The week in Sonoma Valley, Oct. 10-16
Join Paul McCartney, Will & Kate, Ringo Starr, The Rolling Stones, Queen Elizabeth, Vanessa Redgrave, and many other important British guests who have all been invited to (but have not yet accepted) the “British Invasion Night of Fun” on Friday (10/14), 6:30 p.m. Held at CornerStone Sonoma, the event features an authentic pub dinner complete with Toad in the Hole, locally crafted beer and wine, a silent auction, and a beneath-the-stars screening of a 1965 Beatles movie. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Cancer Community, supporting programs for children undergoing cancer treatment. Tickets: $45. Call 234-7398 for more info, or visit hopeforcancerkids.org. 23574 Arnold Drive/Highway 121, Sonoma.
Attend the Sonoma Valley Historical Society’s general meeting on Friday (10/14), 2 p.m., to learn about “The Evolution of Sonoma Valley’s Newspapers and the Importance of Archiving Them.” Speaker Sandi Hansen has 25 years experience in media, including television, radio, public relations, newspapers and advertising. She is currently helping to inventory and archive various donated items at the Depot Park Museum. Free Admission. For more information, call 938-1762. Depot Park Museum, 270 1st Street West, Sonoma.
Enjoy listening to a singer who combines down-home American blues and French chanson, Amber Gougis, at the Ledson Hotel’s Centre du Vin on Saturday (10/15), 7-10 p.m. Gougis began her performance career while living in Paris, where she was influenced by the melodies of Henri Salvador and Carla Bruni. Returning home, she became influenced by American roots music and her songwriting took on a bluesy and soul-inspired quality. No cover, only the cost of a drink and/or something to nibble. 480 1st Street East, Sonoma.
Celebrate the launch of a new Bay Area publisher, Kelly’s Cove Press, dedicated to promoting the region’s vibrant tradition of poetry, at Readers’ Books on Sunday (10/16), 2:30 p.m. On hand will be three Bay Area poets reading from their new books: Terry Ehret (Night Sky Journey), Mike Tuggle (What Lures the Foxes), and Bart Schneider (Morning Opera). The reading is free. For more info, visit the bookstore’s’ website or phone 939-1779. 130 E. Napa Street, Sonoma.
Explore the art and studios of local artists during the annual fall tradition of ARTrails Open Studios. Ten Sonoma Valley artists are opening their studios during the county-wide event, which runs for two weekends (10/15-16 and 10/22-23), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. You’ll meet the artists where they create their art, learn about their individual artistic process, and view original artworks. Download a printable map and directory from http://sonomaarts.com/artrails/.