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LITERARY Gatherings, Readings, Poetry Jams and Library Events
Sonoma County CALENDAR
 

by Vesta Copestakes

Join like minds who love to read, write and recite. Plenty of people to share your passion for the written and spoken word...Enjoy!

Off the Page Readers Theater is dedicated to showcasing the works of local writers. Our Winter show will be based on the theme, "Family Matters." This theme deals with many aspects of our lives, in or out of relationship with our many families - those by blood and those by choice. We are seeking pieces for this show: narratives, short stories, poems, song lyrics, short plays or scenes from a play; in moods from light to dark. Please send your submission[s] to me by email.  THE DEADLINE IS AUGUST 25, 2016. You will receive OUR response by SEPTEMBER 15, 2016 Details: Hilary Moore  Off the Page   707 824 8467   sonomacountyoffthepage@gmail.com

Petaluma Readers Theatre ~ seeks submissions for tow shows. October: ghostly stories up to 3500 words -= DEADLING Sep 6 and November on Food up to 3500 words, DEADLINE Oct 3. Please send to info@etalumareaderstheatre.comPerformances will be October 15 and November 19 at Prince Gallery, Petaluma, CA. For Information about PRT

LITERARY EVENTS:

The Sonoma County Library will be CLOSED Nov 24-26. Additionally, All Sonoma County Libraries will close @ 2 pm on Dec. 23 and Dec. 30. All Sonoma County Libraries will be closed on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.

Healthy Living at Your Library ~ Cardio Kickboxing, Gentle Strength & Stretch, Healing Foods Basics, Meditation for Everyone, Winter Vegetables Beyond Broccoli, Ayurveda: Body Type System, Senior Health Literacy, Family Boot Camp, Yoga for Neck and Shoulders, Cooking in Season, Core and HIIT Express, Fresh from the Garden and more! Some classes require pre-registration. Please call or visit your local Sonoma County Library branch to learn more about our Healthy Living at Your Library program and sign up for events! 

In addition, sign-up for the Library’s Healthy Living Club and you may win a prize! If you join the club and attend three Healthy Living classes, checkout any health book or fitness DVD, and complete a personal fitness challenge of your choice, you will be entered in a prize drawing. Prizes include an Instant Pot, blender, Sonoma County Parks pass, fitbit, yoga kit, assortment of spices and $50 gift cards. Prizes to be awarded June 1, 2017. Stop by the Information Desk at your local library to sign get a Club Card. http://sonomalibrary.org

The Sonoma County Library works hard for the arts community by collecting, cataloging, and making accessible a wide range of locally-produced books, music, and videos. If you are a local author or musician or filmmaker, the Library wants to know about you. Local authors website: www.www.sonoma.lib.ca.us/community/  If you are a local musician, take a look at our Sonoma County Musicians and Musical Groups page on Facebook, or send an email to David Dodd, Collections Manager, at ddodd@sonoma.lib.ca.us. We want to hear from you! 

thru May 2017 ~ FREE Nutrition Classes at the Library - Ceres is partnering with Sonoma County Library 

Sonoma County Healthy Living at your Library and other local organizations to host a series of free classes with health as the focus.  The Healthy Living at Your Library series will offer free educational classes and events to the public with a focus on nutrition, healthy cooking and physical fitness.  
Classes will be offered county wide at each library branch from October 2016-May 2017.

"The library's project is in alignment with the mission of Ceres Community Project to energize communities by linking what we eat and how we care for each other with the health of people and planet," said Thais Harris, NCNutrition Education Manager."It is our pleasure to support this project to help educate the public about the importance of a diet based on nutrient-rich, organic and local foods."   October 2016- May 2017 Sonoma County Library   More Info and Schedule of Classes: www.sonomalibrary.org/health   Questions?   Contact Jaime Anderson at 707.545.0831, ext. 1545 or janderson@sonoma.lib.ca.us.  

Nov 28. -Jumpstart Your Writing - Copperfields Petaluma - Do you want to write but don't know how to get started? Creative prompts inspire writing. There will be no critiquing or judging of your writing.  Jumpstart Writing Workshops are for your enjoyment and can lead to writing short stories, novels, memoir, personal essay and poetry. Bring a notebook and a fast-moving pen. $15 per workshop -6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -  Copperfield's Books in Petaluma.    .

