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Out, About & Around the County: 03/01/2017

Out, About & Around the County

The Magic Flute comes to SSU

Mozart’s The Magic Flute premiered just two months before the composer’s premature death in 1791. Written for the common man and staged in a theater rather than at court, The Magic Flute is a musical fantasy adventure about a noble prince who sets out to rescue a princess and ensure the triumph of truth and justice. It is beloved for its blend of fantastical storytelling, appealing characters, Shakespearian scope, emotional range and the exquisite beauty of its music. Sonoma State University’s departments of Music and Theatre Arts & Dance join for this main stage presentation with 15-piece orchestra. Running through March 5 in the Evert B. Person Theatre. Tickets: $5-$17.

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

Plants for pollinators

Sonoma County Master Gardener Cheryl Veretto is the speaker for the March 2 meeting of the Valley of the Moon Garden Club at the Sonoma Veterans’ Memorial Building. Veretto is a self-described activist for pollinators. Her talk and PowerPoint presentation will explain how to create a beautiful garden that helps all pollinators flourish, including honey and native bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and other beneficial insects. Starting at 7 p.m., with plant raffle and complimentary refreshments after the meeting. Members are free, guests $5.

Info: 126 First St. West, Sonoma. 

Healthy aging class

On March 3, 10:30 a.m. at the Sonoma Valley Library, the Northern California Center for Well-Being hosts an interactive class dedicated to senior health literacy for ages 60 and up. This two-hour class includes an informational session, healthy snack, breathing exercise and physical activity. Practice taking your own blood pressure and develop a personal action plan. Know your numbers, understand preventable risk factors and practice solutions. Participants can take home a free cookbook. Space is limited, pre-registration required. 

Info: 996-5217, www.sonomalibrary.orgunder “Events.” 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Musicians galore at Green Center

The Five Irish Tenors, direct from Dublin, Ireland, will perform at the Green Music Center on March 3. The Austin-based Miró Quartet presents a concert of works by Haydn, Brahms, and Schumann, featuring pianist Anne-Marie McDermott on March 5. On March 11, genre-crossing pianist Brad Mehldau performs his Three Pieces after Bach – an innovative work of reflection and contrast. German chamber orchestra Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, founded in East Berlin in 1982, performs Foreign Affairs – Characters of the Baroque, featuring Telemann’s Overture-Suite Les Nations, coupled with works of Couperin, Handel, Vivaldi, Bach, and Rameau on March 12. And rounding out the month is Dizzy Gillespie protégé, trumpet player Arturo Sandoval, who performs with the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band on March 24. 

In Schroeder Hall, the Valley of the Moon Music Festival presents Nick Phan and Schubert’s Cello, featuring the stellar young tenor Nicholas Phan on March 4. That same evening, there will be a special screening of India in a Day, a film by Richie Mehta, co-presented by Sonoma International Film Festival. And on March 19, pianist Haochen Zhang, the gold medal winner at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, performs a selection of works by Schumann, Janacek, and Bartok.

Info: 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

40 years of Arts Guild

The Arts Guild of Sonoma turns 40 this month. To celebrate, it will host an opening reception on March 3, 5-7 p.m. Some of the first artists to join back in 1977 will exhibit their art for the month and will be present at the reception to share their stories. Complimentary wine and nibbles.

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

Drawing on nature

If you are a nature artist, you know that leaves are the most important, and often the most difficult objects to draw. Learn to mix and identify “good” greens, draw veins and edges, and make your leaves come to life during a “Drawing Green Leaves and Stems in Colored Pencil” workshop with botanical artist Nina Antze. Experiment with fun browns to create interesting stems and branches. Enjoy a peaceful, meditative day of drawing in lovely Heron Hall at the Laguna Environmental Center. March 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. All levels welcome. $85 Pre-registration required.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

Poetry and Jazz

On March 4, at 2:30 p.m., musical poetry duo PoetryMusic comes to the Sonoma Valley Library. PoetryMusic is a world class chamber jazz duo performing poetry that has been set to music, music composed to poetry, and poetry as a catalyst for free improvisation. Chris Lee, playing the vibes/percussion, and Colleen O’Brien on voice and cello, have performed together for 30 years as an electric chamber jazz duo. The event is free and open to all. 

