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Out, About & Around the County: 03/15/2018

Out, About & Around the County March 15, 2018

Be there or be square

Don't miss “St. Paddy's Day on the Square” in Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa, March 17, 12-5 p.m. The day's festivities will showcase Irish culture through live performance and entertainment, arts and crafts, food and beverage, children's activities and more. This will be a community celebration and $20 gets you a traditional corned beef and cabbage meal. Part of each ticket will be donated to a local nonprofit. Purchase at the link below and $5 will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County.



Year of the (Snoopy) Dog

It's the Chinese Year of the Dog and the Schulz Museum is celebrating everyone's favorite pup, Snoopy, all year long. On March 17, celebrate the rapidly approaching arrival of the Easter Beagle with an Easter Egg craft and take home an exclusive Easter Beagle button. Also, take your photo in Lucy's psychiatrist booth or dress up like the Flying Ace and take down the Red Baron. If scavenger hunting is more your style, use your Year of the Dog Family Guide to explore the Museum and all things Snoopy.

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane Santa Rosa.

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Municipal housekeepers of the past

Join Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library manager Katherine J. Rinehart, and local author, historian and editor John Sheehy on March 18 at 4 p.m., as they discuss “Municipal Housekeepers of the Past” as part of the Women's History Month Exhibit at the Petaluma Historical Library. The talk will focus on the Ladies' Improvement Club and its legacy. Free.

Info: 20 Fourth Street, Petaluma.

Birding in the Laguna

Spring is for the birds in the Laguna de Santa Rosa. On three Sundays, March 18, April 15 and May 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Lisa Hug will explore a different non-publicly accessible corner of the Laguna. On March 18, enjoy the wide variety of waterfowl that utilize the deep channels of the Laguna. During April and May, resident songbirds will awaken and colorful migrants will arrive from Central America with their vibrant songs. Cost is $50 per walk. Pre-registration required. On March 25, join Meghan Walla-Murphy on an early morning bird adventure from 7-11 a.m. Learn about the laguna and the many bird species that call it home. Birds are the messengers of the landscape, and once you begin to recognize territorial calls, alarm calls, and juvenile begging calls, the ecology of the laguna and other Sonoma County open spaces will become new places of wonder and discovery. Cost is $30. Pre-registration required.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

Major film and foodie event

The Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) runs March 21-25, a whirlwind weekend of food and film like no other. Marking its 21st year, SIFF offers a lineup that includes the most buzzed about Hollywood films of the year, as well as standout international films from Europe, South America and Asia. In total, 110 films from around the world, from over 18 countries and 200 filmmakers. The Opening Night “Gala on the Backlot” features food and wine from Sonoma's top restaurants and wineries, and a tribute to first responders. New this year is a special “Chefs & Shorts Culinary Extravaganza” on Thursday night. The best way to experience the festival and have access to all films and events is by getting a SIFF pass. Find out more online.


Campfire stories

Whhooo is there?! Many animals awaken to start their day as most of us are just going to sleep. On March 23, Sonoma State Historic Park's new Fireside Chat program allows visitors of all ages to explore the nocturnal animals of Sonoma through hands-on learning, live animal encounters, craft making, and s'mores. Meet in the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard at 7 p.m. Steady rain cancels. Free of charge. Donations supporting SPPARKS accepted.

Info: Sonoma Barracks Courtyard, Spain St. and First St. East, Sonoma.

Celtic folk; kids' rock and roll

Celtic folk duo Four Shillings Short comes to the Sonoma Valley Library on March 24, at 2:30 p.m., performing traditional and original music from Celtic lands, medieval and renaissance Europe, India, and the Americas. Instruments include hammered and mountain dulcimer, mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, tin whistles, medieval and renaissance woodwinds, native American flute, banjo, vocals and more. Then, on March 28, at 4 p.m. the Library hosts a rock band jam session with the SoCo Music Coalition for youngsters ages 8 to 17. With instruments and instruction provided, participants can live the dream of being in a rock band. Space is limited; register online.

