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BILL JASPER, left, and Jon Sebastiani are supporting Pets Lifeline’s Paws for a Cause. Jasper will be the auctioneer while Sebastiani’s Krave is donating party favors. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

‘Paws’ benefits Pets Lifeline

Pets Lifeline will be hosting Paws for a Cause from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Vintage Kennel Club, 22071 Bonness Road, Sonoma.

KATHRYN DELCHIARO AS KATE, Prince Author as Petruchio, and Ben Marcus-Willers as Hortensio, are among the characters in Avalon Players production of “Taming of the Shrew,” currently at the Buena Vista Winery, Thursdays through Sundays. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Avalon Players stage ‘Taming of the Shrew’

Sonoma’s Avalon Players are staging the ‘battle of the sexes,’ “Taming of the Shrew” as its annual Shakespeare Under the Stars offering, now through Aug. 24, at the Buena Vista Winery, 18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma.

HERE ARE TWO of four hand-painted wooden wine keg tops, live auction items created and donated by two well-known Sonoma artists, Katherine Paus (left) and Scott Sherman (right).

‘Applause’ raises funds for Rotary projects

Rotary of Sonoma Valley is planning for its annual fund-raising bash, “Applause.” As the third event approaches, due to be unveiled at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Hanna Boys Center, attendees are at work on their individual table themes.

Showcases feature poets, pianos

The Sonoma Theatre Alliance’s Sonoma Nights Showcase series will present two shows this month: “An Evening of Poetry,” featuring six Sonoma poets, on Monday, Aug. 18; and “A Grand Night,” a piano concert on Wednesday, Aug. 20. Both shows begin at 7 p.m. in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St.

VFW seeking entries for Sept. 6 car show

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Bear Flag Post 1943 is now accepting vehicle registrations for the third annual All American Bad Ass Car Show to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans War Memorial grounds, 126 First St. W.

Tickets still available for Mayacamas Fire Department dinner

There are still a few tickets available for the Mayacamas Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Starlight Dinner and Auction that will be held from 5 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Gordenker Ranch at the bottom of Trinity Road and Highway 12.

Ron Thompson and the Resistors will be appearing at Rossi's 1906 on Saturday, Aug. 9.

Rossi’s 1906 kicks off weekend live music

Where’s Rossi’s 1906 you might ask? Good question, and that’s exactly what owner Max Young wants, as he has spent the last year-and-a-half bringing back the glory of the former Little Switzerland building in El Verano.

The Sonoma Community Center will bring visiting artist Father Bruno Segatta to Sonoma to offer a special painting workshop for teens on Saturday, Aug. 16.

Painting priest sets workshop for teens

The Sonoma Community Center will bring visiting artist Father Bruno Segatta to Sonoma to offer a special painting workshop for teens on Saturday, Aug. 16.

Sonoma League for Historic Preservation celebrates 45 years

The Sonoma League for Historic Preservation is celebrating 45 years of service in preserving Sonoma’s historic structures with a Sapphire Anniversary fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the gardens of the Maysonnave House, 291 First St. E.

THE CAST OF “Taming of the Shrew’ includes, from left, Jim Kent, Ben Marcus-Willers, Deleaney Brumme and Aaron Bremner. Christina Simonelli/Special to the Index-Tribune

Curtain rises on Shakespeare’s ‘Shrew’

Sonoma’s Avalon Players will stage the ‘battle of the sexes,’ “Taming of the Shrew” as its annual Shakespeare Under the Stars offering, starting Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Buena Vista Winery, 18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma.

Arts Guild hosts reception Friday

The Arts Guild of Sonoma is showcasing the artwork of featured artists, K.C. Winston and Lyn Swan as well as many other guild artists’ work during August’s exhibition with the opening reception being held from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Friday, Aug. 1, in the gallery, 140 E. Napa St. in Sonoma.

VFW seeks entries for ‘Bad Ass Car Show’

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Bear Flag Post 1943 is now accepting vehicle registrations for the third annual All American Bad Ass Car Show to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans War Memorial grounds, 126 First St. W.

Melissa Etheridge

Etheridge ‘re-added’ to Cohn Fall Festival

Well, she was never really off the bill, but after some back and forth with their management, no one was really allowed to talk about it until now. But now the line-ups for the 2014 B. R. Cohn Charity Fall Music Festival are official. Melissa Etheridge, performing solo, will be headlining the Saturday, Sept. 20, show, along with the Wallflowers, Los Lonely Boys, John Waite, of the Babys, Paul Barrere, Fred Tackett and Kenny Gradney of Little Feat and the Curly Wolf.

Guild hosts opening reception on Friday

The Arts Guild of Sonoma is showcasing the artwork of featured artists, K.C. Winston and Lyn Swan as well as many other guild artists’ work during August’s exhibition with the opening reception being held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, in the gallery, 140 E. Napa St. in Sonoma.

LIA TRANSUE’S surreal collection of paintings, “Can’t Take It With You,” is on display this weekend at Alley Gallery at 148 E. Napa St. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

A sentimental journey

Flying through clouds as her husband pilots a small plane and swirling through the confounding reality of her late mother-in-law’s hoarding were the inspirations that found Lia Bonagura-Transue putting to paint a surreal collection called “Can’t Take It With You.”

Landscaper to discuss garden pollinators

Maile Arnold will talk about English gardeners and the benefits of pollinators in the health of a garden and the ecosystem from 10 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Quarryhill Botanical Garden, 12841 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen.

LOCAL MUSICIAN DAVID ROBBINS died last Friday, July 18. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9.

Sonoma loses local music treasure, David Robbins

Sonoma Valley lost a big piece of the fabric of the local music community last Friday, July 18, when David Robbins passed away from a heart attack on the way home from an A’s game. Dave was quietly one of the largest supporters of the local music scene from an adult standpoint but more than that he was there for the children.