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Central County events: today, tomorrow & beyond

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 | Posted by | no responses

The grand opening and ribbon cutting for Kenny G’s Showcase, a new consignment and second-hand shop, takes place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, features refreshments and an eclectic assortment of furniture, lighting, musical instruments, clothing, collectibles and household items. Founded in memory of local drug and alcohol recovery leader Kenny Gardner. Across from Lowe’s, 7950 Redwood Dr., Suites 15 & 16, Cotati, 792-2300.

The American Cancer Society’s Rohnert Park Relay For Life begins with opening ceremonies at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 23, and continues with a “Fight Back” activities, kids zone, a cardboard-car parade and race, hair donation, Mr. Relay Beauty Pageant and other contests, an ACS gear store, food vendors, a music concert
in the Event Center, 1-5 p.m.
($5), and concludes with an after-dark luminaria event and closing ceremonies. Sonoma Mountain Village, 1400 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park, www.relayforlife.org.

Garbage Reincarnation celebrates the 25th annual Scrapture, a junk art sculpture contest 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, June 24 in Cotati’s La Plaza Park. Artists bring their work from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Junk food, face painting, Clo the Cow, decorate-your-own flower pots, inflatable jumpy house, raffles and live music by Penngrove’s Solid Air. Prizes awarded at 3 p.m. La Plaza Park, W. Sierra Ave. and Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati, For more info: www.garbage.org/events.htm.

A Sonoma County naturalist leads a free Spanish-language family hike, 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24 at Crane Creek Regional Park, Rohnert Park, sharing information about the area’s wildlife and creek habitat. All ages welcome, but strollers not recommended. Hikers should wear good walking shoes and bring water. Parking $7 or free with a Regional Parks membership. For more info, 539-2865, sonomacountyparks.org.

Why go solar? Learn about the latest in solar technology, how it works and its benefits at a free Clean Energy Series workshop, 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, June 27. Presented by Kate Collins, CEO of Gaia Energy Systems. The Clean Energy interest group meets every fourth Wednesday. Conference Room A, Business Cluster, Sonoma Mountain Village: 1300 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park. solarsonomacounty.org.

Korean martial arts school Kuk Sool Won hosts a free women’s self-defense class for girls, young women and adults 2-4 p.m., Saturday, June 30. Space is limited; sign up before June 27 via kuksoolwonrp@yahoo.com. 311 Professional Center Dr. Ste 150, Rohnert Park, 494-1151.

The Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library just isn’t as quiet as it used to be, at least not in the Armando Flores Community Room: “Dream Big” is a nighttime-themed craft program for kids and parents, 11 a.m. Thursday, June 28. The Susan Comstock Swingtet performs classic jazz, blues, swing, and Latin at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 30. All events are free. 6250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park, 584-9121, sonomalibrary.org.

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