Out, About & Around the County Aug. 15, 2019
When in Wingo... Ever wonder about Richard 'Fresh Air Dick' Janson? This colorful character lived in the southern Sonoma Valley marshes during the early 20th century and is known as an amazing artist of duck decoys. It was a time when the rich marshland provided an abundance of food for the growing San Francisco population through market hunting, and subsequently sport hunting, by people who are still living in Sonoma and nearby areas. Author Wally Lourdeaux will discuss the history, the town of Wingo, and 'Fresh Air Dick,' who lived in the community at the mouth of Sonoma Creek. At the Sonoma Valley Woman's Club, Aug. 15, 7 p.m. Admission is $10.
Info: 574 First St. East, Sonoma.
What is the CO$T? On Aug. 15 at its monthly luncheon meeting, the Sonoma County Taxpayers Association hosts Mimi Willard, founder and director of the Coalition of Sensible Taxpayers (CO$T), Marin County's successful taxpayer advocacy group. CO$T was recently named Taxpayer Organization of the Year by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Willard will discuss the successes and methods employed by CO$T and how they might be incorporated here in Sonoma County. Cost is $35 at the door. Starts at noon at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa.
Info: sonomacountytaxpayers.org. 2777 4th St., Santa Rosa.
Comedy in Petaluma On Aug. 17, 8 p.m., San Francisco comedian Caitlin Gill, performs stand-up comedy in Petaluma along with Jackie Kashian and Chris Fairbanks to celebrate the release of her debut album, Major. Gill was named one of TimeOut LA's 2018 Comics to Watch and was voted Best Comedian by the East Bay Express. On Major, Gill talks about the transition from San Francisco to Los Angeles as well as her relationship with her sweet lady, and some wonderful musings on her father. Tickets are $20-$30.
Info: tickets.vendini.com. Griffo Distillery, 1320 Scott St., Petaluma.
Keep planting or go to bed? Sonoma County Master Gardeners will host two gardening workshops on Aug. 17. “Fall/Winter Food Gardens,” 10-11:30 a.m., at Bayer Farm in Santa Rosa will address the choice gardeners have this time of year to keep planting vegetables through the fall, winter and early spring, or to prepare garden beds for the winter, nurturing the soil for spring planting. This will be an outdoor workshop. Spanish translation will be provided. Free. No registration required. Also on Aug. 17, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Rincon Valley Library, Master Gardener Deseray Dolan will discuss edible plants, flowers, shrubs, groundcovers, trees, and vines to use in landscaping in an attractive manner. No registration required.
Info: sonomamg.ucanr.edu. Bayer Farm, 1550 West Ave., Santa Rosa. Rincon Valley Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.
Conjuring the laguna in paint Artist Angela Zocco Sturr will host a landscape acrylic painting workshop on Aug. 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., geared towards both those new to the freedom of abstraction and longtime enthusiasts. Using a variety of wooden shapes, students will draw an organic vista, exploring transparency, overlapping, and textured brushwork using acrylic paint. A special emphasis will be on mixing and creating harmonious muted colors. At the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation's Heron Hall. Cost: $68. Pre-registration required.
Info: 527-9277, www.lagunafoundation.org. 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.
Celebrate with SV Democrats Enjoy an evening in a lovely poolside setting with wine, appetizers, and music by Carlos Herrera at the Sonoma Valley Democrats “Summer Celebration” on Aug. 18, 5-7 p.m. at the Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma. Local elected officials and candidates have been invited. Tickets are $20 at the door and the funds raised will go to the operation of the Sonoma Valley Democrats, a hub of activism, information, and community. The event is co-hosted by Westerbeke Ranch. RSVPs are not required, but appreciated in order to assist with planning.
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org. 2300 Grove St., Sonoma.
