The Week in Sonoma Valley: Jan. 13-20
Folk singer, storyteller and multi-instrumentalist John McCutcheon performs at 7:30 p.m. Monday (Jan. 14) at Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E. McCutcheon has produced 34 albums since the 1970s. His work includes heartland rock-influenced ballads and songs with a political and social conscience for adult audiences. Tickets: $22 reserved seating, 996-9756.
The Santa Rosa Junior College Older Adults Program offers two free courses in Sonoma Valley designed for those 50 and older. “Creative Arts: Watercolor Media” meets from 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 15-May 14 with instructor Michele Ferandell at Vintage House Senior Center, 264 First St. E. “Fitness: Low Impact Aerobics, Strength, Balance & Flexibility” with instructor Annee Geldert meets from 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays from Jan. 16-May 17 at FAHA Heritage Center, 197 Verano Ave. Register at santarosa.edu or at the class. Registration continues while space is available. Information: 527-4533.
Start the New Year by taking a class at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St. Several classes begin this week: “Spanish the Fun Way” with Bruce MacDonald from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays Jan. 15-Feb. 19, open to those 18 and older who want to brush up on their Spanish skills; “Painting Exploration” (acrylics) with Teddy Elston from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 16-March 6; “Intuitive Drawing and Watercolor Painting” with Lin Lipetz from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays Jan. 17-March 7; and “Intermediate Salsa” with David Williams from 7-8 p.m. Thursdays Jan. 17-Feb. 28. No partner necessary. Information: 938-4626, ext. 1.
Readers’ Books hosts “One Evening Flash: Plan Your Entire Novel,” with three options for planning fiction writing, from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 15) at the bookstore, 130 E. Napa St. Fee: $30. Supplies provided. Information: 939-1779, readersbooks.com.
Breck Parkman, senior state archaeologist for California State Parks, presents “Native Peoples, Foreign Ideas: The Creation of the Sonoma Mission” at 7 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 17) at Mission San Francisco Solano, 114 E. Spain St. Refreshments served at 6:30 p.m. Parkman will examine Indian life along Sonoma Creek prior to the founding of the mission in 1823 and how its creation changed history. Admission: $10 general, $5 for park volunteers or members. Information: 938-9560, parks.ca.gov.
Sonoma Valley residents have until 5 p.m. Friday (Jan. 18) to file for vacancies on city commissions. The openings are: Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission, open to residents within the city’s sphere of influence; Community Services and Environment Commission alternate for applicants living within the city of Sonoma; Mobilehome Park Rental Review Board, opening for a park resident representative. Applications: sonomacity.org or City Hall, No. 1, Sonoma Plaza. Information: City Clerk Gay Johann at 933-2216.
“Revolutionary Island: Tales of Cuban History and Culture, the Sarah and Darius Anderson Collection” opens Saturday (Jan. 19) at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway. A special members’ preview will be held at 5 p.m. Friday (Jan. 18). The exhibit runs through March 24, featuring works by Cuban artists Rene Francisco, Esterio Segura, Ruben Alpizar and musician Carlos Valera and many others. Objects range from paintings and sculpture to humidors. Noted Cuban artists will discuss the art and people of their culture with collector Darius Anderson in “Revolutionary Island: Artists Roundtable” at 2 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 19), one of several special events planned during the exhibition. Roundtable fee: $15 for museum members, $20 general. Museum hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Admission: $5 general, free to museum members and students 18 and younger. Free to all on Wednesdays. Information: 939-7862, svma.org.
The Sonoma Ecology Center presents a winter fruit tree pruning workshop from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday (Jan. 19) at Sonoma Garden Park, 19996 Seventh St. E. Paul Kolling, owner of Nana Mae’s Organics, will demonstrate proper pruning techniques to increase fruit yields and ensure vigor. The workshop includes an opportunity for participants to prune fruit trees at the garden. All levels welcome. Participants should wear work clothes and bring gloves and pruning supplies. Fee: $10 for Sonoma Ecology Center members, $15 for nonmembers. Information: Megan FitzSimmons at 996-0712, ext. 113. Registration: brownpapertickets.com/event/310863.
Celebrate Jack London’s birthday with a docent-led hike at his Beauty Ranch, followed by a wine tasting at neighboring Benziger Family Winery. Participants should meet at 10 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 20) in the upper parking lot past the kiosk at Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road. The wine tasting follows at 11:30 a.m. The tour focuses on London’s pioneering experiments in sustainable agriculture. Fee: $15, plus $10 for parking. Registration: jacklondonpark.com. Information: 938-5216.
– Dianne Reber Hart