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Out, About & Around the County: 06/01/2017

Out, About & Around the County June 1, 2017

Are we having fungi yet?

Fungi, those unseen members of the garden community, may be the most important to your garden's success. And they aren't just mushrooms. On June 1, the Valley of the Moon Garden Club hosts Karen Guma, speaking about the biology of fungi in the soil, the dos and don'ts of promoting beneficial microbes in the garden, and how fungal and bacterial growth assist plant roots in absorbing nutrients. The meeting is at the Sonoma Veterans' Memorial Building with a meet-and-greet at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments and a plant raffle will follow the presentation. Members are free; guests $5.

Info: 935-8986. 126 First St. West, Sonoma.

Next Generation art show & block party

The Arts Guild of Sonoma presents its Next Generation exhibition, June 1-July 3, the second in a series of special events celebrating the Guild's 40th year of operation as an artists' cooperative. Arts Guild founders were honored with a show in March. In June, look ahead with an exciting, curated show featuring the diverse talents of guest artists. There will be a reception on June 2, 5-8 p.m.

Info: 140 East Napa St., Sonoma.

Get your veggies!

The Sonoma Garden Park kicks off its seasonal Harvest Market, on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., now through October. The Harvest Market, a project of the Sonoma Ecology Center, offers a wide variety of locally grown vegetables and fruits, all harvested at the six-acre demonstration farm, along with fresh-cut flowers and farm-fresh eggs. Spero olive oil, produced by a local Sonoma family, is available at $20 per bottle. There will also be free advice from UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County, who will be on hand to answer your gardening questions.

Info: 19996 7th St. East, Sonoma.

Fun run, bike ride and party for trails

Sonoma County Regional Parks kicks off its annual Trails Challenge on June 3, with a fun run, family bike ride, and a party celebrating Regional Parks' 50th anniversary and National Trails Day. The free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ragle Ranch Regional Park and features a run/walk sponsored by Fleet Feet, a family-friendly scavenger hunt, guided hike, live music, nature crafts, lawn games, barbecue, foods from local producers, cakes, prizes, and giveaways. The run/walk starts at 10 a.m., with the other activities taking place throughout the day. Cost: $10 for run. Parking is $7, or free for Regional Parks members.

Info: 500 Ragle Road, Sebastopol.

Classic racecars come to Sonoma

Celebrate fine food, wine and classic racecars at the 25th annual Historic Race Car Festival at the Sonoma Plaza on June 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m. This popular event, which follows the vintage car racing at Sonoma Raceway, benefits the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation and Speedway Children's Charities, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway. Enjoy tastings from local restaurants and wineries, as well as an up-close look at more than 30 historic racecars on display. The event starts at 5 p.m. with a parade of historic racecars departing under a full CHP escort from Sonoma Raceway. Attendees can also vote for their favorite car in two different categories. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the festival.

Info: 800-870-RACE (7223).

Rocking the mandolins

Known for its enthusiastic spirit and fun, the Gravenstein Mandolin Ensemble (GME) has been the premier mandolin orchestra in the North Bay for more than 10 years. On June 3, 7:30 p.m., at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, the GME will present a program of music from the Americas: Brazilian choros, Argentine tangos, Mexican marches, New England old-time fiddle tunes, Western Swing, and even some popular American swing vocals (feel free to sing along). Tickets: $15, or $10 student.

Info: 282 S. High St., Sebastopol.

Art branching out

See Julia Pozsgai's latest creations at her one-woman show, “Nature's Shining Light Branching Out,” June 3-July 21, at the Alchemia Art Gallery in Petaluma. Pozsgai works in mixed media and her nature-themed artwork explores her own “branching out” - she has autism and expresses herself in shapes and colors. Over the last five years, Pozsgai has exhibited in art shows and festivals throughout Northern California. In 2016, she was one of the top 12 finalists recognized by CreativeSonoma and acknowledged as an emerging artist to watch in the coming years. An opening reception will be held on June 3 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Info: 111 Kentucky St., Petaluma.

Musically enhanced bubble adventures

Sonoma Valley Library's summer program for children begins with The Bubble Lady on June 7 at 11 a.m. Rebecca Niles, The Bubble Lady, will show how to experience bubbles in a new way. This will be a crazy and interactive musically enhanced bubble adventure. Next, Circus of Smiles comes juggling on June 14 at 11 a.m. Andrew Quick and Mr. Mustache will perform a comical circus adventure of gravity-defying flips and catches. These events are free and open to all.

