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Out, About & Around the County: 06/15/2017

Out, About & Around the County June 15, 2017

Self revealing

On June 15, Skye Blaine will talk about excavating memories, revealing yourself to yourself, and the price of telling the truth or having your truth be public. Blaine writes memoir, fiction, poetry, and blogs, developing themes of aging, coming of age, disability, and awakening. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Copperfield's Books in Petaluma. Free.

Info: 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma.

Steampunk to Speakeasy fundraiser

The Petaluma Museum Association will host a Steampunk to Speakeasy Gala on June 17, 6:30-10 p.m., at the historic Hotel Petaluma. Enjoy a special menu of hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Come in your best Steampunk / Prohibition Dress and compete for “Best Of” costume prizes. There will also be amazing auction items and music by The Stompy Jones Band, featuring The Oyster Girls. Tickets: $60 single; $100 double.

Info: 778-4398. 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma.

Mixed media women's art show

artFlare Studio 106, a Sonoma County women's art group, is sponsoring five emerging artists in a June show, Medium in the Message, with glass art by Dale Jenkins, paintings by Jean Marquardt and Claire Etienne, prints by Leah Ocean and mixed media collage by Linda Pierson. The show runs two weekends, June 17-18 and 24-25, noon to 6 p.m. Free. Plenty of parking located near the old barracks.

Info: 3840 Finley Ave., Santa Rosa.

Outlining America's role in Asia

On June 22, 7:30 p.m. in the Spring Lake Village Auditorium, Asia Foundation President David Arnold will outline his organization's strategic recommendations to the Trump administration in dealing with nations that constitute 60 percent of the world's population. These strategies deal with security, trade, and rising powers eager to set their own agendas. David Arnold oversees the Foundation's San Francisco and Washington offices as well as 18 country offices in Asia. Visitors $5. No reservations necessary.

Info: or 573-6014. 5555 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa.

New LGBT program at Vintage House

A reception to kick off new LGBT programs for seniors will be held at Vintage House Sonoma on Friday, June 23, from 2-4 p.m. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors are invited to enjoy refreshments and discuss ideas about LGBT-specific programs and activities they would like to see offered at Vintage House, while learning about the many current programs, classes and services. The Sonoma Valley LGBT Seniors Group holds monthly discussions at the center.

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

Peter Coyote

Book reading by author and actor Peter Coyote

Actor and writer Peter Coyote will read from and sign his new book, The Rainman's Third Cure: An Irregular Education, at the Charles M. Schulz Museum on June 24, 2 p.m. Coyote has acted in over 120 films for some of the world's most distinguished filmmakers. He's an Emmy-Award winning narrator of over 170 documentary films. Coyote's memoir of the 1960's counter-culture, Sleeping Where I Fall, received universally excellent reviews. This most recent book, about mentors and the search for wisdom, was nominated as one of the top five books in Northern California in 2015. Tickets are free with museum admission.

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Drawing on nature

Spend a peaceful day at the Laguna Environmental Center near Sebastopol trying out various colored pencil techniques for nature drawing. Working with a variety of natural plants, leaves and flowers growing at the Laguna, focus on layering, blending, burnishing, and under-painting. Nina Antze will instruct participants in color theory and how to apply it to the pencils. This June 24 class is perfect for beginners to learn about colored pencils and drawing nature, and for more experienced artists to hone their skills. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. RSVP required.

Info: 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa.

Photo by B Alwitt

Visit the Sonoma of yesteryear

Commemorate pueblo de Sonoma's 1835 founding while honoring General Mariano Vallejo's history at Sonoma State Historic Park's Pueblo Day on June 24, 1-4 p.m. at the Sonoma Barracks. View and participate in historic activities and demonstrations about life in the Spanish-American era in Sonoma Valley. This is a free, family-friendly event.

Info: 938-9547. Spain St. and 1st St. East, Sonoma.

Tacos, tasting and tunes

Taste newly released vintages from Passaggio Wines, while sampling hometown tacos from El Coyote food truck and enjoying the music of singer/songwriter Adam Traum. The release party, featuring Grenache Blanc, Passion Blend, Sauvignon Blanc, Roussanne, and Riesling, is June 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the production facility located off of 8th Street East in Sonoma. Tickets are $28, Wine Club members are $22. $30 at the door.

Info: 22020 Carneros Vineyard Way, Ste. 2, Sonoma.

Still talking about single payer healthcare

Can single payer healthcare work for us? Dr. Nick Anton from the Physicians for a National Health Program will address this issue at the Sonoma Valley Democrats general meeting on Monday, June 26, 6-8 p.m. at the Sonoma Springs Community Hall. Prior to the presentation there will be a potluck dinner and social time, and a short meeting. The event is open to the public and everyone is welcome at no charge. Please bring a potluck dish to share.

Info: 18627 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma.

Wing it - You won't egret it!

On the last Wednesday of each month, explore Sonoma County's birding parklands during “Winging It Wednesday.” Coming up on June 28, birding guide Dave LaCasse will help you identify and learn more about local birds at Maxwell Farms Regional Park. The walk starts at 8:30 a.m., lasts two hours, moves at an easy pace, and is free, interactive and fun for all ages. Carpooling is encouraged. Parking $7 or free with a Regional Parks membership.

Info: 100 Verano Ave., Sonoma.

Photo by Kirsten Cohen

Bluegrass in Cloverdale

With their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, The Lil Smokies have sonically blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and unique, melody-driven sound of their own. The quintet, from Missoula, Montana, has been hard at work writing, touring and playing to an ever-growing fan base for the past six years. The Lil Smokies come to Cloverdale's Friday Night Live on June 30. Festivities begins at 6 p.m. when the street fair opens. Music starts at 6:30 p.m.

Info: 894-4410.

Art and yoga for teens

This summer, Sonoma Valley Library offers a slate of programs for teenagers. On June 20, teens can make their own mandala using beads, glitter paint and up-cycled CDs. There will be a workshop on the art of Tapigami on June 27. Tapigami is the art of origami using tape. Teen Yoga will be on July 11. Designed specifically for teens, this class focuses on strength, flexibility and stress relief. All workshops are free, and begin at 4 p.m.

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

Outdoor art summer camp

The Cloverdale Arts Alliance is hosting a four-day “Art in Nature” summer art camp, focused on various art media sure to unleash your child's creativity. “Art in Nature,” July 3-7 (excluding July 4), 10 a.m.-2 p.m., will include painting, drawing and sculpting, using nature as inspiration. Instructor Sandra Novia will conduct classes in the studio and outside. For children ages 6 to 12, the $170 cost includes art materials for the four days. The week will end with an art show for family and friends.

Info:, 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd.

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