Out, About & Around the County
Library Book SaleFriends of the Sonoma Valley Library's summer book sale runs Aug. 15-18. There will be a members-only preview on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and then the sale opens to the public, 2-7:30 p.m. Books, DVDs, CDs, LPs are $1-2. Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted. On Thursday and Friday, hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. All Sonoma students in grades K-12 receive their first item free. Saturday, non-profit representatives and all teachers and staff are invited to stock their libraries with free books (see Dave Dobbins at the sale).
Info: 755 Napa St., Sonoma.
Jewelry designer at the Arts Guild
Info: 140 East Napa St., Sonoma.
Pet-A-Llama Comedy Fest in PetalumaEnjoy three days of stand-up comedy, themed shows, live podcasts, crowd-working shows, and special events at the inaugural Pet-A-Llama Comedy Festival, Aug. 16-18, at the Mystic Theatre and The Big Easy in downtown Petaluma. The festival roster includes Sonoma County native Brian Posehn, The Sklar Brothers, Rory Scovel, and a performance by Scott Thompson as Buddy Cole, his celebrated character from “Kids in the Hall.” Also appearing will be Todd Glass & The Todd Glass Band, Jay Larson, Ryan Sickler, Dan Van Kirck, and Drennon Davis. There will be a number of live podcast tapings, including Dumb People Town, The Crab Feast, and Benedettiville, which is a Petaluma-based kids' radio show airing on Petaluma's community access radio station, KPCA.
Gas-tax repeal?Sonoma County Taxpayers Association will host Bryant Moynihan and Bob Williamson for a discussion of Proposition 6, the gas-tax repeal measure appearing on the ballot this November. Last year, the California legislature and Governor Brown approved SB1, which raised taxes on gasoline and diesel, and increased certain vehicle registration fees. Much debate at the time focused on the lack of voter approval for these new taxes. Prop 6 would require such approval and effectively repeal SB1. The luncheon meeting begins at noon on Aug. 16 at the Flamingo Hotel. Cost is $25 for members, $30 for all others and at the door.
Info: 481-1089, firstname.lastname@example.org. 2777 4th St., Santa Rosa.
Stone Foxes, Latin jams come to Cloverdale
Info: 894-4410. Cloverdaleartsalliance.org.
Singing, songwriting, fiddle-playing TexanSinger-songwriter and violin player Amanda Shires has performed as a member of the Texas Playboys, Thrift Store Cowboys, and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, as well as in a duo with Rod Picott. Shires has released five solo albums, her most recent My Piece of Land in 2016. Shires plays at the Mystic Theater in Petaluma on Aug. 19. David Menconi of the magazine Spin said that Shires “sings like an earthbound Emmylou Harris,” and her vocals have been likened to those of Dolly Parton. Doors at 7:30 p.m. Over 21 show.
Info: www.mystictheatre.com. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.
Saddle Mountain sunset hikeJoin LandPaths for a beautiful hike over the verdant hills of the Saddle Mountain property in Rincon Valley, owned and protected by Sonoma County Ag + Open Space. On Aug. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., catch the sunset from the top of the mountain, enjoy the view, bring a picnic dinner, and warm layers. The hike is approximately three miles over moderate-to-steep terrain on some small trails and ranch roads. Meet at Saddle Mountain Open Space Preserve on Cleland Road in Santa Rosa near Calistoga Road. Carpool if possible. Free. RSVP required.
Knowledge and opinion - What's the difference?Every Monday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., starting Aug. 20 through Dec. 17, the Sonoma Valley Library will host a discussion group on “Information Literacy in the 21st Century.” Focus will be on how to differentiate between knowledge and opinion, and how to identify, locate, evaluate and effectively use information. Participants may drop in and the instructor will help provide them with everything they need to enroll. Classes can be joined at any point during the semester.
Info: 527-4533, older-adults.santarosa.edu/join-class. 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma.
Screening of Albatross
Info: www.lagunafoundation.org/laguna_walks_classes.html. 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa.
Fall food gardeningWhat happens in the garden as the days get shorter? On Aug. 25, at a “Fall Food Gardening” workshop, Sonoma County Master Gardeners will discuss fall and winter gardens, including planting for a fall vs. early spring harvest, soil care in unused winter beds, how to protect against cold and frost, and plant selection. There will be hands-on participation: bring your garden hat and gloves. In the event of rain, indoor space is available. Runs 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Harvest for the Hungry in Santa Rosa.
Info: ucanr.edu/sites/scmg. 1717 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa.
States of GraceThe ninth Annual Sonoma County Disability Film Festival comes to the Earle Baum Center on Aug. 25, 6-10 p.m. with States of Grace, the story of the profound transformation of a physician and her family in the wake of a life-changing accident. Dr. Grace Dammann was a prominent HIV/AIDS physician when a routine commute across the Golden Gate Bridge turned tragic. Though she miraculously survived the car accident, she spent more than a year in hospitals. States of Grace follows her return home to the Buddhist community where she lives with her partner Nancy “Fu” Schroeder and their daughter Sabrina. With humor and candor, the film intimately captures their story as Grace struggles to discover new purpose in her radically altered life. Attendees will have a chance to meet Dammann and filmmaker Mark Lipman. Tickets: $10 at door.
Info: 4539 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa.
Info: www.sebastianitheatre.com. 476 First St. East, Sonoma.
Wildlife encounters in Sonoma
Meet critters up close and personal at the “Wildlife Encounters” Fireside Chat in the courtyard of the Sonoma Barracks on Aug. 31, 7-8 p.m. The theme of the evening will be conservation. Wildlife and humans continue to encounter one another with growth and urbanization. Learn how cohabitating with wildlife will lead to a better planet for all of us.