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Looking for more fun events? Check out our events calendar at pressdemocrat.com/events.


You might need to clone yourself to enjoy all the fun coming our way. This Saturday is the annual Rose Parade in Santa Rosa. Saturday and Sunday, celebrate with Sunset Magazine at Cornerstone Sonoma. And classic cars are rolling through Petaluma all weekend long for their Salute to American Graffiti. All this and more is in our list of things to do.

May 18-20
Salute to American Graffiti: This weekend marks Petaluma’s 12th annual Salute to American Graffiti. Things kick off Thursday with the “Jump Start” dinner at Cattleman’s ($45 by advance reservation). Friday is the Cruise-in and Kickoff Social from 4-8 p.m. at the Petaluma Plaza on McDowell Blvd. Then on Saturday is the Classic Car Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by festivities 4-8 p.m. More information is at americangraffiti.net.

May 19-21
SRJC Planetarium ECLIPSE: This August, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States, seen best in Oregon. See a preview of this phenomenon Friday or Saturday at 7 p.m., or Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the SRJC Planetarium’s public show on lunar and solar eclipses. Admission is $5-$8, and free for ages 5-12. Find out all the details at planetarium.santarosa.edu.

Saturday, May 20
Luther Burbank Rose Parade: Starting at 10 a.m. this Saturday, cheer with your neighbors as a variety of floats, marching bands, dance performers and more fill the streets of downtown Santa Rosa for the annual Rose Parade. Then stick around for the festival, taking place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find out all the details at roseparadefestival.com.

Saturday, May 20
Sonoma County Backroad Challenge: Starting and ending at Penngrove Park this Saturday, the 7th annual Sonoma County Backroad Challenge offers three rides on scenic backroads or Sonoma and Marin counties, followed by a BBQ festival prepared by the Penngrove Social Firemen. Non-riders are welcome to eat, drink and be merry. All the details are at backroadchallenge.com.

Saturday, May 20
“Out of Order” Mural Exhibit: Come check out larger-than-life artwork at The Corner Store Collective this Saturday when more than 45 Bay Area artists create one of the biggest art shows in Northern California. The show will feature a variety of multi-dimensional murals from 5-11 p.m. Admission is $5-$20 donation. Find out more at facebook.com/cscgallery.

May 20-21
Sunset Celebration Weekend: Sunset Magazine is hosting it’s 2nd annual celebration at its test gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma this Saturday and Sunday. The event’s exhibits include Sunset’s Smart Cottage, glamping inspiration, celebrity chef demonstrations and more. Admission is $35-$125. Find out all the details at sunset.com/cw.

Saturday, May 20
Kids to Parks Day Scavenger Hunt: This Saturday, Howarth Park is hosting a self-directed scavenger hunt for kids, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Once kids discover the location of the free events secret celebration, they can enjoy treats and activities. Find out more at www.santarosarec.com.

Saturday, May 20
Rohnert Park Fishing Derby: Last year, fishing enthusiasts reeled in 87 fish. How many will they catch this year? Find out at the 34th annual event, taking place 8-10 a.m. at Roberts Lake. Find out more at www.fishing-derby.org.

Saturday, May 20
Annual California Luau: This Saturday, bring your appetite and aloha attitude to the Sonoma Moose Lodge for their 3rd annual California Luau. The menu features a whole roasted pig, plenty of side dishes and a variety of homemade desserts. Tickets are $40 as a benefit toward the Lodge’s kitchen fund, and includes dinner, a drink, live music and a live hula performance. Find out more at www.sonomamoose.org.

Saturday, May 20
Legends of Country Music: Stomp your feet as “Mr Music & Friends” takes over the Washoe house, performing the songs of Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and more. Performing live are local musicians Jim Corbett, Catfish Jack, Jon Gonzales, Terry Keady and a few other familiar voices. Cover charge is $5. 8-11 p.m. Find out more at jongonzales.com.

Saturday, May 20
Positive Images Open House: Santa Rosa’s youth LGBTQ+ support group has outgrown its old location and has moved to a new location at 200 Montgomery Drive, Suite C in Santa Rosa. They are celebrating with a community open house, complete with street tacos, cupcakes, DJ music and more. The event takes place 12-5 p.m. at the new location. Find out all the details at posimages.org.

Sunday, May 21
Petaluma Kids Gran Fondo: Kids are invited to challenge themselves at the 5th annual Petaluma Kids Gran Fondo, starting and ending at Lucchesi Park. Kicking off at 9 a.m., courses include a 1-mile, 4-mile and 7-mile route. The race raises money for specific kids in the community. This year’s recipients are Billy Warner, Autumn Rose Williams, Ayana Perez, and Ella Simone Newman. Find out more at www.petalumakidsgranfondo.com.

Sunday, May 21
Poet Laureate Dana Goia: Come hear poetry and learn more about writing poems and prose at this Sunday’s Redwood Writers meeting at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. The event is from 2-4:30 p.m. Admission is $10 nonmembers, and $5 for members. More information at redwoodwriters.org.

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Looking for more fun events? Check out our events calendar at pressdemocrat.com/events.

Friday, May 19

Jack Ingram: Country singer-songwriter, plus country musician Jamie Lin Wilson, 8:30 p.m., Mystic Theatre, Petaluma. $22-$40. 707-775-6048, mystictheatre.com.

