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Out, About & Around the County: 11/15/2017

Out, About and Around the County

The language of Peanuts

“BLEAH,” “Rats!” and “Ha Ha Ha!” are just a few of the expressions that Charles Schulz immortalized. The Schulz Museum's new exhibition, AAUGH! The Language of Peanuts, on view through May 21, 2018, explores the words of Peanuts through a special collection of comic strips and objects which demonstrate the variety of ways Schulz created expressions that influenced generations of people, and remain popular today. This exhibition provides insight into Schulz' love of language and the origin and use of the expressions he created. $12 adults, $8 seniors, $ kids and students with ID.

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Feast with Snoopy

Give thanks with Snoopy and watchac a A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on the big screen on Nov. 18, 1-4 p.m. at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Enjoy a re-creation of Snoopy's Thanksgiving meal of toast, popcorn, pretzels, and jelly beans, from the classic television holiday special, along with a visit from Snoopy and hands-on crafts. Visitors can also enjoy viewings of the Thanksgiving animated special, which will play continuously throughout the afternoon. On Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 24 and 25, join storyteller and maze expert Joe Wos for performances and cartoon workshops throughout the day.

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Master gardener discusses sudden oak death

The decimation of California oaks by Sudden Oak Death is the topic of Janet Calhoon's Master Gardener presentation at the Cloverdale Library on Nov. 18 at 10:30 a.m. The Sudden Oak Death team presents what is currently known about this disease, including symptoms, types of oaks it affects, the extent of its spread and a treatment that can slow the progress of the disease.

Info: 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale.

Healthy gardens: A balanced approach

This Master Gardener workshop combines a 45-minute presentation with demonstrations and displays of drip irrigation, compost, beneficial insects, and less toxic pesticides. The presentation, conducted by a team of UC Master Gardener Integrated Pest Management specialists, covers garden practices that are known to prevent pest problems and offers resources for home gardeners. Runs 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Nov. 18, at the Sebastopol Library.

Info: 7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol.

Annual Holiday Make-In

Experience a day of inspired handmade art for the whole family on Nov. 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Multiple “making stations,” hosted by local artists, will feature a wide range of hands-on projects to warm your home for the Thanksgiving and winter holidays. Professional photographer/videographer Audrey Daniel and a team of San Francisco woamen photographers will offer free family photographs. Free Admission to the Holiday Make-in is made possible by Kiwanis of Sonoma Plaza, in memory of members Randy Derwingson and Kay Maynard. And Sonoma's traditional “Lighting of the Square” happens at 5 p.m. on this same date.

Info: 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

Little Mermaid swims into Maria Carrillo

The Little Mermaid, the newest production from the Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts Department, opens the week before Thanksgiving and runs through Dec. 3 at Maria Carrillo High School Theater. Based on the classic animated film inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's cherished story, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. This Academy Award-winning fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” The show is recommended for ages six and up. Evening (7:30 p.m.) shows run Nov. 17-Dec. 2, afternoon (1:30 p.m.) shows are Nov. 18-Dec. 3. Tickets are $12-$22.


“Pay What You Can” at Luther Burbank Center

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts announced a “Pay What You Can” program for select performances during the month of November. The program offers tickets to first responders and those affected by the recent fires, and is a way to welcome the community back as the center reopens its doors. Performances include Dwight Yoakam (Nov. 26), PJ Masks Live! Time to Be a Hero (Nov. 27) and Mannheim Steamroller (Nov. 29). Tickets are available in person at the ticket office, by phone, or online with the code “sonomastrong.” Tickets are subject to availability and there is a limit of four per show for the “Pay What You Can” option.

Info:, 546-3600. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.

Near is here

Folk artist Holly Near brings her own brand of music to the intimate space of the Cinnabar Theater on Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Near's music speaks to peoples' everyday lives with clarity and beauty. She has a way of opening up hearts and inviting conversation, exploration, and transformation. Her show is delightful; the singing is rich with gorgeous harmony, and the arrangements are a musical mix of piano, guitar, ukulele, banjo and bass. And Near can't resist the cabaret side of her musical upbringing, so chances are good you will get to hear a bit of the American songbook, too. Tickets are $15-$25.

