Things to Do This Week in Sonoma County

Written by Crissi Langwell & Dan Taylor for The Press Democrat.

If you’re looking for something to do this week, you’ve come to the right place. This Saturday night, don your best Rocky Horror fashions and arm yourself with props for the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Phoenix Theatre. Burn some calories before your St. Paddy’s Day corned beef and hash at the St. Patrick’s Day 5K. And don’t forget to turn your clock ahead one hour when Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday. All this and more is in our list of things to do.

March 10-13
Just Between Friends Sale: The semi-annual event is back this weekend with deals on gently used and new items for young families. With everything from strollers to clothing to toys and more, the event is a must for those with growing kids or growing baby bellies. Cost is $3 Thursday, $2 Friday and free on Saturday and Sunday. Free admission passes can be found at Find out all the details at

March 11-12
Sporting Collectible Show: If your idea of a good day is one spent in a fishing boat or hunting game, you’ll want to mark your calendars for this Friday and Saturday when the Fishing Tackle, Duck Decoy and Sporting Collectible Show comes to the Veteran’s Building in Santa Rosa. In its 22nd year, the event is the largest sporting collectible show on the West Coast, and features items from more than 150 vendors. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Find out all the details at

March 11-13
Barrel Tasting Weekend Continues: This weekend, multiple wineries throughout Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys will be presenting the first tastes of their barrel samples, with a chance to purchase the wine at a discount when it has properly matured and is bottled. The event takes place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and admission is $35-$60. Designated drivers are $5. Find a list of participating wineries and more details at

Saturday, March 12
Rocky Horror Picture Show: Dammit, Janet, come to the Phoenix Theatre in Petaluma this Saturday night wearing your best Rocky Horror fashions and armed with a variety of props. Not sure what to expect? Check out a Rocky Horror virgin’s guide here. The all-ages show starts at 11:30 p.m., and tickets are $10. Find out all the details at

Saturday March 12
Arbor Day: Come to Southwest Community Park this Saturday to celebrate Luther Burbank’s birthday. The celebration takes place 9 a.m. to noon and will include cake, prize giveaways, and seedlings to take home and plant your very own tree. Find out all the details at

Saturday, March 12
Coffee With a Cop: Come to the Coddingtown Starbucks this Saturday at 8:20 a.m. to discuss community issues over coffee with local law enforcement. See our article about a past Coffee With a Cop event here.

Saturday, March 12
Kidgits Eggstravaganza: This Saturday, bring the kids to Coddingtown for a mall-wide scavenger hunt, arts and crafts and special giveaways. The free event is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and will be located near JC Penney. Find out more at

Saturday, March 12
Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival: Enjoy some boot-stompin’ music this Saturday with this 16th annual folk and bluegrass festival. Held at the Sebastopol Community Center from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., the event will include live music, jam sessions open to the public and food and beverages for sale. Doors open at noon. Tickets are $35 at the door, and free for kids 11 & under. Find out more at

Saturday, March 12
Petaluma Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival: This Saturday, the Petaluma Host Lion’s Club is hosting their 23rd annual fundraiser for Project Graduation in Petaluma, raising funds for Petaluma, Casa Grande, St. Vincent’s and Tomales High Schools. The event will include food from over 25 restaurants, caterers and food producers, as well as craft beer and premium wines. The event is 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Petaluma Veteran’s Memorial Building, and admission is $40. Find out more at

Saturday, March 12
Loretta Lynn Tribute Night: Sing along to songs by the ‘Coal Miners’s Daughter’ when local singers cover Loretta Lynn songs this Saturday at the Arlene Francis Center. Guests are invited to dress in western attire. Admission is a $10-$20 donation, and all proceeds benefit the YWCA Sonoma County’s Confidential Safe House. Find out more at the Facebook events page.

Sunday, March 13 – SPRING FORWARD!
Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday, so don’t forget to turn your clocks an hour forward on Saturday night. Sure, you’ll lose an hour’s sleep. But that’s what Sunday afternoon naps are for.

Sunday, March 13
St. Patrick’s Day 5K: Burn some calories before St. Paddy’s Day at this traditional Santa Rosa run. Starting at Juilliard Park, the race kicks off at 3 p.m., and ends with a mug of beer or root beer. Participants are encouraged to wear their best St. Patrick’s Day getup. Stick around for the post-race fun with a judged costume contest, music, activities and more. Registration is $40. Find out all the details at

Sunday, March 13
Improve Your Story Dialogue: This Sunday, the featured speaker at the monthly Redwood Writers general meeting is Mysti Berry, an accomplished linguist and an award-winning writer. Berry will share how to improve dialogue in writing through examples, and invites guests to bring their own page of dialogue to spruce up. The meeting is from 2-4:30 p.m. in the Empire Room at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. Admission is $5 for members, and $10 for non-members. Find out more at

More upcoming events:

Friday, March 11

‘Wait Until Dark’: Broadway thriller opens 8 p.m. Friday, Spreckels Performing Arts Center, Rohnert Park. $16-$26. 588-3400,

UPside Dance Company: ‘all.things.PAPER’ dance collage, 6 p.m. first act only, 8 p.m. full show, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa. $10-$25.

