Readers’ Books events in September

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 30, 2007*

Information Contact:

lilla@readersbooks.com

Lilla Weinberger, co-owner

Readers’ Books

130 E. Napa Street

Sonoma, CA 95476

707-939-1779

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/Sunday, September 9, 4:30 p.m. *Viana La Place*, author of “My Italian Garden: More Than 125 Seasonal Recipes from a Garden Inspired by Italy,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 707-939-1779./

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/Viana La Place, author of “My Italian Garden: More Than 125 Seasonal Recipes from a Garden Inspired by Italy,” will be at Readers’ Books on Sunday, September 9th, from 4:30-6 p.m., to talk about an Italian garden as a state of mind. La Place relishes meals that require only a few of the freshest ingredients. In this book, she brings the earth to the table for readers who want to cook delicious dishes with minimum effort and maximum flavor. She says that cooking from the garden is the most uncomplicated way to cook and, reminding us that the most satisfying food is the simplest, she fills her book with seasonal offerings such as New Fava Bean and Spring Greens Soup, Panini with Grilled Zucchini and Ricotta Salata, and Meyer Lemon Gelato with Fresh Figs and Pistachios. The book is charmingly illustrated and the author firmly believes that any patch of land can become an Italian garden. /

/La Plante is also the author of “Cucina Fresca,” “Cucina Rustica,” and “Panini, Bruschetta, Crostini.” She lives in San Francisco. /
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/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, September 11, 7:30 p.m. *Ruthanne Lum McCunn*, author of “God of Luck,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Ruthanne Lum McCunn, author of “God of Luck,” will be at Readers’ Books on Tuesday, September 11th, at 7:30 p.m., to read from this epic love story that spans two continents.

Ah Lung is separated from his wife, Bo See, at the peak of the 19^th century Chinese slave trade. He is kidnapped and shipped to the deadly guano mines off the coast of Peru. Holding on to their hopes of being reunited, these two strive to stay safe by using their wits and praying to the God of Luck. Much of this novel is set in Pisco, in the part of Peru recently devastated by an 8.0 magnitude earthquake. Readers’ Books will be accepting donations on behalf of the Peru Earthquake Relief Fund, and Ruthanne McCunn will include information on relief efforts there..

McCunn, of Scottish and Chinese ancestry, is the author of “Thousand Pieces of Gold” and “Wooden Fish Songs.” She 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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/Thursday, September 13, 7:30 p.m. *Charlie Price*, author of “Lizard People,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779./

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/Charlie Price, author of “Lizard People,” and “Dead Connections” will be at Readers’ Books on Thursday, September 13th, at 7:30 p.m., to read from this startling story of madness and identity./

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/Ben Mander’s junior year is derailed when his mentally ill mother descends into madness. Visiting her in the psychiatric hospital, Ben meets Marco, who also has a mentally ill mother. Marco tells a story that turns Ben’s idea of reality upside down and soon the story begins to mirror Ben’s own life. //Lizard People// races along the edge of madness as Ben confronts his greatest fear—that he, too, is insane. Recommended for both young adults who are just learning about themselves in a confusing world, and the rest of us as well. In the ‘70s Charlie Price was the director of the Moon Valley School, an alternative school in Sonoma.**/

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/“Dead Connections,” Price’s first novel, was widely acclaimed. He lives in Northern California./

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Sunday, September 16, 4:30 p.m. reception, 5 p.m. reading. David Talbot, author of “Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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David Talbot, author of “Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years,” will be at Readers’ Books on Sunday, September 16th, at 4:30 p.m for a reception and discussion on the new light his research has cast on the inner life of the Kennedy presidency and its aftermath.

Talbot, the founder of Salon.com, has written a new story of a young president and his even younger brother fighting to maintain control over hard-line generals and spymasters who were hell-bent on a showdown with a Communist foe –in Berlin, Laos, Vietnam, and especially Cuba. This is also the story of Bobby Kennedy’s quest to solve his brother’s murder, which may have led to his own. Talbot interviewed over 150 people for this book, giving his narrative an authenticity and insight unmatched to date.

David Talbot is the founder of Salon.com.

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, September 18, 7:30 p.m. *Kate Christensen*, author of “The Great Man,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Kate Christensen, author of “The Great Man,” will be at Readers’ Books on Tuesday, September 18th, at 7:30 p.m., to read from her new novel, a book that detailing the lives of the biographers and women whose lives revolve around “the great man.”

