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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

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


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:  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 We want to hear from you! 

"Sonoma County Reads" Sept 26 - Dec 16 ~ Please join with your fellow Sonoma County residents of all ages and walks of life in reading this year’s “Sonoma County Reads” selection, “Between the World and Me,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. (pronounced Tah N’hawzee). This slim and very readable 2015 volume was awarded the National Book Award for nonfiction. Written in the form of a letter to his teenage son by the African-American Coates, it has been called “required reading” by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. For more information, look for the “Sonoma County Reads” Facebook page—3 events are scheduled throughout the fall. Oct 24, Nov 1 and Nov 9 (See below for info for the Oct 24 event) 

Sep 29 ~ Cloverdale Performing Arts Center presents - Books on Stage - 7p and there is a $10 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds. Located at 209 N. Cloverdale Boulevard. Poetry is back for our next Books on Stage event, featuring Katherine Hastings.  Katherine will read from her latest work, Shakespeare & Stein Walk Into a Bar, and will converse with Books on Stage co-host, Lisa Michaels, about the place of poetry in today’s world and why it’s important for all of us. After the presentation, there will be a literary salon (just 3 doors down the street) with wine and cheese and conversation with the author at Plank, 227 N. Cloverdale Boulevard. For more information on Books on Stage or upcoming events, please call 707-894-2214 or email

Oct 1 ~ Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion -  At the Center for Sacred Studies, 13550 Church St. Guerneville, RSVP Valerie 707-604-7362 Sliding Scale: $15.-$30. Book Reading / Discussion with author Max Dashu, who will share her visual presentation on witches. 

Oct 6 ~ Nicholas Sparks "Two by Two" - At Luther Burbank Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa 7p One of the of the world’s most beloved storytellers is coming to Sonoma County. Touring with his 20th book and newest novel Two by Two, Nicholas Sparks delivers another complex and emotionally powerful story about the nature of love.  -  At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Charlotte. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear...and no one is more surprised than Russ when in a matter of months, he finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding.  Get Tickets 

Oct 9 ~ Spirit Poetry Song Action ~ Occidental Center for the Arts 2p-4p. The David Randolph New Way Media Festival 2016 presents SPIRIT POETRY SONG ACTION featuring Shepherd Bliss, Kim Atkinson, Clara Bellino, the Word-Music Continuum, David Madgalene, Kirk Charles Heydt, and Steve Shain presenting music and poetry with a spiritual dimension and social conscience.Event is FREE and open to the public. 

Oct 3 ~ From Abacus to IPhone - John Martin ~ noon - 1p - At the SRJC - Santa Rosa Campus - Newman Auditorium, Emeritus Hall - The 17th century is one of the most exciting periods in the history of mathematics. The era saw the invention of the calculus and of analytic geometry.  Also during this time, several individuals began working on ways to extract answers to arithmetic problems from metal. This activity led to the invention of the first mechanical calculators, the precursors of our modern computers.
In his presentation, Professor Martin will discuss the history of these machines and the lives of the mathematicians who invented them.

Oct 5 ~ To the Bright Edge of the World, Eowyon Ivey - Copperfield's Petaluma 140 Kentucky St FREE -  7p

Oct 8 ~ Sensory Literary Open Mic ~ Poetry and Stories That Highlight the Senses at Coffee Catz, Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol The 2nd Saturday of each month. Round robin open mic. 12:30 to 1:30 pm,Donation: $5 to $10. *Please come scent free. Listeners welcome. Hosted by Sher Christian “Magic is really only the utilization of the entire spectrum of the senses..." Michael ScottThe Alchemyst

Oct 9 ~ Spirit Poetry Song Action - The David Randolph New Way Media Festival 2016 presents SPIRIT POETRY SONG ACTION featuring Shepherd Bliss, Kim Atkinson, Clara Bellino, the Word-Music Continuum, David Madgalene, Kirk Charles Heydt, and Steve Shain presenting music and poetry with a spiritual dimension and social conscience.  Event is FREE and open to the public. Occidental Center for the Arts -  call (707) 328-3325. 

Oct 10 ~ The Gold Rush in Space: The Risks of Mining Asteroids - Lynda Williams ~ noon - 1p - At the SRJC - Santa Rosa Campus - Newman Auditorium, Emeritus Hall -  The rush is on to mine asteroids for precious rare earth metals like platinum and gold. Last year, President Obama signed into law the US SPACE Act of 2015 granting property rights to materials that U.S. companies mine from asteroids, the moon and other celestial bodies. With no public debate or international negotiation, the act unilaterally empowers private US space companies to keep whatever space booty they can grab. In honor of the UN World Space Week, SRJC physics instructor and space activist, Lynda Williams, will explore the risks involved in the corporate space race to mine the final frontier.

