Out, About & Around the County
Oh Joy!Transcendence Theatre Company, of Broadway Under the Stars fame, returns to the Luther Burbank Center with their holiday show Joy To The World, Dec. 2-4, featuring a company of over 20 singer/dancers, artists who come to Sonoma County stages directly from recent Broadway appearances in Wicked, Mamma Mia, South Pacific and more. Tickets are $35-$129.
Info: 546- 3600, lutherburbankcenter.org. 50 Mark West Springs Rd. Santa Rosa.
Herbal delights and holiday arrangements Master Gardeners of Sonoma County are at it again with two gardening workshops on Dec. 3. At the Cloverdale Library, enjoy “The Garden of Herbal Delights” while you learn about growing and landscaping with herbs. Master Gardener Janet Barocco will discuss design principles, making example diagrams, and container considerations. Bring pencil, eraser, straightedge, and flat drawing surface. Graph paper is provided. At the Healdsburg library, learn about “Holiday Arrangements from the Seasonal Garden” with Master Gardener Sue Lovelace. Lovelace will explain how she collects and prepares plant material, along with personal design ideas. She will focus on tools and supplies to keep on hand and show slides of earlier creations. Both workshops run 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Info: Cloverdale Library, 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Healdsburg Library, 139 Piper St.
Sounds of the Season from Sonoma Hometown Band The Sonoma Hometown Band will give a concert on Dec. 3, Sounds of the Season, featuring a special holiday piece, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” written by the ensemble's director John Partridge. This is a great way to kick off the holidays. The concert, at Burlingame Hall in Sonoma, starts at 2 p.m., and is free.
Info: 252 West Spain St.
A very Victorian Christmas The Luther Burbank Home and Gardens will hold its annual Holiday Open House on Dec. 3 and 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Begin the season in Victorian style by visiting Burbank's historic home and gardens, and experience a charming reminder of bygone days when you tour the home decked out in old-fashioned holiday finery inside and out. See the latest exhibit and shop for unique Burbank-related items in the Carriage House Museum & Gift Shop. Admission: $3 ages 12 and older.
Info: 524-5445. www.lutherburbank.org. Santa Rosa Ave. at Sonoma Ave.
Wine Country Winter Festival The Wine Country Winter Festival is a brand new event coming to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on Dec. 3 and 4. Combining art, food, entertainment and libations, and lots of seasonal magic, this is a great opportunity to buy local gifts, goodies and art directly from the source. There will be plenty of glass, wearables, wall art, sculpture, food products, wood, and jewelry, plus an expansive wine/microbrew/spirits and ciders tasting area. Enjoy live music and dancing with the likes of David Luning, Frobeck, Lost Dog Found, Gator Nation and more. Holiday Hall will also be home to Santa and his elves, face-painting, sing-along caroling, a gingerbread house competition, kids cookie decorating, and other holiday-inspired surprises.
Info: www.winecountrywinterfestival.com. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa.
Rachmaninoff's The Bells - with no bells! The Santa Rosa Symphony's annual holiday concert, on Dec. 3, 4, and 5 at the Green Music Center, features The Bells, based on Edgar Allan Poe's poem of the same name, in which Rachmaninoff created the peeling of myriad bells without the use of bells. Conductor Bruno Ferrandis will wring the ringing from horns, woodwinds, harp and strings, as the chorus sings of joyous childhood, anticipated wedding, turmoil and fright, and finally a death knell. Performance times vary. Pre-concert talks one hour before each performance. Tickets $20-$85.
Info: 546-8742. Srsymphony.org. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
Stamp meeting and philatelic quiz The next Santa Rosa Stamp Club meeting will take place on Dec. 6. A highlight will be the annual “Philatelic Quiz with Quiz Master George Land.” Questions will challenge the general aspects of philately as well as some facts and history of the club. Presented in multiple-choice format, the quiz provides good-spirited entertainment. Land is always right on the money with fun questions mixed with mirth and knowledge. In Room 6 at the Steele Lane Community Center.
Info: 774-6296, firstname.lastname@example.org. 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa.
Pink Martini's Holiday Spectacular Back at the Luther Burbank Center for the first time since 2009, Pink Martini offers a festive holiday concert featuring songs from around the globe on Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. Comprising nearly a dozen instrumentalists with singer China Forbes, Pink Martini draws inspiration from music all over the world, crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop. Tickets range in price from $45-$69.
Info: 546-3600. lutherburbankcenter.org. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.
A queen bee reflects On Dec. 7, local author Catherine Sevenau will discuss and read from her latest book, Queen Bee: Reflections on Life and Other Rude Awakenings at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library at 6 p.m. The Queen Bee stories include posts from her blog, stories from her heart, and musings from her past. The queen of her own existence, Catherine shares her rollercoaster journey of reflections, experiences, and family; you may nod and sigh with recognition. Free.
