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Out, About & Around the County: 03/01/2018

Out, About & Around the County March 1, 2018

Art exhibit features dreams and whimsy

poster of whimsy

This month, dreams and whimsy are the theme at an exhibit of enchanted art by members of the Arts Guild of Sonoma. Escape from the everyday and step into a world of weird, wonderful, dreamlike, and surreal artworks. Opening reception on March 2, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Info: 996-3115. 140 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

Building the car of the future

tucker movie poster

On Friday, March 2, watch director Francis Ford Coppola's story of a man revolutionizing the auto industry in Tucker: The Man and his Dream (1988) at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Free for members, $5 for public. Sponsored by Craig Schulz. Starts at 7 p.m.

Info: 284-1272, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Talking with...

As part of Santa Rosa Junior College's Women's History Month, SRJC Petaluma Campus will host a production of Jane Martin's award-winning play Talking With… The play, in the Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, features an all-female cast drawn from the local community, including SRJC students as well as local elected officials. It runs March 2 and 3, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Talking With… highlights the experiences of women through a series of 10-minute monologues. It features an idiosyncratic cast of characters including a baton twirler, a fundamentalist snake handler, and an ex-rodeo rider. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit both the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation and SRJC Student Services. Tickets are $20 general admission and $5 for students (with school ID), and are available at the door.

Info: Sonoma Mountain Parkway #680, Petaluma.

Fungi, bears discussed at the Laguna

The Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation hosts several events this month. On March 3, Robert Kourik will discuss “Good Fungi, Healthy Roots, Happy Plants,” 3-4 p.m. at the Laguna Environmental Center. There are amazing beneficial fungi that promote the healthiest roots of native and ornamental plants. Trees especially need this symbiotic relationship for superior growth. This valuable fungus assists 95 percent of all plants to grow and prosper - from the Laguna and beyond. On March 8, 7-8 p.m., wildlife ecologist Meghan Walla-Murphy will give a presentation on black bears in Sonoma County. Cost for either is $12. Pre-registration required.

Info:, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.

Fado singer at Sonoma Library

Fado, a music genre that can be traced to Portugal, is characterized by poetic lyrics related to the darker elements of love, loss, redemption, and occasionally humor. Fado contains Moorish musical roots and must follow a specific musical structure. On March 3, at 2 p.m., Fado singer Ramana Vieira comes to the Sonoma Valley Library. Vieira's work captures traditional Fado and influences from the Portuguese diaspora in a musical tapestry that ranges from the whispering, haunting ballads of Fado to American classics and jazzy blues. She is also a proficient pianist and a gifted songwriter, having penned and composed her own original Fados. Free.

Info: 996-5217 or 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma.

Ralph Nader at SSU

Ralph Nader, American political activist, author, lecturer, and attorney noted for his involvement in consumer protection, environmentalism, and government, is the speaker for Sonoma State University's annual H. Andra Neves and Barton Evans Social Justice Lecture Series in 2018. Nader will speak March 5 at 7:30 p.m. His topic is “One Person Can Make a Difference: Social Justice and World Affairs.” The lecture series hosted by the Green Music Center kicks off Social Justice Week, an annual event at SSU. Tickets are $15. Students with valid ID admitted free.

Info: 866-955-6040, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Kids are cooking now

On March 9 at 4 p.m. the Sonoma Valley Library is partnering with the CERES project to host a cooking class for children in grades 1 through 3. Kids Can Cook is a hands-on cooking class designed to teach children how to make healthful snacks and meals. They will learn how “eating the rainbow” is fun and delicious. Space is limited. Registration is available on online at under events.

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

Noises Off at 6th Street Playhouse

6th Street Playhouse brings Noises Off, by Michael Frayn and directed by Artistic Director Craig A. Miller, to Santa Rosa March 9-31 in the G.K. Hardt Theatre. Noises Off is a shamelessly entertaining British farce about a second-rate theatre company staging a second-rate bedroom farce. With missed cues, forgotten lines, slamming doors, love triangles unraveling and sardines flying everywhere, it's complete pandemonium… and it's not even intermission yet! On opening night, March 9, there will be a reception following the performance where patrons can meet the cast and enjoy complimentary sparkling wine and nibbles. Tickets are $23-$33, and under 30 is $20.

Info: 486-7896, 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa.

Shambhala meditation

Where can we find the strength to face the challenges and confusion in our lives, as well as in the world? According to Shambhala teachings, our own inherent basic goodness is the answer. Within us is a wakeful mind and compassionate heart that we can return to again and again, and from which we can draw confidence, wisdom, and strength. Learn Shambhala meditation during a March 10 program, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center. The program is for experienced and new meditation practitioners. Instructors are Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Joanne Martin Brown. Cost is $40.

Info: 255 West Napa St., Sonoma.

Rosicrucian mystical day

The Rosicrucian Order AMORC presents “Our Connection to the Cosmos” on Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Center in Santa Rosa. The morning session features Larry Athenian discussing “Our Cosmological Connections Through Natural and Spiritual Law.” Cost is $48, $58 after March 4. The afternoon session will feature Alan Holt asking “Will Humanity Become an Interstellar Species?” Cost is $52. Register online. Lunch is included with all registrations.

Info: 217-2285, 600 Acacia Lane, Santa Rosa.

What does a storyboard artist do?

Meet, watch, and talk to Lucasfilm storyboard artist and illustrator Sterling Sheehy. Sheehy will discuss visual storytelling and his work, which includes feature films, children's books, and international ad campaigns, and his most recent work on Star Wars Rebels. March 10, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Charles M. Schulz Museum.

Info: 284-1272, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Mayan and Aztec dancers at Sonoma Library

On March 10, the Tezkatlipoka dance group comes to the Sonoma Library, integrating all dimensions of Meso-American dance, music and performance art while honoring the cultural traditions left behind by their ancestors. Tezkatilipoka displays the regalia and plays the musical instruments of traditional Aztec and Mayan cultures. Headdresses of colorful plumage, seed pod rattle anklets and copal tree resin incense are included in the vibrant dances and powerful drumming style of Aztec percussion. Starts at 2:30 p.m. Free.

Info: 996-5217 or 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma.

Lions Club pancake breakfast

The Sonoma County Lions Clubs present their annual pancake breakfast, with a menu that includes scrambled eggs, sausages, OJ, milk and coffee, at Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 8-11 a.m. on March 11. Proceeds benefit Blind Babies Foundation, Earle Baum Center, Lions in Sight, Canine Companions for Independence, Lions Eye Foundation, Deaf Children's Camp and other local charities. Adults $8, 6-12 $4, 5 and under free.

Info: 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa.

Hooked on Hooker

Sonoma State Historic Park presents a lecture about Joseph Hooker, a resident of the Sonoma Valley for several years following the Gold Rush. By looking at Hooker's years in this area, we can not only learn about Sonoma in the 1850s, but better understand this ambitious man. He made friends and enemies in Sonoma that would greatly influence his later career as a Major General in the Civil War. Presented by Dr. Peter Meyerhof on March 15, 7 p.m. in the Mission Chapel. Admission: $10/adult, $5/park members.

Info: 114 E. Spain St., Sonoma.

Viking swords and silver

Freya Lodge presents a corned beef and cabbage dinner with potatoes, mashed rutabaga, coffee, juice, and dessert on March 17 starting at 5 p.m. Cost is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers, $8 for kids age 8-14. Beer and wine available for purchase. The Vikings of Børnstad will bring history to life discussing “Swords and Silver: Trading with the Vikings.”

Info: 579-1080,, 617 W. 9th St., Santa Rosa.

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