Info: 996-5217 or 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Tools for life

“Tools for the Mastery of Life” is a day-long seminar and “how-to” guide for applying practical mystical principles to improve your life. During his many years of writing about Rosicrucian teachings, Edward Lee came to realize that his comments were relevant not only to students of mysticism but to everyone seeking to better their lives. Among the subjects covered are the role of freedom in our lives, how to solve the day-to-day problems we encounter, and how to improve our powers of concentration, intuition, and visualization to bring about the kind of life we really desire. The seminar runs 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on March 4 at the Scottish Rite Center. Cost: $48 mail-in, $52 online and $58 at the door. Lunch included.

Info/Registration: 600 Acacia Lane, Santa Rosa. 

Master Gardener Workshops

Sonoma County Master Gardeners host three free workshops around the county on March 4. Master Gardener Suzanne Clarke will discuss “Monarchs and Milkweed” at the Rincon Valley Library. Learn about feeding, anatomy, life cycle, diet and distribution of Monarch butterflies. In Sebastopol, Master Gardener Kim Pearson will discuss what sustainability is and why it is so important for the future. Using a small urban garden as an example, she will suggest projects that can transform a typical garden into a more sustainable, beautiful and enjoyable outdoor space. Learn about “The Single Best Thing You Can Do For Your Garden,” when Master Gardener Lyle Bullock covers the hows and the whys of composting at the Windsor Library. All workshops run 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Youth ensembles perform at Green

Internationally recognized Baroque violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock is the featured guest soloist for a concert of the two most advanced Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles on March 4 at 3 p.m. at the Green Music Center. Blumenstock, concertmaster of famed Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, joins Young People’s Chamber Orchestra (YPCO), directed by Aaron Westman, and 16-year-old YPCO musician Alex Chui in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Three Violins, Strings, and Continuo in F major. Also on the program are Handel’s Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op. 6, No. 4, Respighi’s Ancient Dances and Airs, Suite No. 3, and Janá?ek’s Suite for Strings. Tickets: $5-$20.

Info: 546-8742. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

www.Marshland hike in Sonoma

Sonoma State Historic Park docents will lead a hike of the seasonal marshlands of the park on March 5, 12-3 p.m. During the rainy season, a large part of the park’s open space turns to marsh and wetlands. Drop in at the Education Station and see what types of plant and aquatic life exist in the pond areas. Look for the State Parks all-terrain vehicle with a green flag along the bike path near the Vallejo Home driveway. Rain boots or waterproof shoes suggested. Hike is free.

Info: 938-9547. 363 3rd St. West, Sonoma.

Women’s History Month events

Women’s History Month at Santa Rosa Junior College presents a series of speakers March 6-30. Highlights include: “NEEMO 21 Mission Overview,” on March 6, 12-1 p.m. Research scientist Dr. Dawn Kernagis will recount her experience working with NASA as part of the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations 21 crew, living in an underwater habitat for eight days to research effects of long duration space operations. On March 13, 12-1 p.m., Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, and poet Taína Asili will present “Music and Writing for Social Change,” offering inspiration from her 20-year career writing songs that seek to reclaim power and challenge injustice. Asili will give a live concert at 7:30 p.m., showcasing a blend of social justice songs from various musical genres including Afro-Latin, reggae, rock, and hip-hop. Both lectures will be at the Newman Auditorium in Santa Rosa. The complete calendar of Women’s History Month events, including descriptions, are available at the website below:


Computers 101 at SV Library

The Language Truck, a locally-based mobile educational services provider, will offer free basic computer classes in both Spanish and English at the Sonoma Valley Library this month. The English classes will be held on March 7 and 14 at 11 a.m. The Spanish classes will be held on March 10 and 17 at 11 a.m. The workshops will focus on computer essentials such as how to correctly turn a computer on and off, use the mouse, basic keyboard keys and functions, and internet essentials – explaining the internet, how to use a search engine, and how to navigate the internet. Space is limited. Free and open to all.

