Out, About & Around the County July 1, 2017
Albert Paley Exhibition at SVMA
The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art will be hosting the exhibition and public art installation Albert Paley: Thresholds, from July 1 to Oct. 1. In addition, nine large-scale sculptures will be installed at four locations around downtown Sonoma. Paley has become one of the most distinguished and influential metal-smiths in the world, and is the first metal sculptor to have received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute of Architects. Museum hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children k-12.
Info: 939-7862, www.svma.org. 551 Broadway, Sonoma.
Summer at the Green Music Center
Now that summer is here, make the most of it at the Green Music Center (GMC). Celebrate our country's Independence Day with fireworks on July 4, or check out GMC's third annual bluegrass and craft beer festival on July 9. Tickets start at $25 for both events.
Info: gmc.sonoma.edu.1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
Arts Guild presents Helen Mehl
This month, the Arts Guild of Sonoma will shine the spotlight on Helen Mehl, July 6-31. Mehl has been a frequent practitioner of Healing Touch and Feng Shui, which is evident in her paintings. Consisting of still life studies and abstracts, all of her artwork expresses her appreciation and wonder of diverse cultures. Mehl's paintings have been shown in solo exhibitions in California and Hawaii. Other artists featured this month include Barbara Aliza, Nancy Martin, Ruby Newman and others. Opening reception is July 8, 4-6 p.m.
Info: 996-3115, email@example.com. 140 E. Napa St., Sonoma.
MODULATION art exhibit in Sonoma
The opening reception for Colby Charpentier's art exhibition will be held on July 7 at the Sonoma Community Center. In MODULATION, Charpentier radicalizes the simplistic beauty of useful, vessel-oriented ceramic sculptures, and creates complex works while striving to maintain the base characteristics of their original form. He has had 15 exhibitions in just five years and has worked as a teaching assistant, studio assistant and resident artist in seven states. The exhibit runs July 7-16.
Info: 938-4626, ext. 1, www.sonomacommunitycenter.org/ceramics-scc. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.
Diverse musical line-up in Cloverdale
Enjoy Friday Night Live on the Plaza on July 7 with Org_ne, a California band sure to draw you onto the dance floor. Founded by two friends from the San Fernando Valley, Org_ne promises the funk faithful nothing but gold. On July 14, enjoy Texas Swing when fiddle champions the Quebe Sisters take the stage. The Iguanas, a culture-bending New Orleans band, will be performing on July 21. Food booths and beverages will be available. Bring lawn chairs. Festivities start at 6 p.m. Free.
Info: 894-4410, cloverdaleartsalliance.org. 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale.
Summer fun at the Library
The library in Sonoma will host a variety of events in their Sonoma Valley Library Summer Reading Program for children throughout the month of July. On July 7 at 11 a.m., a singer from the San Francisco Opera Guild will present a Sing-a-Story Opera The Magic Flute, where the audience is encouraged to participate in acting out the story. On July 19 at 11 a.m., the Traveling Lantern Theater Company will present The Ribbles Build a Residence. Children can help Thia the bird architect and Gerry the ant contractor through interactive games. And there are plenty more events listed on the library website. Events are free and open to all.
Info: 996-5217. www.sonomalibrary.org. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
Munch and his Mentor
In connection with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's exhibit of the works of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, Gunnar Germundson has written a play Munch and his Mentor. A prominent Norwegian playwright, Germundson's play will have its world premier at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center on July 8 and July 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30.
Info: 953-2258, www.germundson.no. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.
Tiny houses of Sonoma County
On July 8, Gaia's Garden will host a benefit for Tiny Houses of Humanity, providing affordable housing for the homeless. Entertainment includes Petaluma-based Internet sensations Sandy and Richard Riccardi, Sonoma County stand-up comedian, author, and playwright Mary Carouba, and musician Muggs Muggles, who has entertained the Bay Area with his eclectic repertoire for over three decades. Event runs 5-8:30 p.m.
Info: 544-2491. www.gaiasgardenonline.com. 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
Gypsy - journey to success
On July 12 at 6 p.m., the Sonoma Valley Regional Library hosts Professor Mary Kay Gamel, talking about the themes, history and influences that inform the upcoming performance of Gypsy. The play is set in the 1920s and tells the story of Mama Rose and her role as a mother who wants to see her children achieve show-business fame. Gamel is a Research Professor Emerita of Classics, Comparative Literature, and Theater Arts from U.C. Santa Cruz and has been involved in staging more than 40 productions of ancient Greek and Roman drama. Free event.
