., and make a book sculpture to tweak your creativity. Through quality art experiences, ARTescape offers children and adults affordable classes for greater multi-cultural awareness and strong community connections.

Info: 938-5551, 17474 Sonoma Hwy., Boyes Hot Springs.

Fairytales do come true

Fairytale characters come to life on Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Cinderella Royal Princess Ball, a benefit for the Lime Foundation and Community Action Partnership Sonoma. Highlights include cast appearances by members of the award-winning Amazing Fairytale Parties, as well as Tutu-A-Gogo, who will be on hand at the afternoon ball to greet princes and princesses of all ages. Enjoy appetizers, music and fairytale related activities, 2-4 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club. Tickets are $128 for one adult and one child. Additional adults and children are $72 each.

Info: 620-0663, 333 Country Club Dr., Santa Rosa.

Friends of Library “mini” book sale

The Sonoma Valley Library is holding an all-fiction book sale Oct. 9, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. There will be lots of blockbusters, as well as lesser-known authors represented; genres include science fiction, mystery, and short stories. $2 for hardcover, $1 for paperbacks. This is a great chance for the locals to browse great books in a more relaxed atmosphere than the library’s sometimes hectic quarterly sales.

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

Calling all bibliophiles

The Friends of Santa Rosa Libraries will host its Fall Book Faire at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building on Oct. 9-12. The Faire boasts thousands of donated books – fiction and nonfiction, current titles and old favorites, art books, cookbooks, children’s books, collector’s editions and much more. There will also be a variety of movies on VHS and DVD, books on tape and CD and music tapes and CDs. On Oct. 9, there is a preview sale for Friends Members only from 2-3 p.m. The Faire opens to the general public from 3-7:30 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with a half price day on Sunday. Monday is $5/bag day and hours are 2-7 p.m. Cash or check only.

Info: 545-0831. 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa.

Be a Viking for a day

Freya Lodge Sons of Norway is hosting their 28th Annual Vikingfest on Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Norway Hall in Santa Rosa. The festivities include a Taste of Norway lunch, Viking photo booth, live Viking reenactments, Scandinavian vendors, imported foods, fresh waffles, a raffle, and more. There will also be cultural displays, Nordic arts and crafts, and a remembrance of Leif Erikson (Leif Erickson Day 2015 is Oct. 9).

Info: 894-1807, 617 West Ninth St., Santa Rosa.

Wine Country Ragtime

On Saturday, Oct. 10, at 1 p.m. the Sonoma Valley Regional Library will host six ragtime musicians and ensembles as a part of the Wine County Ragtime Festival. These nationally known artists will perform, answer questions, and educate Sonomans about this unique American music genre. The family-friendly line-up begins at 1 p.m. with Kylan deGhitaldi; 1:30 p.m. with Jim Radloff; 2 p.m. with RJB Trio; 2:30 p.m. with Steve Standiford; 3 p.m. with Debbie Knapp and 3:30 p.m. with Brooks Christensen. This event is free.

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

How to write a winning play

On Sunday, Oct. 11, The Redwood Writers present a panel of playwrights to discuss topics including character development, dialogue, environment, and how plot and character drive drama. The panel includes Linda Loveland Reid, director of over 30 plays for various groups including 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa Players, Novato Theater Company and Sonoma Theater; Lennie Dean, festival director for four years of New Voices on the Vine; and Natasha Yim, a playwright, children’s author and freelance writer. The panel is part of the Redwood Writers monthly meeting beginning at 2 p.m. at the Flamingo Hotel. Admission is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Info: 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

Christie Rampone on leadership

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Sonoma State, On Campus presents “Women in Leadership: Christie Rampone.” Rampone is a professional soccer defender and captain of the United States women’s national soccer team. She is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and a two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion. Rampone is the oldest player to appear in a FIFA Women’s World Cup game, and has the second most caps in U.S. and world history. The Women in Leadership Lecture Series brings influential women from diverse backgrounds to SSU to share insight and perspective on the changing role of women in leadership. The events starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Green Music Center. Tickets are $25; free for SSU students.

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

MCHS Fall Concert has African sound

The Maria Carrillo High School Choral Department, under the direction of Gail Bowers, presents the Fall Choral Concert, “Stand With Africa,” on Oct. 14, 15 and 16, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Featuring the Men’s Choir, Jazz Choir, Women’s Choir, Handbells, Chamber Singers and The New Life Band from Tanzania, Africa, half the proceeds of these concerts will go to a secondary school in Tanzania which the MCHS Choral Department has supported for 10 years. Tickets are $10.

Info: 6975 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

Bollywood comes to Weill Hall

Bollywood Masala Orchestra

On Friday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m., The Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India present “Spirit of India” including “Dhoom Taana” (from the film Om Shanti Om), “Dil Na Diya” (from the film Krrish), “Khwaja Mere Khwaja” (from the film Jodhaa Akbar), and dance sequences featuring traditional displays of dance and daredevilry, including standing on swords, balancing pots and fire-breathing. Tickets are $35-$85.

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

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