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Out, About & Around the County: 11/01/2016

Out, About & Around the County

Stamp meeting and auction

The Santa Rosa Stamp Club is a friendly group of stamp collectors that meet once a month, 7-9 p.m., for auctions, presentations and philatelic conversations. The next meeting will take place Nov. 1, concluding with a popular annual auction of stamp items offered by club members. Meet in Room 6 at the Steele Lane Community Center.

Info: 774-6296, 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa.

All about caregiving

Jennie Chin Hansen, RN, MSN
All about caregiving
Learn about caregiving for a loved one at a Nov. 3 presentation of “Family Caregiving - Been There…Am There…Will Be There,” by Jennie Chin Hansen, RN, MSN, immediate past CEO of the American Geriatrics Society, and a recent president of AARP. Hansen will discuss how families and friends provide 80 percent of the long-term care of loved ones, and how you can access information and support to address this role. She will also identify predictable issues that emerge in caregiving, and discuss policy, programs and services that increasingly shape the healthcare landscape. This free event takes place at Vintage House in Sonoma, 1:30-3 p.m.

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

The beauty of table top gardens

The Nov. 3 meeting of the Valley of the Moon Garden Club will feature Rosemary McCreary, Master Gardener and freelance writer. McCreary's book, Table Top Gardens, is an imaginative guide for how to design and maintain stunning tabletop gardens, including step-by-step instructions. She will show examples of these dazzling miniature landscapes that grow and develop under glass, in bowls, and even in water environments. Copies of the book will be available for sale. Meet and Greet starts at 6:30 p.m., meeting begins at 7 p.m. Members are free and guests are $5.

Info: Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building, 126 1st St. West.

History, climate talks at Laguna de Santa Rosa

The Laguna Environmental Center will host two talks this month, with the first focusing on the “History of Sonoma County's Narrow Gauge Railroad.” For roughly 60 years the North Pacific Coast narrow gauge line ran through 12 towns, from Sausalito to Cazadero, most of which shrunk significantly once the narrow gauge line was discontinued in the 1930s. On Nov. 3, 7-8:30 p.m., learn more about this railroad network and about the lives and towns it changed. Then, on Nov. 12, 3-4:30 p.m., learn about how climate change is affecting the Laguna. Dr. Lisa Micheli will demonstrate how to use a new Climate Smart Watershed Analyst to visualize how climate may vary in the coming years at the scale of the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed. Learn about the North Bay Climate Ready project. Cost: $10, pre-registration required for both.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

The Heart and Soul of dance

Fall Dance
Fall Dance
Fearless, new and cutting-edge, Sonoma State's talented dance artists perform Heart and Soul, two powerful dance concerts. Full of raw energy, movement and emotion, the concerts feature student-inspired original choreography including hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and ballet pieces. Produced with SSU theatre tech students' lighting and set designs, every piece embodies a culmination of effort and collaborative spirit guaranteed to entertain and keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Running Nov. 3-6, 7:30 p.m.

Info: 664-4246. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Award-winning Latin jazz

Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel Quartet
Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel Quartet
On Nov. 3, THE Jazz Club, brought to you by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance, will heat things up with the critically acclaimed Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel Quartet. Led by drummer Brian Andres, the ACJC was formed to contribute its own mark to the Latin Jazz tradition in the Bay Area. Featuring Grammy Award-winning musicians, the ACJC performs at the highest level. Their repertoire consists of original compositions as well as original arrangements of classics from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the United States. Tickets are $15 for Cloverdale Arts Alliance members and $20 for nonmembers. Doors open at 7 p.m.; music begins at 7:30 p.m.

Info: 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd.

National security as an election issue

Dr. David McCuan, professor of Political Science at Sonoma State University, will speak about foreign policy, national security, and the election at the Nov. 4 luncheon of the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County. The economy still matters, according to McCuan, but national security issues increasingly drive election results and public opinion. The public is welcome to the noon luncheon at the Fountaingrove Inn. Choose roasted pork loin or mushroom ravioli. Members $30; visitors $35. Checks should be written to “World Affairs Council of Sonoma County.” Mail to World Affairs Council, Box 1433, Santa Rosa, 95402.

Info: 573-6014. 101 Fountaingrove Pkwy., Santa Rosa.

Local nature photographer in the spotlight

Biologist by profession, Sonoma's Mark Zukowski is also a gifted photographer of nature in all its forms, and will go to the ends of the earth, literally, for the best shot. His photographs can be seen at the Arts Guild gallery year-round, but this month he will be the focus of an expanded exhibition of his stunning works from his recent trips to Canada, Iceland and Norway. Meet him in person at the Opening Reception, Nov. 4, 5-7 p.m. Free.

Info: 996-3115, 140 East Napa St., Sonoma.

Bennett Friedman Quartet in concert

The Music Department of Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) presents a jazz concert featuring the Bennett Friedman Quartet on Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. in Newman Auditorium. The concert will feature pianist Joe Gilman, bassist Jeff Denson, drummer Hamir Atwal, and of course, Bennett Friedman on saxophone. The performance will feature the works of Charles Mingus, Chick Corea, Toots Thielmans and others. General admission is $10, or $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door only. Proceeds from the concert benefit the SRJC Foundation Jazz Studies Fund.

Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Master Gardeners know everything!

Winter may mean less outdoor garden time, but it also means more indoor garden education time with the Sonoma County Master Gardeners free lecture series. On Nov. 5, choose from a number of lectures around the county. “Are We Having Fungi Yet?” at the Guerneville Regional Library will teach gardeners about the good, the bad, and what fungi means to your garden. At the Rincon Valley Library, Master Gardener Dave Gould will talk about Gardening 101. From planting fruit trees to rototilling, fertilizing, pruning, composting and maintenance, Gould will discuss ways to avoid some common mistakes backyard gardeners make. Learn about “Monarchs and Milkweed” at the Sonoma Valley Library. Master Gardener Suzanne Clarke will discuss feeding, anatomy, life cycle, diet, and distribution of west and east coast populations, and explain what home gardeners can do to help their survival. And in Windsor, hear about “Holiday Arrangements from the Seasonal Garden.” All presentations are 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Boundary-breaking guitarist at SV Library

Singer-songwriter, Steven Taylor-Ramirez brings his critically acclaimed music, crossing the boundaries of folk-rock, Latin, Americana and blues, to the Sonoma Valley Library on Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. Free.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Sonoma County artists in their natural habitat

The Sonoma County women's art group artFlare will host an Open Studio on Nov. 5 and 6 at Studio #106. There will be music, food and over 30 artists in their studio settings, celebrating their third anniversary of connecting art, nature, and the community. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Info: Building 33, 3840 Finley Ave., Santa Rosa.

Bourbon, bacon, and beer

The Council on Aging's Bourbon, Bacon and Beer Speakeasy Party will transport party-goers back to that devil-may-care Prohibition era when flappers kicked up their heels in speakeasies and jazz flowed as freely as bootlegged booze. The party takes place on on Nov. 5, 7-11 p.m., at Cloverleaf Ranch in Santa Rosa. A secret password will open the “gin joint” door, with gaming, live ragtime music, bacon bites and beer. Everyone is encouraged to wear “Roaring 20s” attire. Proceeds benefit the Council on Aging's Meals on Wheels program. Tickets $125.

Info: 3892 Old Redwood Hwy., Santa Rosa.

Hilary Scott at Hopmonk

Award-winning singer/songwriter Hilary Scott weaves musical and lyrical Americana tapestries with her powerful, soulful voice, songwriting, and musicianship. Her most recent album, Freight Train Love, was recorded with the help of eight-time Grammy winner Johnny Lee Schell, and has garnered great reviews from Billboard, No Depression and more. Scott will give listeners an intimate storytelling experience for an unforgettable live show at HopMonk Tavern in Sonoma on Nov. 5, 8 p.m.

Info: 691 Broadway, Sonoma.

Pianist Orion Weiss at Green Center

Distinguished young pianist Orion Weiss joins the Santa Rosa Symphony at the Green Music Center on Nov. 5 at 8 p.m., Nov. 6 at 3 p.m., and Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. to perform the “Piano Concerto No. 2” by Béla Bartók. The Piano Concerto is an excellent example of Bartók's mastery of balanced musical structures, requiring superlative technical skill to play. Weiss is one of the most sought-after young American soloists. A graduate of the Juilliard School, his list of awards includes the Gilmore Young Artist Award and Avery Fisher Career Grant. Tickets: $20-$85, free for ages 7-17.

Info: 546-8742.

Film screening, live music highlight El Sistema

Valley Vibes Orchestra
Cinema with Jamie Bernstein
On Nov. 6, Jamie Bernstein, daughter of famed musician Leonard Bernstein, will present her critically acclaimed film, Crescendo, about the music program El Sistema and how it's impacting students across the world. Crescendo will screen from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Sebastiani Theatre in Sonoma, with an introduction by Bernstein. After the film, Sonoma's own El Sistema program, Valley Vibes Orchestra, will give a short performance. Then from 4-6 p.m., there will be a reception at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, plus a Q&A with Bernstein and the directors of the sponsoring organizations, followed by a short chamber music performance. Tickets are $50 for screening and reception ($60 at door), $10 screening only ($15 at door), students/kids free.

Info: Sebastiani Theater, 476 1st St. E., Sonoma. Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

Time to Choose

Time to Choose, written and directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Charles Ferguson (No End In Sight, Inside Job), is a film addressing the breadth of global climate change challenges and the remarkable, inspiring and brave ways people are coming together across the globe to find and implement sustainable solutions. With footage from five continents, the film explores the power of solutions already available to us. It will be screened on Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. at Burlingame Hall in Sonoma. Ultimately about hope, this is a film about the power of solutions. Admission is free - donations gladly accepted.

Info: 252 West Spain St., Sonoma.

Transgender in Sonoma County

A gender non-conforming youth panel from Positive Images will discuss the gender spectrum and what it means to be transgender, when Occupy Sonoma County presents “Gender Awareness and Education” on Nov. 7, 7-9 p.m. at the Peace and Justice Center in Santa Rosa. The message is that because gender is a social construct, there are still many things to learn, and over time there will be changes and new understandings. Donation requested.

