Candlelight Vigil, Maxwell Park, October 30, 6:00pm

There will be a candlelight vigil of memory for Luis Roberto Miranda.

Tuesday, October 30th, 6:00pm

Maxwell Farms Regional Park, corner of Highway 12 and Verano Ave, Sonoma

In front of the Valley of the Moon Boys & Girls Club

Interview with RICHARD UNGER – Hand Analyst, Author

Richard Unger will be in Sonoma at Readers’ Books, November 29, 7:30 pm

Richard’s book is:

LifePrints: Deciphering Your Life Purpose from Your Fingerprints by Richard Unger, Founder of the International Institute of Hand Analysis

Combining the scientific study of fingerprints with the ancient wisdom of palmistry, the LifePrints system is a groundbreaking method of self-discovery. Attendees will receive a fingerprint kit and instructions on deciphering their own life purposes.

I took some time to get to know Richard and learn more about Hand Analysis.


What Is Hand Analysis?
Hand analysis is the modern form of the ancient art of palmistry. Whereas
palmistry is defined as foretelling the future from the lines of your palm,
hand analysis shows you who you are today and who you can be at your best.

The hand analyst examines the overall shape of palm and fingers to determine
basic temperament, the thumb to see you how you “get things under your
thumb,” and the twelve zones of the fingers to see personality strengths and
weaknesses. The lines in the palm are examined to determine basic wiring:
the type of emotional system you have, the kind of computer you possess,
which nervous system type you are, etc. Talents and hidden motivations are

Both hand shape and lines change over time, but fingerprints remain
unaltered from five months prior to birth. By comparing the original imprint
revealed in your fingerprints with the dynamic map of your personality and
character shown in the lines and hand topography, a hand reading gives
perspective to your current circumstances in relation to the big picture of
your life story.

Some people think of hand analysis is palm reading. How do you handle that potentially negative association?
Palm reading is associated in our culture with fortune telling and hand
analysis has nothing to do with telling a person’s future. After reading
over 52,000 pairs of hands, I can say for sure that there is no way for me
to know how many marriages you have had or will have, how long you are going
to live, or if you are going on a long journey. Instead, what I can see is
your life purpose and what you would have to do to bring that purpose
forward so you can get to that same place I got to by reading hands. And
this type of reading is infinitely more interesting.

Why do you read hands?
“Two hands open and in front of my eyes an entire Universe stares back at
me. I descend into their world, like a cave explorer, my ropes and lanterns
at the ready, immersed in this alien environment both strange and familiar:
their essence, the meaning behind life’s events, asking me to put into words
and images that which calls out for understanding and acceptance.

And when I take notice, I see a transformation in my own experience: I am
clear and centered, weightless, aware, more alive, more thankful and more
alert than at any other time in my life.

Why do I read hands? To help other people, to become more self aware,
because nothing, absolutely nothing, connects me more to my spiritual
center, because my own Life Purpose commands it, because they are there.”

When did you realize that this is ‘your path of service’?
I had no idea that hand reading would turn into my life work, but the more
hands I read, the more a certain ME emerged and I liked the way it felt to
be in touch with that ME. Little did I realize at the time, I was in touch
with my life’s purpose when I read hands and there is no better feeling in

What is Life Purpose and Why is it Important?

By definition, Life Purpose is that which brings satisfaction at the deepest
possible level. More than a goal or set of goals, beyond right livelihood,
your Life Purpose is your Right Life, an ongoing connection to a personal
directive, a call to cosmic duty. It is your highest potential expressing
itself naturally and powerfully in all that you do.

To know your Life Purpose is to see the big picture, to have perspective, to
understand the significance of past events and current circumstances, and to
see your own role in the unfolding of your life story. In short, your Life
Purpose is your reason for being. Finding it is the single most important
thing you can do in life.

I understand that you work also includes Soul Psychology. What is Soul Psychology?
Soul Psychology is a model for understanding a person’s core nature and
differs markedly from standard psychology. What would make you feel this has
been a life well lived, that you are not wasting your time on this planet?
What is your Life Purpose? What are your Life Lessons? Good questions, Soul
Psychology questions. Personality psychology can help improve behavior and
outcomes, but it is Soul Psychology that engages the soul level, addressing
the hunger for meaning deep in the center of one’s being.

