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Out, About & Around the County: 12/01/2019

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

Santa Paws

Get your pet's picture with Santa - what could be cuter? - on Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Meow Manor, in the Holiday Shoppe in the Marketplace Shopping Center, courtesy of Pets Lifeline. Photos will be available for pick up after Dec. 6.

Info: 201 W. Napa St. #8, Sonoma.

Sonoma County women: Voice your concerns

All women are invited to attend a free “listening session” for the Voices of Sonoma County Women project, 6-8 p.m., on Dec. 2 at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library. Public listening sessions are being held throughout the county, allowing women from diverse backgrounds and locales to gather and express their personal concerns and ideas. The project, sponsored by the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women, is intended to gain a comprehensive understanding of local women's concerns about issues impacting women and girls, through confidential surveys in English and Spanish. Refreshments will be served. No RSVP necessary.

Info: 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma.

Party around the world

Sonoma Sister Cities Association will bring holiday traditions, food, wine and fun from around the globe to Sonoma on Dec. 6, at Vintage House, 6-8 p.m., as part of its annual “Holidays Around the World” celebration. Each of Sonoma's seven Sister Cities - Aswan/Egypt, Chambolle-Musigny/France, Greve in Chianti/Italy, Kaniv/Ukraine, Patzcuaro/Mexico, Pengla/China, and Tokaj/Hungary - will showcase their holiday traditions and foods. There will be a silent auction and entertainment, and local wines will be available for purchase. This event is free to members of Sonoma Sister Cities Association; a $10 donation is suggested for non-members.

RVSP:, 264 First St. East, Sonoma.

broadway singers on stage

Broadway Holiday Spectacular

Transcendence Theatre Company's annual “Broadway Holiday Spectacular” comes to Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Created, directed and choreographed by Tony Gonzalez, this new, reimagined show is an all-ages seasonal celebration featuring Broadway performers, from shows like Wicked, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Hair, Spring Awakening, Memphis, 42nd Street, An American in Paris, and Phantom of the Opera, performing an inspiring and delightful blend of song and dance. Shows are Dec. 6-8, and tickets are $39-$139.

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

Model Train Show pulls into the museum

Sonoma's Depot Park Museum will host is popular annual Holiday Model Train Show on three weekends, Dec. 6-8, 13-15, and 20-22, 12-4 p.m. Presented by the Sonoma Short Line Model Railroad Club, the show is family-friendly and free. Donations accepted.

Info: 270 First St. West, Sonoma.

Fine craft and art Holiday Sale

The 9th annual Sonoma Holiday Sale showcases 50 North Bay artists exhibiting works for sale in ceramics, fiber, jewelry, print, fine art and more, Dec. 6-8. With gifts from $5 to $500, there is something for everyone - porcelain tableware, trendy wearables, museum quality pieces, and even succulent planters for memorable gifting. Located in the Sonoma Community Center, this sale is free to attend and is handicapped accessible, with free parking.


Mozart's Requiem in D minor

The Santa Rosa Symphony welcomes the Sonoma State University Symphonic Chorus for its performance of Mozart's Requiem in D minor, conducted by Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, Dec. 7-9, at the Green Music Center. The program also includes Haydn's Symphony No. 39, and Jessie Montgomery's Records from a Vanishing City. For the requiem, the SSU Symphonic Chorus will be augmented by the Santa Rosa Junior College Chamber Singers for a combined choir of 80 voices. Evening concerts are at 7:30 p.m. and matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets: $24-$87. One free ticket for a youth (age 7-17) with each paid adult ticket.

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

crowd gathering in plaza

Lights of Remembrance

Hospice by the Bay will host its Lights of Remembrance tree-lighting ceremony in the Sonoma Plaza on Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. All are invited to this community gathering, featuring inspiring messages, candle-lighting, music and reflection. Sonoma resident Ryan Farnsworth, who died in February, will be honored. He was born in 1986 and was a poet, inspirational speaker, and published author. His family will be on hand to light the Hospice Tree, which will shine through December, each light a tribute to someone special. To sponsor a light in honor or memory of a loved one, call the number below or download a form from the website.

