Out, About & Around the County
Tarzan at SpreckelsDon't miss the King of the Jungle when Disney's Musical Tarzan comes to Spreckels Theatre in Rohnert Park, running now through May 21. The legendary story by Edgar Rice Burroughs comes to life in this exciting theater experience for all ages, with music, choreography and high-flying aerial acrobatics. Based on Disney's animated film, the show features music and lyrics by Phil Collins and book by David Henry Hwang. The family show is 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with 1 p.m. matinees.
Info: 588-3400. www.spreckelsonline.com. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.
Art at the SourceSebastopol Center for the Arts presents a preview exhibit, May 18-June 11, featuring the work of some of the 119 artists participating in the Art at the Source Open Studio event which takes place on the first two weekends in June. The opening reception is May 18, 6-8 p.m. The annual self-guided open studios tour, now in its 23rd year, includes painters, sculptors, photographers, potters, jewelers, fiber and glass artists showcasing their best works. Studios are located in Cotati, Sebastopol, Forestville, Occidental, Bodega Bay, Guerneville, Graton and Santa Rosa west of Highway 101. The exhibit will be in the Art Center's Gallery in Sebastopol.
Info: 829-4797. 282 S. High St., Sebastopol.
Age out loud, age outsideOlder adults and their families will benefit from a day of free activities at Spring Lake Regional Park and Spring Lake Village on May 18, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. “Age Out Loud, Age Outside” celebrates the vitality of local seniors and the 50th anniversary of Sonoma County Regional Parks. Enjoy speakers, lunch, music, outdoor walks and games, and learn about the countywide initiative, Age-Friendly Sonoma County. Free. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The morning's featured speaker is former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and local senior outdoorsman and birder Ted Eliot, interviewed at Spring Lake Village by Sonoma County Regional Parks Director Caryl Hart.
Info: 565-5804, sonomacountyparks.ticketleap.com/age-out-loud-age-outside/.
Battling demons and chasing whimsElizabeth Stark will discuss “Battling Demons and Chasing Whims: How to Build a Meaningful, Inspired Writing Practice,” on May 18 at Copperfield's Books in Petaluma, 6:30-8:30 p.m. This workshop will help you find your own organic path to integrating writing into your daily life in a pleasurable, inspiring way, and showing up on the page with courage and curiosity. Free.
Info: www.TheWriteSpot.us. 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma.
Learn about bail bondsThe Sonoma County Taxpayers luncheon on May 18 features two of its members, Dale Miller, owner of Romelli Bail Bonds, and Terry Fowler, owner of Liberty Bail Bonds, leading a discussion on changes under consideration in Sacramento to the statewide bail system. Luncheon begins at noon at the Fountaingrove Inn in Santa Rosa. Cost: $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers.
Info/RSVP: 481-1089. 101 Fountaingrove Pkwy., Santa Rosa.
Knights of Boo'GarCartoonist Art Roche talks about and signs his newest illustrated novel, The Knights of Boo'Gar, a wacky medieval mystery for middle grade readers, on May 20 at 1 p.m. at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Kids will love the slapstick humor and zany storyline of The Knights of Boo'Gar, while discovering that even the most unlikely people can be heroes. Roche is a lifelong cartoonist, writer, and daydreamer currently working as a content director for Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates. Roche has worked in game development as the founding creative director for National Geographic's virtual world, Animal Jam, and was also part of Cartoon Network, where he created the popular animated shorts series Nacho Bear. Children free.
Info: schulzmuseum.org. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.
Moose Lodge luauThe Sonoma Moose Lodge will host its annual California Luau on May 20, 4-11 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Sonoma. Funds raised will be used for upgrades to the Lodge's kitchen. The menu will feature whole roasted crispy pig with three salsas, smoked chicken thighs with pineapple-soy glaze, slow-smoked brisket with horseradish barbecue sauce, and plenty of side dishes and homemade desserts. Tickets are $40 per person and include dinner, one free drink, and live music by Showcase. The Hula Mai dancers will perform traditional Hawaiian dance. There will also be a raffle and silent auction. Purchase tickets at the Sonoma Moose Lodge or from Moose members.
Info: 996-3877, www.sonomamoose.org. 20580 Broadway, just south of Leveroni/Napa Road.
Finding History DayDiscover and celebrate the hidden treasures held in the many historical archives within Sonoma County on May 21, Finding History Day, at the DeTurk Round Barn, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn about the participating organizations as they showcase their collections and discuss upcoming events, including mini-workshops, book signings, presentations, and tours of local Santa Rosa historical sites and archives. Admission is free.