Tell me about writing your book LifePrints.
LifePrints has been a labor of love from the very first day I started to
write it sixteen years ago. Fingerprints and life purpose analysis has been
my life’s work and my own hands insist that I write a book about it. But,
but…there are a million buts. Where will I get the time to write? Where
will I find an agent? A publisher? An editor? Etc. Etc.

I was inching along, working intermittently on my manuscript, until 9/11/01.
For the next year, my phone went silent and my business (and income)
disappeared. I used this time to work full time on writing, and when my
business began to return to normal, I had several hundred pages done. Little
did I realize this was only the beginning.

After being turned down by a number of publishers, I hired an editor who
helped me make my manuscript more reader-friendly. Re-writing the book was
an excruciating process that took almost as much time as the original
writing. After a while, just having a normal conversation, I could hear my
editors in my head, correcting my English, forcing me to be more exact.

Finally, the process ended and Voila! There is a book. It is in bookstores.
It teaches people the basic concepts of life purpose and soul psychology.
Anyone can read it and figure out their own life purpose or the life purpose
of their spouse and children. I get to talk about all this in lectures and
on the radio, etc. Ain’t life grand!

What are your upcoming events?
Copperfield’s Bookstore, Calistoga, October 26th, 7pm
Avid Reader Bookstore, Davis, November 2, 7:30
Readers Bookstore, Sonoma, November 29, 7:30 pm
Life Purpose Retreat, Weekend of March 30, 2008, Marshall, CA

How can people contact you for more information?
Call me at 415 331-9922


Toning Circle with Margy Henderson, Nov 17 or 18


November 17 or 18 , 10am to 1pm

Come one day or both!


Margy Henderson, one of the founding members of Threshold Choir, would like to share her sound skills with those who would care to use their own voices for healing self and others.


Toning and intuitive chanting are easily learned. Toning is singing non-worded notes and harmonies. With a loving intention we can be supportive by creating an atmosphere of helpful vibration. Just as lullabies are sung to a small child, we are there to comfort, not to perform.


A Toning circle begins with a short ritual to set a sacred space and for participants to open to their own divine impulse and awareness. Some time is then spent softly toning vowels. As the voice (and any judgments) relaxes, Margy will lead us through different uses of toning for meditation and self-healing. We can then begin to sing toward a volunteer in the middle of the circle, offering loving sounds for the relief of pain, grief or anxiety.


For Threshold members toning is helpful when we are at the bedsides of those near death, in coma, or very young. Sound Healing is not the fixing or improving of another. It is a form of love being offered to support the friend’s next place of growth, whatever the person is ready for.


Toning induces trance in both the singer and the friend. Trance states are naturally experienced often during each day, but the intentional opening to intuitive sound increases the potency of the trance state. It is then that there seems to be more time, looser space, and room for something New to arise.


PLACE: Margy’s house, 945A West Spain, Sonoma

RSVP or questions: 707-938-8334;

I can handle about 20 if some would like to sit on the floor. But 15 is the best size. We will have two circles on on November 17th and one on the 18th. You can come to one or both!

DIRECTIONS: Use Mapquest or: 101 to 37 to 121 to Stop sign (76 station) go straight up Arnold Drive (then straight instead of curving left up 116). Go through several lights, past Leveroni to Petaluma Dr light. Take a right to end… Riverside . Go right across bridge and turn left on Hwy 12 just after bridge. Immediate right on West Spain and pull into Fabric business parking lot. Go through carport at 945 to white house in back.

By donation

Dress comfy

Parking in Fabric business lot at corner of Hwy 12 and West Spain .

Upcoming Events at the Sonoma Community Center

Sonoma Community Center

SVVGA Beneficiary

Upcoming Events
Halloween Dance Party
Sheila Whitney “Letting Go”
Open House
Dance Sonoma!
Sustainability Symposium
Kitchen Tour “Thanks”
If this beautiful autumn weather invites you out to celebrate the season, then the Sonoma Community Center just might be the place to go!In the next couple of weeks, you’ll have two chances to kick up your heels. Or, if you prefer to be entertained, then come listen to the divine vocals of Sheila Whitney or enjoy a free piano concert by Harlem-stride expert Mike Lipskin at our Annual Open House. Then, come find out what you can do to a be a part of the movement towards a sustainable society.

We hope to see you soon!

