The Week in Sonoma Valley: Jan. 6-13
The Sebastiani Theatre Foundation offers a Specticast film presentation of the San Francisco Opera’s “Madame Butterfly” at 1 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 6) at Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E., on the Sonoma Plaza. The dramatic opera is a classic tale of colliding hearts and cultures set in 20th century Japan. Run time is two hours and 40 minutes, with a 10-minute intermission. The opera is sung in Italian with English subtitles. The rating is G. Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors and children. Information: 996-2020.
Sonoma Little League takes registration from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 8) and Wednesday (Jan. 9) and Jan. 15-16 at the Sonoma firehouse, 630 Second St. W. The league is open to players ages 5 to 12 (based on age by April 30). Birth certificates, proof of residency and other forms required. Forms, details or online registration at sonomalittleleague.com. Players must register by Jan. 25. Fees: $105, $65 per sibling, plus refundable $100 volunteer fee per family.
The Free Spirits Gospel Choir invites new singers to join at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning this week (Jan. 9) in room 110 at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St. The group performs under the direction of Music Director Cynthia Tarr. There is no religious agenda; the group performs traditional gospel music. Rehearsal fee: $10 at the door. Information: 938-4626, ext. 1.
The Sonoma Ecology Center offers a new schedule for volunteer opportunities beginning Thursday, Jan. 10. Volunteer workdays will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Sonoma Garden Park, 19996 Seventh St. E. Drop-in help is welcome at the working farm, a six-acre model of sustainable agriculture. Information: 996-0712, ext. 120, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sonoma Sister Cities Association and the Sonoma Community Center continues its “Windows to the World – the Countries of Sonoma’s Sister Cities” lecture series with a program on China at 7 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 10) at 276 E. Napa St. Author, TV news anchor, filmmaker and reporter Lynne Joiner will be the featured speaker. Joiner has an extensive background covering China and was the only American correspondent in China when Premier Zhou Enlai died, an historic event that marked the passing of the revolutionary generation. David Bolling, editor and publisher of the Sonoma Index-Tribune, will serve as event host and moderator. Tickets: $15 at 938-4626, ext. 1 or svbo.org.
The Sonoma Valley Historical Society presents guest speaker Kendall Haven at 2 p.m. Friday (Jan. 11) for a program on how the human brain responds to hearing stories. The free lecture is at Depot Park Museum, 270 First. St. W. Haven will discuss the process of effective storytelling for informing, inspiring and educating people. He has performed for more than 5 million people in 42 states and four foreign countries. Information: 938-1762.
Bring your work gloves to help install the raised garden beds at the Larson Community Garden from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday ( Jan. 12) at Larson Park on Dechene Avenue. The Sonoma Ecology Center, Nuestra Voz, Sonoma Materials and Sonoma County Regional Parks will join together to install the beds at the first-ever community garden in the Springs area of the valley. To lease a community garden plot, or for more information, call Jessica Glatt at 996-0712, ext. 110, or visit sonomaecologycenter.org.
Mike Zakowski of the Bread Bakers Guild Team USA will lead a program on “Brioche and Teas” from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 12) at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St. Celebrate National Tea Month with Zakowski’s specialty tea-infused pastries and his passion for tea. Participants will learn how to make green tea brioche and variations of the enriched buttery bread. Event includes a demonstration and pastry to take home. Open to bakers of all levels ages 18 and older. Fee: $90. Registration: 938-4626, ext. 1.
– Dianne Reber Hart