Info: 996-5217, www.sonomalibrary.org. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
Make a splash at the Water Carnival
On July 15, Healdsburg's Veterans Memorial Beach will host the Healdsburg Water Carnival, celebrating summer fun for all ages. Don't miss the Great American Rubber Duck Dash, where the winner will take home a basket stocked with prizes from local merchants and a Regional Parks Membership. The carnival will also benefit the Russian River Water Safety Patrol, which provides loaner life vests and water safety information to river visitors throughout the summer. The carnival runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members with their parks pass.
Info: 484-6438. 13839 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg.
Have an o-love-ly time
If you have a passion for olives, look no further than Don Landis' olive convention on July 16. Landis will discuss everything that is olive - the history of olives in California, the variety of olives, when to pick them, how to de-bitter them and more. This will all be followed by an olive tasting and olive-inspired lunch. At registration, be sure to let Landis know of any special food issues. Runs 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Tickets are $90.
Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. 7820 Apple Blossom Lane, Sebastopol.
Love the Living Room
On July 16, 2-4:30 p.m., The Living Room invites you to enjoy fabulous wine and food by Ceres Community Project, live music by Le Hot Club Swing and an exciting silent auction in their beautiful garden at the center. The Living Room's mission is to promote stability, dignity and self-reliance for Sonoma County women and children who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Tickets are $100 per person.
Info: 579-0138, www.thelivingroomsc.org. 1207 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa.
Farewell to a local kid
Native Sonoman Sean Carscadden has been playing music all over the county for 15 years, enticing Sonoma Valley with his complex, yet soulful guitar techniques and stylings. Alas, Carscadden will be moving to Portland soon to embark even further on his musical journey in the Pacific Northwest. He will be presenting a Farewell Show along with a CD release at the Sebastiani Theatre on July 21. Celebrate his artistry on this special night and wish him good luck. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20.
Info: seancmusic.com. 476 1st St E, Sonoma.
On July 22, the Rivertown Revival celebrates Petaluma's community, history, and the great Petaluma River with four stages of live music, aerial acts, art boats, sculpture, and much more. The music line-up includes The Easy Leaves, Misisipi Mike, Rainbow Girls, Los Ritmicos, and many more. Runs 11 a.m.- 8p.m. at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids.
Info: friendsofthepetalumariver.org. Steamer Landing at McNear Peninsula, Copeland St., Petaluma.
Living history at Sonoma Historic Park
Sonoma State Historic Park will offer docent training, July 22 and 23, at the Toscano Hotel & Kitchen. Training includes historical lectures on the Toscano and inside tours of the buildings. Advance reservations are required (by July 17). Then, on July 27, historian April Farnham will give a special historical lecture on the life of Isidora Solano. A Wintun-speaking native of Yolo County, she was kidnapped from her village, lived with the Suisun people, and was baptized at the Mission in Sonoma. She was the wife of Chief Solano and spent her last years with the Vallejo family. Open to the public at Mission San Francisco Solano Chapel, $10 suggested donation.
Info: 938-9547. Hotel, 20 E. Spain St., Sonoma. Mission, 14 E. Spain St., Sonoma.
Summer Cyber Camp
This summer, Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma, will host Cybersecurity Camp, which includes five days of introductory Information Security training and will end with team competition and awards. SRJC faculty will go over multiple topics, including hacking prevention, system hardening, access control and system protection. The camp will be held for high school students from July 24-28. Free.
Info: 524-1571. petaluma.santarosa.edu/summer-cyber-camp. Sonoma Mountain Pkwy. #680, Petaluma.
Immerse yourself in the world of reggae by heading out to Rohnert Park on July 29 for second summer show at SOMO Village. This day long pop-up festival will have reggae icon Maxi Priest, reggae ambassadors Third World, San Francisco's island soul reggae band Native Elements and many more to keep you on your feet and dancing. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the show starts at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $45.
Info: SOMOconcerts.com. 1400 Valley House Dr., Rohnert Park.
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Join Occupy Sonoma County on July 31 for the Sonoma County Climate Change Activists Summit. Occupy Sonoma County believes in egalitarian, deep democracy principles and organizing countywide social justice campaigns. At the summit, there will be an opportunity for climate change activist groups and individuals to network and gain campaign support. Potluck starts at 6 p.m. Free. RSVP is appreciated.
Info: 877-6650, occupysonomacounty.org. 467 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa.