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Out, About & Around the County: 09/15/2019

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

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Feed me, Seymour

Enjoy an evening of macabre laughs and doo-wop songs with Cinnabar Theater's latest offering, Little Shop of Horrors, running now through Sept. 22. When Seymour, an awkward shop clerk, finds a bizarre plant after a solar eclipse, he and his colleagues quickly discover that this odd looking seedling may be the key to drawing customers into their floundering Skid Row flower shop. Naming the plant Audrey II, in honor of the quirky and beautiful store clerk he has a crush on, Seymour begins to nurture the little seedling with the only thing it wants to eat - Seymour's own blood. Tickets range from $30-$45.

Info: 3333 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma.

Suicide & the Elderly: Risks and Prevention

On Sept. 18, 5:30-7 p.m., the public is invited to a presentation and panel discussion on suicide prevention for older adults, organized by the Sonoma County Mental Health Advisory Board at the Finley Center in Santa Rosa. The featured speaker will be Patrick Arbore from the Institute on Aging in San Francisco. He is the founding director of the Friendship Line, an accredited emotional support and crisis helpline for people 60 years or older. The presentation will immediately follow a brief monthly meeting of the Mental Health Board, which starts at 5 p.m. All are welcome.

Info: Person Senior Wing, 2060 College Ave., Santa Rosa.

Life and Death at Mission San Francisco Solano

Sonoma Petaluma Parks summer lecture series continues on Sept. 19 with retired State Park Senior Archaeologist Breck Parkman. Learn about life during the time of Mission San Francisco Solano (1823-1834), best known as the “Sonoma Mission,” when thousands of local native peoples were brought there for conversion to Christianity. This included members of various tribes - Coast Miwok, Southern Pomo, Wappo, and Patwin. Parkman's talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Mission San Francisco Solano Chapel in Sonoma. Admission $10 at the door; $5 for SPParks members.

Info: 114 East Spain St. off the Sonoma Plaza.

Learn about LAFCO

On Sept. 19, the Sonoma County Taxpayers Association hosts Mark Bramfitt, executive director of the Sonoma County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO). LAFCO is responsible for establishing the boundaries for Sonoma County's incorporated cities and special districts. More specifically, LAFCO handles annexations, detachments, dissolutions, incorporations, disincorporations, mergers and reorganizations of Sonoma County cities, school districts, fire districts, hospital districts, flood control districts, library districts, parks districts, airports, water districts, and sanitation districts. The luncheon meeting begins at noon at the Flamingo Hotel. Cost for lunch is $35 at the door.

RSVP: 481-1089, 2777 4th St., Santa Rosa.

Climate Strike in Sonoma County

Are you concerned about climate change and the future of the planet? Then it's time to make your voice heard. A Climate Strike event is scheduled for Sept. 20, noon at Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa. Sept. 20-27 is Global Climate Strike Week around the country and the world, and Sonoma County Climate Action is putting on the event in Santa Rosa. For northern Sonoma Valley folks, you can participate with your neighbors in a walk to Courthouse Square from Melita Road (5.7 miles) starting at 9:30 a.m. Look for the signs.

Info: Lorrinda,

Livingston Taylor at HopMonk Tavern

Livingston Taylor has shared the stage with major artists such as Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Buffett, and Jethro Tull. From Top 40 hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I'll Come Running,” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman,” Livingston's creative output continues unabated. He is equally at home with folk, pop, gospel, and jazz, and from upbeat storytelling and touching ballads to full orchestra performances. Taylor comes to the Abbey at HopMonk Tavern on Sept. 20. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., Tickets: $20-$30.

Info: 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol.

Star-studded Gypsy

Gypsy: A Musical Fable opens at Santa Rosa's 6th Street Playhouse on Sept. 20. This sizzling musical inspired by the true life story of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee chronicles the young performer, her greedy “momager” Rose, and the family's rise to stardom. Shows run Friday and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Oct. 10. Tickets start at $45. Featuring Broadway-bound Carmen Mitchell as famous burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee, and Broadway's Kathy Fitzgerald as the needy, greedy 'showbiz mother' Mama Rose.

