Update from the Community Center – 4th of July Parade Next Week!

Sonoma Shines with Art & Community!
Sonoma Community Center
Exhibitions & Events
Public Art: Visitor’s Center
Public Art: Leap of Faith
Public Art: Flags
Fourth of July!
Center of the Universe Café
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Hi Veronica!

Summer is a time of being outdoors and Sonoma Community Center makes it all the more enjoyable by introducing three new temporary public artworks–two appearing on the Sonoma Plaza and one in front of the Sonoma Community Center.

In addition to our busy Fourth of July preparations, the Sonoma Community Center shares a new mission to produce site-specific artworks in the public realm with the hopes of bringing people out and opening new conversations!

These three projects were commissioned and designed independently of one another and it is by wonderful chance that they all open at the same time. The public is invited to join the artists and participants in the opening celebrations for each project!

Hope to see you here!

Alternate Visitor’s Center of Sonoma
Public Artwork Answers the Question,
Opening Celebration: Sunday, July 8
3:00-5:00 p.m., Sonoma Plaza
(near pathways leading up to the
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Where does one go to get to know the true essence of a city? The temporary public artwork, comprised of six “gates” arching over walkways on the east side of the plaza, titled, “Alternative Visitor’s Center of Sonoma,” is meant to give tourists and residents a view of the community that may not be obvious at existing Visitor’s Centers. “I’m only bringing part of the story to the public,” says Waldman.  “The people who see it will breathe life into it.”

Beth Waldman has created permanent and temporary public artworks throughout the San Francisco Bay area. This work will be on display through July 20, 2007.

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Exhibit of 50 WWI Stretchers by Jim Kimberly
Opening Celebration: Sunday, July 8, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Sonoma Community Center, Front Garden

“Leap of Faith” by Jim Kimberly is the second in a series of exhibitions to be produced in the Community Center’s Art Garden.

The artwork consists of approximately 50 WWI stretchers installed on cables that are strung from the rooftop of the building to trees in the front garden.

Kimberly’s work has been exhibited throughout Northern California. He is the owner of Dimensional Iron Metal Fabricators in Solano County.

Patterns Without Borders: Flags For Our Human-Unity
21 Flags surrounding the Sonoma Plaza
Opening Celebration & Dedication:
July 10, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
on the plaza

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Over 75 Sonoma middle-school students worked with Oakland artist, Seyed Alavi, to capture a visual representation of the very essence that distinguishes us as human beings participating in a community. The result of the exploration is 21 flags installed around the Sonoma Plaza from July 10 – August 25, 2007.  The flags are meant to be a reminder to the viewer of the higher aspirations of the definition of community.

Discussions about community, between Alavi and the students, was a large part of the project. Once each flag design was created by the students and finalized, they were sewn by local volunteer seamstresses from Vintage House.

This project was sponsored by the Sonoma Community Center and funded by the Sonoma Community Foundation.

Fourth of July Parade and Plaza Celebration!

The Sonoma Community Center presents the
award-winning event of the year!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Parade starts at 10:00
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Plan your parade entry or just get your lawn chairs ready for the best parade in the Bay Area. In addition to the wonderful marching bands, wiener dogs and shiny red fire trucks, this year will feature a special tribute to General Mariano Vallejo in celebration of his 200th birthday.

Enjoy a picnic on the plaza
Food booths for all tastes are available at the Plaza Celebration with choices including hot dogs, hamburgers, turkey drumsticks, popcorn, tri tip sandwiches, nachos, tamales, snow cones, and of course apple pie and ice cream.

Take in a patriotic ceremony
In Grinstead Memorial Amphitheater, in the plaza, at approximately 11:45, Grand Marshal, Val Haraszthy, a direct descendent of Vallejo, will kick off the festivities. Experience patriotic tunes by the Home Town Band, under the direction of Richard Schneider, plus a presentation of colors, the Star Spangled Banner and recognition of special guests.

Kick up your heels
Dancing to the rock and R&B groove of Sonoma’s own American Standard Band will begin at 1 pm on the southeast lawn, followed by Stompy Jones, a San Francisco based sextet, renowned for their jumpin’ rhythm, wailing improvisations, hip charm and explosive stage show at 3 pm.

Bring the kids
There will be plenty of activities and games such as a haunted house, potato toss, climbing wall, inflatable fun house, PoPo the Clown, dunk tank and more.

