Big Weekend in Sonoma, June 2-3

An art show in the plaza, the annual Ox Roast, Car Races, the Hit the Road Jack footrace and a Francisco Goya exhibition are just part of the fun this weekend in Sonoma. Full details available at:

All weekend:

INFINEON RACEWAY Wine Country Classic

Annual Art and Artisan Show at the Sonoma Plaza

Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos at the SV Museum

Saturday, June 2nd:

10:00 AM
Harvest Market at the Community Garden
Volunteer Days at Sonoma Garden Park

7:00 PM
Live music at The Lodge at Sonoma

7:30 PM
Music at the Little Swiss

Sunday, June 3rd:
Ox Roast in the plaza

8:00 AM
Hit the Road Jack XX wine country run /walk

5:00 PM
Music at the Little Swiss

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

Update from the Sonoma Community Center – OX Roast Sunday

Sonoma’s Hometown Event!
Ox is the Main Event
Kick up your heels
Get a T-shirt
Hit the Road Jack
Join the Sonoma Community Center
Center of the Universe Café will not be held in June–we’ll see you July 7!Summer classes and Art Camps begins June 18!

ox Dear Veronica,

Kick-off Sonoma’s hometown summer events by gathering for
the 40th annual Ox Roast barbecue
“Hit the Road, Ox!” on
Sunday, June 3 in the Sonoma Plaza starting at 11:00 am.Hosted by the Sonoma Community Center, this most local and
traditional of big barbecues will share the stage with a full day of
events for the community!
Join us for a full day of fun and festivities!


Ox is the Main Event!

The Ox Roast main event is the delicious beef, secretly seasoned and slow roasted for seven hours. The barbecue is served by Community Center volunteers, and is accompanied by fresh sourdough rolls from Basque Boulangerie, corn on the cob, and a mixed green salad.

Full meal Ox plates are $10
Ox Sausage plate are $8
Children’s plates are $4

Soft drinks, beer, and wine are also available for purchase.

Tickets for the lunch may be purchased in advance through the Community Center.


Gator Beat 2

Kick up your heels!


Mobility, the United States Air Force rock and roll band, will begin the entertainment at 1 pm.

Gator Beat, a local favorite, will play their own brand of South Louisiana music combining Cajun, Zydeco and New Orleans Funk rhythms to get the audience dancing at 3 pm.

and More!

· Ox mascot will be making surprise appearances.
· Sonoma Charter School will offer face painting throughout the afternoon.
· Hip hop dance performance by P.U.R.E.

No admission fee is charged to enjoy the day’s festivities.



ox tshirt Get a Commemorative T-shirt and Wine Glass!
Cool t-shirts and wine glasses emblazoned by the bold image of this year’s ox will be on sale at the Sonoma Community Center and on the day of the event as well.

The artwork, created by local artist Keith Wicks, features a beautiful ox running near the Sonoma plaza.



Hit the Road Ox!

This year’s theme, “Hit the Road Ox”, celebrates the collaboration between the Sonoma Community Center and the Valley of the Moon Boys and Girls Club who sponsor the annual “Hit the Road, Jack” foot race on the same day.


art garden p michel

Support the Sonoma Community Center!

The Ox Roast is a benefit the Sonoma Community Center, so your participation on Sunday supports arts, cultural and education programs in Sonoma!

The non-profit Sonoma Community Center brings to the Sonoma Valley a broad range of cultural, educational, recreational, and community service activities. It also strives to preserve and restore its historic building and provides affordable space for community activities.

June is our membership drive month, so become a member today!

We are located at 276 East Napa Street in Sonoma, so come by or call the SCC office at 707-938-4626 x1.

Thank you for your interest and support!Sincerely,The Sonoma Community Staff and Volunteers

Update from Readers’ Books

Information Contact:

Lilla Weinberger, co-owner

Readers’ Books

130 E. Napa Street

Sonoma, CA 95476



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Tuesday, June 5, 7:30 p.m. *Eric Maisel*, author of “Creativity for Life: Practical Advice on the Artist’s Personality and Career from America’s Foremost Creativity Coach” and many other books, will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

_Press Release_

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Eric Maisel, who has made a career out of helping artists and writers cope with the challenges that are the price of admission to a creative life, has a new book “Creativity for Life: Practical Advice on the Artist’s Personality, and Career from America’s Foremost Creativity Coach.” He’ll be describing his methods at Readers’ Books on Tuesday, June 5^th , at 7:30 p.m.