Dec 1 ~ Schools for Salone - Ms. Nofziger and Dr. Heavner will describe the challenges of creating indigenous partnerships, anticipating crises, and addressing fundamental needs in education and health through international initiatives. Schools for Salone (SfS) partners with vulnerable villages in Sierra Leone, West Africa, to rebuild the schools devastated in the ten-year civil war that ended in 2002. Cindy Nofziger, Founder and Executive Director, Schools for Salone & Dr. Robert Heavner, former Board Member for Schools for Salone; clinical psychologist  Santa Rosa Members & SLV free: Visitors $5 - 7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium 5555 Montgomery Drive SR. http://wacsc.org/events.html

Dec 1-4 ~ Friends of Santa Rosa Libraries Book Sale ~ 10a-5p. Santa Rosa Central Library. 211 E Street, Santa Rosa. 

River Friends of the Library Bake Sale

Dec 7 – 10 ~ The River Friends of the Library Holiday Book and Bake Sale
Great time for gift shopping and taste great homemade goodies.  All money earned will benefit the Guerneville (includes Forestville and Occidental Branches) Regional Library . Books for everyone. Great selections. Great prices.
Guerneville Regional Library - Wednesday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m, Thursday and Friday-10 a.m. to 5.00p.m and Saturday from 10:00 a.m to 3 p.m.
14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446  www.sonomalibrary.org    (707) 869-9004

Dec 17 ~ Snowflake Craft Table ~ Drop-in to the library and make paper snowflakes at our craft table. 10a. Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma

Jan 15 ~ TreeGirl: Intimacy with Nature - In her new book, TreeGirl: Intimate Encounters Tree Girl Intimate Encounters with Wild Naturewith Wild Nature, photographer and arborist Julianne Skai Arbor bring s us into intimate contact with 50 species of trees from 13 countries, weaving stunning nude photography, natural history, ethnobotany, conservation, and the ecopsychology of the human-tree relationship. Photo exhibit, book reading, slide show, delectable ethnobotanical tree foods, live music by Richard Heinberg and opening talk by Brock Dolman. Donations gratefully accepted. Sunday, January 15 12:00 - 5:00 PM Occidental Center for The Arts 3850 Doris Murphy Ct.   •   Occidental, CA 95465   •   707.874.9392 www.treegirl.com   www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org/ 

WRITERS: 

Dec 10 ~ Sensory Literary Open Mic, Poetry and Stories That Highlight the Senses at Coffee Catz, Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. 12:30-1:30p. Round robin open mic. Donation: $5 to $10. *Scent free event. Listeners welcome. Hosted by Sher Christian http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com

Dec 11 ~ Redwood Writers Present Rebecca Foust: How Poetry and Prose Practices Nurture Each Other 2:30 PM - 4:30PM.  Redwood Writers Present 

Dec 18 ~  Third Sunday Literary Open Mic at Coffee Catz, Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. 12:30-1:30p. A supportive group of friendly and witty fellow writers, all skill levels. Usher in the light. Round robin open mic, read short stories and/or poems if you like. Listeners welcome. Grab a refreshing drink and tasty treat and enjoy the cozy comfort of the back room or patio, depending on weather. Donation: $5 to $10. *Scent free event. Hosted by Sher Christian http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com

Do Tell Story Swap - When & Where ~ 2nd Tuesday of Each Month ~ 7-9p. For grownup and teen storytellers and listeners. Come join us to listen and/or tell your tale! The Swap maintains an atmosphere of openness, acceptance and assistance to all storytellers. Please limit your story to 7 minutes. Stories are to be told and not read. Read our “Swap Updates” on this website for a summary of stories told each month…lots of variety! Free/Donation suggested $3-5. First Congregational United Church of Christ - Friendship Hall, 2000 Humboldt St, Santa Rosa. http://dotellstoryswap.org

Memoirs Class & Group ~ Don't just have a past - share it! Learn to write and tell tales of personal & family history a new, easy way. Free to all ages at Sebastopol Senior Center, 167 N High St, Sebastopol Tuesdays 1:30-4:00p. 707-829-1549

UUCSR Writers ~  2-4 pm Writers regular monthly meeting - Writer presentations of a work in progress. Novelists, Poets, Memoirs, Screenwriters, whatever your chosen work, come and share your written words with us. We meet 10 months a year, Jan-Oct on the first Monday of the month (except Sept-the second Monday) from 2 to 4 pm at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, 707-568-5381 http://uucsrwriters.blogspot.com

Directory of Sonoma County Writers ~ The Literary Update is creating a directory of Sonoma County Writers. If you are interested in being listed, send the material you would like included: e.g., photo (jpg), 100-word bio, web and/or blog links, and contact information. E-mail to sonomacountyliteraryupdate@gmail.comhttp://socolitupdate.com/directory-of-writers/

WRITER/SPEAK ~ Would you like to be interviewed for a half-hour cable TV show? A You/Tube of the show and DVDs to promote yourself as an author is included in the fee.  Filmed at the Cmedia lab in Santa Rosa. Contact: info@jeaneslone.com or 707-696-4847. 

