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Out, About & Around the County: 09/15/2017

Out, About and Around the County

Garden Club Fall Plant Sale

Valley of the Moon Garden Club will hold its Fall Plant Sale on Saturday Sept.16, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., at the front garden of Sonoma Community Center. Beautiful plants will be sold at reasonable prices and club members are available to assist with selection. The sale will primarily feature perennials, hardy annuals, winter vegetables, herbs and succulents.

Info: 935-8986. 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.

Trail work on Marsh Trail at Trione-Annadel

Trail work ahead
Work slated for Annadel’s Marsh Trail

Join the Sonoma County Trails Council (SCTC) for its regular third Saturday volunteer workday at Trione-Annadel State Park. Help repair the Marsh Trail, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to about 1 p.m. Meet at the south end of Channel Drive at the main Annadel parking lot. Look for the white SCTC tool trailer. SCTC will provide parking passes, tools and Clif bars with snacks and beverages afterwards. Bring gloves, a hat and water that you can take with you while working, and wear long pants, boots or sturdy shoes and sunscreen. Poison oak is present so long sleeves are suggested. Volunteers will shuttle from the parking area to the work site on Marsh Trail near the Two Quarry junction. No experience necessary.


Conquering those darn varmints

If you've ever found yourself identifying with Bill Murray in Caddyshack, come to the Sonoma Valley Library on Sept. 16, 10:30 a.m. and learn tips and techniques for “Conquering Gophers and Moles.” Master Gardener Jim Lang will discuss the correct trapping techniques, the best traps to use and how and where to set them - no dynamite needed! This is a free event.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

It's wild out there

Night Heron
Laguna Environmental Center has a new art exhibit
Heron Hall at the Laguna Environmental Center is host to a new art exhibit this fall - “Form & Color: It's Wild Out There” - with photography by Dave Strauss on display Sept. 5 through the New Year. There will be an opening reception on Sept. 16, a great opportunity to meet the artist. Strauss was born and raised in Marin County and has a studio in Oakland. Drinks and light snacks provided. Free.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

S'mores around the campfire

Summer's not over yet, and to prove it, Sonoma State Historic Park will host a campfire program on Sept. 16, 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard. Gather around the campfire, listen to a short history talk, sing songs and roast some marshmallows. Free for all ages. Then, on Sept. 22, go on a twilight nature hike with park docents and see how nature transforms in the early evening. You may even see some nocturnal animals. This one-mile, slow-paced hike will leave from the Vallejo Home parking lot and runs from 7-8 p.m. All ages, free.

Info: 938-9547.

Uncorked in Sonoma Valley

The Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, the Kiwanis of Sonoma Plaza, and the Sonoma Home Winemakers will host a special fundraiser on Sept. 17, 2-5 p.m. at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall. “Sonoma Valley Uncorked” features 40 unique wines, many not available anywhere else, small bites from local chefs, live music by Sean Carscadden, and the chance to bid on many items and gifts in the silent auction. Tickets are $40 online or $50 at the door.

Info: 126 1st St. West, Sonoma.

The Charm Buyers discussion at library

On Sept. 18, 7 p.m., novelist Lillian Howan and local author Becca Lawton come to the Sonoma Valley Regional Library to discuss Howan's latest book The Charm Buyers. Written against the background of France's nuclear testing on Mururoa (1966-1996), The Charm Buyers tells the tale of Hakka Chinese and mixed-heritage individuals in Tahiti struggling to maintain privileged lifestyles as well as their mutual obligations. Howan and Lawton will discuss danger, loss, renewal, both literary and environmental, and share photographs of Tahiti and the South Pacific. Free and open to all.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Go green and save some green

The County of Sonoma Division of Energy and Sustainability will conduct a home energy upgrade workshop at the Sonoma Valley Library on Sept. 20, 6 p.m. Learn about energy and water saving improvements for your home, solar PV technology, financing options, rebates and incentives that may be available to you. Free and open to all.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Moment to moment improv

Get ready to laugh, be surprised, and enjoy the very moment when you let yourself go into something new. Patricia de Jong will lead six improvisation workshops for adults on Wednesday evenings: Sept. 20 and 27, Oct. 18, and Nov. 1, 8, and 15. Workshops are 7-9 p.m. at The Theater School in Sonoma, above Off-Broadway Cleaners and Edward Jones, across from Staples. Cost for the series is $90 per student. The class is limited to 10 students.

Info: 483-5582, 19485 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma.

