Art, plays, outdoor concerts, Monte Rio’s annual variety show and lots of things to do with the kids July 19-26.
santa rosa, july 25-Aug. 9
Sonoma County Fair: Themed “Down on the Farm,” the fair starts Friday in Santa Rosa and runs 11 a.m.-11 p.m. through Aug. 9 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road. Closed Mondays. $5-$11; 6 and under free. 573-9342, sonomacountyfair.com.
SANTA ROSA, JULY 20
Thompson reflects: Historical Society of Santa Rosa sponsors “An Evening with Congressman Mike Thompson” at 6 p.m. Monday at the 6th St. Playhouse, 52 W. Sixth St. Thompson will discuss his experiences in Vietnam, the war in Iraq and the U.S. in today’s world. Sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WINDSOR, JULY 20
Broadway musicals: Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy “Broadway in Its Infancy” 12:30 p.m. Monday at Windsor Senior Center, 9231 Foxwood Drive. Free; donations accepted. The ongoing series reviews the 200-year evolution of American musical theater. RSVP at 838-1250.
CLOVERDALE, JULY 21
Magic: Magician Mike Della Penna entertains youngsters 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cloverdale Library Pat Hare Community Room, 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Free. For ages 3 and up. 894-5271.
HEALDSBURG, JULY 21
Music: Get with the B-Stars’ Western boogie beat 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Plaza, 217 Healdsburg Ave. Food vendors open 5 p.m. healdsburg.com/events.
SANTA ROSA, JULY 21
Author readings: Redwood Writers and Copperfield’s Books present the third “Hot Summer Nights” author readings 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at Copperfield’s Books, 775 Village Court. Free. Authors include Sheri Graves, Waights Taylor, David Hooper and Jeanne Miller. redwoodwriters.org.
WINDSOR, JULY 21
Free Concert: California Summer Music presents its Living Music Program, featuring talented string players, pianists and composers, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Raven Theater Windsor, 195 Windsor River Road. Free. 433-6335. csmusic.org.
WINDSOR, JULY 21
Peter Pan: Traveling Lantern Theater performs a “Peter Pan” classic 3 p.m. Tuesday at Windsor Regional Library, 9291 Old Redwood Highway #100. Free. For ages 4 and up. 838-1020.
SANTA ROSA, JULY 21-22
Theater: Summer Repertory performs “Little Shop of Horrors” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Santa Rosa Junior College Burbank Auditorium, 1501 Mendocino Ave. Admission is $15-25. 527-4343. summerrep.com.
WINDSOR, JULY 22
Bach Jam: Violin and viola students perform Bach pieces 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Raven Theater Windsor, 195 Windsor River Road. Come to play or listen. 836-0816. email@example.com.
HEALDSBURG, JULY 22-AUG. 9
Lake history: Healdsburg Museum’s latest exhibit is “Lake Sonoma Before and After,” a retrospective of the area, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday at 221 Matheson St. Exhibit runs through Aug. 9. 431-3325.
GLEN ELLEN, JULY 23
Cancer benefit: The Rett Hamer Blues Band performs at the Wine Country Group Realtors’ benefit for the American Cancer Society 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Gordenker Ranch, 201 Trinity Road. Minimum donation is $15. Picnicking welcome. RSVP at tinyurl.com/RelayConcert15.
MONTE RIO, JULY 23
A night of fun: Monte Rio’s 104th Variety Show and Barbecue presents a night of comedy, music and fun 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Monte Rio Amphitheater, 9925 Main St. Admission is $25 or free for children under 13 with a paying adult. 486-1739. firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROHNERT PARK, JULY 23
How they do it: Mad Science Spectacular teaches kids about movie special effects 11 a.m. Thursday at Rohnert Park-Cotati Library, 6250 Lynne Conde Way. Free. 584-9121.
SEBASTOPOL, JULY 23
Hootenanny: The North Bay Hootenanny presents a special summertime blowout 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 755 After Dark, 755 Petaluma Ave. Admission is $5. Bands include Rags, Foxtails Brigade, Owl Paws and Snake Walk. 861-9190. facebook.com/events/801626523285270.
WINDSOR, JULY 23
Summer Concert: Bay Area band Lost Dog Found performs jump, swing and more 6 p.m. Thursday on the Town Green, McClelland Drive and Market Street. Thursday Night Market is open 5-8 p.m. townofwindsor.com.
CAZADERO, JULY 24
Acoustic music: Local band Edge of Town performs acoustic Americana, blues and more 6-9 p.m. Friday at Raymond’s Bakery, 5400 Cazadero Highway. 632-5335.
CLOVERDALE, JULY 24
Fresh: Farmers Market begins 5:30 p.m. Friday along N. Cloverdale Blvd. between First and Second Streets. Afro-Mexican band Las Cafeteras performs 7 p.m. in the Plaza. 894-4410.
COTATI, JULY 24
Business talk: Roberta Ryan shares a simple formula that will enable you to identify and solve core business problems 7:30 p.m. Friday at Songbird Community Center, 8297 Old Redwood Highway. Suggested donation up to $30. 795-2398.
