Out, About & Around the County
Surf craft on display People have made surfboards for centuries. Standing alone, these boards are often striking examples of functional design. Together, they tell a compelling story about the evolution of a significant global art form. Ancient craft, American innovation and design, and cutting-edge engineering harmoniously converge in the Sonoma Valley Museum's new exhibition devoted to surfboards built from the early 20th century to the present day. The exhibit runs July 1-Sept. 24, with a variety of programs held throughout the run to celebrate the art of surfing. Check the museum website for details.
Info: 939-7862, www.svma.org. 551 Broadway, Sonoma.
Summer fun at the Green Music Center Fireworks will light up the sky at the Green Music Center on the 4th of July. The evening starts at 7:30 p.m. when masterful vocalist Steve Tyrell, along with the Santa Rosa Symphony, takes the stage to perform soulful renditions of everyone's favorite classics from the American Songbook. Then, on July 16, comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias will leave you in stitches. Fluffy brings his personal experiences to life with a unique mix of storytelling, parodies and characters, to create a high-octane show for all ages. And Weird Al Yankovic closes out the month with a performance on July 31. Weird Al has received countless accolades for classics like “Eat It” and “Fat.” His latest album, Mandatory Fun, became the first comedy album to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. For these and other performances, visit the website.
Info: 1-866-955-6040, gmc.sonoma.edu. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
Wild wire birds and animals
The beautiful wire birds and animal sculptures of Loran May will be on display at the Arts Guild of Sonoma, July 6-Aug. 1. May experiences her passion first-hand by traveling to observe wildlife in natural habitats. She's been to South Africa, Patagonia and Egypt, and will soon be visiting China. Her sculptures are infused with energy and realism, focusing on natural and mythological themes. There will be an opening reception on July 8, 5-7 p.m.
Info: 996-3115. 140 E. Napa St., Sonoma.
The future of Europe“Does Europe Have a Future?” is the topic at a World Affairs Council luncheon on Friday July 8. Col. Peter Frank, associate professor at the Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, will outline current issues facing the European Union such as terrorism, the massive influx of refugees, and political and economic problems. Lunch is at noon at the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club. Members $29; visitors $34. Select from grilled chicken Caesar salad or mushroom ravioli. Send check to World Affairs Council, Box 1433, Santa Rosa 95402.
Info: 573-6014, www.wacsc.org. 333 Country Club Dr., Santa Rosa.
Ceramics exhibit at Jack London Village
The works of French ceramic artist Claude Roux are on display now through July 9 at Sculpturesite Gallery in Glen Ellen's Jack London Village. Roux's depiction of men, women and children, nude or clothed, is profoundly humanist. Her “people” are of the earth, undeniably alive and formed by tangible life experiences. They are strong, vulnerable, imperfect, playful, serious, contemplative. This is her first show in the United States.
Info: 933-1300, www.sculpturesite.com. 14301 Arnold Dr., Ste. 8, Glen Ellen.
Wine Country Big Q Enjoy Sonoma County's only national barbecue competition and festival on July 9, 1-5 p.m. at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma. Pitmasters from throughout the country will compete to see who rules the grill as the Grand Champion and moves on to compete at the Kansas City Royale and Jack Daniels Classic. There will be opportunities to taste all the delicious meat, and experts will be on hand to help you brush up on your barbecue skills. Tribute bands will play the music of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Wine Country Big Q is a benefit for Sonoma County Vet Connect. Adult admission is $45 for a pound of award-winning barbecue, wine tasting, live entertainment and giveaways. Youth tickets are also available. Adult ticket prices are $50 on the day of the event.
Info: 837-1928, www.winecountrybigq.com. 175 Fairgrounds Dr., Petaluma.
All about owls at Laguna Environmental Center On July 9, from noon to 2 p.m., The Laguna Environmental Center will hold a special open house with live owls from the Bird Rescue Center of Sonoma County. This event is free. Then from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Suzanna Mirviss and Star Dewar will discuss the owl's extraordinary vision and hearing, and its silent flight, as well as how their presence keeps nature in balance and what we need to do to protect these extraordinary creatures. Cost is $10 per person, pre-registration required.
