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Out, About & Around the County: 10/01/2016

Out, About & Around the County

Celebrate Pomo culture

October is Pomo Honoring Month in Sebastopol, a time to raise awareness of local Pomo history and traditions. Events include radio theater productions of Lost Bird on Oct. 1 and 15 at 12 p.m., and Close One on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m., both by Jane Hirsch and both streaming on Pomo Youth Dancers will be at the Sebastopol Farmers Market on Oct. 9, and Molin Malicay will discuss “How Healthcare Works for American Indians” on Oct. 22 from 4-6 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living at 2075 Occidental Rd. More events can be found at the website below.


Wrestling Jerusalem at Sonoma State

Aaron Davidman's acclaimed one-man show Wrestling Jerusalem is coming to Sonoma State University for a three-day run starting on Oct. 4. The show, which the San Francisco Chronicle described as “riveting,” follows one man's attempt to make sense of the deep divides between Israelis and Palestinians. Entrance is free for Sonoma State students, staff and faculty, $25 for everyone else.

Info: 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Better understanding your ballot

The non-partisan League of Women Voters of Sonoma County is hosting a forum, “Pros and Cons on the State Ballot Initiatives,” at Rohnert Park City Hall on Oct. 5, 6-7:30 p.m. Better understand who supports what and why, as well as what the experts say about the key issues in this November's election.

Info: 292-0535. 130 Avram Ave., Rohnert Park.

Fall choral concert at Maria Carrillo

Maria Carrillo High School's Choral Department will perform their Fall Choral Concert, Oct. 5-7 at 7 p.m. each evening. The concerts will feature the high school's own choirs and singers, as well as special guests on select nights. Tickets are $10 and doors open at 6:30 p.m. To reserve tickets ahead of time, contact Gail Bowers at

Info: 6975 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

To hate or not to hate...

Romeo & Juliet
Hamlet, one of the cornerstones of English literature, is not everyone's cup of tea. This premise is the basis for Sonoma Arts Live's production of I Hate Hamlet, a comedy about a struggling actor pressured by the ghost of deceased actor John Barrymore, who portrayed the indecisive Dane almost a century ago, to take on one of drama's most famous roles. Performances are Oct. 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Sonoma Community Center. Tickets start at $15.

Info: 1-866-710-8942. 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.

Music of the Hart

Lorca Hart
The Lorca Hart Trio, headlined by drummer and namesake Lorca Hart from Taos, New Mexico, will play in Cloverdale on Oct. 6 to kick off the Cloverdale Art Alliance's Jazz Club performances for the 2016/17 season. Tickets are $15 for Alliance Members and $20 for nonmembers. The Jazz Club hosts performances the first Thursday of each month from October to May.

Info: 894-8500." 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale.

Annual DSLC Expo returns

The Disability Services and Legal Center, or DSLC, hosts its 11th Annual Northern California DSLC Tech Expo and More on Oct. 7 at Finley Hall in the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn about the latest innovations and techniques being used to help adults and children with disabilities, and peruse the newest products available from the exhibitors. Entrance to the Expo is free.

Info: 528-2745, ext. 307. 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Sex ed on sex worker laws

The American Association of University Women welcome Alison Bass to the Rincon Valley Public Library on Oct. 7, 5-7 p.m. The Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist will discuss her new book Getting Screwed, which argues that existing laws against sex workers are more harmful than helpful. Bass is a scientific journalist who worked for the Boston Globe for many years. She is currently a professor at West Virginia University's Reed College of Media.

Info: 578-0808. 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

Fall Book Faire

Friends of Santa Rosa Libraries is holding its Fall Book Faire Oct. 7-10 at the Santa Rosa Veterans Building. You will find thousands of donated books - fiction and nonfiction, current titles and old favorites, as well as exceptional bargains in children's books, collector's editions and computer books with CD-ROMs. A large variety of movies on VHS and DVD, books on tape and CD, and music tapes and CDs will also be available at bargain prices. Cash or checks only. Preview day is Oct. 7, 3-7:30 p.m. and the Faire itself is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 8 and 9, and 2-7 p.m. on Oct. 10, which is also $5 Bag Day.