Info: 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa.

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Pawminster Dog show for 'everyday dogs'

On Sept. 21, the Paws of Love Foundation presents the “Pawminster” Dog Show at Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma. This is a fun dog show meant for everyday dogs. Attendance is free and well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome. Any dog may enter the competition in the following categories: “Silver Whiskers” (6 years and older); “Most Appealing Eyes”; “Wiggle/Waggiest”; “Star Quality”; “Loved Most by Pawparazzi.” Cost is $25 for a single class entry; $5 for each additional class entry. Registration begins at noon; Show at 1:30 p.m. Amazing prize baskets. Treats and ribbons for all participants.

Info: 1280 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma.

Did you say clambake?

On Sept. 21, 6-9 p.m., Council on Aging will host a fundraising clambake “Under The Tent” in Santa Rosa. The event will include a wonderful selection of seafood, including clams, lobster tails, and shrimp, salads, desserts, live music and entertainment, craft beers, wine and bubbles, all to support the programs that make Council on Aging the premier senior social services agency in Sonoma County.

Info: 30 Kawana Springs Road, Santa Rosa.

Genetic Genealogy 101

Are you bewildered by genetic genealogy? What are the three kinds of DNA? What is Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA matching? On Sept. 21, The Sonoma County Genealogical Society will host Michael Cooley, who has given genetic genealogy presentations at Humboldt State University and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. He will discuss the basics, 1-2 p.m., at the Finley Center.

Info: 260 West College Ave., Santa Rosa.

The art of Bing

San Francisco native, Chinese American artist, and community activist Bernice Bing was a bridge between many worlds. Her life constitutes a human catalog of early heartbreak, trying obstacles, and ultimately the triumph of a modern woman in the 20th-century San Francisco Bay Area. The art of Bing, or “Bingo” as she was affectionately called, is the procession of her life story, and by many measures, her work deserves a significant place in art history. Running Sept. 21-Jan. 5 at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Opening reception is Sept. 21, 6-8 p.m.

Info: 939-7862, 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

Classical music in Petaluma

Renowned pianist Elizabeth Walter will be performing on the legendary 1899 Henry F. Miller concert grand which currently resides in Petaluma's “Carnegie Hall,” the 1906 Carnegie Library which is now the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum on Sept. 22, 4 p.m. Walter brings together traditional favorites and more modern pieces to weave a tapestry of sound: Mozart's lively and joyful Piano Sonata in B-flat (K333); Beethoven's dramatic and soulful “Pathetique” Sonata (Opus 13); Ravel's charming reverie, “Sonatine;” and Argentinian composer Albert Ginastera's intense Piano Sonata. Tickets are start at $40 online, $50 at door. Complimentary wine and cheese.

Info: 20 4th St., Petaluma.

Natural remedies workshop

Using botanicals to create medicinal syrups, tinctures, and teas is a timeless craft combining art, science and nature. On Sept. 22, expert medicine maker and clinical herbalist Amy Charnay will lead a workshop focusing on making several take-home natural remedies including elderberry syrup, an herbal tincture, and loose-leaf teas to stock your natural medicine cabinet. Runs 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Laguna Environmental Center. Cost is $65. Pre-registration required.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

The first step to being brave is Seeing Brave

Seeing Brave is a documentary series that follows the journeys of three courageous women who are transforming lives around the globe through their own brave initiatives in response to crises. Seeing Brave will screen at the Sebastiani Theater on Sept. 23, 6 p.m., followed by a discussion with local leading lady Anna Bimenyimana, whose story of success and perseverance is shared on the big screen. Tickets: $10.

Info: 476 First St. East, Sonoma.

Gorin speaks to SV Dems

Do you have questions about fire preparedness, the future of Sonoma Developmental Center, and other issues important to our valley? Everyone is invited to bring their questions for County Supervisor Susan Gorin to the Sonoma Valley Democrats General Meeting on Sept. 23, 6-8 p.m. at the Sonoma Springs Community Hall. Attendees are asked to bring a potluck dish to share.

