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Calendar December 7-14, 1995
Aesthetic Approach, mini-theater, Great Petaluma Mill, 6 Petaluma Blvd South. 765-9633. Through Dec 16, mixed media by Dolly Cahill Johnson. Hours: Daily, 10 to 6.
Alinder Gallery, 39165 Hwy 1, Gualala. 884-4884. Through Feb 11, group show “But It Doesn’t Match the Couch: Exceptional Photographs for Your Walls.” Hours: Thursday-Monday, 11 to 5:30, and by appointment.
Art Advisory Group, 8463 Peachland Ave, Sebastopol. 579-7977. Ongoing, work of Mary Silverwood. Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 11 to 5. Art for Living, 216 Petaluma Blvd North, Petaluma. 766-1553. Through December, “Small Treasures,” group show in multimedia. Also, recent work by Camille Przewodek. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11 to 5; Sunday, noon to 5.
Arts Guild of Sonoma, 140 East Napa St, Sonoma. 996-3115. Nov 30 through Dec 31, “Holiday Show,” mixed-media group exhibit of ornaments, cards, and other holiday items. Reception: Dec 2, 5 to 7. Hours: Weekdays and Sunday, 11 to 5; Saturday, 10 to 5.
Arts in Action: Cultural Arts Council sponsors free art events in Santa Rosa Plaza. Dec1 at noon and 5, Aymuray (traditional Christmas music). Dec 2 at 3, Twelth Night Singers. Dec 4 at 10:30, Forrestville School Youth Orchestra; at 7, Rohnert Park Community Band. Dec 6 at 7, Alma Andina (traditional Christmas music).
Artwalk: After-hours tour of Sebastopol galleries features chance to meet artists; also music and food. Galleries include Quicksilver Mine Co., Millennium Arts, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, and West County Museum. Dec 7, from 5 to 8. Free. For maps and details, call 829-2416.
Atelier de Chant, 2 E St, between Sonoma Avenue and Second Street, Santa Rosa. 525-8810. Ongoing, works of Gail Packer, El Meyer, J. D. Mayhew, and Edmund Dechant. Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 to 5. Belvedere Winery, 4035 Westside Road, Healdsburg. 433-8236. Through December, porcelains by Virgina Graves. Hours: Weekdays, 10 to 4:30.
California Museum of Art, LBC, East Mall, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 527-0297. Through Dec 23, “California Small Works.” Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 11 to 4.
Christopher Queen Galleries, Hwy 116, Duncans Mills. 865-1318. Dec 1 through Jan 1, group mixed-media Christmas show. Hours: Wednesday-Monday, 11 to 5.
Coop Fine Art/Craft Gallery, 14775 Third St Alley, Occidental. 874-1937. Through Dec 31, second anniversary show. Hours: Friday-Monday, noon to 5.
Dolphin Gallery, next to post office in Gualala, Hwy 1. 884-3896. Through Jan 8, “Holiday Boutique,” local gift items. Hours: Weekdays, 10 to 3; closed Tuesday.
18 Western, 18 Western Ave, Petaluma. 763-4586. Ongoing, artifact paintings by Charles V. Parker, plus antique art of American Indians. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11 to 5.
El Sueno, 17175 Bodega Hwy, Bodega. 876-3056. Through December, group show featuring steels by Gerry Anderson and Homer Johnson, enamels by Alana Clearlake, mixed media by Dian Becker, and mixed metals by Cathy Richardson. Hours: Friday-Sunday, 11 to 5.
Finley Community Center, 2060 West College Ave, Santa Rosa. 543-3737. Through Jan 5, group show by members of Curtis Etching Press and Life Drawing Studio, photgraphy by Frank Kasino, and holiday greeting cards by artists both professional and amateur. Reception: Dec 8, 5 to 7. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 to 7.
Franki Waters Gallery, 1588 Eastshore Road, Bodega Bay. 875-3388. Ongoing, “Monet Four,” etchings by Gail Packer. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 to 5; Sunday, 10 to 4.
Freestone House Gallery, 306 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone. 823-3710. Ongoing exhibit of garden art and landscapes by local artists. Hours: Thursday-Monday, 9 to 5.
Gallery Gae Shulman, 115 East Napa St, Sonoma. 939-9600. Through Dec 31, “Adornments: Personal and Otherwise,” multimedia group show focusing on home and life art-accessories. Hours: Sunday, Thursday, and Friday, 11 to 6; Saturday, 11 to 8; Monday, 1 to 6.
Greta Peck Gallery, 531 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 578-9202. Ongoing, new works by Jean Mooney, Ali Golkar, and Louisa King Fraser. Reception for Golkar: Dec 1, 6 to 9. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 to 6.
Healdsburg Museum, 221 Matheson St, Healdsburg. 431-3325. Through Feb 4, “Antique and Collectible Toys: 1880-1939.” Open house for children: Dec 3, 12:30 to 3:30. Free. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 to 4.
Henley’s Gallery, 1000 Annapolis Road, Sea Ranch. 785-2951. Through Dec 31, “Christmas at Henley’s,” group show of fine arts and crafts. Hours: Daily, 11 to 5.
Jesse Peter Museum, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 527-4479. Ongoing, “America’s Heritage: Indian Art from Many Nations.” Hours: Weekdays, noon to 4.
Karl Walburg Gallery, 129 Fourth St, Railroad Square, Santa Rosa. 546-4760. Ongoing, pastels by Maya Speilman, oils by Timothy Dixon, and photography by Bob Nixon. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 to 6; Sunday, 10 to 2; Monday by appointment.
King-Heller Gallery, Salmon Creek Road at Bodega Hwy, Bodega Bay. 876-3305. Through Dec 9, sculpture and drawings by David Hamilton and Joy Fibben. Hours: Saturday, 10 to 7; Sunday, 10 to 4.
Lee Youngman Galleries, 1316 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 942-0585. Ongoing, American traditional paintings by Maurice Harvey, Paul Youngman, Ralph Love, and others. Also, bronze and wood sculpture by Bob Boomer, Bill Girard, and Mehl Lawson. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 to 5.
Local Color Artist Gallery, 1588 Eastshore Road, Bodega Bay. 875-2744. First anniversary show, featuring work by Audrey Jacobs, Bob Martin, Bettey Weaver, and others. Dec 9, 1 to 4. Ongoing, work by artists’ collective in all media. Hours: Daily, 10 to 5.
MamaLuna Gallery, 6906 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 829-7625. Through December, “New Glass Visions,” stained glass by Tia Juana Finnegan. Reception: Dec 1, at 7.
Margaret Douglas Gallery, 124 West Napa St, Sonoma. 935-6254. Through Dec 30, contemporary glass by Dale Chihuly. Hours: Monday and Wednesday-Sunday, 11 to 5.
Milagros, 414 First St East, Suite D, Sonoma. 939-0834. Ongoing, Oaxacan wood carvings, masks, paintings, clay pottery, and other indigenous Mexican folk art. Hours: Daily, 11 to 6; closed Tuesday.
Millennium Arts, on Sebastopol Plaza. 829-5541. Through Dec 24, “Fast Food, Fast Cars, Fast Dogs,” oils by Mylette Welch. Reception: Dec 7, 5:30 to 8. Hours: Monday and Wednesday-Saturday, 10:30 to 5:30; Sunday, 11 to 4.
North Eagle Gallery, 6191 Sonoma Hwy, Santa Rosa. 538-2554. Dec 1 through Jan 1, group show by Creative Connection artists. Ongoing, bonsai plant collection, and ceramics by Caryn Fried and Wayne Reynolds. Hours: Daily, 10 to 5:30.
Osborn Gallery, 31 East Napa St, Sonoma. 935-3442. Ongoing, group show featuring paintings by Hal Larson, Richard Evans, and Judith Stewart. Hours: Thursday-Tuesday, 10 to 5:30.
Pacific LifeCare, 438 First St, #430, Santa Rosa. 579-ARTS. Through Dec 8, “A Burst of Local Color,” pastels, watercolors, and acrylics by Marsha Connell, Don Van Amerongen, and David Kingwill. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 to 12 and 1 to 5.
Paradise Ridge Winery, 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa. 528-9463. Through Dec 31, “Lavender Blue,” pastels by Mary Silverwood. Hours: Daily, 11 to 6.
Passage Art Gallery, 414 First St East, Sonoma. 939-1190. Through Dec 25, group exhibit and holiday show featuring silk painting by Jean Monroe and Dana Draper, silver ornaments by Laurie Marson, porcelain work by Lynn Swan, and Chinese brushwork by Andrea Allen. Hours: Friday-Monday, 11 to 6.
