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Things to do in Sonoma County, Jan. 27-Feb. 5, 2023

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Enjoy crab feeds, celebrate the Lunar New Year, see live music and more at these Sonoma County events.

Friday, Jan. 27

“That 70th Show”: Gallery exhibit and community wall commemorate the Sonoma Community Center’s 70th anniversary. Opening reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the center’s Causeway Gallery, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma. Free, donations accepted. Through April 30. More information at sonomacommunitycenter.org.

Madilyn Mei: Indie pop singer-songwriter headlines a 7:30 p.m. show at Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. Special guest M.J. Ward. Tickets are $12. More information at 707-762-3566, thephoenixtheater.com.

Wonder Bread 5: Studio 54 Night with the party cover band begins at 9 p.m. at Coyote Sonoma, 44F Mill St., Healdsburg. Tickets, at $30, benefit local charities. More information at 707-433-4444, coyotesonoma.com/upcoming-events.

Saturday, Jan. 28

Bodega Bay Area Chowder Day: Event returns for its 20th anniversary, with chowder tastings beginning at 10 a.m. and noon at numerous restaurants. Carpooling recommended. Tickets are $25, advance sales only. More information at visitbodegabayca.com/chowder-day.

LumaCon: Comic convention presented by Petaluma libraries. Event features cosplay, vendors, exhibitors, workshops, panels, live action role playing, contests and more. Visit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd. Free. More information at lumacon.net.

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‘People want placement’: Sonoma County to clear Joe Rodota Trail homeless encampment

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Sonoma County officials on Tuesday are expected to begin clearing a homeless encampment on the Joe Rodota Trail where dozens of people and their pets have been living for weeks.

The county closed the trail Friday afternoon between Hampton Way and Dutton Avenue, where approximately 30 people were camped. Officials are aiming to reopen the trail by the end of the week, according to a Sonoma County news release.

Residents and advocates say they believe as many as 50 people live in the encampment near Roseland Avenue, where nearly 30 tents and makeshift shelters were visible Monday.

One woman appeared to be living out of a Jeep Wrangler, and dried clothing on a string tied between the vehicle and a shopping cart.

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Things to do in Sonoma County, Jan. 20-29, 2023

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See live comedy, hear a performance of Grateful Dead tunes or revisit a modern classic, with bowling and pizza, at these Sonoma County events.

Friday, Jan. 20

“Small Works”: Twelfth annual exhibition opens at Graton Gallery, 9048 Graton Road. Visit from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Through Feb. 19. More information at 707-829-8912, gratongallery.net.

Inaugural comedy show: Hence Singleton, Paul Brumbaugh and Trevor LA perform at Wolf House Brewing Co., 131 E. First St., Cloverdale. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. More information at 844-942-2337, wolfhousebrewing.com/live-events/#chili.

Beo String Quartet: Ensemble performs works by contemporary composers, Bach, Beethoven and more at 7:30 p.m. at The 222, 222 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. Pre-concert discussion at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $35 to $75. More information at the222.org/beo-quartet.

Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra: Concerto recital includes solo works by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Handel. Showcase begins at 7:30 p.m. at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St. Tickets are $5 to $25. More information at 707-829-4797, bit.ly/3we9ey8.

The Soul Section: Soul and funk band performs music of the 1960s and ’70s and other rock favorites at 7:30 p.m. at The California, 528 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. Tickets are $15. More information at 707-664-7529, caltheatre.com/soul-section.

Christopher Titus: The Comedy Central and “Titus” star performs a comedy show at 8 p.m. at Sally Tomatoes, 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park. Tickets are $25 to $60. More information at bit.ly/3GUmfC9.

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5 Sonoma County schools named among California’s most distinguished in 2023

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Five Sonoma County public schools have been included among the state’s distinguished schools program, which celebrates the California schools that best champion students.

Corona Creek, Meadow, West Side, Alexander Valley and Liberty elementary schools were part of the 356 schools across the state named in the 2023 California Distinguished Schools Program, which returned this year after temporarily being suspend due to the pandemic.

The program evaluates schools’ test scores, chronic absenteeism, suspension rates and socioeconomic data, which can be found on the 2022 California School Dashboard.

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Sonoma’s historic Watmaugh Bridge’s years are numbered

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To some longtime Sonoma residents, the Watmaugh Bridge is a historically unique treasure that provides a link to the city’s colorful past. To others it is a deteriorating, seemingly dangerous eyesore in dire need of replacement.

The steel-truss bridge, which is situated just outside Sonoma city limits on Watmaugh Road between Arnold Drive and Broadway, turns 94 this year, but its years are numbered.

Construction of a replacement bridge is scheduled to begin in 2024.

The county has planned to replace it since 2003, when road officials found that water had seeped through the concrete and rusted the rebar running along the underside of the bridge’s surface. This caused chunks of concrete to break off and fall into the creek bed.

