Holistic Practitioner Networking Evening FREE 12/4

Please join us for one of our FREE evening gatherings where you’ll have the 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 health care.

Our next meeting is December 4th in Sonoma. We are currently scheduling meetings for the first quarter of 2008 throughout the North and East Bay and in San Francisco. Please send an email to veronica@eclectichealth.net to be included in our email notification of upcoming events.

SONOMA – December 4

California Institute of Massage
772 W. Napa Street
Cross Street 7th Street West
6:30 – 8:30 P.M.

Facilitated by Veronica Torres
Network Director, Eclectic Health

Theme: “I know I need to be able to describe my practice in 2 minutes or less — but how do I do that?”

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Our gatherings are small and intimate, usually with no more than 15 or 20 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.

We encourage you to bring business cards, brochures, flyers, or any other information relevant to your practice. You will be given the opportunity to share this information with each of the participating practitioners.

Light appetizers and refreshments will be served, and there is absolutely no cost to attend. We welcome you to forward this invitation to any colleagues who might be interested in attending.

RSVP today

If you plan on joining us, please RSVP with Veronica Torres at Veronica@EclecticHealth.net or by calling (707) 938-3418.

Readers’ Books events on 12/05, 12/07 and 12/09

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 23, 2007

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


Wednesday, December 5, 7:30 p.m. Ann Vileisis, author of “Kitchen Literacy,” will talk about her new book at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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In her new book, ‘Kitchen Literacy,” award-winning author and historian, Ann Villeisis has tackled the issue of how we have become so far removed from the sources of our food over the past 200 years. She takes readers on a journey through two centuries of cooking and shopping for food in America and shows how we have gone from knowing all about a food’s origins to relying on advertisers’ claims and government assurances.

As consumers gradually adjusted to buying modern food in boxes and cans, they lost the habit of knowing where their food came from. Nowadays we don’t find recipes that advise us to use peas picked from the vines “as soon as the dew is off” or trout “caught under a fall.” Instead we are eating food that may have traveled 1500 miles to get to us. This book is one that reinforces the importance of eating food that is local and organic

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



Friday, December 7, 7:30 p.m. Roger Housden, author of “Ten Poems to Change Your Life Again and Again,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma to read from his new book of collected poetry. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Roger Housden, has compiled another collection,“Ten Poems to Change Your Life Again and Again.” He will be at Readers’ Books on Friday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m. Housden, who has read many times at Readers’, is also the author of “Ten Poems to Set You Free” and “Ten Poems to Change Your Life,” among many others.

Housden’s latest book includes ten new poems that will make us think differently, act instinctively, and live up to our spiritual potential. Great poetry like this can be dangerous. It calls everything into question. It dares us to break free, opens us to pain and delight, amazes and transforms. Through the voices of ten inspiring poets and his own reflections, Housden illuminates the eternal feelings and desires that stir the heart and soul. “Zero Circle” by Rumi and “Ode to My Socks” by Pablo Neruda are just two of the ten.

Roger Housden’s last book was “Dancing With Joy.” Housden lives in Northern California and writes exteinsively on cultural and spiritual themes,

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, December 9, 7:30 p.m. Rose Murphy, author of “Ella Young: Irish Mystic and Rebel,” will be at Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St., E., Sonoma, to read and discuss her new biography. For more information call 707-939-1779.

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Rose Murphy has created a memorable portrait of an Irish adventurer in her new book, “Ella Young: Irish Mystic and Rebel.” She will discuss her research and read from her book on Sunday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m at Murphy’s Irish Pub.

Ella Young (1867-1956) was born and raised in Ireland and was a key figure in the literary life of her time. She captivated audiences with tales of Celtic heroes and magic curses. But she was herself a story–as a mystic, a storyteller, a writer, an Irish Literary Renaissance member, and a westward adventurer. She guarded weapons hidden under floorboards for Dublin rebels during the 1920s, argued with poet William Butler Yeats, collaborated with Maud Gonne, and talked to spirits in the windswept dunes of California’s coast between overflow lectures at UC Berkeley. Ella Young gathered stories from Ireland’s traditional western regions and then took them across the Atlantic to America’s West at the age of 56.

Rose Murphy lives in Sonoma and teaches classes in Irish literature. Murphy’s Irish Pub is located at 464 First St. East. This event is sponsored by Readers’ Books and is open to the public. A one drink minimum is requested. For more information, call 939-1779.


Update from the Garden Park

Hello Garden Park Community!

We are excited to introduce our new Garden Manager, Rebecca Bozzelli! She will be joining us part-time, starting in December. Rebecca has a diverse and extensive background not only in gardening but also in education. She recently completed a Horticulture Certificate Program at U.C. Santa Cruz as well as the Garden Teacher Training at Occidental Arts & Ecology Center. She also worked as Garden Educator and Director of the Koshland Park Community Learning Garden in San Francisco. We are glad to have her joining the staff of Sonoma Ecology Center!

Rebecca will be looking for housing in Sonoma. If you have any leads PLEASE contact Rebecca at: rabozzelli@yahoo.com Or you may simply reply to this email.