Petaluma Historical Museum and Library, 20 Fourth St. 778-4398. Ongoing, historical representations of south county life over last century, including Miwok artifacts, dairy production, and culture, art, and clothing. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 to 4; Sunday, 1 to 4.
Press House Gallery, At Buena Vista Winery, 18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma. 935-1729. Dec 1 through Jan 14, watercolors by Sheila Golden. Reception: Dec 3, 1 to 4. Artists work in-residence Wednesday-Sunday. Hours: Daily, 10:30 to 4:30.
Querica Gallery, 25193 Hwy 116, Suite C, Duncans Mills. 865-0243. Through Dec 31, “Water, Fields, and Skies,” oils by Joseph Bellacera. Hours: Wednesday-Monday, 10 to 5.
Quicksilver Mine Company, 154 North Main St, Sebastopol. 829-2416. Through Jan 7, “A Sense of Place,” Polaroid transfers by Kathleen Carr, assemblage by Kay Nelson, and paper art by Sharon Robinson. Reception: Dec 1, 5:30 to 7:30. Hours: Daily, 10 to 5:30.
Redwing Blackbird Gallery, 5531 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa. 528-0779. Ongoing, electronic and wood sculptures by Charles Churchill. Hours: Daily, 9 to 6.
Ren Brown Collection Gallery, 1781 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay. 875-2922. Ongoing, contemporary Japanese prints and works by local artists. Hours: Thursday-Monday, 10 to 5, and by appointment.
Santa Rosa City Hall, City Council Chambers, 100 Santa Rosa Ave. 579-ARTS. Through Jan 5, works of artists exhibiting at new and ongoing Artisans’ Fairs. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 to 5.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 500 North Main St. 829-4797. Through Dec 18, “Of This Earth,” works by Darlene Boy, Tomas Hakanson, J. C. Henderson, and others. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 1 to 4.
Silver Mine Trading Company, 122 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 765-1176. Silversmith work by Bufford Dawahoya, Ray Tracey, and Lynol Yellowhorse, plus Hopi and Acoma pottery. Ongoing. Hours: Daily, 9 to 8.
SoFo Gallery, Cultural Arts Council of Sonoma County, 300 South A St, Santa Rosa. 579-ARTS. Dec 1 through Dec 25, “Interiors,” mixed-media group show featuring Marylou Downing, Noriko Hasegawa, Sally Baker, and others focusing on art, furniture, and paintings for the home. Reception: Dec 1, 5 to 7. Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 to 4.
Sonoma County Board of Supervisor’s Office, 575 Administration Drive, Santa Rosa. 579-ARTS. Through Jan 20, “In the Eye of the Beholder,” photographs by Peggy Morgan. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 to 5.
Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. 579-1500. Through Jan 1, “The Giant Who Swallowed the Moon: Indonesian Children’s Art from Java and Bali.” Adjunct Saturday afternoon events accompany exhibits through Dec 16 at 1. $2, adults; $1, students/seniors; 12 and under, free. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 11 to 4.
Sonoma County Office of Education, 5340 Skylane Blvd, Santa Rosa. 579-ARTS. Through Dec 15, “Autumn and Winter Landscapes of Sonoma County,” works by Robert Easley, Sheila Golden, Bernice Iriks, and others. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 to 5.
Soundscape, 314 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 578-4434. Dec 1 through Jan 27, “Science and Fantasy,” group exhibit featuring work of Randall Jahn, Hoitis, and Tim Cantor. Reception: Dec 1, 7 to 10. Hours: Weekdays, 11 to 7; Saturday, 12 to 5.
SRJC Gallery Bussman Hall, 1501 Mendocino Ave. 527-4298. Through Dec 10, “Mysterium,” group show examining search for luminous and transcendent in art, featuring work by Gay Shelton, Katherine Sherwood, Jeff Adams, Larry Thomas, and others. Hours: Tuesday-Friday and Sunday, noon to 4.
Steele Lane Community Center, 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. 5434-3282. Through Dec 8, hats by Amy Smith and drawings by Stefan Boales. Hours: Weekdays, 10 to 5.
Transmission Co-op Gallery, 312 South A St, Santa Rosa. 5256-1108. Artists open studios for two-day open house and holiday sale. Artists include Lauren Altman, Michelle Broe, M.J. Burtleson, Steven Milton, Vic Ruggles, and Kathleen Thompson-Siegel. Dec 2-3, 11 to 4. Free.
Tribal Beginnings American Indian Art Gallery, 6914 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 829-2174. Ongoing, antique Navajo textiles and antique baskets, jewelry, and pottery. “First Tuesday” discussion series on first Tuesday of each month. Free. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 to 5:30.
University Art Gallery, SSU, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 664-2295. Through Dec 17, two contemporary photography shows, “Street Engagements: Social Landscape Photography of the Sixties” and “The Urban Landscape: Recent Photographs.” Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11 to 4; Saturday-Sunday, noon to 4.
Village Art Supply, 525 Hahman Drive, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. 575-4501. Through Dec 9, oils by Mark Jacobson. Hours: Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 to 6; Thursday, 9:30 to 8; Sunday, 10 to 4.
Vision and Magick Fine Arts Gallery, 21 Fourth St, Petaluma. 1-800-41-VISION. Ending Dec 3, “Trance’N’dance: Shamanic Visions,” multimedia group show. Adjunct activities include exhibiting artist presentations on Sunday from 2 to 4. Free. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 to 6; Sunday-Monday, 11 to 5.
West County Museum, 261 South Main St, Sebastopol. 829-6711. Through February, “Eclectic Collections,” selections from some 30 Sonoma County residents’ personal collections. Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 1 to 4.
William Lester Gallery, 11101 State Route 1, Point Reyes Station. 415-663-9365. Ongoing, watercolors by Joyce Laws, oils by Stan Painter, and pastels by Clark Mitchell, as well as work by other Northern California artists. Hours: Thursday-Monday, 10:30 to 6.
Wilson Street Gallery, 602 Wilson St, Santa Rosa. 523-1950. Formerly known as American School of Japanese Arts. Ending Dec 3, “In the Circle,” mixed media by Mario Uribe. Dec 9-23, “Almost Only Nudes and Angels,” group show in mixed media. Reception: Dec 8, 5 to 8. Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 1 to 5.
Wolfard and Company, 2408 Magowan Drive, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. 542-7426. Through Jan 30, “Capturing the Challenge of Watercolor,” with work by Katherine Fell, Sally Cataldo, and Lori Paternoster. Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 to 8:30; Saturday, 10 to 6; Sunday, 10 to 5.
Acapulco, 505 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 544-8400. Karaoke, Thursdays-Saturdays, at 9.
A’Roma Roasters and Coffeehouse, 95 Fifth St, Railroad Square, Santa Rosa. 576-7765. Weekend jazz and acoustic music from 8 to 11. Nov 30, Daniel Hannaford (Spanish guitar). Dec 1, Dianne Patterson Trio. Dec 2, Jump Monk Duo.
Bleachers, 1801 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa. 523-4301. Open 9 to 1. Wednesdays, country DJ dancing, $3. Fridays-Saturdays, Latino DJ dancing, $5.
Blue Heron, Hwy 116 at Moscow Road, Duncans Mills. 865-9135. Closed Tuesdays. Live music on weekends in evening.
Blue Rose Cafe, 420 Center St, Healdsburg. 433-8489. Thursdays, Tribal Love Party with Earl Thomas and Mark Huls (blues).
Brick House Cafe, 134 Petaluma Blvd North, Petaluma. 762-3656. Wednesdays, Trivial Pursuit contest. Thursdays, open mike with Buzzy Martin. Live music.
Calistoga Inn, 1250 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga. 942-4101. Nov 30, Frederick Nighthawk (New Orleans—style piano). Dec 6, Rick Hatfield (harmonica) and open mike.
Cantina, 500 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 523-3663. Wednesdays, from 5 to 8, free evening child care for patron parents with kids ages 2-10. Friday-Saturday nights at 9, Cantina becomes Arriba, with DJ Stefan Gilmore on Fridays and DJ Kenny Anderson on Saturdays.
Club Max, at Red Lion Hotel, Rohnert Park. 584-5466. Thursdays, from 8 to 12, DJ dancing with Arturo. Fridays-Saturdays, from 9 to 1:30, Unrelated (live music).
Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 829-6600. Tuesdays, D. Jaz Band. Wednesdays, open mike with Don Cobb. Thursdays, Extended Family (jazz). Dec 1, Melange. Dec 2, Adina Sara.
Copperfield’s Cafe, 144 Kentucky St, Petaluma. 762-8798. Wednesdays, trivia night. Dec 1, 4 Wheel Jet, Amanda. Dec 2, Lids. Dec 7, Bones (acoustic rock).
Cricklewood, 4618 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa. 527-7768. No cover. Fridays-Saturdays, Bob Lucas (jazz piano and vocals).
Dancing Goat Coffee Roastery and Cafe, 324 Center St, Healdsburg. 433-9081. Nov 30, Mark Taylor (guitar), Martin Matz (poetry). Dec 1, Bananafish. Dec 2, Buzzy Martin. Dec 7, Karry Walker (blues).
Elite Cafe, 8465 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor. 837-8800. Thursdays, Steve Wolf’s Jazz Cruisers.
Flamingo Resort Hotel, 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 545-8530. Thursdays and Sundays, dancing to music by DJ Fabian. Dec 1-2, Unrelated.
Fourth Street Bistro, 645 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 526-2255. Thursdays and Sundays, Michael Stevenson (classical guitar); Fridays, Mark Taylor (flamenco); Saturdays, David Pope (baroque guitar).
Friar Tuck’s Pub, 570 East Cotati Ave, Cotati. 792-9847. Thursdays, modern music DJ.
Funhouse, 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 545-1773. Wednesdays, Funhouse becomes Recreation with classic modern and house music. Thursdays, country music and line dancing. Fridays-Saturdays, R&B, hip-hop, techno, house, and retro music. Sundays, it’s Heaven, gay and lesbian dance club.
Heaven, 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 545-1768 or 544-6653. Sundays only. Gay and lesbian dance club featuring DJ music and pool tables. No cover before 6. Dec 3, moonlight dancing.
Higher Grounds, 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 525-8125. Tuesday-Wednesday nights, acoustic guitar. Open mike every night.
Inn of the Beginning, 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 77-TUNES. All ages welcome. Most shows $3. Nov 30, Bananafish. Dec 1, Lion Pride. Dec 2, Windcave. Dec 3, 7th Heaven. Dec 4, Dave and Grant. Dec 5, Jim Ruslik and Upstarts. Dec 6, Gypsy Caravan and Light Rain. Dec 7, Alice D. Micelle and Copperwimmin. Dec 8, Commons. Dec 9, Patch, Blindspot, Cropduster.
Jasper O’Farrell’s, 6957 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. 823-1389. Open mike, Tuesdays at 8. Sports and darts, Wednesdays. Dec 1, True Blue (Motown). Dec 2, Caffeine. Dec 3, Rick Hatfield (harmonica). Dec 7, Michael Ratkin.
John Barleycorn’s, 2700 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. 526-3511. No cover. Nov 30, Midnight Sun. Dec 1, Blenders. Dec 2, Shed Yer Blues. Dec 6, Gary Roché.
Kodiak Jack’s Honky-Tonk and Saloon, 256 Petaluma Blvd North, Petaluma. 765-5760. Nightly country dance lessons from 7 to 9, Tuesdays-Sundays. $3, free on Fridays and Saturdays. DJ dancing at 9 every night.
La Grande’s Restaurant, Todd and Stony Point roads, Santa Rosa. 584-8803. Fridays-Saturdays, 7 to 11, Jess Petty and Ken Chambers Duo (ballroom dance).
Lena’s, 509 Adams St, Santa Rosa. 542-5532. Saturdays, Johnny Otis, two shows, at 9 and 10:30.
Lyon’s, 190 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa. 528-9311. Tuesdays, from 6 to 8, Ron Thompson (jazz).
Magnolia’s, 107 Fourth St, Railroad Square, Santa Rosa. 526-1006. Nov 30, Madge, Sir Reale.
Mama Donna’s Restaurant, 8868 Lakewood Drive, Windsor. 838-3371. Every Sunday, from 3 to 7, Steve Wolfe’s Jazz Cruisers.
Marty’s Top o’ the Hill, 8050 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. 823-5987. Free country dance lessons every Wednesday, 9 to 12. Thursdays, karaoke.
Midway Cafe, 15045 River Road, Guerneville. 869-0501. Sundays, blues with Levi Lloyd and Nils Moline. Mondays, football with cheap beer and pool. Tuesdays, open mike with John Van Riper. Thursdays, “Absolutely Fabulous,” British sitcom. Dec 1, Scenic Drive. Dec 2, Kitty and Delta Hairballs.
Molly Malone’s, 245 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg. 431-1856. Mondays, pool league; Wednesdays, dart league. Sundays at 8, Cisco and Reynolds.
Mudd’s Cafe and Juice Bar, 1426 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 573-7180. Mondays, Russian River Writers Guild. Tuesdays, Mudd’s becomes Multimedia Cafe with presentations of different aspects of interactive digital media. Thursdays, Mudd’s Study Hall (quiet music, student discounts). Nov 30, record release party with Diesel Boy, Ten Foot Pole, and Patch.
Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St East, Sonoma. 935-0660. Nov 30, Amy Kirsh and Carlo Calabi (traditional songs and harmonies).
Mystic Theatre, 21 Petaluma Blvd North, Petaluma. 765-6665. Nov 30, Mother Hips, Nuts, Papas Culture. Dec 1, Moana. Dec 2, Hangman’s Daughter, Sweet Virginia. Dec 6, Robben Ford, Soul Drivers. Dec 8, Johnsons.
Negri’s, 3700 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental. 823-5301. Nick Gravenites every Friday.
New George’s, 842 Fourth St, San Rafael. 415-457-1515. Nov 30, Cosmic Picnic. Dec 2, Pele Juju.
Old Vic, 731 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 571-7555. Jazz on Sundays, blues on Mondays. Dec 9, Sorrentinos.
Papa’s Taverna, 5688 Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma. 769-8545. Sundays, Greek dancing and lessons, from 12:30. Dec 1, Nearly Beloved (C&W).
Petaluma Queen, 255 Weller St, Petaluma. 1-800-750-7501. Live music on cruise boat. Sundays, Jazz Etc.
Phoenix Theater, Washington and Keller streets, Petaluma. 762-3566 or 762-3565. Fridays and Saturdays, live rock, reggae, punk, and ska bands. Dec 8, Stone Merlin, Mindtwist, Fingers, Dancing Algerians.
Piero’s, 96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa. 523-3800. Open Wednesdays-Saturdays, 9pm to 2. Wednesdays, comedy night. Thursdays, college night. Saturdays, club becomes “Union” with DJ Dave Matthias.
Prospect Park, 515 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 526-2662. Fridays, jazz sax with Cash Farrar.
Quincy’s Pub and Cafe, 6590 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park. 585-1079. Wednesdays, modern, techno, and alternative DJ. Thursdays, country music and dancing with Q105 DJ Bonnie Hendrin. Fridays, Top 40 dance music DJ.
Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, downtown Cotati. 795-7868. Acoustic music. Sunday brunch music. Acoustic open mike every Monday starting at 7. Open-mike poetry every Tuesday at 8 with host Pierrette.
Ristorante di Mare, 2001 Hwy 1, Bodega. 875-3333. Fridays-Saturdays, Primavera Duo (classical guitar and violin).
Santa Rosa Brewing Company, 458 B St at Seventh Street, Santa Rosa. 544-HOPS. Sundays, Celtic Happy Hour from 5:30. Tuesdays, jazz sax with Cash Farrar. Nov 30, Derek and Aces.
Sellini’s 2250 Airport Blvd, Santa Rosa. 573-6900. Sundays, noon to 3, live jazz with Bob Lucas and friends.
707 Club, Los Robles Lodge, 1975 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa. 542-3330. Steady weekly entertainment. Mondays, football. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, karaoke. Thursdays, free West Coast swing dance lessons from 7 to 9; dancing after. Fridays, dance music with David Wayne. Saturdays, request night.
Slice of Life, 6970 McKinley St, Sebastopol. 829-6627. Saturday-Sunday nights at 6, classical and flamenco guitar of Daniel Hannaford.
Station House Cafe, 11180 State Route 1, Point Reyes Station. 415-663-1515. Music every weekend. Saturdays, Bart Hopkin (acoustic guitar). Sundays, jazz duo Bart Hopkin and John Goodman. Dec 1, Artifacts (masters of folk and swing). Dec 8, Mark Naftalin (blues piano).
Steamer Gold, Great Petaluma Mill, Petaluma Blvd South. 778-2267. Country dance lessons Tuesdays and Thursdays. Wednesdays, college night. Saturdays, music of ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s with DJ Seanee. Sundays, C&W dancing. Mondays, West Coast swing with lessons. Free on weekends, $3-$5 weekdays.
Stony Point Grill, 138 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa. 578-1953. Karaoke on Saturdays. Sundays, Steve Wolfe’s Jazz Cruisers, 11:30am to 2:30pm.
Sweetriver Saloon, 248 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa. 526-0400. Comedy every Friday and Saturday at 10. Dec 1-2, Michael Meehan, Gina Faldetta.
Sweetwater, 153 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 415-388-2820. Mondays, open mike with John Egan, 8:30. Nov 30, Box Set. Dec 1, Jimmy Dillon and Gypsies. Dec 2, Norton Buffalo and Knockouts. Dec 5, Patchwork. Dec 6, Greg Piccolo and Heavy Juice. Dec 7, Jesse Colin Young.
Tradewinds, 8210 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. 795-7878. Live music, no cover. Nov 30, Pulsators. Dec 1, Groove Makers. Dec 2, Hell Hounds.
Twin Oaks Lounge, 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove. 795-5118. No cover. Fridays and Saturdays, Cisco and the Kids Band (country rock), from 9 to 1:30.
Villa, 3901 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 528-7755. Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 1, Metro (live R&B).
Force in the Crowd: University Dance Ensemble presents “tapestry of individual student visions” with student choreographers and dancers performing to works of Fats Waller, Henry Mancini, Soundgarden, and Anointed. Nov 30 and Dec 1-2 at 8. SSU, Dance Studio Theatre PE 1, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. $3-$7. 664-2353.
Gypsy Caravan: Belly dancers undulate to strains of music by Light Rain. Dec 6 at 8. Inn of the Beginning, 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. $5. 77-TUNES.
Petaluma City Ballet: Dec. 1-3. Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. Veterans Memorial Bldg., 1094 Petaluma Blvd. $9-$14. 765-3972.
Redwood Empire Ballet: Dec. 8-10. Friday at 8; Saturday at 2 and 8; Sunday at 3. Sugar plum parties follow matinée performances, $3-$5 extra. LBC, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $7.50-$15. 523-3046.
Contessi Ballet: Dec. 9-10. Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30; Sunday at 2:30. Preview performance Dec. 2 at 1 at Oliver’s Market, 546 East Cotati Ave, Cotati. Regular shows at Evert Person Theatre, SSU, 1501 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. $10-$12; preview free. 795-1999.
Ballet Califia: Dec. 15-17. Friday-Saturday at 8; Sunday at 2:30. Spreckels Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. $12-$16. 584-1700.
Ballet California: Dec. 16-17 at 2 and 7. Meet the cast after the show, $3 extra. LBC, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $10-$19. 546-3600.
Adobe Luminaria Fiesta: Old Adobe State Park reverts to grand old days of General Vallejo with re-creations of holidays past, Las Posadas procession, and lighting of 800 luminaria candles at dusk. Dec 9, 2 to 5. Adobe and Casa Grande roads. Free. 762-4871.
Ashes to Ash: Chef John Ash celebrates release of new healthy-cooking cookbook with reception and reservations-only dinner, sponsored by Copperfield’s Books. Nov 30 at 5. John Ash & Co., 4330 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa. $5, reception; $40, dinner. 526-7687.
Billiards Tournament: Qualifier tournament of World Open Billiards Championships. Finals in January to be filmed by ESPN and hold $310,000 purse. Dec 9-10, from noon. Open to public spectators. Team Player’s Billiards, 625 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. For details, call 526-3901.
Calistoga Community Christmas Bazaar: Get early start on holidays, buy tree from Boy Scouts, and help support community organizations. Plenty of food. Dec 2, 9 to 4. Calistoga Fairgrounds, Oak and Fairway. Free. 942-6972.
Chanukah Book Fair: Storyteller Ruth Halpern tells tales old and new at synagogue book sale and event. Refreshments available. Dec 3, 12:30 to 4; Halpern at 2:15. Ner Shalom Synagogue, 85 La Plaza, Cotati. $2, individuals; $6, families. 664-8622.
Christmas at the Mission: General and Mrs. Vallejo entertain visitors in costumed finery for old-fashioned evening of singing, candle processions, hot chocolate, and mission tours. Los Bohemios singing group entertains. Dec 10. Barracks open at 5:30 to hand out tickets on first-come, first-served basis for 6 and 7pm tours. Free, but non-perishable food donation suggested. Sonoma Mission, First Street East at Spain Street. 938-1519.
Christmas with the Kids: Year-round Santa Bob Burke dons red fuzzy hat again to host holiday revue and feast with his group of kids fighting leukemia and cancer. Dine at Farmhouse Inn and watch the show. Dec 6, 6 to 9. 7871 River Road, Forestville. Free, but donations heartily accepted. 887-3300.
Community Awards Dinner: Hispanic Chamber of Comerce hosts dinner to honor individuals and businesses that have distinguished themselves in public service. Dec. 5, 5:30 to 9. Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club, 5110 Oak Meadow Drive. $35. 526-7744.
Crafts Fair: Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks Dept hosts 20th annual holiday crafts fair with musicians, food, and crafts of all kinds, including drop-in holiday crafts for kids. Dec 2-3. Saturday, from 9 to 5; Sunday, from 10 to 4. Kids’ crafts, both days from 10 to noon and 2 to 4. Held concurrently at Steele Lane Community Center, 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa, and Finley Community Center, 2060 West College Ave, Santa Rosa. Free. 543-3737.
Dickens Fair: Downtown Cloverdale is transformed into olde England with carolers, crafts, vendors, tree lighting, and more. Dec 2-3, from 10. Tree lighting, Dec 1 at 5:30. Downtown Cloverdale. Free. 894-4470.
Feasts of Four Cultures: Sonoma County Museum hosts meals in conjunction with exhibit of childrens’ art from Bali and Java. Feasts begin at 7 and include drinks, tax, and tip. Reservations suggested. Dec 5, Indonesian cuisine at China Room. All meals $32-$35. 579-1500.
Festival of Lights: Osher Marin Jewish Community Center hosts annual Chanukah celebration with crafts, games, storytelling, latke brunch, and candle lighting. Dec 10, noon to 2. Hoytt Theater, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Free admission. 415-479-2000.
Festival of Lights: Six Kenwood wineries participate in well-lit evening of holiday wine-tasting, singing, appetizer eating, and unbridled shopping. Guests encouraged to progress from one winery to another. Dec 7, 5:30 to 8:30. Various locations. $15. For map and details, call 833-5891.
Forestville Tree Lighting: Join others in community event with caroling, candy canes, cider, and Santa. Dec 2 at 5. Oddfellows Hall, Front and Covey streets. Free. 887-3300.
Frogs! West County Museum hosts crafts and frog sale. Dec 9, 1 to 4. 261 South Main St, Sebastopol. Free. 829-6711.
The Giant Who Swallowed the Moon: Monthlong series of Saturday afternoon events to complement childrens’ art exhibit at Sonoma County Museum. All events at 1. Dec 2, lecture by exhibit curator Joseph Fischer. 425 Seventh St, Santa Rosa. $1-$2; children under 12, free. 579-1500.
Handmade Holidays: Artisans’ Fair returns to Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa with storytelling by Georgia Churchill, jazz guitar by Chris Wood, and a bevy of pre-pubescent wünderkind musicians, as well as plenty of handcrafted gifts. Dec 2, 10 to 5. Free. 576-0924.
Healdsburg Parade: Santa comes to town in antique fire truck to kick off holiday season with plenty of good cheer. Parade begins Dec 3 at noon. Piper and Center streets. Ends at Plaza. Free. 433-6935.
Heritage Homes: Four Petaluma Victorian homes open their decorated parlors to public for self-guided tour. Dec 3, 6 to 9. Various locations. $8. For map and details, call 762-3456.
Holiday Boat Parade: Decorated boats illuminate Petaluma River, arriving at turning basin to show off finery, and allow Santa to do his stuff. Dec 9 at 6:30. All along river, basin in front of Great Petaluma Mill, 6 Petaluma Blvd South. Free. 778-1833.
