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Out, About & Around the County: 04/15/2018

Out, About & Around the County April 15, 2018

World Languages Fair

The second annual "Santa Rosa Junior College World Languages Fair: Strength and Understanding in Multilingualism" takes place on April 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Emeritus Plaza on the SRJC campus. This event will feature live musical performances, international cuisine, interactive cultural activities, student presentations, language workshops, information booths, song and dance contests, door prizes, and more. SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong will provide keynote remarks.

Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Fan your creative spark

Jean Hegland discusses "Helping Ourselves to Write Our Best" on April 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Copperfield's Books in Petaluma. Hegland will talk about ways to fan the spark, make the grit, keep the faith, create the community, and court the luck that will enable you to do your best work. Hegland's first novel, Into the Forest, has been adapted as a film and a graphic novel and translated into over a dozen languages; it was a bestseller in France in 2017. Her most recent book, Still Time, is finding fans among Shakespeare scholars as well as readers with Shakespeare allergies. Free.

Info: 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma.

Why this company is Idaho-bound

Housing costs, high tax rates and government over-regulation are driving California manufacturers out of state in favor of business-friendly places like Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee. On April 19, the Sonoma County Taxpayers Association hosts Bob Piazza, president and CEO of Price Pump Company in Sonoma, to discuss why his 86-year-old California company is giving up on the Golden State and moving to Idaho. Noon at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. Cost $25 for prepaid members; $30 at the door.

Info: 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

Service of Remembrance

Hospice by the Bay hosts its annual interfaith gathering at 4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Sonoma. The community is invited to participate in music, prayers, a flower ceremony and messages from a variety of spiritual traditions. Attendees are encouraged to bring photographs of loved ones or objects of remembrance for the altar of memories. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Refreshments follow. The names of loved ones may be included in a memorial album that will be part of the service. To include one or more names, email your request to or fax to 415-563-8749 by April 19.

Info: 415-321-7147. 275 E. Spain St., Sonoma.

Social Media for Seniors

Sonoma Valley Library offers a workshop on "Social Media for Seniors" on April 20 at 11 a.m. This workshop will teach seniors how to stay in contact with friends and family online via social media sites. It will also explain what social media is and how it works. The major social media sites will be sampled and explored. The workshop is limited to 10 participants and registration is required. This training is presented by Language Truck. Free and open to all.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

MCHS goes Into the Woods

American musical theatre genius Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods weaves a basketful of fairy tales into a theatrical adventure that is both hilarious and heartbreaking. Told in two acts, this enlightening fable (perfect for "grown-up" kids and grownups who are young at heart) goes past the point of answered wishes and "happily ever after" to find out what really happens after the stories end. Come wander the woods, accompanied by a dazzling score with unforgettable songs such as "Giants in the Sky," "Agony," and "Children Will Listen." Running April 20-28 and May 3-6, in the Maria Carrillo High School Auditorium.

Info: 6975 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

Gardening workshops on a variety of topics

Sonoma County Master Gardeners will host a series of workshops around the county on April 21 and 28. On April 21, learn about "Dahlia Care and Culture" with Jim Lang at the Petaluma Library or how to grow "Perennial Vegetables and Small Fruits" with Ann Chambers at the Rincon Valley Library. On April 28, Dave Gould presents "Lessons Learned from my Garden" at the Guerneville Regional Library, and Ann Chambers will discuss "Supermarket Orchid Survival Class" at the Sonoma Valley Library. All workshops run 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Pen to Published writing conference

Redwood Writers hosts its 10th biennial writers conference on April 21, at the Finley Community Center in Santa Rosa. Whether you are a seasoned author, or just have an idea you'd love to put into words, the Pen to Published Conference has something for you. Keynote speakers are publisher, author and writing coach Brooke Warner on "Why and How to Green-light Your Creative Life," and Ellen Sandler, speaking about her experiences as a writer and producer of half-hour network television shows, including Everybody Loves Raymond. Extended workshops and smaller sessions focus on many aspects of the writing and publishing world. Registration is open until April 18 online. The price is $135 for members; $175 for non-members.


A Norwegian emigrant story

On April 21, Sons of Norway will host brunch followed by a program about the long journeys and hardships of Norwegian ancestors coming to America. Using her family trunk as a prop, Sons of Norway District 6 President Mary Beth Ingvoldstad will recount the story of a young woman leaving her family in Norway forever, to settle in America. Begins at noon. Menu includes scrambled eggs with chives, smoked salmon, kringles and fresh fruit. Cost: $17 for members, $22 for non-members.

