Ten Foot Tone performs at Little Switzerland -March 7th 8:30pm

Please join Ten Foot Tone at the Little Switzerland on March 7th from 8:30pm-Midnight.

19080 Riverside Drive in Sonoma.  Full bar, full dinner menu, and great dance floor.

$10 cover charge

NEW!  Watch our videos and purchase our music on our updated website: www.tenfoottone.com.

Ten Foot Tone LIVE at the Little Swiss on March 7, 2009

Ten Foot Tone LIVE at the Little Swiss on March 7, 2009

Stephen Mitchell and his new book: The Second Book of the Tao – March 5th – Reader’s Books

Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m. *Stephen Mitchell *will present his new book, “The Second Book of the Tao,” at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information call 707-939-1779./ / / /

On Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m., Readers’ Books will welcome back Stephen Mitchell to talk about his new work, “The Second Book of the Tao.” Mitchell is well-known for his translations and reworking of classic texts. His previous books, the “Tao Te Ching,” “The Gospel According to Jesus,” “Genesis” the “Bhagavad Gita,” “The Book of Job,” and “Gilgamesh,” among others, have earned him a special place of honor in that small pantheon of individuals who try to tease out the real meaning of literature and philosophy. / / / /

“The Second Book of the Tao” represents a bit of a departure. It is a twenty-first century form of ancient wisdom, bringing a new homemade sequel to the “Tao Te Ching” into the modern world. Mitchell introduces us to a cast of vivid characters, most of them humble artisans or servants, who show us precisely what it means to be in harmony with the way things are. His meditations and risky reimagining of the original texts are brilliant and liberating, not least because they catch us off-guard, opening up the heavens where before we saw only a roof./ / / /

Stephen Mitchell’s talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. and it is free and open to the public. Readers’ Books is located at 130 East Napa Street, Sonoma. For more information call 707-939-1779. / — Lilla G. Weinberger Readers’ Books 130 E. Napa St. Sonoma, CA 95476 (707) 939-1779

Update from the Garden Park

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Newsletter Contents

1. What’s Growing On?

2. Grafting Workshop

3. Growing Summer Vegetables

4. Sonoma Garden Park CSA

5. Water Wisdom Workshop

6. Monthly Recipe: Sauteed Brussel Sprouts

7. Interested in a community garden plot?



Monday’s, Wednesday’s & Saturday’s

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

* snacks provided *




Compost Thermometer

Rubber Mallet


Propane Stove

Hori Hori

What’s Growing On?


Fruit tree pruning is in full force from now through Feb 14th, when we switch gears and start propagating plants for the spring and summer seasons. In fact, it already feels like spring at Sonoma Garden Park! January was a fantastic month for the garden, and it was great to see so much support on Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend. We had almost 30 volunteers thanks to Sonoma Community Action Network (CAN).

Also, note our new volunteer hours, which are: Monday’s, Wednesday’s, and Saturday’s from 9-2. Come on out and lend a hand. Snacks provided. This Tuesday, Feb 10th, along with the Master Gardeners, we will be pruning fruit trees in the garden, and you are welcome to join us for some hands-on practice.

Grafting Workshop

Sat., February 28th, 1:00-3:00 pm.

Tommy Perot, a sophomore at Sonoma Valley High School, will facilitate this hands-on class and demonstrate how to grow several varieties of delicious fruit on a single tree. Tommy is a member of the California Rare Fruit Growers Association and has been studying exotic and rare fruit growing for the past 5 years.

The workshop fee is $25. To sign up, or for more information, contact Jessica Glatt at 707.996.0712 ext. 108, or email: jessica@sonomaecologycenter.org

Growing Summer Vegetables

Sat., March 21st 10:30 am Master Gardener Patty Ekenberg will talk about how to grow summer vegetables.

Classes are sponored by the Sonoma Master Gardeners, free of charge, and held at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa Street. For more information call the Sonoma County Master Gardener offices at 938.0127 or 565.2608 or visit www.sonomamastergardeners.org

Sonoma Garden Park CSA

The Sonoma Garden Park is returning to its roots by offering community members a chance to be a part of our CSA. Community Supported Agriculture is a way for people to directly support a local farm while receiving a weekly supply of fresh, local, and sustainably grown produce. The Sonoma Garden Park CSA will include a weekly bag full of both fruit and veggies, with an option for flowers, to be picked-up on site for the duration of our harvest season. And instead of the traditional CSA newsletter, we have a blog that will be updated weekly with recipes and a list of the week’s produce from the garden.

