North Bay Community Engagement Fair – January 26, 2017

North Bay Community Engagement Fair
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Sunday, January 29th, 2017

A healthy democracy is determined not simply by what happens on voting day, but by what takes place between elections—the ongoing actions of citizens, neighborhoods and organizations working to build a better world.

Ready to engage? Turn complaints into actions? Want to help secure civil liberties, protect the disenfranchised and empower a more equitable economy and resilient ecology, but not sure how or where to plug in?

Join us on January 29th in Santa Rosa for a FREE Community Engagement Fair, a daylong exhibition of organizations and community groups from across the North Bay looking for volunteers and activists just like you. Whether you have just a few hours a month or all the time in the world, whether you’ve got specific skills or just a can-do attitude, whether your passion is the environment, immigrant rights, the LGBTQ community or sustainable agriculture, you’ll find something to spark your passions as you to roll up those sleeves.

This event is a grassroots, non-partisan, collective effort aimed at civic engagement. We welcome groups and individuals of ALL political, economic and spiritual beliefs that promote love and equality and that condemn hate and oppression.

Co-hosted by:
– North Bay Organizing Project
– Sonoma County Conservation Action
– The Farmers Guild
– Sierra Club Redwood Chapter
– ARC | Alliance for Regenerative Communities
– Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Santa Rosa

Participating organizations include:
– Petaluma Bounty
– North Bay Jobs with Justice
– Sonoma County Library
– Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition
– Restorative Resources
And many, many more….

Admission is free.

Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Sonoma County Event Center – Garrett Hall
1350 Bennett Valley Rd
Santa Rosa, California 95404
(707) 545-4200

The Clean House – January 25, 2017

The Clean House
Raven Theater Healdsburg
January 27th – February 12th, 2017

Lane and Charles hire a housekeeper named Matilde, an aspiring comedian from Brazil who’s more interested in coming up with the perfect joke than in housecleaning. Matilde becomes fast friends with Lane’s sister Virginia, who takes over the cleaning while Matilde works on her jokes. This beautifully theatrical play mixes humor and heartbreak into a whimsical and poignant look at class, comedy and the true nature of love.

Written by Sarah Ruhl.
Directed by Steven David Martin.

Age recommendation: 16+ (Adult themes and content)

Opening Night Bubbly:
Join us opening night, Friday, January 27th, and stay afterward for a celebratory toast to the cast and crew!

Sunday Post-Show Discussions:
Immediately following all Sunday matinees, members of the cast and crew will return to the stage to answer your questions.

January 27, 28, February 2, 3, 4, 10, 11 at 8:00pm
January 29, February 5, 12 at 2:00pm

$25 Adults
$20 Senior (65+)
$10 Student (w/ID)
Thursday Value Night, February 2nd at 8pm:
$12 Adults & Seniors
Tickets are also available at Copperfield’s in Healdsburg & Santa Rosa, and at Pages in Windsor.

Raven Performing Arts Theater
115 North Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-6335

Give Kids A Smile Day – January 24, 2017

Give Kids a Smile Day
Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County
Friday, February 4th – Saturday, February 5th, 2017

This February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. The 12th annual Give Kids A Smile Day is a two-day event during which dental professionals provide free dental care and public health officials seek to raise awareness of the state of dental wellness in the county.

On Friday, February 5th, and Saturday, February 6th, more than 200 dental professionals will come together to provide free dental services, by appointment, to more than 400 children from low-income families at 10 sites countywide. Services offered will be dental exams, kindergarten screenings, cleanings, fluoride applications and if needed, same day treatment of painful cavities.

Recent surveys of Sonoma County kindergarten and third graders have found half of students have evidence of tooth decay and 18 percent have untreated decay. Dental decay can negatively impact sleep cycles, eating habits and the ability to concentrate and learn in school.

Dental volunteers from the Redwood Empire Dental Society and the Redwood Dental Hygienists Society are working to increase access to critically needed dental care for low-income children and promote greater public awareness of this serious health issue. The 12th annual celebration Give Kids A Smile Day Event, coordinated by Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County and supported by the Department of Health Services and Dental Health Network, helps prepare children for a healthier start to a smarter tomorrow. As a result of CAPS’ dental programs and their community partners, more than 8,700 children have received preventive dental services to date.