Buy a cool shirt
Local artist Keith Wicks painted this striking image of General Vallejo. T-shirts with the image will be on sale at the Sonoma Community Center booth.

To participate in the parade, pick up an entry form at the Community Center office. All entries are due by Thursday, June 28th.

For more information call the Sonoma Community Center at 938-4626 x 1.

Center of the Universe Café
“Food for Thought”
July 7, 2007
Bring your “Food for Thought” to the Café at the Center of the Universe, the Sonoma Community Center’s monthly open mic evening, held on Saturday, July 7 in Andrews Hall.

This month’s suggested theme, “Food for Thought,” invites participants to bring poems, songs, or stories that celebrate favorite foods, cooking, gardens and gardening or sharing meals.

The guest chefs will be Bear Flag Social Club producer, Ken Brown and volunteers from the Sonoma Garden Park community garden. The menu includes BBQ’d salmon, fresh summer vegetables, couscous, and ice cream sundaes.

Sign up for the open mic portion of the evening, featuring 25 five-minute segments of poetry, spoken word, music and song. (Participants are encouraged to time pieces in advance to stay within the five minute limit.) The selection process is random though volunteers are assured of early time slots. Bassist Steve Shain will accompany readers with a backbeat, if they wish. Acoustic guitars are welcome, but, please no personal amplifiers.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., with dinner starting at 6:15 p.m. and continuing until all are served. The Open Mic will start at 7:00 p.m. with an intermission at 8:30 p.m., for coffee and dessert. Cost is $15 for dinner and café, $6 for café only. Local wines will also be available for purchase. Please no outside wine.

Andrews Hall is located inside the historic Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa Street. Tickets are available at the door and, due to increased popularity, paid credit card reservations may now be made in advance, until Friday, July 6 at 5:00 p.m. by contacting the Sonoma Community Center at 707-938-4626 x1 or stopping by the center during business hours.

Where & When
Andrews Hall
276 East Napa Street

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

Sonoma Community Center
276 East Napa Street
Sonoma, CA  95476
707.938.4626 x1

RATATOUILLE Raffle to benefit the Sebastiani Theatre

From the Theatre’s website:


Sebastiani Theatre RAFFLE

  • Dates and Times:
    Starts June 29, 2007
  • Pricing:


Disney-Pixar’s new film “RATATOUILLE,” directed by Brad Bird and produced by Sonoma’s own John Lasseter — creator of “Cars,” “Toy Story,” and “A Bug’s Life,” among other award winning films — will open for an extended engagement on Friday, June 29, at the Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First Street East, in Sonoma. A charming story with vivid animation and wonderful characters, “RATATOUILLE” is a adorable tale of a rat who dreams of being a 5-star chef in Paris.

Opening Night will also mark the beginning of a fund raising drive with a special raffle to benefit the Sebastiani Theatre. The featured raffle prize of the fund raiser is an original one-of-a-kind collectable Wall Art piece featuring a digital rendering of the Parisian skyline along with RATATOUILLE’s star character, “Remy.” This spectacular Wall Art piece was created by Darryl and Susan Bellach of Kenwood and is hand signed by Producer John Lasseter, Director Brad Bird, and other celebrity talents of the film. The “RATATOUILLE” graphics of the art piece are laser-cut to form a 3-D format that sets it apart from any other artwork. The graphics are embedded in high gloss clear acrylic resin that makes the colors come alive. The surrounding frame is aniline dyed “hand brushed,” aluminum accented with hand crafted woods, and is offset with the “RATATOUILLE” logo that is also in 3-D. This 3 1/2’ x 5 1/2’ original artwork is valued at over $30,000 and is sure to become a collector’s item.

You can now purchase a Raffle ticket to have a chance to own this TRES MAGNIFIQUE PRICELESS artwork. Tickets are only $25. To reserve yours, call the Sebastiani Theatre at 707/996-9756.

Holistic Health Networking Evening, July 10th

Eclectic Health
“An intimate relationship is one that allows you to be yourself.”
– Deepak Chopra

Upcoming Dates

Sonoma – July 10
Mill Valley – July 16
Sebastopol – July 23

RSVP Required

Dear Veronica,

Please join us for one of our FREE evening gatherings where you’ll have an opportunity to meet other holistic practitioners, develop a sense of community, and contribute to a stimulating conversation about the current state and future of integrative healthcare.


