Out, About & Around the County
Family fun at Tolay Fall FestPumpkins, creepy crawlies, hay rides - you can ﬁnd all this and more at the Tolay Fall Festival in Petaluma, Oct. 15 and 16, and 22 and 23. Visitors can explore the nighttime creatures barn with live exhibits of snakes, birds of prey, and tide pool animals; venture into the creepy crawly room with tarantulas and scorpions; take a hayride to pick out a pumpkin; visit a replica Native American village; try out some farm crafts; and sample local foods or enjoy a picnic in the park. Activities are low-key, hands-on, and educational. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for teens and adults; $3 for children 12 and younger.
Info: sonomacountyparks.org. 5869 Lakeville Hwy.
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
October 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Emmy-nominated animated Peanuts special, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. To honor this occasion, the Charles M. Schulz Museum is exhibiting, "Celebrating 50 Years! It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," running now through late November. The show includes rare original animation cels and reproductions of storyboard sections from the special, and offers fun photo ops with Linus in the pumpkin patch. Throughout October the museum will also be showing It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown three times a day on the Museum's big screen in the theater. Viewing times are 10:15 a.m. (on the weekends) and 1:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. (daily).
Info: schulzmuseum.org. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.
Artists in the spotlight in Sonoma
The Arts Guild of Sonoma spotlights two member artists this month. Tatiana McWethy was trained from an early age in the methods of the Old Masters, and that experience is very much evident in her classical still life paintings. They are unbelievably realistic down to the tiniest detail, and take a very long time to complete. Linda Semple has a wicked sense of humor, which is evident in her multifaceted assemblage art, whimsical creations of tin and ribbon and all kinds of recycled items. What may look haphazard is deﬁnitely not; it is carefully and inventively created with mathematical precision from beginning to end.
Info: 996-3115, artsguildofsonoma.org. 140 East Napa St., Sonoma.
Visit the Land of Make BelieveLand of Make Believe is the ﬁrst of three Sunday afternoon concerts presented by the Santa Rosa Symphony, part of the popular Peggy Anne Covington Family Concert Series. Roustabout Theater Company takes families on a journey showing how composers tell stories through music - from Mother Goose, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty to modern day tales like Frozen and Harry Potter. The music begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Green Music Center. Pre-concert fun, including an instrument petting zoo and a photo booth, begins at 2 p.m. Children are encouraged to come dressed as a character from their favorite story. Tickets: $17 for adults; $12 for children 12 and under.
Info: 546-8742, srsymphony.org. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
From Hollywood to RoswellUFOlogist Jim Ledwith returns to the Sonoma Community Center with two new UFO lectures, Oct. 17 and 24, 7-9 p.m. Ledwith will explore the topic of Hollywood and its role in disclosing the existence of UFOs as well as delve into the real story behind the crash at Roswell. Ledwith has been a UFO researcher for more than 45 years, including investigative work interviewing retired military and defense industry personnel. Tickets: $10 per lecture, $9 for members of the Center, $5 for youth age 16 and under.
Info: svbo.org. 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.
Patient No More
Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) and the Sonoma County Spinal Cord Injury Support Group host the traveling exhibit, "Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights." "Patient No More" tells the story of how more than 100 people with disabilities occupied a federal building in San Francisco for nearly a month in April 1977 to gain their civil rights. After 26 days the protesters emerged victorious. Running now through Oct. 21 in the Lawrence A. Bertolini Student Center on the SRJC campus. On Oct. 18, at 12 p.m., Graton resident and author HolLynn D'Lil will share her ﬁrst-hand experience of living with occupiers of the Federal building during the sit-in, covering the story for Ms. Magazine. She will read from her book, Becoming Real in 24 Days.
Info: patientnomore.org. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
Fall photo challengeWould you like to delve deeper into seeing like a photographer? Want to meet other people interested in photography? This ﬁve-session class will explore the language of photography in myriad ways. Bi-weekly photo challenges and topical readings will be the foundation for discussions and critiques, which also incorporate the photographic masterworks in the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art's current exhibition, XXc Icons of Photography. Participants will use their camera-of-choice for their assignments (even your smart phone camera). The course also covers editing, composition, lighting, sequence, and narrative. From Oct. 19 to Dec. 14, meeting every other Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. Tuition: $110 for SVMA members; $130 general public.
Info: 939-7862, ext. 14, svma.org.
Pre-code treasures of 1933
Study, watch, and discuss six fascinating, fun, essential, pre-code ﬁlms from 1933 - one of cinema's greatest years - at the Santa Rosa Junior College. Explore boundary-pushing artistic expression, social commentary, and mythic storytelling in superlative preachment yarns, morality tales, rediscovered masterworks, and comic treasures. Films include Dinner at Eight, The Invisible Man, and Wild Boys of the Road. Make sure you register and clear your scedule for ﬁve Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m., starting Oct. 20. Cost: $110 for entire class.
Info: www.communityed.santarosa.edu 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
Violin superstar at Green Music Center
Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry but also to his irrepressible joy for making music. Perlman will perform works by Vivaldi, Stravinsky, Beethoven, Ravel and more, at the Green Music Center on Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., acompanied by Rohan de Silva on piano. Tickets start at $50.
Info: gmc.sonoma.edu. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
The ins and outs of kid lit
Do you need an agent? Do you have to hire an illustrator for your picture book? How do you format a picture book versus a middle-grade or young adult manuscript? Natasha Yim will walk you through writing and publishing in the kid lit world, Oct. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Petaluma Community Center. Yim is a children's author, freelance writer, and playwright. She has published four picture books, written for children's magazines and is a regular contributor to Mendocino Arts Magazine . $15 at the door.
