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

Experience Healing Modalities at the Open House on March 21 FREE

Hey, friends.
The wonderful healers who are opening their office for this event are letting people in to experience their various methods, many not available anywhere else.

Silvia Cloe has a hyperbaric chamber, used to get oxygen deeply into the body and brain. I have been lucky enough to try it.

Libby Roberts is  VERY gifted Feldenkrais teacher who does popular classes at Parkpoint.

Jane Ellen Heath is an MD who uses Homeopathy and teaches workshops.

They invited me to do toning tune-ups at the open house.
I hope people will drop by and meet these terrific women, play with their diagnostic machines, biofeedback, and, my favorite, the Hyperbaric chamber for oxygen therapy!
Margy Henderson
Sound Healer and Hand Analysis

Spring Equinox


March 21st 1:00 – 5:00 pm no cost

283 2nd St. East


Hosted by: QEEG4WellBeing & Mandala CSN


Healing modalities of:


Awareness Through Movement®

Biofeedback games


Journey to the Wild Divine

Presentations on:

Detox Homeopathy

Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Brain mapping, the QEEG

Contact #996-2930 for more information or just stop by on the 21st!

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

Reader’s Books Events – Jan 8 and Jan 11

* ** ** ** **FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 2, 2009*

Information Contact:

Lilla Weinberger, co-owner

Readers’ Books

130 E. Napa Street

Sonoma, CA 95476



Thursday, January 8, 7:30 p.m. *Peter Laufer* and *Markos Kounalakis* will discuss their book /Hope Is a Tattered Flag: Voices of Reason and Change for the Post-Bush Era* */at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information call 707-939-1779.

_Press Release_

On Thursday, January 8^th , at 7:30 p.m, Readers’ Books will present an evening with Peter Laufer and Markos Kounalakis, authors of /Hope Is a Tattered Flag: Voices of Reason and Change for the Post-Bush Era./

Laufer and Kounalakis host a nationally syndicated radio show—“Washington Monthly on the Radio”—and to produce this book they have carefully culled 48 interviews from the run-up to the 2008 presidential election. Some of the interviews are with inside the beltway pundits and political stars like Bill Richardson, but many of them are the words of governmental and civilian underlings—speechwriters, analysts, Army colonels, businessmen and artists, the people who do the actual work of the nation. These interviews cover the gamut of the current American experience and offer rich and rare insights into what’s likely to come in the Obama Administration.

Readers’ Books is located at 130 East Napa Street in Sonoma and the public is cordially invited. For more information on this event call 707-939-1779.




Sunday, January 11, 3:00 p.m. *Tilar Mazzeo *will present her new book “The Widow Clicquot: The Story a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It/./.” at Andrews Hall, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information call 707-939-1779.

_Press Release_

Readers’ Books will host a champagne reception and talk on Sunday, January 11, at 3 p.m. to celebrate the publication of Tilar J. Mazzeo’s book, “The Widow Clicquot: The Story a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It.” The reception and talk will be held in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa Street, Sonoma.

Although Veuve Clicquot champagne is celebrated all over the world, until now very little was known about the woman who brought it to life. Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin lived through and witnessed many of the dramatic events of the French Revolution. After her husband’s death she broke with convention and assumed the reins of his fledgling business. A daring and determined entrepreneur, it was Barbe-Nicole who arranged for secret deliveries of her champagne to Russia on one day and entertained Napoleon and Josephine on another. Often on the brink of financial ruin, she ultimately became one of the richest women of her time and through her product, her name lives on today.

Tilar J. Mazzeo is a cultural historian and biographer. She divides her time between California wine country and Maine, where she teaches at Colby College.

Andrews Hall is located at 276 East Napa Street, Sonoma. This event is co-sponsored by Readers’ Books and the Sonoma Community Center. A $10 donation is requested, which includes a glass of champagne. The public is invited. For more information call 707-939-1779.

Chamber Ensemble, Bird Count and more from SCC

Sonoma Community Center

SVVGA Beneficiary

cultivating community

Upcoming Events
Chamber Ensemble
Bird Count
Sonoma Idol
Holiday Dinner
Dear Veronica,

The Sonoma Community Center wishes you and yours a joyful season.

Happy Holidays!

Valley of the MoonChristmas Rose
Chamber Ensemble presents:
A Christmas Rose
a benefit concert for Sonoma Community Center
Sun,December 21, 3:00pm

The Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble was conceived when a group of local singers got together at the home of Dr. Brian Sebastian to sing informally for a Christmas party. This holiday season the group will gather again to sing a concert of traditional and old European Christmas carols and other crowd pleasers.