Info: 545-0831, ext. 541. 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa.

Be a Viking for a day

For the 30th year in a row, Freya Lodge Sons of Norway is hosting Vikingfest, a celebration of Leif Erickson Day, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Norway Hall in Santa Rosa. This event is free to the public and fun for all ages. There will be live Viking re-enactments, cultural demonstrations, live music, Scandinavian vendors, a Taste of Norway lunch, home baked goods, a photo booth, and coffee and freshly-made Norwegian waffles. This is an opportunity for everyone of Scandinavian descent in Sonoma County to celebrate their heritage and for everyone else to come and be a Viking for a day!

Info: 894-1807." 617 W. 9th Street, Santa Rosa.

For the birds

Join LandPaths docents on a fall birding hike on Oct. 8, 10 a.m., at the spectacular Poff Ranch Preserve (aka Wright Hill Ranch) just south of Red Hill on the Sonoma Coast. The property features breathtaking coastal views from Wright Hill, an extensive wildlife habitat and a colorful history. U.C. naturalist Dave Barry (a.k.a. “Duck Dave”) will share his extensive bird knowledge as the group traverses 7.5 miles over the trails and grasslands. Bring your binoculars. Pre-registration required.


Second Saturday cartoonist

East of West
Meet, watch and talk to Nick Dragotta, artist and co-creator, along with writer Jonathan Hickman, of the breakout hit of 2013 East of West. Dragotta will speak at the Schulz Museum on Oct. 8 from 1-3 p.m. Dragotta also worked on the landmark run of X-Statix with Peter Milligan and many other top Marvel characters such as Captain America, Spider-Man, X-Men and others. He is also the artist and co-creator of Howtoons with MacArthur grant recipient Saul Griffith. Howtoons is an.educational children's comic that teaches kids how to make things using everyday household goods, incorporating instructions into storytelling.

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Free family festival

Conscious Family
The Conscious Family Festival is a free, multi-generational event for families that offers a variety of fun and inspirational activities for children, parents and grandparents, as well as adult-only workshops providing methods and practical tools for helping, coping, creating and maintaining enhanced family living. Entrance is free and the event is Oct. 8 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Finley Community Center.

Info:,." target=0> 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa.

Santa Rosa Symphony's Season Opener

The Santa Rosa Symphony's 89th season begins at the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, Oct. 8-10, with a series of concerts led by Music Director Bruno Ferrandis. Featured on the program is Jean Ferrandis, winner of the first prize from the Lyon Conservatoire. Ferrandis, a flutist, will perform Bernstein's haunting “Halil, Nocturne for Flute and Small Orchestra” with his trademark spellbinding style. He will also play Mozart's expressive “Flute Concerto No. 1.” Concerts start at 8 p.m., the exception being a 3 p.m. start on Oct. 9. Tickets $20-80.

Info: 546-8742, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

A picture's worth a thousand words

Cunningham Nude
“XXc Icons of Photography,” at the Sonoma Valley Museum, Oct. 8-Dec. 31, showcases the best of a century of groundbreaking images and their renowned artists. From portraiture, landscape, photojournalism, abstraction, fashion and other works that defy genre, this selection presents masterworks from private collections throughout California. From Adams to Beard, Capa to Leibovitz, Ray to Ryuiji and more.

Info: 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

Meditation workshop

A workshop on meditation will be held at the Sonoma Valley Library on Oct. 11, 2-4 p.m. Santa Rosa Junior College adjunct instructor Bette Smith will teach several different ways to find inner peace while comfortably seated in your chair, as well as discuss the benefits of meditation, meditation techniques, and how to develop a daily routine at home.

