Out, About & Around the County May 15, 2018
Library book sale The Friends of Sonoma Library Book Sale starts May 16 with a members-only preview from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and then the sale to the public 2-7:30 p.m. Sale hours May 17 and 18 are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and May 19, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Memberships are available throughout the sale. Books, DVDs, CDs, and LPs are $1-2. Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted. All Sonoma kids grade K-12 receive their first item free. On Saturday, nonprofit representatives and all teachers and staff are invited to stock their libraries with free books.
Info: 755 Napa St., Sonoma.
Under the big top
American Crown Circus and Circo Osorio come to the Santa Rosa fairgrounds May 17-21. Bursting with mystery, magic, music and more, American Crown Circus amazes audiences with elaborate illusions, death-defying daredevilry, and unbelievable feats of acrobatic and aerial artistry. This big top circus was designed with a family audience in mind - the one ring setting under a big top provides spectators up-close and personal exposure to the circus. Shows at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Cost: $25 per adult (includes two free children tickets for ages 1-10). Additional kids tickets $10.
Info: americancrowncircustickets.com/. 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.
Train to nowhere?
Former State Senator Quentin Kopp will speak at the May 17 meeting of the Sonoma County Taxpayers' Association. As a senator, Kopp introduced the enabling legislation to create the California High Speed Rail Authority. Envisioning at the time a “bullet train” between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Kopp has become one of the train's staunchest critics. He will share with us his observations and concerns about the current project, and address other state and regional issues including the effort to repeal SB 1 (gas tax increase) and Regional Measure 3 (Bay Area bridge toll increases). Noon at the Flamingo Hotel. $25 for members with prepaid reservations and $30 for all others and at the door.
Info: 481-1089, email@example.com. 2777 4th St., Santa Rosa.
Two for the history buffs Sonoma State Historic Park will host a lecture about John C. Frémont. In 1846, the year of the Bear Flag Revolt, California went from Mexican rule, to brief independence, to American rule. Jim Danaher and Dave Brummett will present this look at Fremont's activities in and around Sonoma during the time of the Bear Flag Republic. The lecture takes place on May 17, at 7 p.m., in the historic Sonoma Mission chapel. Then, on May 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., go back in time during Rancho Day at the Petaluma Adobe. Meet vaqueros, traders, cooks, and craftspeople who lived in Mexican California during the 1800s. Activities include making adobe bricks, roping, playing historical games, and dancing to the music of the Fandango. Bring picnic lunches and enjoy the day.
Info: 114 East Spain St., Sonoma, and 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma.
Home Sweet Sonoma
The authors of Home Sweet Sonoma, a wine country romance novel, will be at Readers' Books on May 17, with a 6:30 p.m. reception followed by a 7 p.m. author reading. Deborah Parrish and Georgia James (AKA Monica Dashwood) introduce us to the superstitious, type-A executive Kitty Taylor, whose urban lifestyle is interrupted by a trip to wine country for her mother's 70th birthday. Between the dual appeals of luscious, slow, wine country living, and her mother's rock-solid handyman, Kitty finds herself rethinking her city life - and her relationship with her lover-lawyer Nick. Enjoy a romance novel tailormade for wine country lovers.
Info: 939-1779, firstname.lastname@example.org, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma.
Hosking sings in Cloverdale
On May 17, the Cloverdale Arts Alliance's Americana Night will heat up with Northern California's own Rita Hosking. Hosking's fierce and captivating country-folk voice narrates a working class legacy in songs and stories that span culture clash, forest fires, black holes, and hope. With her stories in song, and soul-stirring voice, this “force of nature” (Fiddlefreak Folk Review) partners with Sean Feder on sparkling dobro and banjo to deliver what Acoustic Magazine calls “timeless, unhurried elegance.” Tickets are $15 for members, $20 for non-members. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Info: www.cloverdaleartsalliance. 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale.
Straw bale gardening, native oak workshops Sonoma County Master Gardeners are hosting two workshops on May 19: “The Option of Straw Bale Gardening” and “Knowing and Caring for our Native Oaks.” At the Guerneville Regional Library Marybeth Hull will talk about straw bale gardening as an alternative to raised beds for the beginner gardener, a way of adaptive gardening for the disabled gardener, or for the gardener with limited space. At the Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library, April Lynch will take a close look at 12 native oak trees and shrubs which can be found in the varied environments of Sonoma County. Both workshops run 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sounds of Paradise The Sonoma Valley Chorale will be joined by a full orchestra to celebrate the genius of French Romantic composer Gabriel Fauré at their upcoming concerts, “Sounds of Paradise: Requiem by Gabriel Fauré.” Works will include his Requiem, along with Pavane, and Cantique de Jean Racine. Concert dates are May 19 at 7:30 p.m., and May 20 at 3 p.m. Both concerts will be at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. Admission: $25 in advance; $30 at the door; free for kids under 12.