Ten sites are participating this year: five community clinics, four private dentists and one dental hygiene clinic throughout the county:
– St. Joseph Dental Health Clinic
– Indian Health Dental Clinic
– Alliance Dental Clinic
– Russian River Dental Clinic
– Fountaingrove Dentistry
– Sahouria Pediatric Dentistry
– Sonoma Pediatric Dentistry
– Santa Rosa Junior College
– Rohnert Park Dental Village – J. Kenji Reyda, DDS
– Petaluma Health Center Dental Clinic (Rohnert Park)

Things parents can do to keep their child’s teeth healthy include:
– Children should see a dentist no later than their first birthday.
– Help your children brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
– Help your children floss once a day.
– Provide healthy food and drink options to your children that are low in sugar.
– Visit a dentist regularly to address any tooth decay before it develops into greater health issues.

To make an appointment:
(707) 544-5638, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

To volunteer or make a donation:
Cory Spencer
(707) 544-6911 ext. 1083

SonoMusette! – January 23, 2017

Occidental Center for the Arts
Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at 8:00pm

This exciting Sonoma County-based ensemble recaptures the moody, melancholic sound and spirit of mid twentieth-century Paris in the ‘bal-musette’ tradition. French chanteuse, musette accordion, gypsy-jazz guitar, upright bass and drum kit combine to revive the enchanting songs of that era. SonoMusette features vocalist extraordinaire Mimi Pirard, with Robert Lunceford on accordion, Jason Briggs, guitar; Jan Martinelli on upright bass, and Richard Andrews, drums.

Inspired by the great performers such as Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel and Django Reinhardt, along with contemporary artists such as Zaz, the superb vocal and instrumental artistry of the ensemble SonoMusette will charm and transport you!

$15 General advance
$20 At the door.

Fine refreshments including wine and beer are available for sale.

Occidental Center for the Arts
3850 Doris Murphy Ct.
Occidental, CA 95465
(707) 874-9392

Emerging Visual Artists Exhibit – January 20, 2017

Discovered: Emerging Visual Artists Exhibit
Petaluma Arts Center
Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 5:00pm

Join us for the Discovered: Emerging Visual Artists Exhibit Opening Reception.

The five artists will be in attendance and will each speak briefly about their work.
Jenny Harp – mixed media
Dayana Leon – oil/video
Catherine Sieck – paper
Kala Stein – ceramics
Jaynee Watson – mixed media

Admission is Free.

Petaluma Arts Center
230 Lakeville Street
Petaluma, CA 94952

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Creative Sonoma provides programs and services to help and support our creative community do what they do better.

A continual work-in-progress, Creative Sonoma is producing programs and services that advance our community. These activities shift over time as we get to know each other better and learn how to really help.

Trainings and Workshops – where our topics change each quarter based on community feedback, trends and new ideas, and sudden opportunities. Check What’s Happening for current events.

Convenings – where we come to you. Our Coffee and Conversation series of town hall style meetings has taken us across the county to communities of all sizes to hear directly from you why you have made Sonoma your creative home and what you need to move forward. Make sure you are on our mailing list to be alerted about meetings near you.

Arts Education – where we come together with arts education partners across the county to help ensure that arts education is accessible to all students. Read our feature story on this topic.

One-on-One Consulting – where we work with you individually to offer assistance to achieving your professional goals.

Special Projects – where we bring together new ideas with smart people and watch what happens to improve our community.

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Women’s March in Sonoma County – January 19, 2017

Washington Women’s March in Sonoma County!
Organized by:
Sonoma County Stands Together for Women
Saturday, January 21st, 2017 at 12:00pm

Americans will unite in towns, cities and schools to march in solidarity with communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated throughout our nation. Together, we will send a message to our leaders, and the world, that the United States of America stands for values of human decency, equal rights and freedom from discrimination. This event is meant to showcase the strength and wisdom that our country has to offer when we embrace our neighbors and our differences and come together to promote the common good. Spearheaded by local organizers, the march will bring together people across the region, particularly women of all backgrounds, races, religions, ages and abilities, as well as communities of immigrants, people of color, and people who identify as LGBTQIA. There are over 100 communities globally marching at the same time.

This is for OUR community and it will be a peaceful march to show that we will not accept intolerance or injustice. All are encouraged to bring family, friends, and neighbors for an epic day. We are quite excited that so many are interested in joining this historic moment, a day of equality and acceptance. THANKS TO YOU!!

