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Out, About & Around the County: 10/01/2019

Out, About & Around the County Oct. 1, 2019

Muddy waters

Wetlands are a vital component of a healthy estuary system, providing valuable habitat and ecosystem services such as water filtration and protection against flooding. Wetland sediments provide a remarkable record of natural and human forces over thousands of years. On Oct. 2, during “What the Mud Can Tell Us: Reconstructing Environmental Change in San Francisco Bay,” Dr. Michelle Goman will discuss her research, the techniques used and what has been discovered about the prehistoric environmental history of the San Francisco Bay and Delta. Starts 7 p.m. at Sonoma Land Trust headquarters in Santa Rosa. Free.

Info: 822 5th St., Santa Rosa.

Music through the decades

On Oct. 2 and 3, the Maria Carrillo High School Choral Department, under the direction of Gail Bowers, presents the Fall Choral Concert “The Elevation of Music” featuring the Jazz Choir, Men's Quartet, Chamber Singers, Handbells, Women's Choir, Men's Choir, and Small Women's group bringing you hits from each decade, the 1940s through the 2000s. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Cost is $10.

Tickets: 6975 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

colors of the death painting

Beautiful colors of death

Mexican born artist Ernesto Hernandez-Olmos returns to the Sonoma Community Center for the Día de los Muertos season starting with an exhibit of his paintings, The Colors of the Death, opening Oct. 3. An Artist Talk is scheduled for 6 p.m. that evening. Hernandez-Olmos' art has been shown at The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, and a mural can also be seen at the MacArthur Bart Station in Oakland.

Info: 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.

Transformation, combination, creation

Alchemy, the theme of this year's national juried exhibition by the Arts Guild of Sonoma, can be widely interpreted beyond attempts to make synthetic gold. Artists from around the country were invited to enter a competition to express dreams, desires, mysteries, and symbols in creative works of art. For this Third Annual National Juried Exhibition, pieces from selected artists will be exhibited at the Arts Guild of Sonoma gallery from Oct. 3-Nov. 3, with an opening reception on Oct. 5, 5-7:30 p.m.

Info: 140 East Napa St., Sonoma.

good doctor

Chekhovian comedy

The Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts Department presents The Good Doctor, Neil Simon's comedic dramatization of a series of short stories written by Anton Chekov, running Oct. 4-12. The satirical story follows a blocked writer (Chekov, presumably) who shares his frustration with the human condition through a series of stories, including tales of dental phobia, financial anxiety and chasing dreams. The show, directed by Wendy Wisely, will include live Russian music, performed by violin and mandolin musician Gus Garelick and choreography by Cory Antipa. For ages 13 and up.

Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

Berries berries berries!

Nothing beats sun-sweetened berries, fresh from the garden. Join Master Gardener Food Gardening Specialists for a free workshop on growing berries on Oct. 5, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Windsor Regional Library. Learn about soil and water requirements, variety selection, training and pruning, pest management and harvesting. No registration required.

Info: 9291 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor.

Sonoma County Archives Crawl

October is National Archives Month, which serves as the inspiration for the first Sonoma County Archives Crawl - an event designed to celebrate archives and encourage visitors to explore and engage with institutions that collect archival material. Handwritten letters, historic photographs and other treasures from Sonoma State Historic Park will be on display in the Blue Wing Inn on Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Info: 131 E. Spain St., Sonoma.

Kids Night at the museum

Drop your kids off at the Charles M. Schulz Museum on Oct. 5, for after-hours fun including a pizza dinner, crafts, games, cartooning, and a movie. Recommended for ages five to 10. Runs 5-9 p.m. Registration required. Cost is $25 per child for members, $32 for non-members ($5 off for siblings).

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Unmasking the Stars

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson will play Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in the first concert of the Santa Rosa Symphony's 92nd season on Oct. 5, 6 and 7 at the Green Music Center, under the direction of Francesco Lecce-Chong. The program, Unmasking the Stars, begins with Anna Clyne's “Masquerade,” a piece that puts listeners in mind of masked merriment in days gone by, and ends with Richard Strauss' “Also sprach Zarathustra.” Performances at 7:30 p.m., with a 3 p.m. matinee on Oct. 6. Pre-concert talks begin an hour before. Cost is $24-$87.

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

95 minutes of ghostly adventure

Haunted Sonoma County-The Director's Cut is a brand new edit of the 2016 film Haunted Sonoma County. It includes interviews from the original 2018 films Haunted Sonoma County and Haunted Wine Country, plus new interviews, photographs and location scenes. The film screens on Oct. 7, 7 p.m. at Sonoma's Sebastiani Theatre and proceeds benefit the theater's foundation. Tickets: $11.

Info: 476 First Street East, Sonoma.

The one and only Jimi Hendrix

Experience Hendrix Tour, a multi-artist celebration of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, will come to the Luther Burbank Center on Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. The tour brings together a diverse group of musical greats paying homage to the abiding genius of Jimi Hendrix. Hailed by critics and fans alike as the 'Guitar Event Of The Year,' the multi-artist concert includes performances of signature songs like “Little Wing,” “Fire,” “Purple Haze,” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).” Tickets: $69-$89.

Info:, 546-3600. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.

