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The fairer sex and the city

Girl power comes to Spreckels Theatre with a musical adaptation of Little Women, the classic 1869 novel by Louisa May Alcott, running now through Dec. 17. Set in Concord, Massachusetts, and New York City during the Civil War, Little Women The Musical charts the struggles and triumphs of aspiring writer Jo March, her mother, and three sisters, Meg, Beth and Amy. The drama of their transition from girlhood into womanhood takes place against the backdrop of a city torn apart by war, and just as in the novel, the sisters will be deeply changed when the curtain falls. Showtimes are 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets: $25.

Info: 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.

Holiday green thumbs host workshops

On Dec. 2, the Sonoma County Master Gardeners will host workshops on making holiday decorations from your garden. Sue Lovelace, at the Rincon Valley Library, will cover the variety of seasonal flora for holiday arrangements, wreaths and garlands. At the Healdsburg Library, Ellyn Pelikan discusses everything you want to know about holiday decorations. Classes run 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Party like Luther Burbank

Enjoy a 38-year tradition and begin the season's celebrations by visiting the historic home and gardens of famous horticulturalist Luther Burbank. On Dec. 2 and 3, experience a charming reminder of bygone days and tour the historic home decked out in old-fashioned holiday finery. Enjoy complimentary spiced tea and cookies (provided by Chops Teen Club). Shop for unique Burbank- and Santa Rosa-related items in the Carriage House Museum & Gift Shop. Runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free parking and free rides on “Rosie the Trolley” to and from the Handmade Holiday Crafts Fair held at the Finley Community Center.

Info: 524-5445. Santa Rosa Ave. and Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa.

A classical holiday

The Santa Rosa Symphony welcomes Andrew Grams as the next of five Music Director Candidates at the Green Music Center, Dec. 2-4. A Luscious Euro Sound features Stewart Goodyear, described as “one of the best pianists of his generation” (Philadelphia Inquirer), playing Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major. The program begins with Berlioz' Overture to King Lear and finishes with Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances and Debussy's Clair de lune. Tickets: $29. The Symphony has dedicated its 2017-2018 season to first responders and people who have lost their homes because of the fires. Both groups may request free tickets for each of the remaining Classical Series concerts. Call the box office for more information.

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

Get your hands artsy

Spend a day in clay during a hands-on exploration with sculptor Lisa Reinertson on Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Known for both her life size figurative ceramic sculptures and her large-scale public sculptures cast in bronze, Reinertson's work has an underlying poetic humanism which often reflects her ideals of peace and social justice. Her sculpture, “Wolf Rider,” is currently on display in SVMA's Forge and Stone exhibition. Working small-scale, and with the theme of animal/human relationships, students will sculpt using their imagination and/or an animal photo as a visual reference. Bring a lunch. Cost: $75 members, $85 nonmembers.

Info: 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

Music in the Mansion

The holidays aren't complete without The Cinnabar Theater's annual Victorian Mansion concert on Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. This season, violinist Claire-Jeanne Martin and pianist Nancy Hayashibara present an enticing musical evening of old favorites, from sentimental salon gems to operatic arias, charming café ballads to sacred songs, and tuneful movie scores, with a gypsy tango or two thrown in for flair. Beautiful music in a beautiful mansion. Tickets are $25.

Info: 920 D St., Petaluma.

A capella holiday concert

The Maria Carrillo High School Choir will be performing on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m., as part of the Roses Signature Concert Series in the Presbyterian Church of the Roses. The a cappella choir is under the direction of Gail Bowers. A portion of their program will be jazz and popular music, with the remainder of the concert being Holiday tunes. It's a marvelous way to start your holiday season. Free, with donations welcomed.

Info: 542-4272. 2500 Patio Ct., Santa Rosa.

Remembering loved ones

Everyone is invited to attend a community gathering of inspiring messages, candle lighting, music and reflection. On Dec. 3, Hospice by the Bay hosts its 32nd annual “Lights of Remembrance” tree lighting ceremony on the Sonoma Plaza, starting at 6 p.m. These lights will illuminate the winter darkness, each one a shining tribute to someone special. To sponsor a tribute light in honor or in memory of a loved one, call the number or visit the website below.

Info: (415) 526-5500. Sonoma Plaza.

“New” Jack Benny on the “radio”

Enjoy dinner and a live show - and raise money to support local firefighters when Silver Moon Theater puts on an old-time radio dinner show at Murphy's Irish Pub in Sonoma on Dec. 3 and 4, at 6 p.m. The evening will feature two “new” Jack Benny holiday-themed comedies with Jack Benny and his gang, plus vintage commercials, sound effects, songs, and lots of fun. Tickets: $30, includes two-course dinner and show.

Info:, search “Silver Moon Theater.” 464 First St. East, Sonoma.

Mrs. Bob takes the reins

6th Street Playhouse presents a zany new version of A Christmas Carol, with Scrooge's tale of redemption and transformation turned completely on its head in Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge. This time, Mrs. Bob takes center stage. No longer loving and long suffering, she is sick of the goody-goody Tiny Tim, hates her 20 other children, and just wants to get drunk and jump off London Bridge. To make matters worse, the Ghost of Christmas Past's magic is malfunctioning, and somehow the plots of Oliver Twist, The Gift of the Magi, and It's a Wonderful Life all get caught up in the snow flurry of holiday hilarity. Suitable for the whole family, the comedy runs Dec. 8-23. Tickets: $18-$28.

