Jack London Family Fun Days – May 15, 2017

Family Fun Days
Jack London State Historic Park
Family Fun Day line-up for 2017

Jack London loved the natural world! Come join us as we celebrate our own connections to nature through these free family events. Geared towards young learners (pre-k-2nd grade), each event will celebrate a different theme, combining natural science, art, and sustainability. While activities and learning levels support young adventurers, kids of all ages are welcome to join us as we explore forest trails and learn about nature through fun hikes, games and hands-on activities.

Most events begin in the Beauty Ranch Meadow and run from 10am-12:30pm. Park entry fee of $10 per vehicle is due at gate but participation in events is free.

Saturday, May 20th, 2017 – Nature’s Recyclers: How does Nature keep the environment healthy and how can humans help? Over 100 years ago, Jack London knew the importance of using eco-friendly materials to grow his crops and take care of the land. At this event, we will take a close look at Nature’s own recycling system and how humans can reduce, reuse, and recycle too! The 45 min. nature walk leaves the meadow at 10:00 am and ends with fun activity stations using recycled materials to play games and make crafts. Meet in Beauty Ranch Meadow.

Saturday, June 10th, 2017 – Talons and Trails: All about adaptations! We will explore the unique body structures and behaviors that help birds survive and thrive in the wild. Start by meeting real live raptors up close at an exciting presentation from the experts at the Santa Rosa Bird Rescue Center. Following this, we will take walk to the Wolf House Ruins and investigate birds in the forest and play learning games. Raptor presentation begins at 10:00 am and hike immediately follows. Meet at the House of Happy Walls Museum.

Saturday, August 12th, 2017 – Nature’s Palette: Did you know that Nature uses color to communicate? This event takes a fun look at the roles of color and pattern in the plant and animal kingdoms. Through trail activities and fun games, we will learn about this science on a nature walk and then switch to a fun discussion on how humans like to use color. The walk leaves at 10:00am and ends back in the meadow at an outdoor art studio, where kids can create water color paintings from the inspiration they gathered along the trail. Meet in Beauty Ranch Meadow.

Saturday, October 14th, 2017 – Fall in the Forest: This journey is an exploration on how animals use their 5 senses to survive the seasonal changes from fall to winter. By visiting several learning stations focused on the senses, we will learn about how forest animals adjust to the changing weather and prepare themselves for the coming winter. Nature walk leaves at 10:00am and ends with craft and activity stations in the meadow. Meet in Beauty Ranch Meadow.

Jack London State Historic Park
2400 London Ranch Road
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
(707) 938-5216

From Both Hips – May 12, 2017

From Both Hips
Main Stage West
May 19th – June 4th, 2017

Paul has been accidentally shot in the hip by a policeman. Back from hospital he is overcome with feelings of bitterness and self-pity. Determined to exact revenge upon his shooter, he sets out on a quest to find him. However, when the policeman in question appears with an apology, a gun and an extraordinary proposition, Paul is faced with a difficult choice.

The American premier of a “black comedy revenge drama” by Mark O’Rowe.

$30 Adults
$25 Seniors
$15 Students

Main Stage West
104 N Main St
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-0177

Players on the Stage – May 5, 2017

Players On The Stage
Main Stage West
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 @ 7:00pm

Our monthly musician’s showcase is a curated selection of Sonoma County’s finest musicians, performing in an intimate setting.

Beer and wine available

$10 General

For more information:

Main Stage West
104 N Main St
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-0177

Two Lions Band – May 4, 2017

Two Lions Band
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Friday, May 5th, 2017 @ 7:30pm

Once Upon a time… The Two Lions band was created to showcase the music of Mitchel Slade. The idea of the band stems from the iconic idea that the Lion and the Lamb in friendship are a sign of peace. We have come far towards our goals of peace, but we are truly in the time of the Two Lions. The time of personal leadership and evolution, and the need to resolve differences. Musically, we hope to bring a depth in the poetry and create an ambiance with the music that provokes a thoughtful, intended, and progressive experience.

Hailing from Northern Sonoma County, the Two Lions Band bring a unique fusion of Folk and Rock. The music carries a poetry of both notes and verse, and the members use their musical voice to perform original materials that are both dance worthy and thought provoking.

Two Lions Band are:
Mitchel Slade, voice & guitars
Ashley Holmberg, violins and viola
Lance Harrington, percussion
Gretchen Yanover, cello.

$15 General
$10 Students


Sebastopol Center for the Arts
282 S. High Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 829-4797

Park Rx Family Hike – May 2, 2017

Park Rx For Health Family Hike
Jack London State Historic Park
Saturday, May 13th, 2017 @ 10:00am

Bring the kids and enjoy a 2 mile, easy guided hike. We’ll start in the Beauty Ranch and wind around the vineyards to enter a mixed evergreen forest to the Jack London Lake which is surrounded by redwoods featuring an old bathhouse and a stone dam. Meet other like-minded families and enjoy our friendly guides.

