LITERARY Gatherings, Readings, Poetry Jams and Library Events
Sonoma County CALENDAR
Join like minds who love to read, write and recite. Plenty of people to share your passion for the written and spoken word...Enjoy!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to hear from you!
Aug 2 - 31 ~ Sebastopol Library Exhibit ~ Don deViveiros and The Art of North America, a tribute to the late Sebastopol multi-media artist, maker, and educator. A reception to welcome the public, with refreshments and stories, will be held on August 10, 5:30-7pm. Don was the youngest professor at California College of the Arts and taught there for over 30 years. His retirement brought him Sebastopol where his talents included picking up any tool or material, infuse it with his imagination and skills, and ultimately and skillfully create beauty. His images were drawn from our local ecology, and when asked, said: “I make the Art of North America”. This exhibit features numerous pieces of art which reflect the multi-media repertoire of his talent, curiosity, interpretation, and expertise. The Sebastopol library is located at 7140 Bodega Ave. Sebastopol.
Aug 6 and Sep 10 ~ Reading Tour of Hell ~ Book 1 of Dante's Divine Comnedy. We’ll be tackling Dante’s Hell, reading it aloud, and then discussing what we’ve read. This is a perfect way to read (or read again) a classic work, bring alive the written word, and learn more about this beguiling poem. 2p. Free. www.sonomalibrary.org Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol.
Aug 11 ~ Books On Stage - Peter Rock ~ Guggenheim-award-winning author, Peter Rock, reads and shows photographs from Spells, a fragmentary novel written in response to work of five of his favorite photographers. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center - 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. Cloverdaleperformingarts.com / 707-894-2214) After the presentation, we’ll meet at Plank, 227 N. Cloverdale Blvd., for a literary salon featuring wine, cheese, and conversation. Suggested donation is $10.00.
Aug 13 ~ Sensuality Literary Open Mic ~ Poetry and Stories That Highlight the Senses. The 2nd Saturday of each month. Round robin open mic. Donation: $5 to $10. *Scent free event. Coffee Catz, Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol Listeners welcome. Hosted by Sher Christian http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com
Aug 21 ~ Big Tent Judaism Love Story Slam and Tasting ~ Do you have a story of love? A personal story gone good, gone bad, wisdom learned, coming of age, innocence lost? It could be happy, sad, joyful, profound, profane. As long as it's your story! You get 5 minutes! Kids are welcome! Each of us has an interesting story. Deep down, our Jewish stories link us - to each other and to those who've preceded us. It's our common genetic memory. Come. Listen. Tell. Eat Rugelach. 2:30: live music with Gary Vogensen’s Sunday Ramble, 4:30 Sign In if you've prepared a story. 5: Story Slam. at Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma 707.778.6060 INFO: Carol Appel at email@example.com or call 707-684-6692.
Aug 18 ~ Writer Forum ~ Workshop "Write Yourself into Existence." Norma Watkins will talk about writing memoir and suggest ways of turning your stories into fiction. Bring paper and pen. We start promptly at 6:30 pm. 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. $15 at the door. Petaluma Community Center. 320 No. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma. http://www.sonomacountygazette.com/cms/pages/forum.php
Aug 14 ~ Redwood Writer's Meeting ~ A Writer's Harvest, Surviving in Today's World of Publishing by Michele Anna Jordan. The general public is invited, $10. Flamingo Hotel - Empire Room 2777 Fourth St Santa Rosa. For more information about Redwood Writers or this event, go to www.redwoodwriters.org.
Aug 21 ~ Literary Open Mic ~ A supportive group of friendly and witty fellow writers, all skill levels. Round robin open mic, short stories and/or poems about how you are learning to be gentle and kind to yourself, 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. 12:30 to 1:30 pm at Coffee Catz, Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. *Scent free event. Hosted by Sher Christian http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. http://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: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
Jul 23 ~ Steampunk Saturday with Gail Carriger, Petaluma 2p
Jul 26 ~ Hot Summer Nights with Redwood Writers, Santa Rosa 7p
Jul 27 ~ Debut Brews: Heather Young, HopMonk Tavern, 6p
Jul 28 ~ Marin Poetry Center Summer Traveling Show, Petaluma 7p
Aug 3 ~ Jon Agee, Petaluma 4p
Aug 5 ~ Melanie Gideon, Santa Rosa 7p
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/.
Jul 14 ~ Tracy Salcedo presents "Hiking Through History San Francisco" and other works, 7p
Jul 19 ~ Pets Lifeline with Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society, 7p
Sonoma County Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Programs Begin June 7 ~ Sonoma County Library launches its “Read—For the Win” summer reading program for kids, “TeenRead” summer reading program for teens and “Library Bingo Challenge” summer reading program for adults. Children, teens and adults who participate in fun and free activities available at all Sonoma County Library branches in June and July can win prizes for reaching their reading goals.
Themed children’s events include a week-long Olympic-style torch relay and visits from renowned local author Jonathan London, whose “Froggy” character is highlighted in this year’s collaborative theme, along with cultural events and activities that celebrate reading, getting outdoors and exercising. Teen workshops have been developed with the goal of imparting skills and experiences that youth will find useful, including quilting, fine arts, and learning to play ukulele. Adult events highlight local musicians, a favorite pastime around the county.
There’s also a scientifically proven benefit to summer reading. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss. “Studies indicate that students who read recreationally outperform those who don’t. Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests,” Kathy DeWeese, Coordinator of Children’s Services added. “Our libraries are committed to supporting lifelong learning and educational enrichment for all families, and we love taking the opportunity to make it fun, too.”
Summer reading events are listed on the Sonoma County Library website event calendar for June (http://sclib.us/2A) and for July (http://sclib.us/2B). For more information about children’s and teen summer reading programs, please contact Kathy DeWeese at 545-0831 x1513 or email@example.com. For more information about the adult summer reading program please contact Jennifer Duran at 537-0162 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep up with all library events at www.sonomalibrary.org and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/sonomalibrary.
Free Workshops for College-Bound Students ~ College-bound students and their families can find help navigating the sometimes daunting process of applying to four-year colleges. Continuing our free “Path to College” workshop series begun in May, the Sonoma County Library will present a total of eight programs at five different library branches throughout the County beginning in September. For more information about each program please check the detailed listings in our online calendar sonomalibrary.org/events.
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
Jul 27 ~ Summer Reading Finale - with Crafting for the Win 2p
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
Jul 23 ~ Traveling Lantern: Vladimir Goes for Gold 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
Jul 28 ~ Summer Reading Finale - with Summer Games 2p
Petaluma Regional Library, 100 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
Jul 27 ~ Garden Activities for Kids 12p
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 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, 1p
2nd Wed ~ Book Discussion Group 1:30p or 6:30p
Jul 27 ~ Summer Reading Carnival Finale 6p
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 Tues ~ Learn the Library Catalog and Databases 10a. Sign up in person at the reference desk or call 584-9121, ext. 3.
Jul 26 ~ Learn the Library Catalog and Database 10a
Jul 28 ~ Summer Reading Finale 11a
Roseland Community Library, 779 Sebatopol Rd, Santa Rosa
Every Sat ~ Bilingual Storytime, 10a
Every Sat ~ Read to a PALS Dog, 11a
Jul 26 ~ Summer Reading Finale 11a
Jul 30 ~ Japanese Shakuhachi Concert 1p
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 11ap
Jul 27 ~ Foodie Book Club 6p
Jul 30 ~ Shake the Blues Band 2p
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
Jul 28 ~ Sonoma Reads! Books Discussion 2p
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
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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. email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. More info: www.susanhagen.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
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