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Out, About & Around the County: 09/01/2016

Out, About & Around the County

Art outside the bubble

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A variety of artists living with mental or emotional challenges, some without housing, attend the art program at The Wellness and Advocacy Center in Santa Rosa. In this peer-run, self-help mental health program, individuals have access to art supplies and are encouraged to bring their creativity out, to find their own happiness. The Arts Guild of Sonoma devotes September to an exhibition displaying the extraordinary artwork produced in this program, “Outside the Bubble.” An opening reception will be held Sept. 2, 5-7 p.m., with free wine and snacks.

Info: 996-3115, 140 East Napa St., Sonoma.

A date with destiny

From the composer of Guys And Dolls comes a touching, dramatic and intensely personal love story, The Most Happy Fella, running Sept. 2-25 at Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma. The Most Happy Fella centers on a city bride wooed by an aging Italian grape grower who nearly botches everything until his true goodness shines through. With a gorgeous score, it's a simple and touching love story that makes for an extraordinary night of theater. Tickets are $35 (general) or $25 (youth under 21) in advance.

Info: 763-8920, 3333 Petaluma Blvd, North, Petaluma.

Art and wine at Bump

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The work of Sonoma-based artists Susan Heeringa-Peiper and Hiroko Ishida will be featured at Bump Wine Cellars in Sonoma this month, with an opening reception held on Sept. 3, 5-8 p.m. Heeringa-Peiper works in hot wax, using paints that are made from pigments mixed with melted beeswax and resin, a notoriously difficult medium to control. Ishida's beautiful ceramic plates, bowls, cups and vases have textured, uneven edges and are glazed in earth tones, which speak to the Japanese cultural aesthetic of wabisabi. The reception is free, with Bump Wine Cellars wine available for purchase.

Info:, 521-A Broadway, Sonoma.

Bake boldly

Learn the secrets of a pastry chef and how to make intimidating baking recipes seem easy during Artisan Baking with Pastry Chef Ben Howley at Ramekins in Sonoma. On Sept. 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Howley will teach participants the traditional and modern ways to make holiday desserts that stand out from the rest, from tarts, pies, to pastries and more. A light lunch will be served. Cost: $95 per person.

Info: 450 Spain St., Sonoma.

Policy issues swept under the rug

In this important election season, some urgent policy issues are being swept under the rug. On eight Tuesday evenings this fall, Professor David Peritz will talk about these important issues - each one receiving far too little serious political discussion - with an eye to the political viability of potential solutions. Lectures run from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at Vintage House in Sonoma. Cost: $20 member, $30 nonmember, or $140 member, $180 nonmember for the whole series. This month, Peritz will address “Is more democracy the cure for democracy's ills?” (Sept. 6); “The new populism” (Sept. 13); “Precarious lives in the New Gilded Age” (Sept. 20). Complete list is available at the website below.

Info: 264 1st St. East, Sonoma.

National Heirloom Expo

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The Sonoma County Fairgrounds will be the site of the sixth annual National Heirloom Exposition, Sept. 6-8. What began in 2011 as a celebration of pure food and sustainable living has become the world's largest annual heritage food event. Thousands of people come from around the world to the Expo to celebrate heirloom crops, foods, seeds, poultry, and livestock. Featuring tastings from small gardeners and large family farms, plus food, farm and garden speakers, competitions, kids activities, live music, natural food vendors and more.

Info: 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Heavenly bodies

On Sept. 6, take “A Journey Through the Natural and Spiritual Laws that Govern Our Universe,” via celestial viewing with telescopes and binoculars with Larry Anthenien as part of The Mystical Seeker Series, presented by The Rosicrucians in Santa Rosa. The Rosicrucians are a community of mystics who study and practice the metaphysical laws governing the universe. Talks begin at 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at the Scottish Rite Center in Santa Rosa and are free and open to the public.

Info: 600 Acacia Lane, Santa Rosa.

