What’s Happening This Week in Sebastopol, Sept. 19-25
Don't miss the Sebastopol City Council Candidates Forum this week. For this and other fun events, read on...
See Rumi’s Caravan at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation on Sept. 24, 6-8 pm. (Photo by Larry Robinson)
Midterms Elections Preview 2022: Prospects and Perils for the November Midterms From California to D.C.
Monday, Sept. 19 at 1 pm at the Sebastopol Area Senior Center, 167 N. High St., Sebastopol
What has the primary election season taught us about where voters are in this midterm season? How do non-presidential elections matter for both parties as we build to the 2024 presidential election? We’ll look at all the big money spending on ballot measures in the Golden State and the prospects for both parties as we head to the ballot in November. We will also examine the key issues and the key indicators of the midterm vote and likely outcomes as a result. Presenter Dr. David McCuan.
International Peace Day
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 4-7 pm at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High St., Sebastopol
The International Day of Peace (also known as World Peace Day) is observed around the world each year on September 21. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, it provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to peace above all differences and to contribute to building a culture of peace. The 2022 theme for the International Day of Peace is “End Racism; Build Peace.”
John us at SebARTS’ Auditorium for music by Moss Henry and Peter Tracy as well as a reading from Dennis Durry’s Vietnam War novel, “Friendly Skies.”
Sebastopol City Council Virtual Candidate Forum
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, 6:30-8 pm. The event will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube and Zoom.
The League of Women Voters invites you to join us for this candidate forum to learn directly from the candidates about their positions on topics of importance to Sebastopol residents. English and simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available on Zoom. Send questions for the candidates to firstname.lastname@example.org
Find links to the event and learn more here.
Intergenerational Chess Club at the Sebastopol Library
Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol
Come to the intergenerational chess club: enjoy chess and the camaraderie of fellow chess lovers.
Find out more here.
Sebastopol Walks: Sculpture Walk
Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 am. Meet in the downtown plaza.
This month’s Saturday Morning Sebastopol Walk will be September 24th. We’ll check out our surprising public sculptures and hear from some of their creators. Join the group led by local sculptor Beth Hartmann in the downtown plaza at 9 am to meander through town, discovering sculptures—some tucked away, some right in front of you. Bring your water bottle and sun hat; we’ll be done before noon. (This walk does not include Florence Avenue.)
Rumi’s Caravan: A Revival of the Oral Tradition of Poetry
Saturday, Sept. 24, 6-8 pm at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa (just a short drive out High School Road)
Rumi’s Caravan is a performance ensemble dedicated to restoring the Soul of the World through the revival of the oral tradition of poetry. For this event, the performers will be Doug von Koss, Kay Crista, Rebecca Evert, and Larry Robinson. This will not be a reading or a slam but rather a poetic conversation. Each of the poets have committed a body of poetry to memory and will share the poems spontaneously as the conversation calls them forth. It is not scripted so none of them know what poems might emerge. What the poems will have in common is a love and reverence for this beautiful world in which we have been blessed to be born.
Buy tickets here.
The Great Laguna Cleanup
Saturday, Sept. 24, starting at 9 am at the Americorps Trailhead in Sebastopol.
Meet at the Americorps Trailhead, across Morris Street from The Barlow. Looking for an opportunity to contribute to the community? The Great Laguna Cleanup is back! The annual event welcomes individuals of all ages to participate in cleaning up the Sebastopol Laguna Wetlands Preserve.
Hromada Ukrainian Concert & Fundraiser
Saturday, September 24, from 2-4pm at Lawrence Jones Middle School Theater, 5154 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park)
This concert is a celebration of Ukrainian music and culture. It is a fundraiser for the Lone Pine Ukrainian Aid that supports a new family from the Ukraine as well as Hromada War Relief Efforts. More details here.
Art Trails Open Studios
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25, 10 to 5 pm at art studios throughout Sebastopol and Sonoma County.
Don’t miss Art Trails, the open studios event of the year! The first weekend of Art Trails, Sept. 24-25, is coming right up. Not sure which studios to visit? Check out the Preview Exhibition at Sebastopol Center for the Arts. See one piece from each of the 117 artists on the open studios tour. It’s a great way to get to know the local artists and choose which ones you'd like to visit during Art Trails, Sept 24-25 and Oct. 1-2. You can also download the catalog here.
PATIO PAWTY at Hopmonk
Sunday, Sept. 25, 11 am to 3 pm at HopMonk, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol
Join Hopmonk for fun, food and animal visits, all in the name of helping animals! Twenty percent of all food sales will be donated to Dogwood Animal Rescue and $1 per 'Pom Pom' drink!
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