Our distinguished speakers include: Lynn Woolsey, former 6th District Democratic U.S. Representative for 20 years, Jared Huffman, 2nd District Democratic U. S. Representative since 2013, Julie Combs, Santa Rosa City Council Member, Ann Gray Byrd, President of the Santa Rosa/Sonoma County NAACP, Alicia Sanchez, longtime Latino activist, lawyer, labor organizer, and board member of KBBF, Annie Dobbs-Kramer, community activist with North Bay Organizaing Project and Enrique Yarce, sociology student at SRJC, immigrant rights organizer, and North Bay Organizing Assistant. Speakers will provide a call to action for Women’s Rights, Immigration Rights, Disability Rights, and Religious and Civil Liberties for all.

The following local community organizations will be present with opportunities for engagement and action:
North Bay Organizing Project
Organizing for Action
Peace and Justice Center
Showing Up for Racial Justice
Sonoma County Conservation Action
Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women
California Homemakers Association

This noon rally is a sister march of the DC Women’s March being held on the eve of the 44th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. The rally will be followed by a short march through downtown Santa Rosa.

Our rally and march is meant to be a safe space for all of those attending and participating. Please be courteous, respectful to everyone, and keep the following in mind:
No alcohol
No weapons of any kind
No dogs or pets (service animals only, please)
Be mindful of all attendees, this event is open to everyone and is inclusive to anyone who would like to participate.

Santa Rosa City Hall
100 Santa Rosa Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

6th Street Playhouse Update – January 18, 2017

Season Update
6th Street Playhouse
January – February 2017

Stage Kiss
January 13th – February 5th, 2017

A North Bay Premiere!
Art imitates Life. Life imitates Art. When two actors with an amorous history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage. STAGE KISS captures Sarah Ruhl’s singular voice. It is a charming farce about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss—or when actors share a real one.

Directed by Marti Pistone

Friday & Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday at 2:00pm
$33 General
$28 Senior (62+)
$28 Youth (13-21)
$15 Children (5-12)

Thursday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2:00pm*
$26 General
$21 Senior (62+)
$21 Youth (13-21)
$15 Children (5-12)
*Jan 21, Jan 28 and Feb 4.

Little Night Music
February 24th – March 19th, 2017

By Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler and winner of four Tony Awards, this is a musical work that has forever entranced the world of theatre. Set in 1900 Sweden, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC explores the tangled web of affairs centered around actress Desirée Armfeldt and the men who love her: a lawyer by the name of Fredrik Egerman and the Count Carl-Magnus Malcom. Both men — as well as their jealous wives — agree to join Desirée and her family for a weekend in the country. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises.

Friday & Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday at 2:00pm
$38 General
$33 Senior (62+)
$33 Youth (13-21)
$15 Children (5-12)

Thursday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2:00pm
$31 General
$26 Senior
$26 Youth
$15 Children

6th Street Playhouse
G.K. Hardt Theatre
52 W. 6th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 523-4185

Brubeck Brothers Quartet – January 17, 2017

Brubeck Brothers Quartet
The Glaser Center
Saturday, January 21st, 2017 @ 7:30pm

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet is an exciting jazz group featuring two members of one of America’s most accomplished musical families, Daniel Brubeck (drums,) and Chris Brubeck (bass & trombone.) Guitarist Mike DeMicco, and pianist Chuck Lamb, complete this dynamic quartet.

The Quartet was chosen to kick off the New Year with an hour long, coast-to-coast live broadcast on Toast of the Nation on National Public Radio. The Quartets most recent CD, Life Times, is the group’s tribute to father Dave Brubeck and features many of Dave’s tunes, updated with the BBQ’s unique creative spin. Life Times was in the top 10 of all jazz CDs receiving the most radio airplay in 2012. All About Jazz wrote about their Koch release, Classified, Once again the BBQ attains that rarefied level where music is both relaxed and expressive, and their joy in its creation is contagious. Theres really nothing out there that comes close to their unique brand of inventiveness.

With Chris Brubecks compositions as a vehicle, the BBQ has joined with chamber groups to collaborate with musicians from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Russian National Symphony Orchestra.
Although the Quartets style is rooted in straight-ahead jazz, their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and play odd time signatures while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues and world music. The groups creativity, technique and improvisation can be heard in their uncompromising music, which reflects their dedication to melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz.

