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Occidental Oriented - June 2015


Occidental Oriented - June 2015

We creep nearer and nearer to summer every day. Yesterday, my final project for my photography class was due. Monday I have my last math test before the final, and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are all dedicated study days. I’m actually starting to expect summer to get here, and it feels great. Well, it actually means I’ll be working part time and taking Spanish lessons every day, but the point still stands. At least I can drive to work and class. 

However, if your summer is less busy, or your kid’s summer is less busy, you should looking into Salmon Creek Garden Camp.The camps are July 20th - 24th and July 27th - 31st, at the Salmon Creek Garden from 8am to 1pm each day. It’s for ages six to ten year olds, and cost $225 - 275 on sliding scale per week, and there are scholarships available. There will also be organic snack will be provided, but children must come with packed lunch. If your kid is over ten, but still interested, never fear-- any child above the age of ten may act as a Garden Leader. Garden Leaders will participate in the Leaders in Training day Friday, July 17th. This could be a great opportunity for them to build on their leadership, awareness and communication skills, have a great time, and earn Community Service hours. The best part is Garden Leaders are exempt from camp fees. Registration packets are available in the office of Salmon Creek, and make sure to register before June 10th. If you have questions, please contact Kaelyn Ramsden, at

And for adults, the beginning of summer is a great time to get away. Try picking up a deli sandwich from the Bohemian Market or mexican food from El Mariachi and go for a picnic at Salmon Creek School. There’s the garden to enjoy, the redwood trail, or sit by the either playground and watch your kids play. And if you’re looking for a slightly longer getaway, try checking out Airbnb, they have tons of options nearby. If you’ve got friends or relatives coming to visit, why not let them stay in the comforts of your house while you go stay at a local airbnb? There are lots of really great places locally. 

King Lear at Occidental Center for the ArtsIf you’re looking for afternoon activities, try checking out King Lear at Occidental Center for the Arts Classroom 3820, on Doris Murphy Ct. on June 7th at 4pm. The show will feature two master actors, and thirty puppets. This show is one of The Independent Eye’s series of actor/puppet stagings, which have included Macbeth, The Tempest, Frankenstein, and Descent of Inanna. Heads up, the show runs 100 minutes with no intermission, but the music and puppets will be incredible, and it’s been receiving great reviews. If you’re interested, please notes that seating is limited, and making reservations ahead is advised. Reservations can be made by emailing

I’m sure we all remember Bistro des Copains, the recently closed restaurant downtown. There’s a new restaurant moving in soon! The owners, Jim and Michelle Wimborough, hope to be up and running sometime in July. The restaurant will be Mediterranean style, with fresh, organic, seasonal foods. The restaurant will provided a new style food for Occidental and all Sonoma County foodies. Though the name is yet unknown, you should start getting excited about the newest addition to Occidental. 

And to revisit an earlier topic, the Farmer’s Market is starting up again on June 5th. Despite rumors, the location and time will be remaining the same. The market starts at 4pm and runs until dusk, and I can’t wait. Hopefully I’ll see you there for the official start of summer!