Live your best life now

Learn how to get the most out of your senior years by attending free active aging lectures presented by Sonoma Valley Hospital and Vintage House.
Dr. Sabrinna Kidd
Sept. 21
On Sept. 21, Dr. Sabrinna Kidd will discuss common colon and rectal problems we all face as we age - and will do so with candor, sensitivity, and a touch of humor. “Sitting on a Secret” topics range from hemorrhoids to incontinence and diverticular disease, along with more serious issues such as colorectal cancer.
Dr. Patricia Brooks
Sept. 28
Then, on Sept. 28, Dr. Patricia Brooks will discuss new findings from recent neuroscience research about how to increase our happiness index, focusing on four simple rituals that neuro-scientists claim will change our brain activity and boost our sense of wellbeing. Lectures are Thursdays, 1:30-3 p.m.

Info/RSVP: 996-0311, 263 1st St. East, Sonoma.

Succulent Plant Sale and Faire

Sonoma County Master Gardeners partner with Jail Industries for an annual Succulent Plant Sale and Faire on Sept. 21 and 22, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Choose from an impressive selection of over 1,500 succulents propagated by Sonoma County Master Gardeners, plus more than two acres of perennials, shrubs, California natives and trees propagated by Jail Industries. There will also be information tables and demonstrations by Sonoma County Master Gardeners.

Info: 2254 Ordinance Road @ Airport Blvd., Santa Rosa.

Taxpayers hear about transportation taxes

The county's plans for extending the Measure M sales tax, Highway 101 widening, and other transportation funding issues will be on the agenda when Executive Director of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority Suzanne Smith speaks at the Sept. 21 luncheon of the Sonoma County Taxpayers Association. 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.

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

120th birthday for Vintage Festival

Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival
Sept. 21-24

The Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival, running Sept. 22-24 on the Sonoma Plaza, marks its 120th anniversary this year, making it California's oldest festival. The festivities kick off on Friday with a costume gala and span across the weekend with wine, food and dancing under the stars. There will be fun family activities like the grape stomping competition, firefighter water fights, and the Get Your Glow on Parade on Saturday night. Runners can get in on the fun on Sunday with a 5k, 12k and tiny tot race on Sunday morning, then wind down with an art festival featuring more than 80 artists.

Info: Sonoma Plaza.

Social Media for Seniors

Social Media for Seniors will teach seniors how to stay in contact with friends and family online via social media sites. It will also explain what social media is and how it works. The major social media sites will be sampled and explored. The workshop takes place on Sept. 22, 11 a.m., at the Sonoma Valley Library. Workshop is limited to 10 participants and registration is required. There will also be a workshop on how to set up and manage an email account on Sept. 29, 11 a.m. at the library. Both workshops are free.

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

Ronstadt Brothers play Sebastopol

Representing five generations in North America, the Ronstadt Brothers will perform at Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol on Sept. 22. Started by Michael J. Ronstadt (younger brother of Linda) and his sons, Michael G. and Petie, these multi-instrumentalists and solo performers present a repertoire that preserves the traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs of their heritage, while offering innovative original material. New compositions place them on the cutting edge of multiple, blended genres, stretching the boundaries of folk, blues, jazz and beyond. The trio's touring and recording credits include such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Dixie Hummingbirds, David Bromberg, Nydia Rojas, Tish Hinojosa, Muriel Anderson, and Mariachi Vargas, to name a few. Doors open at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Cost: $10.

Info: 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol.

Free gardening workshops

Sonoma County Master Gardeners host a series of free workshops around the county this month. For those who've killed an orchid before they even got it home, Ann Chambers discusses the “Supermarket Orchids Survival Guide” at the Sebastopol Library during a hands-on workshop on Sept 23. On the same day, at the Petaluma Library, Bill Klausing will talk about how to make a Sonoma County (mostly) native garden and attract more native birds, bees and insects to your landscape. On Sept. 30, Chambers moves over to the Petaluma Library, where she will show you how to save time and energy by growing your own perennial garden and small fruits. All classes run 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Mr. Big is in the house

Wine and dine with actor Chris Noth (Sex & the City, The Good Wife, Law & Order) when he comes to Santa Rosa's historic McDonald Mansion for an evening benefiting the 6th Street Playhouse, Sept. 23. Don your cocktail attire and Hollywood glam for the VIP reception, party in the garden, dinner, Hollywood-themed live and silent auction, and a chance to hang out with “Mr. Big.” VIP reception begins at 5 p.m., main event at 6 p.m. Cost: $250, space is limited.

Info: 1015 McDonald Ave., Santa Rosa.