Oct 14 ~ “Equal Education for All”, a talk by Carlo Rossi. 5p-7p -Santa Rosa Junior College, Bertolini Student Center,1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa - To mark Disability Awareness Month (October), Santa Rosa Junior College is hosting an exhibit, Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights from October 14 through 21. It is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 7 am – 8 pm (closed weekends) at SRJC in Bertolini Student Center, 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. 

Oct 16 ~ Sher Christian - Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. Sebastopol - 12:30p-1:30p - A supportive group of friendly and witty fellow writers, all skill levels. Round robin open mic, short stories and/or poems about October, if you like. Listeners welcome.

Oct - 16Deadline,  Redwood Writers invites you to enter a writing prompt contest - going on now! Winners will be announced at our December 11th meeting. The general public is invited. For more information about Redwood Writers or this contest, go to  

Oct 17 ~ Same-Sex Relationships and Transgender in Ancient Sacred Literature - Eric Thompson ~ noon - 1p - At the SRJC - Santa Rosa Campus - Newman Auditorium, Emeritus Hall -  Composers of Sacred Scripture in antiquity, from the Hebrew Bible and Christian Scriptures to Greek Hymns to the Gods and Goddess, and Latin retelling of Greek myths, express an awareness of, ambivalence toward, and sometimes even cautious celebration of same-sex love, as well as challenges to the simplistic gender dyad of male and female. SRJC religious studies professor and biblical scholar Eric Thompson will highlight and expound upon several examples of such LGBTQ phenomena in ancient literature, all considered sacred by the cultures that produced them.

Oct 18 ~  “Becoming Real in 24 Days” - Noon- 2p  - Santa Rosa Junior College, Bertolini Student Center,1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa - HolLynn D’Lil will read from her book and show slides about living inside with occupiers of the Federal building. She covered the sit-in for MS. Magazine. She is a Graton resident, an author, disability rights activist, and painter. To mark Disability Awareness Month (October), Santa Rosa Junior College is hosting an exhibit, Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights from October 14 through 21. It is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 7 am – 8 pm (closed weekends) at SRJC in Bertolini Student Center, 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. 

Oct 20 ~ Jane Alexander "In Converstatin with Becca Lawton" Wild Things, Wild Places 7p Copperfields,  140 Kentucky St. Petaluma FREE

Oct 22 ~ WordTemple Poetry Series - Tsering Wangmo Dhompa reads from her new memoir, Coming Home to Tibet — A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Belonging; Dan Bellm celebrates his new translation The Song of the Dead by Pierre Revardy. 7p Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St. Sebastopol 

Oct 22 ~ Redwood Writers Open Mic at Gaia's GardenMC: Dmitri Morningstar.  Christina Molcillo and Patty Somlo will be reading. The general public is invited. First come, first served. Open Mic is limited to 5 minutes per person. The event is open both to Redwood Writers members and the general public. $5 per person minimum food purchase. Open Mic signup starts at 1:30. Gaia's Garden, 1899 Menocino Ave Santa Rosa  Questions: Robin Moore -

Oct 24 ~ Between the World and Me - MIchael Hale ~ noon - 1p - At the SRJC - Santa Rosa Campus - Newman Auditorium, Emeritus Hall - Michael Hale will examine Between the World and Me as a poignant expression of both the hope and despair of the post-Civil Rights generation. Unlike many books published on race in America today from an older generation of Civil Rights activists that celebrate “how far we have come,” Between the World and Me eloquently captures the trauma of a younger generation of people of color that do not see cause to celebrate. Hale’s talk will explore how Ta-Nehisis maintains hope in a world where many of the landmark victories of the Civil Rights movement have been reversed, seriously weakened, or never fundamentally changed the lives of poor people of color. Like James Baldwin did a generation ago, Ta-Nehisis uses the Black Radical Tradition to analyze the systemic nature of racialized oppression in America, but also seeks to uncover how not only black people are victims of this oppression, “the people who think they are white” are victims as well. He shows how we can draw strength through building a ruthless critique of all of our mythologies—both white and black—that serve to support systems of racialized social control in America and that continually undermine our opportunities to be truly free.

