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CLASSES, Workshops and Seminars - Sonoma County CALENDAR


CLASSES, Workshops and Seminars
- Sonoma County CALENDAR - 

by Vesta Copestakes

There's a tremendous array of classes and workshops available - these are for FREE or under $25.

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Wednesdays at The Hospice House
A free Community Education series running January 2017 - June 2017 - Food for your Mind, Body and Spirit, each offering highlights a variety of topicsrelevant to our daily lives.Please join us at any or all of the events. They are offered twice a month, once at our Hospice of Petaluma office and once at our Memorial Hospice office in Santa Rosa.No reservations required. Hospice of Petaluma 416 Payran Street Petaluma, CA 707-778-6242
Memorial Hospice 439 College Ave.Santa Rosa, CA 707-568-1094  For more information and a complete schedule click here

Chimera is Sonoma County's first non-profit community arts and makerspace (or hackerspace), located in downtown Sebastopol at the old Ford Garage building. We're a community of makers, artists, engineers and creatives of all types who love to share, learn and work together. Welcome! Their facility includes space and tools for electronics, jewelry, 3D printing, laser cutting, metalworking, welding, crafts/textiles, woodworking and more! Sign up for for events and classes. Located in a 3,000 sq.ft. facility in Suite 180 at 6791 Sebastopol Ave in downtown Sebastopol.  - - 707-827-3020 

Go on a Free Tour of:  Flood Control Facility, Russian River Water Supply System and Sanitation Treatment Plant - Contact Sophie Hallam-Eames at (707) 524-6430 or  -


Ongoing -  Apple Blossom Beads & Gifts - Bead Classes - Basic beading, Wire wrapping, Knotting Etc.  $15.00 for an hour - Time 9 or 9:30am, Tue-Sat. by appointment - Place - 168 N. Main St Ste C, Sebastopol, CA - 707-824-4700

Mondays ~ Jumpstart Writing WorkshopsA weekly writing workshop where inspirational prompts encourage experimentation and generate authentic writing. All welcome. Bring a notebook and a fast-moving pen for this journey into deep writing and listening. 6:30--8:30 p.m. $15 drop-in fee,  Petaluma Copperfield's, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma, INFO:

Spring /Summer 2017 Activity Guide for Santa Rosa - 76 Pages of Events, Activities and Classes!

Aqus Community -  Aqus Community is a 501c3 California Nonprofit.  We provide fun opportunities for people to become informed, engaged and connected in the community. 101 H Street, Ste. E Petaluma - Tel: 707-347-6692 For Gift Memberships and other questions, please contact:  707.347.6703  707.347.6692

Ongoing Events at Aqus Cafe - For times/details and much more: see
1st Mon ~ Rivertown Poets - 6:15-8:30p
2nd Tues ~ Project Censored - 7p
3rd Mon ~ Informal conversation tables in Spanish, Italian, French, Arabic, Hungarian 6:30-8p 
3rd Mon ~ Board Games Night 
4th Mon ~ Newcomers Group Integrating people into the community and community into people! 6:30- 8p

DeTurke Round Barn ClassesTake a class right in the West End Neighborhood inside the beautiful DeTurk Round Barn. All classes available in the City of SR  Rec & Parks Activity Guide

Cloverdale Arts Alliance
- Discovering Art Series ~ The Cloverdale Arts Alliance is pleased to announce that the DISCOVERING ARTS SERIES is starting up again with a variety of topics. Classes are held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery. 204 North Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale. 894-4410. $7 per-meeting.

Language Truck ~ offering learning opportunities that are accessible, meaningful and fun for all ages and abilities. or 707-293-3076.
Every Mon ~ Drop-In Homework Help, 6-7p
Every Wed ~ Drop-In Spanish Conversation, 6-7p 

Petaluma Arts Center Classes ~ Call Hilary at 762-5600 x100 for a printed brochure or sign up online. To sign up through our website, click on the link following each class description, below.  230 Lakeville Street next to the visitors center at the historic railway station. 707-762-5600

Petaluma Seed Bank Talks & Workshops ~ All talks are FREE, unless otherwise noted. 199 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma. Visit Facebook for full calendar of events.
Mar 1 ~ Good Fungus, Happy Plants ~ There are amazing beneficial fungi that promote the healthiest roots of native and ornamental plants. Nearly all plants, especially trees, need this symbiotic relationship for superior growth. 6-8pm.  
Mar 2 ~ Sudden Oak Death Workshop ~ If you have oak trees on your property, then this workshop is for you. Janet Calhoun and the Sonoma County Master Gardener's Sudden Oak Death Team will present what is currently known about this disease, the extent of its spread, and the details of a treatment that can slow the progress of the disease. Doors open at 5:45pm. 
Mar 8 ~ Seaweed Harvest & Use ~ This informative, illustrated presentation includes how to differentiate and use our coastal "sea vegetables". In addition to a slideshow with demonstration items, we’ll discuss the health of our coastline, harvest cycles, and the nutritional/health benefits of seaweed. 6-8pm. 
Apr 6 ~ Building a (Mostly) Native Habitat Garden ~ Join Sonoma County Master Gardener Bill Klausing for a talk about creating a native habitat in your garden. 6-8pm.