Behind the subject of this book, a famous painter, is one sharp-witted, extraordinary novelist. Christensen has created four women—a wife, a sister, a mistress, and her best friend—all involved with the dead painter, plus two biographers who are looking for the “truth” about his life. The book opens with the painter’s obituary and closes with reviews of the biographies. In between is a scintillating comedy of life among the avant-garde and of jostling for position behind the glossy façade of artistic greatness. The women are lovely, funny, sexy, and brilliant. The story is about aging, about these women reexamining their love lives, and about the skewering of greatness.

Kate Chistensen is also the author of “The Epicure’s Lament,” “Jeremy Thrane,” and “In the Drink.”

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, September 20, 7:30 p.m. *Daniel Pinchbeck*, author of “2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Daniel Pinchbeck, author of “2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl,” will be at Readers’ Books on Thursday, September 20th, at 7:30 p.m., to expound on what the Mayan’s end date of 2012 might mean to us today.

Pinchbeck has found that every sign in his search for meaning in modern life points to the precarious balance between greater self-potential and environmental disaster. The Mayan calendar’s “end date” of 2012 seems to define our present age: the end of one way of existence and the return of another in which the serpent god Quetzalcoatl reigns again. This ancient, and to us new, way of living comes from Daniel Pinchbeck’s 21st century aptitude for quantum theory and existential psychology. Pinchbeck has been called a cross between James Merrill, H.P. Lovecraft, and Carlos Castaneda . A seeker, skeptic, and cartographer of hidden realms, his is a voice of lucidity, reason, and informed audacity.

Pinchbeck is also the author of “Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism.”

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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Update from Sonoma Old School

Having run a store on Broadway in the past, I really feel for this business owner:

Received by email today:

Robert Wilson and his family own Sonoma Old School located on Broadway across the street from the High School. It is a skate and surf retail business including clothes, backpacks, sun glasses etc… you get the picture. Well last month, what should have been a really busy “Back to school” month was impacted by the City of Sonoma doing construction directly in front of his store. It is not my intention to blame the city; I am only trying to help a friend. Needless to say his inventory didn’t move the way he had planned based on prior sales history and he is sitting on a lot of inventory. This weekend he is having a HUGE SALE and I’m sure he would appreciate the support of his/our community.

Robert has always supported local youth programs and even offers our kids discounts based on their school report card performance, the better they do in school the bigger the discount. I would appreciate any and all the support we can provide to help him through a difficult time. Sonoma is a great place to live and raise our children, and I for one, don’t mind the “Small town label” when it comes to pitching in to help a friend.

Thanks in advance for your support,

 Vince Albano

Update from Sonoma Garden Park

Harvest Market will take place Saturday, Sept. 1st from 10am – 1pm.
Featured produce this week includes: Apples, Carrots, Basil, Blood Peaches, Cucumbers, Summer Squash, Herbs, Flowers and much more!

Also, please mark your calendars for the following upcoming event:

“Harvesting Our Future”
Slow Food Feast in the
Sonoma Garden Park

12:00 Noon
Saturday, October 13, 2007

The Sonoma Ecology Center (SEC) invites you to join us for a luncheon and afternoon event celebrating the harvest at our community supported and organically tended Sonoma Garden Park. Renowned Valley chefs will be cooking seasonal fare with locally grown produce. This wonderful autumn event is also designed to introduce awareness and promote the practices of the Slow Food movement. Slow Food leaders will discuss how to bring back the enjoyment and celebration of food and conversation into your home and family meals, while supporting and maintaining the ecological richness and health of Sonoma Valley. SEC staff and volunteer docents will lead walks spotlighting educational features, and current and future plans for the Garden Park. The event will also feature an exciting silent auction featuring Eco-friendly themed adventures and experiences, and other items that celebrate the beauty and bounty of our Sonoma Valley. Don’t miss this very special day celebrating the Sonoma Ecology Center, the fall harvest from the Sonoma Garden Park, and the richness of our community and its unique natural environment!

For tickets, contact Judy Aquiline ~ 707/996-9744 ext 10 or judy@sonomaecologycenter.org
Tickets are $40 for Sonoma Ecology Center Members: $50 for non-members. Space for this event is limited, so please make your ticket reservations early!
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About the Sonoma Ecology Center ~ The SEC’s mission is to work with our community to enhance and sustain the ecological health of the Sonoma Valley.

