Out, About & Around the County
Community talent on displayCommunity art is on display now through Jan. 30 at the Arts Guild of Sonoma. Sonoma is fortunate to have so many creative artists in all mediums, and not all of them show their artwork in galleries, so now is your chance to see something new. View jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, photography, textiles and paintings from this exciting new group of artists. The Arts Guild is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs.-Monday.
Info: 996-3115, 140 E. Napa St. Sonoma.
The only bad voice is the voice we don't hearStarting this month, the Vintage House Singers will resume their choral singing. The general public is invited to join this fun and friendly group. If you are a tenor or bass, you get a free latte and doughnut at each meeting. Singers meet each Wednesday, 10-11:30 a.m., at Vintage House in Sonoma.
Info: 996-0311. 264 First St. East, Sonoma.
Chase away winter blues with wine, words & warm socksWine, Words & Warm Socks on Tuesday, Jan. 17, is a celebration of wine paired with readings from four local authors. The event, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Vintage House in Sonoma, featured authors Patti Williams, Judy Altura, Bonnie Lee and Catherine Anne Held. The bookend speakers are Judy Baker and Judy Reyes. Their new partnership, Book Marketing Mentor, is a think tank offering marketing implementation services for authors. Wine educator Peg Melnik will lead a mini-class and wine tasting. Tickets: $10, or $15 at the door. In addition, bring a pair of men's or women's socks to donate to F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping).
Free your inner actorNellie Cravens, artistic director for Silver Moon Theatre, will teach an acting class for adults on Tuesday evenings, Jan. 17-March 21. “Scene Study for Adults” will help participants develop acting skills by working on scenes from published plays. Explore stage movement, developing a character, action/reaction, and more. Memorizing helps but is not required. Beginners are welcome - everyone learns from each other. Classes are 7-9 p.m. at the Theater School in Sonoma. Ten sessions $200. Limited to 12 students.
Civil Grand Jury Q&AThe Sonoma County Civil Grand Jury comes to Sonoma Valley Regional Library on Jan. 18, 6 p.m., for a public information Q&A session. A team of four current and/or ex-Grand Jurors will review what the Grand Jury does and how it operates. The Grand Jury system in California exists to promote effective and efficient local government. Speakers will discuss the complaint procedure, and the application process for becoming a Grand Jury applicant. This event is free and open to all.
Home energy workshopDon't miss the free energy workshop on Jan. 18, 3-4:30 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Central Library. Learn how to be energy and water efficient. There will be light refreshments, door prizes, and a chance to win a free home energy audit, LED lights, or an energy saving wall panel heater. Workshop presentations start at 3 p.m.
Info/RSVP: GSenergy@sonoma-county.org, 565-6470. 211 E St., Santa Rosa.
All about ag laws>Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner Tony Linegar will speak at the Jan. 19 meeting of the Sonoma County Taxpayer's Association at the Fountaingrove Inn in Santa Rosa. Linegar is responsible for the enforcement of environmental laws and regulations that affect the safety of our environment and the health of agricultural workers. The commissioner's office is also charged with preventing establishment of exotic pests detrimental to the county's billion dollar agriculture industry. Luncheon begins at 12 p.m. Cost: $25 for members, $30 for all others. RSVP by Jan. 16.
Info: 481-1089, firstname.lastname@example.org. 101 Fountaingrove Pkwy., Santa Rosa.
My Dinner with MFK FisherEnjoy an intimate conversation, a special menu, and personal remembrances of the writer and famous foodie M.F.K. Fisher, shared by Kathleen Hill, food and wine editor of the Sonoma Index-Tribune, Jan. 20 in Sonoma. Hill is a culinary historian who has written for Thomas Keller's Finesse magazine, Edible Marin & Wine Country, and other magazines. She is an award-winning professor of American government and politics, and author or co-author of 40 books. This dinner is part of the series of pop-ups called “My Dinner with ____: Inspirations from Culinary Legends.” “My Dinner with MFK Fisher” starts at 6:30 p.m., hosted by the girl & the fig restaurant. Tickets: $45.
Info: www.figsuited.com. 21800 Schellville Rd., Suite D, Sonoma.
Lutefisk - a Norwegian treatOnce a year the famous (infamous?) Lutefisk is available at Norway Hall in Santa Rosa, a delicious treat for adventuresome foodies and “in the know” Norwegian Americans alike. Norwegians love this lye-soaked cod dish, but if it should turn out not to be your favorite, there are mounds of home-made Norwegian meatballs to fall back on at the annual Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner, Jan. 21, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $26 for Freya Lodge, Sons of Norway members, $32 nonmembers, and $10 for children age 6-14. Only 90 tickets will be available.