North Bay Gatherings
hosted by Eclectic Health
Our gatherings are small and intimate, usually with no more than 10 or 15 people. During the two-hour gathering you’ll have an opportunity to introduce yourself and the work that you do, feel the support of your colleagues, and explore some of the themes and challenges that we face collectively.In the final 15 minutes of the meeting, we will provide information about Eclectic Health and what it means to become a provider with our network.

We encourage you to bring business cards, brochures, flyers, or any other information relevant to your practice.

Light appetizers and refreshments will be served, and there is no cost to attend. We welcome you to forward this invitation to

any colleagues who might be interested in attending.

If you plan on joining us, please RSVP at  (707) 258-3645.

We look forward to seeing you!Warm wishes,

Josh Holcomb, President
Shea Baird, North Bay Coordinator

Where & When

Sonoma, Tuesday, July 10, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa Street, Room 109.

Mill Valley, Monday, July 16, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Mill Valley Integrative Medical Center, 125 B Camino Alto.

Sebastopol, Monday, July 23, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Dare to Dream, 7151 Wilton Avenue, Suite 101

More Information

Like to learn more about Eclectic Health? Click below for information about joining our non-competitive network.




Eclectic Health | P.O. Box 2206 | Petaluma | CA | 94953

Sonoma County Materials Exchange Program, new website

Received by email today!   I have tried this site and it is just great.  Please consider taking a look.


Dear SonoMax interested parties:

Since you have expressed prior interest in SonoMax (Sonoma County Materials Exchange Program), you have been selected to test our new web site http://www.SonoMax.org To meet your needs for a more robust program where you can post AVAILABLE and WANTED ads for your discards, we have worked at creating a web site that has user friendly features similar to Craigslist.org and EBay.com. Printed quarterly SonoMax newsletters and the old web site have been discontinued. Before we officially launch this web site, we need your valuable feedback. Please visit the site, register and place an AVAILABLE or WANTED ad. Use MySonoMax to manage your ads. Your comments will be compiled and every attempt will be made to make the changes you request. When providing feedback, please include the browser name and version you used to view the site and email your comments to refkarina@sonoma-county.org or call 707-565-3668. Thank you for helping to make SonoMax a useful program! Sincerely, Karina Chilcott SonoMax program manager *************************************************************************** About SonoMax: SonoMax (Sonoma County’s Materials Exchange) is a free online resource where you can find or discard of items. It demonstrates the idea that one person’s trash is another’s treasure. Simply log onto the SonoMax web site and create a wanted or available listing. You can find everything from packaging peanuts, plastic buckets to pallets. SonoMax is a waste diversion program of the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency. *************************************************************************** Karina Chilcott Sonoma County Waste Management Agency 2300 County Center Drive, Ste. B-100 Santa Rosa, CA 95403 tel. 707.565.3668 fax 707.565.3701 refkarina@sonoma-county.org www.recyclenow.org

Update from Readers’ Books

Information Contact:
Lilla Weinberger, co-owner
Readers’ Books
130 E. Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476


Tuesday, June 26, 7:30 p.m. Peter Malae, author of “Teach the Free Man: Stories,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

Press Release

Peter Malae, author of the compelling “Teach the Free Man: Stories,” will be at Readers’ Books on Tuesday, June 26th at 7:30 p.m., to discuss how he has captured the colloquial voices of California’s prison inmates in this startling collection. In exposing the heart and soul of the dark corridors of human experience, Malae illustrates that in spite of the physical and cultural isolation of his subjects, they confront dilemmas with which we can all identify: the choice to show courage against peer pressure, the search for individual rights within a bureaucra y, and the desire for honor. Although the stories are linked by the theme of incarceration, their range extends well beyond the prison’s bars..

Novelist Russell Banks says “this book is more than an auspicious debut; it’s as good a collection of stories as I’ve read in years.” Peter Malae has published fiction, poetry, and essays in many literary journals. He lives in northern California and is working on his first novel.

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.



Wednesday, June 27, 7:30 p.m. Alan Morinis, author of “Everyday Holiness; The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

Press Release

Alan Morinis, author of “Everyday Holiness; The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar,” will be at Readers’ Books on Wednesday, June 27th, at 7:30 p.m., to discuss the Jewish spiritual tradition known as Mussar. Though little known outside Orthodox Jewish communities, Mussar is an illuminating, accessible, and highly practical set of teachings for cultivating personal growth in day-to-day life.