Holiday Festival: Lincoln Arts Center artists open their studios for sale of crafts, jewelry, scuplture, furniture, and more. Dec 9-10, 11 to 6. 709 Davis St, Santa Rosa. Free. 544-8618.
Holiday Open House: Luther Burbank Home and Gardens deck out for Victorian Christmas with gifts for sale, and auction of cutting from Burbank’s original Cedar of Lebanon tree. Dec 2-3, 10 to 4, at Santa Rosa and Sonoma avenues. Free. 524-5445.
Las Posadas: Mother Lode Musical Theatre re-creates traditional Hispanic honoring of Our Lady of Guadalupe by performing play of holy family seeking asylum before birth of Christ. Adjunct art show in lobby, caroling, refreshments, and more. Dec 12 at 7. LBC, Main Theatre, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $5-$7. 546-3600.
Light up a Life: Home Hospice of Petaluma offers public chance to honor loved ones who have died by buying light for hospice tree. Dec 1 at 7. Center Park, in front of Mystic Theatre, 21 Petaluma Blvd. South. $10 for light. 542-5045.
Mark West Tree Lighting: Mark West Estate Vineyard lights 80 foot Christmas tree while carolers carol and public munches free popcorn and chestnuts. Dec 3. Event begins at 2; tree lighting at 5. 7010 Trenton-Healdsburg Road, Forestville. Free. 544-4813.
Memorial Service: Home Hospice sponsors this quiet candle-lighting service to pay tribute to loved ones. Dec 6 at 6. LBC, lobby, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. Free. 542-5045.
Model Train Layout: Demonstration version of Sonoma County Model Railroad Society’s layout at Showcase of Trains event. Dec. 2-3, from 10. Santa Rosa Christian School, 950 South Wright St. $3; under 12, free. 542-4759.
Multicultural Kids: MamaLuna Gallery and others sponsor daylong kids’ event with storytelling by childrens’ author Matthew Gollub, drumming and rhythm jam session with Phillip Ross, and bilingual songs and games. Bring instruments and sense of joy. Dec 2, from 10. Sebastopol Plaza. Free. 829-7625.
Occidental Crafts Fair: Local artisans sell their wares while Santa poses with the kids. Raffles and food too! Dec 9-10, 10 to 5. Occidental Community Center, corner of Bohmenian Hwy and Graton Road. Free. 874-1673.
Open House: Hanna Boys Center hosts 46th annual holiday open house with gift items, facility tours, and band concert. Dec 3, 1 to 3. 1700 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Free. 996-6767.
Our Lady of Guadalupe: Art for the Heart folk art gallery sponsors Las Posadas procession, ending in gallery reception. Dec 12 at 5:30. Bring candle for procession. Meet at Fulton Plaza, across from post office. Free. 579-8248.
Russian Heritage Christmas: Guerneville celebrates Slavic founding with monthlong series of events, including crafts fair Dec 2, and horse drawn carriage rides Dec 16. Merchants offer plenty of surprises and special promotions. For details on all, call 869-9000.
Singing for AIDS: Randy Rowlands’ Christmas Choir puts on holiday show to benefit Home Hospice and Face to Face. Cocktails precede. Dec 3. Cocktails at 6:30; music at 8. Friedman Center, 4676 Mayette Ave, Santa Rosa. $15, cocktails; $10, concert. 544-6653.
Spirit of Christmas: County’s mother of all crafts sales at fairgrounds features over 250 exhibitors as well as music of Michael Bolivar (Dec 1), Blue Moon (Dec 8), Pride & Joy (Dec 9), and others; children’s shows and crafts workshops. Dec 1-3 and Dec 8-10. Fridays, noon to 9; Saturdays-Sundays, 10 to 6:30. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. $1-$4; Fridays are free. 575-WELL.
Stories of Strong Women: Storytellers Georgia Churchill, Sandra McLees, and Lynn Van Cleave weave tales of humor and surprise. Dec 9 at 7. Sitting Room, 170 East Cotati Ave, Cotati. Free. 7695-9028.
Surprise and Delight: Storytellers Chris Amberger, Georgia Churchill, and Kate Luna gather to tell stories guaranteed to surprise and delight. Dec 2 at 7:30. Redwing Blackbird Storytelling Theatre, 5531 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa. Ages 6 and older, please. $5-$10, sliding scale. 528-0779.
Victorian Holiday Tea: Living history re-creation of proper high tea, set in beautiful old Petaluma Museum and Library. Dec 3, at 1, 3, and 5. Reservations required. 20 Fourth St. $25. 778-0123.
West Marin Crafts: Dance Palace in Point Reyes comes alive with artisans’ works, food, and music. Dec 1-3. Friday, 3 to 9; Saturday-Sunday, 10 to 5. Fifth and B streets. Free. 415-663-1075.
Winery Open House: Martini & Prati Winery offers samplings of traditional Italian food, mulled wine, and tours of winery. Dec 2-3, 10 to 5. Bring Toys for Tots donation and receive discount on winery goods. Tours at 11 and 3. 2191 Laguna Road, Santa Rosa. Free. 823-2404.
Winter Solstice Goddess Crafts Fair: Holiday crafts with a decidedly pagan twist are highlight of this female-oriented crafts fair. In addition to artisans, look for belly dancing, drumming, tarot readings, sacred theater, and more. Dec 10, 10:30 to 5:30. Sebastopol Veterans Bldg, 282 High St. $2. 795-8403.
Women’s Winter Crafts: Fair sponsored by Harmony Network and Women Against Rape offers early holiday shopping with objects made by female artists. Dec 3, 11 to 6. Sebastopol Veterans Bldg, 282 South High St. $2-$5, sliding scale. 823-9377.
Ye Olde Christmas Faire: Spanish-speaking Santa, local artisans, and charcoal portraits of children are only some of treats in store at crafts fair. Dec 10, noon to 6. Windsor Senior Center, 9231 Foxwood Drive. Free. 838-1250.
Annadel State Park, Channel Drive, off Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. 539-3911. Fishing, hiking, mountain biking, trails.
Austin Creek State Recreation Area, 17000 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville. 16 miles of trails; Douglas fir, madrone, and oak forests; campgrounds.
Howarth Park, Summerfield Road between Mongomery Drive and Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa. 524-5115. Boating, fishing, carousel, train ride, nature trails, tennis courts, animal barn, and playground.
The Inside Track, Join others for social walking program within confines of Santa Rosa Plaza. Daily, 6 to 10am. Free. For details, call 544-SHOP.
Jack London State Park, London Ranch Road, west of Glen Ellen. 938-5216. Author’s grave, museum, Wolf House ruins, history trail, hiking, and historic buildings.
Lake Sonoma, 3333 Skaggs Springs Road off Dry Creek Road, near Healdsburg. Water-skiing, jet-skiing, swimming, fishing, hiking, over 100 campsites, and boat rentals.
Petaluma Peds, Free guided walking tours of Petaluma’s historic downtown district led by costumed docents are offered every Saturday and Sunday morning at 10:30. Meet at Petaluma Historical Museum, 20 Fourth St. Donations accepted. 778-4398.
Skateboard Park, at Youth Community Park, Fulton Road, across from Piner High School. 524-5115. Large bowls and snake run for skateboarders; picnic areas and playground. Hours: 6am to 9pm.
Spring Lake, between Howarth Park and Annadel Park, Santa Rosa. Nature walks, hiking, boating, camping, and summer swimming. On Mondays, at 5:45pm, meet other singles and enjoy brisk trek around lake. For details, call 575-0355.
TrainTown, 20264 Broadway, Sonoma (Hwy 12, one mile south of plaza). 938-3912. Scenic miniature railroad runs through 10 acres of trees, animals, bridges, waterfalls, and historic replicas. Trips take 20 minutes. Fridays-Sundays, 10 to 5, through June 1. $3.50, adults; $2.50, children and seniors.
Warm Springs Dam and Fish Hatchery, 3333 Skaggs Springs Road off Dry Creek Road, near Healdsburg. 433-9483. Visitors’ center with exhibits and displays. Hours: Daily, from 9 to 4.
Wild-Bird Walks, Wild Bird Center offers walks first and third Saturday of each month. Meet at store and carpool to local destination. 1573 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa. 8am. Free. 546-9425.
Winter in the Wild, Learn how plants and animals adapt to changing seasons in lecture and field study. Dec 2, 10 to 4. Point Reyes National Seashore. $30. For details, call 415-663-1200.
