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Out, About & Around the County: 12/15/2017

Out, About & Around the County

Holiday train show

Trains roll through Sonoma's Depot Park once again as the Sonoma Short Line Model Railroad Club and the Sonoma Valley Historical Society hosts their annual model train show on Dec. 15, 16, and 17, 12-4 p.m. Admission is free, donations accepted. Held at the museum.

Info: 270 First Street West, Sonoma.

A tribute to the Sultan of Swoon

Cinnabar Theater celebrates the music of the man that many call the greatest pop vocalist of the 20th century during My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra. The show starts Dec. 15 and runs through Jan. 14 on Saturdays, at 8 p.m., and Sundays, at 2 p.m. Sinatra's musical contributions spanned multiple genres - traditional pop, easy listening, jazz, swing, and vocal jazz - and he sold more than 150 million records worldwide. Tickets: $25-$38.

Info: 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

Running out of time

Send 2017 packing with one last footrace on Dec. 16, courtesy of the Empire Runners Club. At 9 a.m. the 40th annual “Last 10K & Final 2-Mile” begins at Howarth Park in Santa Rosa. Then, after a long rest spent gorging yourself on Christmas cookies, ring in the New Year on Jan. 1, with the “Phaby-Gray Resolution Run,” 10 a.m., at A Place to Play Park in Santa Rosa.


Shorebirds, wading birds, waterfowl at Sears Point

Each year, hundreds of thousands of birds migrate to the San Francisco Bay estuary and stay for the winter. These include many species of shorebirds, including the willit, greater yellowlegs, long-billed curlew, least sandpiper, western sandpiper, and dunlin, which are commonly seen at Sears Point at this time of year. On Dec. 16, 9:30-11 a.m., join Sonoma Land Trust's docent bird guides for a walk along the tidal marshlands to observe these and many other bird species who utilize this rich habitat with its abundance of food. Free.

Info: 526-6930, ext. 110, 7715 Reclamation Road, Sonoma.

A walk in the park

Take a casual hike through portions of the Sonoma Historic Park and the Montini Trail on Dec. 16, 3:30-4:30 p.m. This one-mile, slow-paced hike has minor elevation changes. Sturdy shoes and water recommended. Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot. Rain cancels. All ages, free of charge.

Info: 938-9547. Vallejo Home Parking Lot, 363 3rd St. West, Sonoma.

Magic at the library

Award-winning magician Mike Della Penna comes to the Sonoma Valley Library on Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. to give a show for children ages 3 and older. Della Penna's “Winter Lights Magic” is inspired by joyful winter holidays celebrated throughout the world. Formerly a stand-up comic, Della Penna's show creates laughter along with the wonder and amazement of magic. The event is free. Seating is limited and is first-come, first-served.

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

Sing-Along Messiah honors fire heroes

This year's 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 in 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. Ticket prices are $10 for students at the door and $20 for others.

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

Raise your holiday spirits

“Holiday Spirits,” on Dec. 17, at the Sonoma Community Center will showcase the center's music department with its finest performing vocal artists in a spirited holiday concert. Joining the center's very own Free Spirits Gospel Choir will be the vocal trio The Quixotics. In addition, special guest Betty Ann Bruno of Hula Mai will perform a holiday hula solo. The program will include spiritual and secular music, with a handful of beautiful carols to convey the spirit of the season. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Free tickets for fire victims are available with advanced reservation. Festive holiday attire is encouraged.

Info: 938-4626, ext. 1. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

Fire Relief Blessing Day

St. Luke Lutheran Church in Santa Rosa is inviting families who have been impacted by the recent fires to come to the church to receive gift cards and enjoy some appetizers, hot chocolate, tea, coffee and community on Dec. 17. Please bring official FEMA paperwork. Runs 1-3 p.m.

Info: 905 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Spreading Joy

The Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble will present a Gala holiday benefit concert, “Spreading Joy” on Dec. 16, 6 p.m., at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. The evening includes a reception with wine and hearty hors d'oeuvres. Following the Gala Concert, a Sunday afternoon concert will be held at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church on Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. Enjoy musical offerings from Renaissance masters Kirbye, Paleastrina, and Upsala, traditional holiday favorites, and selections by notable 20th- and 21st-Century artists such as Whitacre, Lauridsen, and Stroope. As in past years, all proceeds from the concerts will benefit the Sonoma Community Center's arts and cultural education programs.

