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Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 | Posted by

Color Science: what your teacher left out – it will have the scientists buzzing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (5/3) at Coffee Catz in Sebastopol when the Science Buzz Café meets. Bring your brain and color wheel. The cost is $4. For more information go to www.sciencebuzzcafe.org

A glimpse into the natural world through the eyes of  gardener, animal tracker, and painter Jim Sullivan of Occidental will open 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday (5/5) at the Riskpress Gallery in Sebastopol. The show is entitled “Paradise in Gathering Darkness.” Riskpress is located at 7345 Healdsburg Ave. Call 874-9927 for more information.

First Friday Live for May features Bob Dylan night with the Love Choir. Dress as your favorite Dylan character or just get funky for the barbecue by BarBQ Smokehouse Bistro at 6:30 p.m. before the 7 p.m. show on Friday (5/4) at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center at 390 Morris St. . Beer from Lagunitas and wine will be on sale. Tickets are $10 for grown-ups and $5 under 18. They are available at www.seb.org.

The Occidental Community Choir performs “Straw Into Gold”  at 8 p.m. Friday (5/4) at Subud Hall in Sebastopol to open their spring concert series. Tickets are $15 general, $13 seniors, kids under 12 free. Tickets at www.occidentalchoir.org (they often sell out). Subud Hall is at 234 Hutchins Ave. For information call 874-8622.

The Gypsies are back in town! The Roma Herdeljezi Festival returns to Sebastopol for the 16th year . It begins 7:30 p.m. Friday (5/4) night at the Sebastopol Veterans Memorial Building with  Romani Education Night featuring a talk and discussion about the culture, followed by live music, dancing and performances. $12 – $15 suggested donation. Then on Saturday (5/5) in Ives Park (Vets Bldg. if raining) the gates open at 11 a.m. and stay open until 9 p.m. for a day and evening of music, dancing, food, demonstrations, workshops and handcrafts. The tickets are $15 advance, $18 at the gate, kids under 12 free. Some of proceeds benefit the Roma of Kosovo. Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com

The musical celebration of humans’ transformational abilities called Straw Into Gold with the Occidental Community Choir continues at their home base Occidental Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Saturday (5/5). Under the direction of Sarah Saulsbury, the choir will perform many original works. Tickets are $15 general, $13 seniors, kids under 12 free and are available at www.occidentalchoir.org or at the door. The OCA is at 4008 Bohemian Highway in Occidental at Harmony Village. 874-8622 for more information.

A day at the beach with art – all on a hopefully sunny weekend. You’ll find it 10a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (5/5 & 6) at Salmon Creek, north of Bodega Bay off Bean Ave. when the artists in town hold their annual Art Walk . Just follow the orange Art Walk signs to the sculpture, painting, turned wood pieces, collages, etc. all created within the sound of the surf. For information call 875-9609 ot go to www.salmoncreekartwalk.com

It’s car-free day at the Sebastopol Farmer’s Market Sunday (5/6). Get out your bike, skate board or roller skates from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the downtown plaza. If you bring your nike you can also go on a bike tour of the creek trails from 2 to 4 p.m. led by Sahar. For more information email shar@sonic.net.

Lions  and cheetahs and leopards, oh my! And you can see them at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center Wild Cat Adventure Show from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday (5/6). This is not a circus act, but in a safe environment the large cats will show off their natural behaviors. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 children under 12. Get them at wildcat@wildcatfund.org or call 874-3176.

Gardens with sculpture, gardens as sculpture – get your green thumb excited from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (5/6) at the annual all-day Gardens With Sculpture Tour put on by Sebastopol center for the Arts. The tour features seven gardens, a garden talk by Maile Arnold, and Poetry in the Garden happenings. The cost is $5 per garden or all seven for $25. Garden descriptions and a tour map are at www.sebarts.org. Tickets may be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com or at SCA at 6780 Depot St., Sebastopol, or on the day of the event at each garden.

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Andrea Granahan is our West County correspondent.
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