Info: 996- 5217, 7. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Garden season is approaching

Learn how to get your food garden ready for spring on March 24, when Sonoma County Master Gardeners host a workshop at Bayer Farm Community Garden in Santa Rosa. Discover how to give your crops an ideal growing environment, from incorporating a winter cover crop to adding organic matter and mulch. Learn what spring crops can be planted now. Also on March 24, if you're a gardening newbie, head to the Petaluma Library to learn about “Gardening 101: Just the Basics.” Master Gardener David Gould will cover everything from soil prep to maintenance of all plants. Other workshops held that day at various locations around the county include straw bale gardening, managing weeds, and supermarket orchid survival class. See website for details. All workshops run 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


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Boot-stomping good time with Frankie Boots

Award winning singer/songwriter and Sonoma County native Frankie Boots returns home to headline The Mystic Theatre in Petaluma on March 24. Last year he migrated to New Orleans in hopes of discovering fresh inspiration and introducing his unique brand of soulful folk-rock to the Southern masses. Boots will be backed by Sonoma County heavyweights John Courage, Francesco Catania, and Dan Ford, for an evening of the boot-stomping songs, heart-wrenching lyrics, and all-around good times. North Bay honky-tonk heroes The Easy Leaves Duo will be supporting, and West Coast Zydeco funksters T-Luke and The Tight Suits open the evening. Tickets are $15 pre-sale, $18 door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Info: 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

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Meet The Ladies of Broadway

Transcendence Theatre Company celebrates the talents and tenacity of female Broadway professionals with its premiere of “The Ladies of Broadway,” March 24-25 at the Luther Burbank Center. Featuring seven noted female artists performing favorite Broadway show tunes, the show explores the career tales and triumphs of their Broadway experiences in a dynamic, engaging and entertaining performance of music and empowerment. Includes musical salutes to Broadway trailblazers Ethel Merman, Bernadette Peters and Audra McDonald. Performances are 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. General tickets prices are $29 to $89. VIP tickets, which include pre-show festivities, premium California wines and artisan hors d'oeuvres are $129 to $139.

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

Republican Women meeting

The March 27 meeting of the Santa Rosa Republican Women Federated will feature Tim Anaya, director of communications for the Pacific Research Institute. He will be speaking about why California is leaning further to the left every day and what can be done about it. Open to the public. Meeting begins at 11:15 a.m. at the Flamingo Hotel. Cost is $36; $42 at door.

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

Amadeus, Amadeus!

The Tony-award winning play Amadeus comes to Cinnabar Theater March 30-April 15. This provocative work weaves a confrontation between mediocrity and genius into a tale of breathtaking dramatic power. In the court of Austrian Emperor Josef, Antonio Salieri is the established composer. Enter the greatest musical genius of all time: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Salieri has given himself to God so that he might realize this sole ambition to be a great composer. Mozart is a foul-mouthed, graceless oaf who has that which is beyond Salieri's envious grasp - genius. Tickets are $25-$35.

Info: 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman comes to 6th Street Playhouse March 30-April 22. The classic story of Willy Loman, a fading salesman who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness in business and in life, Death of a Salesman is a thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty that remains one of the most profound dramas of the American theatre. On opening night, March 30, there will be a complimentary reception following the performance where patrons can meet the cast and enjoy sparkling wine and nibbles. Tickets are $22-$28; under 30 is $18.

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

Share the trails

On March 30, join participants of 2018 CA Trails & Greenways in a multi-user trail fun-day at Trione-Annadel State Park. Hikers, equestrians and mountain bike riders will discover how a different trail user perceives the trail. Come out and play on trail with your fellow trail lovers. Lunch is provided afterward. RSVP required. Meet at the Channel Drive parking lot (Richardson Trailhead) at 10 a.m. Event runs until 1 p.m. Continue into the evening with REI at Spring Lake Regional Park Group Camp. Day use fee $7 per car ($6 for seniors). Arrive early to accommodate parking. Registration required.


Learn to ID Spring wildflowers

On April 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., discover the rainbow of spring flowers in Trione-Annadel State Park with Volunteer Interpretive Naturalist and hike leader John Lynch. Lynch will provide wildflower identification and describe uses of plants in our wildland environment. The 4-mile route will include approximately 450 feet of elevation gain and begins and ends at the Channel Drive parking lot (Richardson Trailhead). Day use fee is $7 per car ($6 for seniors). Bring water and snack, camera, wildflower guides if you have them, Audubon Wildflower app on your phone for identification, or iNaturalist to share flowers with others and help identification.

Info:, Trione-Annadel State Park, click “events.”

easter bunny hiding behind tree

Easter Bunny on safari

Don't settle for the same old Easter egg hide and seek. Trade in that backyard scramble for an authentic African adventure at Safari West. On April 1, come celebrate on the Sonoma Serengeti and join the 16th Annual Hunt for the Hare. Choose from a 10:30 a.m. brunch followed by an egg hunt and the Hunt for the Hare tour at 1 p.m., or a 2 p.m. brunch followed by an egg hunt and the tour at 3:30 p.m. The Hunt for the Hare is a fun-filled adventure that will have everyone trying to find Mr. Hare, who has disappeared from Safari West's Savannah Café. Cost is $75 for adults, $40 for kids (age 4-12) or brunch only for $42 and $18, respectively.

Info: 3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa.

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