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  • Laguna Environmental Center to offer new events September 2017Unless otherwise noted, the following events take place at or at least start from, the Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.Weaving Memories and Laguna StoriesReflections on Learning to Weave Baskets with Local Elders and on Sustaining the Tradition TodayPresentation with Clint McKay (Wappo/Pomo)Thursday, September 7, 7:00-8:30 pmJoin us to hear Clint McKay reflect on his early memories of learning basket-weaving traditions, native plants, and other wisdom from his elders in the Sebastopol Laguna area. Through stories and personal experiences, Clint McKay will reflect on the gifts, spiritual lessons, and weaving traditions he learned from weavers like Mabel McKay, Laura Somersal, and other Pomo and ...
    Posted Aug 18, 2017, 2:31 PM by Wayne Wieseler
  • LUTHER BURBANK'S FARM: Open House & Plant Sale Saturday, September 23, & Sunday, September 24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. FREE Gold Ridge Farm is located in Burbank Heights and Orchards, just west of downtown Sebastopol at 7777 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol, CA www.wschsgrf.orgLuther Burbank performed most of the experiments which resulted in the creation of more than 800 new varieties of trees, shrubs, and flowers at Gold Ridge Farm in Sebastopol. Three acres of the original 18 are maintained by the volunteers from the Western Sonoma County Historical Society and are open to the public, free of charge.Docent ToursVisitors can learn why Luther Burbank was one of the most famous men of his day, along with Edison and Henry Ford, as they stroll ...
    Posted Aug 16, 2017, 3:14 PM by Wayne Wieseler
  • Sebastopol Walks
    Posted Aug 15, 2017, 4:17 PM by Wayne Wieseler
  • Junior College offers free genealogy courses
    Posted Aug 4, 2017, 3:40 PM by Wayne Wieseler
  • Job Search Workshop for 50+ Job Seekers
    Posted Aug 4, 2017, 3:24 PM by Wayne Wieseler
  • Clipper offers discount cards for seniors Clipper Discounts Clipper offers discount cards for youths and seniors. Customers with disabilities may also receive a discount card through the Regional Transit Connection (RTC) program. These discount cards are required to receive youth, senior or RTC discounts on monthly passes, ride books, tickets, cash value fares and transfers. For more information on how to obtain a discount card, select from the list below. Youth Clipper cardSenior Clipper cardRTC Clipper card (for customers with disabilities) Transit Agency Discounted Fares Each transit agency offers its own discounted fares, passes, and/or tickets for adults, youths, seniors, and passengers with disabilities. When you use cash value on a Youth, Senior or RTC Clipper card, Clipper automatically applies any available discounts ...
    Posted Jul 11, 2017, 9:37 AM by Wayne Wieseler
  • ISSUES: Homelessness, climate change, need for disaster preparedness... There are many issues that we are facing: homelessness, climate change, need for disaster preparedness, pollution, water, food shortage, etc. As an individual, it appears hopeless, overwhelming, daunting at best but as a member of a church congregation or a service club such as Rotary, Lions, or Odd Fellows, maybe not. The Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise prepares bag lunches for approximately forty homeless individuals every Wednesday morning. We have handed out laundry vouchers. We created the West County Homeless Advocates to address the needs of the underserved by partnering with church members and other concerned West County residents. Sebastopol City Council members, Sebastopol Police, a Sonoma County Supervisor have attended our meetings. We meet at the Sebastopol Area Senior ...
    Posted Jul 5, 2017, 10:11 AM by Wayne Wieseler
  • National parks fee to be hiked Cost of lifetime passes for seniors on the riseOlder people can expect a big jump sometime next year in the fee for a lifetime pass to visit national parks, as part of a larger move to pay for major projects and enhanced services. The fee for a lifetime pass for citizens 62 and older will go from $10 to $80. An annual pass will cost them $20, which they can apply to the cost of a lifetime pass at a later point if they decide they want one. But if you get a lifetime pass before the change is implemented, it will cost only $10. Passes can be purchased online for an additional service fee of $10 or at ...
    Posted Jun 16, 2017, 1:30 PM by Wayne Wieseler
  • Santa Rosa Junior College to offer LGBT Arts & Literature Studies English 36 LGBT Arts & LiteratureMondays 6 p.m. Fall 2017Register this Fall for English English 36: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Arts & Literature. Participants will read, discuss, and write about significant LGBT writers and artists' works in an atmosphere of mutual respect.For more information: contact Abby Bogomolny, Faculty in English, abogomolny@santarosa.edu, 707-552-2779.
    Posted Jun 7, 2017, 9:59 AM by Wayne Wieseler
  • Free movies for seniors First Thursday of each month, 10 a.m., Third Street Cinemas The Free Seniors Movie Series will begin on Nov. 3, 2016, at the Third Street Cinemas in downtown Santa Rosa. A choice of four movies will be shown on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m., and will continue through June 7, 2017. No tickets are needed, and the doors open at 9:30 a.m.For a list of the four movie titles for each month, call the Third Street Cinemas Recording the week of the Series: 707-525-8909 x 2. The movies are free for seniors 60 and older. Flyers are on distributed to the senior centers.The Third Street Cinemas is located ...
    Posted Oct 12, 2016, 3:24 PM by Wayne Wieseler
  • Our Life Stories Our Life Stories We have added a new feature, Our Life Stories. Our seniors have as many stories to tell as there are diverse members of our community. Our Life Stories provides a venue to publish their life stories and prove what we assert: Wisdom Counts! Do you have a life story that you would like to share? Please contact Wayne Wieseler, Communications Director, at the Sebastopol Area Senior Center to submit a life story for consideration. Our Life Stories Subscribe to Our Life Stories by Email
    Posted Jun 1, 2016, 9:55 AM by Wayne Wieseler
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Laguna Environmental Center to offer new events