Info: www.sonomavalleychorale.org. 16290 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.
Guitar and tabla at SV Library Ancient Future is an improvisatory duet featuring world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort accompanied by renowned India tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar, presenting an innovative and accessible take on Hindustani classical music and contemporary fusion. The program also features music from the groundbreaking world music recordings of Ancient Future along with serenades from Montfort's solo guitar releases. They will be at the Sonoma Valley Library on May 19 at 2 p.m. This event is free and open to all.
Info: 996-5217, email@example.com. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
Celebrating SF's Beat generation On May 20, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art celebrates the Bay Area's contribution to poetry and art in the 1950s and 60s with “Pairings.” Among the “flight of poets” will be original Beat poet Gerd Stern, and contemporary poets Brenda Hillman and Jason Bayani. Wines and winemakers featured in this gathering come from Dane Cellars, En Garde Winery, and Once & Future. Poets Tess Taylor, Hollie Hardy, and sommelier Christopher Sawyer will host the event, inspired by the poets of the “Ship of Dreams,” the S.S. Vallejo. Cost: $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers. Stern will also be at the museum on May 19, in conversation with poet Neeli Cherkovski at 3 p.m. Cost: $20 for members, $35 nonmembers.
Info: svma.org. 551 Broadway, Sonoma.
Painting with Paper Think you can't make art? Wish to try something new? Barbara Goodman hosts a workshop for teens and adults on Sunday, May 20, at Art Escape in Sonoma to share techniques for “painting” with paper, using materials you would normally throw away - to instead create something to be proud of and that can be repeated in_the convenience of your own home. Runs 1:30-3:30 p.m. Space is limited; register online. Cost is $25, includes materials.
Info: www.artescapesonoma.com. 17474 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma.
Healing retreats for fire survivors Two community healing events will be held this month, one in Santa Rosa and one in Sebastopol. Led by Manaar Azreik and John Freedom, they will include group sharing, mindfulness, grief and trauma release, chanting, drumming and creative movement. Includes a light lunch. The first retreat takes place May 20, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at Congregation Beth Ami. The second will be Saturday, May 26, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Forest Sanctuary. Suggested donation $72. Space is limited.
Info: 971-11226. bethamievents.eventbrite.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. Beth Ami: 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. Forest Sanctuary: 3970 Azalea Lane, Sebastopol.
June Gilliam will be the guest speaker for the May 22 Santa Rosa Republican Women Federated Luncheon, 11:15 a.m., at the Flamingo Hotel. Gilliam will give insight into life inside communist China, and human rights issues that continue today. Having witnessed the effects of communism on her country of birth, she fears that, after terrorism, a “major threat facing American today is the infiltration of socio-communism,” eroding the foundation of our way of life through systematic attacks on our education, economy, morality, and traditional culture. Cost: $28 with reservations, $33 at the door.
Info: 538-9804. 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.
What's SUP? Have you ever wanted to stand-up paddleboard (SUP), but you don't know how? Join expert instructors from Rubicon Adventures for this introductory experience on May 26 at Spring Lake Regional Park. Participants will learn how to paddle, turn, brace, and self-rescue using inflatable stand-up paddleboards. The cost is $65 and registration is required. Meet at the swimming lagoon boat rentals, near the Violetti Road entrance.
Info: 887-2452, parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Play/.
Make way for otters River otters are making a welcome comeback all around the San Francisco Bay, a good sign for the shared watershed. The River Otter Ecology Project will show and tell about river otters on June 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Petaluma Public Library. Learn about river otters' natural history, their importance to healthy watersheds, and how you can help make sure they continue to do well.
Info: 100 Fairgrounds Dr., Petaluma.
Plant sale at Vallejo Home Now you can grow plants propagated from the historic Vallejo property. The Vallejo Home in Sonoma, part of Sonoma State Historic Park, now offers a variety of succulents, deer-resistant, and drought-tolerant plants. Some plants are direct descendants of the Vallejo era. Plants are on sale daily during park hours. Suggested donations of $1-$7 go toward the new landscape plan for the Vallejo Home.
Info: 938-9558. 363 3rd St. West, Sonoma.
Become a Cyberpatriot CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program conceived by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire students toward careers in cybersecurity or other STEM disciplines. Between June 25 and July 27 SRJC Petaluma hosts two week-long summer CyberSecurity Camps for high school students, featuring five days of introductory cybersecurity training by the Computer Studies faculty. Camps cover a variety of topics including hacking prevention, system hardening, access control, and system protection. Each five-day program ends with team competitions and awards. Limited to 80 incoming 9th-12th graders. Admission is free and includes lunch and snacks.
Info: petaluma.santarosa.edu/summer-cyber-camp. 680 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy., Petaluma.