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Out, About & Around the County: 09/01/2017

Out, About and Around the County

It's not easy being king…

Henry has his hands full with civil strife, a plot to overthrow his rule, and a son he cannot respect. From the sleazy tavern to the regal court, Henry IV, Part 1 runs the gamut from troubled family life to epic stories of bravery: fathers and sons, kings and princes, honor and revenge... culminating in a battle royale. Relax by the Petaluma River and enjoy a Shakespeare classic at Free Shakespeare by the River at the Petaluma Foundry Wharf, running now, Friday through Sunday, through Sept. 9.


Healing from the Himalayas

Himalayan healer Ajaya will be visiting Sonoma County for the month of September. Ajaya's healing blends techniques from Tibet, the Philippines, Japan, craniosacral therapy and more. Ajaya will also be holding a class on Sept. 15, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Songbird Community Healing Center in Cotati (suggested donation of $10-$20). He is also available for personalized one-hour sessions. Contact Carol Vernal at 415-302-2178 or Ajaya's month-long visit is sponsored by Children's Medical Aid Foundation, and 25 percent of all profits are being donated to poor children in Nepal.

Info: 8297 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati.

Learning in the Laguna de Santa Rosa

The Laguna Environmental Center offers several new workshops this month. On Sept. 7, 7-8:30 p.m., learn about traditional Wappo/Pomo basket weaving with Clint McKay. McKay will reflect on his early memories learning about basket-weaving traditions, native plants, and other wisdom from his elders in the Sebastopol Laguna area. On Sept. 8, starting at 5 p.m., there will be a full-moon exploration of Irwin Creek and Lower Stone Farm with Kevin Munroe. On Sept. 14, Marcus Trotta from the Sonoma County Water Agency will give an overview of groundwater resources in the Santa Rosa Plain and the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed, and what new state legislation means for the management of that resource. Costs for workshops vary. Pre-registration required.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

Benziger band plays Sonoma

The Curly Wolf, headed by Glen Ellen native Grant Benziger, plays at B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille on Sept. 8, at 10 p.m. The Curly Wolf was born in Southern California where Benziger found like-minded musicians to deliver a fast-paced, hell-of-a-good-time band. The Curly Wolf mixes roots-country western, bluegrass, honky-punk and rockabilly/psychobilly, and draws from genre trendsetters including Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Waylon Jennings and Buck Owens.

Info: 400 First St. East, Sonoma.

Explore Constellations

6th Street Playhouse presents Constellations, by Nick Payne, the British playwright's highly sought-after and imaginative love story. Constellations, asks “What is the significance of our universe? How do we connect the art of science and magic?” Payne's work explores various scientific theories wrapped in the simple story of boy meets girl, and the infinite possibilities of what their relationship - and our universe - holds. The play opens Sept. 8, with a complimentary reception with the cast after the show, plus sparkling wine and nibbles. Performances run through Sept. 24. Tickets: $18-28.

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

Lego Club, Story Time at library

On Sept. 8, the Sonoma Valley Library is starting a Lego Club for children ages five and older. The club will meet on Sept. 22, Oct. 6, 20, and Nov. 3, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Kids will have thousands of Legos and space at the library to create, destroy, and create again. Also new, beginning Sept. 11, is Family Story Time, which welcomes families with babies, toddlers and big kids to listen to stories and sing songs. Story Time will run every Monday (except Nov. 13), through Dec. 18, 6-6:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to all.

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

What Brexit means for the world

“The Meaning of Brexit in a Global Setting” is the title of a Sept. 8 talk at the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County. Dr. Sheldon Rothblatt, Professor Emeritus of modern British history at U.C. Berkeley will address the impact of Brexit on the U.K., the E.U., the U.S, international trade, migration and the environment. Britain's exit from the E.U.'s 28-member trade pact is a major event in the nation's and the continent's history. The luncheon meeting begins at noon at the Fountaingrove Inn in Santa Rosa. Cost: $32 for members, $37 for visitors. Select Tuscan chicken or spinach pasta and mail checks to “World Affairs Council of Sonoma County,” P.O. Box 1433, Santa Rosa 95402.

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

Nature Festival in Sonoma

Nature organizations representing fins, feathers, fauna, flora and flippers will be on hand Sept. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Sonoma Plaza to introduce the public to many important conservation efforts from Monterey to Mendocino at the annual Wine Country Optics and Nature Festival. Leading Northern California nature artists, photographers and authors will display their work and major binocular and spotting scope companies from across the United States will demo and sell a wide range of the latest technology. There will be a birdhouse silent auction, a raffle for a free pair of Zeiss binoculars, and lots of freebies, all to support the work of Sonoma Birding. Admission is free.

Info: 20 E. Spain St., Sonoma.