$30 Adult General
Children Free

The Glaser Center (Unitarian Universalist)
547 Mendocino Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 327-8108

Sebastopol Community Center – January 16, 2017

Sebastopol Community Cultural Center
Upcoming Events
January 2017

Steve Seskin, Craig Carothers, Don Henry
Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 @ 7:00pm
A stellar night of America’s BEST folk-country music. This concert features Grammy-nominated Steve Seskin, Craig Carothers, Grammy award – winner Don Henry. Steve, Craig and Don – three friends and masterful songwriters – have been making the rounds in the Bay Area to the delight of both long-time fans and new recruits. The “songwriters in the round” format of this concert, perfected at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, fits these three perfectly. Every show is different – you just never know where the flow of the evening will go.

$25.00 Premium Tickets (1st – 8 Rows Center):
$21.00 General advance
$24.00 Door

Steve Seskin All Day Songwriting Workshop
Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 from 10:30 am – 5:00pm
Steve covers 5 or 6 songwriting topics, as well as doing critiques of participants’ songs.

The cost for the day is $100 with a 10% discount for members of ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, Taxi, and WCS.

To reserve a space, please send PayPal payment to Steve Seskin at or mail a check to 929 36th Street, Richmond, CA 94805.

Guitarfest 2017 – 5th Annual
Saturday, January 28th, 2017from 12:00pm – 10:00pm

Headliners: Mike Dowling and The Black Market Trust

Performers include:
Blue Summit, Teja Gerken, Kevin Russell & Friends, Mike Stadler, Spin Cats (Chris Grampp & Chuck Ervin,) Tony Gagarin, and Solid Air

Guitars shown by Bruce Sexauer, John Knutson, Howard Klepper, Richard Prenkert, Bob Groat, John Datlen, Mark Berry, Bill Iberti & others.
Also, displays from Tall Toad Music, Peghead Nation, Shubb Capos, Acoustic Guitar.

Classes by:
Tony Gagarin, Jesse Fischman, Teja Gerken, Mike Stadler

$28 All Access Pass, advance
$35 Door admission

Sebastopol Community Cultural Center
390 Morris Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-1511

Tree Girl Book Launch – January 13, 2017

Book Launch: Julianne Skai Arbor “TreeGirl – Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature”
Occidental Center for the Arts
Sunday, January 15th, 2017 @ 12:00pm

In her new book, TreeGirl: Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature, photographer, arborist and forest ecotherapist Julianne Skai Arbor brings us into intimate contact with 50 species of trees from 13 countries over four continents, weaving stunning nude photography, natural history, ethnobotany, conservation, and the ecopsychology of the human-tree relationship. Photo exhibit 12 Noon -5 pm. Book readings/slide show 2 pm. Free admission/all donations happily accepted. Delectable, ethnobotanical tree foods, live music by Richard Heinberg and opening talk by Brock Dolman.

TreeGirl, aka Julianne Skai Arbor, is the author of TreeGirl: Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature. She has been on the forefront of the fields of ecotherapy, nature connection and environmental art since 1995. She travels around the world to learn from the trees first hand, and with a remote control and a tripod, photographs herself in intimate connection with the forest. To date, she has intertwined with over 70 species of trees in 13 countries.

Julianne is certified as an arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture, as a California naturalist with the University of California, and as a permaculture teacher. She has taught college-level interdisciplinary conservation education for over 10 years, including pioneering the very first academic program in Environmental Arts at the former New College of California in Santa Rosa. She holds graduate degrees in experiential Environmental Education and Arts and Consciousness Studies.

With her passion for trees she creates an experiential bridge for people to connect with wild nature through presentations, workshops and trainings in forest-ecotherapy, as well as immersive nature retreats for women. When not on her quest to meet new trees, she is at home amidst the native oak and coast redwood trees in Sebastopol, California.

Our event will feature a photo exhibit, book reading, slide show, delectable ethnobotanical refreshments, live music by Richard Heinberg and the Gaia String Trio, and opening talk by Brock Dolman.

Auditorium Gallery Exhibit, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Talk at 2:00pm

Free admission
Donations gratefully accepted

Occidental Center for the Arts
3850 Doris Murphy Ct.
Occidental, CA 95465
(707) 874-9392