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