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Out, About & Around the County: 03/15/2017

Out, About & Around the County

All about writing conferences

The Sonoma County Writers Forum hosts an information session on Northern California writing conferences on March 16, 6-8 p.m., at Copperfield's Books in Petaluma. Should you attend a writing conference? How can you decide which one to attend? Conference representatives from Mendocino Coast Writers' Conference, Napa Valley Writers' Conference, the Redwood Branch of the California Writers Club Conference, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for San Francisco North and East Bay Region Oktoberfest Fall Conference, and Sonoma County Writers Camp will discuss topics, dates, and prices. Free, open to public.

Info: 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma.

Taxpayers hear about rent control


Government Affairs Director for the North Bay Association of Realtors Daniel Sanchez will be the guest speaker at the Sonoma County Taxpayers' March 16 luncheon and meeting. Sanchez will speak about Santa Rosa's rent control and just-cause eviction ordinance. The ordinance, originally approved last year by Santa Rosa's city council, has been stayed and the measure will be put before voters at a special election in June. The measure seeks to impose rent control measures on pre-1995 constructed rental properties, which comprise approximately 20 percent of the Santa Rosa rental housing market. The luncheon begins at 12 p.m. at the Fountaingrove Inn. Cost is $25 for members (reservations must be received by noon on March 13) and $30 for all others and at the door.

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

An insider's guide to documentary filmmaking

Get the inside scoop on what it takes to make a documentary film, when the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival (SDFF) welcomes special guests, industry folks, documentary filmmakers, and people who have been through the documentary mill a few times to discuss what it's like to make your own documentary, from start to finish. This March 16 event will be moderated by SDFF producer Cynthi Stefenoni, and starts at 5 p.m. at the Barlow Event Center in Sebastopol. Seating is limited.

Info: RSVP to

Poetry at the library

On March 17, at 4 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library hosts poet Michael Sheffield for a reading of his original work exploring the relationship between poetry and nature. Sheffield's poems have been commissioned by the California State Parks, have been read at the Sonoma Arbor Day Ceremony and at haiku readings nationwide. As a docent for Jack London and Sugarloaf State parks, he enjoys interacting with his community, and also gives seminars in writing and contemplative nature walks. He has been the guest poet and poetry editor for Revision: A Journal of Consciousness and Transformation. The event is free and open to all.

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

Cahoots plays Cloverdale


On March 16, the Cloverdale Arts Alliance's Americana Night will keep it real with North Bay favorite Cahoots. Last August, Cahoots delighted Cloverdale's Friday Night Live audience with their own blend of “Sonomacana” - bluesy, grassy, folky and danceable Sonoma County roots music. From original songs and Americana classics to country blues and rockabilly, Cahoots always gets the crowd going with their infectious sound. Americana Night is hosted at the Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery. Tickets are $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. Doors open at 7 p.m.; music from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Info: 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale.

Mr. Green visits 6th Street

Visiting Mr. Green comes to the 6th Street Playhouse March 17 through April 2. Mr. Green, an elderly, retired dry cleaner, wanders into New York traffic and is almost hit by a car driven by Ross Gardiner, a 29-year-old corporate executive. The young man is given a community service of helping the recent widower once a week for six months. What starts as a comedy about two men who do not want to be in the same room together becomes a gripping and moving drama as they get to know each other, come to care about each other, and open old wounds they've been hiding and nursing for years. At 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday, and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10-$26.


Marinate in Cloverdale


The Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery presents its latest exhibition Marinate, from March 18 through May 19, with an artists' reception 5-7:30 p.m. on March 18. Painter Gwen Rosewater is the guest artist for this exhibit, which invites visitors to visually experience the full flavors and richness of painting, sculpture and other artwork on display. Resident artists include Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, Sharon Kozel, Paul Maurer and Hanya Popova Parker. A painter who writes and a writer who paints, Laura Paine Carr is the featured resident artist for Marinate.

Info: 204 North Cloverdale Blvd.

Wonderful World of Worms

The Sonoma Master Gardeners will present a workshop on the Wonderful World of Worms at the Sonoma Valley Library on March 18, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Master Gardener Jennifer Roberts will teach the basics of how to set up a worm bin, what to feed them, how to care for them and how to troubleshoot problems. Roberts is also a Master Composter and has been caring for her own worms for many years. The event is free and open to all.

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

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Meet best-selling author Lemony Snicket, creator of A Series of Unfortunate Events, which has recently been adapted into a Netflix original series starring Neil Patrick Harris. Season two of this series is currently in production. Snicket, a longtime fan of Charles Schulz, will talk about his admiration for Peanuts and other topics relating to despair on March 18 at 2 p.m. at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Tickets are free with museum admission and available on a first come, first serve basis at the museum starting at 10 a.m. on the day of the event.

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Do you dig the Vikings?

On March 18, Freya Lodge, Sons of Norway in Santa Rosa hosts a Norwegian Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner with a special presentation by the Vikings of Bjørnstad. “Digging the Vikings: An Archaeological Perspective” will examine the archeological record left by the Vikings. Starting at 5 p.m. Tickets: $8-$25.

Info: 617 West 9th St., Santa Rosa.

