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Sonoma Family Life Magazine

Hearts Alive

Feb 03, 2019 12:00AM

The relationship that you have with your partner is the foundation of your family. Let these local offerings inspire you to give it some extra attention this Valentine’s Day. Want even more ideas? Turn to our Calendar of Events on page 24.

CLOVERDALE If you want to include your kids in your V-Day weekend, the Cloverdale Citrus Fair, February 15–18, will offer myriad amusements for every age. Besides high-flying rides at the carnival, there will also be culinary demos, an orange-juicing contest, wine tasting, art displays, animal exhibits, cabaret performances, a Kids Zone, live local music, and numerous other entertainers. Admission to the fair is $5–$8; a carnival ticket book is $20 and an unlimited rides wristband is $25–$30 (neither includes fair admission). Some activities, such as the cabaret, may cost extra. See a full list of offerings at cloverdalecitrusfair.org.

PETALUMA A book 113 years overdue is dropped in a library’s night slot, and a reclusive librarian decides to try to track down the borrower. Such is the premise of Underneath the Lintel, the latest play to grace the stage of Cinnabar Theater. Take your love to an evening of comic theater and watch Sonoma County actor John Shillington play the librarian who travels the globe on his unusual quest. The show runs weekends February 1–17. Tickets are $28–$30 and may be purchased at cinnabartheater.org.

ROHNERT PARK “To be, or not to be?” If you are like most parents, you are too busy to ponder Hamlet’s existential query. But perhaps you can take a break and watch Shakespeare’s prince do the contemplating for you. The Bard’s masterpiece will be performed at Spreckels Performing Arts Center on weekends February 1­–17. Purchase tickets, which are $16­­–$26, via rpcity.org/city_hall/departments/spreckels_performing_arts_center.

SANTA ROSA It takes a recessive gene to color locks red. And gingers’ specialness doesn’t end there: At the Charles M. Schulz Museum, redheads get free entry on Valentine’s Day. The annual tradition is in honor of the Little Red-Haired Girl, Charlie Brown’s object of endless unrequited love. If you or the kids are carrot-tops, take advantage of free admission on February 14, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Regular fees ($5–$12 or free for ages 3 and younger) apply for all others. See schulzmuseum.org for more information.

SANTA ROSA What parent—or human, for that matter—doesn’t need a good laugh? Let the pros do it right. Take your sweetie to an all-star line up of four nationally known comics doing 90 minutes of completely improvised games, scenes, and songs. The show, Whose Live Anyway?, is the stage performance spin-off of the popular television program, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which airs on CW. The evening stars Ryan Stiles, who has appeared on all three iterations of the television program. Check it out on February 17 at 7 p.m. at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Tickets are $39–­$59 and may be purchased at lutherburbankcenter.org.

SEBASTOPOL Does your partnership need a little tune-up? Maybe the Thrive Together couples workshop can help. Facilitators (and parents) Maura and Andrew Griffes, who met during their graduate training in counseling psychology, will teach shared movement exercises and techniques for dealing with conflict. The class will be held at the Dhyana Center on February 2, 6:30–9:30 p.m., and costs $60. Register at lucidrelating.com/events/couples-workshop-sebastopol.