Things to do and fire relief benefits in Sonoma County, Oct. 20-29

Brian White, right, and his Mark West Springs Road neighbor Mike Nunley hug, as his girlfriend Cher Jeffers looks on, while at the burned remnants of his home, near Santa Rosa on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. White is a Santa Rosa Fire Department firefighter who was battling the fires in the Fountaingrove area, while his house was destroyed. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)


This week's focus is a mixture of family-friendly events to help you get out of the house and do something "normal," and a few events that will help you raise money for fire victims. Have a good and SAFE weekend!

Editor’s Note: Due to recent fires, several upcoming events have been forced to cancel or postpone their event. As of publication, this list of events are ones that are still happening. However, before heading out to any of these events, please check their website to ensure the event hasn’t been cancelled.

Friday, Oct. 20
Glow vigil at Old Courthouse Square: This Friday at 7 p.m., a group is organizing a gathering at Old Courthouse Square, bringing the community together in the wake of the firestorm. There will be glow sticks, flameless candles, speakers and music at this community building event. Find out more at the Facebook event page.

Friday, Oct. 20
Friday Night Benefit Swing: This Friday, swing your heart out for a good cause when Ellington Hall in Santa Rosa hosts a dance event to help raise funds for local fire victims. Drop in for a Jitterbug lesson from 7:30-8:30 p.m., then stick around for social dancing 8:30-11 p.m. No partner necessary, and tickets are $15, or free for those in need. Find out more at

Saturday, Oct. 21
Fire benefit at Sonoma Cider: This Saturday, Sonoma Cider in Healdsburg will host a benefit concert featuring bands Two Lions Band, Three for Silver, and Fast Heart Mart in a benefit concert to raise funds for those impacted by the Sonoma County Fires. Donation stations will also be set up to accept funds to help the Hurricane victims of Harvey, Irma and recent earthquakes in Mexico. There is a $10 suggested minimum donation; however, no one will be turned away. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. For more information visit

Through Saturday
Sonoma Family Meal: To offer some relief for Sonoma County fire victims, a team of chefs and volunteers have banded together, creating pre-packaged gourmet meals at a pop-up at the SRJC’s Culinary Arts Center parking lot at 1700 Mendocino Avenue. Just drive up, pick up, then get back to your family. Meals will be served through dinner Saturday. For more information, read the article here, or visit the Facebook page at

Saturday, Oct. 21
Peacetown Fire Benefit: This Saturday, enjoy an afternoon of singing, dancing, live music and more in a benefit event for local fire victims. Admission is free to this all-ages event, happening noon to 6 p.m at Ives Park in Sebastopol. Find out more at

Saturday, Oct. 21
A Thousand Thanks Pancake Breakfast: Boy Scouts Troop 32 is serving up a pancake breakfast at Church of the Roses (2500 Patio Court, Santa Rosa) this Saturday from 7:30-11:30 a.m., and all they need from you is your generosity to help fire victims. Come make a monetary donation of any size to the North Bay Fire Relief fund and sign a massive thank you sign for local heroes, then enjoy breakfast, free of charge. Non-perishable foods will also be accepted for the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

Saturday, Oct. 21
Pasta Feed for Cardinal Newman: Raise funds to help support the severely damaged Cardinal Newman High School with a pasta feed this Saturday at St. Vincent’s High School in Petaluma. Mass is from 6-7 p.m., and dinner will be served 7:15-10 p.m. Tickets are $20, and there will also be a raffle. RSVP at

Saturday, Oct. 21
Fire Relief Dance: Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Santa Rosa invites dance enthusiasts to kick up their heels to benefit fire victims. This Saturday, the studio is hosting an event that will include dancing, performances and a silent auction, starting at 5:30 p.m. Find out all the details at

Saturday, Oct. 21
Healing Art Event: This Saturday, the Full Circle Art Therapy Studio is hosting a free art event to help residents “heal out of the ashes.” Drop in times are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 360 Tesconi Circle in Santa Rosa, and children are welcome with an adult. Find out more at

Saturday, Oct. 21
Kids Halloween Extravaganza: The Copperfield’s store in Sebastopol is celebrating Halloween early with snacks, a costume contest and other Halloween fun for kids of all ages. This free event starts at 4 p.m. Find out more at

Saturday, Oct. 21
Diwali Festival of Lights: Celebrate the Hindu festival of light this Saturday at the Mary Agatha Furth Center in Windsor with an event that includes henna, performances, dinner and more. Admission is $25-$30, and starts at 5 p.m. Find out more at

Saturday, Oct. 21
Floating Pumpkin Patch: Try something different this Halloween season and hunt for your pumpkin in the Ridgway Swim Center pool. This Saturday, enjoy activities and games, the floating pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, open swim and more. More information at

Saturday, Oct. 21
Light of Unity Festival: This Saturday, Baha’is of Petaluma is celebrating with people of all ages, backgrounds, faiths and ethnicities for an afternoon of art, music, dance and more. The event is free, and takes place 3-5 p.m. at the Petaluma Community Center at Lucchesi Park. Find out more at

Saturday, Oct. 21
Tap Room Fundraiser: Rincon Valley Tap Room & Bottle Shop will donate $1 for each beer poured this Saturday, plus donate 100% proceeds from specific beers, ciders and food. The taproom is open 2-8 p.m. Find out more at the Facebook events page.