General Admission: $20

Christmas Bird Count
Informational meeting and registration
for new Christmas Bird Count birders
Thursday, December 18, 7pm
photo courtesy of Jean Kuns

The 109th Audubon
Christmas Bird Count
presented in partnership with
Friday, January 2
At dawn on Friday, January 2nd Dozens of birding teams, led by expert birders, will scour the Sonoma Valley and the Petaluma wetlands in search of over 180 species of birds  that dwell in the area. Last year, Sonoma Valley was ranked 23rd nationally of over 2000 North American participants. “This is citizen science at its best and the annual event ties together all the valley communities as well as our neighbors in Petaluma and Napa” said Tom Rusert, co-founder of the event. The bird count will finish with a pot-luck dinner held in Andrews hall beginning at 5pm. Experience in birding is not necessary to participate. This event is open to all ages. To sign up for the bird  count or for more information visit

2nd Annual Christmas
Bird Count for Kids
presented in partnership with
Saturday, January 17, 9am-1pm
Fee: $5 suggested donation
Guided by experienced birders, kids ages 4-18 will hike in areas throughout Sonoma, learn about and count winter birds at the second annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids, and have their work documented nationally. The event culminates with a pizza and ice cream party at the Sonoma Community Center at noon. The results of the count will be posted on eBird, an electronic bird list developed by Cornell University.
Participants must be registered. Please call the Sonoma Community Center at 707-938-4626 ext 1. or email to register.

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Sonoma Community Center

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. They are featured artists on radio shows, perform in bands and vocal ensembles and record CD’s. Jennifer’s own list of accomplishments include singing on numerous radio and TV commercials, charting on adult contemporary radio with one of her original songs and as an inventor, patenting a musical gift card.

Annual Holiday Dinnerchristmas dinner
December 25
Admission: Free

The purpose of a community is to gather diverse groups and individuals who together can make a better collective whole. Every year, Sonoma Community Center offers community holiday meals, free of charge, to all who wish to connect with members of our community on a more personal level. What better way to strengthen our neighborly bonds than to sit down  to a feast prepared by, for and of our community?

For decades, Sonoma Community Center has hosted elaborate Holiday dinners. Held in Andrews Hall, meals are cooked and served by volunteers at no cost to the attendees, and served starting at 3pm. For the second year in a row, the community center will partner with Faith Presbyterian Church to produce this fabulous meal. Greg Silvi, Faith Presbyterian member and San Francisco director of Gourmet Magazine, will coordinate and oversee the dinner.

Sonoma Community Center
276 East Napa Street
Sonoma, California 95476

For more information, you may also visit our website:
SCC Website

June 21 and 22, Reiki Level 1 and 2 class at CIMSS

California Institute of Massage and Spa Services

We have an incredible Reiki 1st & 2nd Degree Weekend taught by Reiki Master Teacher Brenda Siemering! And for those of you who have taken Reiki I here is your chance to review, get lots of hands on practice and receive your 2nd degree training!

Class: Reiki 1st & 2nd Degree
Date: June 21 & 22nd
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: $230.00 & $17.00 Manual fee (Graduates of our Reiki I & II class who wish to repeat the weekend class the cost is $45.00.)

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To Register call or email us. Also either send a check with the registration fee of $100.00 or call us with a credit card to confirm your place in the class.

Come join in a fun and empowering first and second degree Reiki Practitioner training week-end! Instruction of the Usui Tradition of Natural Healing, which roots are in the Buddhist Sanskrit Scriptures, will include:

  • Learning to Channel Reiki energy through touch and at a distance, for you, your clients, family, plants and animals.
  • Five powerful initiations that will help to accelerate your personal and
    spiritual growth in profound ways and give you Reiki for the rest of your life.
  • Instruction in the three sacred traditional symbols for healing and
  • Hands-on practice and lots of healing for You!
  • A complete Reiki 1st & 2nd degree manual and certificate.

This is the perfect course for anyone who wants to receive and open to healing energy that is available for all of us. It is an excellent tool for Massage Therapists, Nurses, Physical Therapists, Doctors and Veterinarians.

Brenda Siemering is a Reiki Master Teacher of the Usui Tradition of Natural Healing. She is an Herbalist and Developer of an alternative energy plant located in Northern California and has been practicing Reiki since 1989. Brenda is a licensed Continuing Education Provider, teaching and providing energy healing sessions in Sonoma County.

Call or email soon to register!

California Institute of Massage & Spa Services
(707) 939-9431

Reiki I Attunement Class in Sonoma October 27th



I just wanted to let you know that I will be doing a Reiki I attunement class in Sonoma on Oct. 27th.

The class will be held at the California Institute of Massage and Spa Services on Oct. 27th from 9am to 5pm and costs $120. The location is at 772 W. Napa Street in Sonoma which is the building next to the Artisan Bakery and you can park in their lot or the next driveway lot. Please contact Kate Alves at 939-9431 for reservations.

The class will include the attunement and training/practice time and lots of time for questions about Reiki and hands-on-healing/energy work in general.

If you know of anyone who would be interested, please pass on this information.

Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!

Blessings to you

Anne Mackenzie