Update from the Community Center


Sonoma Community Center


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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.


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Buy Your Tickets Now

Merlove

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
5:30-7:30pm
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.



sonoma ARTS + LECTURES

VOM Nature Series
Class & Field Seminar:
Wonderful Waterfowl!

Duck

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
3:00pm
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!

Also…
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
707.938.4626

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

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Sonoma Community Center Update


Sonoma Community Center


SVVGA Beneficiary

cultivating community

Upcoming Events
Valentine’s with Paula Wolfert
Singin’ & Swingin’ Valentine’s Concert
A movie about Merlot
Wonderful Waterfowl Class
Sonoma Idol Auditions
Artesa Wine Discount
Membership Drive

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

Tickets: $125 each

There are still tickets available for what promises to be a memorable evening with notable chef and cookbook author Paula Wolfert. Paula has just returned from an exotic trip to Morrocco 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.

And Later That Night…

Dana Land Swingin’ & Singin’ For Jazz
A Valentine’s Day Benefit Concert for Sonoma Community Center’s
Teen Jazz Camp

Saturday, February 14
7:30pm
The Lodge, Ballroom
$40 each

Enjoy a swingin’ night with jazz vocalists and musicians including Dana Land, Jonathan Poretz, Noel Jewkes, Akira Tana, and more. Special debut performance of the newly formed teen jazz band featuring Jake Barrett, Owen Barrett, Mike Bojorquez, Joel Kruzic, Maeve Greenberg,  Karly Land, and more!

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.


merlove

Merlove
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
5:30-7:30pm
Stop by to meet KC and see his large format paintings.

Visit the SCC Website to buy your tickets today!
Tickets also available by phone at 938-4626 ext 1 or in person at the community center front desk.

Take a look at the Merlot Website here

sonoma ARTS + LECTURES

VOM Nature Series
Class & Field Seminar:
Wonderful Waterfowl!
Duck

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.

Youngdahl Music Studios Presents:idol

Auditions!
Sonoma Idol North Bay
Friday, February 6 from 7:00-10:00pm and
Saturday, February 7 from Noon-3:00pm

The public competition will be held on Saturday, March 14 beginning at 8:00pm, in SCC’s Andrews Hall. Solo and duo acts will be accepted. Junior division is open to ages 12-14, Senior division for ages 15-18. Contestants must live in Sonoma, Napa, or Marin Counties.
Fabulous teen prizes awarded!

Visit the SCC Website for full contest description and rules or to download an application.

Please call the community center front desk at 707-938-4626 ext. 1 to schedule an audition.

Also…
Preparatory vocal performance classes are being offerred at the SCC and begin January 29. These classes meet once a week for six weeks and cost $120.
Call the community center front desk to enroll in these preparatory classes today!
Materials list available on SCC website

Artesa Winery is pleased to be supporting Sonoma Community Center!

Now through March 31 receive 15% off Artesa Wines. Artesa Winerty will donate 10% of all sales to the community center. This offer is only available at www.artesawinery.com
Please enter promotional code ‘SCC’ when ordering wine online to receive this great offer!

Membership Drive Begins!
March is official Membership Month here at SCC

If you haven’t been by for awhile we invite you to come in and see what we’ve been up to lately. From art classes and music lessons to public community events and performances, the SCC staff has been working hard to produce quality programming that appeals to a variety of people.

For those who are already members, now is the time to tell your friends and family about all the community center has to offer.
Visit our website to join or renew your membership instantly, or come by the community center front desk to meet the staff and talk about how you can become a part of this enduring organization.

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
707.938.4626

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

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
$15

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!

Merlove
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
5:30-7:30pm
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
10:00am-4:00pm

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
10:00am-3:00pm

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)
9:30am-12:00pm

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
707.938.4626

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 sonomabirding.org
Friday, January 2
Dawn-Dusk
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 sonomabirding.org.

2nd Annual Christmas
Bird Count for Kids
presented in partnership with sonomabirding.org
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 scc@vom.com to register.