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

Becky, you can drive my car

On June 7, 6 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Library presents Professor Mary Kay Gamel to discuss the upcoming performance of Becky's New Car. Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management, and in a middling marriage, with no prospects for change, until a socially inept and grief-stricken millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life, and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun as Becky dares to consider making some huge life changes. Gamel is Research Professor Emerita of Classics, Comparative Literature, and Theater Arts at UC Santa Cruz. Free.

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

Muslim-Jewish relations explored

Dr. Emily Gottreich, chair of Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, will speak on “Muslim-Jewish Relations Then and Now” at the June 9 luncheon of the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County. Gottreich will share how Muslims and Jews coexisted for millennia in the Middle East and North Africa. She will focus on Morocco, where Jews lived peacefully and productively with Arabs and Berbers. The luncheon begins at 12 p.m. at the Fountaingrove Inn. Members $32, visitors $37. Select grilled chicken breast or mushroom ravioli. Mail check, by June 2, to World Affairs Council, Box 1433, Santa Rosa 95402. Please include your phone number.

Info: 573-6024. 101 Fountaingrove Pkwy., Santa Rosa.

Musical theater heyday at 6th Street

George M!, coming to Santa Rosa's 6th Street Playhouse June 9-July 9, tells the story of George M. Cohan, the giant of American musical theater who gave us such songs as “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Over There,” “You're A Grand Old Flag,” and “Give My Regards to Broadway.” He transformed the Broadway variety show into a book-driven musical, where song and dance actually advance the plot. We follow him over a 60-year period from the vaudeville circuit to New York, where he started his 25-year reign of Broadway. Tickets: $33-$38.

Info: 523-4185.

Full-moon exploration, walk and picnic dinner

Enjoy a special full-moon evening adventure on June 9, 5:30-9 p.m., including a picnic dinner alongside the Laguna de Santa Rosa in an area not usually open to the public. Bring your own picnic, and the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation will provide the hors d'oeuvres, dessert and hot drinks. On this 1.5- to 2-mile walk, over mostly flat but uneven terrain, explore the area's animal and plant life and learn about the history of Stone Farm and the ongoing collaborative restoration work that's bringing back a thriving ecosystem. Cost: $30. Pre-registration required.


Railroad Square Music Festival

On June 11, from noon to 7 p.m., the free Railroad Square Music Festival shines a spotlight on the North Bay creative community with a day of music in the Santa Rosa's Railroad Square. This multi-stage event will feature over 15 performers. Hometown hero David Luning will headline along with Santa Rosa's tone king John Courage, B and the Hive (formerly Girls & Boys), the multilingual, multi-genre La Gente, rising alt pop stars Lungs and Limbs, power trio Sharkmouth, the eight-piece Earles of Newtown, boot stompers Timothy O'Neil Band, and Oakland-based soul trio Token Girl. Local businesses and the West End Farmers Market will host acoustic performers, and there will also be an area for families and local food as well as Sonoma County's premier circus troupe Circus Maximus.


The Art of Brevity

In flash fiction, stories are built through gaps as much as the connective tissue of words; what's left out of a story is often more important than what's included. In this June 11 talk sponsored by the Redwood Writers at the Flamingo Hotel, Grant Faulkner will discuss how a different type of creativity emerges within a hard compositional limit. Come prepared to write short pieces and explore the expansiveness of succinctness. Faulkner is the executive director of National Novel Writing Month, and the cofounder of 100 Word Story. His work has appeared in dozens of literary magazines, including the Southwest Review, Green Mountains Review, and PANK. Talk begins at 2:30 p.m. $10, public welcome.

Info: 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

Shakespeare in the vineyard

Petaluma's Azari Vineyards hosts the Petaluma Shakespeare Company and Petaluma Readers Theatre for an afternoon of soliloquies, scenes, sonnets and songs paired with wine and artisan pizza on June 11, 2-5 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the Petaluma Shakespeare Company and supports free Shakespeare in Petaluma. Tickets: $40.

Info: 1399 Springhill Road, Petaluma.


Maker Camp is a camp for kids age nine and older interested in DIY, making, creating, crafting, hacking, tinkering, and discovering. In this week-long Maker intensive, June 12-16, students work each morning to create several digitally coded creations, including the exploration and use of robotics, Arduino platforms, and programmed LED light installations. Following lunch in the park, students explore 2D and 3D art projects including painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Individual laptop computers required. Camp runs 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Cost: $340, $290 for members.

Info: 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

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