Things to do this week in Sonoma County, Nov. 10-19

Kirsten Eveland, 10, watches the parade with her two siblings Madison, left, and Aaron, right, during the Petaluma Veterans Day parade in 2015. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)


This weekend, get out of the house and do something fun and meaningful. On Saturday is a Sonoma Strong Community Gathering at Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa. On Sunday, the Petaluma Crafterino returns to the Petaluma Veterans Building. Plus there are several Veterans Day events to honor the men and women in our armed forces, as well as first responders. All this is in our list of things to do.

Saturday, Nov. 11
Sonoma Strong Community Gathering: This Saturday, enjoy an all-ages celebration at Old Courthouse Square, starting at 1 p.m. The event includes live music, family activities, beer, wine and food, and is organized by local firefighters, law enforcement and local officials. The event is free, and so is parking in the downtown parking garages. More information at

Saturday, Nov. 11
20 Band Fire Benefit: The Arlene Francis Center presents a day of live music, all in the spirit of supporting fire victims. In an all-ages event, 20 bands will perform live, and there will be an auction and raffle with impressive items, and a bazaar of vendors with a variety of wares. The event takes place 2-11 p.m., and admission is a $10-$100 donation. Find out more at

Saturday, Nov. 11
Vikingfest: This Saturday, celebrate Leif Erickson Day at the annual Vikingfest held at the Freya Lodge. The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will include traditional Norwegian cuisine, live viking reenactments, Nordic arts and crafts, Scandinavian vendors and more. For more information, visit

Saturday, Nov. 11
Veterans Day Parade: Kicking off at 1 p.m., this Saturday’s parade will honor the men and women in our armed forces, along with recognizing first responders who battled the recent fires in Sonoma County. The parade begins in downtown Petaluma and ends in Walnut Park. Information at

Saturday, Nov. 11
Sonoma Veterans Day Observance: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Bear Flag Post 1943 will be observing the holiday at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building in Sonoma with a free breakfast to all veterans and their family and guests beginning at 9:30 a.m., with a ceremony to follow. Breakfast is on a first-come, first-served basis and proof of veteran eligibility must be shown.

Saturday, Nov. 11
Rohnert Park Veterans Day Event: Join the City of Rohnert Park honoring veterans & active duty military at 11 a.m. at the Rohnert Park Community Center. Free to attend.

Saturday, Nov. 11
Healdsburg American Legion celebrates Veterans Day: This Saturday, the American Legion Sotoyome Post 111 will present a flag ceremony and gun salute at 10 a.m. at the Healdsburg Plaza, and then at 11 a.m. at the Windsor Town Green. Find out more at

Sunday, Nov. 12
Crafterino: This Sunday, get an early start on your Christmas shopping at the annual Crafterino crafts faire. Held at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building 11a .m. to 4 p.m., this annual event features hundreds of handmade, unique items that anyone would love to receive. You’ll find whimsical ceramics, one-of-a-kind jewelry, country chic housewares and more. Find out more at, and preview vendor crafts at

Sunday, Nov. 12
Schulz Museum Grand Reopening: Enjoy a free day with Snoopy and all his friends when the Schulz Museum opens their doors for the first time since the fires. The event will include character appearances, a photo booth and a meet and greet with Andrew Farago, author of “The Complete Peanuts Family Album.” The event takes place 1-4 p.m. Find out more at

Sunday, Nov. 12
California Banjo Extravaganza: Top five-string banjo players, bluegrass and beyond, 8 p.m. Sunday, Sebastopol Community Cultural Center Annex. $22-$25. 707-823-1511,

Other upcoming events:

Friday, Nov. 10

Sonoma Strong Cabaret’: Fire relief benefit, 7:30 tonight and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa. $25. 707-523-4185,

Iris Jamahl Dunkle: Poet laureate shares latest collection, ‘Interrupted Geographies,’ 7 tonight, Copperfield’s Books, Sebastopol. Free. 707-823-2618,

Rhythm Future Quartet: Gypsy jazz ensemble, 8-10 tonight, Occidental Center for the Arts. $25-$29. 707-874-9392,

Coco Montoya: Rock and blues guitarist, 9:30 tonight, The Reel, Sonoma. $25-$30. 707-343-0044,

Saturday, Nov. 11

‘Tamalko: A California Story’: Local history play, 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Tomales Town Hall. $25, benefits fire relief. Through Nov. 19. 707-484-8863,

Tetzlaff Quartet: String quartet, classical program, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$50. 866-955-6040,

Air Supply: ‘Lost in Love’ soft rock duo, 8 p.m. Saturday, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $49-$165. 707-546-3600,