Info: 996-5217, www.sonomalibrary.org. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
Conservation burn and biochar 101 workshop
The Sonoma Biochar Initiative and the Sonoma Ecology Center will host a conservation burn and biochar workshop at Circle Bar Ranch in Sonoma from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Dec. 9. These workshops feature both hands-on, in-the-field training, and a classroom component. By replacing conventional open burn methods with the conservation burn, you can significantly reduce emissions (visible smoke and invisible chemicals and particles) from agricultural burns in your community, while also producing biochar, a valuable soil amendment, in the process. Workshop proceeds help support programs at the Sonoma Biochar Initiative and the Sonoma Ecology Center. The workshop fee is $65.
Tommy Emmanuel plays Christmas Memories World-renowned Australian-born finger-style guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel will be at the Green Music Center, Dec. 9, playing from his new album of holiday music, Christmas Memories, and showcasing new arrangements of old favorites. Emmanuel's five-decade career has garnered hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide, along with two Grammy nominations. Maintaining a tour schedule of nearly 250 shows a year, Emmanuel has been voted Favorite Acoustic Guitarist in both Guitar Player Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine's reader polls. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25.
Info: gmc.sonoma.edu. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
Homes for the holidays
Spend a delightful winter's day touring decorated Sebastopol homes and one historic school during the Sebastopol Holiday Home Tour & Artisan Boutique, Dec. 9-11. Each stop displays holiday spirit in its own unique way, showcasing collections and family traditions. During the VIP Night Tour, 6-9 p.m., enjoy the lights of the season, festive music and treats. Daytime tours run 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (rain or shine). Tickets: $35-$45. Proceeds go to Jacob's Fund, a scholarship fund at Pleasant Hill Christian School in Sebastopol.
Info: 829-1729. sebastopolholidayhometour.com.
Feliz Navidad from Posada Navideña
Celebrating its 10th anniversary at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Ballet Folklórico de Sacramento's Posada Navideña returns to Santa Rosa this holiday season on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Posada Navideña invites audiences of all ages to come experience the folk culture of Mexico and its unique customs and traditions during this popular Christmas production and traditional Posada celebration. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and include free arts and crafts in the lobby starting at 6 p.m. and a free Posada celebration immediately following the show.
Info: 546-3600, lutherburbankcenter.org. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.
Free symphony concert series at the library Members of the Santa Rosa Symphony will once again bring their free concert series to Sonoma County Library branches around the county. On Dec. 10, there will be a family-friendly guitar and flute concert at the Rincon Valley Library, 1-2 p.m. (concert for families) and 2:30-3:30 p.m. (concert for adults).
Info: 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.
Natural history walk at Laguna de Santa Rosa Enjoy a leisurely winter walk along the Laguna Discovery Trail with Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation Education Team staff and volunteers on Dec. 10, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meet at the Laguna Environmental Center for a brief presentation about that stretch of the Laguna and then carpool to the Discovery Trail. Newly opened this past spring, the Laguna Discovery Trail off Stony Point Road is a wonderful place to see the Laguna up close, take-in open sky, watch birds, catch glimpses of other wildlife, and deepen your connection to the Laguna watershed. Cost: $15 (non-refundable). Pre-registration required.
Info: 527-9277, ext. 110. www.lagunafoundation.org. 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.
Bluebird of Happiness comes to SSU An enchanting fairy-tale about a child's Christmas wish to find the Bluebird of Happiness, The Bluebird runs now through Dec. 10 at Sonoma State University's Evert B. Person Theatre. The child's fantastic journey spans Lands of Memory, Palaces of Night and Luxury, and the Kingdom of the Future, and encounters adventures, friends, enemies and perhaps the secret of true happiness. The Bluebird is an all-ages show that provides a unique and meaningful message for the holiday season. Show times vary, check website.
Info: 664-4246. www.sonoma.edu/tix. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
Snow Maiden at Sebastiani The Sonoma Conservatory of Dance will put on two performances of The Snow Maiden on Dec. 10 and Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. The Snow Maiden is a full-length ballet recounting a beautiful Russian folktale full of love and magic. The shows will take place at the Sebastiani Theater in Sonoma. Tickets are $22 for adults, $17 for students and seniors.
Info: 938-1424. 476 First St. East, Sonoma.
Poetry and prose - not mutually exclusive The complexities of the modern world do not fit into neat compartments and neither does good writing about it. Prose poems, lyric essays, and Haibun are just three examples of forms that blur the line between poetry and prose, and even prose chestnuts like John Gardner's The Art of Fiction stress the importance of mastery of poetry rudiments. The wonderful news is that poetry and prose practices can be deeply, mutually nourishing. Learn how to use both to enrich your writing: sources for inspiration, honing of craft, synergistic publication, and more during this Redwood Writers workshop hosted by Rebecca Foust. Dec. 11, 2:30-4:30 p.m., at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. Cost is $10.