REI FREE Classes ~ All classes are held 7p-8:30p at 2715 Santa Rosa Ave Santa Rosa - 707-540-9025 - Must sign up ahead of time, the classes fill up quickly - 

Feb 21 ~ Preparing for Mt. Whitney
Join passionate outdoor adventurers from your local REI for information and inspiration to climb the highest peak in the lower 48. 
Feb 28 ~ Rock Climbing Basics
Participants will leave with an understanding of the different types of climbing, what gear is necessary and the basics on how to get started. Note: this is an informational class - not an "on-the-wall" climbing session. 
Mar 14 ~ Discover California's Trans-Sierra Route
Come learn about the inspiring trans-Sierra adventure, a week-long 75-mile journey across remote sections of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to the summit of Mt. Whitney (14,505 feet). 
Mar 21 ~ Backpacking Basics
Take the mystery out of Backpacking with an overview of planning, preparation and gear. Learn how to choose a pack, select proper clothing and footwear. 

Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce Marketing Classes

March Marketing Madness – Seminars at the Chamber, Open to all, $10 each. Register on Chamber website or call 584-1415. 101 Golf Course Dr. C-7 Rohnert Park, 707-584 1415,

Mar 14 ~ Digital Marketing Trends, 9 - 10:30a 
Mar 14 ~ Power of the Inbox –Tips and Tricks for Successful Email Marketing, 10:30 - 12p
Mar 28 ~ Campaigns That Drive Action: Newsletters & Announcements, 9 -10:30a
Mar 28 ~ Standout Subject Lines: Get Open, Get Read, Get Results, 10:30 - 12p 


Sebastopol Science buzz cafe

Science Buzz Café ~ 1st Wednesday of th

e month - A place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a bowl of soup, people can meet to discuss 

the latest ideas of science and technology which are changing our lives. Daniel Osmer, host, French Garden, Sebastopol, $5. -  7p. Abbey HopMonk 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol

Feb. 1st - Richard Ely, Geology Dude  Cities of the Dead: Pliny the Younger & Mount Vesuvius
March 1st - Philip Harriman, PhD DNA Time Travel: Unravel the evolution of Homo sapiens 
April 5 ~ Ransom Stevens, PhD Left Brain Speaks - Right Brain Laughs - Neuroscience of Creativity 
May 3 ~ John Bloom, RSF Social Finance, Capital for Cultural Creatives 
June 7 ~ Jeanne Wetzel Chinn, MS, Calf. Dept of Fish & Wildlife, Being with Wolves! 
July 5 ~ Dennis Colthurst, Investigatior - HAM Radio: For Fun & Emergency 

Sonoma State University ~ Math Colloquium - Lectures are on    Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in Darwin 103. Admission is free, parking is $5-$8 on campus. 

  • Mar 1 ~ Making Math - Mike Persinger, James Monroe School; SSU Math/Stats and Education facultyThrough "Project Make the Way," Santa Rosa K-8 students are learning math through Making. During this lecture, Mike Persinger will invite the audience to try out a Maker challenge, show examples of children at work, and demonstrate results of engaging in mathematics through these challenges.
  • Mar 8 - The Joy of Modeling and Mathematica! - Students from Fall 2016 Math 180 and Math 470 classesModeling without clay or glue? The joy of Mathematica? This lecture covers both with student projects from Martha Shott's Mathematical and Statistical Modeling course and Nick Dowdall's Mathematical Programming course. Learn about applications of matrices, differential equation, regression, and programming logic to natural systems, puzzles, and more.
  • Mar 15 No Talk--Spring Break
  • Mar 22 ~ Learning to Engage in Mathematical Practices Through Formative Assessment Lessons - Kimberly Seashore, San Francisco State UniversityFormative assessment is a process of eliciting students' understanding of particular concepts and then using that information to design and enact instruction that is more effective than it would otherwise have been. Research has demonstrated substantial learning benefits from intentional use of formative assessment techniques to analyze student thinking and modify classroom activities -- techniques such as exit tickets, group work, and peer feedback. 
  • Mar 29 ~ Mathematics Gives You Wings - Margot Gerritsen, Director of Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering and Professor, Stanford UniversityLinear algebra, of all subjects, is critically important and downright beautiful. Margot Gerritsen discusses the ways in which linear algebra is at the very core of science and engineering, and is foundational to hot topics like data science.  
  • Apr 5 ~ Hyperbolic Geometry and the Art of M.C. Escher - Martha Byrne, Sonoma State UniversityMartha Byrne explores the bizarre world of hyperbolic geometry, where parallel lines are not what you expect, and the enchanting art of Dutch artist M.C. Escher, where nothing is as it seems. This lecture discusses geometric axioms and how one small change in assumptions creates a whole new (logically consistent) geometry in which many of the "rules" you think you know are broken, one in which squares don't even exist, as well as tiling the Euclidean plane, hyperbolic geometry and Escher's tessellations.
  • Apr12 ~ The Dehn-Somerville Relations and the Catalan- Matroid Anastasia Chavez, UC Berkeley, with work from Nicole YamzonA polytope is a geometric object with straight sides, often called an n-polytope where n is its dimension. 
  • Apr 19 ~ Predicting the Quality of Bordeaux Wine - Grace Brown, Sonoma State UniversityBordeaux wines have been made in much the same way for centuries. Yet, there are differences in quality from year to year that can be quite large. In 1990, Princetoneconomist Orley Ashenfelter devised a statistical model to predict the quality of Bordeaux vintages. Grace Brown will present and explain Ashenfelter's results, showing that the factors that affect fluctuations in wine vintage quality can be explained in a simple quantitative way and show that a straightforward statistical analysis predicts the quality of a vintage, and hence its price, from the weather during its growing season. This lecture will also cover the basics of linear regression and predictive modeling.
  • Apr 26 - Understanding the Dynamics of the Antarctic Ice Sheet - Noemi Petra, UC MercedSatellites have been recording Antarctic ice flow at the surface of the continent for decades. However, to understand the behavior at the top, one has to look at interactions happening deep below where the ice meets the Antarctic continent.  
  • May 3 ~ Native American-based Mathematics Materials for Integration into Undergraduate Courses - Charles P. Funkhouser, PI, and Patrick Weasel Head, Tribal Cultural Liaison, CSU FullertonThis team's project has developed and researched undergraduate mathematics materials based in the culture and mathematics of Native American peoples for integration into undergraduate courses.  
  • May 10 ~ No Talk--Last Week of Instruction

