While President Trump is busy making America Great Again in his own, unique way, history remembers when another president took a different approach. FDR’s “New Deal” helped sustain Sonoma during the Depression, encouraging creativity and cooperation. Historian Harvey Smith knows the whole story, and he’ll tell it on Saturday.
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2 p.m., Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St., $5.
By invitation only, 30 talented creators have been selected to display their work at the Arts Guild’s 2019 Invitational Exhibit, where you’ll find paintings, sculpture, mixed-media and more. Join them for the opening reception for wine and an artsy mingle, and let their special brand of magic inspire yours.
Saturday, Jan. 12, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Arts Guild Sonoma, 140 E. Napa St., artsguildofsonoma.org, free.
He’s in the Western Swing Hall of Fame, right there between Merle Haggard and Gene Autry, so when legendary local Tommy Thomsen gigs in town, you’d best get two steppin’. He’s at the Reel for his annual birthday bash, playing the jazzy blues-infused stuff you can’t help but dance to, and adding another candle to his cake.
Saturday, Jan. 12, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., Reel Fish Shop & Grill, thereelfishshop.com, free.
A garden in winter is a mysterious thing, with promise and potential contained everywhere. Unlock the unique beauty of Quarryhill in this season with a guided walk led by its executive director. Bill McNamara knows every nook and cranny, and will help you see the austere beauty in the season’s scarcity.
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Quarryhill Garden, quarryhillbg.org, $12 .