The Week in Sonoma Valley: Jan. 27-Feb.3
Pets Lifeline offers two “Family Dog” classes on good manners with trainer Ellen Brantley. Dogs must be at least 4 months old, with proof of vaccinations required at the first class session. The beginning level class meets from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 29-March 5. The first class is mandatory for people, but dogs should remain at home. Fee: $150. Graduates of “Family Dog” can attend an intermediate level class from 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 29-Feb. 19. Fee: $110. Both classes meet at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St. The class series will repeat beginning March 19. Registration: 938-4626, ext. 1.
Nellie Cravens, artistic director of Silver Moon Theater, teaches two classes on Shakespeare, both exploring how his plays were meant to be acted, not just read. “Breakthrough to Shakespeare: Acting for Young People” meets from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Jan. 30 to March 13. The class is for students from 10 to 16. Adults 18 and older will meet for “Beating the Shakespeare Blues: An Acting Class for Adults” from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays from Jan. 31 to March 14 for a look into the life and work of Shakespeare. Fee for each class is $120. Both classes will end with performances. Classes meet at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St. Registration: 938-4626, ext. 1.
The Sonoma Valley High School Boosters Club presents its benefit crab feed and dance from 6 p.m.-midnight Friday (Feb. 1) at the Sonoma Moose Lodge, 20580 Broadway. Live music by the Scallywags Band. The menu includes fresh-cracked crab, Caesar salad and dessert. Tickets: $45 or $10 for the dance only at sonomavalleyhigh.org or Veronica Brooks at 235-4150. Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $20.
The Madrone Audubon Society hosts a bird walk for beginners from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday (Feb. 2) at Hudeman Slough on Sonoma County Water Agency property at the northern edge of the Napa-Sonoma marshes. The slough entrance is about 2.4 miles on Ramal Road to a hay barn and parking lot. Rain cancels. Information: leaders Gordon Beebe at 829-9017 or Bill Doyle at 483-8773.
Stop by the Sonoma Plaza amphitheater from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 2) to hear children’s stories and support libraries at public elementary schools in Sonoma Valley. “Stories for Students” is free, with donations accepted for school libraries. Online donations can be made at svgreatschools.org. The event is sponsored by school volunteers in partnership with the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation.
Meadowcroft Wines hosts its third annual Mardi Gras celebration at Cornerstone, 23574 Arnold Drive, on Saturday, Feb. 9. Local groups invited to enter mini floats for the Second Line Parade. Entries are due by Friday (Feb. 1). Mini floats should be on wheels: wagons, garden carts or wheel barrels and pushed or pulled by an adult. Prizes will be awarded for the top three floats, with judging from 11 a.m.-noon on Feb. 9; the parade follows at 12:30 p.m. For entry forms, information or tickets to the Mardi Gras event, visit meadowcroftwines.com, call 934-4090, or email Phyllis@meadowcroftwines.com.
– Dianne Reber Hart