For more information, or an application, either stop by Sonoma Garden Park during our volunteer hours to talk to Rebecca, or contact Jessica Glatt at 707.996.0712 ext. 108, or email jessica@sonomaecologycenter.org. Membership is limited, so if you are interested, apply soon!

Water Wisdom Workshop

Sat., February 21st, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Sonoma Veterans Memroial Hall

Join the Sonoma Ecology Center, the City of Sonoma, and parterning agencies for a free workshop to learn more about current water issues, and what you can do to help conserve water. There will be great speakers, hands-on demonstrations, and vendor booths for you to check out!

For more information call Wendy Atkins at 707.933.2204, or email: wendya@sonomacity.org

Stay Tuned – Sonoma Garden Park will be hosting a 4 week water conservation educational series in the month of March. Additional information to follow.
For more information, contact Jessica Glatt at 707.996.0712 ext. 108 or email: jessica@sonomaecologycenter.org

Monthly Recipe: Aunt Roxanne’s Sauteed Brussel Sprouts

1 lb Brussels sprouts, washed, dried and sliced in half
3 shallots, finely sliced

Olive Oil
Aged Balsamic Vineger
Sea salt
Fresh ground pepper

Using a skillet, heat a few teaspoons of olive oil on medium heat. Add shallots and cook for a few minutes until they are transparent. Then add the sliced Brussels sprouts and saute them until they start to turn from a vibrant green to a yellowish color. Drizzle some aged balsamic vinegar over the Brussles sprouts, and finish sauteeing them until they are golden brown and begin to crisp on the edges. Add sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Serve warm and enjoy!

Interested In a Community Garden Plot?

The Sonoma Garden Park is home to 22 community garden plots. Our annual renewal will begin in March, and we may have a few additional plots this year. Some of the benefits of having a community garden plot are: use of garden tools, compost, mulch, water, and a fantastic community of friends! You also get to come out and enjoy the beautiful Sonoma Garden Park whenever you want!

For information about the Community Garden Plot program, contact Jessica Glatt at 707.996.0712 ext.108, or email: jessica@sonomaecologycenter.org

Sonoma Garden Park is an educational community farm and garden managed by the Sonoma Ecology Center. Our address is 19990 7th Street East between MacArthur and Denmark.

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Well Being Expo – Early Bird Rate Extended

The next Well Being Expo in Sonoma is scheduled for May 2/3, 2009. The Expo is open to healing and intuitive arts practitioners, healthy living product representatives, artists and artisans. The early bird rate  has been extended through the end of February.  Additionally, feel free to make your booth payment in two installments (one now and one at the beginning of April).

Get your booth for as little as $175 for the entire weekend! Expo hours are 10am – 5pm both days..

To access the application and further details, please visit http://www.wellbeingexponsonoma.com.

Food service by Sonoma favorite, Taste of the Himalayas!

The public will be offered free admission.

Testimonials from participants at our November 2008 Expo:

The Expo was a great event. Not only were there a steady stream of attendees, the other vendors were nice, and the food was delicious. What more can you ask for? John Murray, J & M Murray Insurance Services, Inc.

I am writing to say how much I enjoyed participating in the Expo in November in Sonoma and what a pleasure it was to be a part of it all. My rune readings were well received and I made many good connections. I thought the location was excellent, easy to find and I was more than pleased with how the space was used and the attention given to me as a vendor. And, I was busy all day long. Ingrid Kincaid

What happens at an expo produced by Veronica is that vendors and attendees are given a sense of community that’s real. I feel safe to be there in the altered state that healing requires. As someone who is not personally organized, Veronica’s ‘tips for success’ made my booth run better than I could have done myself. Margy Henderson, Hand Analysis

The expo in November was very well attended. I personally had the best turn out I’ve ever had at a fair or event. All the people seemed very happy that the event was offered as it’s been so long since an alternative-type event has been in the area. Anne Mackenzie

Here is the list of practitioners who have already committed to joining us:

Margy Henderson – Hand Analysis and Sound Healing Hand Analysis describes your own Soul’s agenda for your life. What is your Life Purpose? Your challenges? Your gifts to bring forward? Sound Healing is gentle support for entering altered states of inner healing.

Patty Frazzetta – Infinite Healing Energies, Reiki Sessions

Anne MacKenzie Medical Intuition

Will & Connie – Sacred Healing for Mind, Body & Spirit, Sacred Healing restores you to a high level of health and vitality physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Come receive your 30 minute miracle.

Dr. Cindy Zafis – Zafis Chiropractic Free allergy, hormonal, and health assessments. Functional testing done to help resolve and balance health issues.

Ontario offers intuitive readings/healings using Cards (of his own design) and Shamanic Viewing to empower you in crafting paths on your way to Destiny!

Rev. Ruth Hoppe Rev. Ruth offers releasing, nurturing, and invigorating massage sessions. SUNDAY ONLY

Sarah Stewart – Integrated Healing Arts Biofeedback, Hypnotherapy, and Emotional Freedom Technique – check out Sarah’s amazing computer program! SATURDAY ONLY

Annisa Aguilar – Cosmic Connections, Custom flower essence blends made just for you. Intuitive readings and hands-on-healings offered.

Laurel and Wes Bleadon-Maffei gifted intuitives and Angel Therapy Practitioners will be offering intuitive readings and channeled sessions at the Expo.

Francesca Fasano – Beacon Wellness Arts Center helps you learn to “unwind your core” through workshops and private sessions in Reiki and Abdominal Chi Massage. Location: Sky Hill Institute, Petaluma.

Dianetics Foundation will be demonstrating how one can relieve stressful pain, emotion or effort.

Rose Byrne Accutonics practitioner, Matrix Energetics, Intuitive Energy Medicine, Zrii Distributor.

Jayne Brogan – In Good Hands Health Chair massage; BodyTalk system mini sessions; learn techniques to stay balanced and stress free!

Ariyon Rutledge Intuitive Tarot Card readings to assist people on their current life paths. Other services: Sound Healing, Belief Transformation Work, Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Expressive Arts Therapy.

Marcia Mengelberg – Miessence I have a certified organic skin, hair, body product with no synthetic chemicals. I’ll have testers so people can try. Also offering a raffle. SATURDAY ONLY

Jill Kirscher – Skin Dharma We have a cured sesame oil product for external use. It is organic, cold pressed oil with organic, essential oils added to enhance the healing properties.

John Murray – Growth Partners International Specializing in cutting edge financial solutions for debt management, college funding, building tax free retirement, and creative solutions for business owners.

Simone Designs Inc. – Wendy Simone Anti-aging products, immune science, superfood designed to help you stay young.

Joanna Rebelgale Juice Plus is seventeen fruits and vegetables in a capsule. It is the most thoroughly researched nutritional product in the world.

Saladmaster Eco-friendly, safe, non-toxic, water free, low temperature cookware. We are here to serve and benefit all beings.

Marne Lictenwalner – Sacred Currents Light Work Healing sessions.

Preventive Medical Center of Marin SF Bay Area’s only preventative/integrative health center accepting many insurance plans. Full range of services: General/family medicine, Women’s health, allergy/hormonal, alternative therapies.

H.H. Schunke-Tuning forks as a healing method can be moved above the client to facilitate energy balancing.

Ron Poggi – Isagenix Isagenix – The world leader in nutritional cleansing. Their unique full body nutritional cleansing systems help people become healthier, leaner, and achieve peak performance naturally and safely.

Geri Dockter – Design Dockter Introducing Biopro’s cell phone chips that counter electromagnetic waves bombarding our bodies. Studies prove autism, ADD and membrane sensitivities come from prolonged use of cell phones, laptops and computers.

Melannie Thomas – Insights Intuitive Readings, Experience an amazing signature reading with Melannie Thomas: Accurate, down-to-earth, compassionate and nurturing counsel.

Planet Organics now open in Sonoma

Received by email yesterday:

From: Larry Bearg Sent: Friday, February 13, 2009 12:18:35 PM Subject: Sonoma Store Open!

Hi Friends and Colleagues, Tomorrow we open our first Planet Organics retail store! If you live in the Sonoma or happen to be in town, come by and check us out! However, in these tough economic times I need your help to get the word out about our store. So please tell your friends, your enemies, your neighbors and co-workers about our store.

What to tell them (if you haven’t come by the store yet, or gotten an earful from me about what we are doing)? Our focus is on great local organic produce. We have a larger selection and better prices than everyone else in town on our produce. And it is ALL organic. (We are able to do this because of our already large volume buying for the delivery service). We have an awesome selection of totally amazing and obscure wines from all over the world all priced at $10.00 – $25.00. (How did we do this, you ask? We partnered with my favorite wine store, Vintage Berkeley, to do our wine buying for us. As you know I love wine and I love what these guys do – find really great unknown wines at great prices).

We have a great selection of healthy prepared meals – both frozen and fresh – heat-and-eat, and do-it-yourself meal kits. All made hand-made locally by great chefs. And lastly, we have a little bit of everything – milk, fresh baked breads, cheeses, organic and pastured eggs, cereal, pastas, diapers, you name it.