Nov 13 ~ Redwood Writers Present Amanda McTigue: The Writer's Voice - Bringing Life to Words. $10. 2:30p-4:30p - Flamingo Hotel, Santa Rosa,  For details, go to

Why do agents, editors--and, most importantly, readers--reach for our writing? The answer we always hear is “voice,” a hard-to- define and sometimes harder-to-develop authorial sound that distinguishes our work from all others’. But what do we mean by voice? How do we find it, hone it? Amanda McTigue offers specific shifts of focus for all phases of our work (from drafting to editing) to help us develop an authentic, compelling and memorable voice on the page across all genres. 



Sep 18 ~ Redwood Writers Workshop ~ All Things Amazon with David Kudler.  The world’s largest online retailer offers a plethora of opportunities for the author and indie publisher. Are you taking advantage of the ones that are right for you? From Kindle Direct Publishing to Amazon Advantage to Goodreads, we’ll touch on a wide variety of the different programs you should be availing yourself to. Hurry - workshop is limited to 30 participants. $35. 8:30a-12:30p. $35. Flamingo Hotel, Santa Rosa.

Sep 18 ~ Third Sunday Literary Open Mic ~ 12:30-1:30p. at Coffee Catz, Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave.(Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. A supportive group of friendly and witty fellow writers, all skill levels. Round robin open mic, short stories and/or poems about your summer 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. 

Sep 23 ~ Letters to the Sky ~ Ann Erickson will be reading from her book, a retrospective collection of poetry and short prose from over fifty years. 1pm, Hand Goods, 3627 Main Street. Occidental. INFO:

Oct 7 ~ Book Launch: Jean Hegland's "Still Time" 7p, Occidental Center for the Arts:  Despite dementia taking its toll on Shakespeare scholar John Wilson’s memory, he believes he still has important work to do. When his estranged daughter pays him a reluctant visit, that work takes an unexpected—and even more urgent—turn. Jean Hegland, author of critically acclaimed Into the Forest, offers us a deeply moving novel about memory, Shakespeare's green worlds, and the gift of second chances.  There will be selected readings, a Q&A, followed by book sales and signing. Refreshments will be offered for sale.  Admission is FREE, but donations are gratefully invited.

Oct 9 ~ Spirit Poetry Sing Action ~ The David Randolph New Way Media Fest presents Shepherd Bliss, Clara Bellino, the Word-Music Continuum, David Madgalene, Kirk Charles Heydt, and Steve Shain. FREE and open to the public (Donations gratefully invited). Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, CA. INFO: 707-874-9392.

Oct 20 ~ From Picture Books to Young Adult: The ins and outs of writing kid lit.  ~ Writers Forum Presenter Natasha Yim. Natasha Yim is a children’s author, freelance writer, and playwright. She has published  four picture books and has written for children’s magazines. She is a regular contributor to Mendocino Arts Magazine. Natasha’s ten-minute plays have been produced in venues around Northern California and internationally. 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  $15 at the door.  Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd.PetaumaDetails:

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

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.com

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: 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.  
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


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

Free Bookmobile Info ~  707.520.4536  Check us out on Facebook: 
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.

9/17: Santa Rosa / SR Marketplace, Kawana Springs Rd  9:30 - 11:30 Am
9/17: Kenwood / Kenwood Market  12 - 1 Pm
9/17: Glen Ellen / Post Office  1:30 - 2:30 Pm
9/17: Boyes Hot Springs / Fiesta Center  3 - 5 Pm
9/18: Larkfield / Fiesta de Independencia, Luther Burbank Center  1 - 6 Pm
9/25: Freestone  9 - 10 Am
9/25: Valley Ford  10:30 - 11:30 Am
9/25: Bodega Bay Farmers Market (Community Center)  12 - 2 Pm
9/25: Jenner  2:30 - 3:45 Pm
9/25: Monte Rio  4:15 - 5:30 Pm
9/27: Geyserville  5 - 6:30 Pm
10/1: Larkfield / SR Farmers Market, Luther Burbank Center  10 Am - 1 Pm
10/1: Cotati / Oliver's Market  2 - 3:30 Pm
10/1: Roseland / Dollar Tree, Sebastopol Rd  4 - 6 Pm
10/4: Petaluma / Petaluma Health Center  2 - 5 Pm
10/8: Santa Rosa / SR Marketplace, Kawana Springs Rd  10 Am - 12 Pm
10/8: Kenwood / Kenwood Market  12:30 - 1:30 Pm
10/8: Boyes Hot Springs / Fiesta Center  2 - 4 Pm
10/9: Glen Ellen / Glen Ellen Village Fair  12 - 5 Pm
10/22: Petaluma / Tolay Fall Festival, Tolay Lake Regional Park  11 Am - 4 Pm
10/23: Freestone  9 - 10 Am
10/23: Valley Ford  10:30 - 11:30 Am
10/23: Bodega Bay Farmers Market (Community Center)  12 - 2 Pm
10/23: Jenner  2:30 - 3:45 Pm
10/23: Monte Rio  4:15 - 5:30 Pm
10/25: Geyserville  5 - 6:30 Pm
10/30: Geyserville / Geyserville VFD Fundraiser Breakfast  8 Am - 12 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... 