Sonoma West Medical Foundation -
Sonoma West Medical Center Conference Room, 501 Petaluma Avenue, Sebastopol, CA,Refreshments served -RSVP: SPACE IS LIMITED Wednesday Night Lecture Series 5:30p FREE  

Mar 22 – Dr. Jeff Hergenrather: Cannabis as Medicine for the Practicing Physician, Opportunities and Limitations Brief overview of the endocannabinoid system.Conditions for which cannabis provides relief. Details of developing a treatment plan Limitations and precautions Questions and answers Dr. Hergenrather began his medical career as a general practitioner in 1976.  He provides cannabis recommendations to Californians with serious medical conditions and consultations worldwide by phone and on-line appointments. Free 5:30p  Sonoma West Medical Center Conference Room, 501 Petaluma Avenue, Sebastopol, RSVP: Space is Limited. 

YMCA - Sonoma County Famiy YMCA - 1111 College Avenue, Santa Rosa          707-545-9622   Events Free unless otherwise specified

Mar 13, Apr 10 & May 8 (2nd Mon) - Know Your Numbers! Health and Wellness presentation, glucose testing and blood pressure check. Join YMCA and St. Joseph Health to learn your numbers. Drop ins welcome, no sign up or registration required. 



Wednesdays -  Torah Studies -  is a new exciting course we are offering. It's a series of stimulating text and discussion-based classes that take place on a weekly basis. They explore contemporary issues through a Torah perspective as well as tackling timeless questions in the Jewish tradition. Developed by the world-renowned The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. Light refreshments will be served. Cost: Free • Optional student textbook: $15- 7:30p  Chabad of Petaluma • 1970 Rainier Circle For more information, Click here or contact Devorah Bush by emailing or calling (707) 559-8585.

Alive Yoga Studio972 Gravenstein Hwy S, Ste 110 in Sebastopol. Visit for full schedule of classes 

- Mon ~ Yoga for Teens ~ with Cindy Simms, Mondays 4-5:30, Alive Yoga, 972 Gravenstein Hwy S, suite 110,
- Mon ~ Iyengar Beginners Yoga ~ 6-7:30 beginning yoga in the Iyengar tradition with Liz Levy at Alive Call 415-717-1668 for more info. 
- Thur ~ Iyengar Kids Yoga ~ 2:15-3:15, kid’s yoga in the Iyengar tradition with Liz Levy.
- Tues & Thurs ~ Anusara inspired ~ practice with Mark Lundbeck, 4pm and 5:45pm.
- Wed ~ Vinyasa Flow Yoga ~ 6-7:30 with Richard Koman, beginning March 13, vigorous inspired Vinyasa flow, all levels.
- Sat ~ Intro to Yoga Series ~ with Ruth Bracken, 9-10:30 for 8 weeks. Call 415-717-1668 for more info.
- Sun ~ Ashtanga  Yoga ~ 11-12:30, Ashtanga yoga primer with Beth Lambert. For those new to Ashtanga, a great way to start your practice!

Qigong/Tai Chi drop-in classes, on going:
THURS OCCIDENTAL - 9-10am - St. Philips Parish
SAT, SANTA ROSA - 10-11am - Juilliard Park
Beginners welcome - $5.
Emilio Gonzalez, 40 years experience 707-544-8750

Annadel Fitness ~ Offering Barsculpt, Boot Camp, Pilates, Yoga and Zumba Classes.  4283 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa  ~ 707-292-7127  ~ 

Healthy Habits for Veterans ~ Free workshops: massage, nutrition, stretching, posture, more. 1100 Coddingtown Center, Suite F, Santa Rosa. Tuesdays 4p or 7p. Taught by Lee Gooding, from Healthy Habits Massage. More info or to enroll: call Lee at 707-887-0250.

LeBarre & Cize Live Training ~ Taught by Shanay Smith-Antenucci, LTS LeBarre Instructor. Using the Lebert Fitness Equalizers, this is a full body workout which combines Balance, Agility, Resistance, working Recovery, and Eloquence (BARRE). No dance experience required. Cize Live is a revolutionary new dance workout. Think you can't dance? With Cize Live, now anyone can dance! Cize Live breaks down professionally choreographed routines, step-by-step, with today's music in the background. Class space is limited! $10 Drop-in (First class is free)., (707) 387-4165

Bellydancing ~ Learn Basic Techniques of Egyptian/Arabic Bellydance. All Ages Welcome. Drop-Ins Encouraged. Located at Yoga One 110 Kentucky Street Petaluma, Ca. Every Wednesday at 7:30pm. Instructor Kathy Wolf 477-2757. $15 drop-in fee

Ceramics "Drop-In" Open Studio ~ Non-instructed studio time for potters with experience, for hand-building, sculptural & wheel-work. Mon 9:30am-12:30pm;
Tues 6-8:30pm; Wed,12-3pm’
Sat, 9:30am-12:30pm. $12 per session/$6 if currently enrolled in an SCA ceramics class. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S High St.

Clarinet & Sax Lessons with Ken Ward - Ken has a Master of Music degree and studied with Donald Carroll of the San Francisco Symphony.  He has experience playing symphonic music, chamber music, operas, shows, swing era big bands and small combo jazz. 707-869-8107

Dance Classes ~ by Santa Rosa Salsa. 7-8p Salsa; 8:15-9:15p Bachata. Open dancing 9:15-12a. $10 cover charge. With Dr. Antonio Doran and Debbe-Ann Medina. Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa, 2777 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 

dhyana Center Classes ~ A holistic healing, health educational center and community workshop space. 186 North Main Street, Suite 220
Sebastopol. For complete list of classes and events, visit 707.823.8818

GUITAR Workshops for Veterans. Blues, folk, fingerpicking, beginning or advanced. 1st & 3rd TUESDAYS 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm FREE for Veteerans Instructor Virgil Elliot, 5320 Old redwood Hwy, Ste B, Petaluma INFO: 707-792-2825

Infant Development ~ Movement Classes for Babies and Parents, Caregivers, and Expecting Parents. Learn new ways to support your baby in the first year of life. Tuesdays 11-12. $20-40. No one turned away for lack of funds. Thrive Center for Birth, 4859 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa

North Bay Learning Source ~ Find a wide variety of classes and workshops offered by individuals and organizations at locations throughout Sonoma County. Learn something new! 

Walter's Water Aerobics -  M/W/F/Sat 9:30-10:30am Tue  6-7pm Rio Nido Road House Pool, Drop-in $8  Flex Pass $35(any 5 classes)  Month Pass $90 14540 Canyon 2m Rio Nido INFO: 707-869-0821

YOGA IN GRATON - Sat., Sun., Wed. and Thurs., from Slow Flow and 1-2-3 Yoga to Yoga/Pilates to Intro to the Ashtanga Primary Series.  ~ ~

Yoga with Deborah Shemesh ~ New persons specials $22.50 for four classes, if it's your birthday you receive your 5th class for FREE.  All series good for 6 months. 341 North Main Street, Sebastopol.

Yoga Saturday’s 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Redwood Ballroom, Monte Rio Community Center Classes are taught by Kathleen Hardy, RYT. Kathleen has been teaching yoga and aerobics since 1995. She teaches multi-level hatha yoga classes are suitable for all levels and abilities. Noel Yates also teaches classes in this time slot. Saturday class rates: $15 single drop in, $45 for four classes, $80 for eight classes. For more information, please call (707) 865-9147.

Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Visit the Museum website for a complete class schedule, or call for fees and reservations at (707) 284-1263.

Dance Classes ~ Ballroom, Latin, Salsa and Swing, 1st group class FREE. Beginning ~ intermediate, no partner needed. Children 6-12 ~ seniors. Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol ~ 707-992-5092 ~

Nonviolience Education & Training Opportunies - The Metta Center for Nonviolence in Petaluma offers an array of ongoing educational and training options through its comprehensive website. Nonviolence educational resources include a free 8-week self-guided email course, a six-month certified training program, podcasts, books, videos, radio show and much more. Please visit: for more information

North Bay Learning Source ~ Find a wide variety of classes and workshops offered by individuals and organizations at locations throughout Sonoma County. Learn something new!

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center’s new location is the Masonic Lodge on the corner of Beaver and 7th Street in Santa Rosa (855 7th Street). Weekly sitting practice on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings (free meditation instruction available), as well as classes and programs. More info at:

Sonoma County Contra Dances
Free lessons begins half hour before scheduled time; Live music, great snacks. $12 non-members; $10 members; $5 financially challenged and young adults; $2 kids. More information at 

Sebastopol Community Cultural Center ~
 Click here for the full list of classes at the Community Center 

Seven Spiritual Laws Of Yoga Class ~ (Raja Yoga) 3 days a week at 341 North Main Street Studio (with red umbrella) across the street from Safeway. The introductory cost is only $22.50 for a 4 series, making it only $5.75 per class. New client special.

Mon & Fri- Join Tara Garland RYT of Wild Orchid Yoga. All levels & all ages welcome! Classes are of various asana (pose) sequences designed to provide a well-balanced practice. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. Sliding scale $5-15 for more info & full class schedule (707)228-3114 Location: The Arlene Francis Center 99 6th St. Santa Rosa Time: Every Mon 11:15am-12:30pm & Fri 12-1:15pm

Mon ~ Irish Step Dance for Children ages 4-11 ~  Monday afternoons at Le Studio Danse (1066 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa).  For more info, please contact Suzanne Eraldi,, 707-579-4945. Adult classes available! Wed. afternoon classes for children through Town of Windsor Parks and Recreation.  

Mon ~ Beginning Egyptian/Arabic Bellydance ~ Learn basic moves and technique, finger cymbals, veils, and dance combinations. 6:30-7:30pm ongoing. Fee:  $10 per class, $12 Drop-in. Register at:707. 477-2757 or Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S High St.

Mon ~ First Monday Herb Talk ~ FREE Monthly talks with guest speakers/professionals at the West County Herb Company, 3641 Main St in Occidental. Talks begin at 6:30pm and will feature a different speaker each time. For info, call 707-874-9567.

Mon ~ Pilates Mat Classes ~ Pilates Method full-body workout with Mary Black. Drop-in. $12. 9:00-10:00 am, Monte Rio Community Ctr, 20488 Hwy 116 ~ 865-9230 ~

Mon ~ Video series on Overweight/Obesity and Weight Loss ~ plus discussion – 7 to 9pm – in Cotati – By donation ($5-10) – info: 707-260-2301,

Mon-Tue-Wed ~ Spanish ~ 3 levels. Small groups. $11-15. Credentialed bilingual teacher Hilary Moore, M.Ed, BCLAD ~ 824-8467 ~

Mon-Wed-Sun ~ Zumba ~ Mon 7:15 pm w/Dusty Quattrocchi, Wed at 7:15 pm w/Zeena Quinn, Sun at 8:30 am w/Dusty Quattrocchi. $10/ class, $80/10 classes.  Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St, Sebastopol ~ ~

Mon-Thu-Sat ~ Zumba ~ With Taio and Gina. Mon 6pm/Thu 4:30pm/Sat 10:30am ~ $8 drop-in. St. Hubert’s Hall, Guerneville.