Info: www.TheWriteSpot.us. 320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma.
Taxpayers to hear about Law Enforcement Review and OutreachThe Sonoma County Taxpayers meeting on Oct. 20 will feature Jerry Threet of the Sonoma County Independent Ofﬁce of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach, which was formed by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in the aftermath of the Andy Lopez shooting three years ago. Following a lengthy search, the supervisors selected Threet, formerly with the San Francisco city attorney's ofﬁce, to ﬁll the new position. Threet resides in Sebastopol. The meeting begins at noon at the Fountaingrove Inn. Cost: $25 for members with prepaid reservations (reservations must be received by noon on Oct. 17); $30 for all others and at the door.
RSVP: 481-1089, firstname.lastname@example.org. 101 Fountaingrove Pkwy., Santa Rosa.
The Promise continuesThe second episode of The Promise, a four-part British serial on the Israeli-Palestinian conﬂict, will be shown at the Sonoma Valley Library on Oct. 22, 2-4 pm. The Promise follows the quest of a young woman to discover more about her soldier grandfather's involvement during the ﬁnal years of the British mandate in Israel/Palestine, and to learn how he came to acquire a mysterious, old house key from a native Palestinian Arab. You can ﬁnd the ﬁrst episode online by searching "Peter Kosmansky The Promise Episode 01 Full" on YouTube. The third episode will show at the library on Oct. 29 at the same time, and the fourth on Nov. 12. Each 90-minute episode will be followed by a 30-minute discussion period. Admission is free.
Info: 933-8594, facebook.com/SFJPP. 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma.
Oktoberfest in Rohnert ParkYou don't have to go to Germany to enjoy Oktoberfest, because the Fnkendnk Oktoberfest, on Oct. 22, brings the fun to you at the SOMO Village Event Center in Rohnert Park. Enjoy the choicest beers from some of the nation's top brewers. The inaugural event features sour and hop-forward beers, a growing segment of the craft beer industry. Listen to local live music among the redwoods of the Biergarten. Show starts at 2 p.m. Tickets: $49 general, $69 taster and $140 VIP.
Info: fnkendnk.com. 1100 Valley House Dr., Rohnert Park.
Urban night hike; campﬁre storiesCalifornia State Park docents will lead an evening nature hike on Oct. 22, leaving from the Vallejo Home parking lot in Sonoma. Interpretation will focus on local wildlife and nocturnal animals. This is a one-mile, slow-paced hike with minor elevation change and will last from 6-7 p.m. Sturdy shoes and water recommended. On Oct. 29, meet at the Sonoma Barracks for a Costume Campﬁre, 6-7 p.m. Kids and adults are encouraged to come in costume for campﬁre fun with a spooky nature talk, songs, and a marshmallow roast. Both events are for all ages and free.
Info: 938-1519. Vallejo Home, 363 3rd St. West. Sonoma Barracks, Spain St. and First St. East, Sonoma.
Redwood Writers Open MicThe next Redwood Writers Open Mic will be Oct. 22, 2-4 p.m., at Gaia's Garden in Santa Rosa. Christina Molcillo and Patty Somlo will be reading. Molcillo grew up in the Bay Area, and now calls the North Bay home. Somlo's most recent books are The First to Disappear, a short story collection, and Even When Trapped Behind Clouds: A Memoir of Quiet Grace. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review, the Santa Clara Review, Under the Sun, Guernica, and in numerous anthologies. Free with $5 minimum food purchase.
Info: redwoodwriters.org. 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
Pinot lovers unite!Pinot On The River, Oct. 23, is a fun-ﬁlled day of Pinot Noir profusion. Sip with the winemakers and other Pinot lovers focused on limited production West Coast Pinot Noirs. More than 100 wineries and guest artisan food vendors, all on the downtown Healdsburg Plaza. Beneﬁting Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County. Tickets: $75-90.
Cooking WildYou don't need to crawl through the forest or hunt your own game to eat wild foods. Many of these foods are as close by as your local supermarket. "Cooking Wild" with Chef John Ash, Oct. 23, 3-6 p.m., at Ramekins in Sonoma, will show participants how to eat closer to nature. The menu includes hen of the woods mushroom tempura with ponzu sauce, chilled green pea soup with purslane, and rhubarb galette. You won't go away hungry. Cost: $125.
Info: ramekins.com. 450 West Spain St., Sonoma.
Lunch with a LieutenantThe Santa Rosa Republican Women Federated luncheon meeting will be Oct. 25, with featured speaker Lt. Ray Navarro from the Santa Rosa Police Department. He will talk about gangs and their activities in and around the area. Business meeting and luncheon begins at 11:15 a.m. at the Flamingo Conference Center. Cost: $24 with reservations, $27 at the door.
Info: 538-9804. 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.
Libya topic for World Affairs CouncilFormer foreign service ofﬁcer Ethan Chorin will speak to the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27, about his experiences representing the U.S. in Libya. An Arabic speaker and author of articles and books about Libya, Chorin will explain how dictator Quaddaﬁ's fall led eventually to the rise of Isis in Libya, and how Isis presents a challenge to the United States. His talk, "U.S., Libya, and the Rise of the Islamic State" takes place at Spring Lake Village in Santa Rosa. Members free; visitors $5. Free parking.
Info: 573-6014, wacsc.org. 5555 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa.