Update from Sonoma Garden Park – Harvest Market Opens

Sonoma Garden Park, a gift from Pauline Bond
19990 Seventh St. East, just north of Denmark St.

This Saturday, May 5th, marks our official opening of the Harvest Market 10am – 1pm you can find us in the Straw Bale Barn selling fresh garden grown veggies and flowers. We also are selling plant starts, tomatoes, herbs, and flowers! Please stop by and tour the gardens!

Volunteer Hours have been extended to include Friday evenings, 5pm – 7pm. Join us as we harvest for Sat. morning market. You may also come early to volunteer on Saturdays starting at 8:30am. Beat the Heat!

Volunteer Hours for May – August:

Wed. 10am – 1pm
Fri. 5pm – 7pm
Sat. 8:30am – 2pm

Tiona Gundy ( sec-tiona@vom.com)

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Sonoma Valley Events April 19 – 23

Sonoma Valley events for the weekend. Full details on these events at www.sonomavalleycalendar.com. The calendar is provided as a free community service. If you have events taking place in the Sonoma Valley (Kenwood to Schellville) please feel free to add them to the calendar.

Saturday is an especially full day with Earth Day at the Community Garden, a free showing of An Inconvenient Truth at the Sebastiani Theater, and Solar and Night Observing at the Observatory! Don’t miss the Health Care coalition presenting the results of the Hospital Survey on Monday at the Community Center.

New/One time events are in italics.

All weekend:

Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos at the SV Museum

Michael Holland Exhibit at Bartholomew Park Winery

Thursday, April 19th:

Free Health Insurance Help and Advice
Movie at the Sebastiani Theatre on the Plaza
9:30 AM
Guided Meditation
Senior Day Activities
10:00 AM
Chess Group-All Levels
10:30 AM
Yoga for Seniors
11:00 AM
Plaza Use Meeting – as needed
11:30 AM
People with Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE)
12:45 PM
Arts and Crafts – All Levels
1:00 p.m.
Painting Class- All Levels
5:00 PM
Yoga Classes – Bring mat
Game night at Boyes Barking Dog
6:15 pm
Tournament Cribbage
7:30 PM
Thomas McNamee, author of Alice Waters and Chez Panisse
Live Music at Murphy’s Irish Pub

Friday April 20:

Free Spay & Neuter clinic for cats at PLL
Movie at the Sebastiani Theatre on the Plaza
9:00 AM
Friday Farmer’s Market – Depot Park
10:30 AM
Yoga Classes – Bring mat
1:00 p.m.
Cribbage-All Levels
Involved Elder – Exercises for the Mind
5:00 PM
Vigil for Peace & Justice at the Sonoma Plaza
6:00 pm
Manazanita playing at Boyes Barking Dog
6:30 PM
Pure Honey International, a dynamic duo
7:00 PM
Live music at The Lodge at Sonoma

Saturday, April 21:

9:30 AM
Landscape Photography
10:00 AM
Earth Day at The Sonoma Garden Park
Volunteer Days at Sonoma Garden Park
12:00 PM
Public Solar Observing at the Observatory
1:00 p.m.
Open House at the Police Station
2:00 PM
Free Showing of An INCONVENIENT truth at the Sebastiani Theater
4:30 PM
Nancy Silverton, author of A Twist of the Wrist at Reader’s books
7:00 PM
Live music at The Lodge at Sonoma
8:00 p.m.
JAZZ REVISITED The Sonoma Valley Chorale Chamber Ensemble

Winemaker Dinner
9:00 PM
Public Observing Night at the Observatory

Sunday April 22:

10:00 AM
Mosaic Stepping Stone Class
10:30 AM
All-faiths group mindfulness, gratitude and forgiveness
6:00 pm
Live Music at Murphy’s Irish Pub

Monday April 23:

9 AM
Home Stretch with JJ
9:30am
Tap Dance for Seniors
Yoga Classes – Bring mat
11:30 AM
Painting Studio – all media
12:00 PM
Duplicate Bridge Club
7:15 p.m.
Health Care Coalition Meeting, Hospital Survey Results

Full details on these events at www.sonomavalleycalendar.com. The calendar is provided as a free community service. If you have events taking place in the Sonoma Valley (Kenwood to Schellville) please feel free to add them to the calendar.

Sonoma Valley Calendar for April 13-14-15-16

Sonoma Valley Calendar for April 13-14-15-16. Full details on these events at www.sonomavalleycalendar.com.

All Weekend:

Sonoma Valley Film Festival
Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos at the SV Museum
Tomato-mania at Cornerstone Festival of Gardens
Movies Daily at the Sonoma Cinemas
Michael Holland Exhibit at Bartholomew Park Winery
2007 Spring Break Camps at the Sebastiani Theatre

Friday April 13th:

9:00 AM
Friday Farmer’s Market – Depot Park
9:30 AM
The Queen is Missing: A workshop
10am
Relay for Aquatic Education
10:30 AM
Yoga Classes – Bring mat
1:00 p.m.
Cribbage-All Levels
Involved Elder – Exercises for the Mind
4:00 PM
Food and Wine event at Sioni
5:00 PM
Vigil for Peace & Justice at the Sonoma Plaza
6:00 pm
Manazanita playing at Boyes Barking Dog
7:00 PM
Live music at The Lodge at Sonoma

Saturday April 14th:

10:00AM
Volunteer Days at Sonoma Garden Park
12:00 PM
Public Solar Observing at the Observatory
7:00 PM
Live music at The Lodge at Sonoma
9:00 PM
Public Observing Night at the Observatory

Sunday April 15th:

6:00 pm
Live Music at Murphy’s Irish Pub

Monday April 16th:

9:30am
Tap Dance for Seniors
Yoga Classes – Bring mat
11:30 AM
Painting Studio – all media
12:00 PM
Duplicate Bridge Club
7:00 PM
Knitting at Murphy’s Irish Pub

Full details on these events at www.sonomavalleycalendar.com.

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Action Alert on Genetic Engineering

Last year, Sonoma County had a measure on the ballot about Genetically Engineered Foods. Sonoma is a agriculturally community and this issue is very important to people on both sides of the issue. For your consideration, here is the latest action alert about Assemblymember Jared Huffman’s Food and Farm Protection Act.

ACTION ALERT ON GENETIC ENGINEERING – SUPPORT AB 541
Assemblymember Jared Huffman (6th AD) has introduced AB 541, The Food and
Farm Protection Act. The bill would establish California’s only state laws
related to genetic engineering (GE) in agriculture and protect California
farmers, consumers, and the food supply. AB 541 already has the support of
many agricultural, environmental, health, faith and business organizations.
Please register your support for this bill by mailing or faxing a letter to
the Assembly Agriculture Committee. A sample letter is below.

OVERVIEW OF AB 541
The State of California has no policies regulating GE crops, and the federal
government is failing in its oversight role. Given this regulatory void,
eight counties attempted to pass local restrictions on GE crops, four of
which now have county bans or moratoria on GE crop production in place. In
the 2005/06 legislative session, biotechnology and agribusiness interests
sponsored a bill that would have pre-empted local authority over GE, but
failed due to a groundswell of opposition from public interest
organizations, citizens, and elected officials around the state. AB 541 will
put in place a coherent policy that addresses the risk of GE contamination,
without banning any GE crop.

AB 541 protects California farmers and the food supply in four ways:

1. Establishes the right of farmers and landowners to compensation for
economic losses due to genetic contamination of their crops

2. Protects farmers from being sued by a GE manufacturer if their crop
is contaminated by that company s GE product.

3. Establishes a county-level GE crop notification process so that
farmers can trace contamination to the GE manufacturer

4. Protects the food supply by prohibiting the open-field cultivation of
genetically engineered food crops used to produce drugs and biologics such
as hormones and antibiotics.