ROHNERT PARK, JULY 24
Summer party: Sonoma County’s “The Teleblasters” perform roots music and danceable rock and roll from 6-8 p.m. Friday at The Party on The Plaza, Rohnert Park’s free outdoor gathering at 500 City Center Drive. Bring your own food and refreshments or buy them at the Farmers Market. Bring low chairs or sit on a blanket in front of the stage.
PETALUMA, JULY 24
‘The Wall’: Thus the Buzz performs a tribute to Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” 8-11:30 p.m. Friday at Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St. Admission is $10. 762-3565. thephoenixtheater.com.
SANTA ROSA, JULY 24-26
Theater: “Yesterday Again,” an original drama by a 19-year-old award-winning playwright, premieres 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at 6th Street Playhouse, 52 West Sixth St. Admission is $15-25. 523-4185, ext 1. 6thstreetplayhouse.com.
SEBASTOPOL, JULY 24
Music from afar: Swedish folk band Väsen performs 8:30 p.m. Friday at Sebastopol Community Cultural Center Main Hall, 390 Morris St. Admission is $25 in advance, $28 at the door or $30 for a premium ticket. 823-1511. seb.org/event/2655293-vasen.
SEBASTOPOL, JULY 24
Having a ball: Dodgeball meets metal concert 8 p.m. Friday at 755 After Dark., 755 Petaluma Ave. Admission is $12 at the door or $10 in advance at 755 After Dark or Stanroy Music Center. Winning team of six gets $250. Sign up at facebook.com/events/748975785248822. 861-9190.
SEBASTOPOL, JULY 24-25
Film fest: Sonoma County Cuban Film Festival runs Friday and Saturday at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St. $10-$20. sebastopolfilmfestival.org.
CLOVERDALE, JULY 25
Free concert: Los Gu’achis perform music of the Southwest, Mexico and early California 2-3 p.m. Saturday at Cloverdale Library Pat Hare Community Room, 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Free. 894-5271.
CLOVERDALE, JULY 25
Pub music: The Greg Hester Trio performs with Vernelle Anders 8-11 p.m. Saturday at Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub, 131 E. First St. Free. 894-9610.
HEALDSBURG, JULY 25
Native gardens: Learn how native gardens save water and invite beautiful little critters 9 a.m. Saturday at Modini Stewardship Center, 226 A Center St. Free. Limited to 15. RSVP at meetup.com/Friends-of-the-Modini-Mayacamas.
PENNGROVE, JULY 25
Cars and BBQ: Penngrove Social Firemen’s fifth annual Hot Rods and Barbecue fundraiser features over 200 classic cars 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Penngrove Community Park, 11800 Main St. Free; lunch tickets cost $15 or $5 for kids under 12. 981-7765.
SANTA ROSA, JULY 25
Open mic: Redwood Writers host open mic 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave. Minimum $5 purchase of food or beverage required. Sign-up starts 1:30 p.m. Five minutes per person. redwoodwriters.org.
SONOMA, JULY 25
Wine and Wags: Sonoma County animal shelters benefit from the Paws for Love fundraiser Day of Wine and Wags noon-3 p.m. Saturday at Meadowcroft Wines at Cornerstone Sonoma, 23574 Arnold Drive. The $30 admission per dog/person pair includes wine and keepsake artwork of each dog’s paw print. 934-4090. meadowcroftwines.com.
SONOMA, JULY 25
Cycling workshop: City of Sonoma hosts the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition’s Family Bicycling Workshop 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St. Free. Bring bikes and helmets for the 1- to 2-mile ride. Registration required at 545-0153. bikesonoma.org/family-bike-workshops.
WINDSOR, JULY 25
Barb’s Race/Vineman Triathlon: The annual Barb’s Race cancer fundraiser begins with a 1.2-mile swim 6 a.m. Saturday at Johnson’s Beach, 16241 First St. in Guerneville. Finish off with a 56-mile bike ride and 13.1- mile run at Windsor High School. The women-only event coincides with the full Vineman Triathlon. 528-1630. vineman.com/Barb_s_Race.htm.
CLOVERDALE, JULY 25-26
Laugh with Durst: Comedian Will Durst presents “Durst Case Scenario” 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Admission is $45 at cloverdaleperformingarts.com. 894-2214.
FORESTVILLE, JULY 26
DON”T KILL: Breakfast benefit: Hollydale Community Clubhouse’s monthly breakfast is 9 a.m.-noon Sunday at the clubhouse, Old River Road and Frank Street, serving huevos rancheros. Table tennis follows 1-4 p.m. $10 donation, kids under 10 free, to raise money for a new floor. 887-0330.
DON”T KILL: PETALUMA, JULY 26
BBQ fundraiser: Wilmar Volunteer Fire Department hosts the 49th Annual Chicken Barbecue Fundraiser 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Holy Ghost Hall, Bodega and Eucalyptus Avenues. Enjoy two raffles, children’s games, fire engine rides, a silent auction and food. wilmarfire.com.