Info: 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa.

Sebastopol Holiday Home Tour

Spend a delightful winter's weekend touring decorated Sebastopol homes and one historic school during the Sebastopol Holiday Home Tour & Artisan Boutique, Dec. 8-10. From a Victorian farmhouse to a contemporary estate, each stop displays holiday spirit in its own unique way. Enjoy the lights of the season, festive music and treats. Daytime tour Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (rain or shine). Night tour Dec. 8, 6-9 p.m. Tickets: $35-$45, $10 kids. In conjunction, there will be a free artisan boutique at Pleasant Hill Christian School all weekend.

Info: 829-1729.

Christmas at the Mission
>Christmas comes early at the historic Mission San Francisco Solano near the Sonoma Plaza. On Dec. 9, 4:30-8:30 p.m., enjoy a traditional and festive holiday celebration with family-friendly activities. Free to the public, there will be music in the Toscano Hotel, the 28th annual Victorian Christmas Craft Fair in the Barracks, Santa visiting in the Toscano Kitchen, and an 1850s-themed holiday in the Blue Wing Inn. Hot cider, cookies, roasted chestnuts, and a campfire round out the night. Perhaps the highlight of the evening is the Mission Chapel sing-along. Performance times are 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. This is a ticketed event with tickets available now.


Photography, tule baskets and mushroom workshops

The Laguna Environmental Center hosts a series of workshops this month. On Dec. 9, learn how to be smarter than your camera with Dave Strauss. The current generation of “smart” digital cameras has amazing capabilities, but they make decisions for you about focus, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO based on algorithms that may or may not comport with your creative intentions. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost $75. On Dec. 10, learn about Tule Twined Baskets and how to make them with Charlie Kennard, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $95. And on Dec. 17, go on a mushroom foray in the Laguna, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., rain or shine. Start the day in Heron Hall with hot drinks and snacks and a brief introductory talk about collecting wild mushrooms, then head out for a couple hours to forage for anything fungal, from decomposers to mycorrhizal mushrooms. Cost: $95.

Info: 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

Give the gift of art

Sonoma Community Center hosts its annual ceramic, fiber and print studio sale on Dec. 9 and 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. With more than 20 artists showing and selling handmade work, Shoppers will find affordable holiday gifts for the home and garden. All of the work in the sale is made at Sonoma Community Center and ranges from delicate porcelain ornaments to hand thrown serving dishes, decorative vases, wearables, cards, sculpture, and wall pieces.

Info: 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.

Norwegian arts & crafts

The Freya Lodge Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair on Dec. 9 will have a variety of high-quality items made by Sonoma County artists. There will also be Scandinavian baked goods, Norwegian waffles, coffee, and a light lunch available for purchase in a cozy, holiday atmosphere. The fair runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Info: Norway Hall, 617 W. Ninth St., Santa Rosa.

Jazz at the library

On Dec. 9 at 2 p.m., jazz musician, Dave Rocha and his band will play an eclectic mix of jazz standards (by Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, etc.), pop tunes (Cole Porter, Gershwin, and Jobim), and original compositions covering a wide variety of styles from up-tempo bebop, “modal” tunes, swing and blues, to Latin jazz, ballads and jazz waltz. Rocha has played in a New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, among others. Free.

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

A country Christmas

On Dec. 9, at 7 p.m., legendary Opryland performer Steven Kent makes an appearance at the Laugh Cellar in Rincon Valley with a Country Christmas show. Steven Kent has been called the “Rock-a-Billy Cowboy Crooner,” probably because you'll never see anyone able to perform a wider variety of songs, all done with his own style and with seamless ease. Tickets: $28.

Info: 5755 Mountain Hawk, Santa Rosa.

Maui songbird at the Mystic

Hawaiian born singer/songwriter Anuhea blends pop and reggae with conscious lyrics to create a style of her own. Born in Maui, Anuhea has shared the stage with artists such as Bruno Mars, Babyface, Al Green, FloRida, Hoobastank and Pepper. She plays Dec. 15 at the Mystic Theater in Petaluma. Doors open 7:30 p.m. This show is 21+. Tickets $25.

Info: 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

Free class on Internet basics

The Sonoma Valley Library, in partnership with Language Truck, will offer a class on Internet Basics, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. The workshop will give participants an introduction to the fundamentals of navigating the Internet. Essentials will be explained, such as how to use a search engine, and how to effectively search the Internet. Find out how to open a browser, create bookmarks, and stay safe online. Space is limited, please pre-register. The workshop is free and open to all.

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

Songs of hope, songs of light

The lively and high-spirited Vintage House Singers will present their annual holiday concert, “Songs of Hope, Songs of Light,” on Dec. 15, 2-4 p.m. Formed over 25 years ago, the group is led by director Kay Adams. This festive program will be highlighted with a bell choir and talented choir members showcasing solo performances. The concert will take place at the Vintage House in Sonoma. Free and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted; refreshments will be served.

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

Community Calendar

SIR members to hear from tourism chief
Bill & Dave hike Trione-Annadel
Redwood Empire Food Bank’s Station 3990 food giveaway
Oakmont Farmers Market
The Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County
Mushroom Hike, 10 a.m.-noon
30 years of the Kenwood Press
‘Band of Seniors’ returns to Oakmont
Wreath workshop at Quarryhill
Commemorate Jack London’s death
Kenwood Community Church service

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