Update from the Community Center

Sonoma Community Center

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Upcoming Events
Highlighted Classes
Jack London Book Auction
Jazz Concert
Sonoma Idol
Fun Fall Events
Dear Veronica,

Make a resolution to learn something new in 2009!

New classes start on January 12. Check out this week’s highlighted classes below or visit the new online schedule here.

Happy New Year!

This Week’s Highlighted Classes

Tai Chi Chuan Tai Chi
with Don Gillaspie
Saturdays 8:00-9:00am
Class is ongoing beginning January 17
Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) is a low impact, weight bearing, moving meditation. Cultivating relaxation and correct posture, TCC can improve your health, calm your mind, and raise your spirit. Class will focus on integrating basic principles.
Don Gillaspie, RN has practiced Yang style TCC, as taught by Cheng Man-ch’ing, for 33 years. He is a certified instructor and a senior student of Benjamin Lo. He currently teaches in Marin and Sonoma.
Fee: $100 (per 8 sessions)$90 (SCC Members)
For more information, call Don directly at 415-459-8696.

Figure Drawing
figure drawing class
Instructor: Guy Pederson
Tuesdays, January 13-February 17, 6:30-9:00pm
This exciting course will include unique exercises designed to expand and develop the individual artist’s work with the human figure as well as explore the emotional content of line, form, and color. Experienced artists will be challenged, and the less experienced will be encouraged. Students will draw from a live nude model each week. Materials will include conte, charcoal, and mixed media for the more advanced. Class fee includes model’s fee.
Fee: $160 SCC Members: $144All Levels/Ages 16+Materials list available from SCC upon registration.

Cartooning & Caricaturechris kelly drawing
with Chris Kelly
Saturdays, January 17-February 21, 10:00am-12:00pm

This class will train students in the art of Cartooning and/or Caricature creation in traditional pen/brush and ink medium. Students will explore the art and techniques used in satirical newspaper, syndicated panel comics as well as underground comix, and comic books. Through caricature, we’ll examine achieving likeness and the art of exaggeration–not distortion, but an overemphasis of the truth.
Chris Kelly holds a BFA, School of Visual Arts New York. He has worked for Walt Disney Company and the San Francisco Art Institute. He specializes in traditional drawing, character design, storyboarding, art business marketing, traditional 2D and computer animation.
Fee: $120 SCC Members: $108 All Levels/Ages 14+
Recommended: Basic command of drawing by hand. Materials: Minimal materials list available from SCC upon registration.

Fiber Arts: Creative Crochet from the Basics to Beyondcrochet
Instructor: Lori Goldman
Saturdays, January 17-February 7, (4 sessions)

This is not your grandmother’s crochet! In this class, students will explore unusual materials with basic stitches to create sculpture, basket forms or wearable art. Some knowledge of crochet is helpful, though beginners are welcome. Bring your wildest imagination.
Lori Hanson Goldman received a MA in Fiber sculpture and a BA in Textiles from California State University at San Francisco. Her work has been exhibited at the Chabot School, Richmond Art Center, Oakland Museum, and Julie’s Artisan Gallery in New York, among others.
Fee: $80 SCC members: $72 All levels/Ages 16+Materials: Bring several crochet hooks (various sizes), balls of yarn, scissors. Some materials available
for purchase.

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Second Tuesday Cinema Series
Tuesday, January 13

The Sonoma Valley Film Society presents the “Second Tuesday Cinema Series” with films shown in Andrews Hall on the second Tuesday of each month.  Box office opens at 5:30pm with films shown at 7:00pm. For more information, call 707-933-2600.

Tickets: $10 General Admission
($8 Film Sonoma Members and free for Film Society Members)

Jack London FoundationSVVGA Beneficiary
Book Auction

Saturday, January 17
Andrews Hall

The Jack London Educational Research Foundation, Inc. was established to maintain source material and memorabilia and to promote research activities of the life and work of Jack London. The Foundation also supports seminars and offers free assistance to writers, researchers and others interested in Jack London.

Proceeds from the book auction fund the annual Jack London Writing Contest for high school students.

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Meet the Jazz Musicians:
A concert series in partnership with Sonoma Valley Jazz Society
Mike Greensil
Sunday, January 18, 3:00pm

Sonoma Community Center, in partnership with Sonoma Valley Jazz Society invites you to come meet some of Sonoma’s great jazz personalities. Last season we met jazz guitarist Brian Nova and Sonoma’s favorite diva Dana Land and heard Dick Conte reminisce about the many jazz luminaries he has met over his long career. Don’t miss the chance to meet, listen to, and ask questions of the musicians in the intimate setting of the Backstage Theater. How did they get started? Who was the most fun to work with? Who was the best musician? Look for more information about this season’s roster of musicians, dates, and times to be announced as event information is available at sonomavalleyjazzsociety.org

General Admission: $20
To buy advance tickets come by the SCC front desk or call (707) 938-4626 ext. 1

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Auditions in January

Sonoma’s answer to American Idol will be brought to you by Youngdahl Music Studios in partnership with the Sonoma Community Center. Sonoma Idol North Bay vocal competition is accepting talent from age 12-18. (Junior division is age 12-14, Upper division is 15-18.) Contestants must reside in Napa, Sonoma and Marin Counties.

The preliminary auditions begin in January. The first public round of the competition begins February 27 and continues through to the final round on May 1st. The winner will record a CD at Youngdahl Music Studios with professional musicians and give a featured performance at Sebastiani Theater.

Jennifer Youngdahl has taught private voice lessons, performance and recording workshops and creativity empowerment retreats over 20 years. Her students win vocal competitions, voice scholarships, solos in school choirs & musicals.

Andrews StatePlan your next party, conference, meeting, performance, celebration or memorial gathering at the Sonoma Community Center.

SCC rents space for all your social and business events.

Phone 707-938-4626 ext. 1 to inquire about rental possibilities.

Sonoma Community Center
276 East Napa Street
Sonoma, California 95476

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