“IDOL” VOCAL COMPETITIONSVVGA Beneficiary
comes to
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
3:00pm
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
707.938.4626

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

BIRD COUNT, SONOMA IDOL, and More from SCC

Sonoma Community Center


SVVGA Beneficiary

cultivating community

Upcoming Events
Arthouse Cinema
Chamber Ensemble
Bird Count
Sonoma Idol
Holiday Dinner

Arthouse at the Centercrash artist
Second Tuesday Cinema Series
Crash Test
Tues, Dec 9, 7pm

The Sonoma Valley Film Society presents the new “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)

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 sonomabirding.org
Friday, January 2
Dawn-Dusk
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 sonomabirding.org.

2nd Annual Christmas
Bird Count for Kids
presented in partnership with sonomabirding.org
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 scc@vom.com to register.

“IDOL” VOCAL COMPETITIONSVVGA Beneficiary
comes to
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 Dinner
December 25
3:00pm
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
707.938.4626

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

Sonoma Community Center Update

Sonoma Community Center


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cultivating community

Upcoming Events
Owls
Holiday Events
Sonoma Idol
Mark your calendar

The Owls of Sonomaowl
Joe Mueller, Professor, Biology
College of Marin
Thurs, Dec 4,
7:30 pm

An evening designed to celebrate the ecology of the unique owl species that reign over the Sonoma night skies. View live owls and learn about their value to us.

Joe Mueller, an expert on owl field biology, has been teaching biology at the College of Marin for nearly 20 years. His subjects of particular interest include ecology, marine biology, ornithology and environmental science, taking a hlistic approach to science.

$5


A Full Holiday Weekend starts Friday
at the Sonoma Community Center
!

Santa VisitSVVGA Beneficiary
Friday, December 5, 6:00 pm
After lighting up City Hall, Santa heads to the community center!! Every year Santa Claus rides on a vintage fire truck to the Sonoma plaza, lights up the Christmas tree at City Hall, and passes out candy canes to kids. Immediately following the 6pm lighting ceremony, Santa will come to the community center to take photos with children. There will be music, warm cider, snacks and cookies, beverages for adults, and crafts projects for children. A new Sonoma tradition that’s fun for the whole family!

Wreath Making wreath
A workshop presented by the Sonoma Ecology Center
Saturday, December 6, 2008
1:00 –  4:00 pm
Learn how to build your own holiday wreath using natural and local materials with one of the valley’s most experienced wreath makers, Chuy Soto, production manager of flowers at Oak Hill Farm. Materials will be provided from Sonoma Garden Park and you are also encouraged to bring ribbons, backyard cuttings, and special decorations from home. $20 per wreath, although, supplies are limited so pre-registration is suggested. Children are welcome. Call
(707) 938-4626X1 to confirm today.

Sonoma Classical Music Society presents:
Chorissima Alumnae from the S.F. Girls Chorus
Music of the Season
Sunday, December 7
3:00pm
The Chorissima will perform classics like the beautiful double-choir Motet “Ave Maria” by Gustav Holst, Chorales by Rutter and Willcocks, Chorales by Russian composer Chesnakov and Swedish composer, Bengt Johansson. To keep the younger set happy, a sprinkling of lighter songs, and some traditional sing-alongs for what promises to be an artistic and joyful experience!
$25 Adults, $10 Students

Children under 12 $5

“IDOL” VOCAL COMPETITIONSVVGA Beneficiary
comes to
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.

The Sonoma Community Center is offering a series of special after school performance classes with Jennifer Youngdahl on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00pm on December 2, 4, 9, 11, 16 & 18 for pre-teens and teens who are interested in getting a “jumpstart” on preparation for the competition. A free voice placement consultation with Jennifer is required. Cost for the 6 group classes is $120.

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.


Mark your calendar…

December 9……Second Tuesday Cinema Series
December 21…..Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble

Sonoma Community Center
276 East Napa Street
Sonoma, California 95476
707.938.4626

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

Update from the Sonoma Community Center

Sonoma Community Center


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cultivating community
Sonoma Community Center
276 East Napa Street
Sonoma, California 95476
707.938.4626

The Grasshopper and the Ant
a Victorian Miniature Theatre performance for the whole family
GrasshopperSaturday, November 1,  3:00 pm
Sonoma Community Center

A rare and unique opportunity to see this lush production in a magical, intimate setting.

