Update from the Sonoma Community Center

Upcoming Events
Nature Series
Dance Sonoma!
The Big Read
Kitchen Tour
Fiber Art Fun
Chili Bowl Express
Inside the Springs

Sonoma Community Center

SVVGA Beneficiary

cultivating community

Note: Check out the details for
The Big Read event
this Sunday!

Sonoma Arts & Lectures
Hawk IIValley of the Moon Nature Series Special Event!
Sonoma Hawk Day
October 4, 11am-1pm

At his May 2008 VOM nature lecture, Allen Fish, Director of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, invited the audience to participate in a day of raptor watching at Hawk Hill during the autumn’s peak raptor migration period. In all, eighteen species of hawk, kite, falcon, eagles, osprey, vulture, and harrier may be seen in early October from the Marin Headlands. The day’s event has been scheduled and the invitation includes all interested persons. Bring binoculars, lunch and beverages, layered clothing, and a sense of adventure. Cancellation wil occur in the event of thick fog or rain.  For directions, go online at http://www.ggro.org or call 415-331-0730.
Advance tickets are available at SCC.

Dance Sonoma!SVVGA Beneficiary
Harvest Dance
Andrews Hall
Saturday, October 4, 7:30-11pm

7:30 Complimentary Dance Lesson
with Guest Instructors

8:30-11:00pm Ballroom, Swing, Latin & Nightclub Dancing with DJ Steve Luther

Whether you’re hooked on dancing or prefer to just watch, we’ve got the dance for you!  Dance Sonoma! kicks off a new season this October with music provided by the dancer’s DJ, Steve Luther, and performance dancing by professional ballroom and nightclub dancers from the Sonoma region.  To get the evening started on the right foot, dance instructors spend the first hour teaching the hottest new dance steps.  So come on out and dance, dance, dance Sonoma!


The Big Readto kill a mockingbird

Sunday, October 5,  3:00pm
Tolerance and Intolerance in Sonoma:
A community forum with Zuli Baron, Gaye Le Baron, Arthur Dawson and Jonah Raskin General Vallejo’s House, West Spain and 3rd Street West, Sonoma
Sonoma Community Center and Readers’ Books partner to produce a Sonoma Valley-wide component of The Big Read, a national initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.  Everyone in the Valley is encouraged to read Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill A Mockingbird during the period from September 20 to October 21.

Thursday, October 23, 2008 – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee A discussion led by Rebecca Lawton 7:30 pm Readers’ Books 130 E. Napa Street, Sonoma

Monday, October 27, 2008  – Film screening and dramatic readings of To kill a mockingbird Suggested Donation $5 7:00 Sebastiani Theater 476 1st Street E. Sonoma

The Sonoma Valley component is part of a partnership with the Sonoma County Big Read and is supported in part by a mini-grant from the countywide effort.

4th Annual
Wine Country Kitchen Tour

Sunday, October 12
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
kitchen tour '08
See how some of Sonoma’s most creative and visionary homeowners are inventing ways to enjoy their kitchens, the heart of their homes. From architect-designed to
homeowner-designed, Sonoma Community Center’s 4th Annual Sonoma Kitchen Tour presents an array of the best that the community has to offer.

A benefit for the Community Center’s own planned kitchen makeover.

$40 for members; $45 for non-members

Volunteers are needed for the kitchen tour to greet guests, sell raffle tickets and cookbooks and help with the luncheon.
To volunteer or for more details about the event, please call the Community Center 938-4626 x1

Fleecy Fun Fiber Foray
Co-Sponsored by SCC and Redwood Empire Handweavers and Spinners Guild
Sonoma Community Center Llama
Saturday, October 11
10 am – 3 pm

At the Fiber Foray, a team of fiber artists, who range from ages 14 to 80, will show that it is never too early or too late to start spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, and basket weaving.

The festivities will include fun for everyone: a corral of fiber animals (alpacas, llamas, sheep, goats and angora rabbits) and interactive demonstrations by weavers, spinners, knitters, basket makers, felters, and dyers.

Come meet fiber masters who will answer your questions about how fibers are made from raw materials to finished products – things that you wear and use in your daily life – and be greeted by fiber elves who will guide you through exhibits of outdoor fiber sculptures and presentations of handmade wearable and non-wearable fiber creations.

Try your hand at weaving in the loom room, learn to knit or pick up some knitting tips for those who are more advanced, and take home with you the know-how to start a fiber arts project in your own home.

The Sonoma Community Center has forged a new partnership with the Redwood Empire Handweavers and Spinners Guild to introduce a variety of opportunities to experience and learn fiber arts.

You can look forward to new classes, workshops, and lectures at the Sonoma Community Center that will be offered in conjunction with the Conference of Northern California Handweavers.  CNCH is a consortium of weaving and spinning guilds throughout northern California who will be meeting in Sonoma in April 2009 for a four-day conference.  The public is invited to register and attend the Conference and participate in the classes as well.  Check with the Sonoma Community Center for updates on classes and other special events or visit the CNCH website at http://www.CNCH.org.

Coming up next….
Chili Bowl Expressceramic chilil bowls
Saturday, October 25
5 pm-8 pm
Room 110

What could be more heartwarming than chili on a late autumn day?  Homemade chili served up in hand-made bowls, that’s what!  The Clay Collective – ceramic artists at the Center – have cooked up an event that will satisfy both the art lover and food lover alike.  Pick out a bowl, fill it with the chili, soup, or chowder of your choice, and take home a one-of-a-kind ceramic creation.

Enjoy dessert after your meal? Our ceramic artists have also made plates and the Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley has volunteered to fill them – with cookies!  Bowls and plates are yours to keep for a donation of $20 each. Don’t miss out! Invite everyone you know and ask them to invite friends as well to this fun – and delicious – fundraising event. All proceeds benefit Sonoma Community Center programming and the SCC Kitchen Remodeling Project.

wing photoINSIDE


photographs that feature the changing cultural landscape
of the Sonoma Springs Community

Inside The Springs is to be exhibited in two locations:

Interior gallery :: Sonoma Valley Museum of Art :: Sep 4 – Oct 18

Exterior gallery :: Along Highway 12 in Boyes Springs :: Sep 4 – Nov 30

Presented by the Sonoma Community Center
with the support of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

Inside the Springs was sponsored by:
Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance, Brion Weiss of B. Wise Vineyards, Sonoma Valley Fund (CFSC), County of Sonoma (special thanks to Supervisor Valerie Brown), Mikell Smith and Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn

The following individuals and organizations also offered their financial and organizational support:
Vineyard Workers Services, La Luz Center, Valley of the Moon Teen Center, Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma Valley Grange, Clay Foundation – West, Elizabeth Smith, Gerry Sanders, Linda and Jim Kuhns, Phyllis and John Gurney, Penny McNaughton, Nancy Nicodemo, Marcia and Jim Levy, La Favorita, Arroyo Veterinary Hospital, El Brinquito, John and Pam Story, Eileen Adams, Stanley and Susan Cohen, Todd and Marge Evans, Brenda and Dick Buckerfield, Megan Stefanski-Segre, Vicki and Don Jackson, Bob Kowall, Calvin Vander Woude, Bob Kowal, Tim Boeve, Rocket Caterers, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, Primavera Tortillaria.

Thank you to all of these generous supporters!