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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:

The Sonoma County Library announces the launch of the Sonoma County Library Mobile App for use on mobile devices. The Sonoma County Library Mobile App will be available for download on smartphones and tablets on February 9, 2016.
Library services such as, managing your library account, placing items on hold, and checking for the next library event will be available on mobile devices through the Sonoma County Library Mobile App. (2/15)

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! 

Jun 24 ~  Book Launch - Author John Grayson Heide ~ a novel, "Flight of the Pickerings." Admission is free but donations accepted. Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Way, Occidental. 707-874-9392. www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org

Jun 26 ~ Frieda Ferrick: Stories I Must Tell You ~  a collection of evocative poetry and poignant short stories. Please join us for an afternoon of poetry, memories, stories, book signing and refreshments. The event is open to all and free. Sunday June 26, 2016 from 2-4pm at Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95405, 707-360- 3000 contact Elizabeth Jarlsberg at the Beth Ami Office email: office@bethamisr.org. www.bethamisr.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Frieda-Ferrick-book-talk.pdf 

Jul 9 ~ Sensuality Literary Open Mic, Poetry and Stories That Highlight the Senses ~  12:30 to 1:30. Donation: $5 to $10. *Scent free event. Hosted by Sher Christian http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com Coffee Catz at Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol

Jul 9 ~ The Art and Life of Charles M. Schulz ~ The museum’s archivist, Cesar Gallegos, will display rarely seen treasures, tell the story of Schulz’s rise as a cartoonist, and discuss his history in Sonoma County. Free. 1p. Sebastopol Library, 7140 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol. www.sonomalibrary.org

Jul 17 ~ Third Sunday 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 play or your inner child 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

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. 

WRITERS: 

Jul 10 ~  Redwood Writer's annual Author Launch ~ Twenty members will read from their newly published books. 2-4:30 PM, Flamingo Hotel,  2777 fourth St., Santa Rosa. This is a FREE event, the public is welcome.

Jul 21 ~ Writer Forum ~ A panel of editors describe their editing styles. Attend this forum to find the right editor to work with you on your writing project. We start promptly at 6:30 pm. 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. $http://www.sonomacountygazette.com/cms/pages/forum.php

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.

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:

6/26: Freestone  9 - 10 Am
6/26: Valley Ford  10:30 - 11:30 Am
6/26: Bodega Bay Farmers Market (Community Center)  12 - 2 Pm
6/26: Jenner  2:30 - 3:45 Pm
6/26: Monte Rio  4:15 - 5:30 Pm
6/28: Geyserville  5 - 6:30 Pm 

7/2: Santa Rosa / SR Marketplace, Kawana Springs Rd  10 - 11:30 Am
7/2: Kenwood / Kenwood Market  12 - 1 Pm
7/2: Glen Ellen / Post Office  1:30 - 2:30 Pm
7/2: Boyes Hot Springs / Fiesta Center  3 - 5 Pm
7/9: Cotati / Cotati Kids Day, La Plaza Park  10 Am - 1 Pm
7/19: Geyserville  5 - 6:30 Pm
7/23: Larkfield / SR Farmers Market, Wells Fargo Center  10 Am - 1 Pm
7/23: Roseland / Dollar Tree, Sebastopol Rd  2 - 3:30 Pm
7/23: Cotati / Oliver's Market  4 - 5:30 Pm
7/31: Freestone  9 - 10 Am
7/31: Valley Ford  10:30 - 11:30 Am
7/31: Bodega Bay Farmers Market (Community Center)  12 - 2 Pm
7/31: Jenner  2:30 - 3:45 Pm
7/31: Monte Rio  4:15 - 5:30 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.
Jun 21 ~ Debut Brew with Erika Swyler, Hopmonk Tavern, 6p
Jun 24 ~ Sloane Crosley, Healdsburg 6p
Jun 24 ~ Lit Night with Emma Cline, Petaluma 7p
Jun 24 ~ Dana Gioia, Santa Rosa 7p
Jun 28 ~ Richard Kadrey & Becky Chambers, Petaluma 7p
Jun 28 ~ Martin Walker, Santa Rosa 7p
Jun 29 ~ Marilyn Skinner, Santa Rosa 7p 
Jul 5 ~ Hot Summer Nights with Redwood Writers, Santa Rosa 7p
Jul 9 ~ Jacob Needleman, Sebastopol 7p
Jul 12 ~ Hot Summer Nights with Redwood Writers, Santa Rosa 7p
Jul 14 ~ Thumprint Cellars Series with Eleanor Brown, Healdsburg 6p
Jul 14 ~ Wenonah Hauter, Sebastopol 7p
Jul 14 ~ Brave New Worlds with Charles Stross, Petaluma 7p
Jul 15 ~ Mystery Cafe with Gina Wohlsdorf, Santa Rosa 7p
Jul 15 ~ Starhawk, Sebastopol 7p
Jul 19 ~ Hot Summer Nights with Redwood Writers, Santa Rosa 7p
Jul 21 ~ Becca Lawton and Friends at Pepperwood Preserve, 6:30p
Jul 22 ~ Adrienne & Stephanie Vendetti, Petaluma 7p
Jul 22 ~ Mystery Cafe with Claire Booth, Santa Rosa 7p
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/.

