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Occidental Oriented - August 2016 - MacKenzie Nekton


Occidental Oriented - August 2016 - MacKenzie Nekton

Hello Occidental! It’s me, MacKenzie – I’m back, after a wonderful summer adventure. 

It’s that time again – time for school and the last days of summer, and, of course, for Caws For Paws, Negri’s annual fundraiser for Petaluma Animal Services. There will be a $20 all-you-can-eat spaghetti feed, and a raffle, as well as all your local friends who you may have missed at the fireman’s barbeque. Caws For Paws is on August 19th, from 6:00 to 8:30 at Negri’s. 

In addition to old traditions, there also new things in Occidental. Lizzy Long has started up a boot camp at the community center. She’s offering early morning, mid-morning, and evening classes, and some classes on weekends. There’s no reason not to go, so give it try. Check out her Facebook page, West County Bootcamp for official class times and other fun stuff. 

Other things are happen at the Occidental Community Center too. Progress for the new Community Center continues, and you can check out it out on the Occidental Community Center Advisory Council’s website at They post all of their meeting minutes, public survey results, facility design ideas, and information about current activities taking place there, as well as contact information. Their next meeting is at 6:30 pm on Thursday, August 4th, at the Community Center. 

Some old(er?) things around town are also getting a facelift – there are plans are underway to have the town mural on the Bohemian Market updated with current information. If you haven’t stopped by to check it out lately, it’s pretty outdated. Rumor has it that students at Harmony School will undertake the updating of the mural as a place-based community service project. That kinda makes me wish I was back in eighth grade, something that does not happen, ever. High school is much better than middle school. 

I know school hasn’t even begun yet, but it is actually time to think about Christmas already! Applications for the Occidental Community Council’s annual Holiday Crafts Faire are available on their website at and are due by September 15th. The faire is juried by the Occidental Community Council, with an emphasis on local handmade crafts. If this sounds like you, please apply. Proceeds from the event directly benefit our community. If you are interested in juring, or bettering the community, the Council is always looking for new members and/or projects to support and would welcome your participation and input. They meet at the Community Center on the third Saturday of the month at 10:30 in the morning, so the next meeting will be August 20th. 

If you’re in the mood for some music the Occidental Center for the Arts has several upcoming offers, including their new series, Local Talent Friday. On Friday, August 5th, French Oak Gypsy Band will be playing from 8:00 to 10:00pm. The following Friday, the 12th, also from 8:00 to 10:00pm, David Helfand and Justin Lader will be preforming a show called Journeys Beyond the Borders. On August 20th, Hiroya Tsukamoto will be preforming a solo guitar show, still from 8:00 to 10:00pm. The fabulously named The Rhythm Rangers! will be preforming on Saturday, August 27th , 8:00 to 10:00pm. While you’re at the Occidental Center for the Arts, check out the show that is currently up in the gallery, Leaf and Petal, Root and Seed. It’s on display until mid-August.

On Wednesday, August 24th, Osmosis Day Spa will be hosting a concert and dinner, featuring Rupa and the April Fishes, food from Ceres Community Project, and wine from Thumbprint Cellars. There will also be Cedar Enzyme Footbaths, which, I hear, are pretty phenomenal. Rupa and the April Fishes music is an amalgamation of art rock, roots reggae, cumbia, jazz, politically charged punk, and several languages ranging from English to Tzotzil to French. Dinner will be served at 6:00pm. Tickets are $65, and will sell out, so get yours now!

That’s all for now! I hope the end of your summer is wonderful.