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Friday, March 14

<strong> Dave Barry in Petaluma:</strong> The witty writer and New York Times bestselling author will be making his way to our neck of the woods when he discusses his new book, "You Can Date Boys When You're Forty," a satire on parenting (and other topics he knows very little about). $15-$35. 8 p.m. McNear's Mystic Theater. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>

Friday, March 14

<strong> Midori &amp; Ezra Boy:</strong> The Bay Area rock band will rev things up at HopMonk, performing their original jams inspired by everything from 1970s rock to Grace Potter to The Black Keys. They'll be joined by bands Top Shelf and 5AM. $12. 21-plus. 8:30 p.m. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. <a href="http://hopmonk.com" target="_blank">hopmonk.com</a>

Friday, March 14

<strong>Soup Sandwich:</strong> The eight-piece ska band tops a roster that also includes Don't Tip the Tweester, No Consideration and The Honey Toads. Music starts at 8 tonight at the Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. $8. 762-3565, <a href="http://thephoenixtheater.com" target="_blank">thephoenixtheater.com</a>.

Friday, March 14

<strong>Claire Lynch Band:</strong> The Grammy-nominated Nashville singer's quartet brings its blend of bluegrass, country, rock and swing to the Occidental Center for the Arts st 8 tonight. 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental. $20. 874-9392, <a href="http://occidentalcenterforthearts.com" target="_blank">occidentalcenterforthearts.com</a>

March 14-16

<strong> Sonoma County Home &amp; Garden Show:</strong> Hundreds of exhibitors will showcase all the things you need to make your house a home. The Grace Pavilion at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds will be filed with vendors for spas, solar options, kitchen and bath remodelers, and more. Fri: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat. &amp;amp; Sun.: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $4-$7, 12 &amp;amp; under free. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa. <a href="http://sonomacountyhomeshows.com" target="_blank">sonomacountyhomeshows.com</a>

Saturday, March 15

<strong> Petaluma Fight Night:</strong> Amateur MMA fighters from all over California will be competing at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building, with 14 regular matches and one title match. Come check out the action and cheer on our local Petaluma team. $30. 5 p.m. 1094 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma. Tickets available at Academy of Jeet Kune Do Sciences. Call 762-0111. <a href="http://jkdsciences.com" target="_blank">jkdsciences.com</a>

Saturday, March 15

<strong>Glenn Miller Orchestra:</strong> The big band legend's music lives, with the 18-member orchestra and Moonlight Serenaders vocal group performing 'In the Mood,' 'Chattanooga Choo Choo' and more at 3 p.m. Saturday at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $30-$45. 546-3600, <a href="http://wellsfargocenterarts.org" target="_blank">wellsfargocenterarts.org</a>.

Saturday, March 15

<strong>Highway Poets:</strong> The popular Petaluma indie folk-rock band heads a bill that alsco includes Bear's Belly and the Bootleg Honeys, Saturday at the HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave.,

Sebastopol. Doors open at 8 p.m.; music starts at 8:30. $15. 829-7300, <a href="http://hopmonk.com" target="_blank">hopmonk.com</a>.

Sunday, March 16

<strong> St. Patrick's Day 5K:</strong> Your eyes will not be deceiving you if you see a bunch of leprechauns racing towards the gold on Sunday afternoon. The annual 5K starts and ends at Juilliard Park, with a lucky celebration after the race. 3 p.m. 227 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. <a href="http://srcity.org" target="_blank">srcity.org</a>

Sunday, March 16

<strong>Jason Mraz:</strong> If you're lucky cruising the Internet, you may still score tickets to the singer, songwriter and two-time Grammy winner's sold-out show with the L.A. rock quartet Raining Jane at 8 p.m. Sunday in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park. <a href="http://gmc.sonoma.edu" target="_blank">gmc.sonoma.edu</a>, 866-955-6040.

Monday, March 17

<strong>'St. Patrick's Day Pub Grub':</strong> The Ramekins events center in Sonoma presents Irish-inspired edible treats, Guinness Stout, green cocktails, wines by the glass, kids' cookie decorating and face painting, 5-8 p.m. Monday. Adults, $25 for food and one green beer. 450 W. Spain St., Sonoma. 933-0450, <a href="http://ramekins.com" target="_blank">ramekins.com</a>.

