There will be some top paddlers competing in the second annual Great Russian River Race, but don’t get the idea you have to be one of them to join the fun. “While 20 percent of the field are serious paddlers, the remaining 80 percent are out for a fun day on the river, followed by a great party with live music, local food, wine and beer, and kid’s activities,” said organizer Tony Hansen. Advanced paddlers will compete in the 15-mile… Read More »
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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.
It’s a presidential election year, so everybody wants your vote, but not all the campaigners are politicians. Some are rock and roll bands. Santa Rosa singer, songwriter and guitarist Billy Kingsborough and his Kingsborough band seek online votes in “Hard Rock Rising, the Global Battle of the Bands Contest.” The contest started with regional contests conducted through Hard Rock Cafes around the world, with 12,000 Northern California bands eventually culled down to 10 finalists. After three nights of live competition… Read More »
Still haven’t heard back from the “American Idol” people? There is an alternative. Jim Crosthwaite of First Step Sports Marking Group has come up with a vocal competition for would-be stars called “NorCal Sings!” — whose sponsors include Westfield Malls and Borders Books. And this contest will come to you. After auditions in Fairfield in February and Roseville earlier this month, “NorCal Sings!” comes to Borders Books, 2825 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, March… Read More »