posted Aug 18, 2017, 2:25 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Aug 18, 2017, 2:31 PM ]

September 2017
Unless otherwise noted, the following events take place at or at least start from, the Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.

Weaving Memories and Laguna Stories

Reflections on Learning to Weave Baskets with Local Elders and on Sustaining the Tradition Today
Presentation with Clint McKay (Wappo/Pomo)
Thursday, September 7, 7:00-8:30 pm
Join us to hear Clint McKay reflect on his early memories of learning basket-weaving traditions, native plants, and other wisdom from his elders in the Sebastopol Laguna area. Through stories and personal experiences, Clint McKay will reflect on the gifts, spiritual lessons, and weaving traditions he learned from weavers like Mabel McKay, Laura Somersal, and other Pomo and Wappo elders.

$10 (non-refundable). Pre-registration required.

Full-Moon Exploration of Irwin Creek and Lower Stone Farm

Natural History Walk and Picnic with Kevin Munroe
Friday, September 8, 5:00pm-8:30pm
Join us for this special full-moon evening adventure, including a picnic dinner alongside the Laguna in an area not usually open to the public. Bring your own picnic, and we'll provide the hors d'oeuvres, dessert and hot drinks! On this 2 mile walk over mostly flat but uneven terrain, we'll explore the beautiful area's animal and plant life and learn about the history of Stone Farm and the on-going collaborative restoration work that's bringing back a thriving ecosystem.
$30. Pre-registration required.

Sustaining Groundwater Resources

Presentation with Marcus Trotta
Thursday, September 14, 7:00-8:30 pm
Join us for this overview of groundwater resources in the Santa Rosa Plain, the Laguna de Santa Rosa Watershed. Learn about the recently enacted statewide Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which requires that groundwater resources are managed sustainably in order to avoid intervention by the State. The groundwater system beneath the Santa Rosa Plain provides numerous benefits to the region, including rural residential and municipal water supplies, irrigation water for agriculture, and baseflow to streams and surface water bodies.
$12 (non-refundable).
Pre-registration required.


Form & Color: It's Wild Out There

Photography by Dave Strauss

New Art Exhibit Opening Reception
Saturday September 16, 2017, 3:00-5:00pm
Join us to celebrate a new art exhibit in Heron Hall this fall, photography by Dave Strauss, on display September 5, 2017, through January 3, 2018. The opening reception on Saturday, September 16, is a great opportunity to meet the artist. Drinks and light snacks provided. Exhibit details coming soon to our art exhibits web page. FREE.
More details here.

Wings, Wine, and Wetlands

A Benefit for the Laguna Foundation
Sunday, September 24, 3:00-6:00pm
This all new event is the Foundation’s most important fundraiser and vital to the success of our mission to restore the Laguna and to inspire public appreciation and stewardship for this Wetland of International Importance. Enjoy the amazing bounty of our spectacular Laguna: fine wine and champagne, unique brews, and delicious edibles from our local farms and restaurants. Come enjoy interactive outdoor activities to learn more about the spectacular Laguna. Plus, enjoy a live auction featuring wild adventures. $125.
Tickets available now.