You CAN do a complete shopping in our store. So please, pass the word, come and see us and thanks for your kind support!

UPDATE:  Hours are 9am-7pm everyday.


Larry Bearg, CEO Planet Organics, Inc. 19449 Riverside Dr. Suite 100 Sonoma, Ca. 95476 Cell: 415-286-6140

Swingin’ and Singing for Jazz – Feb 14th

Sonoma Community Center

SVVGA Beneficiary

cultivating community

Dana LandSwingin’ & Singin’    For Jazz

A Valentine’s Day Benefit Concert for Sonoma Community Center’s

Teen Jazz Camp

With Dana Land, Jonathan Poretz, Noel Jewkes, Akira Tana, and a special debut performance by the newly formed teen jazz band featuring Jake Barrett, Owen Barrett, Mike Bojorquez, Joel Kruzic, Maeve Greenberg, Karly Land, and others!

Saturday, February 14, 7:30pm
Jazz Vocalist Dana Land The Lodge, Ballroom
Tickets: $40

All proceeds go towards SCC’s Teen Jazz Camp

Tickets may be purchased by phone at 938-4626 ext. 1 or 373-0700, or in person at the community center.

Update from the Community Center

Sonoma Community Center

SVVGA Beneficiary

cultivating community

Upcoming Events
Paula Wolfert Valentine’s Day Dinner
Merlove, A movie about Merlot
Wonderful Waterfowl Class
Membership & a Free Beer!
Drop in Salsa Workout
The Prima Trio
Vegan Potluck Dinner

Still not sure how you’re going to spend Valentine’s Day?

Time is running out to buy tickets to the Paula Wolfert Moroccan Cooking Class and Four-Course Dinner at Ramekins!

Buy your tickets now

The deadline to purchase tickets has been extended to Monday, February 9

SVVGA Beneficiary
Moroccan Spices

Valentine’s Day with Paula Wolfert
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Class begins at 6:00pm
Dinner served at 7:30pm

Tickets: $125 each

There are still a few tickets available for what promises to be a memorable evening with notable chef and cookbook author Paula Wolfert. Paula has just returned from a trip to Morocco and will be demonstrating and teaching some of her newly acquired techniques.
After the lesson a sumptuous four-course meal will be served in Ramekins’ Vineyard Room.
Visit the SCC Website to view the full menu and purchase your tickets online today!

Tickets are also available by phone at 938-4626 ext 1 and in person at the community center office.

SVVGA Beneficiary

Buy Your Tickets Now


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.

Your ticket includes entrance into Spring Artist-in-Residence
Opening reception for KC Welch
Stop by to meet KC and see his large format paintings.

Tickets also available by phone at 938-4626 ext 1 or in person at the community center front desk.


VOM Nature Series
Class & Field Seminar:
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.

Join history, tradition, your neighbors and friends and become a member during Sonoma Community Center’s
Spring Membership Drive & A Free Beer!

Join us at Murphy’s Irish Pub on Saturday, March 7 for Sonoma Community Center’s membership drive and phone-a-thon. Renew your membership or sign up as a new member and get a
free pint of beer from marvelous Murphy’s!

Drop-In Salsa Workout with DJ Steve Luther
Every Tuesday in Andrews Hall from 5:30-6:45pm you will find fun, music, and exercise with DJ Steve. “Salsa Workout” is good for your heart, your mind, your legs, and your dancing! No partner necessary. Drop in any, or every Tuesday!

$10 per class

Sonoma Classical Music Society Presents:
The Prima Trio

Sunday, February 8, 2009
Andrews Hall
Fee: $25 Adults / $10 Students / $5 Children 12 & Under

Grand Prize and Gold medal winners of the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. The Prima Trio distinguishes itself with remarkable playing and the repertoire it performs.

Tickets available at Reader’s Books, Pharmaca, or the Sonoma Classical Music Society website.

Vegan Potluck Dinners at the community center

The next two vegan potluck dinners have been scheduled for Fridays on February 13th and March 13th, 2009. The dinners take place from 6:30-8:00pm in room 109.
No meat, eggs, or dairy please. Dishes should serve about eight to ten people. Please bring serving spoon and your own place setting. A donation of $4 is gladly accepted!

On Saturday, February 14th from 9:00am – 12:00pm, Cathy Fisher, host of the Vegan dinners will be conducting a Vegan cooking demonstration in room 109.

For more information about any of the Vegan activities please send an email to: SonomaVeg@yahoo.com

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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