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 for store locations; RSVP here and save 10% on event books on the night of the event. All events 7p unless otherwise noted.
Sep 14 ~ Jason Segal, 7p Petaluma
Sep 16 ~ Rebecca Cline, 7p Petaluma
Sep 16 ~ Gayle Forman, 7p Montgomery Village
Sep 17 ~ Dr. Jed Diamond, 7p Sebastopol
Sep 17 ~ Amor Towles, 7p Petaluma
Sep 18 ~ Jean Hegland, 3p Rialto Cinemas Lobby
Sep 23 ~ Mrisa Silver, 6p Healdsburg
Sep 23 ~ Alexander Weinstein, 7p Petaluma
Sep 26 ~ Christian Robinson, 4p Petaluma
Sep 27 ~ Amy Stewart, 7p Calistoga
Sep 27 ~ Scott Westerfeld, 7p Montgomery Village
Sep 28 ~ Jay McInerney, 6p Hotel Healdsburg
Sep 29 ~ Loren Long, 4p Petaluma
Sep 29 ~ Lynne Cox, 7p Montgomery Village
Sep 30 ~ Jazz in the Neighborhood Collective, 6p Montgomery Village 

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

Events at Readers’ Books ~ 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma ~ 707-939-1779 ~ ~
Sep 14 ~ 5:00 p.m. at Ramekins, Bernie Krause author of The Great American Animal Orchestra   speaks on behalf of the Ecology Center.
Sep 18 ~ Journey Book Show in the Reading Garden.
Sep 20 ~ Memoir Book Club discusses Old Records Never Die by Eric Spitznagel.
Sep 21 ~ 7:00 p.m. Joel Selvin to talk about his latest book Altamont: The Rolling Stones, Hell's Angels and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day.
Sep 26 ~ 7:00 p.m. Praxis Peace Institute authors discuss their book Uncivil Liberties. 
Sep 28 ~  7:00 p.m. Kathleen Hill's Last Wednesday Food Book Group returns after summer break.  All are welcome.
Sep 29 ~ 7:00 p.m. Presentation of Praxis Peace Institute Book, Uncivil Liberties: Deconstructing Libertarianism Georgia Kelly, Editor and Co-Author.  Authors speaking: Ben Boyce, Georgia Kelly, and Barry Spector
Oct 6 ~  7:00 p.m. M.J. Ryan reads from Habit Changer.
Oct 8 ~  5:00-7:00 p.m. Random Acts.
Oct 13 ~ 7:00 p.m.  Poetry reading by Katherine Hastings and Susan Kelly-Dewitt.
Oct 26 ~ 7:00 p.m. Kathleen Hill's Last Wednesday Food Book Group meets.  All are welcome.
Oct 27 ~  6:30 reception, 7:00 p.m. book launch for Andy Weinberger The Ugly Man Sits in the Garden.

Sonoma County Libraries ~ 
Oct 1 ~ Path to College: Demystifying & Symplifying the College Admission Process - Petaluma Regional Library - 11:30a - 1:00p - 100 Fairgrounds Dr. Petaluma Approach the college application process with confidence! Students and parents will get an overview of steps to take and trusted resources to consult. You will leave with a plan of action and a timeline to follow. Topics include testing, college selection, financial aid, and essay writing. Presented by Christine Lee, Certified College Counselor. Bilingual English/Spanish.  Free

Friends' Book Sale - Rohnert Park / Cotati Regional Library ~ 6250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park 
The Friends of the Rohnert Park-Cotati Library are having their Fall 2016 Book Sale in the Armando Flores Community Room.  Shop through a generous selection of fiction and non-fiction titles, mysteries and sci-fi, children's books, book sets, DVDs, CDs and VHS videos, and books on tape!  
Oct 5 - 5:00-7:00 pm:  Members Only Sale; $5.00 membership, available at the door.
Oct 6 - 10:00 am-5:30 pm
Oct 7 - 10:00 am-5:30 pm 