Mon-Sun ~ Zumba with FITNESSforward ~ fun and effective dance fitness without judgment, convenient morning and evening classes! $12 drop in (with a $5 Fri Nite Zumba). Two locations: The Dance Center,56 W 6th St, Santa Rosa & Le Studio, 534 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa

Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri ~ Yoga Classes ~ Wild Orchid Yoga @ Marvins Gardens. Mon 9:30-10:45am/Tue 8-9:15am & 9:30-10:45am/Thu 9:30-10:45am/Fri 8-9:15am & 9:30-10:45am $ 5:30-7pm (at Salmon Creek Beach). 707-228-3114

Mon & Fri ~ Free Reiki Share Circles ~ Learn more about Reiki & share skills. 1:30-3:30, Occidental & Guerneville ~ 869-8073 ~

2nd Mon ~ Readiness Amid Chaos ~ Let go of stress & move forward with confidence, resilient & adaptive. $10 by donation. 7-9 pm, Share Exchange, 531 Fifth St, Santa Rosa ~

1st & 3rd Tuesdays ~ Course in Miracles Study Group. 7 -8pm Center for Spritual Studies, 13550 Church St, Guerneville INFO: 707-604-7362

2nd Tues ~ Start Smart ~ a two-hour class for teen drivers and their parents/guardians. Start Smart educates teenagers and parents about the responsibilities they face and teaches them how to stay safe on the road. Classes are free and usually hosted at a local CHP office. INFO: Start Smart: Driving Smart to Stay Safe. The Rohnert Park CHP office holds this class the second Tuesday of every month, 7-9 p. Call 588-1400 for more info. 

2nd & 4th Tues ~ Reader's Theatre Group ~ Come check out the diverse, creative selections this talented group chooses to read--short plays, essays, poems, short stories, original works, even T-shirts! Meets 7 - 9 pm INFO:  Judith Reimuller at 707-829-2176 or email Joan Ambrosini FREE Occidental Center for the Arts, 3820 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental

Tues ~ Socialization Group for Adopted Young Children (6-9 years) ~ Help children in the early school years develop healthy social skills and practice “talking about” adoption. This small group will provide adopted children with a natural peer group of other adopted children and encourage them to establish positive peer relations and strengthen self-esteem. Meets Tues at 3:30-5pm. Facilitated by Amy McIntyre, MA. Information, contact Liz Jimenez, MSW, at 707-303-1509 or

Tue ~ Beginning Conversational Spanish ~ New Adult Beginners Conversational Spanish class is starting in Sebastopol on Tues. eves. Emphasis on communicating; small groups taught by credentialed bilingual teacher. Openings also in Mid-Beginners and Advanced Intermediate classes. Tuition starts at $11 per class. For info email

Tues ~ Creating a Lifebook for Your Adopted Child ~ A lifebook is a collection of words, photos, graphics, artwork, and memorabilia that create a life record for an adopted child. This ten session class for parents will guide you through the creation of this special book for your child. Group meets two Tuesday evenings per month from 5:30-7:30 pm. Facilitated by Barbara Joy. To enroll or receive more information, contact Liz Jimenez, MSW, at 707-303-1509 or

Tues ~ Denny Freeman's Dance ~ Tuesday evenings at Kicks Dance Studio, 1426 Mendocino Ave.@ Pacific Ave. Jittberbug, Balboa, Charleston, Swing, open dancing, private lessons. To pre-register or if any Q's please contact Denny at 707 529-1332.

Tue ~ How to Be Happy: Promoting Positive Emotions ~ 7-8:30pm ~ skipping every 2nd Tues. In Cotati, by donation ($10 per session) For more info: or 707-260-2301.

Tues ~ Morning Drawing Group ~ Open to anyone over 18. Live model, no instructor. 9am - Noon. $15 drop-in fee. Register at: or call 707.577.8218. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S High St.

Tue ~ Needlecraft Sessions ~ By donation. 10am – 1pm, The Legacy, 781 Gravenstein Hwy S (near McDonald’s), Sebastopol ~ 823-7520 ~

Tue ~ Life Coaching Workshops ~ Promoting mental, physical & spiritual fitness. $10 by donation. 7-8:30 pm, 21st Century Health Club Bldg, 680 E Cotati Ave ~ Anu de Monterice, 260-2301 ~

Tue ~ Guitar Lessons for Veterans - 7-9pm Free with Virgil Elliot. Eagle Ridge Winery, 111 Goodwin Rd., Penngrove. 707-664-8198 ~

Tue ~ Creative Writing Classes for Veterans - 3-5pm. Free w. Meg Ellingson. North Bay Veterans Resource Center, 2455 Bennett Valley Rd. #B117, Santa Rosa ~ 707-544-1034 ~

Tue~ Humor Classes for Veterans - 1-3pm. Free with Lee Gooding. North Bay Veterans Resource Center, 2455 Bennett Valley Rd. #B117, Santa Rosa ~ 707-887-0250 ~

Tues ~ Farm Classes at Root ~We work with children, teaching life skills through organic farming practices, with greater compassion and responsibility towards animals, the earth, and each other! $10 fee, 2-3pm at Root Farm in Sebastopol. or 707-477-3542 for more info.