Gary Grasshopper explores the meaning of life with a fish.

This performance may be unlike anything you have ever seen before. It is a recreation of Victorian Miniature or paper theatre. People have compared the beauty and miniature size of the show to a jewel; it sparkles with rich colors and a universal story. The performers have gone far beyond the simple Aesop’s fable of the grasshopper and the ant to create a green-man cycle tale as in olden times, a story that takes the audience on a journey through the seasons, leading them to a new understanding of their own place in the cycle of nature.

Michael and Valerie’s award winning paper theatre shows have been enjoyed at various festivals in Europe and the U.S. Now it is your turn to be charmed by this intimate and lovely art form, presented with live music and voices by professionals with combined nearly 60 years experience in performances for family audiences.

$15 Adults
$5 Children
Due to the seating capacity, tickets should be reserved in advance.
Call the Sonoma Community Center at (707) 938-4626, ext. 1

Dracula del LoboDracula 1
Saturday, November 1
7 pm and 9 pm – Two shows
Sonoma Community Center

A rare opportunity to see this show in a small, intimate venue

Dracula del Lobo – Little Blue Moon’s take on the popular vampire story…Set in Argentina in the mid 1920’s we find two young women sent to spend the summer on an isolated plantation (where one of the women’s uncle grows coca for an American soft drink company). The goal is to protect the youth from the dangers of their own sexual awakening, but it turns out an even greater danger lurks next door to the plantation, Francisco Pizzaro’s “Mano de Sangre,” Count Dracula del Lobo who was one of the original conquistadores made immortal by an Incan blood curse. Creepy, beautiful, erotic and dramatically tense, this new work for paper theatre is a ‘don’t miss.” Contains stake driving, beheading, blood, and a simmering lustful admosphere…just what you would expect from the world’s favorite monster.

Scenes from Dracula del Lobo (at the sacred Incan temple of the moon in 1530, and Michael & Valerie with Victorian Miniature Theatre)

$15 per person
Due to the size of the venue, tickets should be purchased in advance.
Call the Sonoma Community Center at (707) 938-4626, ext. 1

Wine and water available at show.

Dracula 2The Bay Area’s internationally acclaimed Little Blue Moon Theatre has just opened a new original production, “Dracula del Lobo.” Inspired by Bram Stoker’s well-known vampire novel, “Dracula del Lobo” is an original play in a Victorian Miniature Theatre style. Set in Argentina in the 1920s, it tells the story of two young women who are sent to the countryside for the summer, only to discover that the reclusive Count who lives next door has a supernatural interest in them. The award winning Little Blue Moon Theatre has created a play that is spooky and erotic, atmospheric and visually stunning, featuring the original artwork of Michael Nelson and the live voice acting and singing of the Little Blue Moon Theatre cast. Under development since 2005, “Dracula del Lobo” premiered to great acclaim at the Preetz Paper Theatre Festival in Germany in September, 2008, with sold out performances, continuing with performances in Cologne before returning to the U.S.

For more about Little Blue Moon Theatre,
http://magicalmoonshine.org/bluemoon.htm

Verismo Opera & The Sonoma Community Center present
Rigolettorigoletto
by Guiseppe Verdi
Sunday, November 2, 3:00 pm

Featuring: Christopher Wells as Rigoletto
Frederick Winthrop as Duke of Mantua
Jill K Wagoner as Gilda
Roger Smith as Count Monterone
John Minagro as Sparafucile
Marsha Simms as Maddalena

THIS OPERA WILL BE SUNG IN ITALIAN
WITH ENGLISH SUPERTITLES

Conducted by Eric Gjovaag
Director: Frederick Winthrop
Stage Manager: Brandon Walker

$15 General admission
$12 Seniors and Students
Children 12 and under are free.
For ticket sales and information, please call (707) 864-0630
Tickets also available at the door