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Sebastopol Independent Film Festival: Don’t miss this year’s event!

Aside from being National Music in Schools month, National Celery Month, and National Peanut month; it is also National Women's History Month. Fun fact that this movement started right here in Sonoma Count. Its birthplace was in Santa Rosa, with a vision to bring women back into history.

Soroptimist International of West Sonoma County, whose birthplace was in Sebastopol in 2019, offers a scholarship called Live Your Dream, to a local woman head of household, with dependents, and pursuing a higher education. Over half of the Live Your Dream Awards recipients are survivors of domestic violence, trafficking or sexual assault. Nearly all of the women and families we serve have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, teen pregnancy, and drug or alcohol addiction. Live Your Dream Awards recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation. They will be celebrating this local momma this month. For more information on this scholarship or to learn more about this service club please contact:

The Sebastopol Film Festival is coming to town and it is family friendly! It is the only film festival north of San Francisco to the Oregon border, designated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival for documentary shorts. This means any short film or mini documentary that wins a Jury Award at the Film Festival is eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award. On Mar. 12, 3 to 7 p.m. at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center there will be a "curtain raiser" event. See a film, eat BBQ, drink libations,and dance! Families are welcome to get on their cowgirl boots and participate in the Country Western Dance Party. Tickets are $50 and 12 under $10. Includes drinks, BBQ, dance, and the film viewing of Dusty and Stones.There are many other films that are family friendly and women made. You can find more information at the website:

On Mar. 26, Peacetown will be having a Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce "Ribbon Cutting" where the community is invited to come and join in on the fun. You can find more information on the Peacetown website:

Community Market is offering karaoke nights on Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. and is family friendly.

Families are invited to learn how to ride together in a safe and fun way at FREE family bicycling workshops. Fun games and a neighborhood ride! Join the Bicycle Coalition’s certified cycling instructors for a fun workshop for parents and kids. Children must be able to ride a bike and ready to take to the road with their parents. Parents are allowed to trail their children in trailers or child seats too. Children and parents must participate in the clinic together and bring their own bikes and helmets. This event will be held at Sebastopol Independent Charter School, 1111 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol CA 95472. For more information, contact Christina Panza at 707-545-0153 or

Anamika Mishra says it best that "Flowers and colours everywhere, I am so glad that March is here." There is much to be explored during this beautiful time of year. I encourage you to get outside and explore all that Sebastopol has to offer.

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