Info: 545-0831, ext. 1562, FindingHistoryDay@gmail.com. 819 Donohue Street, Santa Rosa.
Poet Laureate poetry readingPoet Laureate of California Dana Gioia will read selected works at a meeting of the Redwood Writers on May 21, 2:30 p.m., at the Flamingo Hotel. Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Gioia is a native Californian of Italian and Mexican descent. He has published five full-length collections of poetry, most recently 99 Poems: New & Selected. His poetry collection, Interrogations at Noon, won the 2002 American Book Award. In 2014 Gioia won the Aiken-Taylor Award for lifetime achievement in American poetry and he has been the recipient of 10 honorary degrees. $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers.
Info: www.Redwoodwriters.org. 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.
Protecting immigrantsWhat can we do in Sonoma Valley to protect our friends and neighbors? David Ransom from the Sonoma Valley Action Coalition and Immigration Attorney Alegria de la Cruz will address this issue at the Sonoma Valley Democrats general meeting on May 22, 6-8 p.m. at the Sonoma Springs Community Hall. Prior to the presentation, there will be a potluck dinner and social time, and a short meeting. The event is open to the public and everyone is welcome at no charge. Bring a potluck dish to share.
Info: Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org. 18627 Sonoma Hwy. (former Grange Hall)
Red tape rollbackJeffrey McCoy will discuss “Red Tape Rollback” at the Santa Rosa Republican Women Federated Luncheon on May 23 at the Flamingo Hotel. McCoy is an attorney at Public Legal Foundation's national headquarters in Sacramento, where he works on cases involving environmental regulations and private property rights. He will be speaking about the regulations President Trump is already rolling back and how the congress and administration can use the Congressional Review Act to roll back burdensome regulations that affect businesses and individuals. Luncheon begins at 11:15 a.m. Cost: $26, or $30 at door.
Info: 538-9804. 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa.
One woman's journey to Mecca“My Journey to Mecca” will be presented by Humaira Ghilzai, founder of Afghan Friends Network, at the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County on May 25, 7:30 p.m. Each year millions of Muslims perform the haj to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, as one of the five pillars of Islam. Although a secular Muslim and self-proclaimed feminist, Ghilzai performed the haj and will give details of its rituals and how she was affected by the experience. Ghilzai and her family fled from Afghanistan to the Bay Area at the time of the Soviet invasion. She is devoted to promoting education for females in her native land. Her talk takes place at Spring Lake Village auditorium. Visitors $5. No reservation required.
Info: 573-6014, www.wacsc.org. 5555 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa.
Vintage Singers spring concertThe Vintage Singers annual Spring Concert, Songs of Stage and Screen, takes place on May 26 at 2 p.m. Classics such as “Lullaby of Broadway” and “You're the Top,” as well as a variety of solo and ensemble pieces from choral members will have your fingers snapping and your toes tapping. The concert is at Vintage House in Sonoma. Free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted and refreshments will be served.
Info: 996-0311, vintagehouse.org. 264 First Street East.
Go Into the forestThe Charles M. Schulz Museum hosts Jean Hegland, author of Into the Forest, Windfalls, The Life Within, and Still Time, to talk about her work and sign books on May 27, 2 p.m. Into the Forest is the story of two sisters struggling to survive after the collapse of technological society. It was adapted to the big screen, starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September, 2015, and is now featured on Netflix. Tickets are free with museum admission and available on a first come, first serve basis at the museum starting at 10 a.m. on the day of the event.
Info: schulzmuseum.org. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.
Gospel Choir at SCCThe Free Spirits Gospel Choir will inspire and awe you with their May 27 concert at the Sonoma Community Center. Founded in January of 2012 by Cynthia Tarr, the choir is truly a community choir where all are welcome. They sing traditional and not so traditional gospel music in the laid back setting of the community center. This is one of their two concerts of the year. Doors open at 7, and the show is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15.
Info: 938-4626, ext. 1. sonomacommunitycenter.org. 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.
Friday Night LiveCloverdale comes alive with Friday Night Live at the Plaza and Street Fair Friday nights, June 2 through Sept. 1. Audiences will experience the best of small-town America at these free, family-friendly dance and party concerts in downtown Cloverdale all summer long. Acts include Bayou Americana from the Honey Island Swamp Band (June 2), honky-tonk from the Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash (June 9), and blues rock by Tommy Castro and The Painkillers (June 16).
Info: 894-4410. www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org.