Out, About & Around the County
Masks and mime in Healdsburg
Healdsburg Center for the Arts' new exhibit, “Masks, Puppets & Games,” goes beyond visual arts to include performance art and visitor participation. National Endowment for the Arts award-winning Eliot Fintushel will perform three shows with his intriguing and curious mask and mime performances, which will delight both adults and children. Fintushel will perform adult shows on Sept. 17 and Sept. 30, 8 p.m., and one for kids on Oct. 1, 2 p.m. Ticket prices are on a sliding scale “pay what you can,” $5-$15.
Info: 431-1970, www.healdsburgcenterforthearts.com/events/live-at-hca. 30 Plaza St., Healdsburg.
Love your trails The next Sonoma County Trails Council (SCTC) volunteer work day to maintain the trails at Annadel State Park will be Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will work on North Burma Trail near the Louis Trail intersection. Meet at 9 a.m. at the end of Channel Drive at the Warren Richardson trailhead. Look for the white SCTC tool trailer. Parking passes, tools and Clif bars will be provided, with snacks and beverages afterwards. No experience necessary; there will be tools and trained crew leaders with tasks for all strengths and sizes of volunteers.
Coastal clean-up day Marine debris is a problem for coastal communities worldwide, including Sonoma County. On Sept. 17, join the state's largest annual volunteer event, the California Coastal Cleanup Day, with numerous volunteer efforts along more than 2,000 miles of coastal and inland shoreline. In Sonoma County, there will be clean-up projects at Doran and Pinnacle Gulch beaches, at various parks along the Russian River, in the Laguna de Santa Rosa, and more. Visit the link below for details and registration.
Mexican folktale puppetry The Magical Moonshine Theatre will present a puppet show, “The Carnival Mask,” on Sept. 17, 11 a.m. at the Sonoma Valley Library. This Mexican folktale, told in Spanish and English, recounts the story of townspeople, robbers, and heroes in a Mexican village. The family-friendly, interactive show will even let the audience join the puppeteers and assist in the show. This event is free and open to children ages 4 and up and their caregivers.
Info: 996-5217, firstname.lastname@example.org. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
Chaskinakuy performs music of the Andes On Sept.17, at 2 p.m., musical duo Chaskinakuy will perform Andean village music at the Sonoma Valley Library. Multi-instrumentalists Edmond Badoux and Frany Vidal play the music of the mountain regions of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia on an extraordinary collection of regional wind, string and percussion instruments. Pipes of feather, flutes of bone, a 10-foot-long trumpet, and a harp played upside-down evoke images of high plateaus and rural celebrations. This performance is free and open to all.
Info: 996-5217, email@example.com. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
Fun Pun brings the laughs On Sept. 17 and 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., artFlare Gallery in Santa Rosa hosts Fun Pun, an interactive show featuring sculptures by artist Sharona “Cha Cha” Tracy, made from objects collected from thrift shops, recycling centers, and the streets of Sonoma County. An unusual and creative exhibit, Fun Pun invites the viewer to laugh out loud. Put on your thinking caps to figure out the titles of the sculptures. Answers and refreshments provided.
Info: 836-8612, firstname.lastname@example.org. 3840 Finley Ave., Santa Rosa, Bldg. 33, Studio 106.
Tip me over and pour me out…
For centuries, teapots have been made out of clay and have served the sole purpose of tea making. In the 20th century, the teapot was transformed into a decorative, sculptural, collectible item. Master potter Julia Feld will lead a hands-on weekend workshop, Sept. 17 and 18, at the Sonoma Community Center, to create decorative clay teapots by using soft-slab and coil building techniques. Students will learn how to use carving for surface decoration while exploring the conceptual and technical aspects of teapot-making. Workshops run 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Info: www.sonomacommunitycenter.org/ceramics-classes-list.html. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.
Green thumbs unite The Valley of the Moon Garden Club will hold its Fall Plant Sale on Sept. 17, in front of the Sonoma Community Center, 9 a.m.-noon. Fall is the ideal time to plant perennials, bushes, all kinds of frost hardy flowering plants, and winter vegetables. Master Gardeners and club members will be present to assist with plant information and selection. All proceeds benefit club programs including school gardens, hospital garden, and speakers at the club's public meetings.
Info: 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.
Bloomin' backyards in West County On Sept. 18, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Master Gardeners of Sonoma County are offering a tour of five unique gardens in the West County area, chosen to highlight, demonstrate, and promote good gardening practices. Tour-goers will see demonstrations on growing vegetables, water-wise native plants, lawn replacement, drip irrigation, companion planting, composting, attracting beneficial insects and bees, and more. Edibles for planting will be on sale, as well as gently used gardening books and original paintings by local artists. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 day of.
Info: www.sonomamastergardeners.org, 565-2608.
Free library concert series Members of the Santa Rosa Symphony will once again bring their unique, free concert series to Sonoma County Library branches around the county. On Sept. 17, there will be a family-friendly guitar and flute concert at the Central Santa Rosa Library, 12:30-1:30 p.m., followed by one at the Northwest Santa Rosa Library, 2-3 p.m.
Info: Central Santa Rosa Library, 211 E. St., Santa Rosa. Northwest Santa Rosa Library, 150 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa.