Info: 617 W 9th St., Santa Rosa.

Republican Women hear from legislative advocate

Allison Olson, the Legislative Advocate for Republican policy at the California State Capitol, will speak at the Santa Rosa Republican Women's Federated meeting on April 24 at the Flamingo Hotel. Olson brings an in-depth knowledge of California politics and current issues. She tracks and analyzes state legislation, lobbies on behalf of CFRW, and informs Republican clubs across the state. She was the deputy finance director for the "McClintock for Congress" campaign. Business meeting at 11:15 a.m. followed by lunch and speaker. Cost is $28-$33.

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

World Affairs talk on US-Japan relations

Tokyo's approach to Washington and the Trump Administration reveals areas of divergence between the two countries' trade policies and approaches to Russia, and also contradictions in Japan's national security and nuclear nonproliferation policies. On April 26, 7:30 p.m. at Spring Lake Village Auditorium, Tsuneo Akaha, professor of International Policy and Development at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, will discuss whether the U.S. and Japan can overcome these challenges and effectively deal with the emerging global and regional issues such as North Korea's nuclear and missile development, China's burgeoning power and influence, the mounting global call for a ban on nuclear weapons, and regional trade frameworks. Members and Spring Lake Village residents free; non-members $5 at the door. Reservations not necessary.

Info: 5555 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa.

La Cage aux Folles

Harvey Fierstein's La Cage aux Folles, with music/lyrics by Jerry Herman, comes to Santa Rosa's 6th Street Playhouse. The show portrays life in a flamboyant, non-traditional family that gets turned upside down when the son comes home with his new fiancée… and her ultra-conservative parents. One of Broadway's biggest hits for more than 30 years, this feel-good musical comedy is an inspiring lesson in being true to who you really are. Running April 27-May 20 in the G.K. Hardt Theatre. Tickets are $28-$38.

Info: 523-4185, ext. 1, 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa.

Mayhem at the museum with Stinky Cecil

Paige Braddock will speak about and read from her newest book, Stinky Cecil in Mudslide Mayhem, and sign books after her talk at the Charles Schulz Museum on April 28 at 1 p.m. "Mayhem at the Museum" includes hands-on activities to learn more about real-life pond creatures like Stinky Cecil and his friends. Explore some live pond creatures with the City of Santa Rosa Water Department, learn about animal skulls with LandPaths, meet real worms, make frog and toad crafts, and enjoy free giveaways for all kids along with a chance to win prizes. Kids are free.

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Children's Day at Sonoma State Historic Park

The annual Children's Day at Sonoma State Historic Park is April 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the courtyard of Mission San Francisco Solano. This event is free with paid admission to Sonoma State Historic Park. Engage in historic crafts of the 1830s like hand-dipped candles, woven baskets, spun wool, stamped leather or learn how to use a cattle brand. Try roping a "steer," dress your own corn husk doll, and craft beaded jewelry. New this year is an embroidery station and weaving at the wool station. Cost is $3 per adult, $2 per child (age 6-17), and children under age five are free.

Info: 114 East Spain St., Sonoma.

Not Forgotten Ball

Become one of the Knights of the Roundtable during Crossing the Jordan's "Not Forgotten Ball" on April 28, 6-11 p.m., at the Hyatt Downtown in Santa Rosa. This annual fundraiser supports Crossing the Jordan's long-term residential, career building, training and healing programs, and provides a fun evening of entertainment, dancing, and auctions. In addition, celebrate lives that have persevered and have not been forgotten. Tickets $100.


Ship of Dreams

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art will exhibit Ship of Dreams: Artists, Poets and Visionaries of the S.S. Vallejo and Her View: The Bay Area Figuration of Gail Chadell Nanao, running April 28-June 10. This is the story of how a decommissioned ferry boat became an important cultural crossroads in the history of California and America. Moored on the north side of Sausalito in 1949, the S.S. Vallejo became the dynamic home and cultural incubator for artists, musicians and literary luminaries such as Gordon Onslow Ford, Alan Watts, Jean Varda, Allen Ginsberg, Wolfgang Paalen and many others.

Info: 939-7862, 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

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