All about olives

Don “The Olive Guy” Landis is now Professor Olive, as his one-day class, All About Olives, kicks off at the Santa Rosa Junior College on Sept. 10. Learn about the history of olives, their many varieties, and about care, pruning and harvesting of the fruit. Greek brine, water and dry salt curing methods will be covered, as well as ways of serving and storing olives. Recipe packets will be given out, followed by olive tasting with cheese and crackers and soft drinks. Cost: $82.


Farm to Art to Table

Enjoy a day of learning the art of still life painting with fresh produce picked from the gardens at the Laguna Environmental Center in Santa Rosa. Then, enjoy a specially prepared light lunch from the same bounty. The “Farm to Art to Table” watercolor workshop with Donna DeLaBriandais runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 10. Cost: $85. Registration required.


Barks & Art

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All dogs are winners at Barks & Art in the Vineyard on Sept. 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at West Wines in Healdsburg. For $25 per person (dogs are free), your poochy Picasso can paint an original 8x10 masterpiece and enjoy a vineyard walking tour with West Wines' winemaker, prizes, treats, and the world famous Wine Barrel Dash on the un-agility course. Humans can enjoy all that, too, plus a wine glass and tasting, a chance to win an Alaskan cruise, and cuddling adoptees from the Sonoma County Animal Services and Dogma Rescue. Proceeds benefit the Paws for Love Foundation.

Info: 1000 Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg.

Wine Country Optics and Nature Fair

Leading conservation organizations, along with optics, binocular and spotting scope companies, and groups representing artists, hikers and parks, will be part of this year's Wine Country Optics and Nature Fair at the Sonoma Historic State Park on the Sonoma Plaza. The fair runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sept. 11. The outdoor fair, now in its fifth year, is sponsored by Sonoma Birding and hosted with California State Parks and Out of this World Optics. It is a free, family-friendly event. There will be live music and ambassador birds from area rescue centers. California State Parks will show off new historic kiosks and signage, and the historic landmarks surrounding the Sonoma Barracks will be staffed with volunteer interpreters. Admission is free.

Info: 20 Spain St., Sonoma.

Colors of the Galapagos Islands

Looking at the natural world through the lens of color is an invitation to look closely, pay attention, and observe. Color is the inspiration behind Rebecca Detrich's slideshow and lecture about the Galapagos Islands, on Sept. 14, 6 p.m. at the Sonoma Valley Library. Detrich traveled to the Galapagos as a Grosvener Teacher Fellow with National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions. She is currently the education director at Westminster Woods in Occidental, and has taught in Yosemite and Golden Gate National Parks, on Catalina Island, throughout the East Coast and in Australia's Royal National Park. This event is free and open to all.

Info:996-5217, 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

SOSroads making inroads

Now five years old, SOSroads has accomplished a lot, but there is still much to be done. On Sept. 14, SOSroads will host a member meeting, 4-6 p.m. in Penngrove. Open to anyone interested in getting involved, the meeting will focus on discussion of ideas on how to get additional funding for fixing county roads and SOSroads' needs for additional member participation. SOSroads would like to hear your ideas for future progress. Appetizers, water and wine will be served. RSVP by Sept. 10 for directions.


Brews and bluegrass

On Sept. 15, at 5:30 p.m., the Green Music Center launches its inaugural Craft Beer Fest, featuring an amazing lineup of brews combined with folk rock favorites The Avett Brothers. Guests will be able to sample beers and ciders from local breweries including 101 North, Anderson Valley, Berryessa, Henhouse, Lagunitas, Napa Palisades, Petaluma Hills, Sonoma Cider, and Unita. All proceeds go to support the Green Music Center's free Jazz for Young People Concert. Indoor Tickets: $45-$65, outdoor lawn tickets: $49.50 (kids $24.75), and Craft Beer Fest tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at the door; $15 students (unlimited tasting, includes commemorative glass).

