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Nov
23
Thu
Free Thanksgiving Dinner
Nov 23 @ 3:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Free Thanksgiving Dinner

For years, the Sonoma Community Center, Gary Edwards, Sonoma’s Rotary and
many, many others have teamed up to serve over 400 free Thanksgiving
dinners to local residents.
This year, with so much behind us and so much to do ahead, the event will
be more important than ever before. Thanks to the City of Sonoma, we are
able to host a large gathering off-campus at the Veterans Hall.
Gary and his head chef, Daniel Quijada, are the heart and brains behind the
whole thing and in charge of the feast itself. Gary ‘harvests’ the food
from a broad cross section of local growers, poultry farmers and
restaurants, then Daniel and his team prepare it. It is unquestionably
scrumptious!
It is a festive and lively event that does good on so many levels. And we
are inviting you and yours to join us at this feel-good afternoon of
gratitude that will make you even prouder to be a part of this community!
http://www.sonomacommunitycenter.org/thanksgiving.html

Nov
27
Mon
SCTA/RCPA Citizens Advisory Committee @ SCTA Large Conference Room
Nov 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
SCTA/RCPA Citizens Advisory Committee @ SCTA Large Conference Room | Santa Rosa | California | United States

The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is composed of 15 members from community groups and 5 members from the public at ­large. The primary function of the CAC is to review projects, policy statements, funding programs, and any other items that may be acted on by the SCTA and to provide input and recommendations for the SCTA’s decision making process. The CAC also serves as the independent oversight committee for Measure M. The Chair of the CAC is Bob Anderson of the United Winegrowers.

CAC usually meets on the 4th Monday of each month, but to be certain, use this link to confirm a meeting hasn’t been cancelled or rescheduled:

Upcoming Meeting Information.

Nov
28
Tue
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Meeting
Nov 28 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Meeting

This is a simultaneous meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Sonoma
County, the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Water Agency, the Board
of Commissioners of the Community Development Commission, the Board of
Directors of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space
District, the Board of Directors of the Northern Sonoma County Air
Pollution Control District, the Sonoma County Public Finance Authority, and
as the governing board of all special districts having business on the
agenda to be heard this date. Each of the foregoing entities is a separate
and distinct legal entity.

Agenda not yet available.

Elders Salon Sonoma @ El Verano School, Family Resource Center Room 31
Nov 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

THE ELDERS SALON SONOMA

November 28th topic:

Gratitude

It is traditional to speak of gratitude, as we slide to the end of the calendar year. Most of us have many reasons to be grateful, when we consider it. Additionally, we can consider other facets of gratitude. Has our understanding of gratitude changed as we age, and is it still evolving? What is our individual understanding of gratitude? I imagine that it is like the elephant being described by the blind women– different for each of us. And, perhaps the question that is up for me . . . what would happen by experiencing gratitude as a daily practice?

Future Salon dates will be December 26th, January 23, and February 27

Our first meeting on the topic–“WHAT IS AN ELDER?” was a great success with 22 enthusiastic people in attendance, ready to engage! Since then, The Elder Salon is off to a great start. We look forward to seeing you, and hearing your ideas.

The Elders Salon Sonoma meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, from 10 am to noon at El Verano Elementary School 18606 Riverside Dr, Sonoma in the Family Resource Center. The space is wheelchair accessible. There will be no charge for the meetings. Much gratitude is due El Verano School and the Family Resource Center for the opportunity to meet there.

The purpose of the Elders Salon is to synthesize the experience, energy and curiosity of people who have already entered or are just discovering this developmental stage of their lives. An elder is self-defined, although age 55 and up is generally the lower age of participants. We are a nonhierarchial group, recognizing that each individual is their own expert, and will not be relying on “experts” from outside. Our topics will be set ahead of the meeting and introduced by the facilitators or the person who suggested the subject. Typically we will break into small groups for part of the time to encourage personal discovery and more intimate exchange, giving everyone a chance to express themselves.   After that, a return to the larger group, to talk about our discoveries allows for the wisdom of the whole to emerge. Diversity of expression will foster growth within both individuals and the group as a whole.

Woman-smoking-cigar-(Geek-Philosopher)
Image: GeekPhilosopher

Our meetings will regularly be 10 a.m.-noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month, same time and place.

Parking Reminder: Please park in the hash-lined area marked for Buses—in the lot near the Family Resource Center–Room 31. School in in session, so the spaces in the main lot are reserved for staff. The buses don’t arrive until 2pm, so the bus parking area is free until then.

