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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!

LITERARY EVENTS:

Rooms available at the Library ~  many of the Sonoma County Library's branches have Forum Rooms available, free, for not- for-profit group events. These rooms range in size from over 100 seating capacity at the Central Library in downtown Santa Rosa, to smaller but still very nice rooms at smaller branches. Hold a workshop, play a concert, promote your non-profit! Details of availability and booking are available at any library branch--find the locations and contact info at www.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! 

Book of Art Available ~ The Artists of Becoming Independent: A Photographic Portrait Series by Christian Peacock. This new, beautiful 53 page catalog, highlighting the 29 artists in our Santa Rosa Professional Arts program, is now available to purchase. Includes artist biographies! Purchase through Becoming Independent Professional Arts website

Sonoma County Reads Into the Beautiful North ~  The Sonoma County Library urges all residents to join in this year’s selection for “Sonoma County Reads”—Luis Alberto Urrea’s Into the Beautiful North, or Rumbo al Hermoso Norte. The 2015 community read will begin in November and continue into December, with multiple copies of the book available for checkout at your local library branch. This year’s selection is available in both Spanish and English, and the Library will have many copies in each language. 

The Egrets on 9th St.- Writer: Carol Ciavonne recently published “The Birds: An Assemblage of Egrets” in the online literary magazine, Entropy. Carol Ciavonne’s essays and reviews have appeared in Poetry Flash, Xantippe, and Pleiades. Poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Boston Review, Colorado Review, New American Writing and How2, among other journals. Her collection of poetry, Azimuth (2014) is available from Jaded Ibis Press. A selection from the poems in Birdhouse Dialogues (LaFi Publishers 2013) with artist Susana Amundaraín, has been performed by The Imaginists theater group in Northern California

Feb 5 ~ Two Poets in Winter ~ Well-known poets Mike Tuggle and Iris Jamahl Dunkle read from their new poetry collections. 7-9p at the Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Way, Occidental. For a small donation of your choice at the door, refreshments available for purchase. Reading will be followed by Q & A and book signing.www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org. 707 874 9392. 

Feb 5 ~ Copperfield's Warehouse Super Sale ~ Catch unbelievable deals on inventory, treasures, and overstocks already offered at up to 70% off, plus another 25% the day of the sale. 9a.  Copperfield's Warehouse, 701 Wilson St, Santa Rosa. 

Feb 5 ~ An Evening with author Koorosh Ostowari ~ Koorosh Ostowari will discuss his new book designed to help individuals deal with their anxieties about money. The Money Anxiety Cure: A Path To Financial Wellbeing will not offer you advice on accounting, budgeting, spreadsheets, or numbers. Instead, it focuses on a deeper cure: how to create financial wellbeing by changing your attitude toward money and creating a realistic and balanced vision for your own personal prosperity. Using mindfulness, reflective journaling, and somatic tools, you’ll learn to better manage your anxiety around money—and your life. Free. 7-8:30p. Center for Spiritual Living, 2075 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa. www.cslsr.org/

Feb 6 ~ Workshop: Is Your Picture Book Ready? A Sanity Checklist ~ 2-4p. presented by The Sonoma County North Bay Meeting Series. This meeting will be held at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts at 282 S. High Street (left side door), Sebastopol, and is open to the public. Donation $10 for members, $20 for non-members with pre-registration on-line. $15 for members, $25 for non-members at the door. Visit the speaker’s website at www.devpetty.com. Pre-Register recommended. Contact ctmarkee(at)gmail.com.

Feb 6 ~ Rumi's Caravan ~ Rumi's Caravan presents mystic poetry performed live in the ecstatic tradition. It features the works of Rumi, Hafiz, Mary Oliver, Rilke, and others. The matinee poetry performance will be accompanied by live musicians. The evening poetry performance will be accompanied by live musicians and will feature a whirling dervish dancer. 2p ($25) and 7p $35). Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave. in Santa Rosa, CA 9540. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/247319 

Feb 8 ~ Dine With Local Authors ~ Five Sonoma County Authors at as many tables. During dinner from 6-7, talk with them about their book, your book, writing or whatever. Short readings and lively conversation follow from 7-8 p.m. No cover, $5 minimum food/beverage purchase per person. Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 544-2491. www.gaiasgardenonline.com.

