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Out, About & Around the County: 05/01/2018

Out, About & Around the County May 1, 2018

Uke can do it!

It's all about ukuleles this month at the Sonoma Valley Library. There will be a Ukulele for Tweens and Teens class on May 2 at 4 p.m. This is a beginner class, geared toward ages 5-12. Also on May 2, there will be a Ukuleles for Beginners adult class at 6 p.m. Learn the basics of ukulele and have a song repertoire by the end of the class. For both classes, registration is required and ukuleles will be provided. Then on May 9, 6 p.m., go Beyond the Basics. This class is for those who are comfortable with the C, C7, F and G7 chords and are ready to learn more. All classes are free.

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

Still Becoming

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The Arts Guild of Sonoma curates a lively selection of art works created by the Boys & Girls Club of Sonoma Valley, “Still Becoming,” running May 2-28, with an opening reception on May 4, 5-7 p.m. This exhibit also features fresh work by many favorite Arts Guild artists.

Info: 140 East Napa Street, Sonoma.

Gardening for pollinators

Anyone can be a gardener for pollinators. Learn the basic elements essential to a habitat garden so that you can start attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to your own yard. Master Gardener Gina Hitchcock will explain it all at the Sebastopol Regional Library on May 5, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. It's easy, it's fun, and it will help the planet.

Info: 7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol.

The magic of Never Never Land awaits

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Spreckles Performing Arts Center will host a special gala fundraiser performance of Peter Pan on May 3. Hors d'oeuvres, dessert, and a beverage are included with your ticket. In addition to the play, the evening features a silent auction, activities for all ages, and a Peter Pan meet and greet. Performance at 6 p.m. Tickets are $60 for adults, $30 for youth 18 and younger.

Info: 588-3400. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.

Gravel = drainage, other garden myths

Do you improve drainage at the bottom of your plant containers by adding gravel? If so, you've fallen victim to a common gardening myth. At the Valley of the Moon Garden Club's May 3 meeting, Dave Gould, former California State Park Ranger and now a Sonoma County Master Gardener, will debunk some of the gardening practices we have learned over the years. The meeting is at the Sonoma Veterans' Building. Meet and greet starts at 6:30 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m. Complimentary refreshments and raffle follows. Members are free; guests $5.

Info: 126 First St. West, Sonoma.

A fine Ferrandis farewell

Bruno Ferrandis conducts his final Santa Rosa Symphony performances on May 5, 6 and 7 at the Green Music Center, after leading the orchestra with talent, dedication and charm for 12 years. For his final concert, “Au Revoir, Bruno,” Ferrandis will treat the audience to Mahler's Symphony No. 9, a love song to life and mortality played by 90 musicians. The program begins with the U.S. premiere of Temporis for cimbalom and orchestra by Czech composer Michal Rataj, who will discuss the work with Ferrandis in the pre-concert talks. Czech cimbalom player Jan Miku_ek will join the symphony for Temporis. Tickets are $29. Free to first responders and those who lost homes in the recent Sonoma County wildfires by calling the number below.

Info: 546-8742. 1801 E Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Nestward migration: Delta Pond rookery walk

Join the fun of this annual trek to the double-crested cormorant nesting site on the banks of the Laguna de Santa Rosa on May 6, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Hikers will likely see everything from courtship displays, nest building, egg-sitting, and maybe even peek in on chicks while watching parents hustle to keep up with feeding hungry mouths. Meeting location in west Santa Rosa emailed upon registration. This natural history outing includes a 3-mile walk over mostly flat, uneven terrain to an area that is closed to the general public. Cost is $20 (non-refundable), a fundraiser for Learning Laguna bus fund.


Japanese Arts Festival

taiko drummers matsuri
Photo by Judy Bellah

On May 6, Matsuri! Japanese Arts Festival returns to Juilliard Park and the SOFA Arts District of downtown Santa Rosa from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Organized by Sonoma County Matsuri, this admission-free, family friendly event offers performances and demonstrations throughout the day and will feature taiko drumming, traditional Japanese dance and music, martial arts demonstrations, Kyogen theater performance, Tea Ceremony, and more. There will also be a children's activity booth and mochitsuki - pounding sweet rice into cakes using a wooden mallet - along with a variety of exhibitors and vendors featuring Japanese arts, crafts, and food.

