Don’t miss the 4th of July parade at the Sonoma Plaza

The 4th of July parade is my favorite Sonoma Valley event.  The parade is scheduled to begin at 10am.  Wear a hat and sunblock, it will be a warm day.  Oh yeah, if you get hit by a water balloon or get wet in one of the water fights the firefighters get into…..that means you were there!  There will be an art show and other great events in the plaza following the parade.

Just after dark, the fireworks will be set off in the field behind General Vallejo’s home.  They can be seen from all over the Valley.

Be safe and enjoy!


Authors visiting Readers’ Books, July 10th & 12th

Information Contact:

Lilla Weinberger, co-owner

Readers’ Books

130 E. Napa Street

Sonoma, CA 95476



Tuesday, July 10, noon. *Lisa See*, author of “Peony in Love,” will be at Meritage, 165 W. Napa St., Sonoma. $20 includes lunch. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Lisa See, author of “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” will be at Meritage Restaurant in Sonoma on Tuesday, July 10^th , at noon, to read from her new book “Peony in Love.” This novel, set in 17^th century China, is a coming-of-age story, a ghost story, a family saga, and a work of musical and social history.

Unusual for a girl in her time, 15-year-old Peony is educated and objects to an arranged marriage. She loves the famous and controversial1598 opera “The Peony Pavilion” in which the government is criticized and an unmarried couple have a love affair. The opera was thought to cause lovesickness and even death; young Chinese women obsessed with the opera sometimes starved themselves. “The Peony Pavilion” was the first piece of fiction in China in which the heroine, a sixteen year-old girl, chooses her own destiny.

See’s novel is the story of three women who become emotionally involved with the opera. .Peony, an elegant, sheltered, obedient girl, is the first to succumb to its spell. When she dies, she returns to earth as a “hungry ghost” to pursue her obsession and try to take her rightful place as wife to her former fiancé, who has married another. Using the richness and magic of the Chinese afterlife, the author explores the boundaries between life and death, the bonds of female friendship, and the desire of women to be heart.

Lisa See is the author of four previous novels and a memoir “On Gold Mountain.” She lives in Los Angeles.

Meritage is at 165 W. Napa St., Sonoma. Tickets are $20 and include lunch. For reservations, call 707-939-1779.



Thursday, July 12, 7:30 p.m. *Susan G. Wooldridge*, author of “Foolsgold: Making Something from Nothing and Freeing Your Creative Process,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Susan G. Wooldridge, author of “Foolsgold: Making Something from Nothing and Freeing Your Creative Process,” will be at Readers’ Books on Thursday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m., to share her own journey from loss and grief to wholeness and joy. She offers poetry exercises, journal writing, and other practices to encourage creative play—an opening to reevaluating what is most important in each of our worlds.

Many people have tried to capture creativity, to motivate and transform people who are blocked or stuck by events both interior and exterior. Wooldridge offers dozens of stories and suggestions for the artist within to cultivate a creative lifestyle. Whether through photography, dance, gardening, cooking, songwriting, poetry, or collage-making with found objects, “Foolsgold” can jump start the creative process.

Susan Wooldridge is a poet and teacher who conducts workshops privately, as well as with the California Poets in the Schools program. She is the author of “Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words,” and participated in the Sonoma Valley Poetry Festival. She lives in Chico, CA.

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.