Info: (415) 526-5500, Sonoma Plaza.

Modest Mouse at LBC

For two decades Modest Mouse has been the indie rock gold standard - one of the few bands capable of achieving massive popularity without sacrificing their longtime fans. Their first full-length album, This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About, was released in 1996. In 2004 came their breakthrough album, Good News For People Who Love Bad News, which included the hit “Float On.” The band released their latest record, Strangers to Ourselves, in March, 2015, which debuted at number three on the Billboard 200. Modest Mouse comes to the Luther Burbank Center on Dec. 10, 8 p.m. Tickets: $49.50-$55.

Info: 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.

Groundwater recharge: What is it? What isn't it?

On Dec. 11, local groundwater agencies will lead a workshop about how farmers in other communities - and locally - are contributing to groundwater recharge. Hear from state experts about the innovative projects in other basins, and from local experts about studies underway by farmers and others in Sonoma County. Runs 4:30-7 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Utility Field Office. RSVP by Dec. 6. Light refreshments will be provided.

Info: 521-1837. Andrea.Rodriguez@.CWA.CA.Gov. 35 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa.

Maria Carrillo Winter Choral Concert

The Maria Carrillo Choral Department, under the direction of Gail Bowers, presents their Winter Choral Concert, “At the End of the Day,” on Dec. 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. Prepare to be blown away by these talented young people, featuring The Tissues, Women's Choir, Jazz Choir, Handbells, Men's Choir, and Chamber Singers. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved at the email below.

Info: 6975 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

Deck the halls with Becoming Independent

Join Becoming Independent for a festive and memorable “Holiday Lights” art sale, Dec. 13, 5-8 p.m., at Fulton Crossing Artisan Studios and Gallery. Deck the halls with work from BI Art. Meet the talented Becoming Independent artists, and shop for paintings, home decor, wearable art and more. Becoming Independent helps people with developmental disabilities live meaningful and productive lives.

Info: 1200 River Rd., Fulton.

Singing Noel

“Sing Noel” will be the theme for the popular Vintage House Singers on Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. at Vintage House. This festive program will highlight talented members of the choir, showcasing solo performances. It is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted and refreshments will be served.

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

An Emerald Isle Christmas

The acclaimed Irish ensemble Danú celebrates Christmas and the New Year with a holiday concert, “An Emerald Isle Christmas,” on Dec. 13 at the Green Music Center. Celtic music lovers around the globe have been thrilled by Danú's virtuosic performers on fiddle, flutes, button accordion, percussion, and pipes, and the gorgeous voice of Nell Ní Chróinín. Colorful Irish step-dancers add to the festivities. Winners of major awards from the BBC and Irish Music Magazine, Danú celebrates its 25th anniversary with this celebration of the holidays from their homeland. Tickets: $25-$75. Showtime at 7:30 p.m.

Info: 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Fully Committed to fun

What food snobs won't do to land that impossible table at New York's most coveted restaurant… Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a reservationist for a fancy-shmancy restaurant? Santa Rosa native Patrick Varner will take you on an amazing ride in Fully Committed, in which he embodies foodies, chefs, socialites, maître d's, and a host of other characters. Runs Dec. 13 through Jan. 5 at 6th Street Playhouse; Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets: $25-$29; or $18 for those under 30.

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

Musical favorites at Cinnebar

The World Goes 'Round is a celebration of life and the enduring human spirit that keeps us all going. From the songbook of John Kander and Fred Ebb, and pulled from their best-known musicals Cabaret and Chicago, and from films New York, New York and Funny Lady, it features “Mr. Cellophane,” “All That Jazz,” “Money, Money,” “Maybe This Time,” and “Cabaret,” among others, all seamlessly interwoven into a passionate evening of musical theater. Dec. 13-Jan. 3 at Cinnebar Theater. Shows at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., plus special New Year's Eve performance. Tickets: $34-$47.

