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Out, About & Around the County: 10/15/2019

Out, About & Around the County Oct. 15, 2019

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Beyond stereotypes

The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Jesse Peter Multicultural Museum hosts a new exhibit featuring contemporary comic books written by Native Americans and featuring Native American heroes, alongside vintage comics that portray Native American characters. Open to the public through Dec. 19, Beyond Stereotypes - Native Americans Restyle the Comic Book Universe, will include original artwork by local Kashia Pomo artist Eric Wilder and work by Arigon Starr, Kickapoo author of the tongue-in-cheek graphic novel Super Indian. The show will begin with a reception and conversation with Eric Wilder on Oct. 15, 3-4:30 p.m. Free, but $4 on-campus parking fee.

Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Design workshops for teens

Registration is on now for a series of youth workshops in Sonoma designed to support creativity and expanded thinking, and to design and make objects using local and sustainable resources. The three-part series, running November, January and February, explores digital design and 3D printing, native clay and ancient firing techniques, and bike mechanics and sustainable power generation. The programs will take place at the Sonoma Valley Library, Sonoma Ceramics, and Operation Bicycle. Ten spots available. Cost is $150 for the entire series. Registration ends Oct. 25.


Luna Gale at Cinnebar

Caroline, a veteran social worker, thinks she has a typical case on her hands with Peter and Karlie, teenage drug addicts accused of neglecting their baby. But when she places their infant in the care of Karlie's mother, Caroline sparks a family conflict that exposes a secretive past, forcing her to make a risky decision with potentially disastrous consequences. Powerful and arresting, Luna Gale, running now through Oct. 27 at Cinnabar Theater, is a heartbreaking and unforgettable tale of love and betrayal. Cinnabar will host a talkback after this thought-provoking show on Friday Oct 25. Tickets: $20-$35

Info: 3333 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma.

Love Songs to Lost Homelands

Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble will present renowned Armenian folk singer Hasmik Harutyunyan on Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m., at the Green Music Center's Schroeder Hall. Gorani: Love Songs to Lost Homelands will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Komitas Vardapet (1869-1935), a composer, folk song collector and icon in the history of Armenia. Harutyunyan has received international acclaim for her mellifluous renditions of Armenian lullabies and her work with Yerevan's Shoghaken Ensemble. Her nuanced and passionate interpretations of traditional melodies from historical villages across the Armenian plateau offer a mesmerizing glimpse into a lost world. Free.

Info: 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Starting from nothing

The Sonoma County Genealogical Society presents “A Case Study: A Complete Genealogy Starting From Nothing,” on Oct. 19, noon-2 p.m. at The Finley Center. Host Steve Morse, creator of the One-Step Website, will present a case study using the One-Step Webpages as well as other websites to develop a family history. He will illustrate how, with a minimal amount of initial information, an entire genealogy can be obtained. Besides being a genealogist, Morse is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086 (the granddaddy of today's Pentium processor), which sparked the PC revolution nearly 40 years ago.

Info: 2060 West College Ave., Santa Rosa.

Stayin' alive

Learn about keeping your soil alive on Oct. 19 when Master Gardener Food Gardening Specialist Cathy McFann leads a free workshop on cover crops, compost and mulch, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Rincon Valley Library. Learn about the importance of soil biology and the care choices for a living garden.

Info: 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

Boots, barks and barrels

Grab your furry little buckaroos and head west, West Wines in Dry Creek Valley that is, for a day of denim, dogs, wine, and western wear, Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The $25 admission includes wine tasting in the watering hole, a hand-painted wine glass, paw painting with your pup, and entry into the costume contest with prize buckets. Hot dogs and sausages available at the chuck wagon. Green Dog Rescue Project and Sonoma County Animal Services will be on site with dogs for adoption. Proceeds benefit the Paws for Love Foundation, providing comfort and care for homeless pets for 21 years.

Info: West Wines, 1000 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg.

Birding at Pepperwood

Join Pepperwood Preserve and Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation staff and naturalists for a day of birding from the wetlands to the headwaters on Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Look for a variety of year-round resident birds, the first migrants passing through the area, and those arriving to stay for the winter - like Nuttall's woodpeckers, yellow-rumped warblers, great egrets, American white pelicans, oak titmice, Northern harriers, Say's phoebes, and meadowlarks, as well as many other riparian and waterbird species, and those that inhabit Pepperwood's oak woodland and grassland habitats. Cost is $50.