According to Mussar our work in life is to return to our pure and wholly essence, which over the course of our lives becomes obscured by the extremes of emotion, desire, and bad habits. The book features short chapters on key character traits and includes practical exercises such as meditations, journaling, chanting, etc. The goal of the book is to help the reader to become a mensch, a deeply good and decent human being

Alan Morinis has a doctorate from Oxford University and is a producer of award-winning television and film programs as well as being the founder and director of the Mussar Institute. He lives in Vancouver, BC.

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.



Friday, June 29, 7:30 p.m. Cristina Garcia, author of “Handbook to Luck,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

Press Release

Cristina Garcia, author of the bestselling novel “Dreaming in Cuban,” will be at Readers’ Books on Friday, June 29th, at 7:30 p.m., with her new book, “A Handbook to Luck.”

Set in the late 1960s, this book follows three children, Enrique from Cuba, Marta Claros in San Salvador, and Leila Rezvani in Tehran, who grow up, cross paths, lose each other, and find each other again. With these characters we move not just through time and the psychological shifts between childhood and adulthood, we also experience the hopes and doubts of ordinary people whose lives are made extraordinary by circumstance.

Cristina Gardia was born in Havana and grew up in New York City. She is the author of “The Aguero Sisters” and “Monkey Hunting” and is the editor of two anthologies. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow and has won many other awards. She lives in the Napa Valley with her daughter and husband.

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.

Revolt Band at the Plaza Bistro Restaurant

This sounds like a great line up!

Friday, June 15th, brings The Revolt Band back to Sonoma at the   Plaza Bistro Restaurant. This all star band of journeyman  players  features Smokin’ Joe Herrshaft on lead vocals and  harmonica, JM  Berry and Bob Taylor trading lead guitars,  Daedalus Howell on  bass, Cliff Zyskowski on keyboards, and  holding down the beat John  Murphy on drums. There is no cover  but the band challenges folks  not to get up and dance. The  Plaza Bistro Restaurant features fine  foods and drinks and is  located at 420 1st. Street East on Sonoma  Plaza. For dinner  reservations call 996-4466 and for more  information about The  Revolt Band call Ken at 938-8623. Bring your  dancing shoes and  get out to hear some great live music on The Plaza.

Update from Sonoma Garden Park- Need Volunteers

The Sonoma Garden Park NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: Saturday, June 9th and 15th – 9 am – 1 pm to help us begin our ADA pathway.

This means scraping wood chips from the trail into wheelbarrows.
We will be installing 1400 linear feet of “Terra Pave” paths at the end of June
If you have a healthy back and willing hands, we WANT YOU! Join in the beginning phase of this EXCITING PROJECT!
Refreshments will be provided!

REMINDER: No Harvest Market this Saturday. Harvest Market will resume June 15th and 23rd from 10 am to 1 pm.
The Sonoma Garden Park, a gift from Pauline Bond, is located at 19990 Seventh St. East, just north of Denmark St.

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 19, 7:30 p.m. *Dawson Church*, author of “The Genie in Your Genes” 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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Dawson Church, author of “The Genie in Your Genes,” will be at Readers’ Books on Tuesday, June 19^th , at 7:30 p.m., to discuss self-healing mechanisms now emerging from the science of Epigenetics.

Although genes are responsible for much of our predisposition to certain diseases, recent research is showing that even intangibles like beliefs and attitudes affect the internal environment determining longevity and health. Church examines the therapies that are currently taking advantage of this research to find out which attitudes correlate with increased health and life span. Some of the candidates are beliefs, prayer, religious faith, social networks, charitable acts. He suggests that in the future a doctor might prescribe a prayer for certain conditions before prescribing drugs or surgery.

Dawson Church founded the nonprofit Soul Medicine Institute to research and teach psychological and medical techniques that can reshape 21^st century medicine. He has edited or authored over 200 books in the fields of health, psychology, and spirituality. He has worked with Robert Kiyosaki, Deepak Chopra, John Gray, Mary Catherine Bateson, Bernie Siegel, and Caroline Myss among others. He was recently honored by the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology for making the most outstanding contribution to the health field.

