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Out, About & Around the County: 06/15/2016

Out, About & Around the County

Small town, big changes

Healdsburg's former mayor and current council member Eric Ziedrich will be the guest speaker at the Sonoma County Taxpayers Association meeting on June 16. Ziedrich will discuss current happenings in Healdsburg as well as Healdsburg's transition from a small, agricultural town to a world renowned tourist destination. The luncheon meeting begins at noon at the Fountaingrove Inn. Cost: $30 at the door.

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

Shopping for a good cause

Hotel Healdsburg hosts La Dolce Vita, a charity event featuring the best in boutique shopping, wine tasting, food, music, and mini poolside spa services benefitting Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County. Local vendors include Clutch, Gina's Boutique, Casablanca Boutique, and Looking Glass. Italian-themed bites from Hotel Healdsburg's Pizzando restaurant, wine from Lambert Bridge and Selby Winery, and signature cocktails by h2hotel's Spoonbar will be served. Entertainment will be provided by local group The Gypsy Trio. This event takes place June 16, 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased at

Info: 431-2800, 25 Matheson St., Healdsburg.

Calling all readers, lovers of the great outdoors

Jose Agueta

Join LandPaths for an afternoon of literary delight on June 17 in the gardens at Bayer Farm in Santa Rosa. LandPaths will share local resources to encourage summer reading and provide information about their new summer outings series, “iRead Outside,” connecting a love for reading with a love of the land. Local children's author Jorge Argueta will read to children in the garden and sign books. There will be book giveaways, raffle prizes and more. Running 1-3 p.m., this event is free and open to the public.

Info: 544-7284, 1550 West Ave, Santa Rosa.

The Art of the Book

“The Art of the Book,” June 17 through July 24, is the fifth biennial exhibition of book-art at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Showcasing an impressive level of skill and creativity in the art of bookmaking, the exhibit also includes linoleum block prints by Robert Cormack and different types of printmaking. There will be a reception on June 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. open to the public. Admission is free.

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

Chauffeured studio visits

Take a special road trip to the studios of three clay and glass artists in Sonoma County on June 18. The day starts at 9 a.m. at Healdsburg Center for the Arts, followed by a chauffeured drive through Sonoma County stopping at the Santa Rosa studio of Gregory Roberts, James Family Cellars for lunch and a taste of wine, the Sebastopol studio of Bill Geisinger, and finally back to Healdsburg to Studio Bel Vetro, finishing by 5 p.m. This special event has limited tickets, $75 per person.


Common ground?

Is there room in Sonoma County for agriculture, affordable housing and open space? Common Ground: Speaking Out on Land Use in Sonoma County is a short film featuring the diverse perspectives of local farmers, environmentalists and affordable housing advocates on the topic of land use and the need for a shared dialogue in our community. The film will screen at 7 p.m. on June 20, at the Sebastopol Grange. Afterward, there will be a guided conversation to share ideas, perspectives and begin to forge the alliances needed for long-term solutions. Free, donations welcome.

Info: 6000 Sebastopol Road, Sebastopol.

All things chamber music at Green Center

The second annual Green Music Center ChamberFest - a five-day celebration of the music of Mozart, Schubert and Mendelssohn - returns June 22-26 to Rohnert Park. The festival features six chamber music concerts in Schroeder Hall and a finale concert of four Mozart concertos in Weill Hall with the Santa Rosa Symphony. Celebrated pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane serves as artistic director of the festival, which features a dynamic roster of more than 17 musicians, each preeminent interpreters of solo, chamber and orchestral repertoire.

Info: 1-866-955-6040, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Human Rights Leader at World Affairs Council

“The Rule of Law and Human Rights Crimes around the Globe” is the topic at the June 23 meeting of the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County. C. Dixon Osburn, executive director of the Center for Justice and Accountability, will detail human rights abuses in several nations as well as his organization's work to promote the rule of law. The Council meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Spring Lake Village auditorium. Members are free; visitors $5. No reservations necessary.

Info: 573-6014, 5555 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa.

Golfing for good

The 17th Annual Habitat for Humanity Charity Golf Tournament will take place on June 24 at Windsor Golf Club. Tournament activities include contests, prizes and raffle items with the opportunity to support a fantastic cause. All proceeds from the event will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County, building homes in Cotati, Santa Rosa and Graton. Entry includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, buffet dinner, fun and games and a raffle. $150 per person.

Info: 578-7707, 1340 19th Hole Dr., Windsor.

A Hot! Hot! Hot! Night in Havana

Featuring Ellen Toscano, former star of Beach Blanket Babylon, and new star of Transcendence Theatre Company, Fresh Paint at the Sonoma Valley Art Museum presents a Hot! Hot! Hot! Night in Havana on June 25 at Hanna Boys Center. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres by Olive & Vine start at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing to the music of Los Boleros Cuban and Latin Band, and a fabulous performance by Toscano. Tickets range from $250 for one person, up to $10,000 for table of ten.

Info: 17000 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.

Tommy Castro plays Cloverdale

On June 24, the Cloverdale Arts Alliance presents award-winning guitarist/vocalist/songwriter and Alligator Records recording artist Tommy Castro. Hailing from the San Francisco area, Castro and his band The Painkillers (currently featuring bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown) play “irresistible contemporary blues-rock” with “street-level grit and soul,” according to Billboard. With their new album, Method to My Madness, the group turns the intensity up another notch. The concert begins at 7 p.m., but the festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. when the Cloverdale Farmers Market opens. On the Plaza in downtown Cloverdale.

Info: 894-4410,

Dragonfly workshop

Welcome summer with a special day-long workshop with dragonfly-experts Kathy Biggs and Kevin Munroe on June 25, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The workshop starts with a morning presentation by Biggs, and lunch by the dragonfly-rich pond at the Laguna Environmental Center, followed by fun-filled time in the field. $55. Pre-registration required.

Info: 527-9277, 900 Sanford Rd., Santa Rosa.

Woolsey to address Sonoma Valley Democrats

Join the Sonoma Valley Democrats on June 27, 6:30 p.m., at Vintage House in Sonoma, to hear former U.S. Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey addressing election issues and discussing why the election is so important. County Supervisor Susan Gorin will be on hand to introduce her. The event will benefit the opening of the Democratic Campaign Headquarters in Sonoma. The cost is $25 per individual, $45 per couple, or by donation at the door. Wine and appetizers will be served.

Info: 996-0311, 264 1st St. East, Sonoma.

Schulz Museum highlights presidential pets

Pushinka belonged to the Kennedy family.

Did you know that President John Quincy Adams had an alligator living in the White House in an unfinished East Room bathtub? Hundreds of pets have lived alongside American presidents, including dogs, cats, birds, alligators, a hyena, a raccoon, and even a one-legged rooster. The Charles M. Schulz Museum's upcoming exhibition, Snoopy Presents: Lucky Dogs and Presidential Pets, on view from June 30 to Feb. 19, 2017, features photos and fun facts about presidential pets and includes items on special loan from Presidential libraries, such as the collar and leash of Franklin Roosevelt's dog, Fala, and a painting of Rex, the Reagan family dog. The Kennedy family dog, Pushinka, was a gift from Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev.

Info: 579-4452, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

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