Join Dr. Ben Becker, marine ecologist and chief scientist at Point Reyes National Seashore, for the 2nd annual springtime tide pool excursion: explore one of the largest and least-visited rocky tide pool sites in Marin County, near Bolinas Point. Ben will guide you along this intertidal zone with its incredible diversity of animal and plant life. Learn how special adaptations allow them to thrive in this extreme-–and extremely beautiful-–habitat.
Perfectly timed to spring’s low tide, get up close and personal with the sea anemones, purple urchins, sea stars, colorful sea slugs, and tiny crabs that inhabit this oft-hidden world. You’ll also learn about current monitoring and research programs that are helping to track oil spill impacts and global climate change. The trailhead is about a 75 minute drive from Santa Rosa. Go tidal--sign up now!
Box lunch provided by Toni & Greg Forsberg
Moderate 1/2-mile hike with a steep slope at the end, and flat but slippery rocks in the tide pools can be challenging
All ages and skill levels encouraged
Bring rubber boots or shoes you don't mind getting wet
Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 10 am—3 pm $150 per person (ages 21+) ♥ ONLY 3 SPOTS LEFT Register now
Encaustic: the ancient art of painting and sculpting with pigmented beeswax. Join us for a lovely day working with fine artist and SA parent Diana Majumdar in her studio nestled in the oaks behind her Petaluma home. Diana will guide you in this collage workshop in which you’ll transform gathered materials into your own montage on wood or panel. Layered with the encaustic, you’ll assemble memorabilia from life such as photos, found objects, fabric, postcards, stamped envelopes, and scraps of this and that . . . the possibilities are limitless! You are encouraged to bring your own treasures, and a variety of materials will also be provided. You’ll join a long lineage of encaustic artists dating from the 1st century BCE as you channel your creative muse in Diana’s studio, fueled by a sumptuous lunch by David Phillips with wine donated by Toni & Greg Forsberg. All basic materials provided, but feel free to bring personal items should you desire Tuscan lunch provided by David Phillips, with wine from Toni & Greg Forsberg Hosts: Diana Majumdar, Gayle Slade, Jenny Marin, David Phillips, Toni & Greg Forsberg
Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 12—3 pm $125 per person—limited to 12 people (ages 21+) ♥ ONLY 4 SPOTS LEFT Register now
Everyone the world over looks forward to summer, but locals here know that October is really the very best month with its warm days and absence of fog. And what nicer spot to spend an autumn day than the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center where, since 1994, its 80 acres of organic gardens, onsite intentional community, and wildlands preserve of grasslands and mixed oak, fir, and redwood forests have served as a living laboratory for research, practice, demonstration, and teaching?
Join your hosts at OAEC’s renovated barn to adorn a Halloween pumpkin with garden delights – flowers, peppers, berries, ornamental leaves, amaranth, and beans – all from the organic gardens. You’ll enjoy a delicious hot lunch prepared from produce grown right there, accompanied by exquisite 100% organic hard cider from Sonoma County’s own Specific Gravity company.
Lunch will be followed by a walk through the gardens and up to the pond (swim optional), and you’ll leave with your beautiful pumpkin for your porch or fall table centerpiece, just in time for Halloween.
Hosts: Martha Kowalick & Nick Allen, Carol Oppenheimer, Paul & Kendra Kolling
Sunday, May 31, 2015 from 1—4 pm $50 per person—students welcome! ♥ ONLY 9 SPOTS LEFT Register now
You may have already ditched your big old SLR for the camera that’s always with you – the one on your phone! According to Forbes magazine, “The iPhone camera is so impressive that ‘iPhoneography’ has become an actual term and technique for journalists, and many writers now refer to themselves as ‘iPhoneographers’.”
Accompany acclaimed fine art photographer Yoni Mayeri on a stroll around beautiful Beaumont Farms, home of The White Barn Project, an animal-assisted therapeutic farm benefitting at-risk, developmentally disabled, and chronically ill children. Yoni will review best photographic practices using just your iPhone, and share tips for saving, uploading, transferring, and sharing images.
You’ll learn the advantages of using camera replacement apps and can follow along with the live demo of various editing apps to enhance your images or create digital works. Included are snacks and beverages, as well as time to explore the farm and meet the therapy animals.
Suggested apps to download prior to event include Camera+, Snapseed, Photoshop Express, AutoStitch, PicFrame, and DeluxFX
Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 5—9 pm $125 per person (ages 21+) ♥ ONLY 10 SPOTS LEFT Register now
Sometimes destiny just throws you a curveball. And that’s exactly what happened to SA parents Tara and Craig Smith back in 2008, when their son came home with a book that changed their lives forever. Educated by Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and inspired by one of its “stars,” they decided to walk the talk in a way few do. One year later, Tara Firma Farms was born . . .
This fall, take a hilarious, yet eye-opening tour around beautiful Tara Firma Farms with Tara herself, while sipping delicious local wine, pumpkin beer, or 100% organic Sonoma County hard cider from another SA agricultural family, Paul & Kendra Kolling of Nana Mae’s Organics. Hold a chick, pet a piglet, and “moo” with the cows (someone always does) while learning where your food comes from.
As the sun sets, your taste buds will delight in a true farm-to-table dinner; listen to local music and share your summer stories. After the meal the fun will continue with outrageous contra dancing!
Vegetarian options available
Wear walking shoes for the farm tour – they may get dirty
Bring dancing shoes for later
Hosts: Tara & Craig Smith (Tara Firma Farms), Toni & Greg Forsberg, Paul & Kendra Kolling (Specific Gravity Cider Company)
Friday, November 20, 2015 at 6 pm $75 per person (ages 21+) ♥ ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT Register now
It’s another great night of talented performances at SA! Relax and enjoy the evening with this package of VIP perks.
On the night of the event, you’ll arrive early to find plenty of parking close to the Fitzsimmons Black Box Theater. Join us for a one-hour pre-show reception upstairs in the SA library to sip your drink and sample from savory and sweet nibbles.
Slip into your reserved seats just before curtain time. During intermission, return to the library for a nightcap and goodies. And don’t forget to enjoy the show!
Pre-show and intermission receptions with libations and seasonal edibles, espresso and coffee bar, and desserts
Hosts: Youth Arts Sonoma Academy (YASA), Fawn & James Nekton
The only private, independent, college preparatory high school in Sonoma County. On its beautiful 34-acre campus nestled at the base of picturesque Taylor Mountain in South Santa Rosa, Sonoma Academy students are able to explore their interests and passions in a challenging environment that prepares them for college and life beyond.