This Saturday!
Saturday, October 27, 7:00pm-10:30pmcrossfire
Halloween Dance Party with Crossfire

You’ll have a Halloween to remember at this costume party when high energy Crossfire, fires up Sonoma.Crossfire is the North Bay’s leading cover band. This 10-piece band includes a four-piece horn section as well as two world-class lead vocalists (male and female). Their performances include the musical genres of Motown, R&B, disco, and classic rock. Crossfire has played to thousands at public venues and private functions throughout the Bay Area and was voted one of the “Top Ten” cover bands in the Bay Area.

Costumes please!

For tickets call: 707-938-4626 x1

Friday, November 2, 8:00pm
Sheila Whitney, Letting Gosheila
Experience an up-close and personal evening of entertainment as local vocalist Sheila Whitney debuts her latest tour de force one-woman show, Letting Go.
An original and engaging set of specially selected songs intertwined with witty monologues.
Voted Best Performer of the Year by citizens of Sonoma in the annual Best of Sonoma Valley 2006 awards.
Tickets at Readers’ Books, Pharmaca and the Sonoma Community Center. $15 General Admission , $30 Preferred Seating (limited)
For tickets call: 707-938-4626 x1

Tuesday, November 6, 5:30pm
Open House, Annual Membership Meeting
and Concert!
SVVGA Beneficiary
SVVGA Beneficiary· Come tour theaters, new dance
studio, ceramics and printmaking

· See faculty and student exhibitions.

· Watch art demonstrations by center

· Explore Art Garden Exhibition.

· Enjoy refreshments.

· Experience a free concert featuring
Harlem-stride pianist Mike Lipskin.
SVVGA Beneficiary
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Open House
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Annual membership meeting and
volunteer of the year award presentation
7:30 p.m. Mike Lipskin in Concert

Free and open to the public!
For more information: 707-938-4626 x1

Saturday, November 10, 7:00pm-11:00pm
Dance Sonoma!
mirror ball 2
Under the guidance of professional dance instructors, a one-hour dance lesson will start the evening off, followed by an opportunity to practice those new moves. Swing, ballroom, Latin and nightclub dancing will be highlighted. Local wines will be available for purchase. Guest DJ Steve Luther has produced hundreds of dance events over the last 15 years. $15
For tickets call SCC at 707.938.4626 x1

Sunday, November 11, 1:00pm-5:00pm
earth slice
Where on Earth are we going?
And what can we do about it?
Come find out how to be a part of the
solution at the Awakening the Dreamer,
Changing the Dream Symposium

A profound inquiry into a bold vision for:
· Environmental sustainability
· Social Justice
· Spiritual fulfillment

· Lecture
· Inspiring video clips
· Dynamic group discussion

For more information check out:

Call Sonoma Community Center to register: (707) 938-4626 x1


Thanks! Wine Country Kitchen Tour participants!kitchen tour '07Blessed by a beautiful October day, the Wine Country Kitchen Tour turned out to be a fun, educational and community filled day for all those who participated!

The Sonoma Community Center Board and Staff would like to thank so many people who have provided generous support to make the such a huge success.

We are especially grateful to the homeowners who opened up their homes to us! Randy and Harriet Derwingson, Ann Weeks and Arlene Curry, Malcom Jones and Karen Roche, Celia Canfield, Don and Valerie Patterson, Charles and Cathy Williamson.

All the busy real estate professionals who volunteered their time to welcome our guests as docents. Coldwell Banker-De Anza Realty- Lorene Campi, Will Ivancovich, Wendy Patry, Jane Hansen, Maggie Bafalon. Frank Howard Allen – Sheila Whitney, Holly Barker Lee, Erick Rothfeld, Mara Kahn, Barbara Sommerville, Helaine Forte. Century 21 – Catherine Sevenau, Kim Heddy, Anne Petersen, Linda De Martini Pacific Union – Mark Stornetta, Shanis Nelson, Ally May, Kimberly Pannone, Shana Sharp, Jane Bridges. Sotheby’s International Realty – Sandra Ormerod, Bari Williams, Kathleen Leonard, Jacque Scott, Michael Donahue

Our sponsors Dacor and Standards of Excellence, and advertisers, Unique Insurance/Fine Insurance, Chateau Sonoma, Sonoma Market, Kathleen Poer at Spacial Design, Mission Hills Mortgage, Marty Johnson at Accent on Design, AMG Group, Friedman Brothers, Harvest Home, The Other Guys/Don Sebastiani & Sons, Nash + Nash Architects, Gwenda Joyce at Art and Landscape, Chateau St. Jean, Gundlach-Bundshu, Glen Lyon Winery, MacArthur Place, Ramekins, Sebastiani Winery and The Lodge at Sonoma.