Tue ~ Metta Meditation ~ Metta or Loving-kindness meditation. Session begins at 7PM, $15 per person at the door. Email Joanie to reserve your place at 6470 Kelsey Creek Dr. Kelseyville

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

Tue ~ Strength Training ~ with Deborah Shemesh at the Sebastopol Area Senior Center. 11:15am-12pm. $7 per class, drop-in welcome. 707-824-9690

Tue ~ Stress Management class ~ 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Santa Rosa. $10. The class includes information about research, activities, and discussion. Seating is limited; please call for reservations and for directions. (707) 527-8308. Melinda I. Hempstead, MA, instructor.

Tue ~ Renewal of Presence Practice Group ~ Join us for an ongoing discussion of these issues, and for engagement with exercises that explore the practical metaphysics of renewing and intensifying Presence in every moment of existence. Tayu Meditation Center staff. Tuesdays at 7:30 pm at Many Rivers Books. 130 S. Main St., Suite 101, Sebastopol, 707-829-8871,

Tues ~ Women's Zen Meditation ~ Instructor: Chris Fortin. 5-6:30pm, $10 donation. Register at: 707.527.8106. At the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol.

Tue & Wed ~ Weekly sitting meditation practice ~ Free meditation instruction available. Open to all. Schedule: At the Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center, 709 Davis St.

Tue & Wed ~ Zumba Gold ~ Zumba modified for active older adults and beginners. $5 first time, $10 drop-in, discount class cards 10/$75. 9:30 am on Tuesdays and 7:30pm on Wednesdays. Lomitas Schoolhouse, 2421 Lomitas Ave., Santa Rosa~707-583-4913~

Tues & Thurs ~ Mat Pilates ~ Now at the new dhyana Center in downtown Sebastopol. Taught by Paula 1:30pm to 3pm.

Tue & Sat ~ Yoga ~ Kathleen Hardy. Sliding scale fee. Tue 6pm, & Sat 9:30 am. Monte Rio Community Ctr, 20488 Hwy 116, Monte Rio ~ 865-9956 ~

1st Wed ~ Tarot with Christeen ~ at Panera in Santa Rosa from 6:45 to 8:45. free.

Web ~ Bellydance Classes ~ Learn Basic Techniques of Egyptian/Arabic Bellydance. All Ages Welcome. Drop-Ins Encouraged. Located at Yoga One 110 Kentucky Street Petaluma, Ca. Every Wednesday at 7:30pm. Instructor Kathy Wolf 477-2757.

Wed ~ Intermediate Modern Dance ~ Previous movement experience suggested. Every Wed at Yoga On Center, 401 Center St., Healdsburg. Class priced $10-15. 707-433-6500 or visit 

Wed ~ Exploring the Buddha’s Teaching ~ 7:30-9pm ~ 30 min video, different each week, plus discussion and meditation. In Cotati, free with donations accepted. For more info: or 707-260-2301

Wed ~ Irish Step Dance for Adults ~ New class forming!  8-10 pm. $55 per month. At The Dance Center (55 W 6th Sixth St., Santa Rosa. For more info, please contact Suzanne Eraldi,, 707-579-4945. Mention this listing and try first class for free!     

Wed ~ Kinderpuppy ~ Play time, training, advice for pups 10-16 weeks old. $10 drop in. 7-8 pm, Animal Hospital of Cotati, 331 East Cotati Ave ~ 292-5862 ~

Wed ~ La Ventana Eating Disorder Support Group for Family & Friends ~ A support group, provided at no charge, for those who have loved ones struggling with disordered eating. 7:30-8:30pm at 923 College Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.293.9881

Wed ~ Midrash Study ~ 7PM taught by Rabbi Mordecai Miller. Based on Louis Ginzberg's The Legends of the Jews. Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Dr., Santa Rosa. 707-360-3000

Wed ~ Free mindfulness training for newcomers to meditation ~ Mindfulness is an essential skill for changing unhealthy patterns in our lives. Mindful meditation also provides immediate relief from strong negative emotions. Four weekly sessions, beginning on 1st Wed of each month, from 7-9PM in psychotherapy office of Andy Weisskoff, LCSW. Next start is October 1. Call (707) 799-4125 to register.  

Wed ~ Square Dancing ~ with the Singles & Pairs Square Dance Club. All ages! $5/week. 7 pm, Monroe Hall, 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa ~ 538-1929 ~

Wed ~ Zumba ~ Dance fitness program utilizing Latin-inspired music. 5-7 pm, Bodega Bay Grange Hall, 1370 Bodega Ave ~ 875-3616 ~

Wed ~ Painting & Drawing for Veterans - 7-9pm. Free with Virgil Elliot. Eagle Ridge Winery, 111 Goodwin Rd., Penngrove ~ 707-664-8198 ~

2nd Wed ~ Clean Energy Workshops ~ Energy efficiency, solar PV & thermal, green building, financing, more! Free. 6-7 pm, City of Santa Rosa Utility Field Operations Building, Room M, 35 Stony Point Rd ~

Every Other Wed ~ Opening to Insight: Meditation and Discussion ~ Nick Egan, Founder, Advaya Institute, and Nyingma lineage teacher. Perfect for beginners and for those who want to deepen their practice. Everyone is welcome! 7:30 to 8:30 pm at Many Rivers Books. 130 S. Main St., Suite 101, Sebastopol, 707-829-8871,

3rd Wed ~ One Body! One Life! Health First!  ~ Balance weight, stress, blood sugar, hormones. Reg at 6pm; Interactive talk by Dr. Mark Burger, Pharm. D 6:30-8:30pm. $15. Flamingo Conf. Resort & Spa, 2777 4th St. at Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa  ~ Reservation: 837-7948

3rd Sat ~ Tarot drop-in ~ 2-4pm ~ Free, all levels. Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg ~

4th Wed ~ Eco Workshop ~ FREE monthly workshops about energy efficiency, water efficiency, and solar power generation. Sonoma Mountain Village, 1300 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park. (Located in the Business Cluster in Conference Room A). 

