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The Week in Sonoma Valley: Feb. 24-March 3

Monday, February 25th, 2013 | Posted by

Seniors in Sonoma Valley can step back to England in the 1600s when the Vintage House Lifelong Learning program offers “The Arts in the Stuart Century” from 1-3 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 28) in Stone Hall at the senior center, 264 First St. E. Guest lecturer Charlene Lohmeier will look at the famous court portrait painters of the period and examine the fashion eccentricities that had Puritans turning their heads. Fee: $30. Information or membership details: 996-0311, vintagehouse.org.

Learn about “The Extraordinary Future of San Francisco Bay” at a lecture sponsored by Sonoma County Regional Parks and Sonoma Nature. Marc Holmes, program director of the San Francisco Bay Institute, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 28) at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First St. W. The institute has directed the restoration and protection of the watershed for more than 30 years. The area is home to 8 million people and more than 750 species of fish and animals. Admission: $5.

A Louisiana crawfish boil and Zydeco dance party featuring Gatorbeat will raise funds for a Sonoma Valley man with Epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a rare and debilitating genetic skin disorder. The benefit for 28-year-old Cody Cordellos begins at 6 p.m. Saturday (March 2) at the Sonoma Moose Lodge, 20580 Broadway. Mardi Gras costumes encouraged. Tickets: $35 at Dave’s Muffler, 925 W. Napa St., or Steiners Tavern, 465 First St. W. on the Sonoma Plaza. Donations can be made to thebutterflyfund.org. Information: Steve Thrasher at 548-2957.

Recycled materials become works of art at the REPO Show fundraiser hosted by the Arts Guild of Sonoma.

One person’s junk is another person’s art when the Arts Guild of Sonoma presents its fifth annual REPO Show, a green-themed fundraiser for the nonprofit artists’ collective. The show runs from March 1-23, with an opening reception with food, wine and live music from 7-9 p.m. Friday (March 1) at the gallery, 140 E. Napa St. The show features the work of more than 80 artists who’ve turned recycled materials into various art forms. Silent auction bids are accepted throughout the exhibition. Reception tickets, at $15, sold at the door or from svbo.org, 938-4626, ext. 1, Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St. Information: artsguildreposhow.org, 996-3115.

Looking Ahead:

Put on your hiking boots and explore nature at the Bouverie Preserve, 13935 Hwy. 12, Glen Ellen. Two- to five-mile guided nature walks are offered from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 9 and 23. Small groups will meet with volunteers to explore the mixed evergreen forest, oak woodlands and rugged chaparral at the 535-acre nature preserve, which is open to the pubic on a limited basis throughout the year. Free, with a $15 donation suggested. Reservations required: (415) 868-9244 or email rsvp@egret.org.

Send your Sonoma Valley events to Dianne Reber Hart at sonomatowns@gmail.com. The deadline is two weeks before publication.

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Dianne Reber Hart is our Sonoma correspondent.

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