Info: 1-866-955-6040, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

What writers need to know

At this month's Sonoma County Writer's Forum, Julia Park Tracey will talk about the submission process - how to pitch, query, and track submissions - from the writer's as well as the editor's perspective, Sept. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Petaluma Community Center. Tracey will also discuss social media strategies for writers including building a platform. An award-winning author, journalist and blogger, Tracey was the founding editor and publisher of The Alameda Sun. Her work has appeared in Salon, Good Housekeeping, Scary Mommy and Thrillist. $15 at the door.

Info: 320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma.

Active aging lectures at Vintage House

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Denise Kalos

Learn how to get the most out of your senior years at two upcoming “Active Aging: Live Your Best Life Now” lectures, presented by Sonoma Valley Hospital and Vintage House. On Sept. 15, Denise Kalos, COO for AffirmativHealth, PLLC, and formerly Vice President of Cognitive Wellbeing Programs for the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, will review recent research and findings into mild cognitive impairment and its links to early stage Alzheimer's. Kalos will discuss holistic approaches to treatment of cognitive impairment related to aging, taking a whole-body approach to understand what is driving memory loss, and offering tips for improving cognitive health. Then, on Sept. 22, Patricia Brooks LCSW, Ph.D., will discuss the importance of the mind-body connection and the role it plays in affecting our health. She also will discuss the steps we can take, such as mindfulness and meditation, to change how we experience and respond to physical discomfort. Dr. Brooks is a licensed clinical social worker with a Ph.D. in Healing Psychology and Integrative Medicine. Lectures run 1:30-3 p.m. Free, light refreshments provided.

Info: 996-0311, 935-5257,, 264 1st St. East, Sonoma.

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Patricia Brooks

Hospice by the Bay seeks volunteers

Become a Hospice by the Bay volunteer this fall. Volunteers bring comfort and compassion to terminally ill patients and their caregivers. Many volunteers find their lives enriched by the gift of service, as well as connecting with fellow human beings confronting end of life. Careful screening, orientation and 30 hours of training will ensure that you are well-prepared for the challenges and rewards of being a Hospice By the Bay volunteer. Training dates are Sept. 19, 23, 30 and Oct. 3 and 7 at Hospice by the Bay's Sonoma office. Anyone over 18 is welcome to apply. Applications are due by Sept. 9.

Info: 935-7504. 190 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Wild birds, urban places

Even a place as busy as New York can be a safe haven for birds. Join the Laguna Foundation for a private screening of Birders: The Central Park Effect at the Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol on Sept. 15. This extraordinary film not only examines the wild birds that find safe haven in Central Park, but also their attitude-rich, binocular-wielding admirers who adapt their own rhythms to the migrations of their colorful friends. While filmmaker Jeffrey Kimball grew up in Marin County and always loved animals, he did not develop his passion for birds until he moved to New York City. There, in Central Park, he became fascinated with the question of how wildlife survives in an urban environment. Reception begins at 6 p.m., screening with Q & A at 7 p.m. Cost: $75.

Info: 6868 McKinley Ave., Sebastopol.

Bear hugs and bear cubs

Santa Rosa Junior College invites alumni and their families to Alumni Spirit Night on Sept. 17. Enjoy reconnecting with old friends at the Alumni BBQ, cheer the Bear Cubs to victory as they face the San Joaquin Delta College Mustangs on the football field, and show your school spirit during the game's half-time Salute to Alumni. All are invited to wear SRJC colors, red and blue. BBQ begins at 4 p.m., game at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for youth and free for kids under 10. Free parking with ticket.


Navigating the jungle of indie publishing

Amazon, the world's online retailer, offers a plethora of opportunities for the author and indie publisher. Are you taking advantage of the ones that are right for you? Learn more at the Redwood Writer's fall workshop “All Things Amazon,” on Sept. 18, presented by David Kudler. From Kindle Direct Publishing to Amazon Advantage to Goodreads, Kudler will touch on a wide variety of the different programs to which you should be availing yourself. Workshop runs 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. Limited to 30 participants. Cost: $25 members, $35 public.


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