‘From Both Hips’: Dark comedy about a victim seeking revenge, 8 p.m., Main Stage West, Sebastopol. $15-$30. Through June 4. 707-823-0177, mainstagewest.com.

Chuck Berry Night: Sock Hop for all ages, Mr. Music & Friends and The Love Choir, 7:30 p.m., Sebastopol Community Cultural Center. $5-$15. 707-823-1511, seb.org.

Sonoma Bach: ‘Early Music Uncorked – On the Power of Music,’ 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Sunday, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $15-$25. sonomabach.org.

Saturday, May 20

SRJC Piano Demons: Performances by student pianists, 7 p.m. Saturday, Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa campus. Free. 707-527-4249, music.santarosa.edu.

Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble: Old world klezmer music plus guest singer Alby Kass performing Yiddish songs, 7 p.m. Saturday, Petaluma Museum. $15. 707-778-4398, petalumamuseum.com.

Dan Walsh: Banjo master, British, Irish and American folk songs, 8 p.m. Saturday, Occidental Center for the Arts. $15-$18. 707-874-9392, occidentalcenterforthearts.org.

Family Fun Day: ‘Nature’s Recyclers’ theme, nature walk at 10 a.m. Saturday, activities until 12:30 p.m., Jack London Park, Glen Ellen. Free, $10 parking. 707-938-5216, jacklondonpark.com.

Sunday, May 21

Claude Bourbon: Guitar master, medieval and Spanish blues, 5 p.m. Sunday, Occidental Center for the Arts. $20-$23. 707-874-9392, occidentalcenterforthearts.org.

Jewish Cultural Festival: Simcha Sunday celebration with kids’ activities, entertainment, crafts and Sonoma County Jewish resources, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, SOMO Village, Rohnert Park. Free. jccsoco.org.

Monday, May 22

Brendan James plus Imports: Folk and soft-rock singer-songwriter plus opening duo, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Monday, Blue Note Napa. $10-$17.50. 707-603-1258, bluenotenapa.com.

Tuesday, May 23

‘Eye Fruit’: The art of Franklin Williams, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. every Tuesday through Sunday until Aug. 27. Art Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa. $7-$10. 707-579-1500, museumsc.org.

Wednesday, May 24

Lost Dog Found: Jazz band performs during the Wednesday Night Market, 5-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, around Courthouse Square, downtown Santa Rosa. Free. wednesdaynightmarket.org.

Thursday, May 25

Spark & Whisper: Northern California-based indie/folksinger/songwriters, plus Americana with Dangermuffin, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, HopMonk Tavern, Sebastopol. $12-$15. 707-829-7300, hopmonk-sebastopol.ticketfly.com.

Tommy Caldwell: Author of ‘The Push’ and climber who summited Yosemite’s Dawn Wall with Santa Rosa native Kevin Jorgeson, 7 p.m. Thursday, Copperfield’s Books, Santa Rosa. Free. 707-578-8938, copperfieldsbooks.com.

Healdsburg FFA Twilight Parade: 68th annual parade starts at 6 p.m. Thursday in downtown Healdsburg as a kickoff to the three-day Country Fair. Free. healdsburgfair.org.

Robin Trower: English blues and rock guitarist, known for the 1960’s Procol Harum, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Mystic Theatre, Petaluma. $60. 707-765-2121, mystictheatre.com.

Friday, May 26

Funky Fridays: Summer concert series opener, soul/rhythm and blues band The Bruthas, 7-9 p.m. May 26, Hood Mansion, Sonoma Valley. $10, under 19 free. 707-833-6288, funkyfridays.info.

BottleRock Napa Valley: Eighty-five bands, including Maroon 5 and Foo Fighters, food stage features Martha Stewart, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. May 26-28, Napa Valley Expo, Napa. $149-$349, sold out. bottlerocknapavalley.com.

Saturday, May 27

Jura Margulis: World-renowned piano virtuoso performs Scarlatti, Scriabin and Brahms, 7:30 p.m. May 27, Petaluma Museum. $25-$40, includes wine and cheese. 707-778-4398, petalumamuseum.com.

The Honey Toads: Petaluma-based four-member alternative/indie band, 8 p.m. May 27, Phoenix Theater, Petaluma. $8. 707-762-3565, thephoenixtheater.com.

French Oak Gypsy Band: French and American swing era classics and world folk music, 8 p.m. May 27, Occidental Center for the Arts. $15-$20. 707-874-9392, occidentalcenterforthearts.org.

Meet Our Veterans: Honor World War II and Korean War veterans and view vintage aircraft, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 27, Pacific Coast Air Museum, Santa Rosa. Free. 707-575-7900, pacificcoastairmuseum.org.

Sunday, May 28

Oysterpalooza: Food and music festival, acts include The Sam Chase and The Untraditional, noon May 28, Rocker Oysterfeller’s, Valley Ford. $10-$20. 707-876-1983, rockeroysterfellers.com.

DJ Rosie’s Dance Party: Dancing, contests, silent auction and prizes, benefits The Living Room, 3-7 p.m. May 28, Arlene Francis Center, Santa Rosa. $20 donation. djrosies40thanniversarydanceparty.brownpapertickets.com.