Events at Readers’ Books ~ 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma ~ 707-939-1779 ~ info@readersbooks.com ~ readersbooks.com

Jun 18 ~ Rosa Lane and Nina Lindsay, 2p
Jun 22 ~ Emma Cline, 6:30p
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 Libraries ~ Visit sonomalibrary.org 

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 kdeweese@sonoma.lib.ca.us. For more information about the adult summer reading program please contact Jennifer Duran at 537-0162 or jduran@sonoma.lib.ca.us. 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
Jun 25 ~ Rua Samba - Brazillian Music 1p
Jun 28 ~ Introduction to Ukulele 3p
Jul 12 ~ Solve the Mystery Book Discussion 12p
Jul 13 ~ Summer Games 2p
Jul 14 ~ Great Books Discussion 1p
Jul 16 ~ Adult Literacy: Tutor Training, 10a
Jul 16 ~ Japanese Shakuhachi Concert with Elliot Kallen, 1p
Jul 27 ~ Summer Reading Finale - with Crafting for the Win 2p 

Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale
Every Thu ~ Family Storytime - Ages 2-5 10:30a
Jun 25 ~ Digital Bling Workshop 2p 
Jul 5 ~ Summer Games 2:30p
Jul 12 ~ Traveling Lantern: Vladmir Goes for Gold 2:30p
Jul 14 ~ Book Discussion: "White Teeth" 2p
Jul 23 ~ Watercolor Resist Workshop, 2p
Jul 26 ~ Summer Reading Finale, 2:30p 

Guerneville Regional Library14107 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville
Every Tue ~ Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) 11a
Jun 29 ~ Python Ron's Reptitle Kingdom 
Jul 6 ~ Brian Scott Magic Show 11a
Jul 14 ~ Book Discussion: "Americanah" 12:30p
Jul 20 ~ Traveling Lantern: Vladimir Goes for Gold 11a
Jul 23 ~ Shake the Blues Band 2p
Jul 27 ~ Summer Reading Finale 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
Jul 7 ~ Jonathan London Goes to the Library 11a
Jul 13, 20 ~ Summer Cinema 3p
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 9 ~ The Hot Frittatas
Jul 14 ~ Crafting for the Win 2p
Jul 20 ~ Adult Book Discussion: "A Tale for the Time Being" 2:30p
Jul 21 ~ Traveling Lantern: Vladimir Goes for Gold
Jul 23 ~ Charles M. Schulz's Art and Life 1p
Jul 28 ~ Summer Reading Finale - with Summer Games 2p

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
Jun 25 ~ Story and Craft with Clay 2p 
Jul 13 ~ Garden Activies for Kids - Fairy Games, 12p
Jul 14 ~ Digital Bling Workshop 2p
Jul 20 ~ Make Veggie Spring Rolls 6p
Jul 23 ~ Traveling Lantern: Vladimir Goes for Gold
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
Jun 25 ~ Duo Gluliani - guitar and violin 2p 
Jul 13 ~ Adult Literacy: Volunteer Tutor Orientation 6p
Jul 19 ~ Traveling Lantern: Vladimir Goes for Gold 11a
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.
Jun 25 ~ Charles M. Schulz Art & Life - a Lecture 2p
Jun 30 ~ Summer Games 11a 
Jul 9 ~ Brian Scott Magic Show 11a
Jul 13 ~ The Moonlighters - Big Band Outdoor Concert 6p
Jul 14 ~ Crafting for the Win 11a
Jul 16 ~ Frog Frolic Stories and Crafts 11a
Jul 19 ~ Origami Yoda and Friends for Tweens 3p
Jul 20 ~ Digital Bling Workshop 2p
Jul 20 ~ Andy Z 6p
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 5 ~ Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark 11a
Jul 9 ~ Make Veggie Spring Rolls & Pineapple Sorbet 2p
Jul 12 ~ Traveling Lantern: Vladimir Goes for Gold
Jul 14 ~ Club de Lectura 10a
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 11a
Jul 9 ~ Free Reading Tour of Dante's Hell 11a
Jul 9 ~ Charles M Schulz's Art and Life 1p
Jul 16 ~ Galapagos Islands Through the Lens of Color 2p
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
Jun 25 ~ Japanese Shakuhachi Concert, 2p 
Jul 7 ~ Mystery Book Club 4p
Jul 13 ~ Traveling Lantern: Vladimir Goes for Gold 10:30a
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
Jul 1 ~ Magic of Timothy James 11a
Jul 8 ~ Jonathan London Goes to the Library 11a
Jul 12 ~ Book Discussion: "Station Eleven" 2:30p
Jul 15 ~ Traveling Lantern: Vladimir Goes for Gold 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

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

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 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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