Holiday Greetings from the Sonoma Community Center!

Upcoming Events
Happy Holidays
Birdhouse and Art Auction
Evening of Shakespeare
New Classes in Jan
Thank you SVVGA

Sonoma Community Center
SVVGA Beneficiary
Happy Holidays!

Warmest Holiday Wishes to You and Yours!
Santa Staff
The staff of the Sonoma Community Center would like to thank you for a wonderful year. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year for more exciting programs and community events. Seasons Greetings!

Our staff with Santa: Sandy Harvey, Sandra Wolf, Kathy Swett, Heidi Carle, Richard Spencer, Janaea Martin, (bottom) Karen Sheppard. Missing: Marty Brinley, Terri Updegraff, Shelly Willis, Ken Wodrich.

Photo courtesy of Raymond Baltar,
Moon Valley Photography.

Celebrate with us…
Tuesday, December 25, 3:00pm
Annual Free Holiday Dinner
Andrews Hall, Sonoma Community Center

Join your local Sonoma Valley community for the Annual Free Holiday Dinner at the Sonoma Community Center. This holiday meal features gourmet foods, a hosted bar, live music, and, more.  Greg Silvi of Gourmet Magazine will take charge in the kitchen, and with the assistance of Slow Food guru Gary Edwards, promises a spectacular Holiday meal.

For the first time, the Community Center is producing this dinner in partnership with Faith Presbyterian Church. This event is open to everyone. There are volunteering opportunities for food prep helpers, decorating and serving/cleanup. There is also a need for cash and food donations for the meal.  

December 27 & 28
Birdhouse and Art Auction
Held in conjunction with the 108th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Silent Auction: December 27 & 28 11:00-5:00 pm
“Early Bird” Bidders Reception: Thursday, December 27: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Potluck reception and final bids: Friday, December 28: 5:00-7:00 p.m.

One-of-a-kind birdhouses and bird-related artwork designed by Sonoma community architects, designers and artists, will be auctioned at the Sonoma Community Center’s second annual Birdhouse and Art Auction to benefit the Center’s art and design programs.

The birdhouses, both functional and sculptural, are created with materials of the artists’ choice varying from metals, such as copper and steel, to earthy clay and wood. The imaginative designs, ranging from traditional style houses to modern houses are the creations of Dave Casela, Jim Kimberly, Forrest Middleton, Jack Lundgran & Suzanne Brangam and more. Additionally, bird related artwork, including paintings; prints and sculpture by local artists, including a “bird watching bench” will also be auctioned.

The event will be held in conjunction with the 107th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count sponsored by and hosted by the Sonoma Ecology Center. At dawn on Friday, December 28, dozens of birding teams, led by expert birders, will scour Sonoma Valley and the Petaluma wetlands in search of over 180 species of birds that dwell in the area. Last year, Sonoma Valley was ranked 17th nationally in participation number out of over 2,000 North American participants.  “This is ‘citizen science’ at its best and the annual event ties together all the valley communities as well as our neighbors in Petaluma and Napa,” said Tom Rusert, co-founder of the event. Both events are open to all ages, and experience in birding is not necessary.

Stop by the Sonoma Community Center and place your bid on December 29th.  To sign up for the Bird Count go to for CBC team sign up and information.

Performance: OUTCAST STATE
An Evening of Shakespeare’s Sonnets
Backstage Theater
January 4, 5, & 11, 8:00 p.m.
January 12, 2:00 p.m.
Outcast State was originally conceived as an evening of theatre built around Shakespeare’s sonnets. The focus is specifically on the themes and ideas of Sonnet 29.  The title Outcast State was taken directly from the sonnet and each piece used Sonnet 29 as a springboard to wider ideas and scenarios.

The sonnet’s themes of hope, despair, love and loneliness were explored in a variety of ways from a dance-like meditation on sorrow to a heart-warming example of friendship in dire straits.  The styles of these pieces run the gamut, as do their creators, and the final result is a reminder that the exact same words can speak differently to different souls.

$15 (member’s discount available)
Tickets available at Readers’ Books and the Sonoma Community Center,
938-4626 x1.

New Column is on the Stands!
Classes start in January
Look for the latest edition of the Column with new classes introducing printmaking and fiber arts, as well as long time favorites–painting, drawing and ceramics.

Pick it up at the Community Center, Readers’ Books and lots of other venues around town.

Thank you
Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance!
SVVGA Beneficiary
The Sonoma Community Center would like to thank the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Association for their generous support.

On Friday, November 30th, the SVVG foundation awarded over $900,000 in proceeds from this year’s Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction Weekend to eleven area non-profits.

The Sonoma Community Center received a portion of those proceeds which will support art programs for Sonoma Valley children.

Sonoma Community Center
276 East Napa Street
Sonoma, California 95476

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