Elder Salon Topics:

  • 2017
    • December 26 – TBD
    • November 28 – Gratitude
    • October 24 – Fire Experiences
    • September 26 – The Reality of Grief and Grieving
    • August 15 – What About Dying?
    • July 25 – Compassionate Self Care
    • June 27 – Battle Scars or Beauty Marks
    • May  23 – Play and Playfulness, as Elders
    • April 25 – Art and Personal Growth
    • March 28 – Essential Work – Going Inward
    • February 28 – Coming Alive
    • January 24 – Outsourcing, Power, and Communication
  • 2016
    • December 27 – Essential Risks (Part 2)
    • November 22 – Essential Risks (Part 1)
    • October 25 – Self-Esteem, Self-Love, and Love of Others (by Margot)
    • September 27 – Work(!)
    • August 23 Play – Elder Play
    • July 26 – Unexpected Lessons, Still Coming
    • June 28 – Elders Growing in Community
    • May 24 – What We Have Gained – Looking at the Good Stuff
    • April 26 – Vulnerability
    • March 22 – Scars – Seen and Unseen
    • February 23 – Self Compassion and Loving Ourselves
    • January 26 – “We Are All Just Walking Each Other Home” – Ram Dass
  • 2015
    • December 22 – Asking for What You Want, and Need
    • November 24 – Gratitude: Our Relationship as We Grow and Change
    • October 27 – Tending Our Fires: Sharing Stories of What Engages Us
    • August 25 – Looking Back – Connections with Elders
    • July 28  – Regrets, and Compassion

Come join us.


About the Facilitators

In 2005, Trymon (Spyder) Hunter became involved in the care of a long time friend who began to deteriorate physically after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Through that experience he met David (Lucky) Goff, who with Alexandra Hart, co-founded the first Elders Salon in 2010. Always interested in personal development, this concept was ideal for Trymon.

 Iris (Ruth) Lombard has been excited by the willingness of the people that she has met at the Elders Salon to be themselves, without apology. She has learned by their example the depth this brings to an individual. The diversity of people and opinions brings constant richness to her life.

Spyder and Iris live in Boyes Hot Springs, so it seemed natural to grow another Elder Salon in order to bring the potential wisdom of our local elders home to our community.


featured image credit: Metamorphosis of Narcissus … reflect.

Nov
30
Thu
Sonoma Valley Climate Coalition
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm – 11:59 pm
Sonoma Valley Climate Coalition

Interested in getting involved in local climate action? Join the monthly
meeting of the Sonoma Valley Cliamte Coalition. Ordinarily held on the 4th
Thursday of each month, due to Thanksgiving we will see the following
Thursday in November, 11/30.

Dec
4
Mon
Sonoma City Council Meeting
Dec 4 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sonoma City Council Meeting

Regular meeting of the Sonoma City Council.

Agenda can be found here
http://www.sonomacity.org/Agenda-Minutes/City-Council.aspx
.

Dec
5
Tue
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Meeting
Dec 5 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Meeting

This is a simultaneous meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Sonoma
County, the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Water Agency, the Board
of Commissioners of the Community Development Commission, the Board of
Directors of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space
District, the Board of Directors of the Northern Sonoma County Air
Pollution Control District, the Sonoma County Public Finance Authority, and
as the governing board of all special districts having business on the
agenda to be heard this date. Each of the foregoing entities is a separate
and distinct legal entity.

Agenda not yet available.

Dec
11
Mon
SCTA/RCPA Board Meeting @ Sonoma County PRMD Planning Commission Hearing Room
Dec 11 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
SCTA/RCPA Board Meeting @ Sonoma County PRMD Planning Commission Hearing Room | Santa Rosa | California | United States
The Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) was created in 1990 and is governed by a twelve-member Board of Directors representing each of the nine cities – Cloverdale, Cotati, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma and Windsor – and the Sonoma County board of Supervisors. The SCTA acts as the countywide planning and fund programming agency for transportation and performs a variety of important functions related to advocacy, project management, planning, finance, grant administration and research.
The Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA) coordinates community-wide climate solutions for a better future.  The RCPA was formed in 2009 through locally sponsored State legislation to coordinate countywide climate protection efforts among Sonoma County’s nine cities and multiple county agencies.  The RCPA has four main areas of focus: efficient buildings, clean energy, alternative transportation and conservation/ adaptation. The RCPA is focused on securing grant funding for GHG reducing programs and projects as well as leading countywide climate planning efforts. In addition, data collection, public information and education are significant elements of the climate protection effort.
The two authorities share the same board members, meet jointly, and issue joint meeting agenda and minutes.
SCTA/RCPA Board Meetings are usually held on the second Monday of each month at the Sonoma County Permit & Resource Management Department
Planning Commission Hearing Room –2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA.
To confirm the date and time of any upcoming SCTA/RCPA board meeting, ALWAYS check the full Agenda Packets which are available at:
http://scta.ca.gov/meetings-and-events/board-meetings/
Dec
12
Tue
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Meeting
Dec 12 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Meeting

This is a simultaneous meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Sonoma
County, the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Water Agency, the Board
of Commissioners of the Community Development Commission, the Board of
Directors of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space
District, the Board of Directors of the Northern Sonoma County Air
Pollution Control District, the Sonoma County Public Finance Authority, and
as the governing board of all special districts having business on the
agenda to be heard this date. Each of the foregoing entities is a separate
and distinct legal entity.

Agenda not yet available.

Dec
18
Mon
SV Farmers Guild (formerly The Grange) @ Sonoma Springs Community Hall (formerly The Grange)
Dec 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
SV Farmers Guild (formerly The Grange) @ Sonoma Springs Community Hall (formerly The Grange) | Sonoma | California | United States

THE SONOMA VALLEY FARMERS GUILD BUSINESS MEETING HAS BEEN CHANGED TO THIRD MONDAYS at 6:00 PM.

Please check http://www.Springshall.com to confirm the meeting hasn’t been cancelled.

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