Toning Gathering – August 8 – Sonoma

Toning Gathering
August 8 10am to 2pm

It is soon time to meet for collective sound healing! Let’s share voices together. This gathering will focus on harmony, listening, and ease.

Beginning with simple ‘trance posture’ we will explore contemplative vocalizing. There is a Great Song of Creation that vibrates all ‘this’ into being. We can sing back. And sing for each other, as we tone for ourselves.

Easy, no previous skill necessary, just come be with some great people.

If you would like to come, please reply email or call Margy at 707-938-8334

Event location: Margy’s house, 945A West Spain, Sonoma, CA

Hum or sing on the way.

Dress comfortably; bring slippers or sox and a journal.

Suggested donation: $30 (please come, donate what you can)

Everyone is welcome to stay afterward to eat any lunch you bring. That’s when you’ll want to socialize with the amazingly wonderful people who have been healing you during the circle.

DIRECTIONS: Map quest to Hwy 12 and 945 West Spain. I am across from the Blue Moon Saloon. Walk through carport to white house behind the yellow one.

Margy Henderson
Sound Healer and certified Hand Analyst

Reiki Circle this Sunday! July 12th

Join Us!

Join us for the experience of Reiki Sunday, July 12th from 6 – 8 pm at California Institute of Massage & Spa Services at 772 West Napa Street in Sonoma.

Our wonderful Reiki instructor, Brenda Siemering, has established a once a month, opportunity for our community called Reiki Circle. Reiki Circle is open to everyone including anyone who would like to practice their Reiki skills, anyone who may have an interest in Reiki or anyone who just wants to receive this relaxing energy treatment. There is no established fee for the gathering however a donation is requested.

We hope to see you there! You are welcome to just show up and bring who ever you want. Children are welcome as long as they bring one of their parents with them.

California Institute of Massage & Spa Services
772 West Napa Street, Sonoma CA
(707) 939-9431


California Institute of Massage and Spa Services

Class: Tong Ren Self Healing Class Series being held at California Institute of Massage & Spa Services at 772 West Napa Street across from the library.
Dates: Tuesday, July 14th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm and continues every other Tuesday evening.
Time: Every other Tues., 6:30-7:30 pm.
Cost: There is no established fee for the gathering however a donation is requested.
Instructors: Acupuncturists Phil Madden & Jennifer Jensen

Tong Ren was developed by a Qi Gong master in Boston named Tom Tam who found that acupuncture done off the body was more effective than acupuncture done on the body. He started using acupuncture “dolls” that had the meridians and points drawn on them by tapping them with a magnetic mallet. He found that you could provide general acupuncture opening and tonifying treatment on an entire group of people simultaneously. His results were so impressive, he caught the attention of Fox News and was featured on a program, along with many of his students and clients that had healed from stage 4 cancers.

So we invite you to experience this very fascinating and effective form of healing starting this Tuesday. We will start with about 20 minutes of light movement (Qi Gong) and then devote the rest of the time to the Tong Ren. You can sit or lie in meditation and just receive while Phil and Jennifer tap on the acupuncture meridians providing everyone a simultaneous acupuncture treatment.

We hope to see you Tuesday night at 6:30. If you have questions please call Sonoma Valley Acupuncture & Herb Center 707-996-6681.

For those of you who do not know about Tong Ren, please refer to the website

Peace, blessings, and good health,
Jennifer, Phil, Kate & Keri

Call CIMSS at 707-939-9431 or email us at!

California Institute of Massage & Spa Services
772 West Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 939-9431

Readers’ Books Calendar of Events

Readers’ Books Calendar of Events

July-August, 2009

Thursday, July 9th, 7:30 p.m. *Vivienne Sosnowski*, “When the Rivers Ran Red: An Amazing Story of Courage and Triumph in America’s Wine Country.” A recounting of the epic battle that California’s winemakers fought against Prohibition, and the resourcefulness that kept the industry alive through its darkest days.

Tuesday, July 14th, 7:30 p.m. *Michael Collins*, “Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs: The Making of a Surgeon.” How does an Irish Catholic working class construction worker who spends his days building curbs and gutters and drinking beer with his pals transform himself into a first-class surgeon? This is a no frills memoir of how hard work and brains can make miracles happen.

Sunday, July 19th, 4 p.m. *Diana Alstad and Joel Kramer*, “The Passionate Mind Revisited: Expanding Personal and Social Awareness.” This updated version of the 1974 classic takes on Eastern and Western spirituality and scientific materialism at once. The result is a view more reflective of the complexity of our world and more relevant to the challenges we face.

Sunday, July 26 through Wednesday, July 29th. *Napa Valley Writer’s Conference*. Once again Readers’ Books is honored to participate in this annual event in our neighboring valley. This year’s crop of distinguished poets and writers include Elizabeth Alexander, Carl Dennis, Jane Hirshfield, David St. John, Robert Boswell, Peter Ho Davies, Antonya Nelson and ZZ Packer. For more information on individual author readings, go to

Saturday, August 1st, *Benefit for Sonoma County Book Festival*, This year’s benefit for our very own county book festival will be held at Windrush Farm and will feature Jonah Raskin’s new book, “Field Days.” about eating and drinking his way through the Valley of the Moon,

Sunday, August 2nd, 4 p.m. *Novella Carpenter,* “Farm City.” This is the story of two idealistic people who set out to create an urban farm in the middle of the Oakland ghetto. Novella Carpenter introduces pigs and goats, lime trees and vegetables Into this blighted landscape, and amazing things begin to happen. This book will change forever the way you think about farms, cities and human potential.

Tuesday, August 4th, 7:30 p.m. *Joyce Maynard*. “Labor Day.” A gripping psychological tale about power, domination, loneliness and love. When a single mother and her 13 year-old son are briefly taken hostage by an escaped convict, everyone comes away changed forever.

Thursday, August 6th, 7:30 p.m. *David White*. “Sippin’ On Top of the World: Toasting Good Times and Better Days. David White has been exploring the intersection between wine and spirituality for years, and his book offers short, succinct essays into what it really means to be a winemaker and to pursue this particular Holy Grail.

Saturday, August 8th, 1 p.m. *Linda Loveland Reid and Kate Farrell*. “Touch of Magenta” and “Girl in the Mirror.” Meet and greet two Sonoma County authors, part of the Redwood Writers Collective. There will be live music from Monica McKey and refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, August 11th, 4 p.m. Mystery Tea with *Rhys Bowen, Ann Parker and Juliet Blackwell.*. Join us for tea with some of California’s most delightful and distinguished mystery writers. They have all written mystery series featuring female sleuths. Rhys Bowen’s latest is “Royal Flush.” and takes place in 1930s England. Ann Parker has written a series set in Colorado in the 1880s and Juliet Blackwell’s heroine is a witch in hiding who runs a vintage clothing store in San Francisco.

Thursday, August 13th, 7:30 p.m. *Mark Sloan*, “Birth Day.” California pediatrician Mark Sloan has helped deliver more than 3,000 babies and he marvelously captures both the joys and anxieties of childbirth while treating readers to an informed and captivating history of the medical practices surrounding birth in America.

Thursday, August 27th, 7:30 p.m. *Len Saputo*, ” A Return to Healing: Radical Health Care Reform and the Future of Medicine.” Len Saputo has been a frontline witness to the failure of America’s health care system and he has many insights into how to make it work for all of us. Much of his work focuses on healing and wellness strategies rather than disease.

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

TEN FOOT TONE Live and Unplugged Friday July 10th

See Sonoma band Ten Foot Tone LIVE and UNPLUGGED! Join them for an acoustic set at Sonoma Valley Music (521 Broadway (707) 996-2196) this Friday July 10th. Doors open at 7:00pm. Cover $5

Here is a double shot of TFT in the Sonoma 4th of July parade. You get Coverlove and Dan Diss. Enjoy and see you Friday night!

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Ten Foot Tone

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Sonoma 4th of July Parade, 10am

My favorite day in Sonoma is quickly approaching!  If you have never been to  Sonoma’s 4th of July parade, you are in for a treat.

The parade is sponsored by the Sonoma Community Center.  Here is the schedule from their website:

2009 Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
A Salute to
Our Community Traditions
With wine sponsor Robledo Family Winery
Saturday, July 4Schedule of Events
10:00am – Parade begins
11:30am – Hometown Band Concert
12:00pm – Patriotic Ceremony
12:15pm – The Fondettes perform
Live music on the lawn:
1:00pm – Thin One Man
3:00pm – The Sean Carscadden Trio

Thousands of people show up and parking can be a challenge, so be prepared to walk a bit from your car.

Traditionally, there is a water  fight between the citizens (with balloons) and the fire department (with their truck) along First Street West near the Steiner’s Tavern.

This is just another part of this wonderful day.  It is quite fun to watch.  One of my favorite memories of the parade is looking up and seeing 50 or more colorful balloons in the air with the bright blue sky behind them.  Mind you, I was making my way AWAY from the target zone at the time!

If you don’t want to get wet, don’t sit in this area.

Come to think of it, I haven’t seen anyone get wet along First Street East.  That may be more of a ‘dry zone.’

The parade will likely last two hours or more.

See you there!