Writers Forum ~ features a variety of presenters exploring the craft and business of writing on the third Thursday of each month. Petaluma Community Center at Lucchesi Park, 320 North McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. NEW TIME: 6:30 to 8:30p, $15 at the door. www.TheWriteSpot.us  
Oct 10 ~ Rayne Wolfe: The Art of the Interview: Mining for Gold; Behind most great stories is a challenging interview. Newspaper reporter and columnist, Rayne Wolfe will share some of her methods for identifying sources, mining for quotable gold and turning interviews into stories. 

Snoopy's Writers ~ CURRENTLY our "Think Tank" is talking about "What is Plot?" Snoopy’s Writers meet EVERY MONDAY AFTERNOON FROM 1-4 pm at THE WARM PUPPY CAFE. Some of us write and some of us talk about writing while we write. We do not hold to traditional rules of order about "meeting". Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy’s Home Ice, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. Info: Georgette G. deBlois ggdeb@sonic.net.  We will meet Mondays December 5th and 12th . Our Annual Holiday Celebration - Monday, December 12th.  We will not meet on Mondays December 19th and 26th. We will resume our regular weekly Monday schedule on January 2, 2017. Web - http://www.snoopyswriters.com  Blog - http://www.snoopyswriters.blogspot.com

READERS:

Early Literacy ~ Events for children at Sonoma County libraries. READ-TALK-PLAY-SING programs at all library branches. Schedule: www.sonomalibrary.org

Free Bookmobile Info ~ freebookmobile.org  707.520.4536  Check us out on Facebook: www.facebook.com/freebookmobile 
Volunteer Opportunities! Looking for motivated persons and families to help with book drives, book pickup/delivery, event promotion, sorting, and on-site assistance at our big events. Glen@freebookmobile.org

11/29: Geyserville  5 - 6:30 Pm
12/2: Cotati / Tree Lighting Ceremony, La Plaza Park  5 - 8 Pm
12/10: Santa Rosa / SR Marketplace, Kawana Springs Rd  9:30 - 11:30 Am
12/10: Kenwood / Kenwood Market  12 - 1 Pm
12/10: Glen Ellen / Post Office  1:30 - 2:30 Pm
12/10: Boyes Hot Springs / Fiesta Center  3 - 5 Pm
12/17: Larkfield / SR Farmers Market, Luther Burbank Center  10 Am - 1 Pm
12/17: Cotati / Oliver's Market  2 - 3:30 Pm
12/17: Roseland / Dollar Tree, Sebastopol Rd  4 - 5:30 Pm
12/31: Freestone  9 - 10 Am
12/31: Valley Ford  10:30 - 11:30 Am
12/31: Bodega Bay / Veterinary Hospital  12 - 1 Pm
12/31: Jenner  1:30 - 3 Pm
12/31: Monte Rio  3:30 - 5 Pm

We would love to know where you think we should distribute books.  We especially appreciate advance notice of fairs, festivals, and other rural and low-income area events that don't charge an entrance fee.  Don't be shy, drop us a line... Glen@freebookmobile.org 

Bookmobile Donation Locations Your books aren't having much fun getting dusty on the shelf! Please take a moment to box up the best of your collection and drop them off at any of the locations below:

Paul's Empire Head Shop & Engine Supply ~ 112 Roberts Ave, Santa Rosa (546-4324)

Exchange Bank ~ 136 Calistoga Rd, Santa Rosa (539-1505)
Exchange Bank ~ 6290 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park (584-7300)
Argent Bank ~ 201 North Main St, Sebastopol (827-2265)

Argent Bank ~ Inside G&G Market, 701-B Sonoma Mtn Pkwy, Petaluma (781-2265)
The Windsor UPS Store ~ 9048 Brooks Rd South, Windsor (838-3853)
Sonoma 76 Station ~ 195 West Napa St, Sonoma (996-3555)