Young People’s Chamber Orchestra: ‘Bieber to Patzner - The Heavy Metal String Orchestra,’ 7 p.m. Saturday, Phoenix Theater, Petaluma. $5-$20. 707-546-8742,

Sunday, Nov. 12

Tango Buenos Aires: ‘The Spirit of Argentina,’ 3 p.m. Sunday, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$85. 866-955-6040,

Marnie Breckenridge and Hope Briggs: Chamber concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa campus. $29.75. 415-392-4400,

Jazz Jam Benefit Concert: Fire relief fundraiser, local and Bay Area jazz musicians, 4-9 p.m. Sunday, Paul Mahder Gallery, Healdsburg. $30 minimum donation.

Mandolin Orange: Americana and folk duo from North Carolina, 7 p.m. Sunday, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma. $30. 707-938-5277,

Donna the Buffalo: Mix of cajun/zydeco, rock, folk, reggae and country, 8 p.m. Sunday, HopMonk Tavern, Sebastopol. $17-$20. 707-829-7300,

Monday, Nov. 13

‘The Prize’: Vintage film series, 1963 Paul Newman love-and-suspense classic, 7 p.m. Monday, Sebastiani Theatre, Sonoma. $10. 707-996-9756,

Tuesday, Nov. 14

‘La Belle’: Imago Theatre family production, large-scale puppetry and 100-plus special effects, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $16-$21. 707-546-3600,

‘Up From the Ashes’: Historical discussion of local catastrophes, panel includes Gaye LeBaron, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Roxy Stadium 14, Santa Rosa. $15, benefits fire relief. Seats are now sold out.

Wednesday, Nov. 15

Bill McKibben: Anti-carbon campaign leader, ‘Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance,’ 7 p.m. Wednesday, Copperfield’s Books, Sebastopol. Free. 707-823-2618,

Thursday, Nov. 16

Jewish Music Series: Cantor Jeremiah Lockwood, ‘Avant Garde Music of Brian S. Wilson,’ 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center, Santa Rosa. Free. 707-664-2325,

Foxes in the Henhouse: Acoustic-folk band, Americana Night, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Cloverdale Arts Alliance. $20. 707-894-4410,

Friday, Nov. 17

Vaudeville Variety Show: Music, magic and dance, Tommy Thomsen and 18 others, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Sebastiani Theatre, Sonoma. $25-$50, benefits fire relief. 707-996-9756,

‘The Little Mermaid’: Disney love story, opens 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Maria Carrillo High School Theatre, Santa Rosa. $12-$22. Through Dec. 3. 707-527-4307,

‘Masterworks for Chorus and Orchestra’: Sonoma State University performers, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $8, food bank benefit.

‘James and the Giant Peach’: Offbeat adventure, Cinnabar Young Rep, opens 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma. $10-$15. Through Dec. 3. 707-763-8920,

‘Daddy Long Legs’: Rags-to-riches tale of newfound love, opens 8 p.m. Nov. 17, Main Stage West, Sebastopol. $15-$30. Through Dec. 10. 707-823-0177,

Saturday, Nov. 18

SOFA Winterblast: Live music, entertainment and art, 5-9:30 p.m. Nov. 18, parades at 6 and 8 p.m., South A Street, Santa Rosa. Free.

Sonoma Bach Choir: ‘Monteverdi Vespers of 1610,’ 8 p.m. Nov. 18 and 7 p.m. Nov. 19, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $15-$25.

‘Fanfare and Concerto’: Sonoma County Philharmonic fire relief benefit, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 and 2 p.m. Nov. 19, Santa Rosa High School Auditorium. $15.

Patrick Ball: Celtic harpist, solo dramatic tribute to Irish poet W.B. Yeats, 8 p.m. Nov. 18, Occidental Center for the Arts. $20-$23. 707-874-9392,

‘Artistry in Wood’: Woodwork exhibit, opens 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 18, History Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa. $7-$10. Through Jan. 7, 2018. 707-579-1500,

Sunday, Nov. 19

‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Same-named TV show finalists, 8 p.m. Nov. 19, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $65-$79, VIP to $475. 707-546-3600,

‘Kojiki and the Universe’: Kitaro’s Grammy-nominated music, dancing and space-ace scenes of the universe, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Raven Theater, Healdsburg. $45-$125. 707-433-6335,

Holly Near and Friends: Folk artist plus American Songbook selections, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma. $20-$35. 707-763-8920,

‘Wind Power’: SSU faculty recital with Travis Air Force Base Brass Quintet, 2 p.m. Nov. 19, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. Free.