Monday, March 17

<strong>St. Patrick's Day Party:</strong> Billed as the 'Largest Party in Sonoma County,' the celebration at Murphy's Irish Pub stretches from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday with music, food and a lively atmosphere. FREE. 464 First St. E., Sonoma. 935-0660, <a href="http://sonomapub.com" target="_blank">sonomapub.com</a>.

Tuesday, March 18

<strong>Sarah Mlynowski:</strong> Nothing stuffy about this literary event. Join the author of 'Ten Things We Did' for a pizza party at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Copperfield's Books in Santa Rosa's Montgomery Village shopping center. 578-8938, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>

March 18-24

<strong>'Bouquets to Art':</strong> San Francisco's de Young Museum showcases work by 125 top Bay Area floral designers, inspired by art from the museum's collection, in this 30th annual event, running March 18-24. with exhibits, demonstrations and more. 415-750-3600, <a href="http://famsf.org" target="_blank">famsf.org</a>.

Tuesday, March 18

<strong>Catalyst Quartet:</strong> They played Carnegie Hall, and won raves from the New York Times. The Brave New Music series presents the New York ensemble performing live at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Grange room at the Healdsburg Shed 25 North St., Healdsburg. $25. 431-7433, <a href="http://healdsburgshed.com" target="_blank">healdsburgshed.com</a>.

Wednesday, March 19

<strong>Cara Black:</strong> The author of 'Murder in Pigalle,' the latest in her bestselling mystery series starring private investigator Aim? Leduc, appears in onstage conversation with Libby Hellman, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

Thursday, March 20

<strong>Chocolate &amp;amp; Cinema:</strong> See 'The Princess Bride' on the big screen, eat a lot of chocolate and support the Sonoma County Library in one evening, Thursday at the Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol. Tasting at 6:30 p.m., movie at 7:15 p.m. 525-4840, <a href="http://rialtocinemas.com" target="_blank">rialtocinemas.com</a>.

Friday, March 21

<strong>Eoto:</strong> Staged by Juke Joint and Daniel K. Presents, a live concert stars the electronic band Eoto, with new 3D video, March 21 at the Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. The Delhi 2 Dublin band opens at 9 p.m. $26. 765-2121, <a href="http://mystictheatre.com" target="_blank">mystictheatre.com</a>.

March 21-23

<strong>California Artisan Cheese Festival:</strong> Cheesemakers, chefs, experts and authors gather March 21-23 at the Sheraton Sonoma County hotel in Petaluma for tastings, classes, demonstrations, field trips, panel discussions and seminars. $20-$135. 745 Baywood Drive, Petaluma. <a href="http://artisancheesefestival.com" target="_blank">artisancheesefestival.com</a>, 523-3728.

March 21 - April 6

<strong>'Of Mice &amp;amp; Men':</strong> Keith Baker stars as George, with Samson Hood as the hulking Lennie, in the stage version of John Steinbeck's classic, opening at 8 p.m. March 21 at Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. Closes April 6. $15-$25. 763-8920, <a href="http://cinnabartheater.org" target="_blank">cinnabartheater.org</a>.

March 21-April 13

<strong>'Book of Matthew':</strong> Spreckels Performing Arts Center reprises the comedy drama written by its manager, Gene Abravaya, a former TV writer, opening March 21 and closing April 13. The show was successfully produced there in 2009. $22-$26. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 588-3400, <a href="http://rpcity.org" target="_blank">rpcity.org</a>.

Saturday, March 22

<strong> Big Brother and the Holding Company:</strong> Janis Joplin is gone, but founding members Sam Andrew and Peter Albin, longtime drummer David Getz, and Tom Finch, the band's guitarist for a decade, join singer Darby Gould to play at 8 p.m. March 22 at the Raven Theater in Healdsburg. $35. 433-6335, <a href="http://raventheater.org" target="_blank">raventheater.org</a>. The show is a benefit for the Ceres Community Project.

March 22-24

<strong>Santa Rosa Symphony:</strong> Paul Silverthorne, the London Symphony's principal violist, joins the orchestra, led by Bruno Ferrandis, at 8 p.m. March 22 and 24 and 3 p.m. March 23 in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park. $20-$80. 546-8742, <a href="http://santarosasymphony.com" target="_blank">santarosasymphony.com</a>.