Copperfield’s Books Events Visit copperfieldsbooks.com for store locations; RSVP here and save 10% on event books on the night of the event. All events 7p unless otherwise noted.
Dec 10 ~ Christmas Storytime, Montgomery Village, 4p
Dec 11 ~ Hanukkah Storytime, Petaluma 11a
Dec 11 ~ Winter Storytime, Montgomery Village, 4p
Dec 12 ~ Hanukkah Storytime, Montgomery Village, 4p 

Events at Many Rivers Books, 130 S. Main St., Suite 101, Sebastopol, 707-829-8871, www.manyriversbooks.com. Check out - and add comments to - our new Many Rivers blog available from the Many Rivers homepage, or at manyriversbooks.com/blog1/.

Events at Readers’ Books ~ 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma ~ 707-939-1779 ~ info@readersbooks.com ~ readersbooks.com
Nov 30 ~ 7:00 p.m. Last Wednesday Food Book Group

Sonoma County Libraries ~ https://sonomalibrary.org

Homework Help ~ Free homework assistance for grades K-12. Don’t settle for a low grade because of homework! Get free homework coaching in the Homework Help program at your local library. Interested in volunteering to be a Homework Helper? Click here for information on how to apply!

Central Santa Rosa Library, 211 E St, Santa Rosa
Every Sat ~ Read to a Dog ~ 11a
Every Tue ~ Toddler Time (18-35 months) 10:30a
Every Tue ~ Babytime (3-17 months) 11:15a
Every Tue ~ Plaisir de Lire (ages 5 & up) 3:15p
Every Tue ~Homework Help 3:30p
Every Wed ~ After-Nap Wiggle Time (age 3-36 months) 3:30p
Every Thu ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11a
Every Thu thru Aug 27 ~ Youth Chess Club 10:30a
Every 2nd Thur ~ Great Books 1p
Dec 3 ~ Project Rx: A Research Remedy, 10a-2p
Dec 9 ~ Internet Basics, 10a
Dec 10 ~ Once Upon a Gingerbread House, 1p
Dec 16 ~ Family Movie Night, 4-5:45p
Dec 17 ~ Meet the Mock Caldecotts, 10:30a-3:30p 

Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale
Every Thu ~ Family Storytime - Ages 2-5 10:30a 

Guerneville Regional Library14107 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville
Every Tue ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11a
Dec 8 ~ Book Discussion: "The Teller", 12:30-1:30p
Dec 17 ~ Once Upon a Gingerbread House, 10:30a
Dec 28 ~ Winter Magic with Magician Mike Della Penna, 11a 

Healdsburg Regional Library, 139 Piper St, Healdsburg
Every Fri ~ Wee Read Bilingüe (0-24 months) 10:30a
Every Tue ~ Preschool Storytime (Ages 2-5) 10:30a
Every Thurs ~ Mindful Minis (Ages 6-12), 4p
Every Sat ~ Read to a Dog 11a
Dec 3 ~ Master Gardeners: Holiday Arrangements from the Seasonal Garden, 10:30a
Dec 3 ~ Intro to Computers, 2:30p
Dec 6 ~ Book Swimming with Ann Weber, 10a
Dec 10 ~ Gingerbread Friends Cookies and Crafts, 11a 

Northwest Santa Rosa Library, 150 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa
Every Thu ~ Read to a PALS Dog 3:30p
Every Fri ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5) 10:30a
Every Sat ~ Cuentos y Cantos Bilingual Storytime (ages/edades 0-5) 10:30a
Dec 2, 9, 16 ~ Family Storytime: Holly Days & Nutcracker Sweets, 10:30a 

Petaluma Regional Library100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma
Every Fri ~ Toddler Time (18-35 months) 10am
Every Fri ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 10:45a
Every Tue ~ Read to a Dog 3p
Every Wed ~ Babytime (0-17 months) 10a
Dec 3 ~ Seasonal Paper Crafting, 10:30a
Dec 3 ~ Cardio Kickboxing, 2p
Dec 8 ~ Nature Crafts for Winter, 3:30p
Dec 10 ~ Winter Magic with Magician Mike Della Penna, 11a
Dec 10 ~ Fraud and Identity Theft Prevention, 2:30p
Dec 17 ~ Once Upon a Gingerbread House, 1:30p 

Rincon Valley Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd, Santa Rosa
Every Wed ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11a
Every Wed ~ Castles & Crowns Chess Club 3:15p
Every Wed ~ Homework Help for K - 12, 3:30 - 5:30
Every Thu ~ Read to a Dog 3p
Every Fri ~ Babytime (0-17 months) 10a
Every Fri ~ Toddler Time (18-35 months) 11a
Every Sat ~ Read to a Dog, 1p2nd Wed ~ Book Discussion Group 1:30p or 6:30p
Homework Help! Every Wednesday when school is in session a core of instructors provide Homework Help for K - 12, 3:30 - 5:30. Contact Jennifer Duran, Head Librarian for more details.

