Update from the Community Center

Sonoma Community Center

SVVGA Beneficiary

cultivating community

Upcoming Events
A Day at the Opera
Dance Sonoma!
A Movie about Merlot
Upcoming Workshops
Personal Exploration
Arts + Lectures: Waterfowl

Presentation School Presents
A Day at the Opera
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Andrews Hall

Please join us for an elegant and intimate winter afternoon of opera and a tasting of wine, artisinal cheese and handmade chocolates (plus a luscious milk and brownie bar for the young at heart). Seating is limited!

Adults: $45, Children 13 & Under: $10
Tickets will be held at the door.
For more information please call: (707) 935-0122 ext 202

Dance Sonoma!ballroom dancing
Winter Ball
Saturday, January 31, 7:00pm
Andrews Hall

7:00 – Complimentary dance lesson with guest instructors

8:00 – Ballroom, Swing, Latin & Nightclub Dancing with DJ Steve Luther

9:15 – Special Live Performance by Edna & Dick’s 24 person Swing Team!

Dance Sonoma! kicks off a new season this January 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, Sonoma!

A movie about merlot wine
Saturday, February 7
Andrews Hall
Doors open at 5:30pm, Movie at 7:00 pm
Tickets: $10

In partnership with wine sponsor Michel-Schlumberger, Sonoma Community Center is excited to host an exclusive Sonoma screening of the independent documentary Merlove. A chocolate reception will be hosted by Chaac Mol Chocolate.

Melove is a documentary about Merlot wine. The message of Merlove is that no single grape varietal should be singled out as superior or inferior to others. Documentary-style film-making is interwoven with the animation of a bottle of wine named Merlove, who must find a way to fill himself with love when aimlessly tossed into an ocean of mediocre Merlot wine. Director Rudy McClain and Associate
Producer Marisol Ramirez will be on hand to discuss the movie and answer questions.

on the same night…
Spring Artist-in-Residence
Opening reception for KC Welch
Stop by to meet KC and see his paintings.

Upcoming Workshops

Jewelry Making Workshop:
precious metal clayBracelets, Links and Toggles
Instructor: Mary Neuer Lee
Saturday, January 24

Make a beautiful precious metal clay (PMC) bracelet. Wear it home and show it off! In this one-day workshop, students will design and create bracelets and toggles entirely from PMC. After firing, finishing, tumbling and coloring the bracelet parts, students will assemble bracelets and toggles with new, no solder link system.

Mary Neuer Lee has been a metal artist since 1969 and is a Certified Level Two PMC Instructor and a member of the PMC Guild.

Fee: $75     SCC Members: $68
Intermediate/Ages 16+
Materials Fee: $65 will be collected by the instructor at the time of the workshop. Includes 45 grams of PMC, links and finishing supplies.

Hand-Built Porcelain Basket Workshopbasket ceramics
Instructor: Kate Murphy
Saturday and Sunday, January 24-25, plus February 7-8

In this workshop environment you will utilize the hump mold to form the basket shape. Coils of clay will be made by hand and with the use of an extruder. All manner of texturing will be explored. Participants will construct one complete basket, stain it, and prepare it for the final firing in the electric kiln.

Fee: $90 per workshop  SCC Members: $81 per workshop
Students must sign up for both workshops
All Levels/Ages 16+

Discover the Poetry in Your Life…
Whatever happened to Happily-Ever-After?: Themes in Adulthood
A class using poetry, collage, and memoir journaling to explore
the major turning points in our lives.
Instructors: Ann Fursman Nix, MA, CCHT and Deborah Hill, MA, MFT
Fridays, January 30-April 10, (six sessions, biweekly)

Our stories are so much more than we remember and so much less than who we are.  The second half of life requires an understanding of what has gone before.  Looking back on our lives is an important task if we are to live our lives forward with renewed vision.  This class series will continue in the spring with Arriving at Your Own Door: Themes For Maturity. Participants can take the full series or any portion. Spring dates will be announced.

Fee: $140    SCC members $126
Materials list available from SCC office prior to class

sonoma ARTS + LECTURES presents
VOM Nature Lecture Series
Wonderful Waterfowl!

Class & Field Seminar with Lisa Hug
Class: Thursday, Feb 5, 7:00pm
Field Seminar: Saturday, Feb 7, 8:30am

Learn how to identify some of the 30+ species of Ducks, Grebes, and other waterfowl recorded in Sonoma County in this workshop. The class seminar will explore Scholenberger Park and Rush Creek to observe some of the myriad of species wintering in the California coastal wetlands.

Call Sonoma Community Center at 938-4626 x 1 for more information or to sign up for this class and seminar.

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

Update from Reader’s Books

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — January 23, 2009*

Information Contact:


Lilla Weinberger, co-owner

Readers’ Books

130 E. Napa Street

Sonoma, CA 95476



*Morley Clark*, /Place/, *Rose Black*, /Clearing /and/ Winter Light/, and *Melanie Maier*, /sticking to earth/.
Tuesday, January 27, 7:30 p.m.

Join us for a fascinating evening with three poets from Northern California. Morley Clark, who used to live in Sonoma, has published a new book of poems that reflect her concerns with the oneness of the rhythms of nature and of the body. Rose Black’s prose poems are atmospheric, surprising meditations on her life’s experiences as both a child and an adult. Melanie Maier, a San Francisco native, takes the experiences and images from a lifetime and focuses on the verbal snapshots that remain in the memory.

*Vincenza Scarpacci*. /Journey of the Italians in America/.
Thursday, January 29, 7 p.m.

Come enjoy appetizers from Della Santina’s, as we welcome Vincenza Scarpaci for her book, /Journey of the Italians in America. / Scarpaci gives a visual tour of Italians and their mark on America with over four hundred photographs, including one of Sonoma’s own Richard Cuneo of the Sebastiani family. The reader can see the influence of Italian Americans in almost all sectors of the nation’s culture. Dating back to the role Italians played in the signing of the Declaration of Independence, her vivid depiction of the contributions of Italians to American culture makes their positive contribution crystal clear.

*Antonia Juhasz* /The Tyranny of Oil: The World’s Most Powerful Industry and What// We Must Do to Stop It./
Tuesday, February 3rd, 7:30 p.m. (rescheduled from December)

Antonio Juhasz returns to Readers Books with her new book, /The Tyranny of Oil/. Juhasz , a leading expert on corporations and globalization, impressed us last year with her book, /The Bush Agenda/. In her new book, she develops one of the most penetrating investigations of the U. S. oil industry to date. Juhasz argues for the break-up of big oil and this book becomes an inspiring call to action for citizens interested in reining in the industry.

*Yiyun Li* /The Vagrants/.
Thursday, February 5th, 7:30 p.m.

A harrowing novel that chronicles the counterrevolutionary era in China, /The Vagrants/ is Yiyun Li’s much-anticipated first novel. Her first book, /A Thousand Year’s of Good Prayers/, a collection of short stories, was one of Readers’ Books’ favorites of 2005. When a young counter-revolutionary woman is executed in the provincial city of Muddy Waters no one realizes what a profound effect it will have on the entire community. This is a portrait of China in the 1970’s and the lives of unforgettable characters and their stories of resilience, sacrifice, perversion, courage and belief.. Yiyun Li grew up and attended school in China before relocating to the United States in the late 90’s. Her firsthand knowledge of China shines through in this intricate novel.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information call 707-939-1779.

Lilla G. Weinberger
Readers’ Books
130 E. Napa St.
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 939-1779