“Creativity for Life” speaks to working artists in the real world. This book, firmly grounded in psychology, contains exercises and inspiration to nurture growth for artists. It helps the creative person to determine his or her level of commitment, degree of talent, ability to hone the craft, overcome blocks, and survive as an artist. It is also affirms the value of society’s visionaries and rebels, recognizing the importance of the artist’s committment to a life of creativity.

Eric Maisel is the author of over 20 books, including “Fearless Creating: A Life in the Arts,” as well as “A Writer’s Paris”, and “Everyday You: Create Your Day with Joy and Mindfulness.”He lives and practices in San Francisco.

Readers’ Books is at 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 707-939-1779.



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Thursday, June 7, 7:30 p.m. *David Shalleck*, author of “Mediterranean Summer: A Season on France’s Cote D’Azur and Italy’s Costa Bella” and chef aboard a ship on the Mediterranean, will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

_Press Release_

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David Shalleck had cooked in some of the best restaurants in New York and Europe when he signed on for one incredible summer of creating meals for a wealthy Italian couple, their friends, and their crew aboard the yacht “Serenity.” He will be at Readers’ Books on June 7 at 7:30 p.m. to recount his adventures as described in his new book, “Mediterranean Summer: A Season on France’s Cote D’Azur and Italy’s Costa Bella.” Refreshments will be served.

The author must not only cook three meals a day in a tiny galley kitchen while at sea, but must also use local products from the ports where they anchor, and is instructed never to repeat a dish. The route includes the western Italian coast from Amalfi, then across to Sardinia, up to Corsica, and then to Saint-Tropez, with stops in Antibes, Monte Carlo, Portofino, Capri, and Positano.

This is not only a travel story but an odyssey with recipes, from baked snapper with tomatoes and olives and halibut in crazy water, to baked stone fruit with sweetened ricotta and crushed amaretti cookies.

Shalleck has cooked in restaurants in New York, San Francisco, the Napa Valley, London, Provence, and Italy. He lives in San Francisco.

Readers’ Books is at 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 707-939-1779.



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Tuesday, June 12, 7:30 p.m*. Lilla Weinberger*, co-owner of Readers’ Books, will present her new summer reading recommendations at Buttram Hall, Trinity Episcopal Church, 275 E. Spain St., Sonoma. Sponsored by the Unruly Bookclub and open to all. Refreshments. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

_Press Release_

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The Unruly Bookclub will present “Lilla Weinberger’s Spring Book Talk” on Tuesday, June 12^th , at 7:30 p.m., at Buttram Hall, Trinity Episcopal Church. Weinberger will be reviewing notable new books in fiction, nonfiction, cooking and gardening, art and travel, and children’s categories. Ideas for gifts, summer reading , and book club suggestions will be included. Other book club members are welcome as is the general public.

The event is free and open to the public. Buttram Hall is a 275 E. Spain St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.



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Friday, June 15, 7:30 p.m. *Michael Chabon*, author of the new novel “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union” and many other books, will be at Burlingame Hall, 252 W. Spain St., Sonoma. $5 donation at the door. Co-sponsored by Readers’ Books and the Education Committee of Congregation Shir Shalom. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

_Press Release_

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Michael Chabon, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay,” and many other books, has written a new novel, “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union,” that blends genres, explores conundrums, and meditates on Zionism. Chabon will be at Burlingame Hall on June 15 at 7:30 p.m. to read from and talk about his book. The event is co-sponsored by Readers’ Books and the Education Committee of Congregation Shir Shalom.

“The Yiddish Policemen’s Union” is a gripping whodunit, a love story, an homage to 1940s noir literature, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption. The hero, homicide detective Meyer Landsman, lives in the Federal District of Sitka, a “temporary” safe haven for Jews in Alaska created after the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledging state of Israel. The vibrant little world is about to change but Landsman is more worried about the shambles of his marriage, his career, and the love of his life. He seeks redemption through a murder case that’s out of his control.