Rohnert Park Cotati Regional Library, 6250 Lynne Condé Way, Rohnert Park

Every Sat ~ Read to a Dog ~ 2p (cancelled Jan 2)
Every Wed ~ Read to a Dog 3:30p
Every Thur ~ Babytime (0-17 months) 10a
Every Thur ~ Toddler Wiggletime (18 to 35 month) 11a
Every Fri ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3 to 5) 10:30a
Last TuesLearn the Library Catalog and Databases 10a.  
Nov 30 ~ Introduction to Ukuelele for Adults, 5:30p 
Dec 3 ~ Steve Taylor - Ramirez Concert, 2p
Dec 10 ~ Once Upon a Gingerbread, 10:30a
Dec 14 ~ Friday Movie Night Holiday Special, 5:30p
Dec 15 ~ Holiday Gift Craft for Teens and Tweens, 4p
Dec 17 ~ Honey B and the Pollinators, 2p 

Roseland Community Library, 779 Sebatopol Rd, Santa Rosa
Every Sat ~ Bilingual Storytime, 10a
Every Sat ~ Read to a PALS Dog, 11a

Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol
Every Tue ~ Wiggle Time for Preschoolers (ages 2-5) 10:30a
Every Tue ~ Wee Read for Babies (0 to 24 months) 11:30
Every Wed ~ Cuentos y Cantos – Bilingual Storytime 11a
Dec 10 ~ Winter Magic with Magician Mike Della Penna, 2p
Dec 17 ~ Gingerbread Creatures and Candle Making, 2p
Dec 20 ~ A Few of My Favorite Things - Musical Theater for Kids and Adult, 11a 

Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 West Napa St, Sonoma
Every Tues ~ Homework Help, 3:30p
Every Thu ~ Toddler Time (ages 0-3) 10:30a
Every Thu ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11:30a (Cancelled in Dec)
Every Fri ~ Drop-in Computer Orientation 11a

Windsor Regional Library, 9291 Old Redwood Hwy, Building 100, Windsor
Every Tue ~ Read to a Dog 3p
Every Wed ~ Beginning Internet 6p
Every Wed ~ Babytime (ages 0-24 months) 10:30a
Every Wed ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5) 11:30a
Every Wed ~ Family Reading Book Club (grades 2-5) 4p
Dec 3 ~ Sonoma County Reads Conversation, "Between the World and Me", 11a
Dec 17 ~ Once Upon a Gingerbread House, 11a
Dec 23 ~ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 11a 

ONGOING 

1st & 3rd Sat ~ Finding your Voice ~ A women’s writing workshop. Writing exercises, sharing works, & feedback. $15 each; 11-1. Contact Lee Meryl Senior, 707-869-2407, leesenior@comcast.net

Tues ~ Tayu Meditation Center, owner and operator of Many Rivers, commences a new weekly practice group meeting on Tuesday November 15 at 7:30 pm.  (No meeting on election Tuesday.)  Check it out: To Follow Your Bliss, First Follow Your Dread. 7:30 pm. Many Rivers Books & Tea. 130 S. Main St. Sebastopol

2nd Tue ~ Center Literary Café ~ Featured speaker, followed by open mic. Donation. 7 pm (6:30 doors), Healdsburg Senior Center, 133 Matheson St ~ Cynthia Helen, 707-696-1111, centerliterarycafe@gmail.com

2nd Tue ~ Do Tell Story Swap ~ for grownup and teen storytellers and listeners. Join us to tell your tale of up to seven minutes in length, or come listen. The Swap maintains an atmosphere of acceptance and encouragement to all storytellers. Stories are to be told and not read. They can be true stories, tall tales, legends, myths, or even songs with a narrative. 7-9p at First Congregational Church, 2000 Humboldt St, Santa Rosa. Donation of $3-5 welcome. www.dotellstoryswap.com