RSVP: 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, Santa Rosa.

Natural history hikes

Take advantage of the healing power of nature while exploring diverse ecosystems on Sonoma Mountain at Fairfield Osborn Preserve near Penngrove. Sonoma State University naturalists will lead you on a tour of this university education and research site, and give you insights into the ways people work together to restore regional landscapes during this series of hikes on six Saturdays, starting Oct. 19. Expect to hike at least one mile with a 200-foot elevation gain, adaptable to participants' abilities.

Info: Lichau Road, Penngrove.

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GOP candidate comes to Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa Republican Women Federated will host its next lunch meeting - “Understanding California's Elections: What Republicans must do to win in California Again” - at the Flamingo Resort on Oct. 22, 11 a.m., with guest speaker Mark Meuser, attorney and 2018 GOP candidate for Secretary of State. Meuser is one of the leading experts on elections in California and the role of Secretary of State in protecting our right to fair and uncorrupted elections. Cost: $28 with reservation, $33 at the door. Mail checks to: SRRWF 1585 Terrace Wat #306 Santa Rosa, CA 95404.

Info: 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa.

Supa-epic news

Dav Pilkey, the creator of the bestselling Dog Man and Captain Underpants series of books, will embark on an international tour... and will be stopping in Petaluma on Oct. 23, 7 p.m. at the Petaluma Veterans Building. Pilkey, who was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD as a child, will speak about his story and his award-winning books. Tickets are $20.

Info: 1094 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma.

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Take me to the river

On Oct. 25, the music of New Orleans comes the Green Music Center with performances by some of the most influential figures of modern New Orleans funk, R&B, soul, and jazz - The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, Walter “Wolfman” Washington plus Mardi Gras Indians with “Big Chief” Monk Boudreaux of The Golden Eagles and “Big Chief” Romeo of the 9th Ward Hunters. Tickets start at $25.

Info: 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Abstract thinking

The Sebastopol Center for the Arts main gallery will open its next exhibit, Abstract, with a reception on Oct. 25, from 6-7:30 p.m. Abstract work does not attempt to represent an accurate description of visual reality but instead uses shapes, colors, forms and gestural marks of expression. A variety of mediums will be reflected in this extraordinary collection of art work submitted by artists from around the world. The reception will include light appetizers and wine, with music by soloist Cricket Seagull. The show runs through Dec. 1.

Info: 282 South High St., Sebastopol.

Night critters of the Laguna

Look for familiar Halloween creatures on Oct. 26 during a family-friendly evening at the Laguna Environmental Center. Participants will take a short walk around the grounds, poking their heads into the hop barn to look for barn owls, listening for high-pitched bat calls, examining different spider webs, and using a UV light to attract wandering moths. After exploring outside, go inside to dissect owl pellets and create some simple take-home Halloween crafts to decorate your doorstep. Runs 6-8:30 p.m. Cost is $20 for one parent with up to two kids, or $35 for families of four.

RSVP: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

Costume campfire

On Oct. 26, 6-7 p.m., California state parks hosts its annual costume campfire program in the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard. Bring the kids for some fun, seasonal talk, spooky campfire songs and a ghostly marshmallow roast. All ages welcome. Free of charge.

Info: 98 E. Spain St., Sonoma.

Havana hoe-down

Eat, dance and celebrate Sonoma Valley Mentoring alliance with a Cuban flair on Oct. 26, 5:30-10 p.m. at Sebastiani Winery. Enjoy a seated dinner of delicious fare such as Cubano sliders, ropa vieja, Cuban-style empanadas, and Havana salads. Also enjoy Sebastiani wines, festive cocktails, and dancing to the rhythms of the Carlitos Medrano Quartet. Guests are encouraged to “dress with a flair.” Admission is $150.

Info: 938-1990,, 389 4th St. East, Sonoma.

'Living in Two Worlds'

During the 10th annual Pomo Honoring Month in October, free community exhibits, talks, performances and workshops highlight the history, traditions and artistry of the native Pomo people of Sonoma County. On Oct. 26, hear stories from elders of California tribes as they share stories about growing up Native American, and their experiences living as a member of a native tribe while negotiating mainstream white culture. “Elder's Forum: Living in Two Worlds” runs 2-5 p.m. at the California Indian Museum & Cultural Center.

