The week in Rohnert Park: Dec. 9-16
Calling all poets, beatboxers, musicians and comedians to the Barn Burners Poetry Slam 8:30 p.m.-midnight Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Cotati’s Redwood Café. Perform two poems, each under three minutes, at the open mic. Recite from memory for an extra point. $5-10 sliding scale. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy. Call 486-7276 for info.
Join the North Bay Networking Group from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Sally Tomatoes, 1100 Valley House Dr. in Rohnert Park. Make professional connections, learn new skill sets and create business opportunities. Keynote speakers: Tiffanie Kowalski-Burrage and Olaf Dieter. Cost: $15. Register through eventbrite.com. For more info: northbaynetworkinggroup.com.
3 free events for children and teens at the Rohnert Park-Cotati Library:
Enjoy a free movie and popcorn at Family Movie Night 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. See “Home Alone,” a comedy about a boy who is accidentally left home for the holidays. Rated PG.
Teens are invited to for a gift-making craft session: make and decorate a journal cover and pen from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. All materials provided and free books included. Pre-register at 584-9121.
Pam Brown presents story time and crafts for ages 2-6 on the theme “It’s Snowing!” at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.
6250 Lynne Conde Way in Rohnert Park. Call 584-9121 for more info.
Santa Rosa Dance Theater with Santa Rosa Youth Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker Ballet at Spreckels Performing Arts Center. Performances: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Price: $25 general; $20 senior/youth. 5409 Snyder Lane in Rohnert Park. Call Spreckels Box Office at 588-3400 Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. or visit santarosadancetheater.com/performances_nutcracker.html.
Santa Rosa Symphony Choral Director Robert Worth directs the Sonoma Bach Choir, five outstanding soloists and principal musicians of the orchestra at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at SSU’s Green Music Center in Weill Hall. Tickets: $40, $30, $20. 1801 E. Cotati Ave. in Rohnert Park. Call 546-8742 or visit santarosasymphony.com.
Enjoy the Festival of Lights with food and wine at Congregation Ner Shalom’s Chanukah Fest and Fund-raiser 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Music, latkes, karaoke, kids’ games and performances. Chocolates by Sonoma Chocolatiers. Tickets: Adults $25 advance; $30 at the door. Teens $15; Children 6-12 $10. 85 La Plaza in Cotati. For info: 664-8622.
Sign up your child for the winter session of the Lil’ Kickers indoor soccer league at Sports City, 6700 Stony Point Rd. in Cotati. The 10-week program runs Jan. 8-March 23. Parents Week for Lil’ Kickers is Dec. 18-22. Cost: $13 per class plus $40 annual membership for ages 18 months-9 years. Call 526-2884 or go playsportscity.com.