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Occidental Oriented - November 2015 - MacKenzie Nekton


Occidental Oriented - November 2015 - MacKenzie Nekton

Local Business: I have spent the last two hours untangling years’ worth of yarn. I was cleaning my room when I noticed that my knitting basket had been sitting untouched for quite some time, and seeing as I am going to continue to be very busy for quite some more time, I decided to wrap up the yarn into proper balls and put it away. The space is much needed, as I am a very sentimental person and like to keep books long after they should have been passed down to a younger generation of readers. The yarn turned out to be the biggest mess since my freshman year. Of course, my room is hardly cleaner for the effort, but the process reminded me of a business run by Occidental local Jennifer Warren—Clutter Control. Jennifer will come to your home or office and help you organize and declutter your space, as well as develop systems to keep your clutter under control. Call or text her at (707) 529-1235 or send her an email at for a free one hour consultation. 

I realized I made a mistake a few days ago when I was walking downtown. In last month’s column, I talked about where to get a massage locally, but I forgot to mention one very worthy option: Heart Rock. They’re located right next to El Mariachi and Such Fine Things. Heart Rock has incredible reviews, and Julia Reid, the owner and masseuse, is extremely skilled at her craft. After reading the Yelp reviews, I can say that this is definitely on my list—Julia has gotten nothing but five star ratings. Once again, I’m sorry for forgetting them, but luckily no one complained, and it’s an easy wrong to right. 

Roadside Art: My beautiful momma texted me a picture of a heart on some pavement with the caption “new road art” a few days ago. It seems that a mysterious artist has been creating pictures on the side of the old road using found materials. There was a heart made out of wood shavings and moss, and the words “Live” and “Love” written out in sticks and wood shavings, respectively. It’s a lovely thing to find, and a nice counterpoint to the infamous “FIX ARE ROADS” of my first column. I hope whoever the anonymous artist behind these little works of art continues to brighten up our day with them. 

In other artsy news, The Occidental Center for the Arts’ newest gallery exhibit, Energy Materialized, is showing starting on Friday, November 6. The show will feature two internationally known sculptors, Bruce Johnson and Riis Burwell, and juried paintings that complement the exquisite sculptures. There will be a reception for the artists from five to seven on the evening of Friday, November 6th. The Occidental Center for the Arts is known for its engaging and original exhibits, so I highly recommend going to check it out. I think it might even be applicable for some school credit for me, given that in my physics class we are studying energy and heat. Who knows?

Large Library: In a vaguely school related vain, the Occidental library is newly expanded! They now offer more books and free Wi-Fi. I can’t wait to spend some time doing some reading and studying in our new library. Their hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from noon until five.

Feed Us: It’s that time of year again—the annual Camp Meeker Volunteer Fire Department’s Spaghetti Dinner is coming up. It’s on Thursday November 19th from six to nine in the evening at the Camp Meeker Volunteer Fire Department. 100% of proceeds from dinner go directly to the station. Not only is the food good, but it is a great chance to hang out with friends while supporting our local fire fighters at the same time. I probably won’t be there, because the show I’ve been diligently rehearsing at school is that day, but everyone else should totally go. 

Live Theater: And everyone should come see Sonoma Academy’s fall show: American Idiot! The shows are on Thursday, November 19th at seven pm, Friday, November 20th at a seven pm, Saturday, November 21st at two pm and seven pm, and Sunday, November 22nd at one pm and six pm, and they’re all at Sonoma Academy in the Fitzsimmons Black Box Theater. The show is going to be an exciting throwback to the early two thousands full of implied drugs, implied sex, and real rock and roll. The faint of heart, deeply conservative, and small children should probably not attend, as the show does feature some graphic themes such as drugs, sex, death, and war. That said, it’s going to be a blast. Tickets will be on sale November 1st I really hope to see all sorts of Occidental locals at the show. If you come see the show, shoot me an email beforehand and I’ll make sure you get a good seat or let you up into the catwalks if you prefer that. 

Have an awesome Halloween!