Russian River Confluence

The Russian River Confluence, on March 24 at Shone Farm in Forestville, is a unique event envisioned to inspire a series of “beyond sustainability” conversations and gatherings intended to tap the collective capacity of the Russian River Watershed community. Presented by the County of Sonoma, Economic Development Board, Regional Parks, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, Sonoma County Water Agency, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, LandPaths, Russian Riverkeeper, Dry Creek Rancheria, and The Story of Place Institute, the Russian River Confluence will engage stakeholders in the watershed, encourage storytelling and identify actions to promote a holistic approach to the watershed that ensures its resiliency and renewal. If you live in and care for the Russian River watershed, this landmark event is for you. Registration is $75.

Info: 7450 Steve Olson Lane, Forestville.

LGBT seniors welcomed in Santa Rosa

Many LGBT seniors live alone and are less likely to have adult children or connections with other family members for support as they age. Compared to other elders, LGBT seniors are twice as likely to live in poverty, without pension or survivor benefits, and have poor health and inadequate health care. This year, staff at the Finley complex's Person Senior Wing, the Sebastopol Area Senior Center, and Vintage House Sonoma will be trained on how to ensure that all seniors, including LGBTQ adults, are welcome and valued. Each of the three senior centers is planning a welcome event to introduce LBGT seniors to their activities and supportive programs. The first reception will be March 24, from 2-4 p.m., at Finley's Person Senior Wing Auditorium.

Info: 543-3737. 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa.

Bring on the strings

Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) presents “Bring on the Strings,” a special classical concert featuring three principal players from the SRS orchestra playing works by Mozart and Fauré on March 25 and 27 at 8 p.m., and March 26 at 3 p.m. at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. Maestro Bruno Ferrandis' “string-sational” program begins with Hovhaness' Meditation on Orpheus and concludes with two works by Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 and Finlandia. Tickets: $20-$85. One free ticket can be requested for youth ages 7-17.

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

Spring birding in the Laguna

In “Bird Watching Adventures” with Lisa Hug, celebrate spring by exploring a different non-publicly accessible corner of the Laguna each month. In March you can enjoy the wide variety of waterfowl that utilize the deep channels of the Laguna. During the months of April and May the resident songbirds will awaken and the colorful migrants will arrive from Central America with their vibrant songs. Cost: $45 per class. Runs March 26, April 23, May 21 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Pre-registration required.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

Get fit at the library

On March 28 at 10:30 a.m., the Sonoma Valley Library hosts the Sonoma YMCA for a Core and High Intensity Interval Training class. This 45-minute class involves intense cardio intervals and core-focused strength training for a complete workout. Space is limited, pre-registration required. Also on March 28, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., St. Joseph Health will be available for free health screenings at the library. Medical professionals will check your blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Results will be available in minutes. Drop-ins welcome. These events are free and open to all.

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

Festival of film and food

The Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) turns 20 this year, with its annual celebration of film, food, wine and spirits, March 29 to April 2. The five-day event will feature more than 130 hand-selected films including independent features, documentaries, world cinema and short films. All films are shown at seven venues within walking distance of the Sonoma plaza. The festival is dedicated to promoting youth visual arts education, supporting independent filmmakers from around the world, and inspiring film lovers. Opening night reception in the Backlot Tent of SIFF Village is on March 29, 5-7 p.m. The opening film, The Promise starring Christian Bale and Angela Sarafyan, will air at the Sebastiani Theatre at 7 p.m. and at Vets I at 7:30 p.m. The best way to experience the Festival and have access to all films is by getting a SIFF pass. A complete list of events, venues, films and ticket prices, is on the website below.


Sip for stewardship

Join Friends of the Petaluma River on March 31, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the newly renovated Hotel Petaluma to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of FOPR's environmental stewardship. Sample artisan-crafted beverages from Sonoma Portworks, Stillwater Distillery, Barber Cellars, Sonoma Coast Spirits, Dempsey's, and Lagunitas. Tickets include two tastes and one pour from attending makers of your choice, live music, appetizers, a commemorative glass, and that good feeling of doing something powerful to care for Petaluma's environment and beyond. Music by local musicians Bootleg Honey. Tickets: $40.

Info: 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma.

Orchids galore

The Sonoma County Orchid Society hosts a family friendly weekend full of fun, education and beautiful blooming orchids to admire, photograph and purchase at its annual show and sale on April 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and April 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Veteran's Building. There will be an onsite orchid doctor, premium vendors from all over California, plant sales, silent auction and raffle, and a house and garden plant boutique. Event partners Canine Companions for Independence will also have a booth there with dogs. Cost: $8, children 12 and under free.

Info: 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa.

Guitar duo comes to Schroeder Hall

Brasil Guitar Duo, hailed by Classical Guitar magazine for its “maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity,” performs at Schroeder Hall at the Green Music Center on Sunday, April 2, at 3 p.m. João Luiz and Douglas Lora perform a broad repertoire of classical guitar duos (Bach, Sor, Scarlatti, Debussy, etc.) combined with the traditional music of their native land (choro, samba, maxixe, and baião). Tickets are $30.

Info: 866-955-6040, 1801 E Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

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