.Poetry, Wine, Books, and Blood

Santa Rosa

Verse First

Santa Rosa Junior College hosts an evening of poetry with Dana Gioia, former California poet laureate, at 6pm, Thursday, March 28, at the SRJC Frank Chong Studio Theatre, Burbank Auditorium at 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. An internationally celebrated poet and critic, Gioia’s latest collection, Meet Me at the Lighthouse, continues to captivate audiences. Gioia’s journey from a working-class background to a leading voice in American poetry, alongside his significant contributions to the arts as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, underscores a career dedicated to elevating poetry and literature. This free event is part of the SRJC Arts & Lectures series.

Sausalito

music in the park san jose
music in the park san jose

Wine, Women & Food Event

Celebrate Women’s History Month with a night of empowerment and flavor at the Sausalito restaurant and bar, Ditas. Dubbed “Women, Wine, and Dine Event,” the three-course dinner is co-hosted by the trailblazing Jill Osur (founder of the award-winning, women-led Teneral Cellars from Amador County) and Dita’s own culinary maestro, chef John Carney. 6pm, Thursday, March 28, at Ditas, 562 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Tickets at DitasMarin.com/DitasEvents-2. For more information, call 628.261.9267.

San Geronimo

‘Book of Days’

Explore the depths of Judy North’s creative psyche at “Judy North: A Painter’s Book of Days,” showcasing at the Maurice Del Mue Galleries, San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., throughout March. This exhibition presents North’s unique blend of cautionary tales, perceptions, poems, meditations and mysteries, offering a glimpse into her method of “thinking in pictures.” With a storied career spanning teaching roles at prestigious institutions and a persistent exploration of the union of opposites in her work, North invites viewers into a world where rationality meets imagination.


Petaluma

Have a Bloody Good Time

The American Red Cross calls on volunteers and donors to provide lifesaving blood and platelet transfusions—particularly those with type O blood (though they encourage everyone to contribute to the national blood supply, ensuring hospitals can meet the demand for transfusions). Upcoming opportunities include 9am to 2pm, Saturday, March 30, at Living Word Lutheran Church, 901 Ely Blvd., Petaluma. To schedule a donation, visit RedCrossBlood.org, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

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