Sonoma Community Center News

Upcoming Events
New Classes
Meet the Jazz Musicians
VOM Nature Series
Save the Date!

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Conversations in Clay:
Nancy Selvin In Conversation with Jeffrey Spahn
Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Andrews Hall

After a successful launch in February, Conversations In Clay ceramics lecture series continues with a discussion between master ceramics artist Nancy Selvin and her guest, ceramics specialist Jeffrey Spahn.

Saturday, March 29, at 10:00 a.m.
Watch Nancy Selvin ply her craft during a morning-long demonstration in the SCC ceramics studio.

Dance Sonoma!
Saturday, March 29
Andrews Hall
Dance Divine - Dennis and Jenifer
7:30 p.m. Hour-long salsa dance instruction
8:30-11:00 p.m. Dance with DJ Steve Luther

As if an evening of club-style dancing weren’t enough, the evening will include performances by professional dancers from the Sonoma region.

DJ Steve Luther will provide the music as the SCC’s own Dance Divine instructors, Dennis and Jenifer Goss, take to the floor in an exhibition of club-style and ballroom dance. They will be joined by Santa Rosa-based Edna Lucero and Dick Jenson with their formation team who will perform a West Coast swing routine.

Meet the Jazz Musicians:
Dana LandDana Land
Sunday, March 30
, 3-5 pm

Jazz vocalist Dana Land started her career late. How did she go from stay-at-home mom to international jazz vocalist? Come ask!

Meet the Jazz Musicians is a program created in partnership with the Sonoma Valley Jazz Society. You are invited to come and meet some of Sonoma’s great jazz personalities. This is your chance to meet, listen to, and ask questions of the musicians.


VOM Nature Lecture Series:
Thursday, April  3          
Dr. John Kelly
Egrets and Herons of San Francisco Bay 

7:30 pm, $5

Saturday, April  5          SVVGA Beneficiary

Jonathan Rosen
Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature

1:00-3:00 pm, $10

If you are either birder or bibliophile, or perhaps both, the VOM Nature Lecture Series has added a special event to its line-up that will be just right for you.  Jonathan Rosen, author of the best-selling book, Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature, will be discussing his book on Saturday, April 5, from 1:00-3:00p.m. in Room 110 at the Sonoma Community Center (SCC). Kirkus Reviews calls Life of the Skies “an exquisitely crafted meditation on life and nature, as well as a splendid introduction to bird-watching.”

In this eloquent book, Rosen-a novelist and editorial director of Nextbook, which promotes Jewish culture and literature-meditates on the fact that technology enables us to preserve wildlife and at the same time contributes to its demise. He laments that no sooner had he discovered bird-watching than he realized that nature has become ‘a diminished thing,’ as Robert Frost put it in his poem ‘The Oven Bird.’ Everywhere he looks-from a Louisiana swamp to the Israeli desert-he finds a paradox: we are attempting to preserve nature at the same time that we are destroying it. Cars, trains and planes, Rosen writes, have enabled us ‘to find the birds of America for ourselves, even as these inventions have contributed to the fragmentation that endangers’ them.

The lecture by Jonathan Rosen is a special addition to SCC’s Sonoma Arts & Lectures: Valley of the Moon Nature Lecture series, co-presented by SCC and, with local conservationist Tom Rusert as curator of the series. Tickets are $10.  Life of the Skies will be available for sale at the lecture with proceeds benefiting the 2008 Bird Camp to be held June 16-20 in Sonoma, co-presented by SCC, and Madrone Audubon.

Additional VOM Nature Lectures include:
May 1            Allen Fish – Bay Area Hawks: A Celebration of 20 Years of Research
June 5           Dr. Rodney Jackson – Saving the Elusive Snow Leopard

Conversation on Food &Wine:
Community Kitchen Dinner

April 6 
Andrews Hall

Chef Sheana Davis of the Epicurean Connection and the Sonoma Community Center are hosting a Community Kitchen Dinner featuring Paul Wirtz, Phil Coturri and Nana Mae’s Organic Gravenstein Apple Farm.
Proceeds from the Community Kitchen Dinners benefit the SCC Kitchen Remodeling Project.