Les Blank Retrospective: Second part of festival focuses on two recent works, “Sworn to Drum” and “Maestro,” with appearance by Blank. Dec 2 at 7:30. Gualala Arts Center, 38001 Old Stage Road, Gualala. $7. 884-1138.
Raven-MAD Midnight Movies: Raven Theater extends success of “Bob Dole” films with series of offbeat, violent, and beautiful films. Saturdays at midnight. 415 Center St, Healdsburg. Dec 2, Mel Gibson stars in “Road Warrior (Mad Max 2).” $5. 433-5448.
Sonoma Film Institute, Darwin Theater, SSU, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 664-2606. Dec 1-2 at 7, Robert Altman’s cinematic collection of Raymond Carver’s short stories, “Short Cuts.” $4-$2.50.
After Hours: YMCA offers safe social gathering place for teens, with emphasis on recreation, peer interaction, and self, offering Ping-Pong, swimming, basketball and volleyball, movies, pool, weight lifting, and more. Saturdays, 8 to midnight. 1111 College Ave, Santa Rosa. $3, non-members; free to members. 545-9622.
Boxing Program: Basic skills and amateur competition. For ages 8 and over. $20 for one year includes insurance and registration. $35 for coaches and officals clinic. Call American Made Boxing at 579-8043, Double Punches Boxing at 546-5011, or Community Boxing Center at 584-3892.
Card Workshop: Kids learn to make their own holiday greeting cards. Cards will be judged and distributed to needy seniors who could use cheering up. Dec 2 and 9. Plaza North Shopping Center, 259 North McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. Free. 762-2234.
Christmas Magic: Snoopy and his pals hit the ice again in new Christmas show visiting Paris, Aztec ruins, castles, and more. Dec 7 through Dec 30. Most shows at 3 and 7. Redwood Empire Ice Arena, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. $10-$32. 546-3385.
Discovery Center: Santa Rosa Plaza Mall, B Street side. 575-1014. Hands-on fun for kids to hammer, record, build, destroy, and just generally mess around (shh . . . while they learn). Wednesdays and Saturdays-Sundays, noon to 5. $2, members; $3, non-members.
Holiday Sing-Along: Children’s entertainer and songwriter Tim Cain leads evening of holiday fun for families. Dec 7 at 7. Polly Klaas Performing Arts Center, 417 Western Ave, Petaluma. $3. 765-1962.
Holiday Workshops: Kids learn to make homemade gifts, decorations, ornaments, and cards. Dec 2 and 9, 10 to noon and 2 to 4. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 500 North Main St. $20, includes materials and snacks. 829-4797.
Kid Street Theatre: Non-profit organization devoted to helping kids from all backgrounds and situations feel self-esteem and joy of accomplishment through drama, art, dance, and interaction offers new fall drop-in program for youths ages 5 to 18. Volunteers needed. 54 West Sixth St, Santa Rosa. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9 to 5. $5 per day, per child; free for families on AFDC. 525-9223.
Kids’ Nite Out: Sonoma County Family YMCA offers monthly overnight for kids ages 6-11 with swimming, games, crafts, movies, snacks. $5-$20. For details, call 545-9622.
Meet the Berenstein Bears: The whole Berenstein family will be on hand to meet kids, shake hands, and share a few life lessons. Dec 2, 10 to noon and 1:30 to 4. Treasure Books, Red Lion Plaza, 101 Gold Course Drive, Rohnert Park. Free. 584-3992.
More Santa: Santa comes steaming up by boat in town of Bodega, landing at Bodega Harbour Yacht club. Face painting and cookies help kids wait. Dec 9, 1 to 3. 21301 Heron Drive. Free. 874-1714.
Pippi Longstocking: Broadway for Kids, a national touring company, brings its version of the tale of the little red-headed girl with erect pigtails who lives happily outside adult rule with animal friends and a free-flowing soda fountain. Dec 1 at 7. LBC, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $8-$10. 546-3600.
Santa Arrives: Santa arrives at Sonoma Plaza Dec 1 at 5:30. Hot chocolate and cookies add to the cool pleasure. Free. 996-1033.
Santa in Situ: The Jolly One will take up residence at Circle of Friends store Dec 2 from noon to 4 and Dec 8 and 15, from 1 to 5. Kids get treats, tell wishes, and can have photo shot for $4. 126 Kentucky St, Petaluma. Free. 769-9707.
Youth and Government: Sonoma County Family YMCA offers program for sophomores, juniors, and seniors to participate in youth state government. For details, call 545-9622.
Beijing Report: Teacher Dorothy Battenfeld reports on her trip to NGO conference on women’s rights in China. Sponsored by United Nations Association of Sonoma County. Potluck precedes. Dec 11 at 6. First United Methodist Church, 1551 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. Free. 526-2693.
CoHousing Orientation: Learn more about communal life in slideshow and lecture offered by Acacia CoHousing Group. Dec 2, 2 to 4. Central Santa Rosa Library, Third and E streets. Free. 524-3928.
Community Education: Healdsburg General Hospital offers free Wednesday night lectures from 7:15 to 9 on various health issues. Dec 6, “Men’s Health Issues.” 911 Medical Center Plaza, Suite 24, Windsor. 837-8811.
Family and Friends: Series of evening lectures intended for family and friends of addicted or alcoholic individuals, but open to all. Every Thursday, 7 to 8:30. Nov 30, “The Disease Concept of Alcoholism and Addiction.” Dec 7, “The Making of a Co-dependent.” Senior Center, Room 18, 704 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Donations welcome. 546-3705.
Help for Single Parents: Youth and Family Outreach Center sponsors series of Saturday morning lectures for one-parent families. Dec 2, “Parenting Styles.” Dec 9, “Kids’ Grief.” 5200 Country Club Drive, Rohnert Park. $20/month. For times and details, call 579-0131.
Middle East Peace: San Francisco State Professor Dwight Simpson lectures on issues germane to current troubles in Middle East. Dec 4 at 7. LBC, Gold Room, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $2-$10. 573-6014.
Peace and Justice: Center offer Thursday night drop-in discussions, speakers, videos, and letter-writing opportunities. Every Thursday, 7 to 9. Nov 30, an evening of Thanksgiving sharing with video “The Visionaries” about Colombian street children and work of Father Xavier. Dec 7, “Spirituality and Political Action: Is There a Connection?” Free. 575-8902.
Peace Problems: Therese Mughannam-Walrath speaks on “Peace in the Middle East?” at potluck lecture. Bring dish to share and own table service. Dec 8 at 6. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sonoma County, 3641 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa. Free. 546-1019.
Publishing Salon: Writer Christina Salat offers series of lectures on various topics germane to publishing world. Fridays, 6 to 7. Dec 1, “Paid Word Lovers: Jobs in the Publishing Industry.” The Sitting Room, 170 East Cotati Ave, Suite C, Cotati. $10. 795-9028.
Speak Progressively: Speeches about global warming, nuclear disarmament, environmental issues, abortion laws, etc. First and third Mondays of each month at 7. Peace and Justice Center, 540 Pacific Avenue, Santa Rosa. Free. 942-0546.
Talks for the Evolving Human: Santa Rosa Therapy Network presents free Thursday Brown-Bag Lunch Break lecture series from noon to 1. Dec 7, “Body, Heart, and Soul: Being Oneself.” Santa Rosa Therapy Network, 201 D St, above Copperfield’s Cafe, Santa Rosa. Free. 544-8879.
WOMENSPEAK: Series of talks by women engaged in cultural transformation takes place on Thursdays at 7:30. Nov 30, “Zen and the Art of Mothering,” with Virginia Matthews. Downtown Art Space, 172 B North Main St, Sebastopol. $5 each, or $20 for series. 824-8741.
ACES: Association for Children for Enforcement of Support works to assist parents not receiving entitled support. Meets fourth Tuesday at 7, every month at Veterans Memorial Bldg, North Room, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa. 524-7176.
Adoption Process Support Groups: Hestia House weekly support groups. Birthmothers, Tuesdays at 5:30. Birth grandparents and triad group meet as needed. 882 Second St, Santa Rosa. Free. 527-1312.
Adult Children Anonymous: Open meeting for gay, lesbian, and straight folks. Thursdays at 7:30 at 1300 St. Francis Road in Learning Center Youth Room, Santa Rosa. Fridays from 8 to 9:30 at Christ Church United Methodist, 1717 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. 544-2130.
Bodega Bay Allied Arts: Meetings second Thursday of every month at 7:30 for presentations and discussions of art. Bodega Bay Community Center, 2255 Hwy 1. 875-3449.