Tickets/info: 938-4626,

Healing from the fires together

The Lomi Psychotherapy Clinic in Santa Rosa is hosting a group to help fire survivors and local people who want to build community, grieve, and empower recovery after October's fires. The group will use mindfulness-based relation practices to help participants become more grounded and resilient in the face of challenge, increase trust in self, others and life, be part of a resourceful, empowered community, and find their path of recovery. There will be two free introductory evenings on Dec. 18 and Jan. 8, 7-9 p.m. The group will meet every other Monday Jan. 22-May 28, 7-9 p.m. (10 sessions total). A $10 donation is requested.

Info:, 800-9450. 534 B St., Santa Rosa.

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!

Ring in 2018 with Snoopy on Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Celebrate the arrival of the new year with hands-on crafts for kids, Santa Rosa's only Up-Down and Baby Balloon drops at noon, and root beer toasts at noon and 3 p.m. Take part in a variety of activities from making your own Snoopy balloon dog to watching the animated special Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, on the big screen. This event is included in museum admission and is first come, first served.

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Laughter is medicine

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts will host Stand Up Sonoma, a comedy benefit featuring Joel McHale, Nick Kroll, Nikki Glaser, Kyle Kinane, Chris Porter, and more on Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. Proceeds from this night of comedy will go to the Sonoma Pride Fundraiser and King Ridge Foundation, which directly help those in Sonoma County affected by the October wildfires. Additionally, a portion of ticket proceeds will go to Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Fire Recovery Fund. Stand Up Sonoma will also feature a Community Happy Hour prior to the performance, beginning at 6:30 p.m., complete with a raffle and local beer and wine available for purchase. Tickets $55-$125.

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

From Wingo to Kenwood

Local artist Patrick McMurtry will exhibit his work at the Sonoma Valley Library during the month of January to kick-off the library's 2018 artist series. A reception featuring McMurtry will be held on Jan. 5, 4-6 p.m. McMurtry's show is an array of his multi-visionary artwork. His lush landscapes express his love of the valley he's explored all his life: its hills, mountains, waterways, trees and clouds; with vistas from Wingo to Kenwood. Also on display will be his wild abstracts and wall hangings. The library will feature six local artists in 2018. The event is free and open to all.

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

Petty Theft plays Hopmonk

If you love great rock n' roll music, you'll love Petty Theft, playing at Sebastopol's HopMonk Tavern on Jan. 6. Petty Theft is comprised of six professional Bay Area musicians that have come together to pay tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Petty Theft delivers Petty's songs true to the originals and in the spirit of his legendary band's live shows, performing everything from his revered classics to his most current hits. Doors open at 8 p.m. Cost: $18-$22.

Info: 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol.

Explore the seasonal marshlands

During the rainy season, a large part of Sonoma State Historic Park's open space turns to marsh and wetlands. Come out on Jan. 6, 12-3 p.m., to learn and explore this changing environment. See what different plant and pond life exists in the area. Meet near the State Park truck along the bike path between the Vallejo Home driveway and the ball fields. Wear rain boots or water-proof shoes. No reservation required.

Info: 938-9547. Near the Vallejo Home, 363 3rd St West, Sonoma.

Positive parenting

On Jan. 8, 6:30 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library hosts “Parenting Through Positive Discipline.” The 90-minute workshop provides parents with tools to help overcome challenges and encourage responsibility, connection, communication and joy in the family dynamic. Taught by certified positive discipline parent educators, all, information and practical strategies will be presented to build mutually respectful relationships. Explore the challenges of daily routines, incorporating downtime and family time, using effective strategies for discipline, and more. Participants will be empowered to focus on longterm solutions and help children develop cooperation, responsibility, and problem-solving skills while creating a more peaceful family environment. Free and open to all.

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

Winter/Christmas Bird Count for kids

The annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids returns on Jan. 13, sponsored by Sonoma Birding. Celebrate and estimate the number of winter birds in the Sonoma State Historic Park. Kids ages 5-14, with an adult, are encouraged to participate in this free event. An orientation and brief training are held at the Sonoma Barracks video room and courtyard area, along with a surprise birding craft. Runs 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

RSVP: Sonoma Barracks, 36 East Spain St.

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