To the local friends who provided us with assistance: Gary Edwards of Sage Marketing, Whole Foods Market and chef Ben Mohan, Broadway Catering, Henry and Jeff Mayo of Mayo Family Winery, Michael Marino of California Wine Tours and Marshall Bauer of Wine Country Party, Elizabeth Smith for sharing her home, Phyllis Pollack Floral Design.

Special thanks those who participated on the committee Jean Knapp, Merrily Fine, Gwenda Joyce, Nancy Nicodemo, Susan Maloney, Mike Donahue and our chairperson, Susan Goldstein.

Sonoma Community Center
276 East Napa Street
Sonoma, California 95476
707.938.4626For more information, you may also visit or website:
SCC Website

Update from Readers’ Books – Events on 10/30, 11/01, 11/03 and 11/04

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


Tuesday, October 30, 7:30 p.m. Angeles Arrien, author of “The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

Press Release

Angeles Arrien, author of “the Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom,” returns to Readers’ Books on Tuesday, October 30th, at 7:30 p.m., to discuss this latest work, now out in paperback, and how she came to write it.

Dr. Arrien is a teacher, author, and cultural anthropologist. She asserts that finding the courage to change at midlife engenders a miracle. Her first steps toward that change are rendered in images, poetry, metaphors, and other forms of symbolic language from diverse world cultures. She introduces lessons and gifts from which to harvest the meaning and purpose of life and spiritual maturity. Her emphasis is on shifting focus from ambition to meaning—a route to growing into the exceptional elder one always imagines one will become. That is the miracle, creating one’s legacy.

Arrien lectures and conducts workshops worldwide, bridging cultural anthropology, psychology, and comparative religions. She is the President of the Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education and research. Her books have been translated into nine languages. She lives in Sausalito, 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.



Thursday,, November 1, 7:30 p.m. Local author Sam Keen, presents his new book “Sightings: Extraordinary Encounters with Ordinary Birds,” at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

Press Release

Sam Keen, author of “Sightings: Extraordinary Encounters with Ordinary Birds,” will be at Readers’ Books on Tuesday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m., to read from this new book. This event was originally scheduled in October and has been rescheduled for November 1..

“Sightings” is a collection of reflections on nature. Keen has spent a lifetime in nature which here forms the basis for his spiritual and soulful observations. His viewings of a wood thrush, a brown thrasher, or a wild turkey occasion essays on childhood memories, stories others have told him, spiritual experiences in the wild. His walks outside have led to thoughtful meditations incorporating his own background and learning.

Sam Keen lives in Sonoma. He is the author of the best-selling “Fire in the Belly” and many other books, as well as being a contributing editor to “Psychology Today” for 20 years.

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


_ _

Saturday, November 3, 4:30-6 p.m. *Barbara Baer*, publisher of author Gregory M. Levin’s “Pomegranate Roads: A Soviet Botanist’s Exile from Eden,” will be at Readers’ Books for a pomegranate tasting and reading, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

_Press Release_

Barbara Baer, publisher of author Gregory M. Levin’s “Pomegranate Roads: A Soviet Botanist’s Exile from Eden,” will be at Readers’ Books on Saturday, November 3rd, at 4:30 p.m. She will bring a variety of pomegranates grown at U.C. Davis for tasting. Baer will explain how she found Dr. Levin and how his 40 years in a remote Soviet agricultural outpost reflects in microcosm the tumultuous history of science in the Soviet Union: the shadow of Stalinist repression, the golden age of discovery after WWII, the collapse of the USSR, and the abandonment of its scientists.

Through all of this Dr. Levin created the world’s largest pomegranate collection—1,117 living specimens from 27 countries and four continents, in a subtropical valley in Turkmenistan. The saga of Dr. Levin’s survival covers the astonishing range of tastes and the health benefits of this wonder fruit. Its botany, its use in ancient folk medicine, and its role in emerging pharmaceuticals are all described by this scientist whose passion directed his research.

Dr. Levin currently lives in Israel. Barbara Baer’s Floreant Press is based in Forestville, 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.