Info: 996- 5217, www.sonomalibrary.orgunder “events.” 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Immigration rights workshop

La Luz Center will host a workshop on immigration rights on March 7, 6-8 p.m. Attendees will learn about immigration terms and procedures, and how to support our undocumented community. Snacks and child care provided. El Verano Elementary School’s multipurpose room.

Info: 18606 Riverside Dr., Sonoma.

Better posture through yoga

Instructors from Santa Rosa Junior College will lead a yoga class at the Sonoma Valley Library on March 8 at 6 p.m. “Transform Your Posture Through Yoga” is designed to improve posture, which, in turn can improve digestion and energy levels. There will be lessons on how to align your neck and shoulders to relieve pain and tension, including stretches to open the chest and exercises to tone upper back muscles. Participation is limited and pre-registration is required. This event is free and open to all.

Info: 996-5217, www.sonomalibrary.orgunder “events”. 755 West Napa Street, Sonoma.

Raptors at the Laguna

On March 9, 7-8:30 p.m., Sonoma County bird expert Larry Broderick will give a presentation on birds of prey (raptors) in the Laguna de Santa Rosa and throughout California. Cost: $10. Then, on March 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., join Broderick for a winter spotting and identification walk in the Laguna. The Laguna de Santa Rosa has long been one of the best spots in the North Bay to see resident, migrant and over-wintering birds of prey, and many other bird species. Cost: $30.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

Sol Flamenco showcases the passion of Spain

With Sol Flamenco, the passion and fire of Spain hits the stage. Enjoy an evening of lightning fast footwork, haunting guitar rhythms, and soulful singing on March 10 at Arlene Francis Center Theater. Featuring a cast of artists and dancers who have lived and trained in Spain, the birthplace of flamenco. Wine and snacks will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. 

Info: 573-8450. 99 6th St., Santa Rosa.

Need a duck decoy?

The largest show of its kind in the west, the Santa Rosa Fishing Tackle, Duck Decoy, Sporting Collectible Show will be held on March 10 and 11 at the Santa Rosa Veterans Building. There will be 150 or more tables offering quality sporting collectibles like fishing rods, reels, lures, creels, duck decoys, knives, books, memorabilia and art work. Free appraisals for old tackle or sporting collectibles. $5 admission.

Info: 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa.

The overlooked legacy of Charmian London

The Sonoma Valley Historical Society Second Saturday Series presents Iris Dunkle, poet, author and 2016/2017 Sonoma County Poet Laureate as she speaks about her new book, The Overlooked Legacy of Charmian London, co-authored with Susan Nuernberg. On March 11, 2 p.m., Dunkle will retell the story of how Charmian, wife and mate of Jack London, traveled and wrote with him, and after his death spent 40 years tending to his copyrights, writings and legacy, a prolific output of more than 50 works of fiction and non-fiction, and hundreds of short stories, pamphlets and letters translated into 70 languages. At the Sonoma Community Center, room 110.

Info: 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.

Best of Broadway Under The Stars

On March 11, and 12, Transcendence Theater Company will throw a spectacular “Best of” celebration featuring over 20 performers from Broadway shows such as Wicked, Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins, and many more, at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. This compilation of dynamic and powerful music and dance takes you on a journey of musical theatre classics, current Broadway hits, mash-ups, and popular chart-toppers that will have you dancing in your seat. Shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $39-$129 (VIP).

Info: 877-424-1414, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa.

Taking the bite out of mosquitos, ticks

Spring in Sonoma County means mosquitos and ticks. On March 15 at 6 p.m. the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District comes to the Sonoma Valley Library to talk about personal protection against mosquitoes and ticks and ways homeowners can reduce mosquito production around their homes. It will also introduce participants to programs and services offered by the Mosquito and Vector Control District. There will be live mosquito specimens, informational materials and free tick removers for attendees. The event is free and open to all. 

Info: 996-5217, 755 West Napa St., Sonoma. 

Do you dig the Vikings?

On March 18, Freya Lodge, Sons of Norway in Santa Rosa hosts a Norwegian Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner with a special presentation by Vikings of Bjørnstad. “Digging the Vikings: An Archaeological Perspective” will examine the archeological record left by the Vikings. Starting at 5 p.m. Tickets: $8-$25. 617 West 9th St., Santa Rosa.

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