The Garden is being used more and more for so many projects! Here is a list of some of them for those who like to know:

Field Trips for Local Schools
Environmental Service Learning for Freshmen from Justin-Siena High School
Community Service site for various Social Service Programs, i.e. Social Advocates For Youth and Court Referral
Summer/ Science Camp – SEC’s K-12 Education Program with Sonoma County Master Gardener volunteers
Community Gardens Program (currently full with a waiting list)
Children’s Discovery Trail – The first activity station, The Butterfly Station, will be installed within weeks!
Sonoma Valley High School’s Earth Club and Key Club volunteer projects, as well as Senior Projects
SEC’s K – 12 Ed Program’s “Growing Discovery” working with Fourth Graders in public schools, teaching about organic gardening with the help of Sonoma County Master Gardeners volunteers.

Special Volunteer Needs:
Are you great with iPhoto? Can you spend an hour or two helping us with our photos on computers?
Are you a great car mechanic? Can you take a look at our ’86 Mazda Farm Truck? It needs a tune up!

Contact Tiona at 996-0712 X 120

As we move toward winter we are planting cover crops, mulching garlic beds and making compost! Come garden with us and learn while doing!

Fall/ Winter Volunteer Days Schedule:

Wednesdays 10am – noon Saturdays 10am – 1pm

In late September, sixteen volunteers from Fireman’s Fund came to lend a hand for a day
at the Garden Park. We harvested apples and worked on pathways. This is the second year I have had the privelidge to work with this wonderful group!

THANKS as well to the freshmen of Justin-Siena High School, who come regularly to the Garden Park. As part of their environmental service learning project, they are volunteering in their communities to contribute to the well being of plants, animals and people. They’re enthusiasm and hard work are definitely appreciated!

Also BIG THANKS to the college student volunteers from Sonoma State University and Project Earth program, (part of J.U.M.P. which stands for Join Us In Making Progress! ) who came to spend a day working at the garden in late October. They worked with staff gardener, Marlie Wesner, on fertilizing and mulching the many fruit trees at the garden.

If you know of a group who would like to volunteer, WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU! Please call or email me and I will coordinate it!

As always, I want to recognize and thank our staff gardeners, Seth Dolinsky and Marlie Wesner!

Readers’ Books local author event on Sunday, November 25th

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


Sunday, November 25, 2-4 p.m. Local authors Maureen Adams, Ed Cooper, Sam Keen and Sonoma Palette contributors will be signing their books at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.
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Maureen Adams, author of “Shaggy Muses,” Ed Cooper, author of “Soul of the Heights,” Sam Keen, author of “Sightings,” and contributors to “Sonoma Palette” will be signing copies of their books for the holidays at Readers’ Books on Sunday, November 25, from 2-4 p.m.

“Shaggy Muses: The Dogs That Inspired Virginia Woolf, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Edith Wharton and Emily Bronte” is the story of the bond between five great women writers and their dogs. “Soul of the Heights: 50 Years Going to the Mountains” tells of one extraordinary climber and photographer and his love affair with the mountains and includes a collection of extraordinary photographs. “Sightings: Extraordinary Encounters with Ordinary Birds” is a collection of musings on the importance of nature in everyday life. “Sonoma Palette” is the result of an appetizer tasting at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. The winners are represented by recipes with clever titles and artwork that pays homage to the style of famous artists. Tastes from the cookbook will be served.

The authors all live in the Sonoma area. This event is also a celebration of Readers’ Books’ 16 years in business and its designation as Sonoma’s 2007 Business of the Year.

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.




The Sonoma Ecology Center will be facilitating a community design workshop for the Nathanson Creek Preserve River Parkway.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa Street from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in room 110.

At this event members of the public will be provided with a brief overview of the project and asked to comment on potential design elements for the site which runs from East MacArthur at 2nd Street East to Fine Avenue. Members of the public will also be invited to join the all-volunteer Nathanson Creek Task Force. These Task Force members will help guide plans for tree planting, interpretive kiosks, bike racks, benches, picnic facilities, and ways to meet ongoing stewardship needs. For further information contact Julie Jehly at (707) 996 – 0712, ext. 115 or email julie@sonomaecologycenter.org

Update from Readers’ Books – Events on 11/15 and 11/17

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

Thursday, November 15, 7:30 p.m. Brenda Kinsel, author of “Brenda Kinsel’s Fashion Makeover: 30 Days to Diva Style! “ will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Brenda Kinsel, author of “Brenda Kinsel’s Fashion Makeover: 30 Days to Diva Style!” will be at Readers’ Books on Thursday, at 7:30 p.m., to talk about how to put yourself together with verve and style. She will demonstrate how to create outfits with clothes from “Bear Moon” and “Sister’s” clothing stores in Sonoma. Everyone who buys a book will be eligible for the grand prize—a fashion session with Brenda at one of the featured stores.