Michael Chabon’s first novel “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” in 1988, was originally written for his master’s thesis at the University of California, Irvine; it became a “New York Times” bestseller as did “Wonder Boys,” written in 1995, which was made into a film starring Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire. He has also written short stories, articles, essays, and a number of screenplays and writes a regular column for the magazine “Details.” Chabon lives in Berkeley, CA., with his wife, the author Ayelet Waldman, and their children.

Readers’ Books is at 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

Update from Sonoma Garden Park – New pathway coming

Hello Garden Park Supporters and Volunteers!
Important and Exciting News!
There will not be a Saturday Market on June 8th and June 30th, as we plan to install the ADA (wheelchair accessible) pathway system, throughout the garden, on these two weekends. Please make a note of this and I will do my best to keep you updated if the schedule changes. Thank you for your support during this year of infrastructure building!

We plan to be open for Saturday Harvest Market on June 2nd, June 16th, and June 23rd from 10am – 1pm.

We are actively seeking financial support as we enter this building phase which includes a parking area, with ADA parking, a Children’s Discovery Trail, and an Education Center with wheelchair accessible restrooms.

Should you like to contribute to this effort, or to learn about naming opportunities, please contact our new Development Director, Judy Aquiline, at 707-996-9744 x 10, or email:
You may also donate at the Saturday Harvest Market. Make checks to Sonoma Ecology Center, (memo: Sonoma Garden Park)
Mail to: Sonoma Ecology Center, 20 East Spain St., Sonoma,CA. 95476

Your donations will be matched 2 for 1, by a grant we have received!

The Garden Park and Sonoma Ecology Center would like to thank some of our Star Volunteers!
Jean Hopeman, Gary Edwards, Gen Ladha, Sarah Ford, Ron Wellander, Larry Falcast, Genevieve Haven, Megan, Beth McDermot, Harold, Bill Wiebalk, Phillip Torres, J.T., Will Cook, Anthony Shoust, Susan Geraghty, Ashley Wickert, David Wenzel, Valley of the Moon Teens, Julia Morgan School for Girls eighth grade class, Sonoma State “JUMP” students, Patricia Cullinan, Susan Angell, Jim Hammett, Ashley Letcher, Will Cook, Angela Casazza, Diane Messing, Will Ackley, Teitzah Karys, Ellie Insley, Misha Maydoney, Marlie Wesner, Seth Dolinsky and Ellen Fritz.


Hope to see you at the Saturday Market! We still have tomato starts and plants for sale! Have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy the photos!
Tiona Gundy
Sonoma Garden Park Coordinator
996-0712 X 120

The Sonoma Garden Park, a gift from Pauline Bond, is located at 19990 Seventh St. East, just north of Denmark St.
Park Hours: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10am – 5pm.
Volunteer Hours: Wed. 10am -1pm, Friday 5pm – 7pm , and Saturday 9am – 2pm.

Weeding the raspberry patch. Thanks Ashley!

Larry’s Tractor Service! Look at that yummy compost!

Hey, I did feel that Earthquake this morning!

If you ever feel an earthquake, jump over to the USGS site and report your experience.

Here is the info on the quake from this morning about 9:00 am. I heard it more than felt it. It was a fairly loud rumbling.

Magnitude 3.3
  • Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 16:01:19 (UTC)
    = Coordinated Universal Time
  • Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 9:01:19 AM
    = local time at epicenter
  • Location 38.429°N, 122.462°W
    Depth 9.9 km (6.2 miles)
  • 8 km (5 miles) S (175°) from St. Helena, CA
  • 8 km (5 miles) S (176°) from Saint Helena, CA
  • 9 km (6 miles) NE (40°) from Glen Ellen, CA
  • 21 km (13 miles) E (96°) from Santa Rosa, CA
  • 73 km (45 miles) N (357°) from San Francisco City Hall, CA
  • Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.2 km (0.1 miles); depth +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles)
    Parameters Nst=171, Nph=171, Dmin=9 km, Rmss=0.17 sec, Gp= 36°,
    M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=2
    Event ID nc51182213

    5-11-07, update from the Sonoma Garden Park

    The Sonoma Garden Park, a gift from Pauline Bond, is located at 19990 Seventh St. East in Sonoma, just north of Denmark St. The Garden Park is open on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10am – 5pm. Take a stroll, bring a picnic or join in the volunteer activities!