“Bridge projects take a very long time to bring to construction,” said Janice Thompson, deputy director of Sonoma Public Infrastructure (formerly General Services). “Environmental concerns can take years to work through. This bridge is considered historic, and we have worked closely with the community, (Sonoma County) Supervisor (Susan) Gorin’s office, Sonoma Landmark Commission and the State Historic Preservation Office to ensure the proper process for removal of a historic bridge.”

Thompson said a video recordation of the bridge was performed as part of the process.

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Things to do in Sonoma County, Jan. 13-22, 2023

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Enjoy winter wine tastings, art gallery receptions, live music and more at these Sonoma County events.

Friday, Jan. 13

Artist’s reception: Visit with Simmon Factor, whose paintings inspired by living next to Santa Rosa Creek are on display at Café Frida Gallery, 300 S. A St., Santa Rosa, in the SOFA arts district. An opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Through Feb. 16. More information at cafefridagallery.com.

Winery Comedy Tour: Crews of comedians visit 48 states, performing seven nights a week. The tour stops at 7 p.m. at Hook & Ladder Vineyards & Winery, 2134 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa. Tickets are $18 to $20. More information at 707-526-2255, hookandladderwinery.com.

Lee Vandeveer Band: Mix of blues, psychedelic rock, jazz and more at 9 p.m. at Toad in the Hole, 116 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. Also Rascuaches. Free. More information at 707-544-8623, bit.ly/3WSOhod.

Saturday, Jan. 14

Wine Road’s 30th anniversary Winter Wineland: Seventy wineries in Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys offer specialty wine tastings, meetings with winemakers and more from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $75 and $95, $10 designated driver. Advance tickets only. Through Jan. 15. More information at 707-433-4335, wineroad.com/events/winter-wineland.

“Favorite Things”: Artists of all ages show one work each at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St. Rescheduled opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Through Feb. 5. More information at 707-829-4797, sebarts.org.

Open Mic Night: Community members perform everything from song and dance to comedy and poetry. Event begins at 7 p.m. at Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Free, donations accepted. More information at 707-894-2214, cloverdaleperformingarts.com/openmic.

The Blues Night: Local blues musicians perform from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Cloverdale Arts Alliance, 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Tickets are $5 at the door. More information at 707-894-4410, cloverdaleartsalliance.org.

Vicki Barbolak: Barrel Proof Comedy presents the “America’s Got Talent” finalist, plus comic Victor Pacheco. Showtime is 8 p.m. at Sally Tomatoes, 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park. Tickets are $20, VIP $50 (includes dinner). More information at 707-665-9472, bit.ly/3ZuvWzp.

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3 more atmospheric rivers headed for Sonoma County. What’s driving the storm train?

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January is typically atmospheric river season in California, but since the start of the new year Sonoma County has been hammered by an almost nonstop series of them — an unusual occurrence, which experts are attributing to the jet stream that is surging over the Pacific Ocean.

Literally described as rivers in the sky, three more of these moisture-laden events are being carried by winds toward the Golden State, according to meteorologists, who expect more storms to begin Wednesday night.

Those storms will continue through Jan. 20, said Chad Hecht, a research and operations meteorologist with UC San Diego’s Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes.

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Sonoma County Opens New Community Support Centers to Serve Residents Impacted by Storms

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Sonoma County opened two new community support centers in Bodega Bay and Guerneville today, and will open one Monday in Occidental to serve residents who have been impacted by the winter storms. The centers, which are staffed by county officials, are in addition to one location that opened Saturday at Fort Ross State Historic Park in Jenner.

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Things to do in Sonoma County, Jan. 6-15, 2023

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See local bands perform live, attend art receptions, enjoy new theatrical productions and more at these Sonoma County events.

Friday, Jan. 6

“New Year, New Work: A Hopeful Show”: Artists express hope for the future and give thanks in the era of COVID-19. New exhibit opens from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Arts Center, 312 S. A St., Santa Rosa, in the SOFA arts district. Free. Through Feb. 25. More information at santarosaartscenter.org.

Spike Sikes and His Awesome Hotcakes: Soul, swing, rhythm and blues and jazz performance begins at 7 p.m. at The Big Easy, 128 American Alley, Petaluma. Tickets are $10. More information at 707-776-7163, bigeasypetaluma.com.

“Daddy Long Legs”: Cinderella-story musical romance opens at 7:30 p.m. at Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. Tickets are $25 to $45. Through Jan. 22. More information at 707-763-8920, cinnabartheater.org.

Scott Guberman: Keyboardist performs a solo show featuring Grateful Dead music at 8 p.m. at HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway, Sonoma. Free. More information at 707-935-9100, hopmonk.com/sonoma.

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Where to find free sandbags in Sonoma County ahead of Wednesday’s storm

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Authorities and weather experts are urging Sonoma County residents to prepare for a storm Wednesday that could bring as much as 8 inches of rain over a 48-hour period to the wettest spots in the county.

The city of Santa Rosa’s sandbag filling station is open for residents throughout the rainy season. They can find sand and bags at the City Municipal Services Center North at 55 Stony Point Road, open 24/7.

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