Our hike will be slow-paced so allow plenty of time, bring plenty of water and snacks, wear sturdy shoes and at this time of year, bring bug repellent. Be prepared for uneven ground.

This hike is part of our Park Rx For Health program. Learn more about this program at www.parkrx-sonomacounty.org

This is a Free hike! Regular parking fee applies.

Meet in the Ranch parking lot.

Jack London State Historic Park
2400 London Ranch Road
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
(707) 938-521

David Best: An Evening of Storytelling – May 11, 2017

Sculptor David Best: An Evening of Storytelling
Paradise Ridge Winery
Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 6:00pm

The Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation presents an intimate evening in conversation with internationally renowned sculptor, David Best, at Paradise Ridge Winery. Best is most recognized for the design and production of elaborate, provocative temples, many made specifically for Burning Man where they are ignited during the finale as an emotional and spiritual release.

Best’s storytelling encourages inquiry, good laughs, and insightful exchange. Come see visuals of his work, including award winning Esperanza, the beautiful and beckoning arch at Franklin Avenue Light Rail Station, which serves as a beacon for the South Sacramento community. He will also provide a preview of his newest commission for the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Prior to his talk, guests are encouraged to visit Temple of Remembrance, his first such work created entirely from steel, located in The Meadow at Paradise Ridge. This work was fabricated on the Voigt property in Geyserville as part of the Artist in Residence Program. This well-known sculpture is permanently accessible for view and interaction.

Tickets include Sonoma County wine with appetizers provided by WOW (Worth Our Weight), a youth culinary training program.

For more information:
Barbara Harris


Paradise Ridge Winery
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive
Santa Rosa, California 95403
(707) 528-9463

A Brush With Japan – May 10, 2017

A Brush With Japan
Artstart of Sonoma County
Friday, May 12th, 2017 @ 5:00pm

This is a very special fundraising event at the private home of Walter Byck.

The program includes sake tasting, shakuhachi music by Elliot Kallen, large brush demonstration by Mario Uribe, a tea ceremony, and a presentation by Artstart.

Proceeds benefit Artstart and the replacement of their temporary, worn-down work area canopy.

Seating is limited.

$75 Single ticket
$125 Two tickets
(707) 546-2345

4070 Polled Hereford Dr.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

The Bob O’Klock Variety Hour – May 9, 2017

The Bob O’Klock Variety Hour
Raven Theater Healdsburg
Friday, May 12th & Saturday, May 13th, 2017 @ 8:00pm

90(ish) entertaining minutes! 14 faaabulous acts! 1 heckava good time!

Join us as a member of the live studio audience for the Bob O’Klock Variety Hour, a wild and crazy homage to the great TV variety shows of the 60s and 70s.

It’s an anything-can-happen extravaganza! 90(ish) fun filled minutes of fabulous talent on one great stage. The all-star line-up includes not quite Whitney Houston, almost Patsy Cline, sort of Lily Tomlin, and a lollipop loving Shirley Temple.

The question on everyone’s mind? Why did renowned personality Bob O’Klock agree to work on this third-rated TV station? This is your chance to witness the first (perhaps last) live taping of “The Bob O’Klock Variety Hour.”

All that and more, such as a magnificent magician, tip top tap dancing, a lively live band, dazzling impressions of Johnny Mathis, even a red hot Latin Hula Hoop dance!

Support your local community theater, enjoy some fabulous talent and see Bob O’ Klock in person!

Be there or … well, just be there!

$20 Adult admission only (18 ½ and up)
Available at Copperfield’s in Healdsburg

Raven Theater Healdsburg
115 North St
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-6335

Quarryhill Botanical Gardens – May 8, 2017

Wild Collections: Expeditions for Education
Quarryhill Botanical Gardens
Saturday, May 20th, 2017 @5:30pm

This fifth annual fundraiser features Asian-inspired cuisine, jazz from Raquel Berlind and her band, plus keynote speaker Paul Meyer – all in the gorgeous surroundings of the botanical gardens.

$125 members
$145 non-members

Quarryhill Botanical Gardens
12841 Hwy 12
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
(707) 996-3166

DNA Music – May 3, 2017

DNA – Music: It’s in our Genes
Occidental Community Choir Spring Concerts
Through May 14th, 2017

A west county choral treasure for almost 40 years, OCC presents for the Spring,DNA – Music: It’s in our Genes directed by Andrew DelMonte. Enjoy a rollicking, eclectic and often humorous program of mostly original works that celebrate our boundless diversity while exploring what we share, and how we differ, from each other and the natural world. Sonoma County Poet Laureate Iris Dunkle will read several poems .

$15 Adults
Kids 12 and under Free

Friday, May 12th, 2017 @ 8:00pm
Occidental Center for the Arts

Saturday, May 13th, 2017 @ 8:00pm
Occidental Center for the Arts

Sunday, May 14th, 2017 @ 3:00pm
Glaser Center
547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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

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