Feb 11 ~ Books On Stage ~ featuring novelist and memoirist Lisa Michaels in conversation with novelist Roy Parvin at the beautiful Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. Michaels’ novel Grand Ambition was an LA Times Best Book of the Year and her memoir Split a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Free. 7-8:30p. www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com. 707-894-2214

Feb 15 ~ Snoopy's Writers ~ meet at the Warm Puppy Cafe, 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. WRITE in Snoopy’s atmosphere (a Writer’s haven that stimulates the imagination)…TALK about your story with other writers…MAKE A PRESENTATION of a “work in progress” ON A FEEDBACK MONDAY. Meetings are free and open to anyone of any age with a passion for writing. Questions, e-mail Georgette at ggdeb@sonic.net.

Feb 20 ~ WordTemple Poetry Series  ~ Featuring Troy Jollimore and Heather Altfeld. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St, Sebastopol. Free. 7p. www.sebarts.org

Feb 27 ~ Redwood Writers Open Mic ~ Open mic sign-up starts at 1:30. First come, first served. Open mic limited to five minutes per person. No cover, $5 minimum purchase per person. Gaia's Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. www.gaiasgardenonline.com www.redwoodwriters.org/events/openmic

WRITERS: 

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/

Sitting Room anthology 2015 ~ The theme for 2015 is "An overlooked female author." Share a body of work or a single book by an author neglected, ignored, or underestimated by the academy and by the general reading public. Persuade us, cajole us, why would would "just love" to read this author generally or a specific book of hers. Anyone may participate. The editor this year is Lucille Friesen, who graciously volunteered this major assignment. How to send? Go to the Style Guide! http://www.sonomacountygazette.com/cms/pages/publish.html

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.

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

Bookmobile Schedule:

2/13: Geyserville / Wild Steelhead Festival, Lake Sonoma Visitor's Center, 10a-3p
2/14: Boyes Hot Springs / Fiesta Center, 10-11:30a
2/14: Glen Ellen / Post Office, 12-1p
2/14: Kenwood / Kenwood Market, 1:30-2:30p
2/14: Roseland / Dollar Tree, Sebastopol Rd, 3-4:30p
2/22: Healdsburg / Healdsburg High School, 12-12:45p
2/22: Healdsburg / Fitch Mountain Seniors, 1-2p
2/22: Healdsburg / Kids on Campus Aftercare, Community Center, 2:30-4:30p
2/22: Geyserville, 5-6p
2/27: Larkfield / SR Farmers Market, 10a-1p
2/27: Cotati / Oliver's Market: 3:30-5p
2/28: Freestone, 9-10a
2/28: Valley Ford, 10:30-11:30a
2/28: Bodega Bay / Vet Hospital, 12-1p
2/28: Jenner, 1:30-3p
2/28: Monte Rio, 3:30-5p 

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.
Feb 5 ~ David Joy, 7p, Petaluma
Feb 10 ~ Barry Lancet, 7p, Montgomery Village 
Feb 12 ~ Romance Cafe for Adults Only, 6p, Montgomery Village
Feb 12 ~ Terri Glass & Friends - Poems of Love, 7p, San Rafael
Feb 12 ~ Kira Asatryan, 7p, Petaluma
Feb 13 ~ Cindy Jarrett, 7p, Sebastopol
Feb 13 ~ Romance Cafe with Meg Cabot, 7p, Montgomery Village
Feb 19 ~ David Arora, 7p, Sebastopol Community Cultural Center
Feb 19 ~ Cheese and Port Sampling with Gordon Edgar, 7p, Sonoma Portworks
Feb 20 ~ Randy Henderson, 7p, Petaluma
Feb 20 ~ Cafe Society, 7p, Montgomery Village
Feb 20 ~ Michelle Gable, 7p San Rafael
Feb 20 ~ SARK and John Waddell, 7p, Sebastopol
Feb 23 ~ Redwood Writers' Spotlight on Fiction, 6p, Montgomery Village
Feb 23 ~ Jill Nussinow, 7p, The Seed Bank
Feb 25 ~ Letters to Malala, 7p, Montgomery Village
Feb 26 ~ Arlene Miller, 7p, Petaluma
Feb 27 ~ Jacob Needleman, 7p, Sebastopol 

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

 

 

Sonoma County Libraries ~ Visit sonomalibrary.org for event details

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
Feb 6 ~ Celebrate Chinese New Year, 1p
Feb 10 ~ Adult Literacy: Student Success Workshop, 6p 

Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale
Every Thu ~ Preschool Storytime - Ages 2-5 10:30a
Feb 11 ~ Book Discussion: "Dharma Bums", 2p 

Guerneville Regional Library14107 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville
Every Tue ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11a
Feb 6 ~ The Gravenstein Mandolin Ensemble, 2p
Feb 10 ~ Sonoma County Job Link-Resume Workshop, 5:30p
Feb 11 ~ Book Discussion "The Accidental Universe", 12:30p
Feb 20 ~ Puppert Art: The Tale of the Dragon's Tail, 2p
Feb 24 ~ River Friends of the Library Readers' Theater, 7p
Feb 27 ~ River Friends of the Library Readers' Theater, 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
Feb 6 ~ Celebrate Lunar New Year, 2p
Feb 20 ~ Puppert Art: The Tale of the Dragon's Tale, 10:30a 

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
Feb 10 ~ Create Your Own Valentine's Card with local artist Caterine Holt, 3p
Feb 17 ~ Adult Book Discussion: "Inherent Vice", 2:30p 

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
Feb 6 ~ Financial Aid and FAFSA Workshop ~ 10:30a
Feb 6 ~ SF Opera's Sing-A-Story: Cinderella, 2p
Feb 9-12 ~ Drop-in Valentine's Day Crafts, 10a-6p 
Feb 10, 17, 20, 24, 27 ~ Volunteer Orientation for Teens

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
Feb 5, 12, 19, 26 ~ AARP Free Tax Assistance, 1p
Feb 6 ~ Celebrate Lunar New Year, 10:30a
Feb 6 ~ Hospice Care, Elder Abuse, and Living Well, 1p
Feb 9 ~ Cribbage Challenge for Adults, 10:30a 
Feb 20 ~ Master Gardeners Lecture Series, 10:30a
Feb 20 ~ The Gravenstein Mandolin Ensemble, 2p 
Feb 27 ~  Hospice Care, Elder Abuse, and Living Well, 10a
Feb 27 ~ The Susan Comstock, 2p 

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.
Feb 3-5 ~ Winter 2016 Friends Book Sale, 5p
Feb 10 ~ Family Movie Night (rated PG), 6p
Feb 17 ~ The New SAT and College Standardized Test Preparation Workshop, 6p
Feb 20 ~ Haute Flash Quartet Gypsy Jazz Inspired Women, 2p 

Roseland Community Library, 779 Sebatopol Rd, Santa Rosa
Every Sat ~ Bilingual Storytime, 10a
Every Sat ~ Read to a PALS Dog, 11a
Feb 27 ~ SF Opera's Sing-A-Story: Cinderella, 2p 

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
Every Wed ~ Read to a Dog 3:30p
Feb 6 ~ African American Folktales, 11a
Feb 6 ~ Adult Readers' Theater, 2p
Feb 10 ~ Meet the Artists / Art Show Reception, 5p
Feb 11 ~ Be Still in Thought & Nurture the World Group Meditation, 5p
Feb 20 ~ Resume Workshop, 10a
Feb 20 ~ Introduction to 3D Printing Workshop, 1p
Feb 27 ~ Master Gardeners, 10:30a
Feb 27 ~ Overwhelmed by Clutter? Take Back Your Space, 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
Feb 6 ~ SF Opera's Sing-A-Story: Cinderella, 11a
Feb 6 ~ Teen Leadership Council, 3p
Feb 20 ~ The Susan Comstock Swingtet, 2p
Feb 24 ~ Presentation by Jonah Raskin: Why Read Jack London Now, 6p
Feb 25 ~ Sonoma Reads! Book Discussion Group, 2p
Feb 27 ~ Master Gardeners Workshop, 10:30a 

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
Feb 11 ~ Valentine's Day Crafts, 4p
Feb 19 ~ Tweens Create: Self-Portrait Collage, 4p
Feb 20: The New SAT and College Standardized Test Preparation Workshop: 2p
Feb 27 ~ Village Rhythms with Onye Onyemaechi, 2p 

 

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

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

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. 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.

3rd Sat ~ Open Mic Poetry Circle ~ Hosted by Mike Tuggle. All welcome. 11 am, River Reader Bookstore, 16355 Main St, Guerneville ~ 869-2240, riverreader@gmail.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 

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

Westword ~ Salon with facilitator Gor Yaswen. Smoke- & fragrance-free meeting. $1.00 donation. 4:00 pm, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot St ~ 707-829-1549 ~ sebarts.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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