The Week in Sonoma Valley: Jan. 20-27
Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., hosts the debut of “J-15,” stories written by Deb Carlen’s former Sonoma Adult School students, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 22). At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Gia Coturri will lead a talk about Mildred Walker’s “Winter Wheat” during the Classics Book Club. Oliver Burkeman discusses “The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking” at 2 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 26), arguing that people must embrace failure, pessimism, insecurity and uncertainty to find true fulfillment. Debut novelist Lisa O’Donnell appears at 2 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 27) to discuss “The Death of Bees,” her story of two young sisters who attempt to hold the world at bay after the mysterious death of their parents. Information: 939-1779, readersbooks.com.
Tap into your creativity at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St. Local ceramic artist Laurel Begley teaches Beginning Pottery from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays from Jan. 23-March 13. Learn about contemporary ceramics, how to center clay on the pottery wheel and master basic skills. Theater of Functional Ceramic Sets with Forrest Lesch-Middelton is from 6-9 p.m. Thursdays from Jan. 24-March 14. Intermediate and advanced students will learn to create a theater with sets of pots as the cast of characters. Julia Feld, the center’s new artist in residence, will lead Sculpture for All Levels from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays from Jan. 25-March 15. Demonstrations will include coil construction, pinching and surface decoration through majolica and under-glazing. Fees for all art classes: $175, $157 for SCC members. Christina Bertea of Greywater Action leads a workshop, Make Your Own Rain Barrel, from 1-4 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 26). All materials provided. Fee: $60, $56 SCC members. Registration: 938-4626, ext. 1.
Yoga Community offers ongoing classes and special workshops at its studio, 577 Fifth St. W. in the West Plaza Shopping Center. Upcoming programs include a Healing Raja Yoga workshop with Michele Hebert from 7-9 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 24). The class is designed to help heal the emotional body and relieve anxiety and depression. Fee: $30. Margot Schall leads Back Health workshops on Saturdays that include Feldenkrais and Qigong methods. Sessions are from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 23 and April 27. Fee: $45 per workshop, discount for signing up in January for all four sessions. Information: 935-8600, yogacommunity.net.
The Sonoma Ecology Center presents a final workday for the Fryer Creek Native Plant Restoration and Habitat Improvement Project from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday (Jan. 26) along Fryer Creek on Second Street West between Bettencourt and West MacArthur streets. Rain or shine. Coffee and light refreshments provided. Information: Jim Chayka at 996-0712, ext. 115, sonomaecologycenter.org.
Rib-eye steak and shrimp are on the menu for the ninth annual Surf & Turf Dinner hosted by Native Sons of the Golden West, Sonoma Parlor No. 111. Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 26), with dinner at 7 p.m. at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First St. W. Live music by BackTrax, games, 50/50 raffle, live auction. Wine with dinner. Tickets: $40 at Steiner’s Tavern or Eraldi’s Menswear, both on the Sonoma Plaza. Proceeds benefit the organization’s Sonoma Valley High School scholarship fund.
Figurative ceramic sculptors and sisters Jane Burton and Tyler Burton will debut their first collaborative exhibition Saturday (Jan. 26) at A New Leaf Gallery | Sculpturesite at Cornerstone, 23570 Arnold Drive. A reception for the artists is from 2-5 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 27) at the gallery. The show comprises solo works plus a collaborative piece, “Selective Memory,” featuring more than 1,200 hanging white porcelain rocks layered over scores of ancestral faces reflecting the sisters’ roots, memories and viewpoint that all people are a fragment of a larger whole. The exhibit runs through April. Information: 933-1300, anewleafgallery.com.