Info: 527-9277, www.lagunafoundation.org. 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.
Blues Session On July 9, the Cloverdale Arts Alliance and music workshop presents The Blues Session, which will continue on second Saturdays monthly throughout the summer. An all-star lineup of local musicians will be delivering two solid hours of popular and classic songs from a wide spectrum of blues-influenced American music, including R&B, Jazz, rock 'n' roll, Swing, and more. If you are a musician, sign-ups will be posted at Cloverdalemusicworkshop.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.
Info: 894-8500, www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org. 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale.
Life begins with a Paint Brush Senior and super-senior artists (the oldest is 96) will display their works in the upcoming show “Life begins with a Paint Brush” at artFlare on July 9 and 10, and July 16 and 17. Join in celebrating the achievements of these late-blooming artists - you may even find a fabulous work you just must have. Shows run from noon to 5 p.m. An artists reception will be on July 9 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Info: www.artflare.net. 3840 Finley Ave., Building 33, Studio 106, Santa Rosa.
Bike the Sonoma Raceway On July 14, 5-8 p.m., Sonoma Raceway will host “Bike the Track,” a rare opportunity for local cyclists to ride their bicycles on the racetrack. The event includes a Bicycle Rodeo, Bike Clinic and live music by the popular local band Power Glide. Bicycles take to the track at 6 p.m. Ambitious riders can choose the 2.3-mile racetrack loop, while those who prefer an easier option can bike the flat drag strip. Participants should bring their own bicycles, and helmets are mandatory. Adults and teens 13 and older are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Children 12 and under are $10 in advance or at the gate. Proceeds benefit the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation and local parks.
Info: bikethetrack.brownpapertickets.com. 29355 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.
Music in the Vines Disability Services & Legal Center invites the community to its annual fundraiser “Music in the Vines” on July 14, 6-10 p.m. at Paradise Ridge Winery. Live music by Deluxe and Ron Lacey along with gourmet food and local wines will be provided. There will also be a silent auction/raffle. All profits benefit disabled homeless, seniors, veterans, and their families. Tickets are $65 each with food and beverages included.
Info: 528-2745, www.MyDSLC.org. 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Dr., Santa Rosa.
Royal Jelly Jive to play in Cloverdale
Join local Bay Area band Royal Jelly Jive on July 15 at the Cloverdale Arts Alliance for a performance full of old-school throwback vibes. Royal Jelly Jive is popular for their combination of soul, rock, swing, and hip-hop and they create an unforgettable live experience that leaves the audience wanting more. Music begins at 7 p.m.
Info: 894-8500, www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org. 204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale.
Ceramics demonstration Come to the Healdsburg Center for the Arts on July 16 for a demonstration and talk by Ashley Kim, one of the artists in the Fifth Annual Clay and Glass Show. She'll discuss various handbuilding techniques and unique surface designs with a slideshow and demonstration. There is a morning session (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) and an afternoon session (1:30-4:30 p.m.). Each session is $10.
Info: 431-1970, www.healdsburgcenterforthearts.com. 130 Plaza St., Healdsburg.
Midsummer Garden TeaLuther Burbank Home & Gardens and Song of Sonoma invite you for a cup of tea on July 16 from 1-3 p.m. There will be an afternoon tea (gluten-free options available), a silent auction, and a hat contest, along with a table decoration judging. Music will be provided by Song of Sonoma Chorus. Tickets are $50 and proceeds go to LBH&G's educational programs and SOS's trip to International Competition.
Info: 524-5445, www.lutherburbank.org. 204 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa.
Civil War DaysThe 17th Annual Civil War Days in Duncans Mills takes place July 16-17, a two-day living history event, one of the largest Civil War reenactments west of the Mississippi. Twice daily, battles by hundreds of reenactors portray Union and Confederate soldiers, horse drawn artillery, mounted cavalry, merchants, and musicians. Between battles, spectators can visit the encampments and interact with the reenactors. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $12, adults; $6, kids; five and under are free. Parking $5 per car. Cash only.
Info: 707-922-5901, www.civilwars.net.