Thu ~ Drop-In Figure Drawing Class ~ Bring your own drawing or watercolor materials.  All experience and skill levels welcome.  Live models, 5-20 minute poses.  For more information, contact Bill Wheeler at$15, payable in class. Occidental Center for the Arts, 3820 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental

Thu ~ Collage Workshop at the Senior Center in Guerveille. All materials are provided but you can bring your own. Free - or a donation is appreciated. 15010 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guernville .1:00 to 2:30, for more info 869.0618

Thu ~ Yoga Awareness ~ Instructor: Deborah Shemesh. 11:15am at the Sebastopol Senior Center. Cost $8 per class. For further information please visit

Thu ~ Creative Writing Workshop for Veterans – 6:30-8:30pm, Free.  Elim Lutheran Church, Baker & Stanley Sts., Petaluma ~ 707-664-0242 ~

Thu ~ Weekly Figure Drawing ~ Join a group of friendly artists as we sketch from a model, short and long poses.  All levels are welcome. Each Thursday from 6 to 9pm. $15 contribution. Friend Chroma Gallery on Facebook to get updates on models and schedule.  email: Chroma Gallery, 312 South A Street, Santa Rosa INFO:

Thu ~ Drop in Drawing Classes - Sebastopol Center for the Arts ~ 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol  ~ 707-829-4797  Occidental Center for the Arts ~ 3820 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental - offers Drop in Drawing Classes Thursdays 7p - 9:30p - $15. payable in class - Bring your own drawing or watercolor materials.  All experience and skill levels welcome.  Live models, 5-20 minute poses.  For more information, contact Bill Wheeler at

Thu ~ Apple Tree Morris ~ All ages. 7:15 pm, Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 390 Morris St ~ 823-6925 ~

Thu ~ Folkdancing Classes ~ Greek, Turkish, Balkan, & Israeli dance. All ages. By donation. 7:00-8:30 pm, Congregation Ner Shalom, 85 La Plaza, Cotati ~ Dori, 792-2784

Thur ~ Community Yoga and Mom Support Group ~ 10-11a at Fife Creek Commons, Community Room. Dro-in class, free and open to the public. 

Thu ~ Rogue Knitting and Crochet Group - FREE -All abilities welcome - 2-4pm hosted by Linda Delair at Lydia's Sunflower Center, 1435 North McDowell Blvd. Suite 100 Petaluma  INFO: Cindy: (707) 762-4659

Thu ~ FREE Fall Friendship Circle for Adopted Teen Girls ~ (ages 13 – 16) A wonderful opportunity for adopted young women to connect with each other in a safe and supportive environment. beginning Sept. 26, 6:30 – 8 pm. Led by Andrea Pinkerton, PsyD. RSVP required. Contact Liz Jimenez at 707-303-1509 or

Thu ~ Meditation Class ~ 8-week Meditation Class, 7 to 8:15pm, By donation ($5-10), in Cotati, 707-260-2301 or for info.

Thu ~ Folk Dance ~ couples, sets, line and circles, No partner needed. 1-3PM, Willowside Hall, 5299 Hall Rd., Santa Rosa, Elsa Bacher, teacher. , 1-3 PM  Contact Sharon at 546-5467 or

Thu ~ Watercolor Group ~ No instructor, painting for fun and encouraging eachother. 10am - Noon. $10/month, $5 drop-in. Register at: Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S High St.

Thu ~ Zumba Gold ~ 9a at Windsor Senior Center (55+, drop-in:$6)

Thu ~ River Mammas Connect ~  We meet Thursdays 10-11am in the same place, Fife Creek Commons in the Community Room. The group is drop-in, free and open to all mamas in the community. 10 - 11am. Fife Creek Commons community room, 16376 Fifth St, Guerneville. INFO: 530-515-1318

Thu-Sun ~ Yoga with Richard Koman ~ Thu 8:45-9:45am/Sat 10:30-11:30am/Sun 4-5:30pm (Sweaty Yoga). Graton Community Club, Main St. & N. Edison, Graton.  707-544-5354

1st & 3rd Thu ~ SoCo Tango Co-op ~ 7 - 10pm at the Lomitas Schoolhouse, 2421 Lomitas Ave, Santa Rosa. There will be a half hour mini lesson teaching fundamentals and basics at 7pm. Cost of the dance is $10. $5 for lesson only.  For more information or to get on the mailing list, contact

1st & 3rd Thu ~ Toastmasters ~ "Toast of Petaluma" meets from 7pm-8:45pm in the Faculty Room at Casa Grande High School, 333 Casa Grande Road, Petaluma. Improve your public speaking ability in a fun, supportive environment. Details:

Open Studio Fridays, 12-2pm: every Friday use our space for personal practice. FREE. Riverbed Yoga. 14014 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville INFO: 347.647.1568

Fri ~ Mat Pilates ~ Now at the new dhyana Center in downtown Sebastopol. Taught by Paula 8-9:30am.

Fri ~ Meditation Course in Petaluma ~ learn meditation, deep relaxation and energy management, FREE Intro on 10-10, 7pm, then 5 weekly classes from 10-17 to 11-14,, contact:

1st & 3rd Fridays ~ Reiki Share Circles - Interested in learning more about Reiki? Want to share your Reiki skills? 12:30-3:30 Phoenix Rising Healing Arts (Above Sonoma Style Bar) 16350 3rd St. Guerneville 707-230-1500

Fri ~ Social Skills Group for Children (age 7 – 8) The group focuses on helping adopted children make friends and improve peer relationships by building communication skills, fostering self- and other boundary awareness, identifying and modulating feelings, and encouraging sportsmanship, team building, and conflict resolution. Eight sessions, 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Co-facilitated by Marla Bourgea, MFT, and Lilia Parker-Meyers, MSW intern. To sign up, contact Liz Jimenez at 707-303-1509. JFCS office: 1360 N Dutton Ave, Suite C, Santa Rosa. RSVP to 707-571-8131.