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

The war at home

Sonoma State University's Department of Theatre Arts & Dance starts its new season with an historical drama set in 1940s Calgary. Waiting for the Parade follows five women as they gather to work for the war effort while the men they love are away. The women discover their own battles as they respond to civilian life during the war. Music from the 1940s underscores this play, which highlights dynamics and tensions as it reflects the paradox of war. Performances run Oct. 13-23, with shows starting at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets $5-17.

Info: 664-4246." 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Honoring Santa Rosa's Serengeti

Celebrate the continuing success of Safari West at the Safari West Wildlife Foundation benefit “Daktari Affair: Out of Africa and into the Sonoma Serengeti” on Oct. 14. Learn how the imagination of a film producer's son inspired the eventual creation of the wildlife preserve. Tickets for the event are $125 and reservations are required.

Info: 566-3613. 3115 Porter Creek Rd., Santa Rosa.

Cleaning up the future

The World Affairs Council of Sonoma County is hosting a talk on Oct. 14 on the topic “The Race for Cleaner Energy.” The featured speaker is Jeffrey Ball, a former editor at the Wall Street Journal and a current scholar-in-residence at Stanford, and he will explain how countries like the United States and China can more effectively utilize clean energy sources. Tickets for members are $30 and $35 for nonmembers. RSVP by Oct. 7 at the latest by sending your reservation to P.O. Box 1433, Santa Rosa, 95402.

Info: 573-6014. 333 Country Club Dr., Santa Rosa.

Prehistoric fun at the LBC

Take a journey into a new dimension and meet the insects, mammals and dinosaurs that roamed the planet millions of years ago when “Earth's Dinosaur Zoo Live” arrives at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts on Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m. Featuring a large-scale cast of life-sized dinosaur puppets brought to life by sophisticated design, theatrical presentation and puppet mastery, these amazingly life-like dinosaur recreations connect children to paleontology in a fun and informative setting. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for kids.

Info: 546-3600, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.

Celebrate community spirit

On Oct. 14 at 7 p.m., The Spirit of Community, Sonoma Community Center's first original production in over a year, examines the meaning of community through the stories and music of those who reside and contribute to the flourishing of their community. Anya Ushakova-Crain presents a slate of guests for a night of acoustic music, divine tastes and sumptuous storytelling. Tickets are $45 and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Info: 938-4626 x1,, 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.

A wonderful Quality of Life

Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma opens its run of The Quality of Life on Oct. 14, with performances on Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. up until Oct. 30. The play chronicles a grief-stricken Midwestern couple's visit with their Northern Californian cousins, who have their own struggles to bear. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door; youth tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

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

A Titanic production

Spreckels Theater Company performs Titanic: The Musical, Oct. 14-30 in Rohnert Park. The musical opened on Broadway in 1997, and won five Tony Awards including the award for Best Musical. This musical traces the tragic maiden voyage of the historic ocean liner, capturing the stories of everyone from the poorest passengers to some of the wealthiest men of the Victorian age.

Info: 588-3400. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.

Intro to higher learning

Parents, teens and their families are invited to the second annual LumaFest at the Santa Rosa Junior College in Petaluma on Oct. 15 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Children will be introduced to the excitement of higher education while adults can learn about new and compelling career paths. Parking and admission is free; no pets allowed. The variety of booths, performances and demonstrations offers a diverse taste of education and culture at SRJC Petaluma.

Info: 680 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy., Petaluma.

Hike up and over the hill

Bill & Dave Hikes will hike over the hill when they head to Calistoga to do an out-and-back on Lower Oat Hill Mine Trail on Oct. 15. Dedicated in 2013 as part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, this nine-mile hike offers fantastic views of the Napa Valley and the rock formations of the Palisades. Elevation gain is about 1,900 feet. Meet at 9:45 a.m. at the intersection of the Silverado Trail and Lincoln Ave. (Hwy. 29). Plan for a 4.5-hour round trip with a lunch stop.

Info and RSVP:

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