Petaluma Community Access offers a six-session, hands-on, Stop-Motion Animation Workshop from 1-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, July 8-19. All aspects of creating stop-motion animation films will be covered, from initial idea to final creation. Cost is $120. Call 773-3190. Classes are at PCA, 205 Keller St.
Join a choral singalong, A Midsummer Night Sings, Wednesdays in July. Each session features a Bay Area conductor working through one or more choral works with a group of singers ranging in size from 40 to 80 voices. Here’s the lineup: July 10 – Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (Nelson Mass) and Thompson’s “Alleluia,” led by Boyd Jarrell; July 17 – Puccini’s Messa a quattro voci (Messa di Gloria) and Vivaldi’s Gloria, RV 589, led by David Irvine; July 24 – Fauré’s Requiem in D minor, Op. 48 and Handel’s choruses from Judas Maccabaeus, conducted by Magen Solomon; July 31 – Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Dominica and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, with Robert Worth conducting. All evenings are from 7-9:30 p.m. at the United Church of Christ, 825 Middlefield Drive. Fee is $8-$13, or a $45 pass for the series. Register online at sonomabach.org.
What does an individual create when given time, materials, encouragement and facilitation, without regard to satisfying a career goal, or achieving a standard of living? Find out as the Petaluma Arts Center presents “Undercover Genius: The Creative Lives of Artists with Disabilities.” Works include painting, sculpture, ceramics, fiber art, prints, and mixed media. Several public classes and workshops led by artists with disabilities will be offered. Among works on display will be those from artists attending Petaluma studios Alchenia and the Open Studio at OADS. Art is on display from July 12-Sept. 15, with a reception from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at the PAC, 230 Lakeville St. Visit petalumaartscenter.org.
Petaluma artist Denise Ward presents the second class in her jewelry series, “The 5,000-Year-Old Bracelet.” Bracelets, Ward says, are a centuries-old motif found in art. The class is from noon-3p.m. Saturday, July 13 at the Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St. Cost is $30, with a $5 materials fee. Class size is limited: contact dwardjohns @gmail.com.
Master percussionist Souhail Kaspar, a 2008 Grammy nominee, joins with Near East Ensemble percussion team Victoria Carter and Majdi Kurt for an evening of drumming and dance performances beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at the Sunflower Center, 1435 N.McDowell Blvd. Tickets are $12-$14. Visit www.zivadancer.com.
Downtown will be hopping from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, July 14, as the 12th annual Art & Garden Festival decks out the sidewalks in all things green and musical. In addition to more than 150 booths featuring local artists, gardeners, restaurants, wineries and breweries, there will be a children’s corner and – on a block of B Street, the second annual Chalk Art Competition with awards in professional, amateur and children’s categories. Go to petalumadowntown.com.
Entries are being accepted for the second annual Grateful Bed Garden Competition & Tour, a friendly contest showcasing the value, creativity and ingenuity of growing food in county public spaces. Eligible gardens must be on public lands, such as schools and parks, or public areas like community gardens, hospitals and wineries. Home gardens are not eligible. Gardens must be registered by July 15 and must be open for free self-guided tours from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 789-9699. Emails should include contact name, organization, address, phone number and garden description. Site photos are encouraged. Visit sonomacountyparks.org.
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