As a prelude to the festival, Sonoma County Matsuri will offer a special shakuhachi concert by Grand Master Riley Lee from Australia and local musician Elliot Kallen on May 5, at 7 p.m. The performance will be held at the Church of One Tree in Santa Rosa. Tickets are $15 advance sale and $20 at the door.

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Native American celebration; plant sale

A Native American Spring Celebration will be held on the Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) campus on May 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This is an opportunity for local tribes to share cultural practices and traditions with Sonoma County friends and family. There will be dance performances and cultural demonstrations, indigenous cultures information booths, and food and art vendors. On the same day, SRJC horticulture students will hold a plant sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., offering a variety of summer vegetables and ornamental plants for your garden or patio. They will have a great selection of succulents and houseplants.

Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Bariatric surgery seminar

Sonoma Valley Hospital offers an educational seminar on weight loss surgery every second Wednesday of the month, with the next one on May 9, 5:30-7 p.m. The seminar is free and open to anyone who would like to learn more about advanced, minimally invasive surgical options for weight loss. Leading the discussion will be Scott Perryman, M.D., a board-certified, Stanford-trained surgeon who will discuss the impact of obesity on overall health and the benefits of weight loss surgery. Perryman will be available to answer your questions, and you'll meet patients who have successfully undergone weight loss surgery.

Info: 938-3870, ext. 1. 347 Andrieux St., Sonoma.

The right staff with the right stuff

Hiring the right employees is a challenge for business when unemployment is low. In Sonoma County, there's a group of workers who offer experience, skills, flexibility in work hours and high job performance to fill the need - older adult job seekers. Employers and human resources professionals in all fields are invited to learn more at a breakfast meeting discussing “Sonoma County's New Workforce: Older Adults - The Business Case for Age-Friendly Hiring,” on May 9, 7-10 a.m., at Vintners Inn. Reservations are $25 for individuals or $200 for a table of eight.

Info: 525-0143, ext. 100. 4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa.

Cook on viticulture

On May 10, the Sonoma Home Winemakers will hear from David Cook, founder and president of Cook Vineyard Management, discussing viticulture and vineyard development. Cook has developed 120 vineyards throughout Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino Counties, and currently manages over 450 acres of vineyards and olive orchards in Sonoma County. He also has a weekly radio show “In the Vine Country” on KSVY 91.3 FM, and runs a vineyard and fermentation supply store in Sonoma. The Sonoma Home Winemakers meet at 7:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at The Vintage House in Sonoma. Prospective members are welcome.

Info: 264 First St. East, Sonoma.

Celebration of Western songs

The lively Vintage House Singers will present their annual spring concert, “Home on the Range: A Celebration of Western and Americana Songs,” on May 11, 2-4 p.m. Formed over 25 years ago, the group is led by director Kay Adams. This festive program will highlight both the Creekside Combo and talented members of the choir showcasing solo performances. This free concert takes place at the Vintage House in Sonoma. Donations are gratefully accepted and refreshments will be served.

Info: 996-0311, 264 First St. East, Sonoma.

Peanuts after dark

Grab some friends, work up an appetite, and head to the Schulz Museum for a Friday night filled with local food, drink, and fun. Each month Friday Nights at the Museum pairs Peanuts-themed food with local drinks and fun activities including cartooning and animation. Enjoy evening access to the Museum galleries, an outdoor fire pit, and delicious and creative pairings. On May 11, 6- 9 p.m. enjoy breakfast after dark and meet cartoonists Brian Kolm and Brian Narelle to sharpen your cartooning skills as you loosen up with a sampling of Seismic Brewing Company's best new beers. Enjoy chorizo and potato burritos, fried chicken and waffles with sage honey, and “Pigpens” in croissant blankets from the Kendall-Jackson culinary team. Tickets: $24-$30, ages 21+ with ID.

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Mother's Day Laguna walk

Celebrate Mother's Day and Mother Earth with a fun and informative walk along the Laguna de Santa Rosa with Regional Parks and Laguna Foundation naturalists and ecologists. Learn about the meaningful connections between this spectacular watershed and the plants, animals, and people that call it home. In this May 13 stroll, 2-5 p.m., docents will focus on the rich history of the area and the 20+ years worth of collaborative restoration work done there. Total mileage walking will be 2-3 miles over mostly flat but uneven ground. Cost is $10 (non-refundable).

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

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