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Sebastappeal - May 2013


Sebastappeal - May 2013
Make – Grow – Play – And More

by Sarah Glade Gurney

First Arts and Maker Space Downtown

This month, Chimera Art Space opens 5,000 square feet at the former Ford dealership property at 6791 Sebastopol Avenue.  The location will house an electronics lab, photography studio, metal shop, ceramic studio, and open work areas.

Chimera is a community-powered non-profit for artists, makers, inventors and creative people of all types to work together, share resources, teach and take classes.  It features a range of memberships, including day passes, monthly memberships, and studio rentals.  Everyone, from the hobbyist to the professional, is welcome to join.  Founding members, those enrolling before May 1, receive a discount.

Some of our most talented people will teach classes covering a variety of subjects: 3D printing, jewelry, painting, welding, electronics, fabrication, software development, metalworking, printmaking, and sewing.  Classes are accessible to a variety of skill levels, ages, and learning types; they are open to the public and available to members at a discount.  

Co-founders, Terry Beyak and Dana Woodman, invite you to help them grow Sebastopol into a more creative, innovative, and enjoyable place to live.  To learn more or to donate supplies and equipment, contact Watch for details about their anticipated Open House Reception.

Grow More, Use Less, and Build Community

Fourteen passionate members of our community participated in the kick-off for the 350 Home+Garden Challenge and pledged to organize our local response.  They’ve put together a seed and plant swap, as well as a workshop on building bluebird boxes, and are gearing up for more actions for the formal event on May 18 and 19. 

This weekend event – now the Fourth Annual – encourages folks to transform their homes and gardens through practical actions that increase environmental sustainability and self-reliance.  Recommended projects save water, conserve energy, increase food production, and build community.  Some suggested actions include: transform lawn areas to food-producing or water-wise landscapes; install gray-water systems; convert to line-drying clothes; and plant community gardens.

This year’s new trend is to start a “Garden Wheel.”  This project brings friends and neighbors together to create food gardens and to share labor, information, and resources.  Members take turns working on garden projects that rotate [like a wheel] from household to household.  Everyone benefits from the support and enjoys the bounty together.

For more information and to register your action, go to and check out the incentives, such as one free yard of compost from Sonoma Compost.  Daily Acts, the Petaluma-based non-profit, and iGROWsonomacounty, from SoCo Health Action 2020, support this weekend initiative [information from Ellen Hopkins and Karen Gardner].

First Annual Ukulele Festival

Sebastopol has become a hotbed of ukulele fever.  Home to two active ukulele clubs, Sebastopol hosts its first annual Ukulele Festival on Saturday, May 25, at the Community Cultural Center, starting at noon.

There will be workshops for everyone – a beginner’s workshop for newbies, plus workshops for more advanced players.  Local clubs and regional talent will perform on two stages all afternoon.  The dinner break will provide an opportunity to eat downtown or, for those who stay on-site, to enjoy Hawaiian food and some informal musical jams. 

The Festival will close with a triple-header evening concert featuring Ralph Shaw, “The King of the Ukulele,” from Vancouver, British Columbia.  Ralph will amaze and delight you.  The concert also features the very best regional talent, Faith Ako, and the band, Mr. December. 

Tickets are only $30 for the whole day – the best deal of the year.  For the price of the concert, you get a whole afternoon of workshops, jams, and the company of happy people with the ukulele spirit.  Organizers expect a sell-out crowd so get your tickets [brown paper] early.  This event benefits Jim Corbett’s Mr. Music Foundation that brings music to our schools.

Other Suggestions for Your Calendar

May 11 at 5 PM – “Aged to Perfection” honoring Dan Davis, a benefit for the Sebastopol Area Senior Center, 829.2440 or

May 15, 16, and 17 – The SDAT Event, “Sebastopol Connect,” an effort to bridge the division in our community and bring people together on common ground in planning for our future,

May 25 – The Garden Walk, 9AM from The Plaza,