Carving out fun

The interactive Halloween experience and festival “Pumpkin Nights” is launching for the first time in Santa Rosa, Oct. 10-Nov. 3, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The dazzling, multi-sensory Halloween displays and seven Pumpkin “lands” were created with more than 3,000 artistically hand-carved, real and synthetic pumpkins. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time; the event is closed on Halloween. Kids three and under are free, littles (4-12) are $16, seniors (60+) are $18, and general admission is $20.

Info: 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Double, double, toil and trouble

Petaluma Shakespeare Company's upcoming “pocket production” of Macbeth features a cast of five talented and versatile actors who will play all the roles while retaining the original text, and all of the thrills and drama of Shakespeare's greatest tragedy about how a good man goes bad. Edited and directed by accomplished director and Shakespeare scholar Dr. John Langdon, this Macbeth will engage you in new and exciting ways. Runs Oct. 10-12 at The Phoenix Theater and on Oct. 13 at the Foundry Wharf (a free show, but donations will be appreciated).

Info: Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. Foundry Wharf, 2nd and H St., Petaluma.

A River's Last Chance

On Oct. 10, 6:30-8 p.m., the Laguna Environmental Center screens the film A River's Last Chance, rooted in the belief that we can live symbiotically with our watersheds and encourage both a rivers' recovery and economic future. The Eel River offers one of the best opportunities for wild salmon recovery on the entire west coast. The huge watershed, which drains south to north through Mendocino and Humboldt counties, has weathered decades of overfishing, logging, flooding, and drought. It has beautiful scenery, and multiple forks, and supports several important industries. Today, the Eel's recovering wild salmon compete for water with the region's cannabis and wine industries. Cost: $14. Pre-registration required.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.


Be a Viking for a day

The Sons of Norway Vikingfest will take place Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Norway Hall in Santa Rosa. There will be live Viking re-enactments and displays, lots of Scandinavian vendors, a bake shop with homemade breads and cookies, and delicious open faced sandwiches for sale at the Taste of Norway kitchen. Try the Norwegian waffles, a great favorite, served with sour cream and strawberry jam. A photo booth and live music add to the festivities. Free admission.

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

Second Saturday Cartoonist

Meet, watch, and talk to cartoonist Matt Harding when he comes to the Charles M. Schulz Museum on Oct. 12, 1-3 p.m. Harding has contributed to a variety of comics including Popapocalypse, Gwar, Stan Lee's Lucky Man, and the graphic novel Alexander Hamilton, and is a co-creator of the interactive web comic HyperDrive.

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Plant some California natives

Enjoy the warm fall colors at the Laguna Environmental Center while learning about native California plants and shopping for new additions to your garden on Oct. 12, when the California Native Plant Society's Milo Baker Chapter hosts its native plant sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. California natives are optimal for saving water, attracting pollinators, creating habitat for wildlife, and adding a beautiful local touch to your landscape. The plants for sale are tended with love and care year around by dedicated volunteers in the shared nursery at the Laguna Environmental Center. Free, donations accepted.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

The man beneath the paint

Tilden Daken was one of the most adventurous artists of the American West. Born in Illinois and raised in California, he is best known for oil paintings of the redwoods, the High Sierra, Marin and Sonoma counties, and sunrises and sunsets of Southern California. He even painted scenes beneath the sea in a custom-built diving bell. Bonnie Portnoy, founder of the Tilden Daken legacy project, will speak about the man beneath the paint at the Sonoma Valley Historical Society's Oct. 12, 2 p.m., Saturday Lecture Series at the Sonoma Community Center. Free for members and docents, $5 for public.

Info: 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.

Orange you glad it's autumn?

Santa Rosa Junior College's (SRJC) Shone Farm will hold its annual Fall Festival on Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A farm stand will highlight Shone Farm produce, wine and olive oil. Bulk oil will be available for purchase, so bring your own bottle. Enjoy lunch featuring Shone-grown ingredients, wood-fired pizzas made by the SRJC Culinary Café, tacos and burritos from Lola's Market, and chili from Food for Thought. Children's activities include hay bale rides, fruit picking, apple pressing, rotten fruit slingshots and composting lessons. Free admission and parking; no dogs.

Info: 7450 Steve Olson Lane, Forestville.

Good times in Sebastopol

Singer Chris Webster and guitarist Nina Gerber present a live concert at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts on Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Known for her passionate and nuanced vocals, Webster (formerly of Mumbo Gumbo) brings astonishing power to her performances. Joining her will be Sebastopol native and internationally renowned guitarist Nina Gerber. Webster and Gerber form a compelling duo performing original music, covers, soulful ballads, jazzy tunes and sweet folk music for what promises to be a stellar show. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20 pre-sale; $25 day-of. Student tickets $10.

Info: 282 South High St., (Veterans Building), Sebastopol.

Ol' Blue Eyes is back

Symphonic Sinatra! is the only authentic recreation of Frank Sinatra in concert. With breathtaking stage charisma, sparkling blue eyes, and a velvet baritone voice, soloist Brian Duprey truly inhabits the iconic singer. On Oct. 13, 3 p.m., Duprey will take audiences on a dramatic musical journey through some of the crooner's greatest hits including “Fly Me to the Moon,” “New York, New York,” “My Way,” “I've Got You Under My Skin,” and many more. Tickets: $37-$90.

Info: 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.

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