Info: www.redwoodwriters.org. 2777 4th St., Santa Rosa.
Altar Art artFlare SoCo Women's Art Group, a collective of seven local artists, presents its final show of 2016 on Dec. 10 and 11. “Altar Art, A Journey of Spirit,” offers inspirational art that represents spiritual practices in Goddess, Native American, Hispanic and African American cultures, as well as Buddhist, Jewish, and Christian spirituality. Paintings, sculptures, prints, handmade books and prayer flags will be on sale for this one-weekend holiday show. Also on display is a collectively created painting of Malala Yousafzai. artFlare honors the young Nobel Prize-winning freedom fighter and wishes to donate their painting to a spiritual or educational institution for public display.
Info: www.artflare.net. 3840 Finley Ave., Building 33, Studio/Gallery #106, Santa Rosa.
A Charlie Brown Christmas Luther Burbank Center for the Arts and the Santa Rosa Symphony present a special holiday treat on Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. with A Charlie Brown Christmas Concert. This festive afternoon concert features songs from the 1965 classic Peanuts animated special as well as other traditional Christmas favorites. Special guest pianist Jim Martinez, along with his Quartet, join the Santa Rosa Symphony under the baton of Principal Pops Conductor Michael Berkowitz in paying tribute to famous Snoopy songs, with music written or arranged by Vince Guaraldi. Tickets range in price from $37-$80.
Info: 546-3600. Lutherburbankcenter.org. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.
Tinker Thinkers On Dec. 14, The Children's Museum of Sonoma County will present “Tinker Thinkers: Forces and Motion” for children and their families, at the Sonoma Valley Library at 4 p.m. This STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) event will introduce young scientists to basic principles of physics, including friction, gravity, and Newton's First Law. Hands-on exploration with kapla blocks, marble runs, ramps and balls will make for an afternoon of fun and discovery. The event is free and open to children ages 6 and up and their caregivers. Seating is limited and is first-come, first-served.
Info: 996-5217, email@example.com. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
Jazz at the JC On Dec. 14, the SRJC Orchestra and Choir will present a joint concert with special guest pianist Dr. Rudolf Budginas in Burbank Auditorium. Dec. 16 is Jazz Night and features performances by the Oak Tones (an a cappella group) and SRJC Jazz Band in Newman Auditorium. And on Dec. 17, the SRJC Symphonic Band will perform with the Analy High School Honor Band in Burbank Auditorium. Dr. Jerome Fleg conducts the SRJC Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Jazz Band. Jody Benecke directs the SRJC Choir and Vocal Music. Each concert is $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors and students.
Info: 527-4249, https://music.santarosa.edu. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
Bluegrass duo in Cloverdale
On Dec. 15, the Cloverdale Arts Alliance's Americana Night spotlights critically acclaimed and Grammy-nominated Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, widely regarded as two of the preeminent bluegrass and Americana artists of our time. Lewis and Rozum formed a musical partnership in 1986, and have recorded over 20 albums as a duo and with their many talented musical friends, including their 1995 Grammy-nominated album The Oak and the Laurel. Their latest release, The Hazel and Alice Sessions, delves into the repertoire of Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerard, two trailblazing women of bluegrass music. Tickets are $15 for Cloverdale Arts Alliance members and $20 for non-members. Doors open at 7 p.m.; music from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Info: www.cloverdaleartsalliance. 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd.
Christmas Joy at Vintage House The lively Vintage House Singers will present their annual holiday concert, Christmas Joy, on Dec. 16 from 2-4 p.m. Formed over 25 years ago, the group is led by co-directors Kay Adams and Gay Weir. Highlights include a bell choir, and talented solo performances. The concert will take place at the Vintage House in Sonoma. Free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted and refreshments will be served.
Info: 996-0311, www.vintagehouse.org. 264 First St. East, Sonoma.
Sing-Along MessiahThe long-running Redwood Empire Sing-Along-Messiah will break with tradition this year and move to a new day (Sunday) and an afternoon performance starting at 3 p.m. on Dec. 18 at Sonoma Country Day School's Jackson Theater. The concert features the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus and Santa Rosa Junior College Choirs on stage with the Santa Rosa Chamber Orchestra led by Director Nicholas Xenelis. Dan Earl marks his 36th year as conductor. Audience members will have musical scores to join in the singing of such classics as “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night” and the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Listeners are warmly welcomed as well. Tickets are $20 at the door, in advance at Stanroy Music Center, and online. This holiday event raises money for youth education programs of the Santa Rosa Symphony.
Info: 522-8786. www.srsymphonyleague.org. 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa.