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The Week in Sonoma Valley: July 21-28

Friday, July 19th, 2013 | Posted by

Rep. Mariko Yamada

Rep. Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, will be the featured speaker at the Sonoma Valley Democrats’ meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday  (July 22) at the Seven Flags Club House, 300 International Blvd. The free event includes a question and answer session. Those attending should bring a potluck snack to share. Info: Beth Hadley at bethh@sonic.net.

Jessica Fong, the new artist in residence at the Sonoma Community Center, offers “All Clay, All Levels,”a course for novices and seasoned veterans of pottery art. Her class meets from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays starting this week (July 26) through Sept. 13 in the ceramics studio at the community center, 276 E. Napa St.  Fee:  $175. Info and registration: 938-4626, ext. 1, sonomacommunitycenter.org.

A pooch ready for the Pets Lifeline promenade.

Contests for best costumes and human-and-dog look-alikes are among the many events at the second annual Bark in the Park and Pooch Promenade presented by Pets Lifeline. The promenade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday (July 27) from the Casa Grande parking lot on First Street East across from the Sonoma Mission. The procession ends in front of City Hall on the Sonoma Plaza where events for both canines and their companions continue until 5 p.m. Contests, food, wine, music and games highlight the event. Tommy Thomsen and Friends perform at 2 p.m. Promenade check-in starts at 7 a.m. at the Casa Grande parking lot. Advance registration of $25 is required for the promenade. To register, call 996-4577, ext. 104, visit petslifeline.org or register on Friday (July 26) at Pets Lifeline, 19686 Eighth St. E.

Bouverie Preserve is seeking volunteers for its award-winning nature education program for schoolchildren. A program overview and short hike for prospective volunteers will be held from 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday (July 27) at the preserve, 13935 Highway 12, Glen Ellen. (The overview repeats on Aug. 14.) Seasoned docents will answer questions about the training program. Info: 938-4554.

Step back to Sonoma of 1857 for “The Count of Buena Vista,” a live performance detailing the life of Buena Vista Winery founder Count Agoston Haraszthy.  The play is presented at noon on Saturdays from July through September at the historic winery, 18000 Old Winery Road. The free, fast-paced and humorous 25-minute show features local actors George Webber, Butch Engle and Richard Holsworth. Children welcome. Info: BuenaVistaWinery.com.

Slavyanka, the Bay Area Men’s Slavic Chorus, will present “Russian Soul in Song,” a concert of old and new Russian choral music including ancient liturgical chants, folk songs and works by Tchaikovsky and other notable composers. The performance is from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday (July 27) in Burlingame Hall at First Congregational Church of Sonoma, 252 W. Spain St. Tickets: $10-$20, free for children under 12, at brownpapertickets.com or at the door. Info: 996-1328, slavyanka.org.

Looking Ahead:

Crossfire provides the live music for Sonoma’s City Party, an annual bash that encourages dancing in the street. Spain Street will close for a block along the Sonoma Plaza from 5-10 p.m. Tuesday, July 30. Music and dancing begin at 6:30 p.m. The Sonoma Community Center produces the free celebration, which is open to everyone. Info: 938-4626, ext. 1.

Share your Sonoma Valley events 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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