Last Fri ~ Reiki Healing Circle ~ Joanie is a Reiki Master/Teacher. Using her powerful skills in moving energy she incorporates gentle Yoga and Qigong into this very powerful 2 hour Reiki energy healing session. Register by emailing

Sat ~ Community Healing Circles ~ $15 by donation. 7 pm, Occidental Healing Arts, 3692 Bohemian Hwy #2 ~ 874-2050 ~

Sat ~ Qigong & Tai chi ~ with Emilio Gonzalez, 35 years experience. Beginners welcome. 10-11 am, Juilliard Park, Santa Rosa ~ 544-8750 ~

1st Sat ~ Reiki Healing Clinic ~ Free, but RSVP required. 10am – 2pm, Healing Heart Reiki, 10 Fourth St #216, Santa Rosa ~ 322-9637 ~

3rd Sat ~ Drop-In Tarot ~  Free Tarot drop-in from 2 to 4 at Bean Affair in Healdsburg with Christeen.

CPR & First Aid Classes ~ American Red Cross, 5297 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa ~ 577-7600 ~

1st Sun ~ CommUnity Meditation ~ Based on one of the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success as taught by Deepak Chopra. Free 10-11 a.m. located at 341 N Main St,Sebastopol. 707-824-9690

Sun ~ Hula Dances Classes ~ Adult Beginner Class (Papa Momi), Men and women, 13 yrs and up. Sonoma County Taiko, 3325 Regional Parkway Suite #11, Santa Rosa.

Sun ~ Creative Movement Dance ~ Open to All levels and Abilities. Every Sunday 4-5:30pm at Yoga On Center, 401 Center St., Healdsburg. Class prices $10-15. 707-433-6500 or visit 

Sun. ~ Irish Step Dance for Adults ~ 6:30-8:00 pm. $55 per month. At The Dance Center (55 W 6th Sixth St., Santa Rosa). For more info, please contact Suzanne Eraldi,, 707-579-4945. Mention this listing and try first class for free!   Children's classes available!! 

1st & 3rd Sun ~ English County Dance - 2-4:30p Contact: Kathy WoeltjenEmail: kwoeltjen@yahoo.comPhone: 707-829-0168
Sebastopol, Wischemann Hall 465 Morris StreetSebastopol CA 

Sonoma County Ukulele groups

Ukulelians/Santa Rosa ~Both Beginner & Intermediate classes meet at the Person Senior Wing of the Finley Center, 2060 West College Avenue, SE corner of West College Avenue & Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa. $2/class to Finley, parking lot to left of the driveway & entry is behind the big old oak tree.  Walk through the front lobby to the Person Bldg in back of the courtyard & straight ahead to our room. 
Ukulelians Beginners class Mondays 11-12 & a supplement harmonica class from 12-12:30   Drop-in/OK to come late and leave early. Teacher:  "Proud Mary" Levesque
Ukulelians Intermediate class meets Wednesdays 12:30-3......12:30 start includes a focused instructional lesson. Drop-in/OK to come late and leave early.  Teacher: James Freund/Uke Ukester
Get weekly music list for both classes at the yahoo site
Ukestars/Sebastopol  ~ Sing along meets every Friday 10 am-12 noon at the Community Church in Sebastopol, 1000 Gravenstein Highway North.  Turn into Danmar Drive and park behind the complex in the parking lot or on Danmar.  Group book to buy and handouts.  Some performances.  Director: Vicki Reno
Sebastopol Singing Ukuleles/Sebastopol ~ Open song circle with shared leadership.... bring music you want to introduce & 15 copies for others or use the two Santa Cruz ukulele books (or the Daily Uke books/yellow & blue).  Meets 1st Tuesday monthly at Coffee Catz at the Gravenstein train station, on Rte. 12, on the left coming into Sebastopol just before the downtown intersections with a train out front, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. 5:45-6:30 dinner and 6:30-8:30 sing and play.  We want to support Coffee Catz by purchasing food and drinks to make their staying open later for us worth their while.  Join yahoo list serve for updates.  Facilitator: Dan Gurney
West County Uke Club/Occidental ~ Meets at the Union Hotel/Pizzeria in Occidental every 3rd Thursday night of the month. See details of the meeting format at the yahoo site below.   Facebook page under West County Ukulele Club.  Dinner 6-7 pm and sing and play 7-9 with a  Music posted at the yahoo site.  Contact facilitator, Jerri Miller, to introduce a new song & bring 20 copies or use Santa Cruz books.
Petalukes/Petaluma  ~ Meets the first and third Monday of each month, 7-9 pm, at the Petaluma Senior Center at 211 Novak Drive, off East  Madison Street. off McDowell....easy parking behind the center.  Song circle format.  Get monthly songs at yahoo site   Wi-fi for iPads available at the Senior Center.
Healdsburg Senior Center/Healdsburg ~ Meets at the Healdsburg Senior Center, 113 Matheson St. Fridays at 12:30-2:30.  Parking lot in back.  Usually a kanikapila format.  Using the "Daily Ukulele" book.  If there is a leader a donation is given, otherwise no charge. 
Uku-Hui/Forestville ~ New group forming and will meet at 10:30am on Tuesdays at Sandy McClure's Forestville home.  No fee. RSVP to Linda Webster at  Intermediate players invited to join.