Drawing Autumn Colors: Colored Pencil Techniques

Workshop with Nina Antze
Saturday, September 30, 10:00am-3:00pm
Spend a peaceful, meditative day at the Laguna Environmental Center learning and practicing different colored pencil techniques from a wonderful botanical artist and instructor, Nina Antze. Working with a variety of summer fruits, berries, rose hips, pods, and autumn leaves found around the Center's landscape, we will learn to create vibrant color using blending, layering and burnishing techniques while incorporating the basics of botanical drawing. $95.
Pre-registration required.

FOR MORE INFORMATIONwww.lagunafoundation.org
Or contact Anita Smith, Public Education Manager
Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation
(707) 527-9277 x 110, anita@lagunafoundation.org

LUTHER BURBANK'S FARM: Open House & Plant Sale

posted Aug 16, 2017, 3:14 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Aug 16, 2017, 3:14 PM ]

Saturday, September 23, & Sunday, September 24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
FREE
Gold Ridge Farm is located in Burbank Heights and Orchards, just west of downtown Sebastopol at 7777 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol, CA
www.wschsgrf.org

Luther Burbank performed most of the experiments which resulted in the creation of more than 800 new varieties of trees, shrubs, and flowers at Gold Ridge Farm in Sebastopol. Three acres of the original 18 are maintained by the volunteers from the Western Sonoma County Historical Society and are open to the public, free of charge.

Docent Tours

  • Visitors can learn why Luther Burbank was one of the most famous men of his day, along with Edison and Henry Ford, as they stroll around the paths.
  • Starts for your garden, in the nursery: Several varieties of Shasta Daisies, ‘Seascape’ Strawberry, Burbank Grape, ‘Surprise’ yellow Daylily, Japanese Anenome, Chilean Guava, Chinese Quince Tree and much more.
  • Many mature Boutique succulents in original decorative pots, plus starts of unusual varieties to make your own dish gardens.
  • Kids love to make their own rope with the antique rope machine that they turn by hand, and feed apples into the apple press, then drink the fresh cider.
  • Burbank’s historic cottage will be open where you can see the photographic exhibit of the history of the farm and buy strawberry rhubarb jam made from the fruits of the Farm, plus boutique aprons, books, and gifts.
  • Rachel Carson (1907-1964) will reappear in the person of Lilith Rogers, an environmental activist, and writer. Rogers tells the story of the triumphs and tragedies of the author of Silent Spring, the book that started the environmental movement, using Carson’s own words. The performance will be held at 2 PM on Sunday.
  • Refreshments, including popcorn, lemonade, and homemade baked goods.
  • Rummage Sale. Farm volunteers lighten up on their possessions.

Sebastopol Walks

posted Aug 15, 2017, 4:17 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Aug 15, 2017, 4:17 PM ]

Junior College offers free genealogy courses

posted Aug 4, 2017, 3:40 PM by Wayne Wieseler


Job Search Workshop for 50+ Job Seekers

posted Aug 4, 2017, 3:24 PM by Wayne Wieseler


Clipper offers discount cards for seniors

posted Jul 11, 2017, 9:32 AM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Jul 11, 2017, 9:37 AM ]


Clipper Discounts

Clipper offers discount cards for youths and seniors. Customers with disabilities may also receive a discount card through the Regional Transit Connection (RTC) program. These discount cards are required to receive youth, senior or RTC discounts on monthly passes, ride books, tickets, cash value fares and transfers.

For more information on how to obtain a discount card, select from the list below.

Youth Clipper card

Senior Clipper card

RTC Clipper card (for customers with disabilities)

Transit Agency Discounted Fares

Each transit agency offers its own discounted fares, passes, and/or tickets for adults, youths, seniors, and passengers with disabilities. When you use cash value on a Youth, Senior or RTC Clipper card, Clipper automatically applies any available discounts for which you are eligible. Click here for a current list of, and to access discounted fare and transfer information on, all of the Bay Area transit systems that accept Clipper.

For frequently asked questions about Clipper discount cards, please visit our Discount Cards FAQ.
Have additional questions? Call the Customer Service Center at 877.878.8883 (TDD/TTY 711 or 800.735.2929) or email custserv@clippercard.com.

ISSUES: Homelessness, climate change, need for disaster preparedness...

posted Jul 5, 2017, 8:57 AM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Jul 5, 2017, 10:11 AM ]


There are many issues that we are facing: homelessness, climate change, need for disaster preparedness, pollution, water, food shortage, etc. As an individual, it appears hopeless, overwhelming, daunting at best but as a member of a church congregation or a service club such as Rotary, Lions, or Odd Fellows, maybe not.

The Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise prepares bag lunches for approximately forty homeless individuals every Wednesday morning. We have handed out laundry vouchers. We created the West County Homeless Advocates to address the needs of the underserved by partnering with church members and other concerned West County residents. Sebastopol City Council members, Sebastopol Police, a Sonoma County Supervisor have attended our meetings. We meet at the Sebastopol Area Senior Center, at 167 North High Street, Sebastopol from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. one Monday of the month. Why not join us?

Our motto is to encourage and inspire each other to be informed and courageous. We inspire each other to be more open-hearted, generous, serving and responsible for ourselves and others. We want to build lasting friendships and enduring partnerships. We share governmental budgetary news, work to supply immediate needs to homeless (food, tarps, tents, sleeping bags, etc.), support social services to homeless, including medical services and counseling, work to obtain shelters/alternative housing for the homeless and support existing and emerging governmental and related nonprofit initiatives. To learn more about West County Homeless Advocates, email richard@richardruge.comand ask to be included in the group’s email distribution list.

The point is together we can do a lot. There are so many worthwhile activities to join. LikeDailyActs (dailyacts.org), the Sebastopol Area Time Bank (sebastopolarea.timebanks.org), the Sebastopol Area Senior Center (sebastopolseniorcenter.org), Rotary, Lions, etc.

Do something. Form new friendships and partnerships. Serve somebody. Be inspired by others and be inspirational. Amaze yourself! It feels great. There is nothing that focused self and communal effort cannot achieve. What better way to spend the rest of our lives.

My wife and I were in Bodega Bay recently watching a large bird soar high without once flapping its wings. If we commit to service, we too can rise so high that we can contribute without once flapping our wings.

~ By Richard Ruge and Jim Glomb

National parks fee to be hiked

posted Jun 16, 2017, 1:20 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Jun 16, 2017, 1:30 PM ]

Cost of lifetime passes for seniors on the rise

Older people can expect a big jump sometime next year in the fee for a lifetime pass to visit national parks, as part of a larger move to pay for major projects and enhanced services.

The fee for a lifetime pass for citizens 62 and older will go from $10 to $80. An annual pass will cost them $20, which they can apply to the cost of a lifetime pass at a later point if they decide they want one.

But if you get a lifetime pass before the change is implemented, it will cost only $10. Passes can be purchased online for an additional service fee of $10 or at any of the parks without an extra charge.

National Park Service officials are unsure how long it will take to implement the change, but it’s expected before the end of 2017. Meantime, they are spreading the word informally.

“We don’t want anyone to feel blindsided and say, ‘Why didn’t anyone tell us about this,’” Park Service Spokeswoman Kathy Kupper said. “We don’t know whether we’ll get any pushback. It (the higher fee) is still a great deal.”

Earlier this month, Congress approved legislation, the National Park Service Centennial Act, that raises fees and sets up an endowment to help pay for projects and visitor services. The cost of the senior pass has not been increased since 1994 when it jumped to $10.

The move is intended to improve the visitor experience and provide more opportunities to volunteer in parks across the country.

Santa Rosa Junior College to offer LGBT Arts & Literature Studies

posted Jun 7, 2017, 9:58 AM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Jun 7, 2017, 9:59 AM ]


English 36

LGBT Arts & Literature

Mondays 6 p.m. Fall 2017

Register this Fall for English English 36: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Arts & Literature. Participants will read, discuss, and write about significant LGBT writers and artists' works in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

For more information: contact Abby Bogomolny, Faculty in English, abogomolny@santarosa.edu, 707-552-2779.


Free movies for seniors

posted Oct 12, 2016, 3:11 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Oct 12, 2016, 3:24 PM ]

First Thursday of each month, 10 a.m., Third Street Cinemas 

The Free Seniors Movie Series will begin on Nov. 3, 2016, at the Third Street Cinemas in downtown Santa Rosa.

A choice of four movies will be shown on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m., and will continue through June 7, 2017. No tickets are needed, and the doors open at 9:30 a.m.

For a list of the four movie titles for each month, call the Third Street Cinemas Recording the week of the Series: 707-525-8909 x 2. The movies are free for seniors 60 and older. Flyers are on distributed to the senior centers.

The Third Street Cinemas is located at 620 Third Street between Santa Rosa Avenue and D Street (behind the Third Street Aleworks). It is only 1-1/2 blocks from the downtown Transit Mall, where all city & county buses arrive and depart.


There are also two parking garages close by — one directly across from the Theatre (no elevator), and the other around the corner on D Street (basically, behind the Theatre).

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