Breast Cancer Support: Share feelings and experiences, explore treatment options, and learn how to cope, do breast self-exam, and deal with work and insurance. Facilitator Eileen Jensen, RN, MSN, family nurse practitioner. First and third Tuesdays of each month, from 6 to 8, at 6800 Palm Ave, Suite C-1, Sebastopol. Educational seminars at Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol on second Tuesday each month at 7. Free. 579-2490.
Caregivers Support Group: Provides information and support to family members and staff caring for elderly. Every second and fourth Monday, 1:30 to 3:30. Russian River Senior Center, 15010 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville. Free. 869-0618.
Central Sonoma County Art Association: Open to painters and sculptors in all media (no crafts, please). Meetings every third Thursday at 7. Dorothy Spreckels Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. $25 yearly dues. 546-6156.
CHADD: Information and support group for parents of children with attention deficit disorder meets second Monday of each month from 7 to 9. Rancho Cotate High School Library, 5450 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 765-4863.
Children’s Group: Teaching children to focus anger, express feelings, and solve problems is among topics to be addressed in group with adult facilitator. Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6. Family Education Center, 629 East D St, Petaluma. $45 per month. 762-8835.
Concord Coalition: Local chapter of organization dedicated to “educating the public about the destructive impact of the federal budget deficits on the economy.” Free. Call 545-0745 for time and place.
Contra Dances: Don’t expect to waltz with Ollie North; these aren’t Iran-Contra, just good old-fashioned country jigs. No experience or partner necessary. Third Friday of each month at 8. Monroe Hall, 1400 College Ave, Santa Rosa. $5-$6. 795-1011.
Dual Recovery: Self-help anonymous group for people facing mental or emotional illness combined with chemical or alcohol addiction. Every Thursday at 2. A Step Up, 420 East Cotati Ave, Cotati. 795-4336.
Fem-to-Fem Fun Day: Meetings last Sunday of every month for “fem” gay women to get together for various activities. Call for changing North Bay locations and information. Free. 824-1603.
Green Earth Community Circle: Celebrating earth spirituality. Every Monday night at 7. Fred’s Gathering Place, 1215 Morgan St, Santa Rosa. Donation of $4. 585-8714.
Healing Service: Congregation Beth Ami offers non-denominational service for those who need emotional or spiritual healing. Third Monday of each month at 7:30. 4676 Mayette Ave, Santa Rosa. Free. 545-4334.
Home Hospice Support Groups: Sonoma County chapter of Home Hospice announces 14 new support groups for bereaved parents, groups for kids and teens, and new Spanish-language meetings, to assist in coping with parent loss, AIDS, suicide losses, and more. Call for different times and locations. Most meetings held at Home Hospice, 1110 North Dutton Ave, Santa Rosa. Free; donations accepted. 542-5045.
Independent Arts Coalition: Meetings to establish a non-profit, all-volunteer independent venue for do-it-yourself bands and artists. Every Sunday at 7. Higher Grounds Cafe, 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 578-5865.
Mental Health Board: Sonoma County Mental Health Board meets fourth Wednesday of each month at 6. Planning Commission Chambers, 575 Administration Drive, #107, Santa Rosa. 576-4850.
North Bay Adoptions: Parent-led international adoption agency. Informational meetings on last Tuesday of every other month at 7. Church of the Roses, 2500 Patio Court, near Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Open to public. Free. 837-0277.
NOWO Local chapter of National Organization for Women meets third Monday of every month from 7 to 9, at Peace and Justice Center, 540 Pacific Ave, Santa Rosa, for lecture, discussion, and networking. Business meetings on first Monday of every month from 7 to 9. Call 527-8562 or 523-9533.
Old World Carolers: A-cappella choir meets every Thursday for practice sessions to prepare for holiday season. For information and meeting times, call 829-5443.
Prostate Cancer Support: Group gives men afflicted with this serious disease a forum to discuss problems, share experiences and information. First and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:30. Cancer Center, 3555 Round Barn Blvd, Santa Rosa. Free. 545-6720.
Rational Recovery: International, non-profit, secular, self-help organization for people recovering from dependence on alcohol or other substances. Thursdays, from 6 to 7, in Conference Room 1 of Community Hospital, 3325 Chanate Road, Santa Rosa. 539-9627.
Redwood Empire Rose Society: Meets third Thursday of month for study group at 6:30; meeting at 7:30. Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa. Free. 539-9006.
Sacred Movement: Group erases mental conditioning through body and voice improvisation. First and third Saturdays each month at 7:30. St. John’s United Church, 5051 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. $10. 585-6828.
Salon Night: Artists and art enthusiasts welcome at this non-structured forum. Last Friday of every month at 7. Sponsored by California Museum of Art at LBC, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. Free. 527-0297.
Self-Healing Support Group: Group focuses on women dealing with cancer and other illnesses through self-trust and self-healing. Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7. $10-$15/session, sliding scale. For location and details, call 579-2081.
Sexual Assault Support Group: Women Against Rape’s peer-led meeting for survivors. Thursday nights from 7 to 9. Free. Call 24-hour crisis line, 545-7273.
Sierra Club Population Committee: Meets second Tuesday each month from 6:45 to 9. Environmental Center, 632 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. 578-0595.
Singles Connection: Non-profit organization hosts weekly Tuesday meetings featuring speakers, with socializing after lecture. Red Oak Room, Los Robles Lodge, 1985 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa, at 7. $5 donation. 5798-4677.
Sonoma County Genealogical Society: Fourth Saturday of each month at 1. SRJC Lark Hall, Room 2009, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. Free. 538-1775.
Sonoma County Woodworkers Association: Amateurs and professionals share ideas, techniques, and encouragement. First Tuesday of each month at 7. Call for changing location and information. 524-7942.
S.T.O.P. 187: The coalition of Solidarity to Overturn Prop 187 meets every other Saturday at 5. 1700 Corby Ave, Santa Rosa. 545-6381.
Survivors of Incest: Anonymous meeting for male and female survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Meetings scent-free. Every Sunday at 7:30. Sebastopol Community Church, 430 Murphy Ave. Free. 829-5771. Rohnert Park group meets first and third Sundays at 7. Rohnert Park Health Center, 1450 Medical Center Drive. Free. 795-1853.
Tall Club: Redwood Empire Tall Club welcomes members who stand at or taller than 5 feet 10 if female, or 6 feet 2 if male, to weekly Friday night happy hour and monthly house parties. 545-TALL.
Tayu Meditation Center: Free introductory meditation group meets second and fourth Tuesdays each month at 8pm. 898 Daniel St, Sebastopol. 829-9579.
Vegetarians of Sonoma County: Monthly meeting with potluck dinner, second Sunday of every month, starting at 5:15, talk at 6. Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 840 Sonoma Ave, Santa Rosa. Bring your own eating utensils and dish or contribute $5. 526-4834.
Vipassana Meditation: First Sunday of each month from 10 to noon at 11214 Occidental Road in Sebastopol, 823-0818. Sundays from 10 to noon at Anderson Hall in Camp Meeker, 874-2234. Thursdays at 7 in Sebastopol, 829-6796. Tuesdays from 8 to 9am in Cotati, 792-2635. Wednesdays at 7:30 at Creekside Apartments Clubhouse, 1130 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. Thursdays from 10 to noon in Sebastopol, 823-3391.
We the People: Progressive, grassroots organization concerned with Sonoma County political and social issues meets first Wednesday of each month at 7. Labor Center, 1706 Corby Ave, Santa Rosa. 433-6946.
Women of Color Fun Day: Meetings on first Sunday of month, at noon, to hike, talk, see movies, eat, go thrift-store shopping, and more with other women of color. Call for changing North Bay locations and information. Free. 824-1603.
Women’s Writing: Ongoing group seeks experienced writers to read and critique each others’ fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. For details, call 539-8239.
Afro-Cuban Jazz: Innovative Afro-Latin traditionalist John Santos and his friends perform evening of Caribbean-influenced music. Nov 30 at 8. SSU, Warren Auditorium, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. $5-$10. 664-2353.
All That Jazz: Mel Graves directs SSU Jazz Ensembles in series of concerts on Nov 30 and Dec 7. Nov 30 is free concert at noon; Dec 7 at 8. SSU, Warren Auditorium, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. Evening concert $3-$7. 664-2353.
