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Out, About & Around the County: 12/15/2020

Out, About & Around the County

Cloverdale Sculpture Trail online

See, hear, and explore the Cloverdale Sculpture Trail in the safety of your home. A self-guided audio tour is possible through the use of Otocast's free app. The Cloverdale Sculpture Trail is a year-round public art exhibit with sculptures changing every 12 months with the exception of 2021 due to COVID-19. The Trail is designed to enhance the Cloverdale public environment and promote an understanding and enjoyment of public art and sculptures. Download the app at the website below. After taking the self-guided tour, select your favorite sculpture, then visit and vote for your favorite to win the People's Choice Award. Voting ends Jan. 2.

Drive-in movie in Cotati - Elf!


The City of Cotati is hosting a drive-in movie night on Dec. 18 at the Park & Ride lot on the corner of Highway 116 and Old Redwood Highway. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the movie Elf! starting at 6:30 p.m.Rated PG, it's the story of a human baby raised in the North Pole, growing up to believe he's an elf. Due to his large size, the “elf” causes chaos in Santa's workshop, forcing Kris Kringle to send him on a mission to find his human roots. $25 per car. A food truck will have food/drinks available for purchase.
Info: 665-4222,

Writer's club features poet/playwright


The Redwood Writer's Group hosts a virtual event Dec. 19, 1-2:30 p.m., with Indigo Moor, former faculty member at the Stonecoast MFA program, where he graduated in 2012 with an MFA in poetry, fiction and screenwriting. Three of his short plays, Harvest, Shuffling, and The Red and Yellow Quartet, debuted at the 60 Million Plus Theatre's Spring Playwright's festival. His full-length play, Live! at the Excelsior, was a finalist for the Images Theatre Playwright Award. The screenplay was optioned as a full-length film. Moor continues to consult for independent filmmakers as scriptwriter and advisor. To learn more go to


Occidental Community Choir concert

 Occidental Community Choir with Reta Lockert

Occidental Community Choir (OCC) presents “Somewhere To Begin” on Dec. 19, 7-9 p.m., a virtual concert directed by Gage Purdy. A West County treasured choral community for 42 years, OCC offers for the winter season a digital collection of songs and spoken word that speaks directly to the heart of our uncertain times. Enjoy OCC's “Music From Home” wherever you are currently nesting. Digitally mastered by Purdy, OCC offers songs of hope, connection, inspiration, and calls-to-action; some rousing and others poignant, including compelling original songs from choir members. Free. Donations gratefully accepted at

Info:; click on YouTube link.

Fascinating fungi


Pepperwood Preserve hosts a Zoom nature class on Dec. 19, 10-11:30 a.m., “Mushrooms of Northern California.” Winter is a great time to get acquainted with fascinating fungi that are typically not seen the rest of the year. In the rainy season, vital networks of fungal mycelium hiding under our feet and in fallen logs put forth their fruiting bodies - showing us everything from the more recognizable toadstools and shelf fungi to the stranger bird's nest or jelly fungi. Join Melina Kozanitas, biologist and mycology lecturer at Sonoma State University, to learn how to find, identify, and understand local mushrooms. There will also be a Q&A with the instructor.

Sing-a-long Messiah

Singalong Messiah 

The Santa Rosa Symphony's annual sing-along Messiah premieres Dec. 20, 3 p.m., on the Symphony League's YouTube channel. Invite your family and friends, sip a holiday drink and sing along with Handel's Messiah. There will be a retrospective of 40 years of Redwood Empire sing-a-long, conducted by the legendary Dan Earl. Sing along with your favorite solos and choruses, and delight in a brand new virtual Hallelujah Chorus of almost 100 voices, guaranteed to put you in the best of holiday spirits. This event is free, but donations are appreciated for the Symphony League's music education program for youth. Donate at
Info: YouTube@Santa Rosa Symphony League

Sebastiani Theatre holiday special

Enjoy a Virtual Sebastiani Theatre Holiday Special to salute all those helping people in need. This event starts Dec. 20 on the Sebastiani Theatre website, and features a bevy of local talent, including Tommy Thomsen, Sean Carscadden, Jon Burdick, Sheila Whitney, Dave Aguilar, Laura Benward, Isobel Hubbard, and Bob Gossett. Santa Claus will drop in for a special appearance. The holiday special is hosted by Sebastiani proprietor Roger Rhoten.

Gualala Winter Wonderland

Gualala Arts Center 

Through Dec. 30, the Gualala Arts Center features Gualala Arts' Winter Wonderland, open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Recorded carols and holiday classics will fill the halls of the Gualala Arts Center while you shop in a wonderfully decorated arts & crafts holiday boutique of special hand made items to choose from, including handcrafted goods, homemade jams, mustards, olive oils, etc. Admission is free.

[Please call to see if this is still happening.]
Info: 884-1138. 46501 Old State Hwy., Gualala

Jazztacular New Year's Eve


6th Street Playhouse invites the community to a live-stream New Year's Eve event - Barbara Dixon's Jazztacular. Fresh from successful engagements in Los Angeles, Barbara Dixon, aka Leah Sprecher, makes her Santa Rosa debut in this musical comedy extravaganza, streamed on Dec. 31. 6th Street will provide free viewings via their website and Facebook. The show, a gesture of appreciation to the community for their support, and a way to move past the hard times of 2020, begins at 8 p.m. and ends with a toast at 9 p.m. Pacific time, when the ball drops at Times Square in New York City. Donations are encouraged and accepted.

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!

Join the Schulz Museum online for its annual New Year's Eve festivities and spread the joy of celebrating together, no matter your location. Enjoy a virtual Noon-year's Eve celebration with Peanuts-themed crafts, special appearances by Snoopy and Woodstock, and a countdown to the Museum's annual up-down balloon drop at Noon. Event is online Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-noon. Cost is $10 for museum members, $15 for non-members. Advanced registration is required.
Info/Registration:, 284-1272

Community climate summit 

Sonoma County Climate Activist Network (SoCoCAN!) hosts the 2021 Community Summit, via Zoom, Jan. 10, 2-5 p.m. A call to action, a call to connect, a call to build on common ground - featuring educators, community members, experienced activists, youth activists, organizations and experts. Learn about indigenous practices, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, educating the public about the dangers of forest-based biomass, the beauty and biodiversity of post-fire forests and promoting resilient communities living in fire-prone lands. Join discussions on regenerative agriculture and regenerating soils, the Green New Deal, climate justice, racial and social justice, and regional climate policy.
Info:, 595-0320

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