    Here’s what’s happening….

    HARVEST MARKET IS OPEN! With Plant Sale!
    SATURDAYS from 10am – 1pm in the Straw Bale Barn.

    Need veggie starts for your own garden? Time to put in a few special landscape plants? Stop by this Saturday.
    “Free Basil 6 pack if you… Bring your Mother or Grandmother.”
    We have, basil, tomoatoes, onions, thyme, oregano, raspberries, chives, native plants, foxglove, coreopsis, and much, much more!

    GARDENERS NEEDED. Do you love to garden? Would you like to help grow food organically for yourself and the community? Join us on Volunteer Days at the Sonoma Garden Park:

    Wednesday 10am – 1pm
    Friday 5pm- 7pm
    Saturday 9am – 2pm

    Call Tiona at 337-2235 for more information!

    IT’S APPLE THINNING TIME! Learn about thinning apples. Volunteer at the Garden Park.

    VOM Teens recently planted their “Pizza Garden” in the center of the Crop Circle. Mmmm… Looking forward to a summer pizza fiesta!

    Special thanks going out to the Sonoma Valley Rotary Club for their hard work weeding and mulching! Also, thank you Barbara Heiman, Paul Wirtz and Paul Martinez for the many veggie starts!

    Much thanks to Angela Casazza for teaching a wonderful Mosaic Stepping Stone class!

    Interested in Beekeeping?
    Sunday, June 3rd, 2007
    9am-4pm, $60
    Local organic lunch by Sol Food Farm included.
    291 Hutchins Ave, Sebastopol (parking at Subud Hall)

    Alarming declines in honeybee populations threaten our food security, native flora and fauna, honey supply, and beautiful flowers. Please join us to learn about protecting healthy honeybee populations.

    Expert instructor and passionate beekeeper Serge Labesque will cover topics including the bee colony, overview of gear and equipment, starting and developing strong bee colonies, management of the hive and brood chamber, pests and diseases, swarm prevention and control, hive division and creation of nucs, supering and management of honey supers, harvesting, and outlook on winter preparation.

    Call now to reserve your spot! Space is limited. 707-571-8868

    Update from the Health Care Coalition- Hospital Recommendation

    Received via email today:

    We finally did it! After more than 10 months of activities, meetings, discussions, negotiations, press stories, radio programs, feedback from the community, analyzing surveys, and other work, the Steering Committee of the Sonoma Valley Health Care Coalition has finalized it’s recommendations.

    There will be stories in the papers, information will be on the blog and a meeting will be held to reveal all and answer your questions and hear your comments before the recommendation is officially presented to the Health Care District Board of Directors at a meeting in May.

    If you caught it, the story in the IT on Tuesday was correct, that the recommendation is for the Board to pursue two options simultaneously, on modified land both on Broadway and near the current hospital. The Sun is reporting it differently, despite having been given the same information and personal interviews with Steve and Bob, our Co-Chairs — go figure. But we wanted you to know that BOTH, on sites which have been slightly modified are being recommended to be advanced to the Board.

    So, now to the nitty gritty!

    The Executive Summary and the full Report will be available on the Blog site (see address below) by the end of the day on Friday — maybe earlier — but I’m relying on volunteers, both me and our Blog Queen, Tina. We each have full days of business on Thursday, so, I’m afraid you’ll have to hold your horses and count on some weekend reading to find out the logic and reasoning behind the decision. Please don’t make up your mind on simply reading this email or the newspapers. Read the Executive Summary and the Report, then come to the meeting. THEN, you can make up your mind! Even the, as you’ll see, we all still need to remain flexible!

    Meeting? you ask… Well, yes. We’ll have a Coalition meeting to fully explain the recommendation and the rationale and answer questions and field comments. That will be on Monday, May 14 at 6 PM at Burlingame Hall, 215 W. Spain Street at the First Congregational Church. That’s a new location and a new time for some of you. SIX PM — Burlingame Hall…215 West Spain Street … First Congregational Church.

    I’ll send out a short announcement to let you know that the reports have been posted on Friday night. Just as a reminder, in case it’s not on the top of your “to do” list!


    Shelley Arrowsmith
    Arrowsmith Farms