Out, About & Around the County
1776 at Spreckels
The seminal event in American history blazes to life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history and the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation. 1776 follows John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy. Running through Feb. 26 at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center.
Info: 588-3400, www.spreckelsonline.com. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.
Ramekins chef leads WOW dinner Worth Our Weight (WOW) is a culinary apprentice program for at-risk young adults in Sonoma County. Every third Thursday, a local celebrity chef spends the day with the apprentices and teaches them skills, resulting in a top-notch, four-course meal. This month's guest chef, on Feb. 16, is Kyle Kuklewski of Ramekins Culinary School in Sonoma. Cost is $85, which includes the four-course meal, wine, tax and gratuity. Worth Our Weight Visiting Chef dinners benefit the WOW program.
Info: www.brownpapertickets.com (search Worth Our Weight Dinners). 1021 Hahman Dr., Santa Rosa.
KQED's Michael Krasny at Schulz Museum
Award-winning radio host and best-selling author Michael Krasny will kick off the new Bookshelf Author Series at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in on Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. Meet and hear from some of today's top authors about their work, inspiration, and creative process. Krasny will be speaking and signing his newest book, Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means. He is the host of KQED's Forum, a daily radio show focused on news, public affairs, and current events.
Info: www.schulzmuseum.org. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.
Winter palette at Laguna de Santa Rosa The Laguna Foundation hosts a watercolor journaling workshop with Kristin Meuser on Feb. 18, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The color palette of winter reveals itself in the vistas of the Laguna de Santa Rosa and Mt. St. Helena, as well as in the close-up study of shrubs and trees. Participants will learn to mix a full range of colors from a simple palette of eight harmonious pigments, and spend time writing, which combines with your sketching to bring to life the memory of your day in nature. Cost: $150 (includes a $55 special art supply kit) Pre-registration required.
Info: www.lagunafoundation.org. 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.
Calling all Francophiles “Why We Love Paris,” taught by Steve Rabinowitsh and Christine Piccin, is a class for lovers of Paris, whether you have been there many times or are planning your first trip. Rabinowitsh is a Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) instructor and has traveled extensively to Paris. He will focus on history and architecture, and introduce his favorite neighborhoods, including parks, museums and hidden places. Piccin is a professional chef and confessed fanatique of la cuisine Française. She trains chefs in SRJC's Culinary Arts program and writes about food and wine. The class will run three Wednesdays, Feb. 22-March 8, 7-9 p.m. at SRJC's Burdo Culinary Arts Center. Must be 21 or older. Fee: $111. Enroll online.
Info: 527-4372, communityed.santarosa.edu/. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa
Ceramicist speaks at community center Artist Peter Beasecker will speak about “The Development of an Idea” on Feb. 23 after a potluck lunch at the Sonoma Community Center. Beasecker is known internationally as a maker of elegant porcelain pots reflecting a studied and haptic sensibility, and is an Associate Professor at Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. His talk will explore approaches to developing a personal point of view about pottery. In 1982 and '83, Beasecker spent summers in Sonoma, riding his bike, waiting tables, and throwing pots at La Haye Art Center.
Info: 938-4626. www.sonomacommunitycenter.org, 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.
Black History Month at SRJC Santa Rosa Junior College hosts a free panel discussion, “African Americans in Higher Education: Personal Stories of Reflection, Connection and Projection,” on Feb. 23, 12-1:30 p.m. This panel will recognize the work of prominent African-Americans in higher education and will allow panelists the opportunity to give advice to those looking to enter the field in the future. Included on the panel is internationally known consultant and educator Tom Brown. Parking is $4.
Info: events.santarosa.edu/bhm-calendar-2017, 1501 Mendocino Ave.
Zika in Santa Rosa? Dr. George Rutherford, head of the Infectious Diseases Department at UCSF, will explain the implications of the spread of the Zika virus at a Feb. 23 meeting of the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County. Rutherford will outline the spread of the virus throughout Latin America, the U.S., and other parts of the world, and describe its drastic effect on developing fetuses. The public is invited and no reservations are needed. The talk takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Spring Lake Village Auditorium.