About the Sonoma Garden Park ~The SGP demonstrates ecologically sound practices while creating a beautiful park setting that inspires the spirit of community. The 6 acre Sonoma Garden Park, located at 19990 Seventh Street East, Sonoma, CA, was a gift from Pauline Bond to the citizens of Sonoma, and is a working, organic garden complex and an educational campus of the Sonoma Ecology Center.

For publicity, to co-sponsor this event, or for donations and to volunteer, please contact:
Darren Peterie at (707)322-5725, or email dpeterie@gmail.com.

Tiona Gundy
Sonoma Garden Park Coordinator
Sonoma Ecology Center
996-0712 X 120


				

Big News about the Center of the Universe Cafe!

SVVGA Beneficiary
Sonoma Community Center
Center of the Universe Café
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Dear Veronica,

Things are changing! Our next Café will be on a Friday, due to scheduling conflicts. Mark your calendars for September 7th!  It will be at the usual time, but will be a most unusual evening.

This will be the last café produced by Lin Marie deVincent and Ken Brown. After seven very successful years of New Center of the Universe gatherings, Lin Marie and Ken are moving on to realize other dreams.

Read more below…

Farewell to Lin Marie and Ken!
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Where would we be without Ken and Lin Marie? Ken has brought in fabulous guest chefs who have served many memorable meals. Lin Marie, MC Extraordinaire even installed new lighting in Room 110 and commissioned magical wall hangings created by Sonoma artist Lavahna Taylor. Alas…

SVVGA BeneficiaryThis year marked the publication of Lin Marie’s first collection of poetry, Sky Fishing, which is available at Readers Books in Sonoma. She is finishing her Masters Degree in Humanities in December of ’07 and looks forward to future possibilities for her novel.

In addition to continuing his position as City Councilman, Ken Brown became an independent event producer, and created the Bear Flag Social Club.

Change of Seasons at the Center of the Universe

Gary EdwardsFriday, September 7, 2007 at 6:00 pm
Sonoma Community Center, Room 110
276 East Napa Street, Sonoma, CA

Reflecting the changing season between summer and fall, the Center of the Universe Café dinner and open mic evening on Friday, September 7, will feature a change of season menu.

A sumptuous meal, this time prepared by Sonoma’s own Gary Edwards representing Slow Food, an organization dedicated to food based on the principles of high quality and taste, and environmental sustainability. Joining Gary will be Henry Beaumont from Valley of the Moon Slow Food, Margaret Gokey and Lauren Parkhill. The menu will feature foods grown within a 10-mile radius of Sonoma-whatever is in season.

Doors open at 6:00pm, with dinner starting at 6:15 and continuing until all are served.  The Open Mic will start at 7:00pm with an intermission at 8:30, 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.

For more information, please contacting the Sonoma Community Center at 707-938-4626 x1.

An Invitation

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Would you like to be the next producer of this wonderful event?  We welcome you to consider the possibilities: keep it on course as it has been, create it anew, expand, reshape – what would you like to do?

We invite the poetry community to step forward to keep the Café going. If you are interested and able to take over, please contact us. Many thanks again for all the enthusiasm, support, patience, time, creative contributions, and faith in poetry. We hope the Center of the Universe continues to expand and evolve.

Thank you!

We are very grateful to all of you – the readers, musicians, storytellers and comedians who have made the Café successful. The stage has presented work from beginners to Poet Laureates.

The final applause goes to all the devoted volunteers who have helped keep the Café alive. In particular, Ann Hollister, Russ and Maggie Bedord, Chris Giovacchini Ramirez, Tim Mathews, Debby Cooper, Diane Rawicz, Mary Elizabeth Grant, Valerie Wolf, Bill Churchill, Tina Hinkley, Barbara MacAdams, Cynthia Boyer & Kirk Hinshaw. We have appreciated Patty‘s bartending contributions, and Steve Shain’s steady backbeat.

Also going beyond the call of duty are George Dolinsky, the custodial staff at the Center, Karin, Seth and Marty, and finally all those who support the Café.
Sincerely, Lin Marie deVincent and Ken Brown

 
Sonoma Community Center
276 East Napa Street
Sonoma, California 95476
707.938.4626
sonomacommunitycenter.org

Update from Readers’ Books – Events on 8/27 & 8/28

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ED COOPER EVENT ON 08/30 HAS BEEN POSTPONED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 16, 2007

Information Contact:
lilla@readersbooks.com
Lilla Weinberger, co-owner
Readers’ Books
130 E. Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
707-939-1779
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Monday, August 27, 7:30 p.m. John Corso, M.D., author of “Stupid Reasons People Die: An Ingenious Plot for Defusing Deadly Diseases,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.
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John Corso, M.D., author of “Stupid Reasons People Die: An Ingenious Plot for Defusing Deadly Diseases,” will be at Readers’ Books on Monday, August 27th, at 7:30 p.m., to talk about how diseases are misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and not always the usual suspects.

Corso discusses several deadly bugs that we simply don’t think about enough. The individual is the best person to find these bugs, and Dr. Corso illustrates that we have a lot to learn. He emphasizes preventative medicine, asking questions, and then asking more questions. He also believes that the medical field should take more time with patients. Through examples he shows how diseases are missed by the professionals and even though we may have a “feeling” that something isn’t right, we don’t push the “experts.” This is a book chock full of the kinds of actions we can take to improve our health. It is also a compendium of surgical and medical treatments for various life-threatening conditions.

John Corso is an internist who has been practicing for over 20 years. He lives in Bend, OR with his wife and two 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.

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Tuesday, August 28, 7:30 p.m. Becky Kemery, author of “Yurts: Living in the Round,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.
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Becky Kemery, author of “Yurts: Living in the Round,” will be at Readers’ Books on Tuesday, August 28th, at 7:30 p.m., to talk about the story of the yurt, starting with the nomads of Central Asia who still use the yurt today, just as their ancestors did, and ending with innovative modern yurts used as everything from campground homes to permanent homes and offices.

Kemery encountered her first yurt in the early 1990s at a retreat center. Since then she has lived in four different yurts in three states, through all kinds of weather, in community situations, and by herself. As an insider she knows the potential pitfalls as well as the joys of living in a round space. She advocates for making a home that doesn’t drain natural (and personal) resources. She knows about the companies that supply yurts, the different heating, foundation, and floor options, and the steps to take before setting up. The book has photographs as well as information on building and zoning codes, interior design, and much more.

Becky Kemery currently lives in the mountains of northern Idaho surrounded by herb and vegetable gardens. In 2002, she founded the North Idaho Public Forum on Sustainability (PFOS), which sponsors monthly forums on topics relating to sustainability.

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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Update from Sonoma Garden Park – Harvest Market this Saturday

Friends of Sonoma Garden Park,

Saturday Harvest Market will be open this Saturday, August 18th from 10 am-1 pm!!!
Stop by for fresh nectarines, grapes, carrots, basil, beautiful flowers, fresh herbs and much more.
SONOMA GARDEN PARK HONEY IS NOW AVAILABLE! (in limited quantities)

Volunteer days continue: WEDNESDAYS 9 AM- NOON, FRIDAYS 5-7:30 PM, & SATURDAYS 9 AM-2 PM
No experience necessary. Bring a water bottle. Remember sun protection.
The Sonoma Garden Park is located at 19990 7th Street East just North of Denmark Street.
See you in the Garden!

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Lorraine and daughter shop at the Harvest Market

Tiona Gundy
Sonoma Garden Park Coordinator
Sonoma Ecology Center
996-0712 X 120

Update from the Community Center – Fall Events and Classes

Enrich your life with

New Fall Classes
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Upcoming Events
Popular Mechanics Concert
Ceramics Demonstration
Mark Your Calendars
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Greetings Veronica!

You may soon receive the Fall issue of The Column which contains all you want to know about new classes and events at the Sonoma Community Center.

The Column is distributed in the Sonoma Index-Tribune and through direct mail to our members.

If you don’t receive a copy, you may pick one up at Whole Foods, Reader’s Books or either Barking Dog location–on the stands August 10th.

Included in this email are highlights of events coming soon.

We hope you will see–it’s all happening here!

New Series: “Backstage Fridays”
Concert Featuring: Popular Mechanics
Popular Mechanics
Friday, September 7 & Saturday, September 8
8:00pm
Local musicians Laurence Campling and Mark Dennis present an atmospheric evening of (mostly) acoustic music. They delight in uncovering and rearranging lost gems by an eclectic array of artists from Bob Dylan to Brit Pop supergroup Oasis, and throw their original compositions into the mix as well.
$15
Tickets available of the SCC office, 938-4626 x1

Ceramics Demonstration
The Art Of Fire:
An Evening With Japanese Master Ceramicist Masakazu Kusakabe

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Thursday, August 30
6:00-9:00pm

Japanese ceramic artist Masakazu Kusakabe will join Suisan-based artist Marc Lancet, co-authors of Japanese Wood-Fired Ceramics for an evening of wine and art. Visually stunning demonstrations and personal antidotes about their decade-long partnership building and making art using wood-fire kilns will be shared.  The artists will examine the art of making traditional Japanese tea ware and contemporary approaches to ceramic art through discussion and hands-on demonstrations in an intimate setting meant to educate and inspire both the uninitiated and experienced alike.