Oct. 21-22
Cornerstone Harvest Festival: This weekend, enjoy some fun fall festivities at Cornerstone’s first annual Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Patch. All proceeds from this inaugural event will benefit fire victims and relief efforts. Admission is free, and the event includes live music, lawn games, kid activities and more, plus beer and food for purchase. Find out more at

Sunday, Oct. 22
“Creepy Basterds” Halloween: The Gentlemen Basterds and 6th Street Playhouse present an evening of holiday themed fright-centric hijinks for Halloween lovers, in a show filled with comedy stand-up, magic, improv and more. Proceeds from the show will benefit the North Bay Fire Relief Fund. Find out more at the Facebook events page.

Oct. 19-22
Alexander Valley Film Festival: In its third year, the Alexander Valley Film Festival will feature four days of international films, offering diverse films from all around the world. More information at

Other upcoming events:

Friday, Oct. 20

Byron Katie: ‘A Mind at Home with Itself’ author and spiritual teacher, 7 to 10 p.m., Sebastopol Community Cultural Center. $32, includes book. 707-823-1511,

Peter Serkin: Distinguished American pianist, Mozart and Bach program, 7:30 p.m., Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$50. 866-955-6040,

Sol Flamenco: Passionate flamenco dance and music, 7:30 p.m., Sebastopol Center for the Arts. $15. 707-829-4797,

Saturday, Oct. 21

Sonoma County Art Trails: Sebastopol Center for the Arts’ open tours of 130-plus Sonoma County artists’ studios, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday plus Oct. 28-29 (rescheduled dates). Free. 707-829-4797,

Rachel Renée Russell: ‘Dork Diaries’ series creator/author celebrates 12th book, 1 p.m. Saturday, Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa. Free, tickets required. 707-579-4452,

Dia de Muertos Family Day: Exhibit, sugar-skull decorating, face painting, community altar, 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, History Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa. $7-$10. 707-579-1500,

The Larry Stefl Group: Brazilian jazz, original compositions and jazz standards, 8 p.m. Saturday, Occidental Center for the Arts. $18-$20. 707-874-9392,

Helen Hong with Juan Carlos: Standup comedy show, 7 p.m. Saturday, The Laugh Cellar, Santa Rosa. $28.

Sunday, Oct. 22

Pinot on the River: Limited-production Pinot Noir tastings from 100 wineries, plus artisan food, noon- 4p.m. Sunday, Healdsburg Plaza. $75-$100. 707-433-0433,

Telegraph Quartet: Chamber concert series season opener, 4 p.m. Sunday, Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa campus. $29.75. 415-392-4400,

Hudson: Quartet of jazz masters, 7 p.m. Sunday, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$50. 866-955-6040,

Alexander Valley Film Festival Closing night: ‘Behind the Curtain - Todrick Hall,’ 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Raven Film Center, Healdsburg. $50. Awards follow at spoonbar. 707-893-7150,

Monday, Oct. 23

‘Edutainment’: DJ Jacques, special guest Xander of Mondial Afrique, 10 p.m. Monday, Hopmonk Tavern, Sebastopol. $5-$10. 707-829-7300,

Tuesday, Oct. 24

Jewish Film Festival: Jewish Community Center presentation, ‘Long Story - Short Films,’ 1 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Rialto Cinemas, Sebastopol. Five shorts. $10-$13. Festival through Nov. 28.

Wednesday, Oct. 25

Thalea String Quartet: Brave New Music chamber concert series opener, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Paul Mahder Gallery, Healdsburg. $25.

Thursday, Oct. 26

‘The Rocky Horror Show’: Live production by the 6th Street Playhouse runs Thursday through Oct. 31 at Annie O’s Music Hall, 120 S. Fifth St., Santa Rosa. $26-$36, with an additional $6 charge at the door. 707-523-4185,

Friday, Oct. 27

Evening of Ghost Stories: Ross Lockhart and Friends share 14 spook stories, 7 p.m. Oct. 27, Copperfield’s Books, Petaluma. Free. 707-762-0563,

Saturday, Oct. 28

Pumpkin Festival: Carve a pumpkin, bring entries for decorated-pumpkin races, cooking and scarecrow contests, 8:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 28, West Plaza Parking Lot, Healdsburg. Free.

Cash & King: Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley tribute with Steven Kent, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Raven Performing Arts Theatre, Healdsburg. $35-$150.

Napa Craft Beer & Spirits: Halloween Harvest with 70 craft beers, ciders and craft spirits, 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28, Napa Valley Opera House, Napa. $20-$135.

Miró Quartet: Dvořák and Brahms program, with Jeffrey Kahane, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$85. 866-955-6040,

Sunday, Oct. 29

Alexi Kenney: Critically acclaimed violinist, 3 p.m. Oct. 29, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $30. 866-955-6040,

Santa Rosa Symphony Family Concert: ‘Creature Features’ program, 3 p.m. Oct. 29, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $12-$17.

M. Ward: Folk and blues-inspired singer-songwriter, plus Palehound, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma. $40. 707-938-5277,