Wed ~ Life Stories Class ~ Try our kind & encouraging class. No age requirement. Free. 1-3pm, Healdsburg Senior Center, 133 Matheson St ~ 707-431-3324 ~ ci.healdsburg.ca.us

2nd Wed ~ Spanish Book Discussion “CLUB DE LECTURA” Biblioteca Regional de Petaluma  
100 Fairgrounds Drive Petaluma, Ca 94952 (707) 763-9801
Upcoming Dates and Titles:
January 11 - El Canto del Agua Nelly Rosario
February 8 - La Sirvienta y el Luchador  Horacio Castellanos Moya
March 8 - Final de Juego  Julio Cortazar
April 12 - Aves Sin Nido  Clorinda Matto de Turner
May 10 - Delirium Tremens  Ignacio Solares
June 14 - La Tregua  Mario Benedetti

3rd Wed ~ WordTemple ~ Katherine Hastings hosts poetry interviews, readings, & reconstructions. 7:00-8:00 pm, KRCB 91.1 FM ~ wordtemple.com

3rd Wed ~ Sitting Room Book Group ~ 2 -4pm.  http://www.sonomacountygazette.com/cms/pages/index.html www.SittingRoom.org

Thurs ~ UUCSR Writers Morning Coffee ~11 am - 12:30 noon • in the Warm Puppy Cafe, Snoopy's Home Ice Arena. We meet once a week for lighthearted conversation about who’s doing what in our literary community. ggdeb@sonic.net

2nd & 4th Thu ~ OCA Readers' Theater ~ Meets 7 - 9 pm, 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. Come check out the diverse, creative selections this talented group chooses to read--short plays, essays, poems, short stories, original works, even T-shirts! For more information, call Judith Reimuller at 707-829-2176 or email Joan Ambrosini  joanjustjoan@hotmail.com   FREE

3rd Thu ~ Writer’s Forum ~ Explore the craft & business of writing. $15 at the door. Feb-Nov, 6:30-8:30p pm, Petaluma Community Center at Luchessi Park, 320 N McDowell Blvd ~ theWriteSpot.us

Alternate Fri ~ Writing Group for Adults ~ with Chester Aaron. Fees $10-$20; donated to Occidental Center for the Arts. Alternate Fridays, 1-3 pm, Occidental. RSVP: 707-874-9392 or chgarlic@comcast.net

Fri  ~ Writing as a Healing Practice with author Susan Hagen. Drop-in, 10:30 – 12:30. Sonoma County Healing Academy (SoCoHA), 6741 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol. Suggested donation $20-$40. No class August 28, 2015. Bring your notebook and pen; No writing experience necessary. Questions? Contact Susan Hagen at 707-888-0849 or suzhagen@sonic.net. More info: www.susanhagen.com.

2nd Sat ~ Literary open Mic at Readers Books, Sonoma ~ Polish up those poems, practice the new song, prepare.  Next Saturday we'll meet in the Reading Garden between 5:00 and 7:00 for our always interesting and engaging literary open mic. info@readersbooks.com

2nd Sun ~
Northbay Poetry Slam ~ hosted by BeSage. Lyrical verbalists of all ages welcome. $5 cover. 8 pm (7 doors), Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol ~ Brianna Sage, 483-7231

3rd Sun ~ Healdsburg Literary Guild ~ Thirs Sunday Salon. Featured reader followed by open mic. Free & open to the public. 1:30-3:30p. The Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Ave. ~ www.HbgLitGuild.org 

3rd Sun  ~ Literary Open Mic ~ 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Coffee Catz at Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. A supportive group of friendly, witty writers. Grab a refreshing drink and tasty treat and enjoy the comfort of the back room or patio, depending on weather. Round robin open mic.  Listeners welcome. Donation: $5 to $10.  Scent free event.http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne/

Redwood Writers Club ~ Monthly meeting. $5/$8. Light refreshments. 2:30-5 pm, Flamingo Hotel, 2777 4th St, Santa Rosa ~ 707-578-8938 ~ redwoodwriters.org

Poetry Reading & Workshop ~ Hosted by poet Sher Christian. By donation. 12:30-2:30 pm, Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol ~ 707 829-6600 ~ lusciouspoetry.typepad.com

Book Discussion Groups ~ Bring a brown bag lunch, book, & banter. ~ sonomalibrary.org/bookgroup 

Classics Book Club ~ Erin, 481-3488 or erinsheff@comcast.net

Project Censored ~ The news that didn’t make the news. ~ projectcensored.orgd

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