Spring Lake Water Bark The Spring Lake Water Bark is back on Sept. 18, with an opening day silent auction and raffle for pooches and people alike. Other Water Bark dates include Sept. 24-25, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and a “Mellow Monday” on Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring your dogs for tons of off-leash fun. New this year: local photographer Julie Vader will take high-resolution action photos of your happy, wet doggies and make them available for online purchase through her website, www.julievader.com. Half of each photo purchase will be donated to the Parks Foundation.
Info: waterbark2016.brownpapertickets.com. Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa.
Author of Bel Canto at LBC On Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., acclaimed author Ann Patchett comes to Santa Rosa for an evening to discuss her latest novel, Commonwealth. The author of Bel Canto, The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician's Assistant, Run, and State of Wonder - as well as three books of nonfiction and essays - Patchett has won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize, and numerous other honors. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth is the story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes the lives of two families. Tickets are $46 and include a copy of her new book.
Info: 546-3600. Lutherburbankcenter.org. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.
All about acorns The California Indian Museum and Cultural Center will host a traditional Native American cooking demonstration all about acorn processing on Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Participants will learn how gather, crack, grind, and leach acorns, and much more, thanks to guest presenter Meagen Baldy. Baldy is a Hupa tribal member living on the Hoopa Indian Reservation in Northern California.
Info: www.facebook.com/CIMandCC. 5250 Aero Dr., Santa Rosa.
Crepuscular critters on the move Join docent Joani and crew for a late afternoon/twilight hike at the Bohemia Ecological Preserve in the hills of Occidental, Sept. 24, 4:30-9:30 p.m. After a brief introduction to the wonders of the preserve, delve into the natural world, enjoy a potluck dinner (including your favorite beverage), watch the stars and the bats come out, and then talk about (and possibly see) more night life: moths and mosquitoes, insectivorous bats, possibly owls, perhaps foxes, raccoons, skunks, and more. Plan to stay until the end due to logistics and a closed gate. Hike is two to three moderate miles with some steep sections. This event is adult-focused.
Info: 544-7284, ext. 100, www.landpaths.org, outings@LandPaths.org. 6773 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental.
Adult Literacy program turns 30 The Sonoma County Library Adult Literacy program has served the community for 30 years. The program recruits and trains volunteers to provide instruction for adults who are working toward personal and professional goals, and collaborates with other human service organizations to increase literacy levels and employability in the community. On Sept. 24, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Central Library in Santa Rosa will mark this occasion with a celebration. The library has published a book of writings by adult learners, and the authors will be in attendance to autograph their contributions. Please RSVP with name and number of people attending.
Info: 544-2622, email@example.com. 211 E St., Santa Rosa.
Wings Over Wine Country Witness the sound and power of thrilling jet demonstrations, world-class aerobatic performers, war birds, vintage aircraft, and interactive displays that will dazzle and amaze you at the 2016 Wings Over Wine Country Airshow. The 2016 show features demos by the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Stealth Fighter, Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet, and U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet. Gates open at 9 a.m. on Sept. 24 and 25. General admission is $18.
Info: www.facebook.com/wingsoverwinecountry. 2200 Airport Blvd., Santa Rosa.
Virtuoso violinist performs on “Red Mendelssohn”
The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art invites the public to attend a performance by violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn on the historic “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius, or Red Violin, on Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. The famed instrument was crafted in 1720 by Antonio Stradivari, the most famous violin maker of all time. Not long after its creation, it vanished for more than 200 years, spawning any number of historians, writers, journalists, and critics, as well as Canadian filmmaker Francois Girard, to speculate on the violin's mysterious history. The soiree begins with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Pitcairn's hour-long performance, accompanied by Dr. Louise Thomas on piano, will include classical shorts featured on her latest album. The event will continue with a conversation with the artist. Tickets: $175.
Info: 939-7862, ext. 14. www.svma.org. 551 Broadway, Sonoma.
Gun rights topic at luncheon President of the NRA Members Council of Sonoma County Brenda Schmale will speak about “Gun Rights and the Second Amendment” at the Sept. 27 meeting of the Santa Rosa Republican Women, Federated. Schmale is an NRA Certified Pistol and Shotgun Instructor, and Range Safety Officer. She will speak on protecting Second Amendment rights and the importance of possessing or carrying a firearm. Also speaking will be former Marine Lt. Col Charlie Schaupp, who is a candidate for the 4th Assembly district seat.
Info: 538-9804. www.santarosarwf.org. Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.
Oktoberfest in Cloverdale On Oct. 1, 12-7 p.m., Cloverdale will host its annual Oktoberfest celebration in the Plaza. This community event is a joint fundraiser between the Kiwanis Club of Cloverdale and Courtney's Pumpkin Patch, benefitting the Courtney Jade Davis Memorial Scholarship and local cancer patients. The day includes live music, German food, a silent auction, pumpkin toss, photo booth, face painting, air brush tattoos, balloon twisting, prizes, games, street vendors, raffles and of course, pumpkins of all sizes, shapes and varieties.
Info: 293-7426 or 894-2038.
Sol Flamenco at SV LibrarySol Flamenco will perform at the Sonoma Valley Library on Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. Combining flamenco guitar, singing, and dancing into a unique, crowd-pleasing show, Sol Flamenco brings a cast of artists who have lived and trained in Spain, and every musical number is accompanied with an explanation of the regional influence of that piece. This event is free and open to all.
Info: 996-5217, firstname.lastname@example.org. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.