Info: 467 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa.

The mysteries of Jack London

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Jack London's death in 1916, the Sonoma Valley Library hosts local Jack London scholar, Prof. Jonah Raskin, on Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. Raskin's presentation, “The Mysteries of Jack London: The Fire, His Birth and His Death” will explore those events. “Like his birth and like the Wolf House fire of 1913, London's death continues to intrigue readers and to weave a spell of mystery,” said Raskin. Passes to Jack London Historic State Park and copies of Raskin's booklet, The Mysteries of Jack London, will be raffled off. This is a free event.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Wine's night to shine

Can't get off work in time to go wine tasting? Are your weekends busy with all sorts of activities? Try a variety of award-winning Sonoma County wines at one convenient location, in the evening, mid-week. Enjoy “Wine's Night Out” on the second Wednesday of each month - this month on Nov. 9 - at the Flamingo Hotel. From 6-8 p.m., guests can sample a variety of Sonoma County wines in one place, meet winemakers and sommeliers, and learn about wine. Award-winning wine, food, music and more will fill the two-hour event. It's wine's night to shine, and your night to taste wine. $20 in advance online

Info: 2777 4th St., Santa Rosa.

Battle of the bartenders

The tenth Annual Sonoma Bar Battle, brings local bartenders to the Sonoma Veterans Building on Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. to face off for the title of “Sonoma's Best Bartender.” Participants will bring a signature cocktail and appetizers for all to try. They will decorate their booths and vie for votes for “Best Booth” and “Best Fan Cocktail.” Bartenders will also compete in an Iron Bartender challenge; once on stage, each bartender will have 10 minutes to make “their” cocktail using a secret ingredient that has just been revealed to them. Live music by T-Luke & the Tight Suits rounds out the evening. Tickets: $35 in advance at Steiners Tavern, Town Square, Eraldi's Menswear, Mary's Pizza Shack on the Plaza and Rossi's 1906, $40 at the door. Age 21 and older only.

Info: 126 1st St. W., Sonoma.

Developing the writer's voice

Why do agents, editors, and readers reach for a particular author? The answer is “voice,” a hard-to-define and sometimes harder-to-develop authorial sound that distinguishes one writer's work from all others. On Nov. 13, 2:30-4:30 p.m., at the Flamingo Hotel, writer Amanda McTigue offers specific areas of focus for all phases of a writer's work, from drafting to editing, to help develop an authentic, compelling and memorable voice on the page across all genres. Admission: $5 members, $10 nonmembers.

Info: 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

Join the Trails Council

The Sonoma County Trails Council's Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner is Nov. 16 at the Santa Rosa Scottish Rite Center, starting at 6 p.m. Enjoy food, drink, door prizes, an ongoing slide show of last year's projects, a meet-and-greet of old and new friends, a brief annual report from Executive Director Ken Wells, and the election of 2017 Directors. New members can join at the door or online at the website below. Please sign up early so organizers can be sure to have enough food and drink. This is a free event for all Trails Council members.

Info/RSVP:, 600 Acacia Lane, Santa Rosa.

Affordable housing summit

Concerned about affordable housing and homelessness in Sonoma County? On Nov. 17, the Sonoma County Community Development Commission is hosting an action-oriented Homes for All Summit at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. This countywide summit will focus on sharing information and crafting actionable shared solutions for the short, medium and long term. Register by Nov. 11. This is a free event.

Info: 565-7523.

An evening with Kathy Fitzgerald at 6th Street

Broadway character actress extraordinaire, Kathy Fitzgerald juggled several characters, including fabulously butch lighting designer Shirley Markovitz, during her six-year stint in The Producers. Other Broadway credits include Roz in 9 to 5 and the malicious Madame Morrible in Wicked. Now she comes to 6th Street Playhouse to conduct a “Musical Theatre Master Class and Gala Performance” on Nov. 19. In the workshop, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Fitzgerald will offer her insight, humor, and extensive Broadway experience to those lucky enough to enroll. A ticket to the evening Gala Performance will allow you to watch this Master Class for free. The evening performance starts at 6 p.m. with a reception in the Studio Gallery. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the GK Hardt Theatre. Tickets range from $100-$150.

Info: 52 W. 6th Street, Santa Rosa.

It's a turkey, Charlie Brown!

Enjoy the animated classic, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, on the big screen and help prepare a re-creation of Snoopy's Thanksgiving meal of toast, popcorn, and jelly beans from the classic television holiday special, along with hands-on crafts, and other fun family activities during this Thanksgiving with Snoopy event on Nov. 19, 1-4 p.m., at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa.

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Oh Joy!

Transcendence Theatre Company, of Broadway Under the Stars fame, will be returning to the Luther Burbank Center in December with their holiday show, “Joy To The World.” Tickets are on sale now for the Dec. 2-4 performances, featuring a company of over 20 singer/dancers, artists who come to Sonoma County stages directly from recent Broadway appearances. Tickets are $35-$129.

Info: 546- 3600, 50 Mark West Springs Rd. Santa Rosa.

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