For printable fact sheets, background info, and sample letter, got to:
www.iled.org/alerts.html.
To read a longer summary of the issue, please see the Position Paper posted
on the web site of the
Genetic Engineering Policy Alliance: http://www.gepolicyalliance.org
The full text of the bill can be found at
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html .

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Register your support for AB 541 by sending a letter to the Chair of the
Assembly Agriculture Committee, the Honorable Nicole Parra. There is a short
sample letter below. Remember that it’s best to send handwritten letters
using your own words. (Emails are largely ignored.)

*** We need letters sent by April 10th! ***

Letters can be sent by fax to: (916) 319  2184, or by regular mail to the
address in the letter below.
It’s important that you also send a copy of your letter to the Genetic
Engineering Policy Project (info@gepolicyproject.org or fax 707-874-1558).

_______________________
SHORT SAMPLE LETTER:
_______________________
[date]

The Honorable Nicole Parra
Chair, Assembly Agriculture Committee
1020 N Street, Room 362
Sacramento, CA 95814

RE: AB 541 (Huffman) – SUPPORT

Dear Assemblywoman Parra and Members of the Committee:

Please vote for AB 541, The Food and Farm Protection Act.

[Give your reasons for supporting the bill. This can be brief, one or two
sentences is fine.]

Sincerely,

[your name and address]

[If you are connected to a health, agricultural, or food-related
organization, company, or farm, please describe it in the text of the
letter, and give your title and the name of your organization here].

Sonoma Valley Calendar – April 8-10

I have been looking for a faster way to present the upcoming events listed on the calendar and I think I have found it. Here are the titles of each event. Visit www.sonomavalleycalendar.com to get full details. If you have events to add, please feel free to do so.

Highlights:  Tuesday night Farmer’s Market is back.  Film Festival starts on Wednesday.

Sunday, April 8
Movies Daily at the Sonoma Cinemas
Michael Holland Exhibit at Bartholomew Park Winery
Easter
Movie at the Sabastiani Theatre on the Plaza
10:30 AM
All-faiths group mindfulness, gratitude and forgiveness
3:00 PM
Community Easter Dinner at the Sonoma Community Center
6:00 pm
Live Music at Murphy’s Irish Pub

Monday, April 9
Movies Daily at the Sonoma Cinemas
Michael Holland Exhibit at Bartholomew Park Winery
9:00 AM
AARP Tax Assistance at Vintage House
9:30 AM
Yoga Classes – Bring mat
11:30 AM
Painting Studio – all media
12:00 PM
Duplicate Bridge Club
6:30 PM
Relay for Life Captains Meeting

Tuesday, April 10
Movies Daily at the Sonoma Cinemas
Michael Holland Exhibit at Bartholomew Park Winery

8:30 am
Morning Exercise
9:30 AM
Line Dance Class
Senior Day Activities
10:00 AM
Blood Pressure Check Up – FREE
10:45 AM
Tai Chi with Patti Baker
1:00 p.m.
Painting Class- All Levels
5:30 PM
Tuesday Night Farmer’s Market – Sonoma Plaza
7:00 PM
Moving into Life
7:30 PM
Poet and novelist Diana O’Hehir, author of Murder Never Forgets
Night Sky Class at the Observatory
9:00 PM
Karaoke at the Little Swiss

Wednesday, April 11

Sonoma Valley Film Festival Begins
Movies Daily at the Sonoma Cinemas
Michael Holland Exhibit at Bartholomew Park Winery

9:00 AM
Knitting 101 at the Vintage House
AARP Tax Assistance at Vintage House
9:30 AM
Yoga Classes – Bring mat
10:00 AM
Fundamentals of Petanque Clinic
Volunteer Days at Sonoma Garden Park
12:00 PM
Duplicate Bridge Club
3:00 PM
Wednesday Night Drags at Infineon Raceway
4:15 pm
FLAMENCO CLASSES for children and adults
5:30 PM
Sonoma Valley Peace & Justice Weekly Meeting
6:30 PM
Learn how to knit at Sonoma Hills
6:45 PM
Adams Chiropractic – Spinal Health Workshop
7:00 PM
Channeling with Eloheim and Veronica
Community Services and Environment Commission
Trivia Night at Murphy’s Irish Pub

I will create another post for the events of the weekend later in the week.