Bilingual fun for kids

The Sonoma Valley Library will host two bilingual playtimes on Sept. 23 and 30 for children up to five years old and their families. On Sept. 23, 1 p.m., local storyteller Veronica Dondero will share stories, songs and movement in both English and Spanish. Then, Sept. 30, 11 a.m., musician Juan Sanchez will get kids dancing and singing. Juan is a children's performer and artistic director of the Juan L. Sánchez Ensemble, and is a lecturer at the Service Learning and Music and Performing Arts Institutes at CSU Monterey Bay. Both events are free and open to all.

Info: 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Music to your ears, benefitting the eyes

On Sep. 23, the Earle Baum Center of the Blind and SOMO Concerts bring back the tremendously successful “Earle Fest” benefit to SOMO Village in Rohnert Park. This day-long pop-up festival brings together two stages of national and local acts, along with sight loss education, food trucks, artists and local vendors. Headlining this year are East L.A. Legends Los Lobos joined by Bay Area party band California Honeydrops, award winning Songwriter Tift Merritt, and eclectic folk rockers Blame Sally with Kate Wolf's guitarist Nina Gerber on the main stage. The locally focused Hopmonk stage in the Redwood Grove features singer-songwriter-guitarist Arielle, Sonomacana boot stompers Timothy O'Neil Band, International bluesy-grass Dirty Cello and Healdsburg's Emily Lois. Doors open at 3 p.m. with a 3:30 p.m. show start. Tickets are $55 for presale, $65 the day of.


Wings, Wine and Wetlands

Enjoy the amazing bounty of the Laguna de Santa Rosa, plus fine wine and champagne, unique brews, and delicious edibles from local farms and restaurants at the annual Wings, Wine and Wetlands benefit fundraiser for the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. On Sept. 24, 3 p.m., enjoy interactive outdoor activities to learn more about the spectacular Laguna. Plus, enjoy a live auction featuring wild adventures. Help support a healthy, thriving and beautiful Laguna for all. Tickets are $125.

Info:, search “wings, wine, and wetlands.” 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

Human trafficking happens here

Director of Public Safety for the City of Rohnert Park Brian Masterson is the guest speaker at this month's Santa Rosa Republican Women Dinner Meeting on Sept. 26. Masterson will tell us that human trafficking is not just concentrated in inner cities, but is here in Sonoma County as well. Masterson will give statistics and explain what is being done locally to stem this insidious practice. The dinner at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa starts at 5 p.m. with a no-host cocktail bar. Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

Info: 538-9804, 2777 4th St., Santa Rosa.

Drawing autumn colors

Spend a peaceful, meditative day on Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Laguna Environmental Center and practice different colored pencil techniques with botanical artist and instructor Nina Antze. The class will work with a variety of summer fruits, berries, rose hips, pods and autumn leaves found around the Center's landscape. Cost: $95. Register online.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

Barks & Art in the Vineyard

All dogs are champions at Barks & Art in the Vineyard on Sept. 30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at West Wines in Healdsburg. For $25 per person (dogs are free), your poochy Picasso can paint an original 8x10 masterpiece and enjoy a vineyard walking tour with West Wines' winemaker, prizes, treats, and the world famous Wine Barrel Dash on the un-agility course. Humans can enjoy all that, too, plus a wine glass and tasting, a chance to win an Alaskan cruise, and cuddling adoptees from the Sonoma County Animal Services and Green Dog Rescue Project. Proceeds benefit the Paws for Love Foundation.

Info: 1000 Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg.

Supa-Epic Tour O' Fun

Meet Dav Pilkey, author of the bestselling Captain Underpants and Dog Man series, on Sept. 30 at the Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. This promises to be “supa-epic” fun family event where kids can draw their own cartoons, take a photo with Dog Man and Captain Underpants costumed characters, and enjoy activities, prizes, and giveaways. Pilkey has written and illustrated numerous award-winning books for children including Dog Breath, winner of the California Young Reader Medal; and The Paperboy, a Caldecott Honor Book. Free tickets are available starting at 10 a.m. on the day of at the museum.

Info: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Evidence of Chester Arnold

On the occasion of his latest book, Evidence, artist Chester Arnold will be at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art on Oct. 1 in conversation with publisher and editor Bart Schneider of Kelly's Cove Press. Arnold will show images from selected chapters of the book, describing the evolution of his subjects and his three decades in the Bay Area art scene. Following the 2 p.m. talk, Arnold will be available to sign copies of the book in the Museum Store. Arnold lives in Sonoma and is among the leading American painters working today. His compositions often present skewed linear perspectives that place the viewer at a distance, above and/or beyond an unfolding story. Tickets are $12 for members, $15 general.

Info: 939.7862. 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

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