Info: 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

Republican women roast public education

Lance Izumi will discuss American classrooms and the need for school choice at a Santa Rosa Republican Women's luncheon on Nov. 28 at the Flamingo Hotel. His talk, entitled “The Corrupt Classroom,” is taken from his new book, The Corrupt Classroom: Bias, Indoctrination, Violence, and Social Engineering Show Why America Needs School Choice. He cites the politicization of curricula and teaching, teacher quality problems, safety and discipline issues, and fiscal mismanagement as reasons he supports school choice. Izumi is senior director of the Pacific Research Institute's Center for Education, and a Koret Senior Fellow in Education Studies. Cost is $26 with reservations, $30 without. The meeting starts at 11:15 a.m.

Info: 538-9804. 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

Try It Truck comes to the library

On Nov. 29, 3-6 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library hosts the Bay Area Discover Museum's Try It Truck Engineering Festival for children ages five to 10 and their families. This multi-hour event will feature hands-on exploration and experimentation with high and low technology, as well as design challenges and educational games. Children will have the opportunity to work through several stations in this drop-in workshop. Children's Librarian Clare O'Brien said, “We've never had anything like this before! Three hours of S.T.E.A.M. at your fingertips!” The event is free and open to all.

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

What's in a name?

Learn the stories behind North Bay place names with Dr. Mara Vejby on Nov. 18, 3-4 p.m., at the Laguna Environmental Center. Place names act as anchors on the land and are important markers of territory. Place names also store knowledge of ecology, people, stories, and events of our past. Cost is $12. For more classes and events, see the calendar online. Registration required.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

A pairing for the senses

Live poetry readings are paired with the perfect Sonoma Valley wines during “Pairings” at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. On Dec. 2, the museum hosts local poets Hollie Hardy, Iris Jamahl Dunkle, and Tongo Eisen-Martin. Hardy is the author of How to Take a Bullet, And Other Survival Poems, and winner of the 2016 Annual Poetry Center Book Award. Dunkle is Poet Laureate of Sonoma County. Her books include Interrupted Geographies, There's a Ghost in this Machine of Air, and Gold Passage. Eisen-Martin is the author of someone's dead already, which was nominated for a California Book Award. Pairings will feature select Kenwood and Glen Ellen chefs and wineries. Check the website for announcements. $35 members/$40 public.

Info: 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

Transcendence in a holiday mood

Transcendence Theatre's “Broadway Holiday Spectacular” runs Dec. 1-3 at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. These talented singers and dancers have been featured in Broadway productions including Wicked, White Christmas, Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia and Les Miserables. Proceeds are being given to three organizations for fire victims, evacuees, and first responders: Redwood Credit Union's North Bay Fire Relief Fund, Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood, and Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley's Sonoma Strong Fund. Tickets: $39-$89.

Info: 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.

White Christmas on 6th Street

6th Street Playhouse presents Irving Berlin's heartwarming holiday musical White Christmas, running Dec. 1-23. It's the story of veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis who have a successful song-and-dance act following World War II. With romance in mind, the two accompany a duo of beautiful singing sisters to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. On opening night, Dec. 1, patrons can meet the cast and enjoy sparkling wine and nibbles. Free tickets to patrons who lost their home to the fire. Tickets are $15-$38.

Info: 523-4185. 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa.

Sing-Along Messiah honors fire heroes

The Redwood Empire Sing-Along Messiah will recognize firefighters and first responders by offering them free admission at the door for the 3 p.m. DIY Handel's Messiah on Dec. 17 at the Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School. The program brings together the Santa Rosa Chamber Orchestra accompanied by the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus, the Santa Rosa Junior College Concert Choir and the Santa Rosa Junior College Chamber Singers. Audience members will have musical scores to join in the singing of the ever-popular Hallelujah Chorus and other selections. Tickets are $10 for students; $20 others. Available at Stanroy Music Center in Santa Rosa, and at the door.

Info: 227-4314, 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa.

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