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The week in Rohnert Park: Oct. 14-20

Sunday, October 14th, 2012 | Posted by

Grab an ARTrails catalog and a map for this self-guided free tour of local artists’ studios from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 and Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 20-21. In Penngrove, view the Wine Country Photography of Michael Ecton, located at 10300 Minnesota Ave. (off Old Redwood Highway). In Rohnert Park, see Tim Brody’s pastel landscapes at 8501 Liman Way or Dee Fay’s still life and streetscape paintings at 4515 Harbor Lane (near Golf Course Dr.). Produced by the Arts Council of Sonoma County: sonomaarts.com/artrails.

Learn basic tennis strokes including forehand, backhand, and the serve through Rohnert Park’s Community Center from 5:30-6:45 p.m. on Mondays, Oct. 15, 22, and 29. Luke Chiurco, a professional instructor for 12 years, teaches Beginning Adult Tennis. He believes a positive, fun, and friendly atmosphere will benefit both competitive and recreational players, and he strives to bring that to all his lessons. Participants must provide their own tennis racquets. Any rainouts will be made up. Cost for RP residents is $60. Classes take place at Dorotea Park tennis courts, 895 Santa Dorotea Circle. Visit rpcity.org to register.

If you’ve always wanted to work with clay, join the Rohnert Park Clay Studio with a class in Pottery and the Potter’s Wheel from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 16 – Nov. 20. You’ll make projects to glaze, which the studio will fire. The instructor, Randy Snyder, is an award-winning local potter with more than 30 years experience with all forms of ceramics. Cost is $120 for RP residents, age 15 and over. A $30 materials fee will be collected when you register for the class Located in Crafts Room #2 at the Rohnert Park Community Center, 5401 Snyder Ln. Visit rpcity.org to register.

Young artists ages five-10 can join a Little Potters Sculptural Clay class from 3:15-4:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 18 – Nov. 8 in the Rohnert Park Community Center’s Crafts Room #2. Kids will wedge, slab, pinch, cut, pull, pound, texture, coil, score and slip clay into wonderful animal friends, then add sparkle with an array of colorful glazes! Denise Thurman, the instructor, is a multi-media artist who has tutored at-risk children in public schools. Cost is $40 for RP residents. A $10 materials fee to cover clay, glazes, firing and handouts will be added to the class fee when you register. Sign up early as class size is limited to allow for individual attention. Located at 5401 Snyder Ln. Visit rpcity.org to register.

If you or your business belong to the Cotati or Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce, join the Business After Hours Mixer 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Maher Chiropractic, 525 E. Cotati Ave. #115 in Cotati. This great networking opportunity with both Chambers is not to be missed.

The Green Music Center presents a debut performance by Sonoma State’s two large jazz ensembles in the newly opened Weill Hall 7:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 18, The SSU Latin Band, led by percussionist Kendrick Freeman, will take you on a musical tour of the Caribbean and South America. The exciting 18-piece SSU Jazz Orchestra, directed by Doug Leibinger, will offer up the finest classic to modern big band repertoire. 1801 E Cotati Ave. Call (866) 955-6040 for tickets, $10-$15.

Share the rich inner and outer landscapes of your life in Make Your Memories Come Alive—Getting Started from 9:30-12:30 Saturday, Oct. 20, at The Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Drive in Penngrove. In this three-hour memoir-writing workshop, led by Suzanne Sherman, you’ll create an outline, learn key aspects of memoir craft, and use inspiring writing prompts to mine your material. Learn how to shape a story, reveal character, illustrate an era, and build a narrative. $55 includes donation to The Sitting Room. For more information or to register, email SuzanneSherman@sonic.net or call 478-3819.

If you enjoy political humor you won’t want to miss Bill Maher in “Countdown to Election 2012” 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Green Music Center’s Weill Hall. Nominated twenty-seven times for an Emmy, Maher appeared for nine years on Comedy Central’s “Politically Incorrect” and for the last nine years on HBO’s “Real Time.” 1801 E Cotati Ave. Call (866) 955-6040 for tickets: $49.75, $69.75, and $89.75.

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