Sunday, November 4, 4:30 p.m. reception, 5 p.m. reading. Eduardo Machado, author of “Tastes Like Cuba: An Exile’s Hunger for Home,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

Press Release

Playwright Eduardo Machado, author of “Tastes Like Cuba: An Exile’s Hunger for Home,” will be at Readers’ Books on Sunday, October 18, at 4:30 p.m. for a reception that will include dishes from the book. His reading at 5 p.m. will explain how grappling with the questions of identity, loss, and resistance throughout his life and work led him to express these struggles in the form of a memoir/cookbook.

Machado moved from pre-Revolutionary Cuba to exile in Los Angeles where he has been an actor, a director, a playwright, and a professor. More than any other playwright his work has been about the experiences on both sides of the Cuban conflict—those who chose to stay and those who chose to leave. In his memories and in his more recent travels back to Cuba, he has found that the most natural connection he can make to the Cuba of today is through food.

Every recipe in this book has been updated so that the modern home cook can easily create the flavors of traditional Cuban dishes, such as Machado’s favorite roast pork and his grandfather’s “arroz con pollo,” Machado shows that for any exile, food represents not only the lost comfort of home, but the best chance to reclaim it.

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.


Reiki I Attunement Class in Sonoma October 27th



I just wanted to let you know that I will be doing a Reiki I attunement class in Sonoma on Oct. 27th.

The class will be held at the California Institute of Massage and Spa Services on Oct. 27th from 9am to 5pm and costs $120. The location is at 772 W. Napa Street in Sonoma which is the building next to the Artisan Bakery and you can park in their lot or the next driveway lot. Please contact Kate Alves at 939-9431 for reservations.

The class will include the attunement and training/practice time and lots of time for questions about Reiki and hands-on-healing/energy work in general.

If you know of anyone who would be interested, please pass on this information.

Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!

Blessings to you

Anne Mackenzie

Readers’ Books events on 10/23, 10/24. 10/26 10/27 and 10/28

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 11, 2007*

Information Contact:

Lilla Weinberger, co-owner

Readers’ Books

130 E. Napa Street

Sonoma, CA 95476



Tuesday, October 23, 7:30 p.m. *Ed Cooper*, author of “Soul of the Heights: 50 Years of Going to the Mountains “ will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma./ /For more information, call 707-939-1779.

_Press Release_

Ed Cooper, author of “Soul of the Heights: 50 Years of Going to the Mountains”, will be at Readers’ Books on Tuesday, October 23^rd , at 7:30 p.m. The book is not only a photographic autobiography of a climber, it’s a record of climbs made by one of the most important climbers of his generation. The spectacular photographs of many of the best-known mountains of North America provide intense insider views of mountaineering and rock climbing during he 50s and 60s.

This was the golden age of mountaineering and Cooper’s daring accomplishments in Canada, the North Cascades, and Yosemite are legendary. His narrative reveals the intensely competitive nature of the sport while the photographs illustrate the beauty that inspired the ascent of a new route or an unconquered face or peak.

Cooper, who has lived in Sonoma for 27 years, was climbing and shooting in the “dinosaur” age when equipment and techniques were primitive (and heavy) by today’s standards making his feats all the more astounding. He is also the former publisher of the “Cooper Classics” line of postcards and other souvenir items in Sonoma and the North Bay.

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, October 24, 7:30 p.m. *George Taber*, author of “To Cork or Not to Cork: Tradition, Romance, Science, and the Battle for the Wine Bottle “ will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma./ /Reception at 7 sponsored by Hanzell Vineyards. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

_Press Release_

George Taber will be back at Readers’ Books on Wednesday, October 24th, at 7:30 p.m., to talk about “To Cork or Not to Cork: Tradition, Romance, Science, and the Battle for the Wine Bottle.” Taber is also the author of “Judgment of Paris,” about the famous 1976 wine tasting event that thrust California wines onto center stage, Hanzell Vineyards, which is featured in one of the book’s chapters, will be sponsoring a reception at 7 p.m.

One of the most controversial topics in the world of wine is what should be used to seal a bottle? Glass, cork, plastic, a screwcap, or something we haven’t thought of yet? For four centuries cork ruled. But starting in the 1970s, corks’ dominance began to teeter. Because of an obscure chemical known as TCA in corks, a very expensive bottle of wine can smell like wet newspaper and taste worse. But what should replace corks? And what about the ceremony in opening a bottle, especially with that special corkscrew?