In “Fashion Makeover,” Kinsel gives women of all ages the tools they need to update their looks in just four weeks—from clothes, to hair and make-up, to self-confidence—while remaining true to herself. She has the knack of motivating people to be themselves only better, without resorting to inauthentic gimmicks. Her suggestions are not extravagant, just smart. The book has full-color fashion illustrations and style solutions for every body type.

Drawing on 20-plus years as an image consultant, Kinsel has worked with many well-known authors and celebrities. Isabel Allende says, “Brenda Kinsel helped me to dress and look my best…to train my eye. For the first time in my life, I like the way I dress.” Kinsel has written several books about style. She makes her home in Sonoma.

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, November 17, 4 p.m. Victoria Randall, author of “Pony in the Picture “ will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Victoria Randall, author of “Pony in the Picture,” will be at Readers’ Books on Saturday, November 17th, at 4 p.m., to talk about this endearing collection of antique and vintage photographs of children posing proudly with ponies and horses.

Children have a special affinity for the ponies of their youth, whether they actually owned them or were given a ride at the fair or carnival. The images in the book, often taken by an itinerant photographer who traveled the countryside, capture a moment in time when it seems that all it took for a child to experience pure joy was the presence of a shaggy Shetland and a borrowed cowboy hat.

Most of the photos were taken in the United States and Canada from 1880 to 1990, with a few surprising exceptions. Most are dated and many have stories to tell. A great gift for horse lovers, young and old.

Randall is a collector of antique equine art as well as the Executive Director of the Eureka Theatre 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.

Update from the Community Center

Upcoming Events
Sheila Whitney
Open House
Dance Sonoma!
Sustainability Symposium
Santa’s Visit

Sonoma Community Center
SVVGA Beneficiary

November Events!

Tomorrow night!
Friday, November 2, 8:00pm
Sheila Whitney, Letting Go
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

Don’t miss our Open House this Tuesday!

November 6, starting at 5:30pm
Open House
Free and open to the public!

· Come tour theaters, new dance studio, ceramics and printmaking
· See faculty and student exhibitions.
· Watch art demonstrations by center faculty.
· Explore Art Garden Exhibition.
· Enjoy refreshments.
· Experience a free concert featuring Harlem-stride pianist Mike Lipskin.

Annual Membership Meeting
Members and community are invited to join our annual membership meeting and
volunteer of the year award presentation before the concert…

Mike Lipskin Trio Free Jazz Concert 7:30pm

SVVGA BeneficiaryPianist Mike Lipskin will perform a variety of musical gems in the Harlem Stride jazz piano style in a free concert by the Mike Lipskin Trio, along with jazz vocalist Dinah Lee and Jerry Logas on saxophone, at the Sonoma Community Center’s Open House on Tuesday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Stride Jazz Piano, which flourished during the rich era of music in the 1920s, is the sound of Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, Duke Ellington, and Art Tatum.

Lipskin has played Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, and Newport Jazz Festival. He appears in the jazz documentary film, “A Great Day In Harlem,” nominated for an academy award. He was music director for, and performed in, five “Stride Summit” concerts at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall and Masonic Auditorium. Lipskin has five recordings to his credit and is working on his next project for Buskirk Records.

In the words of the Los Angeles Times jazz critic, Leonard Feather, “Lipskin displays the virtues of technique, soul, freshness, and the spirit of youth in his flawless interpretations of Stride pieces.” The legendary record producer, Jerry Wexler adds, “He’s fantastic ’cause first of all, he’s got chops, he doesn’t fumble, he’s got that stride thing.”

For more information: 707-938-4626 x1

Saturday, November 10, 7:00pm-11:00pm
Dance Sonoma!
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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.

For tickets call SCC at 707.938.4626 x1

Sunday, November 11,  1:00pm-5:00pm
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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: pachamama.org
Call Sonoma Community Center to register: (707) 938-4626 x1

Thursday, November 22, 3:00pm
Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner

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FEAST WITH US!  It’s time for the Sonoma Community Center’s free annual Thanksgiving celebration!  This perennial favorite gets better each year.  As is the custom, the dinner is free and open to all.

Thanksgiving features Slow Food guru Gary Edwards in Top Toque position.  This year, he is assisted by Greg Silvi of Gourmet Magazine fame.

There are volunteering opportunities for food prep helpers, decorating and serving/cleanup. There is also a need for financial supporters to help us make this gathering the best yet! 

Friday, November 30, 2007, 6:30pm
Santa’s Visit

Santa heads to the Sonoma Community Center directly after lighting up City Hall!  Every year, Santa Claus rides on a vintage fire truck to the Sonoma Plaza, lights up the Christmas tree and City Hall, and passes out candy canes to tots. Immediately following the 6 p.m. lighting ceremony, Santa will come to the Community Center to take photos with children.

There will be music, warm cider, snacks and cookies, beverages for adults, and craft projects for children. A new Sonoma tradition that’s fun for the whole family!  

Photos charged separately. Entrance and snacks are free.

Sonoma Community Center
276 East Napa Street
Sonoma, California 95476

For more information, you may also visit or website:
SCC Website