Crustacean cravingsThe North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation is sponsoring a crab feed on Jan. 21 at St. Rose Parish Hall in Santa Rosa. Proceeds benefit the Santa Rosa Junior College Scholarship Fund and the cultural activities of the foundation. The menu will include all-you-can-eat crab, ceviche, shrimp appetizers, pesto pasta, salad, bread and dessert. Doors open at 5, dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets: $60 pp or $15 for children (does not include crab). RSVP by Jan. 16.
Make Richard Petty proudOn Jan. 21, the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children's Charities hosts Laps for Charity, in which participants are invited to take their vehicle for a few laps around the iconic Sonoma Raceway's 12-turn road course. This unique experience includes a pre-lap safety briefing with professional drivers, three lead-follow laps around the 2.52-mile circuit, and a picture of your car on the track. All proceeds benefit children in need through Sonoma County youth organizations. A limited number of spots are now available between 12:30-4 p.m. Participants must be 18 years old or older; passengers are not permitted. All cars must have shoulder strap seat belt restraints, mufflers and pass a basic technical inspection. Cost is $150.
Hear Holly NearFolk artist and activist Holly Near comes to Petaluma's Cinnabar Theater for one night only on Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m. Having worked with luminaries such as Pete Seeger and Joan Baez, Near brings her own mix of piano, guitar, ukulele, banjo and bass, played from the heart to the intimate space of Cinnabar. Tickets: $25 general admission, $15 youth.
Radiolab at LBC
Radiolab at LBCRadiolab's Jad Abumrad comes to Santa Rosa's Luther Burbank Center, with special guest and Sonoma County resident Zoë Keating on Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. By integrating his background as both a journalist and composer, Abumrad has experienced great success with his public radio program, Radiolab. He orchestrates dialogue, music, interviews and sound effects into compelling documentaries to create “a new aesthetic” in broadcast journalism. Joined by renowned cellist Keating, their live show Gut Churn is a fascinating discussion complimented by an intriguing layer of sound. Tickets $30-$40.
Info: 546-3600. lutherburbankcenter.org. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.
Dance around the worldNikola Clay presents “Dance Around the World” at the Sonoma Valley Library on Jan. 28, 10:30 a.m. Families and children are invited to experience a variety of cultures through the universal language of music and dance in this interactive program. Learn easy folk dances like La Mariposa from Bolivia, Niwawa “Clay Doll” from China, and the Penguin Dance from Antarctica. The event is free and open to children of all ages and their families. Space is limited and is first-come, first-served.
Lions and dragons in SonomaCelebrate the Chinese New Year and welcome the “Year of the Rooster” with Sonoma Sister Cities Association on Jan. 29, 12-4 p.m. at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. Guests will be treated to traditional Chinese entertainment, including lion and dragon dances, and a special performance by Morgan Harrington, known as the “Red Soprano.” A multi-course Chinese holiday luncheon will be prepared and served by Park Avenue Catering, paired with wines from Cline Cellars and Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. Tickets are $75. Emceed by weatherman Joel Bartlett, the event and silent auction proceeds will benefit efforts to build a Chinese-style pavilion, known as a ting, in Sonoma's historic Depot Park. This structure will honor the forgotten Chinese laborers who played a significant role in developing the wine industry in the mid-19th century.
Superstar piano trio at Weill HallFor nearly 40 years, pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson have garnered numerous awards and set the standard for performance by a piano trio. The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio will be at Green Music Center's Weill Hall on Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. The Washington Post writes, “Among the superstars of the chamber music world, few induce as much open-mouthed rapture as the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio.” The trio will be playing Beethoven, Shostakovich and Brahms. Tickets start at $35.
Info: 1-866-955-6040. gmc.sonoma.edu. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
Teach-in with North Coast Coalition for PalestineOn Jan. 30, Occupy Sonoma County presents “Understanding the Conflict in Palestine/Israel,” a personal narrative of loss of human rights in Palestine/Israel and what the U.S. media isn't telling you about the ongoing conflict and U.S. complicity. Learn about the implications of Islamophobia in this struggle. Donation requested. 7-9 p.m. at the Peace and Justice Center.
Info: 877-6650. OccupySonomaCounty.org. 467 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa.
Get crab crackin' The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County will host a crab feed on Feb. 11 at Brooks Road Club in Windsor. All-you-can-eat crab, pasta, bread, dancing, silent and live auctions and a no-host bar are the many reasons it has been voted best crab feed in Sonoma County. Tickets: $75 pp.
Info: bgccsc.org, email@example.com. 9640 Brooks Road South, Windsor.