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Out, About & Around the County: 11/15/2016

Out, About & Around the County

Taxpayers hear about county's pension problems

Kenwood resident Jack Atkin will speak to the Sonoma County Taxpayers' Association at its Nov. 17 meeting. Atkin is the former president of the Taxpayers' Association and just completed a term with the Sonoma County Independent Citizens Advisory Committee on Pension Matters. The committee was established by the Board of Supervisors to review and evaluate the county's progress toward achieving its pension reform goals, and to recommend further actions to be taken. Atkin will discuss that group's report, its findings and recommendations. The meeting begins at noon at the Fountaingrove Inn. Cost: $25 for members with prepaid reservations; $30 for all others and at the door.

RSVP: 481-1089, 101 Fountaingrove Pkwy., Santa Rosa.

Americana Night in Cloverdale

On Nov. 17, Marty O'Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra will be at the Cloverdale Arts Alliance's second Americana Night of the season. These musicians seamlessly segue from raw gospel blues to cinematic epics, from heavy driving grooves to delicately arranged folk songs. In the end, band members leave the stage floor littered with broken strings and bow hairs. This performance is hard to describe, impossible to categorize. Tickets: $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Info: 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd.

All about amphibians

Amphibians are on the agenda at the Laguna Environmental Center in Santa Rosa, Nov. 18 and 19, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Jeff Alvarez and Dave Cook will provide an overview of the life history, ecology and conservation of frogs, toads, and salamanders that live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Professional biologists, resource managers, and students will receive practical knowledge of local amphibians. Both common and rare species will be discussed. The two-day workshop will be comprised of presentations on Friday and a field trip on Saturday to Fairfield Osborn Preserve on Sonoma Mountain. $150. Pre-registration required.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

The Music Man at Cinnabar

The Young Repertory of Cinnabar Theater will perform The Music Man, running Nov. 18-Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. A sparkling homage to a bygone era, The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef! Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth.

Info: 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

Writers' open mic night

Redwood Writers hosts its last open mic of the year at the Santa Rosa Central Library on Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. with the theme “I never thought this would happen.” Jean Wong emcees this every-other-month literary delight of Sonoma County authors. Each open mic has a theme, but readers are welcome to share any five-minute work they like. The event is open both to Redwood Writers members and the general public. Refreshments are served. Sign up and include a 50 word bio at

Info: 211 E St., Santa Rosa.

Holiday Make-in at SVMA

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art's popular Holiday Make-in is back for a fifth year. Add a creative and personal twist to your Thanksgiving and Holiday decorations during this day of crafting and art-making for the entire family, Nov. 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Multiple stations staffed by local artists offer heaps of materials and creative know-how to pass along to you, your children, and grandchildren. Come prepared to dive in and get busy. Free with regular museum admission ($10 general adult, $7 Sonoma resident and youth 13+). SVMA Family Membership level and above, and children 12 and under also free.

Info: 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

Motorcycle ride/food drive

RKA, a Windsor-based manufacturer and retailer of motorcycle equipment and luggage, will host a 90-mile motorcycle ride through Wine Country and down the coast of Tomales Bay on Nov. 19, to help collect food for Sonoma Raceway's annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Riders of all skill levels are invited. The ride will depart from Sonoma Raceway at 8:30 a.m. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. The ride will conclude around 11:30 a.m. at the raceway, and all riders will be invited to take a few laps around the raceway's road course before lunch at the Raceway Café. Riders are encouraged to bring five or more non-perishable food items or make a $10 cash donation to the food drive, which benefits Friends in Sonoma Helping (F.I.S.H.), and the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.

Info: 836-7659. or

Have an historic holiday

Sonoma State Historic Park is hosting a Victorian Christmas Crafts Workshop on Nov. 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Craft handmade, affordable historical gifts or stocking stuffers at General Vallejo's Home in Sonoma, and meet a special holiday guest. Free admission for ages 12 and under (accompanied by an adult), $2 for ages 13-17, and $3 for adults. Rain or shine. In addition, tickets for “Christmas at the Mission” on Dec. 10 are now on sale. Four pageants are held at Mission San Francisco Solano honoring the traditional holiday celebration of Las Posadas. Don't miss this festive holiday event. The ticket booth is located at the Mission on the Plaza; limit four per person. A suggested donation of $2.50 per ticket supports interpretation, preservation and awareness of this state historic park.

Info: 939-2149.

Peter and the Starcatcher

Peter and the Starcatcher comes to Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park, Nov. 25-Dec. 18. This imaginative musical play, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, provides a backstory for the J.M. Barrie character of Peter Pan. With pirates, jungle tyrants, unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair, and the bonds of friendship, duty and love. The Broadway production received five 2012 Tony Awards and was named one of New York Times, New York Magazine and New Yorker's Top 10 Shows of the Year. Suitable for younger audiences, but most enjoyable for ages 10 and up.