Taber has a thorough command of history, science, winemaking, and marketing he examines all sides of the debate with an even hand. Even more engaging, though, are the interviews of those who have tried, experimented with, and become passionate about “closures.” Although this is a book about a technical problem, it is also a great read for anyone interested in wine and winemakers.

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, October 26, 7:30 p.m. Gail Tsukiyama, author of “The Street of a Thousand Blossoms,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

Press Release

Gail Tsukiyama, best-selling author of “Samuri’s Garden” and “Language of Threads” will return to Readers’ Books to talk about her new novel “The Street of a Thousand Blossoms on Friday, October 26th, at 7:30 p.m.

In her new work Tsukiyama tackles life in Japan before, during, and after WWII. This complex intergenerational saga is a fascinating depiction of the passing of old Japan and the birth of a new country. Tsukiyama writes with astonishing grace of characters who are heartbreakingly believable. With clarity and power she moves the reader inside the worlds of sumo and noh to illustrate the intimacies of family love and devotion. This is a born storyteller exploring what happens to ordinary people during frightening and tragic times.

Gail Tsukiyama is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award, 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.


_ _

Saturday, October 27, 6 p.m. *Pino Luongo & Mark Strausman*, authors of “Two Meatballs in the Italian Kitchen,” will be at Meritage Restaurant, 165 W. Napa Street, Sonoma, to talk about their book. $80 includes four-course meal and the cookbook. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

_Press Release_

Pino Luongo and Mark Strausman, chefs, friends, and business partners for over 20 years, have put together “Two Meatballs in the Italian Kitchen,” a compendium of their experience, wonderful recipes, and continual arguments about the right way to make everything from meatballs to pasta. They will be at Meritage Restaurant,on Saturday, October 27^th at 6 p.m. to talk about their book. A four-course meal based on recipes in the cookbook will be served.

Pino is a native of Italy and a purist grounded in tradition. Mark is a New Yorker who loves the Italian-American food he grew up with. Both love each other’s food and they share a philosophy that simple food that makes family, friends, and customers happy is the best. Their recipes include Tuscan Fish Stew, Shrimp in Blood Orange Marinade with Fennel, Espresso Panna Cotta, and much more. They own Coco Pazzo in Manhattan together and each has other food enterprises as well.

Tickets for the event are $80, available at Readers’ Books, and include a four-course meal with beverage, tax and tip, as well as a copy of the cookbook.

Readers’ Books is at 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-


_ _

Sunday, October 28, 4:30 p.m. *Judy Bart Kancigor*, author of “Cooking Jewish: 532 Great Recipes from the Rabinowitz Family,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

_Press Release_

Judy Bart Kancigor, author of “Cooking Jewish: 532 Great Recipes from the Rabinowitz Family,” will be at Readers’ Books on Sunday, October 28th, at 4:30 p.m., to share recipes from five generations of a food-obsessed family. This event is co-sponsored by the Education Committee of Congregation Shir Shalom. Food, of course, will be served!

“Cooking Jewish” invites the reader not just into the kitchen, but into a vibrant world of family and friends. By the end of the book, one knows the whole clan, has heard at least 160 stories—illustrated with 500 family photographs, and has learned 532 recipes. From Russian Brisket and Hazelnut-Crusted Rack of Lamb to Aunt Irene’s traditional matzoh balls (Judy’s are updated with shiitake mushrooms) to Kugel with Toffee Walnuts, every recipe you’ve ever heard of and manyyou haven’t are here.

Judy Kancigor is a food journalist with the Orange County Register. She claims her mother’s chicken soup is the best ever and that when you write a cookbook you can say things like that. Also, don’t miss Tanta Esther Gittel’s husband’s second wife Lena’s Nut Cake!

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 Garden Park – Harvest Market and More


Ali & Gabby, young beekeepers, offer Sonoma Garden Park honey for tasting!

As the seasons are turning, we hope you will come visit the Garden Park, either to shop at the Harvest Market, to volunteer, or to just enjoy the sights and smells! The Garden Park is open on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 10am – 5pm.
Volunteer Hours: Wed. 9am – 1pm, Friday 4pm – 6pm, Sat. 9am – 2pm

Only two Harvest Markets left this season!!!
This Sat. Oct. 6th and Sat. Oct. 20th, from 10am – 1pm

Please note:

Also see below for details of a very special workshop at the Garden Park on “Making Medicine”

“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 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 future plans for the Garden Park.  There will be a silent auction featuring Eco-friendly themed adventures and experiences.