Literacy volunteers needed Schools of Hope volunteers tutor at local schools and make a difference in as little as 30 minutes per week by working with children who are struggling with reading. To learn more, attend one of these Schools of Hope orientations: Aug. 20, 2-3 p.m., Aug. 22, 10-11 a.m., Aug. 27, 2-3 p.m., and Aug. 29, 10-11 a.m. Orientations are held at the United Way of the Wine Country office in Santa Rosa.
Info: 528-4485, www.unitedwaywinecountry.org. 975 Corporate Center Pkwy., Ste. 160, Santa Rosa.
Acrylic painting demos Sonoma County Art Trails Steering Committee offers an acrylic paint demonstration on Aug. 21, 7-9 p.m., at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Utilizing acrylic's fast drying feature, Jeff Olson will share some essential acrylic masking skills that can be used for both representational and abstract painting applications. This workshop has something for everyone, beginner to professional painter. Each participant will also receive samples to take home and continue their own artistic explorations. Fee: $25. Free for 2019 Art Trails artists. There will also be a Royal Talens oil paint demonstration on Aug. 22.
Info: sebarts.org. 282 S High St., Sebastopol.
Book it to the theater Join the Santa Rosa Symphony League at 6th Street Playhouse for the dress rehearsal of The Book Club Play on Aug. 22, 7 p.m. In this hilarious play by Karen Zacarias, four longtime friends and book club members' lives are upended when they aim to spice up their mundane routines by reading the provocative bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey. General admission is $45; $40 for members of the Symphony League. Price includes wine and refreshments. Tickets available at the Symphony League website, or by mailing a check to 50 Santa Rosa Ave., #410, Santa Rosa, 95404. Tickets to the public performances, which run Aug. 23 through Sept. 15, are available on the 6th Street Playhouse website.
Info: www.srsymphonyleague.org/festival-of-parties.html. 6thstreetplayhouse.com. 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa.
Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival The Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival, Aug. 24 and 25, features an art and fine craft marketplace, food, a tasting featuring more than 40 wineries and breweries, three entertainment stages, kid's activities and more. Portions of the proceeds benefit Stewards of the Coast & Redwoods and the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at gate; kids 12-18 are $8 advance, $10 at gate; under 12 are free. Senior, military and first responder discounts available. Purchase online by Aug. 23 for additional $10 savings.
Info: www.bodegabayseafoodfestival.com. Watts Ranch, 16855 Bodega Hwy., Bodega.
The State of Water On Aug. 29, Obi Kaufmann will discuss how science and art can work together to deliver a powerful message of hope regarding the natural world of California and beyond. In his newly released State of Water: Understanding California's Most Precious Resource, Kaufmann turns his attention to the Golden State's single most complex and controversial resource: water. Interspersed with trail paintings of animals that might survive under a careful water ethic, Kaufman shows how California can usher in a new era of responsible water conservation. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets: $14 (non-refundable). Pre-registration required. At Heron Hall at the Laguna de Santa Rosa.
Info: 527-9277. www.lagunafoundation.org. 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.
The topless revolution In her book, Three Nights at the Condor, author Benita Mattioli tells the true tale of how the Condor, a tiny San Francisco bar with a jukebox, was transformed into the first - then the most famous - topless nightclub in history, becoming a key player in the sexual revolution of the 1960s. The topless revolution blew into North Beach like a wildfire in 1964 and changed The City - and the world - forever. Mattioli comes to Copperfields in Santa Rosa on Aug. 30, 7 p.m. Free.
Info: www.copperfieldsbooks.com. 775 Village Ct., Santa Rosa.
Taste of SonomaTaste of Sonoma returns to the Green Music Center on Aug. 31. Sonoma County's top wine and food festival, Taste of Sonoma spotlights the county's vintners, growers and chefs, and offers wine and culinary enthusiasts an immersive opportunity to taste and experience the bounty of Sonoma County. The day includes a walkaround wine tasting, musical entertainment, guided wine seminars, a beer garden and themed lounges. Tickets range from $150 to $255.
Info: TasteOfSonoma.com. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.