Info: 5250 Aero Dr., Santa Rosa.

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with art

Learn how to build a traditional interactive toy coffin with a head that pops up when you pull the string at the Toy Coffins Workshop offered Oct. 26 at Art Escape. On Oct. 27, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art will host a Flower Crown workshop where families can build their own colorful botanical crowns that they can wear at the Nov. 2 Plaza Celebration.

Info: Art Escape, 17474 Sonoma Hwy. Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway.

Exotic Erotic Ball

The Flamingo Resort Spa will host the NorCal Exotic Erotic Ball on Oct. 26 and 27, a sex-positive Halloween party aimed at providing the community with the skills, tools and technique to play safely. There will be a costume contest, kinky speed dating, art galley, and local nonprofits. Five percent of the proceeds will go to the Community Foundation's fire resilience fund. No cell phones allowed, 21+ event.

Info: 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa.

Harry Potter Halloween

The Santa Rosa Symphony will launch this season's Family Concert Series at the Green Music Center on Oct. 27 with “Halloween with Harry Potter,” featuring music from Harry Potter, and the Santa Rosa Children's Choral Academy. Pre-concert fun includes a photo booth (costumes encouraged) and Instrument Petting Zoo, free to ticket holders. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children; subscriptions for entire season available.

Info: 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Spooktacular Sonoma

On Oct. 31, join characters of the past for some trick or treating at the Sonoma Barracks. Check into the Plaza Visitors Center to receive a map of all participating businesses. This event is for families with kids 10 and under. Runs 2-5 p.m.

Info: 453 First Street East, Sonoma.

Autumn bounty trek

Celebrate the season of Thanksgiving in a new way this year. Experience Sonoma County through the eyes of Autumn while wild foraging with expert guides from LandPaths on a three- to four-day walk, Nov. 1-3, across diverse landscapes, as the waters return to our creeks and animals prepare for winter. Witness the bounty that nature has to offer during the season of Thanksgiving - oak acorns, hawk and Chinook migration, willows and alders changing with the season, and so much more. Cost is $335.


Béla Fleck plays with SR Symphony

Sixteen-time Grammy winner Béla Fleck has earned nominations in more categories than anyone in Grammy history - all on a banjo! Fleck will join the Santa Rosa Symphony Nov. 2-4 at the Green Music Center for a dynamic program created and conducted by Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong. The program also includes Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, arranged by Maurice Ravel, and opens with Aaron Copland's Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo. Performances at 7:30 p.m., with pre-concert talks 6:30-7 p.m., and at 3 p.m. on Sunday with pre-concert talk 2-2:30 p.m. Tickets: $24-$87. Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17.

Info: 546-8742,

Dia de los Muertos cemetery tour

The Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards invite you to take a lively, informative walk through Sonoma's historic cemetery with amateur historian Fred Allebach on Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-noon. Meet cowboys and Indians, ranchers and real estate tycoons, farmers and farriers, carpenters and stone masons, quarrymen, grocers, butchers, bakers, maybe a candlestick maker, and more. This fundraising event is limited to 20 participants per hike. There will be one hike at 10 a.m. and another at noon. A $35 suggested donation includes the walking tour, cookies and cider. All proceeds go to the Overlook Trailhead Kiosk.

Info: 90 First St., West, Sonoma.

Bark after Dark

Are you an animal lover? Join the Animal Shelter League of Rohnert Park for “Bark After Dark,” one of the best dog-gone fundraisers benefiting homeless and needy animals in Sonoma County, Nov. 2, 6:30-10 p.m. at the Rohnert Park Community Center. Enjoy a delicious Italian-themed dinner plus fabulous raffle, and live and silent auctions for advance holiday gift-shopping galore. Pre-sale tickets are just $35.

Info: 5401 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.

Cash and King

Come celebrate “The Man in Black” and “The King” in one unforgettable night, Nov. 3, 7 p.m. In celebration of its 30th Anniversary, Spreckels Performing Arts Center has invited international recording artist Steven Kent back to the Spreckels stage with Cash and King, a unique concert featuring the music of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley in one unforgettable concert. This is not an impersonator show; Kent, along with his superb band, perform in their own exciting style while keeping true to the music that has inspired generations. Tickets: $30-$40.