‘Anna in the Tropics’: Pulitzer Prize-winning play opens 8 p.m. at 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa. $15-$32. 523-4185, ext. 1,

Lawrence Brownlee: Opera recital, African-American spirituals, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $17.50-$85. 866-955-6040,

Saturday, March 12

‘Full Circle’: Pond Farm Revisited pottery exhibit reception, 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Healdsburg Center for the Arts. Free. 431-1970,

‘The Birds’: Comedy by Cinnabar Theater’s Young Rep, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma. $10-$15. 763-8920,

Mary Wilson: Motown sounds with The Supremes founder and musician Lenny Williams, 8 p.m. Saturday, Wells Fargo Center, Santa Rosa. $45-$75. Benefits Petaluma nonprofit Carousel Fund. 546-3600,

M.F.K. Fisher book launch: ‘The Theoretical Foot’ discussion with the late author’s daughter, 7 p.m. Saturday, Copperfield’s Books, Healdsburg. Free. 433-9270,

Sunday, March 13

Sonoma County Restaurant Week: Final day to explore dining options at specialty prices at 100-plus restaurants on Sunday. $10 and up.

Maria Muldaur: Dinner concert with ‘Jazzabelle’ & Her All-Star Jazz Quintet, 5 p.m. Sunday, French Garden, Sebastopol. $25-$30. 824-2030,

Patrick Ball: Celtic harpist, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma. $15-$25. 763-8920,

Santa Rosa Symphony: ‘Gershwin’s Magic Key,’ with pre-show instrument “petting zoo” for kids, 3 p.m. Sunday, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $12-$17. 866-955-6040,

Monday, March 14

‘The Quiet Man’: 1952 John Wayne romantic comedy-drama, 7 p.m. Monday, Sebastiani Theatre, Sonoma. $9. 996-2020,

Tuesday, March 15

Joyce Maynard: ‘Under the Influence’ author visit, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Book Passage, Corte Madera. Free. (415) 927-0960,

‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’: Live family musical, free pre-show art projects, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wells Fargo Center, Santa Rosa. $5-$17. 546-3600,

Wednesday, March 16

‘Flavor! Napa Valley’: Five-day event opens with marketplace of food, wine and live entertainment, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Culinary Institute of America at Copia, Napa. $95.

The Polovetsian Dances: Santa Rosa Junior College Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Burbank Auditorium, SRJC, Santa Rosa. $5-$10. 527-4307,

Thursday, March 17

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival: Opening party and screening, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sebastopol Center for the Arts Center. $35. 829-4797,

David Luning: Americana Night, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Cloverdale Arts Alliance. $20. 894-4410,

St. Patrick’s Day: Live Celtic music, gypsy rock and blues funk rock, 7 p.m. Thursday, Arlene Francis Center, Santa Rosa. $15-$20. 528-3009,

Friday, March 18

Haymarket Squares: Bluegrass with a punk twist, 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, The Big Easy, Petaluma. Free. 776-4631,

‘Carnage’: Left Edge Theatre comedy, 8 p.m. Friday, March 18, Wells Fargo Center, Santa Rosa. $30-$40. 546-3600,

Amit Peled: Cellist with pianist Noreen Polera, 8 p.m. Friday, March 18, Glaser Center, Santa Rosa. $30. 874-1124,

Sir James Galway: Flutist with the Galway Chamber Players, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $60-$130. 866-955-6040,

Saturday, March 19

Trashion Fashion: Showcase of apparel designed from repurposed items, 1 p.m. rehearsal, 4:30 p.m. show, Saturday, March 19, Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, Sonoma. $25-$50. 938-4626,

Savor Sonoma Valley: Vintage wines, new releases and food, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at 19 Sonoma Valley wineries. $10-$65. 431-1137,

‘The Invisible Flame’: Twelve Centuries of Women Composers concert, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19, Petaluma Historical Library & Museum. $25-$40. 778-4398,

‘Modern Twist’: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art exhibit opening, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 19, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma. $5-$8. 939-7862,

James Ehnes: Classical violinist, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$85. 866-955-6040,

Sunday, March 20

‘Acoustic Africa’: Guitarist Habib Koité and vocalist Vusi Mahlasela, 7 p.m. Sunday, March 20, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$85. 866-955-6040,

‘Sons of Noir’: North Bay writers’ book launch, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 20, Occidental Center for the Arts. Free. 874-9392,

California’s Artisan Cheese Festival: Brunch, cheese tasting and marketplace, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 20, Sheraton Sonoma County, Petaluma. $45-$115. 837-1928,