Bananafish: Acoustic duo out of Seattle perform songs from their Christmas album of covers and originals in two local shows. Dec 1 at 8:30, Dancing Goat Coffee House, 324 Center St, Healdsburg. $5. 433-1103. Dec 3 at 7, Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves, Tasting Room, 23555 Carneros Hwy, Sonoma. $8-$15. 996-7256, ext. 239.
Carols in the Caves: Specializing in rare and ancient instruments, musician David Auerbach conducts evenings of secular and sacred music in underground caves at area wineries. Wine tasting is included. All performances at 7. Dec 3, at Clos Pegase Winery, 1060 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga; Dec 9-10, at Schramsberg Vineyards, Schramsberg Road, Calistoga; Dec 15-17, at Rine Ridge Winery, 5901 Silverado Trail, Napa. $23. 224-4222.
Chamber Music: Concert of vocal and instrumental music for small ensembles presented by University Chamber Music Workshop group. Dec 5 at 8. SSU, Ives Concert Theatre 119, 1501 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. $3-$7. 664-2353.
Fiddle De Dee: Irish fiddle great Kevin Burke’s band Open House jams with the Caswell Carnahan Band. Fiddle and dance workshops precede in day of Celtic merriment. Dec 9. Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St. Workshops, 2 to 4; concert, 7:30. Concert only, $10-$14; workshops, $18-$20; Concert and workshops, $28-$30. 823-1511.
Robben Ford and Blue Line: Blues extravaganza with journeyman Ford, and his band. Must be 18 or older. Dec 6 at 8. Mystic Theatre, 21 Petaluma Blvd. South. $10-$15. 765-6665.
Barbara Higbie: Windham Hill recording artist sings and performs on violin and piano. The Other Side opens. Dec 2 at 8. IMA Center, 585 Salmon Creek Road, Bodega. 413. 876-3004.
House Jacks: In-your-face a cappella from this “rock band without instruments.” Dec 1 at 8. LBC, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $10. 546-3600.
Ottmar Liebert: New Age guitarist plays benefit concert for Tibet with his band Luna Negra. Dec 2 at 8. Marin Center, Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $25-$75. 415-472-3500.
Mr. Music: Jim Corbett presents Christmas sing-along with variety of performers leading audience in songs sacred, secular, and silly. Dec 8 at 8. LBC, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $5-$7. 546-3600.
Occidental Community Choir: Director Doug Bowes leads choir in winter holiday concert of secular and sacred songs. Dec 9-10. Saturday at 3 and 8 at Occidental Community Church, Second and Church streets; Sunday at 7:30 at Sebastopol United Methodist Church, 500 North Main St. Free. 869-0102.
Party Time: Record-release party for Diesel Boy, also featuring performances by Ten Foot Pole and Patch. T-shirts and record giveaways. Nov 30 at 8:30. Mudd’s Cafe and Juice Bar, 1426 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. $4. 573-7180.
Redwood Empire Jazz Fest: Junior and senior high school jazz bands vie for regard in 26th year of festival. Mel Martin and Bebop and Beyond perform at noon. Dec 2, from 8 to 6. SSU, Ives Hall and Evert Person Theatre, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. $6, festival; $6 additional for Martin concert. 664-2353.
Requiem: Sonoma State’s University Chorus goes mostly Mozart with performance of “Requiem,” appropriately performed in area churches. Dec 8-9, at 8. Friday, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 8460 Alden Lane, Windsor; Saturday, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholica Church, 35 Liberty St, Petaluma. $5-$12. 664-2353.
Santa Rosa Symphony: Jeffrey Kahane conducts orchestra and baritone Hector Vasquez and violinist Jennifer Koh in “The Greatness of the Human Spirit,” an evening of Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 in B Flat and works by Dvorak and Vaughan Williams. Pre-concert talks one hour before performances. Dec 2-4. Saturday and Monday at 8; Sunday at 3. LBC, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $15-$27. 54-MUSIC.
Skin Talk: Percussionist Carolyn Brandy and her band beat the skins in night of world beat. Dec 2 at 8. LBC, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $13-$15. 546-3600.
Sonoma Valley Chorale: Chorale group returns from European tour to perform Gould’s “Serenade of Carols,” Ohrwall’s “Gaudette,” and Thompson’s “Alleluia,” as well as other holiday favorites. Dec 9-10. Veterans Bldg, 126 First St West, Sonoma. Saturday at 8; Sunday at 2 and 7:30. $8-$10. 935-1576.
Spirit of the Season: Soprano Seldon Murphy and cabaret singer Claire Victor lead evening of holiday songs with Heart Sounds Choir in benefit for Santa Rosa Church of Religious Science. Dec 7 at 7:30. LBC, Concert Chamber, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $7-$10. 875-2892.
TRADJASS: Traditional Dixieland music is further enlivened by appearance of Devil Mountain Jazz Band. Dec 3, 1:30 to 6. Red Lion Hotel, 1 Red Lion Drive, Rohnert Park. $5-$7. 542-3973.
The Annex, 650 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 545-5326. Copperfield’s Santa Rosa store offers free, informative, and innovative events for public at 7. Dec 9, Richard Paul Evans reads from and signs “The Christmas Box.”
Barnes & Noble, 700 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 576-7494. All events free. Nov 30 at 7:30, storyteller Dawn Floodman with stories for the soul. Dec 3 at 7:30, Paddi Selwyn and Sally Raspberry unleash their common sense and sense of joy, reading from and discussing “Living Your Life out Loud.”
Bella Vita Cafe, 8429 Gravenstein Hwy, Apple Valley Plaza, Cotati. 794-0168. Wednesdays, at 7:30, open mike with Buzzy Martin.
Brew Moon, 16248 Main St, Guerneville. 869-0201. Thursdays at 7, Jus’ Us Jams (open mike and collective music making).
Cartwheels on the Faultline, Anthology by 27 Sonoma County women writers includes works by the Independent’s own Sara Peyton and Simone Wilson, as well as writing by Robin Beeman, Susan Swartz, and Elizabeth Herron. Writers gather in free events to read aloud from volume. Dec 14 at 7, Copperfield’s Books, 138 North Main St, Sebastopol. 823-0677. Dec 17 at 6, North Light Books, corner of Fifth and Wilson streets, Santa Rosa. 576-7765.
Coffee Bazaar Cafe, 14045 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville. 869-9706. Wednesdays, open mike at 7.
Copperfield’s Bookstore offers free readings at 7. 138 North Main St, Sebastopol. 823-2618.
Live Literature, Jonah Raskin reads from his upcoming biography of Abby Hoffman, and poet Elizabeth Herron read recent works in conjunction with SSU’s School of Arts and Humanities reading series. Dec 4 at 7:30. SSU, University Art Gallery, 1501 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. Free. 664-2353.
Open Mike Poetry, Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. Every Tuesday evening at 8 with host Pierrette. Free. 795-7868.
Russian River Writers Guild meets Monday at 7:30, featuring live readings from county’s most prestigious poets and writers. Dec 4, poets Suzanne da Rosa and Gus Kearney. Mudd’s Cafe and Juice Bar, 1426 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 573-7180.
Babes in Toyland: Santa Rosa Players present story of love triangle in Mother Goose Land as two men vie for the affections of Mary Mary Quite Contrary. Thursdays-Sundays, Dec 1 through Dec 23. Thursdays-Saturdays at 8; Sundays at 2. Special matinée Dec 23 at 2. Lincoln Arts Center, 709 Davis St, Santa Rosa. $10-$14; $2 discount Dec 14. 544-STAR.
Bullshot Crummond: Main Street Theatre presents melodrama parody of low-budget ’30s detective movies, starring Eric Cook. Thursdays-Saturdays at 8, through Dec 16. Special Sunday shows Dec 3 and Dec 10 at 7. 104 North Main St, Sebastopol. $10-$15. 823-0177.
Celebration of Peace: Kid Street Theatre presents original show in evening benefit for this hard-working children’s organization. Dec 2 at 6:30. Reception precedes show. 54 West Sixth St, Santa Rosa. $25. 525-9223.
A Christmas Carol: Sonoma Community Center mounts musical production of Dickens’ classic tale with Sonoma Childrens Chorale, and host of local talent. Doors open early for pre-show reception. Canned food donations for local agencies are encouraged. Dec 14-17 at 8; matinée performances Dec 16-17 at 2. 276 East Napa St, Sonoma. $5-$8. 938-4626.
A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley Pacific Alliance Stage Company presents holiday classic, with update by adaptor Israel Horovitz. Thursdays-Sundays, Nov 30 through Dec