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Out, About & Around the County: 09/01/2020

Out, About & Around the County

Beethoven sonatas online

Beethoven Sonatas

Valley of the Moon Music Festival Director Eric Zivian has mastered all 32 Beethoven sonatas for Beethoven's 250th birthday, a feat of endurance not unlike hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. It is also a wonderful opportunity for the player and listener to explore the full range of Beethoven's style, and the emotion, humor, and spirituality of these treasures. Every Saturday at 10 a.m. a new installment will be broadcast on KSVY 91.3 FM radio and Sonoma Valley Television, SVTV 27. For one week following the televised broadcasts, the performances will also be available for streaming at sonatas/. Free.

Info: 707-931-9712.,

Vintage House resumes small group classes

The county's Area Agency on Aging has given the go-ahead for senior centers to begin offering small group classes for up to 10 people. To err on the side of caution, Vintage House in Sonoma will host classes outdoors, with the possibility of some small group classes being held in its large Stone Hall which can easily accommodate social distancing. Bird-watching class will take place outside every Friday through October, 8-11 a.m. Other outdoor classes are being added, so make sure to check the website. Other virtual classes are ongoing, such as virtual yoga and French conversation.

Info:, 996-0311. 264 1st St. East, Sonoma.

Tools for calming stress

Copperfield's event

Copperfield's Books virtually hosts Rebekkah LaDyne, author of The Mind-Body Stress Reset on Sept. 10, 7 p.m. How can you soothe stress before it becomes your go-to? In LaDyne's practical and accessible guide, you'll find powerful and effective tools for calming stress in both mind and body. Based on the innovative Mind-Body Reset (MBR) program, you'll learn how to stop stress in its tracks with simple somatic exercises. Discover how you can “reset” your nervous system, alleviate stress flare-ups, and boost your overall health and happiness. LaDyne, MS, SEP, is a somatic therapist, researcher, mind-body skills educator, and author. Free.


Transcendence gala celebration

 TTC GALA logo

Transcendence Theatre Company's online Gala Celebration and fundraiser is Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m., and Sept. 12 and 13 at 2 p.m., a celebration featuring Broadway and popular musical hits executed by powerhouse vocalists, in the dazzling Jack London winery ruins. Be uplifted by compelling songs from West Side Story, Ragtime, Dear Evan Hansen, and more. For all the support the Sonoma community has given Transcendence over the years, the Gala Celebration is a tribute to the community that has welcomed them with open arms since the very first performance. Reserve tickets online. Free.


Online improvisation courses

Santa Rosa Junior College is holding online theatre improvisation courses on Sept. 12, 19 and 26, 9:30-11:10 a.m. Theatre Improvisation is not just for actors. It can be used in everyday life to help you focus, improve memory function, decrease fear and anxiety, build confidence, and think on your feet. If you're looking for a fun way to exercise your brain, this is the class for you. Through discussions and group activities, you will explore your imagination, develop deep concentration skills, and tell engaging stories. Free.

Info/Registration:,, 527-4533.

Symphony gala honors icons

Norma & Corrick Brown

The Santa Rosa Symphony will host a virtual gala honoring long-time Symphony icons Norma and Corrick Brown. The free event will stream online on Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m. and will include tributes from long-time friends of the Browns, a brief recital by Van Cliburn gold medal winner Olga Kern, and an opportunity to support the Symphony. Funds raised will go to the Symphony's many music education programs, which include in-school music curriculum and presentations, interactive performances at the Green Music Center for elementary school students, and afterschool social programs for underserved elementary school students.


Fiesta de Independencia!

Celebrate Latino Heritage Month virtually with a taste of Latin America in Sonoma County. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts and the Latino Advisory Council invites you to the 11th annual Fiesta de Independencia, presented in partnership with Redwood Credit Union. The Fiesta is a free, family-friendly celebration of community, cultural diversity, and Latino heritage, which will be held virtually Sept. 13 from 2-5 p.m. To attend, go to


Cinnabar launches virtual theater

Cinnabar Theater actors, staff and crew are ready to reveal their all-new streaming theater experience. First up: The Lady with All the Answers on select dates Sept. 18 through Oct. 4. This is a one-woman play about columnist Ann Landers written by David Rambo. A woman whose advice was read by devoted fans in over 1,000 papers across the country, Landers spent half a century giving advice to readers on issues previously only whispered about in public. Cinnabar is filming the performance and will sell tickets to the virtual event. Tickets start at $20. Go to


Party for The Green

Jon Cleary

The Green Music Center hosts a virtual Party for The Green on Sept. 26, 6 p.m. The New Orleans theme includes music, food, and a cocktail party featuring pianist Jon Cleary appearing from his home in New Orleans. A party pack includes a three-course dinner from some of Sonoma County's top restaurants, a signature cocktail, bottle of bubbly, and decorations for your at-home party. All proceeds support Sonoma State University's Green Music Center and Sonoma Family Meal. Cost is $175 per person for the party pack and live virtual event, and $100 for the live event only (includes bubbly and party décor).


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