Wine Train wine dinner

The Napa Valley Wine Train will host Inglenook winemaker Chris Phelps aboard its Private Reserve Train on Sept. 9 for a culinary and wine adventure as part of its all-new 2017 “Meet the Maker” dinner series. While enjoying a multi-course gourmet feast prepared by Chef Donald Young and impeccable wine pairings, passengers will also be able to discuss the pairings and tasting notes in depth with Phelps while relaxing in luxury. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $296 pp.

Info: (800) 427-4124,

Sonoma Safari

You could see a hawk, owl, or falcon up close at the Sonoma Valley Library on Sept. 9, 11 a.m., when the Bird Rescue Center of Sonoma County brings their “education ambassadors” (birds of prey whose permanent disabilities have made them non-releasable) for a visit. The bird handlers will talk about native bird species, their fascinating adaptations and the essential roles they play in our local ecosystems. And on Sept. 13, at 4:30 p.m., Classroom Safari comes to the library, with a baby sloth, a wallaby, a porcupine, and more. This educational and entertaining event will help children and their families learn more about animals and their habitats. Both events are free.

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

Free gardening workshops

Sonoma County Master Gardeners host a series of free workshops around the county on Sept. 9. All classes run 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. At the Harvest for the Hungry Garden in Santa Rosa, Anne Lowings will discuss the best succulents for Sonoma County, and how to keep them happy and looking good year round. At the Windsor Town Green Community Garden, Stephanie Wrightson will host a hands-on workshop about transitioning your garden from summer to fall/winter. Bring your sunhat, garden gloves and water. There will be a soil workshop at the Healdsburg Regional Library and a Fairy Garden workshop at the Petaluma Regional Library. At the Rohnert Park Library, Dennis Przybycien will teach you how to grow your own home wine. Or learn how to fight garden theft by moles and gophers during a talk at the Sonoma Valley Library.


Playing with fire

Sculptor Jim Callahan will lead a hands-on workshop on Sept. 10, introducing students to metal sculpting fabrication. Learn basic metalworking techniques and explore Callahan's creative process: torch work and bending, welding, soldering, tapping and drilling techniques. Runs 1-5 p.m. at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Cost: $135, or $120 for SVMA members.

Info: 551 Broadway, Sonoma

Clutter buster

Author, motivational speaker and professional organizer Brooks Palmer comes to the Sonoma Valley Library to present “Clutter Busting: Letting Go of What's Holding You Back,” Wednesday, Sept. 13, 6 p.m. Using humor, insight, and clarity, Palmer helps participants get the tools they need to take a fresh look at their lives, workspaces, and activities. Palmer has written two best-selling books, Clutter Busting and Clutter Busting Your Life. This event is free and open to all.

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

Farm tour in Knights Valley

The Sonoma Land Trust leads a public apple pressing and farm tour at Laufenburg Ranch on Sept. 16. Come experience the rustic beauty of this historic farmstead in the Knights Valley. Press apples into cider and tour farmer Ken's fall vegetable crop and fruit orchards nestled alongside Bidwell creek. Take the opportunity to wander the trails and enjoy the peace of nature on your own. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy.


History and campfire treats

On Sept. 16, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., join the Junior Ranger Program for an adventure at General Vallejo's Home on West Spain Street in Sonoma. Take a history tour, create clothespin people and enjoy Mrs. Vallejo's favorite treat. Designed for kids 7-12 years old. Cost: $2 per child. RSVP to save a spot. Then, later in the evening, 7:30-8:30 p.m., gather around the campfire for a short talk, campfire songs, and a marshmallow roast. For all ages. Free.

Info: 20 E. Spain St., Sonoma.

Maine lobsters come to to Sonoma

It's time for the annual Soroptimist International of Sonoma Valley lobster sale. The lobsters will be flown in from Maine and transported to Sonoma, where buyers can pick them up, live or cooked, at the Atrium Building. Each lobster is approximately 1.5 pounds, and costs $26. The pick up date is Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more than 50 years, the Soroptimists have been giving back to the Sonoma Valley community while improving the lives of women and girls, and this is one of their biggest fundraisers of the year. Place your order by calling Carol Whitson at 953-3621 or Juliette Andrews at 338-1874, up until Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. You can also order online.

Info: 670 W. Napa St., Ste. C, Sonoma.

Plein Air Art Festival celebrates Sonoma

Award-winning artists from around the country head into the vineyards and fields this month for a week of painting “en plein air” and raising funds to support art education for youth in the Sonoma Valley. During the Sonoma Plein Air Art Festival, Sept. 11-16, the public will have an opportunity to watch artists paint at a “quick draw” event on Sept. 12, and during demonstrations at the Art Show and Sale on the Sonoma Plaza on Sept. 16. On Sept. 15, there will be a Gala Auction and Dinner at Buena Vista Winery. A highlight of the evening will be the selection of the Artist's Choice Award painting. Proceeds benefit hands-on youth programs at community art organizations.


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