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Out, About & Around the County: 08/15/2017

Out, About & Around the County Aug. 15 2017

Hit the books

Headed back to school? Pick up your reading supplies at the Friends of the Sonoma Library summer book sale, Aug. 16-19 at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library. There will be around 11,000 books, $1 paperbacks, $2 hardcovers, plus CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, and LPs. Sale hours are Wednesday 2-7:30 p.m., Thursday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Preview hours for members are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesday. All Sonoma Valley students can choose one free book. Nonprofit representatives and school staff are welcome to free books all day Saturday; register with Dave Dobbins at the sale.

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

Female painters and poets in Renaissance Italy

Sonoma Valley High School alumna Alexandra Lawrence, now a specialized private tour guide in Florence, Italy, and a university instructor at several American and British universities, will discuss “Rethinking Women: A Look at Female Painters and Poets in Renaissance Italy,” on Aug. 16, at 6 p.m. at Vintage House Senior Center in Sonoma. A suggested donation of $10 will be accepted at the door. Refreshments will be served.

Info: 264 First St. East, Sonoma.

State of the city

Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey will be the guest speaker at the Aug. 17 Sonoma County Taxpayers Association meeting. Coursey will discuss the state of the city, including the burgeoning homelessness and affordable housing crises, the effect of CalPERS increased pension contribution rates, and the future outlook for Santa Rosa. The luncheon meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the Fountaingrove Inn. Cost: $25 for members and $30 for all others and at the door.

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

Flash Fiction: The power of writing short

Flash fiction isn't simply fast fiction. It's storytelling writ big - by writing short. Miniatures hold so much power that authors have turned to them to write highly successful novels and memoirs. Learn more about the short short, and explore its potential to enliven and deepen your writing on Aug. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Copperfield's Books in Petaluma. Presenter Peg Alford Pursell is the author of Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow, a collection of flash fiction, micro-fictions, and hybrid prose. Free. Open to the public.

Info: Copper-field's Books, 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma.

Big band sound in Cloverdale

Cloverdale Arts Alliance continues its free Friday Night Live summer concert series on Aug. 18 by with Grammy award-winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra, a 20-piece, San Francisco based musical group leading the rebirth of the Latin Big Band sound. The PMO uses the traditions of the classic mambo craze orchestras of the 1950s to deliver their original music and clever, modern arrangements of hit songs. Currently the only fully active Latin Big Band on the West Coast, this elite group of the Bay Area's finest musicians performs in both English and Spanish. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. Free.

Info: 894-4410. 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale.

Bark in the ballpark

Join Pets Lifeline and the Sonoma Stompers for Bark in the Park, a canine friendly baseball game at Arnold Field on Aug. 18. Make sure to arrive early to register for a doggy costume contest judged by fan favorite Yuki Yasuda, on-field games, adoption information and fun treats from Pet Lifeline. Gates open 5:30 p.m., game at 6 p.m.

Info: First St. West, Sonoma.

Free solar glasses at Lions Club rummage sale

Shoppers at the Santa Rosa Lions Club rummage sale - Aug. 19, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Santa Rosa - will receive a free pair of solar eclipse glasses with their purchase so they can safely view the eclipse on Aug. 21. Plus, the club will be offering free eye screenings using their state-of-the-art SPOT vision camera. The rummage sale will feature household items, office/electronics, clothing, toys, tools, furniture and more.

Info: Sandra or Diane, 569-9540. 4000 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa.

Live jazz at Sebastiani

Richard Howell and Sudden Changes come to the Sebastiani Theatre on Aug. 19, 7 p.m., for a special gathering of multi-generational musicians with the ability to compliment and encourage each other, raising music to a frenzy that is unique. Multi-instrumentalist, saxophonist, vocalist Richard Howell has explored a vast spectrum of music. His powerful, sensually melodic saxophone playing has been heard with artists as diverse and definitive as blues/jazz/soul legends Etta James, Chaka Khan, Maurice White, and Taj Mahal. Cost: $25.

Info: 476 First St. East, Sonoma.

Summer of puppy love

On Aug. 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., the Summer of Love comes to the Redwood grove at Simi Winery with wine tasting, live music and costume contests for well-behaved dogs (on leashes) and their well-behaved hippies, too. Get out your tie dye. Admission is a $25 donation and includes a logo wine glass, taste of Simi Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon, and entry into the costume contest. There will be a raffle with special classic and vintage prize collections, food by Charlie's BBQ, and your favorite songs of the '60s by DJ “Sky's the Limit.” Share a kiss at the “Smooch-a-Pooch” kissing booth, and have your photo taken with “Penelope the Love Bug.” Proceeds benefit the Paws for Love Foundation, helping animals in need.