Admission is $90 and includes a 3-course meal and wine pairings.

Conversation with Sommelier Anani Lawson
Wine Consultant
Sunday, April 20

Anani Lawson has practiced flawless food and wine pairings at some of the best restaurants in the world, including Per Se in New York City and The French Laundry in Yountville.  In addition to his tenure as Sommelier and Maitre’D, Anani has founded ATL Wine Consulting which focuses on luxury travel events for destination management companies.

Admission is $20 and includes a wine tasting.


Fiber Art Classes for Kids and Adults!

There’s still time to sign up for these two great classes taught by local fiber artist Lori Goldman:

Fiber Art Fun for Kids!
Sock Monsters
fiber art kidsSculpt your very own sock monster with recycled socks, felt, and other textile materials. Students will create animals and creatures while learning basic sewing skills.  Lori will also introduce students to the other textile techniques – such as knitting and crocheting – as they assemble their sock creations.

Tuesdays, April 1 – May 5 (six sessions)
$60  SCC Members: $54
Materials fee: $20
All Levels/Ages 7-11

All Things Fiber
This course will teach fiber art in its most basic – and practical – forms.  Students will learn the fundamentals of fiber as Lori Goldman takes them from “sheep to shawl” – spinning yarn and then learning to knit and crochet with it.  Additional projects include basket weaving and felt making.

Thursdays, April 3-May 8, 3:30-5:30pm
Fee: $60  SCC Members: $54
Materials fee: $25
All Levels/Ages 9-13

Save the Date!
Sonoma Community Center’s Annual Fundraiser “The Muse”
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Stay tuned for more details!

Muse 2007cPlease join the Sonoma Community Center at the fourth annual Sonoma Valley Muse benefit for the Sonoma Community Center.  This annual homage pays tribute to the people and personalities who, by their presence and interest in the valley have left an indelible cultural mark on all of us who live here.  Previous Sonoma Valley Muses include:

    *2005:  M.F.K. Fisher
    *2006:  Robert M. Lynch
    *2007:  Jack London                                               

A short live auction will benefit SCC programs and amply reward and surprise its highest bidders.

$150 per person. To receive an invitation call SCC at 707.938.4626×1, or visit our office at 276 East Napa Street, Sonoma.

Thank you to Media Partner: Sonoma Index-Tribune

Sonoma Community Center
276 East Napa Street
Sonoma, California 95476

Sonoma Garden Park News – March 2008

Sonoma Garden Park 
March 2008 News
1. New Volunteer Hours
2. “What’s New In The Garden”  by Rebecca
3. Greenhouse Schedule – volunteers needed
4. Upcoming Events and Classes

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1. New Volunteer Hours:
With the days setting later and the weather getting warmer, volunteer hours have been expanded!
Wednesdays and Fridays 4PM-6PM and Saturdays 9AM-1PM. 
Volunteer this Saturday and receive a garden grown cabbage for St. Patrick’s day!
2. “What’s New In The Garden” by Rebecca
Spring is here. Beautiful peach and plum blossoms abound the garden and the first asparagus of the season unearthed itself to the world today. The raspberry patch is being reworked for easier access to succulent raspberries and the weeds are everywhere if you haven’t noticed! It’s also a great time to plant your spring lettuces and peas!

Rebecca Bozzelli, garden manager, directs high school volunteers in broccoli transplanting.  

3. Greenhouse Schedule – Volunteers Needed The greenhouse is in full swing with the Saturday Harvest Market just around the corner –opening first week of May – and I need your help. I am looking for volunteers who can routinely open, close and water the greenhouse. With the weather warming up, the greenhouse needs ventilation during the day but with the chilly nights, our little babies need to be tucked in. Please let me know, it’s as easy as opening (or closing) a door and checking the seedlings for water. 

4.  Upcoming Events and Classes

“Greenhouse Growing Methods” Class, taught by Paul Wirtz, has been rescheduled for Sat. March 15th from 1PM – 3PM.
There are only a few spaces left.  Call 996-0712 X 120 for info.

“Introduction To Beekeeping” at Sonoma Garden Park,  Saturday, April 19th 10AM – NOON.  Details to follow.

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