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

Holiday Tea in Healdsburg

Hotel Healdsburg is offering its fifth annual Holiday Tea service to provide a relaxing atmosphere for friends and family to enjoy festive bites and beverages. On Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 26 to Dec. 18, 2-4 p.m., guests can indulge in house made pastries, petit sandwiches, custom blend teas, classic cocktails and other holiday fare from executive chef Scott Romano. This holiday tradition also features live piano music, impressive winter florals, and beautiful holiday décor. $14 for children; $34 for tea and food; $43 for tea, food, and wine.

Info: 431-2800, 25 Matheson St., Healdsburg.

Cirque de Boheme

Cirque De Boheme returns to Cornerstone in Sonoma on weekends from Nov. 25 to Dec. 18, with its show “Somewhere.” An old style circus based on the French tradition of the 1920s, Cirque de Bohème is a unique universe where one is transported, regardless of age, to a magical land full of adventure, innocence and wonder. Shows at 3 and 5 p.m. Tickets: $30 adults, $22 kids 15 or younger.

Info: 23570 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.

The Music Man at SRJC

The Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts Department presents The Music Man, Nov. 25-Dec. 11, based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey. When smooth-talking con man Harold Hill arrives in small, tight-knit River City, Iowa, he expects to trick its residents with his elaborate moneymaking scheme. But when the stern (and pretty) librarian catches his eye, he struggles to keep his scheme afloat.

Info: 527-4307. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.

The Sonomans on exhibit

The Sonomans, an exhibition of portraits taken out in the Sonoma community during the “Pop-up Portrait Studios,” will go on display at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art beginning on Nov. 30. SVMA teamed up with Sonoma Valley High School's advanced photography students and teacher Andy Mitchell, along with professional local photographers Erik Castro and Jaime Thrower, who both donated their time to the project. There will be a public reception on Dec 8, 5:30-7 p.m. The exhibit runs through Dec. 30. $10 for adults ($7 for Sonoma residents). Children 12 and under are admitted free, as are SVMA members.

Info: 939-7862. 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

Schools for Salone in Sierra Leone

On Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m., The World Affairs Council will hear from Cindy Nofziger and Dr. Robert Heaver about “Schools for Salone,” a summary of their initiative to provide education in Sierra Leone, a West African nation wracked by civil war. Since 2005, the project has erected 20 schools, three libraries, water wells, and provided resources to alleviate Ebola. At Spring Lake Village Auditorium. Public welcome. Members free, visitors $5.

Info: 573-6014, 5555 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa.

Fairytale at SSU

In The Bluebird, a young boy struggles through tough times on a fantastical journey of adventures to the Lands of Memory, Palaces of Night and Luxury where he finds the secret of true happiness. This magical main stage production provides a much-needed reminder of how important it is to appreciate the simple things in life. This all-ages show at Sonoma State provides a unique and meaningful message for the holiday season. Directed by Judy Navas, playing Dec. 1-10. Tickets are $5 to $17.

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

County ag history

Dr. Mara Vejby will examine the “History of Agriculture in Sonoma County,” on Dec. 1, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Laguna Environmental Center. From hops, wheat, prunes, apples, grapes, pears, and cherries, each crop has contributed to shaping the culture and landscape of this county. Come hear the stories of the people who planted these crops and the changes in cultivation that took place over the years. Cost: $10. Pre-registration required.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

A Cantiamo Christmas

On Dec. 1 and 2, St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church hosts “A Cantiamo Christmas” in the candlelit sanctuary acclaimed for its exquisite acoustics. Sonoma County's premiere a cappella vocal ensemble, Cantiamo Sonoma has enchanted audiences in the North Bay and beyond since 2002. Comprised of 20 talented singers under the direction of soprano Carol Menke, the group performs concerts and Evensongs throughout the year. A wine and cheese reception will follow the concert. Preferred seating is $25 in advance only; general admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door, with student and senior discounts available.

Info: 539-5377, 90 Mountain View Ave., Santa Rosa.

An old fashioned Italian Christmas marketplace

The North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation and Slow Food Sonoma County North are bringing a traditional Italian Christmas marketplace to Santa Rosa. On Dec. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in the St. Rose Parish Hall, the “Mercatino di Natale” will be a day of holiday lights, pine boughs, Christmas trees, presepe (Italian Nativity), Befana (Italian Christmas witch) for the kids, silent auction, Italian food, wine, beer, and a fantastic mercato of artisan food and crafts. Live entertainment will be provided by Sheri Mignano of Due Zighi Baci and Coro Allegro. Tickets: $5 in advance, $10 at the door.

Info:, 591-9696. 320 10th Street, Santa Rosa.

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