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The Week in Santa Rosa: October 14-20

Friday, October 12th, 2012 | Posted by

Seminars on retirement and estate planning will be held at the Flamingo Hotel on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 1-6 p.m. on 2777 Fourth St. Topics will cover Social Security optimization, homes as retirement resources, safe havens from market volatility and creating guarenteed retirement paychecks. Speakers will include local CPA and financial advisor Montgomery Taylor, attorney and CPA Eric S. Gullotta, CFP Rob Kirby and licensed life insurance professional Gary Liess. Free, but registration required. Info: 921-1665. www.taxwiseadvisor.com.

Comedian Helen Pachynski will emcee a comedy open mic night on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 9-10:45 p.m. at Gaia’s Garden on 1899 Mendocino Ave. The line up will include local Bay Area comedians including Tony Sparks, Marty Carrion, Marco Morrone, Robb McCulloch, Brandon Green, Suzy Vincent, Alice Muller, Glamis Rory and Marve Lucas. Mature content, 21+. Tickets are $4, no cover charge. Info: 544-2491. www.gaiasgardenonline.org.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation will host Amma Thanasanti, Bhikkuni, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. on 537 Mendocino Avenue. Thanasanti began meditating over 30 years ago and was a Buddhist nun for 20 years in the Ajahn Chah tradition. In 2009, she returned to the United States and founded Awakening Truth, an organization whose mission is to support a Bhikkuni training monastery. Thanasanti will be speaking on “The Joys of Awakening.” Free, donations welcome. Info: 568-5381. www.uusantarosa.org.

The 6th Street Playhouse will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “August: Osage County” beginning Friday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. on 52 West 6th St. The play follows the exploits of the Weston family during several weeks in August in Osage County, Okla. When the family, led by the drugged-up matriarch Violet, unexpectedly reunites after the disappearance of the father, the family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. The play’s opening night reception will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are as follows: $32 general admission, $27 seniors (62+), $27 youth (13-21) for evening performances on Friday & Saturday and Sunday matinee performances. $25 general admission, $20 senior and $20 youth for Thursday evening and Saturday matinee performances. Info: 523-4185. www.6thstreetplayhouse.com.

Holy Spirit Church will host a BBQ fundraiser for Army Specialist Stefan LeRoy on Sunday, Oct. 21, from 12:30-4 p.m. at 1244 St. Francis Road. LeRoy, a 2009 Maria Carillo graduate, left Cal Poly to serve in Afghanistan. While deployed, he stepped on a land mine and lost both of his legs. LeRoy is rehabilitating in Washingtion D.C., and the fundraiser will provide the LeRoy family with the ability to retrofit their Rincon Valley home in preperations for his arrival. The day will feature music from the Court ‘n’ Disaster country band, a BBQ lunch, kids games, dancing and a silent auction. Tickets are $54 for family of four, or $20 for adults, $12 for ages 6-18, ages 5 and under free. Tickets will be sold in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com or with a limited availability at the door. Info: 539-4495. www.holyspirt-sr.org.

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