Info: 573-6014. www.wacsc.org. 5555 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa
Biochar 101 workshop The Sonoma Biochar Initiative and the Sonoma Ecology Center will host a conservation burn and biochar workshop at Circle Bar Ranch in Sonoma on Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. These workshops feature both hands-on, in-the-field training, and a classroom component. By replacing conventional open burn methods with the conservation burn, you can significantly reduce emissions (visible smoke and invisible chemicals and particles) from agricultural burns in your community, while also producing biochar, a valuable soil amendment, in the process. Workshop proceeds help support programs at the Sonoma Biochar Initiative and the Sonoma Ecology Center. Fee is $65.
Info: 291-3240. Brownpapertickets.com (search biochar).
A chili bowlful
Fresh out of the kiln, 700 handmade bowls will deck the tables on Feb. 25, as the Sonoma Community Center presents its annual Chili Bowl Express Fundraiser. Fill a bowl with your choice of homemade chili by one of our renowned local chefs and enjoy both with a roomful of friends and neighbors. Artists at the Center have been busy since October crafting one-of-a-kind chili bowls in all shapes, colors, and sizes. There will be live music, dessert and a silent auction, as well. There are three seatings: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. Early bird tickets are $27, or purchase tickets at the door for $30 for this family-friendly event (includes your choice of bowl).
Info: 938-4626, ext. 1. www.sonoma-communitycenter. 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.
Free gardening workshops Sonoma County Master Gardeners host a series of free workshops around the county on Feb. 25. At the Cloverdale library, Kim Pearson will talk about “Making your Sonoma County Garden more sustainable.” Fred Revetria will cover the why, when and how of tree pruning at his pruning workshop at the Rohnert Park-Cotati library. And rose pruning and varieties of roses will be discussed by Jim Lang at the Sonoma Valley Library. All classes run 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Weill Hall goes to the animals The Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra presents its first-ever family concert at the Green Music Center's Weill Hall on Feb. 26. During “Carnival of the Animals,” the orchestra will perform excerpts from two classics of orchestral literature - Camille Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals and Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. Fratello Marionettes, the Bay Area's premiere marionette group, will enact stories and dances inspired by the music. The Sunday afternoon concert starts at 2 p.m. and will last just one hour. Be sure to stay for the post-concert instrument petting zoo. Tickets are $8; children free.
Info: 1-866-955-6040. Gmc.sonoma.edu. 1801 E. Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.
What's up in Santa Rosa?
On Feb. 28 at the Flamingo Hotel, Santa Rosa Republican Women, Federated will host a talk with Tom Schwedhelm, Santa Rosa Councilman since 2014. Schwedhelm will discuss homelessness, the cannabis law, Courthouse Square reunification, Santa Rosa as a “sanctuary city,” rent control, and how the city plans to deal with these issues. Schwedhelm is the city's representative on the SR Homeless Collective, comprised of more than a dozen organizations. He is hoping to generate interest, questions, and ideas about these five city issues. Begins at 11:15 a.m.
Info: 538-9804. www.santarosarwf.org. 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.
Cinema and psyche Folk tales, fairy tales and films reflect universal human patterns, and inspire, encourage, teach, and heal through story. Study, watch and discuss six masterful examples of movie folk and fairy tale across genres and eras on six Thursday evenings, 6:30-9:30 p.m., March 2-April 13 at SRJC. Terry Ebinger, a long-time psychological educator and dream consultant, will lead the discussion. Films include The Red Shoes, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Harold and Maude, Groundhog Day, and Beasts of the Southern Wild. Cost is $125.
Info: www.cinemaandpsyche.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
Venezuela in crisis“The Evolving Crisis in Venezuela” will be presented by Professor Margarita Lopez Maya at the March 2 meeting of the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County. Professor Lopez Maya of the Central University of Venezuela, will make only two North America appearances - at Stanford and at Glaser Center in Santa Rosa. Venezuela is in crisis, enduring 800 percent or higher inflation and a GDP that has fallen 19 percent. The talk begins at 3:45 p.m. Lopez Maya will explain the origins, extent and possible solutions to her native country's economic catastrophe.
Info: 573-6014. www.wasc.org, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
Yoga and the Creative MindThe Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (SVMA) and Sally Mitchell of Body Flows have teamed up to offer a unique program on March 2 that stretches both your body and mind with a creative twist on art viewing, yoga and meditation. The night begins with a guided viewing experience, looking at work by Nathan Oliveira, which informs the visualizations for meditation and the yoga session. Bring your own mat. $22 for SVMA members, $24 for others. Doors open at 5:10 p.m., session starts at 5:30 p.m.
Info: 939-7862, ext. 13, www.svma.org/calendar. 551 Broadway, Sonoma.