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 21, 7:30 p.m. Local author *Mary Lou Peters Schram*, will read from her new book “Taddy and Her Husbands,” at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

_Press Release_

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Local author Mary Lou Peters Schram, will be at Readers’ Books on Thursday, June 21^st , at 7:30 p.m., to read from her new novel “Taddy and Her Husbands.”

What is a woman to do who can’t earn her own living? She marries. And marries again. In “Taddy and Her Husbands,” a young woman runs from the poverty of West Virginia to fabled San Francisco in the seminal year of 1968. Through three marriages to wealthy men, Taddy tries to change to suit her husbands but is never happy. She isn’t rich, either. She is unable to hold onto the money she inherits. At 50, she is broke again and looking for a fourth husband. Will she ever come of age? Schram has some answers to that question and they are not what you might expect.

Mary Lou Peters Schram is the author of ”KLIK,” a novel about a San Francisco radio station in the early days of the women’s movement. She worked in public relations and advertising in San Francisco for 15 years and has lived in Sonoma since 1998.

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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Saturday, June 23, 4:30 p.m. *Julia Flynn Siler*, author of “The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

_Press Release_

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Julia Flynn Siler, author of “The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty,” will be at Readers’ Books on Saturday, June 23^rd , at 4:30 p.m., to reveal the genius, feuds, triumphs, and hubris behind a famous wine family.

Refreshments will be served.

The Mondavis were the Kennedys of American wine—arising from a hardscrabble past to unimaginable wealth and influence. First generation Robert Mondavi, an untiring promoter of Napa Valley wine, became the patriarch of an entire industry. But in the wake of his success the family suffered from numerous tragedies.. Robert’s sons, Michael and Timothy, quarreled, and when Michael’s efforts to extend the company failed, the independent board of directors fired him, leading to the forced sale of the company. This is the scrupulously researched story of a family’s rise and fall.

Siler is a San Francisco-based correspondent for the “Wall Street Journal.” She was formerly based in London for the Journal where she also wrote for “Business Week” and “The New York Times.” She has an M.B.A.from Northwestern University and a master’s degree from Columbia. She lives in Northern California.

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.

Sonoma Valley Health Care Coalition is having a party and you’re invited

The Sonoma Valley Health Care Coalition is having a party and you’re invited.

WHEN:  Sunday, June 3 (that’s THIS Sunday)
TIME:    12 – 4 PM
WHERE:  On the Plaza
WHY:  Because our work is done!

The Coalition issued it’s final report, made it’s presentation to the Board and is having copies of the report prepared to go out with both papers soon, so it’s time to celebrate! (whether you like the outcome or not — it’s done and we’re celebrating!)

We’ve decided to celebrate in conjunction with the OX ROAST on the Plaza on Sunday.  There will be Food, Drink, Music nearby — and we couldn’t have done a better job organizing such a celebration.

We’re all meeting on the SouthWest corner of the Plaza, just south of the new Duckie Pond.  It’s a do-it-yourself pot luck with the main course being OX, (slabs of ox or ox sausages, and maybe even a vegetarian option) courtesy of the OxRoast!

You can purchase the various Ox Plates to support the Community Center, but let’s jazz it up by bringing something that you might like to share with others, food or drink-wise.

I think  that in this part of the Plaza there aren’t any tables, so bring your most fun picnic blanket or quilt, a some dinnerware and  eatin’ and drinkin’-ware might be nice, in case you decide to partake of someone’s pot luck dish — there might be some fancy desserts, any closet pastry chefs out there?  With all day Saturday and most of Sunday to make some great dishes, there might be some good food to supplement the OxRoast fare.

Bring your significant other, children, grandchildren, even great-aunt bessie, if she’s in town and make this our last fling to say goodbye to the weekly Monday meetings and celebrate the work we’ve done together.

If you feel like kicking it up a notch and bringing your frisbee or other urban toys, why not?!

So, that’s the best we can do for this fond farewell get together.  Plan to be there Sunday, June 3 between 12 and 4, though the OxRoast goes from 11-5 with music all day and  the best music (in my opinion) coming from 3 – 5 Gator Beat will be playing on the main stage.

Save me some of the Fancy Desserts and Good Wines, I’ll be coming from my Sunday Marin Farmer’s Market, and won’t get there til 3-ish!  Too Bad!

No need to RSVP… Just show up with your party pot luck dish and blanket or quilt — you’ll fit right in!

Shelley Arrowsmith
Arrowsmith Farms