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
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!

Upcoming workshop:


Saturday , October 20 2 – 5 pm

Restore your relationship to the medicine plants of this earth at the Sonoma Garden Park with Jennifer Jensen, L.Ac., Herbalist
Medicinal herbs were at one time in the heart of every community. The common people had knowledge of the plants around them and employed them as medicines and in cooking. In many cultures remnants of this way of life are still seen. For example, in sushi restaurants today, a shiso leaf may be served with fish which enhances the appetite and antidotes seafood poisoning. Ginger is also served to stimulate the appetite and warm the stomach, countering the effects of an otherwise “cold” food. Historically, common plants were given important tasks. Calendula flowers were thrown into soups to stave off the winter chill. In summer, borage was used too cool down long before the days of iced drinks. Cabbage leaves were compressed over breasts to cure mastitis or bring in the mother’s milk. Parsley tea cured fatigue.

This class offers a chance for every person to reconnect with medicinal plants, learn how to make medicine, and treat many common ailments with just a handful of remedies. It will cover the 20 plus herbs found in the medicine garden of the park, give synergistic combinations, and teach the application of plant energetics to body energetics. There will be time for one on one, person-to-plant meditation or dialogue.

Jennifer Jensen, L.Ac. has been practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine since 1999. Her love for nature has led her on a life long investigation of plant medicines from around the world, with a special interest in those that grow in our own backyards. Fee $20 – 30 sliding scale, proceeds donated to the park.
Please pre-register with Jennifer by Oct 13 at

See you in the Garden!
Tiona Gundy
Sonoma Garden Park Coordinator
Sonoma Ecology Center
996-0712 X 120


Readers’ Books events on 10/16 and 10/18

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 4, 2007*

Information Contact:

Lilla Weinberger, co-owner

Readers’ Books

130 E. Napa Street

Sonoma, CA 95476



Tuesday, October 16, 7:30 p.m. *Robert Moss*, author of “The Three ‘Only’ Things: Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence & Imagination “ will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma./ /For more information, call 707-939-1779.

_Press Release_

Robert Moss, author of “The Three ‘Only’ Things: Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence & Imagination”, will be at Readers’ Books on Tuesday, October 16th, at 7:30 p.m. He’ll read from the book and discuss how, in everyday circumstances, we get caught up in hurry and stress, in other people’s schedules and expectations, and with our own schedules, often losing touch with the deeper meaning of life.

Moss believes that through dreams, coincidence, and the workings of our imaginations, we can begin to remember that there is a whole other world out there. He argues for dreams’ prophetic capacity—in many indigenous cultures the dream world is more real than waking life. Moss supplies great stories about coincidences and illustrates how to read them. Then he finishes by describing the use of our imagination’s healing imagery. The book is full of practical suggestions for tapping the life-altering potential of the subconscious mind.

Robert Moss is a world authority on dreams, a bestselling novelist, and a former foreign correspondent and professor of ancient history. He is also the author of “Conscious Dreaming.”

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.



Thursday, October 18, 7:30 p.m. *Patricia Hampl*, author of a memoir “The Florist’s Daughter,“ will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma./ /For more information, call 707-939-1779.

_Press Release_

Memorist extraordinaire Patricia Hampl will be at Readers’ Books on Thursday, October 18th, at 7:30 p.m. Her new book, “The Florist’s Daughter,” is about the long farewell of her mother’s death. Revisiting her Midwestern girlhood, Hampl describes being the daughter of a debonair Czech father and a mistrustful Irishwoman with an uncanny ability to tell a tale. She traces the course of her role as a daughter from the post-war years past the turbulent 60s.

The book is a tribute to ordinary people and to mid-century Middle America. At the heart of the book is the humble passion of people who went through the Depression working for a better future, not only for themselves and their children, but for the common good. Here is a story both intimate and universal at the same time.

Patricia Hampl is also the author of “Blue Arabesque,” “Virgin Time: In Search of the Contemplative Life,” and ”I Could Tell You Stories.” This is her only Bay Area appearance.

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.