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This Week: Women’s history, science, live music and St. Patrick’s Day events

Sunday, March 11th, 2012 | Posted by

By NINA LARAMORE/ Towns Correspondent

The Redwood Writers program on Sunday (3/11) “Getting Past The Gatekeeper Uncommon Sense for Writers” starts at 3 p.m. at the Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa. Literary agent and industry veteran Peter Beren will discuss major trends influencing traditional publishing, self-publishing and eBooks. The resort is at 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Admission is members $5 and nonmembers $8. Information.

The SRJC presents a free discussion “Women and Islam” on Monday (3/12) starting at 12:15 p.m. in the Newman Auditorium. The rights Islam gives women, interpretations of Sharia law regarding women and countries where Muslim women enjoy equal rights and opportunities to thrive academically and professionally will be discussed. The auditorium is at Elliott Ave., and Emeritus Circle. Information: 527-4586.

The film presentation of “My So-Called Enemy” will be shown on Tuesday (3/13) at noon in the SRJC Doyle Library Room 4245. The film explores the human consequences for six young Palestinian and Israeli women who meet in the U.S. for a women’s leadership program called Building Bridges for Peace. Their experience of knowing their “enemies” as human beings meets with the realities of their lives at home in the Middle East over the next seven years. Filmmaker Lisa Gossels, from NYC, will lead a post-screening discussion. This is a free program. The library is at1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Information: 527-4586.

Volunteers aged 16 and older are needed to help with trail maintenance and removing invasive weeds on Tuesday (3/13) starting at 9 a.m. at the Pepperwood Preserve. RSVP to Michelle Jensen Preserve Ecologist at MJensen@PepperwoodPreserve.org, or 591-9310. Dress in layers with sturdy shoes and a hat, and bring a water bottle. Pepperwood will provide tools, work gloves and snacks. The preserve is located at 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Rd., Santa Rosa. Information.

The KRUSH 95.9 presents the blues-rock-cosmic country-infused music of the band 7Horse on Tuesday (3/13) at the Last Day Saloon starting at 5:30 p.m. There is no cover charge for this event. The saloon is at Fifth St. and Davis St., Santa Rosa. Information: 545-5876.

The Last Day Saloon, 95.9 The KRUSH and North Bay Hootenanny present a Pick-Me-Up Music Review on Wednesday (3/14) with folk, roots, Americana bands to be announced starting at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover charge for the event and all ages are welcome. The saloon is at Fifth St. and Davis St., Santa Rosa. Information: 545-5876.

The highly acclaimed film “Miss Representation” will be shown on Wednesday (3/14) starting at noon in the Bertolini Student Activities Center. The media’s disparaging and sexualized portrayals of women, the negative affect on female self-esteem and the corresponding contribution to under-representation of women leaders is the theme. The student center is at 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Information: 527-4586.

The Last Day Saloon and The Last Record Store present Grammy-award winner Mykal Rose & the Royal Roots Band and Reggae Angels on Friday (3/16) starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $23 on Friday. The venue is 120 5th St., Santa Rosa. Tickets and information: TicketWeb.com and 545.2343.

A special Randolph Newman Concert “A World of Her Own” will be Friday (3/16) with a reception starting at 7:15 p.m. and the concert at starting at 8 p.m. at the SRJC. Featured is the critically pianist Joyce Yang. The college is located at 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Tickets are $20 adults and $12 for 16 years and younger accompanied by an adult. Information and tickets: 527-4372, BrownPaperTickets.com.

For St. Patrick’s Day, the choices include a parks and recreation sponsored run/walk, corned beef and cabbage dinners, murder mystery dinner theater and a poker run.

Santa Rosa’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Run/Walk and dinner starts at 3 p.m. Saturday at Juilliard Park, 227 Santa Rosa Ave. The 3.17-mile race is open to all ages, with an Irish dinner available afterwards. Pre-register for $25, $15 under 18. $35 and $20 day of race. Meal is $12, $8 kids 12 and under. More info: 543-3225, SantaRosaRec.com.

St. Eugene’s Cathedral hosts a Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the Monsignor Becker Center, 2323 Montgomery Drive, with sing-a-long, Irish dancers and a silent auction. Tickets are $15, $7 children. Information: 579-8982.

St. Luke Lutheran Church plans a “Murder at Molly McGee’s” murder mystery dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with a five-course meal and play by 6th St. Improv. Cost is $50. The church is at 905 Mendocino Ave. Information: 799-2573.

Hell’s Angels Sonoma County will hold a St. Patty’s Day Poker Run that starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Wagon Wheel Saloon, 3320 Mendocino Ave. Cost is $20 donation. Information: (415) 720-4568.

A Junior Audubon guided walk to Spring Lake will be held on Saturday (3/17) starting at 9 a.m. at the west end of Howarth Park. Bring binoculars (if you have them) and lots of questions for the 1.5-mile walk. The park is located at 630 Summerfield Rd., Santa Rosa. Information and reservations call Scott Campbell at 530-828.6115.

The Sonoma County Genealogical Society meets at 1 p.m. on Saturday (3/17) at the Finley Center starting at noon. Stephen Morse will discuss “Getting Ready for release of the 1940 Federal Census.” Learn how to help take part in indexing the census to find our families. Refreshments will be provided. The center is at 2060 College Ave., Santa Rosa.

A Natural History of Small Mammals class at Pepperwood Preserve on Saturday (3/17) starting at 9 a.m. Dr. Bob Rubin will explore the biology and ecology of small mammals. The features, characteristics and evolutionary history of mammals such as raccoons, skunks, opossums, foxes, and rodents will be learned through an examination of pelts, skulls, bones, and live specimens during this natural history class. Open to those 14 and older, the cost is $20. Register online at BrownPaperTickets.com. The preserve is located at 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Rd., Santa Rosa.

Experience Science Saturdays and a naturalist led family hike at the Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake Regional Park on Saturday (2/17) starting at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Families can join a naturalist in an eco-crafts project afterward on the topic of native plants and their use by the Pomo people. The center is located at the Violetti Rd entrance to Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa. Admission is included with paid parking or a Regional Parks membership. There is no fee for weekend programs, but $5 donations to the parks foundation are welcome. Information: 539-2865, SonomaCountyParks.org.

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