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Dolls carry stories and often touch on emotions such as joy, hope, sorrow and despair. 25 — “Journeys through Light and Dark — Dolls as Tellers of Stories,” Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma: Exhibition of original artist dolls in all media creating an original interpretation of the power of the doll as an instrument to tell a story and convey emotion. Free concerts starring Tower of Power, Joe Nichols, Hinder and Le Ann Rimes. Entertainment includes Short Film & Video Festival, Chinese Circus of Beijing and free concerts starring The Wallflowers, Kool & the Gang, Sheila E, Plain White T’s and Foreigner.
July 4 — Napa County Fair & Fireworks, Calistoga: All-American 4th of July Fair & Fireworks with a classic parade through downtown Calistoga, nostalgic games, antique tractors, live music, strolling entertainment, blue ribbon-winning exhibits and displays, arts and crafts, barbecue, wine tasting and Chef’s Showcase. July 8-24 — California State Fair, Sacramento: Showcasing the best of California, this 17-day Fair features plenty of live entertainment, championship livestock shows, horseracing, classic cars, educational exhibits, arts and crafts displays, fine art, numerous competitions, youth exhibits, carnival rides, mouthwatering food and the largest tasting anywhere of award-winning California wines. 7 — Sonoma County Fair, Santa Rosa: Come “Down on the Farm” for live horse racing, giant carnival and a magnificent floral show, along with livestock and agricultural education, youth and adult exhibits, live entertainment, delicious food, fun contests, wine tasting, destruction derby, monster trucks and a rodeo. Admission: $10; members and children 12 months and under free. View a re-creation of Schulz’s art studio and watch animated Peanuts specials. In addition, there are six amusement rides, including a carousel and Ferris Wheel. Outdoor playground has a replica of the Russian River, giant Styrofoam blocks and a converted farmhouse art studio. See a large wall mural of Snoopy and the gang made entirely of Peanuts comic strips. Visit the miniature town of Lakeville and its petting zoo. Explore a variety of fine arts, meet the artists and learn about their methods and inspirations. More than 160 professional and emerging artists in 102 studios. June 25 — “Tom Holland’s Studio Tour,” History Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa: Tour of Holland’s Studio at 2020 Stuart St., Berkeley, will add to the visitor’s understanding and enjoyment of the current exhibition, “Tom Holland: Five Decades of Work.” Admission: $15-$30.
June 4-5 & 11-12 — Art at the Source, West Sonoma County: Follow the yellow signs and travel the beautiful back roads of western Sonoma County during two weekends of free Open Studio Tours.
25 — “Surf Craft — Design and the Culture of Board Riding,” Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma: Traditional craft, cutting-edge engineering and minimalist art converge in this exhibition devoted to surfboards built from the late 1940s to the present day.
When it comes time to have fun, nothing beats the long, warm days of a Sonoma County summer.
To help you make plans, we’ve collected our favorite ways to pass the time and a few special places to visit, organized by category.
ARTMay 1-July 24 — “Tom Holland — Five Decades of Art,” Art Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa: Approximately fifty pieces of Holland’s art, dating from the 1950s to 2016 and utilizing simple materials like fiberglass and aluminum, will be on exhibit.
5 — “Medieval to Metal — The Art and Evolution of the Guitar,” History Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa: A traveling exhibition, organized by the National Guitar Museum, brings the design history of the guitar to visitors through objects, illustrations and photographs.