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Out, About & Around the County: 12/15/2019

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

Holiday Wonderland Open House

On Sunday, Dec. 22, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m, come enjoy a magical winter holiday fairyland: the Sebastiani Theatre bedecked with holiday garlands and the glittery Tree of A Thousand Lights, a miniature Santa's Village - in actuality, a metropolis, complete with a mini Sebastiani Theatre, Witchie Poo's house, an enchanting moving carousel, and more. Enjoy cookies, apple cider and hot chocolate, and experience the fabulous holiday décor. Free, donations welcome.

Info: 476 1st St. East, Sonoma.

Youthful nutcracker at LBC

Each year, more than 6,000 children nationwide take to the stage alongside Moscow Ballet professionals and participate in The Great Russian Nutcracker, a once-in-a-lifetime experience for students ages six to 18 with at least one year of ballet training. In Santa Rosa, the Moscow Ballet “Dance with Us” cast will perform as party children, snowflakes, mice, snow maidens and variation dancers, along with members from the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance on Dec. 23, 3 p.m., at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Tickets: $35-$116.

Info: 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.

Sing Hallelujah!

Join the Santa Rosa Symphony League on Dec. 22, to celebrate one of Sonoma County's oldest family traditions, Sing Along Messiah, now in its 39th year. Conductor Dan Earl will once again lead the audience, on-stage chorus, and the Santa Rosa Chamber Orchestra in the longest-running sing-along Messiah in the United States, 3-5 p.m. in the Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School. General Admission $25. Seniors and Santa Rosa Symphony League Members $20. Students and groups of 10 or more $15. Tickets are free to first responders of the Kincade Fire.

Info: 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa.

balloons droppping on a crowd

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!

Ring in the New Year at the Schulz Museum's annual celebration on Dec. 31, featuring an Up-Down Balloon Drop at noon, a second Balloon Drop at 3 p.m., and celebratory root beer toasts. A special Baby Balloon Drop for children five and under will be held at noon only. Plus, enjoy hands-on crafts for kids, a visit from Snoopy himself, and special showings of Happy New Year, Charlie Brown in the Museum's theater.

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Halloween in January with Harry Potter

Santa Rosa Symphony's postponed “Halloween with Harry Potter” will be performed at the Green Music Center on Jan. 5. Francesco Lecce-Chong will conduct the Family Concert, Halloween in January with Harry Potter, featuring music from two Harry Potter movies, Beauty and the Beast and more. The Santa Rosa Children's Choral Academy will join the orchestra for two pieces. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. A free photo booth and Instrument Petting Zoo begin at 2 p.m.; program begins at 3 p.m. These affordable concerts are ideal for introducing small children to classical music. $20/adult, $10/child.

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

Acting and improv classes

Start your New Year's Resolution early this year and discover something new about yourself by signing up for 6th Street Playhouse's School of Drama winter session, beginning Jan. 6. Multi-week beginning and intermediate improv, acting and scene study classes for adults start in January. Classes for kids and teens, too.

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

River otters on the rise

The River Otter Ecology Project has been monitoring and researching river otter recovery for seven years. Their project uses camera trapping and scat collection for genetic and bacterial analysis to answer some burning questions: where are the otters; how are they doing; what is their ecosystem niche; what are the implications of the return of this apex aquatic predator? On Jan. 9, 6:30-8 p.m. Megan Isadore, executive director of the River Otter Ecology Project, and Terrence Carroll, head of data and informatics, will talk about the “Otter Spotter” program at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. Cost: $14. Pre-registration required.

Info: Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

group at the finish line

March for guts and glory at Sonoma Raceway

Walkers and runners alike can join Sonoma Raceway and No Stomach for Cancer in the battle against gastric cancer at John's March Against Stomach Cancer on Jan. 11. This unique event offers an opportunity to walk or run (5K or 10 K) around the raceway's 2.52-mile road course, and is the only major fundraising walk for gastric cancer on the West Coast. It is named in honor of longtime raceway spokesperson John Cardinale who passed away in 2013 after a two-year battle with stomach cancer. $40 per person. Day-of registration begins at 7:30 a.m. March begins at 9 a.m.


Crab feast in Sebastopol

Get your seafood fix on Jan. 11 at the Sebastopol Masons Crab Feed at the Sebastopol Masonic Center. This is an all-you-can-eat crab feed with pasta, salad and garlic bread. Seatings at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Adults $50, kids 6-12 $25, and under age six are free.

Info: 373 N. Main St., Sebastopol.

Violin virtuoso

Violinist Simone Porter joins the Santa Rosa Symphony to perform Jean Sibelius' Violin Concerto in D minor, Jan. 11-13 at the Green Music Center. Shadows and Sunshine, conducted by Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, also includes Johannes Brahms' Second Symphony, and the program opens with Missy Mazzoli's Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres), commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Porter has been recognized as an emerging artist of impassioned energy, interpretive integrity and vibrant communication. Shows at 7 p.m. (pre-concert talks at 6:30 p.m.) and 3 p.m. (pre-concert talks at 2 p.m.). Cost is $24-$87. Free tickets for youth age 7-17.

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

The best is yet to come, but get your tickets now

Tickets are on sale now for the Boys & Girls Club of Sonoma Valley's Sweetheart Gala and Auction on Feb. 8, honoring Sonoman Matt Sevenau, a Boys & Girls Club alumnus who knows first-hand what it means to thrive with the support of the club. This year's theme is “The Best is Yet to Come: Honoring our Legacy, Building our Future.” The black-tie gala begins at 5 p.m. at the Maxwell Clubhouse with a cocktail reception, dinner and silent and live auctions, followed by an after party with sweet and savory bites, dancing and a casino. Tickets: $300 per person.

Info: 100 W. Verano Ave., Sonoma.

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