$20 includes a wine and cheese reception ($18 for SCC Members)
Tickets available at the Sonoma Community Center, 938-4626 x1

Mark Your Calendars

More fun coming your way…

  • Autumn Ball ……………………..   Saturday, September 29
  • “Brand New Shoes” performance  October 5-14
  • Wine Country Kitchen Tour ……   Sunday, October 14
  • Sheila Whitney in Concert  …….  Friday, November 2

 

Don’t forget!
Harvest Wine Auction

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Come to the Harvest Wine Auction. The only place in town to bid on this exciting Auction Lot put together by the Sonoma Community Center:

The Wild Bunch Goes Gaucho:
Passion and Pampas in Amazing Argentina

Succumb to the spellbinding effects of Argentina, where gauchos ride the range and tango dancers steam up the night! Spend three tango-filled nights in Buenos Aires — the town that made a little filly named Evita a star. Then you’ll head to Argentina’s renowned wine country of Mendoza where you’ll knock back some fine Malbec while you kick back at the small private vineyard at Finca Adalgisa. Grab the reins for an authentic horseback riding excursion in the Pampas where you’ll learn a thing or two about cowboy life in Argentina. Enjoy a traditional churrascada at the private winery estate Escorihuela, and a private wine tasting and tour at Bodegas Cabrini, where Laurel Glen winemaker, Patrick Campbell makes his renowned Argentine wine. You won’t go like a gringo — prepare for your trip with a private tango lesson, horseback riding lesson, wine tasting primer on the region, a magnum of Argentine wine.

Lot Includes:
· Roundtrip Business Class Airfare for four to Buenos Aires
· Roundtrip Airfare for four from Buenos Aires to Mendoza
· Three days’ car rental in Mendoza
· Two rooms for three nights at Marriott Buenos Aires
· Two rooms for three nights on a small private vineyard at Finca Adalgisa in the wine region of Mendoza
· Authentic Gaucho Horse back riding excursion in the Pampas
· Dinner at the winery estate, Escorihuela
· Private wine tasting and tour at Bodegas Cabrini, where Laurel Glen winemaker, Patrick Campbell makes his renowned wine.
· Private Tango lesson for four prior to travel
· Horseback riding lesson for four prior to travel
· Argentine Wine Tasting Primer on the wines of the region: Torrontes, Semillon, Syrah, Tempranillo and Argentina’s signature grape, Malbec.
· (One) Magnum of Argentine wine
· (One) Copy of Fodor’s Argentina
 
The Sonoma Community Center will act as your private travel agent to make arrangements according to your specifications. Must be booked at least two months in advance of departure. Subject to availability.

 
Sonoma Community Center
276 East Napa Street
Sonoma, California 95476
707.938.4626

Update from Sonoma Garden Park

Hello Sonoma Garden Park Friends,

We are happy to announce that the Saturday Harvest Market will be OPEN this Saturday, August 4th from 10am – 1pm.  Stop by for fresh veggies and flowers, including:  ONIONS, SUMMER SQUASH, BASIL, CELERY, POTATOES, PARSLEY, AND PEACHES!

If we continue having enough volunteers on Friday evenings for harvesting (Hint, Hint,)  5pm – 7:30pm, we will have the Harvest Market every other Saturday!

The exciting news is that we had a very productive work day, Saturday July 28th, and the ADA Pathway is nearly complete!

Here are a few photos:  Thanks especially to Paul Martinez and PDM Landscape, Hannah Boys Center, The California Conservation Corps, Ron Wellander, Wheeler Zamaroni and Sonoma Materials for their continued support of this project!

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Volunteers from Hannah Boys Center work with David Wenzel on checking cross slope of paths.

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Volunteers from the CCC came from Ukiah to help install ADA pathways at Sonoma Garden Park!

Tiona Gundy
Sonoma Garden Park Coordinator
Sonoma Ecology Center
996-0712 X 120