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Out, About & Around the County: 08/15/2016

Out, About & Around the County

An evening of art, music and poetry

An evening of readings and music is set for Aug. 17, 7-8:30 p.m., when Healdsburg Center for the Arts welcomes 19 writers and three musicians for a literary evening responding to the current Reflections | Shadows art exhibition. Featured will be Renée Owen accompanied by musician Brian Foster, Sherrie Lovler accompanied by Joe Meeker on sax, and Timothy Williams, accompanying himself on guitar. Come early and enjoy the Reflections | Shadows art exhibit. Free admission; no-host wine bar. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Info: 431-1970, 130 Plaza St., Healdsburg.

Get your groove on at HopMonk Tavern

Every Tuesday at The Abbey at HopMonk Tavern is Open Mic Night. No matter what your age, break out that old guitar, banjo, trombone or whatever else tickles your funny bone, and head on over to HopMonk. Upcoming performers include David Shaw, lead vocalist for The Revivalists on Aug. 17, Northern California-based Kingsborough, an old soul and rock n' roll group on Aug. 20, and the eclectic group known as The Waybacks on Aug. 26. See the website for times and costs.

Info: 829-7300, 230 Petaluma Avenue, Sebastopol.

Pop into Rossi's 1906

During the month of August, every Wednesday at Rossi's 1906 is Paint Night. Unleash your inner Picasso as performing artists guide you through the painting process so that you come up with your own unique masterpiece. All materials provided. On Thursdays, the Blues Jam will be open to any brave souls willing to bring their music to the stage. And don't miss the bottomless mimosas and Fried Chicken Dinner Special on Sundays. For more activities and promotions, check out their website.

Info: 343-0044, 401 Grove St., Sonoma.

Gore discusses pension crisis

Sonoma County Fourth District Supervisor James Gore will speak to the Sonoma County Taxpayers Association at Fountaingrove Inn on Aug. 18. He will be addressing the ongoing employee pension crisis in Sonoma County, the recently released report of the Independent Citizen's Pension Advisory Committee, the Board's response to that report, and their plan for addressing the problem moving forward. Tickets: $25 prepaid and $30 at the door.

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

Write yourself into existence

Bring your pen and paper to the Write Yourself Into Existence workshop at the Petaluma Community Center, Aug. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn how to write your own memoir, and how to turn your stories into fiction with the help of Norma Watkins. Watkins has a Ph.D. in English and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and is Professor Emerita at Miami-Dade College where she held an endowed chair. She now teaches creative writing for Mendocino College. She will be able to help expand your writing skills while allowing you to bring your stories to life. Tickets: $15.

Info: 320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma.

Yo Yo Ma, Trevor Noah at Green Music Center

Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma established the nonprofit organization Silkroad and the Silk Road Ensemble to explore the role of the arts in fostering cross-cultural understanding, deepening learning, and promoting innovation. The group has been called “ vibrant and virtuosic” by the Wall Street Journal. They will be performing with Ma on Aug. 19 at the Green Music Center. Then if you're in the mood for comedy, you'll find Trevor Noah from Comedy Central on Aug. 20. The new host of “The Daily Show,” Noah is breaking comedic ground, bringing a fresh, new perspective to the long running satiric news institution. Ticket costs vary.

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

Celebrate parks

The National Park Service is celebrating its Centennial and will be hosting an exhibit honoring this milestone at Sonoma State Historic Park on Aug. 20. You're also invited to explore the trails at dusk on a casual one-mile hike with minor elevation change on Aug. 26. Don't forget to bring some sturdy shoes and lots of water. Both events are free of charge and offer tons of fun.

Info: 939-2149, 20 E. Spain St., Sonoma.

Valley Democrats picnic

The Sonoma Valley Democrat Club is having its annual picnic on Monday, Aug. 22, 6:30-8 p.m. at Depot Park in Sonoma. Meet local elected officials and candidates. Please bring a dish to share. The Club will provide some appetizers and plates and utensils. Wine will be available by the glass for a donation to support Sonoma Valley Democrats Campaign Headquarters, opening Sept. 1 in downtown Sonoma.

Info: , 270 1st Street West, Sonoma.

La Misa Negra plays Cloverdale

The Cloverdale Arts Alliance's Friday Night Live free summer concert series presents Oakland's lively Afro-Colombian dance band La Misa Negra on Aug. 26. An eight-piece band playing a unique blend of '50s and '60s style cumbia (a dance-oriented music genre popular throughout Latin America) and high-energy, Afro-Colombian dance music, La Misa Negra delivers an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy.

Info: 894-4410, 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale.

The Hot Frittatas offer a taste of Italy

Get a taste of Italy right here in Sonoma County when the Hot Frittatas perform tangos, tarantellas, polkas, mazurkas, and more at the Rincon Valley Library on Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. Musicians include Gus Garelick on fiddle and mandolin, Don Coffin on guitar, and Gail Sharpsteen on violincello, with a special guest on the accordion. Open to all ages; free admission.

Info: 537-0162, 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

Loving the Living Room

The Living Room Center's biggest fundraiser of the year will be Sunday, Aug. 28, 2-4:30 p.m., with this year's theme of Loving The Living Room.This is a grand opening for their new center on Cleveland Ave. in Santa Rosa. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, local wines, silent auction, raffle, and live music including the Santa Rosa Children's Choir under the artistic direction of Carol Menke. Proceeds from this event will help pay off the mortgage of the new home and continue providing essential meals and services to homeless women of all ages and their children. Tickets are available online.

Info: 579-0138,, 1207 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa.

Acclaimed Ragtime and Jazz musicians perform locally

Jazz musicians Brian Holland and Danny Coots will perform at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. Holland is music director of the International Scott Joplin Festival in Sedalia, Missouri, and was also the outstanding hit at last year's West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento. Coots was recently voted Musician of the Year at the Monterey Jazz Festival and was the designated drummer in this year's All Stars Band at the Sacramento Memorial Day Festival. Donations at the concert will benefit of Habitat for the Humanity.

Info: or 16290 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.

The doctor is in

Lucy from Peanuts
Who could imagine addressing a medical condition like amblyopia (better known as lazy eye) with a cast of characters composed completely of children, a bird, and a dog? Charles Schulz's genius enabled him to accomplish such a feat while evoking a smile of recognition, if not outright laughter. Featuring over 56 original comic strips and health-related artwork and products, the Charles M. Schulz Museum's upcoming exhibition, Peanuts and the Picture of Health, running Aug. 31, 2016 to March 12, 2017, focuses on Schulz's careful study of health issues which inform many Peanuts plotlines.

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

Pre-code treasures of 1932

Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express
Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express
Study, watch, and discuss six fascinating, fun, essential, pre-code films from 1932 - one of cinema's greatest years - at the Santa Rosa Junior College. Explore boundary-pushing artistic expression, social commentary, and mythic storytelling in superlative preachment yarns, morality tales, rediscovered masterworks, and comic treasures. Films include Shanghai Express, Scarface, Grand Hotel, and Island of Lost Souls. Make sure you register and clear your schedule for six Thursdays starting Sept. 1.

Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

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