Update from Sonoma Garden Park

Greetings from Sonoma Garden Park!

An overdue update and our “Wish List” at the bottom of this email. Thanks!

Sonoma County Master Gardener Susan Angell has been leading the way for several projects bringing Master Gardeners together with youth at the Garden Park. Susan, along with fellow Master Gardeners Melissa Horton, Cathy Williamson and Nancy Pollack are teaching soil maintenance, composting techniques, planting and basic gardening skills to kindergarteners, teens from VOM Teen Center and children attending Summer Camp this July at the Garden Park. We are thrilled about this new collaboration and welcome their expertise.

Fruit Tree Pruning Success!

I am pleased to announce that practically all of our fruit trees (over 100) have been pruned this year, thanks to the efforts of several volunteers. Many thanks to David Wenzel, Andrew Goldstein, Peter Moras, Angela Casazza, Steen Berrig, Chris Giovacchini and especially Job Ruiz who has done the lion’s share of the work! THANK YOU!!!

Welcome new community garden members Ken Brown and Jewel, Alice Day and Suzanne Young! And welcome back all the returning members who are renewing their plots!

Sonoma Valley High School Senior Project: Ashley Wieckert has been hard at work on her project at the Garden Park. She is redesigning the Medicinal Herb Garden and sourcing new herbs to plant. Her work will be completed by the end of May. Come and see!

Building Projects Update: Our dedicated committee members have been hard at work with design plans for the ADA paths and parking area, as well as next years building of the new Education Center. We are working closely with the City of Sonoma and we expect the parking area construction will begin sometime in June or July. The paths are slated to go in this summer as well! Along the pathway will be the Children’s Discovery Trail activity stations. Our first station is slated to be installed by the end of July!

Special Thanks to the Sonoma Valley Community Center for their donation of the Metal Sculpture of three people holding hands in a circle! It is a welcome addition to the spirit of community that the Garden Park strives to inspire!

UPCOMING EVENTS:
April 21st and 22nd / Saturday and Sunday.
Celebrate Earth Day at The Sonoma Garden Park with an Open House Weekend.
Saturday’s activities, from 10am – 1pm
, Sneak Preview Harvest Market sale featuring the garden’s own organic vegetables and flowers. Free Composting Demonstration at 12:30pm led by Sonoma County Master Gardener Cathy Williamson. Take a garden tour and have a picnic!
Sunday’s activity(BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!) from 10am – 3pm Mosaic Stepping Stone Class taught by Angela Casazza. (See photo below) All materials are included but you may bring your own treasures to include in your stone. The class fee is $35 and space is limited. Pre-register by calling Tiona at 996-0712 X 120 or email tiona@sonomaecologycenter.org

Future Events: Mark your calendars!
Harvest Market will officially begin on Saturday May 5th, from 10am – 1pm and continue every Saturday through October!
Shop for delicious produce, beautiful flowers and herbs.

Science Camp for Youth at Sonoma Garden Park
Come discover the mysteries of the natural world in one of the most magical places in the Valley – Sonoma Garden Park

Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Date: July 9-13, 2007
Cost $200
Ages: 7-11
Register by calling Sandi Funke at 996-0712 X 110
sandi@sonomaecologycenter.org

GARDEN WISH LIST:

Easy-Up Shade Tents
Portable Shade Structures
Folding Tables, approx. 3ft. X 6ft.
produce scale
White exterior paint
Primer
Wooden picnic tables and benches (sturdy and in good condition)
Garden Forks
High Weed Mower
Truck Mechanic
plywood sheets for making signs
untreated wood for building

(If you have items to donate please contact Tiona at 996-0712 X 120)