Info: 3333 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma.

Restless man

John Prine forced David Luning to drop out of college - the effect of hearing the songwriting legend's music for the first time had such a compelling effect him. Now Luning is releasing his most dynamic collection to date, Restless, and he traces it all back to one fateful night that changed everything. Luning plays two shows at The Abbey at HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol, on Friday Dec. 13 (acoustic, seated) and Dec. 14 (electric, seated). Doors open at 7 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Cost: $25-$50. The album marks a major step forward for Luning, both sonically and emotionally.

Info: 829-7300, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol.

Decorate a gingerbread dog house

Children and their adults will work together to assemble and decorate Snoopy's doghouse out of gingerbread - complete with a marshmallow Snoopy on top - on Dec. 14, at the Schulz Museum. They will also be able to make holiday cards and ornaments to take home. Workshop for children ages 3-6 (and an adult) is at 10 a.m.; workshop for grades 1 through 6 is from 1-4 p.m. Advance registration required. Cost: $25 member, $32 non-member.

Info: 284-1272. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Holidays on the Northern Frontier

Step back in time and join the community at this festive, traditional holiday event on Dec. 14 at Sonoma State Historic Park, with family-friendly activities throughout the park in downtown Sonoma. The Mission Chapel sing-along program, “Holidays on the Northern Frontier” is a pre-ticketed event, while all other sites and activities are available to all, including living history, campfire, and carolers in the Barracks Courtyard; crafts, refreshments and Kris Kringle inside Sonoma Barracks; and living history, crafts, and refreshments in the Blue Wing Inn. Donations accepted. Gift store stocked with holiday merchandise. Runs 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Info: 36 E. Spain St., Sonoma.

Arts and crafts with a Scandinavian flair

Freya Lodge Sons of Norway is hosting their annual Holiday Arts and Craft Fair on Dec. 14 at Norway Hall, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Local artists will showcase unique and beautiful gifts and decorative items. Homemade baked goods will be for sale in the bakery, and a light lunch will be available for purchase, as well as coffee and delicious Norwegian waffles.

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

Winter Spotlight Dance Gala

The Santa Rosa Junior College Dance Program presents its third annual Winter Spotlight Dance Gala on Dec. 13 and 14 in the Black Box Theater, Tauser Gymnasium. The new Touring Dance Company is comprised of some of the program's most promising dancers. The Gala includes contrasting musical theatre, contemporary, and abstract modern dance genres with a unifying theme exploring body, mind and the human spirit. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Tickets available at the door beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets: $12; Students $6; free for children under 10.

Info: 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

large chorus of men on stage

“The Holigays are Here”

Holiday cheer returns with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus' merry renditions of classic seasonal songs, on Dec. 15 at the Green Music Center. Together with special guests and live musicians, the more than 150-man chorus will sing and dance their way into your heart with some zany holiday antics, traditional carols, and new surprises. This is the 29th year the chorus has traveled north during the holidays to benefit Face 2 Face, AIDS services of Sonoma County. Tickets start at $25.

Info: 664-4246. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

What about Mary?

Inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, this play asks the intriguing question, “What about Mary?” In Miss Bennet - Christmas at Pemberley, it is two years later and Darcy and Elizabeth are hosting the family at Pemberley for Christmas. Mary, the plain, proud, piano-playing, and unnmarried Bennett sister, has become a more appealing woman - but appealing to whom? Darcy's bumbling cousin Arthur?! Running now through Dec. 15, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at Spreckles Performing Arts Center. Tickets: General $26; Senior (62+) $24; Student $22; Youth (18 and under) $12.

Info: 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.

Comedy is coming to town

The Laugh Cellar's Holiday Comedy show on Dec. 21 will feature surprise guest comedians, Laugh your Bingo Off (the love-child of stand-up comedy and bingo) and more, at the Flamingo Resort. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Show is 21+. Tickets: $20.

Info: 2777 4th St., Santa Rosa.

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