Info: Beth at 18627 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma.

Republican Women hear about The Flux

The next evening meeting of the Santa Rosa Republican Women, Federated, will be on Sept. 24, at the Flamingo Hotel. Social hour begins at 5:15 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. Presenter Noelle Dahl has initiated an online newspaper The Flux. Dahl is a student at Sonoma State University and a registered Republican. Her mission is to encourage political dialogue and honor free speech on college campuses.

Info: 2777 4th St., Santa Rosa.

Cool and sultry Krall

The only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart, beginning with her ground-breaking album When I Look in Your Eyes, Diana Krall has garnered two Grammy Awards along with nine gold, three platinum, and seven multi-platinum albums. Krall comes to the Weill Hall lawn at the Green Music Center on Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

Info: 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Myth in cinema

Cinema is our primary agent of myth, bringing timeless human stories to life. Mythic films depict our universal search for awakening, belonging, and meaning, offering wisdom from culture, philosophy, psychology, and folk tradition. Instructor Terry Ebinger will lead a new session of “Finding Myth in Cinema” through Santa Rosa Junior College Community Education on Thursdays, Sept. 26-Oct. 17, 6:30-9:45 p.m. Films screened and discussed will be The Big Lebowski, Phoenix, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, and The Trip to Bountiful.

Info: Emeritus Hall, Room 1592.

Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival

The Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival has celebrated the harvest season for 122 years. Sept. 27-29, festival-goers will enjoy local culinary creations, and a variety of wines, and participate in exciting events. The festival transforms the Sonoma Plaza into a weekend-long outdoor venue with live music, art, crafts, food and more. In addition to wine tasting there are over a dozen opportunities to participate in events that are fun for the whole family, including the Grape Stomp competition, firefighter water battles, “Get Your Glow On” Parade; and 5K, 12K, and children's foot races.

Info:, Sonoma City Plaza.

Game night at the museum

On Sept. 27, 6-9 p.m., the Charles M. Schulz Museum invites people age 21 and up to come test your board game skills at Game Night at the Museum, featuring drinks from Bear Republic Brewing Company and Fogline Vineyards, and comfort foods from the Warm Puppy Café. Top off the evening with a spirited round of trivia with Comics FTW! General admission $30, members $24.

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Bingocize for Fun and Falls Prevention

Bingo plus exercise equals fun on Sept. 28, during Bingocize, an exercise game led by Sister Frances of the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at the Central Santa Rosa Library, 11 a.m.-noon. Participants can also learn about helpful local programs and services for adults 60+. There'll be free fun and prizes for all ages who try the simple seated and standing exercises. Presented by the Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging.

Info: 565-7321, 211 E St., Santa Rosa.

Brahms versus Beethoven

Sonoma County Philharmonic's 2019-2020 season kicks off with two towering works of the orchestral literature, Brahms' Symphony No. 3 and Beethoven's Violin Concerto. Bulgarian violinist Jassen Todorov, professor at San Francisco State University, joins the Sonoma County Philharmonic on Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., and Sept. 29, 2 p.m., at Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School. Students are always free.

Info: 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa.

All about olives

Don “the olive guy” Landis teaches a class, Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Santa Rosa Junior College, covering everything you need to know about olives and making them edible without lye. In this class you will learn about the history of olives, their many varieties, and care, pruning and harvesting of the fruit. Greek brining, water and dry salt methods of de-bittering and storage will be explained in detail. Recipe packets will be given out, followed by tasting olives with cheese, crackers and soft drinks. Fee: $84. Advanced registration required.

Info: 1588 Emeritus Hall Santa Rosa Campus.

Wild lives of wildlife

Do you ever wonder about the wildlife living near you? What are they up to when we aren't around? On Sept. 28, take a peek inside the wild lives of wildlife in this motion-activated trail camera workshop led by local naturalist Shelly Spriggs. Learn how these cameras work, helpful tips and tricks for setting them up, and things to consider for choosing a successful location. Runs 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Laguna Environmental Center. Cost is $35. Pre-registration required.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

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