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
Sep 7 ~ Recovering From Depression, 6p
Sep 10 ~ Carl Hiassen, 7p
Sep 13 ~ Teacher/Coach Kick-Off and Orientation, 4p
Sep 16 ~ Family Movie Night, 4p
Sep 17 ~ Santa Rosay Symphony Guitar and Flute Duo, 12:30p
Sep 24 ~ American Sewing Guild Celebrates Sewing Month, 10a 

Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale
Every Thu ~ Family Storytime - Ages 2-5 10:30a
Sep 8 ~ Book Discussion, 2p
Sep 10 ~ The Hot Frittatas, 2p 

Guerneville Regional Library14107 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville
Every Tue ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11a
Sep 24 ~ Master Gardener's Workshop, 10:30a
Oct 1 ~Not-So-Scary Halloween Show presented by Michael Della Pena - 2pm  Come in costume!
Oct5 ~ Beginning Ukulele for Families Join Scott Gifford to learn the basics of Ukulele 3:30 pm 
Oct29 ~ Halloween Fun - Books and Treats Come in Costume! Crafts!  1-3 
Adult Programs
Oct 1 ~ Master Gardener Bill Klausing presents “Habitat Gardens”. 10:30 am 
Oct 8 ~ "Meditation for Everyone” class is part of the Healthy Living Series. 2-4pm  Class introduces several types of meditation.
Oct 13 ~ Book Discussion group.“Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates 12:30 pm 
Oct 18 ”Healing Food Basics” presented by the Ceres Community Project. Focus on shopping strategies, tips for eating well on a budget. Class is part of the Healthy Living Series. 3:30-6pm

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
Sep 10 ~ Master Gardeners Workshop, 10:30a
Sep 10 ~ BUILD Club, 2p
Sep 21 ~ Mariachi Quartet Los Reyes, 6p
Sep 24 ~ Ballet Folklorico de Petaluma Paqulyollotzin, 2p 

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
Sep 17 ~ Santa Rosa Symphony Guitar and Flute Duo, 2p
Sep 21 ~ Adult Book Discussion, 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
Sep 1 ~ Volunteer Orientation for Teens, 4p
Sep 7 ~ Screenagers, 6:30p
Sep 10 ~ Master Gardener Workshop, 10:30a
Sep 17 ~ Master Gardener Workshop, 10:30a
Sep 17 ~ Pianist Jingzhu Chen, 2p
Sep 21 ~ The Power of Positive Parenting, 6p
Sep 24 ~ Master Gardener Workshop, 10:30a
Sep 24 ~ Dealing with Disobedience, 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 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
Sep 10 ~ Master Gardener Series, 10:30a
Sep 14 ~ Book Discussion Group, 1:30p
Sep 17 ~ Shake the Blues Band, 2p
Sep 24 ~ Galapagos Islands Through the Lens of Color, 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 TuesLearn the Library Catalog and Databases 10a. 
Sep 10 ~ Master Gardener's Workshop, 10:30a
Sep 14 ~ Celebrate Roald Dahl Day, 40
Sep 17 ~ Galapagos Islands Through the Lens of Color, 20 

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 11ap
Sep 10 ~ Reading Tour of Dante's Hell, 2p
Sep 14 ~ Fall Booksale (through Feb 17)
Sep 17 ~ Kids Gardening Workshop, 11a
Sep 17 ~ Foodie Book Club, 20 

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
Sep 1 ~ Mystery Book Club, 4p
Sep 14 ~ Galapagos Islands Through the Lens of Color, 6p
Sep 17 ~ Magical Moonshine Theatre, 11a
Sep 17 ~ Chaskinakuy: Andean Village Music, 2p
Sep 22 ~ Book 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
Sep 8 ~ Introduction to Ukulele for Adults, 4p
Sep 14 ~ Family Reading Bookclub, 4p
Sep 17 ~ Draw Your Own Frida, 2p 



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,

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,

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.

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

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

3rd Wed ~ Sitting Room Book Group ~ 2 -4pm.

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.

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   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 ~

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

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 More info:

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.

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. ~ 

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.

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

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

Book Discussion Groups ~ Bring a brown bag lunch, book, & banter. ~ 

Classics Book Club ~ Erin, 481-3488 or

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

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