Info: 16275 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg.

Taste of Petaluma

Taste of Petaluma, the annual culinary journey through downtown Petaluma, is on Aug. 19, 12 p.m.-3 p.m. A fundraiser for Cinnabar Theater, Taste of Petaluma is an outdoor culinary event spanning an estimated 50 sites which showcase the diversity of the Petaluma dining community. Ride the free downtown trolley and relax in a dedicated beer and wine garden. There will be live entertainment and attractions from chair massages to kids activities. Local food author Frances Rivetti (Fog Valley Crush: Love at First Bite - at Home in the Farmstead) will have a book signing at the Hotel Petaluma. Tickets are $40 for 10 tastings, and can be purchased online or in downtown Petaluma the day of.

Info: 763-8920,

Judith Owen at the Mystic

“Funny and fearless” (New York Times) pianist-singer-songwriter Judith Owen will join legendary bassist Leland Sklar at the Mystic Theater in Petaluma on Aug. 20. Musically, Owen brings to mind Joni Mitchell, but her lyrics have a darker hue. “Her quirky, brainy, reflective songs are enhanced by her soulful voice.” (The Alt). Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; show starts at 8:30 p.m.

Info: . 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

Cuban yoga fundraiser

Founded nearly two decades ago by international yoga teacher Mary Paffard, Yoga Va Latino promotes the development of yoga and meditation in Cuba by providing free classes, teacher training and other support for Cubans interested in the practice of yoga. A Yoga Va Latino benefit will take place on Aug. 20, 4-7 p.m., at a Cloverdale home nestled in the Alexander Valley Vineyards, featuring wood-fired gourmet pizza, salad, dessert and wine, all accompanied by music from Cuban balladeer Marcos Pereda. There will be a silent auction, and Paffard will give a short presentation about Yoga Va Latino and talk about her annual trips for a limited number of people interested in becoming deeply immersed in the Cuban culture. Cost: $50.


What can you do tomorrow?

Bucking the trend of many doom-and-gloom, present-day environmental films, Tomorrow is “without question... absolutely the best film on the future of humanity and the environment,” says entrepreneur and environmentalist Paul Hawken. The feature-length film (named Demain, in its international version) won the best documentary film award at the Césars (the French version of the Oscars) in 2016, and has received numerous other awards at film festivals around the world. Tomorrow will show on Aug. 21, at 6:30 p.m., at the Sebastiani Theater. Tickets: $10.

Info: 476 First St. East, Sonoma.

Stress reduction classes in Healdsburg

A series of classes in “Art & Healing,” focusing on practices from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Schools, will be given at Healdsburg Art Atelier on Thursday evenings, 5-9 p.m., Aug. 24 through Sept. 28. Each class member will create an art piece to take home. Class runs 7-9 p.m., with an evening Art & Healing Retreat during the last class. Cost for the six-week course is $385. Drop-in fee $25 per class.

Info: 126 North St., Healdsburg.

Sonoma Valley Democrats Picnic

The Sonoma Valley Democrats will host their Annual Picnic on Aug. 28, 5-7 p.m., at the Maxwell Park picnic area in Sonoma. This is a traditional summer gathering of Sonoma Democrats and it's a great opportunity to meet local elected officials and candidates. Bring a potluck dish to share. The club will provide paper plates, utensils, and soft drinks. Everyone is welcome at no charge.

Info: 100 Verano Ave., Sonoma.

Author Jay Asher at Schulz Museum

Jay Asher's debut young adult novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, has appeared regularly on the New York Times bestsellers list for the past 10 years. In 2017, it was released as a Netflix original series, with many scenes shot in Sonoma County. His second young adult novel, The Future of Us, was coauthored with Printz-honor winner Carolyn Mackler, and his third, What Light, was released last year. His books have been translated into over 30 foreign languages. On Sept. 2, at 2 p.m., Asher will sign books and talk about his work. Tickets are free with Museum admission and available on a first come, first served basis at the Museum starting at 10 a.m. on the day of the event.

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

If you can talk, you can sing

Starting Sept. 6, the Vintage House Singers will resume their choral singing, and the general public is invited to join this fun and friendly group. If you are a tenor or bass, you are given a free latte and doughnut at each meeting! Meet each Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Vintage House in Sonoma. Remember, the only bad voice is the voice we don't hear.

Info: 996-0311. 264 First St. East, Sonoma.

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