Hall Happenings

January 2015Grange Location
Grange Hall:  6000 Sebastopol Ave, Hwy 12   You DO NOT need to be a farmer, to become a member or to participate in grange activities.  It is for anyone interested in rebuilding local community and connections. Monthly Meetings are open to the Public. 

~ Jan 27th, Tuesday,  Monthly Potluck & Grange Meeting,

has stayed on the Last Tuesday of the Month, 6:30 potluck, 7pm meeting. Bring a dish to share and take some time out to visit! Open to the public, as well.

Evan Wiig, out new Grange Lecturer, has arranged for the new CEO of the Sebastopol Hospital (uh, make that “The Sonoma West Medical Center) to come do a formal presentation about the reopening & what has been arranged.

“Something Wonderful is Happening”! That is the slogan for our new hospital.  The Sonoma West Medical Center! The hospital would feature a 24-hour emergency department with four beds and additional beds for observations; 25 medical/surgical beds, of which 5 would be for intensive care; and a bevy of medical “institutes” focused on such specialties as orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, urology and integrative medicine. Please click on News in the header to read more, in detail.

CEO Raymond Hino will be at our potluck starting at 6:30 to meet and greet Grange members. He will answer questions and also make a formal presentation of all the good news!

Potluck Dinner is ON!

Want to connect on an even more significant level?  Try the kitchen! It’s fun to help out and you get to know other grangers on a personal level.


*Tuesday’s Women’s Nite Out

Girls Nite Out on HOLD

Girls Nite Out on HOLD


~ on hold during the winter months, basically has been cancelled until we announce the resumption of our meetings. We are having some scheduling conflicts and the grange hall needs to move their business meeting to the 3rd Tuesday.

BUT, we can still get together & visit… even venture out to setup a lunch!





 Sonoma County Seed Swap

A NETWORK OF SEED SAVERS ~ Sharing & Protecting Diversity

Feb 10, Tuesday, 7-8:30

a seed swap arrayHeads-up… Arrive promptly at 7pm for Opening Circle

FREE You don’t have to bring seed to participate.  

Bring seed you have saved, excess commercial seed, plants and resources to share. Label your seed variety (date & details on how save). Seed experts will be available for questions.

California Rare Fruit Growers will have scions and information!

SPONSORED BY: West County Community Seed Exchange, Occidental Arts & Ecology Ctr,    Daily Acts, Permaculture Skills Ctr, Sebastopol Grange #306
MORE INFO: Email ~ WestCountySeedBank@gmail.com; or  www.WestCountySeedBank.blogspot.com




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A Note 

Brothers & Sisters,

My apologies for the delayed updating on the calendar.  I’m about a month behind where I wanted to be with the updating of our new website.

Our website was hacked several times in the last few months so Linton Hale graciously worked hard behind the scenes to move the website to a new location and to go through the code with a fine-toothed comb to find the sneaky hidden hacks that kept popping up. Although the appearance, at this point, may not look much different, it will in the coming few months.

We are working on creating a website that is a useful place to check out, besides our basic information:

  • a blog section so that we can discuss issues or concerns, and
  • links to pertinent information.
  • We’d like to share pictures of things we have done and events we have sponsored.
  • Put together a “classified section” so that if you have something to share, trade, or sell… you can post it.
  • A member directory has been requested as well.  I know if I had a choice I’d probably want to support another grange member’s business rather than corporate america.
  • Private, members only, information section

If there are other things you would like to see, please send me an email with any suggestions.

Time to Contribute

I’m also looking for other people to assist with the website information.contribute write

We have someone who can handle most of the backend of the website, but I think it is important for many members to contribute to the information actually provided on our site.  That information area will be expanding (come hell or high water!) I mean, that is part of our focus, isn’t it… to share?

Please shoot me an email if you can contribute basically, a blog posting, on some subject that would be relevant to grange members. That’s a pretty broad field, so no excuses, there is something that I’m betting everyone can share with others.  Remember, it’s important to mentor to others, in what ever way we can. Don’t be surprised if I send YOU an email requesting some info on a particular topic… I know we have a cornucopia of experts and writers among our members.


Amy D

Amy D









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Time to take care of the paperwork ~  It’s time to submit your annual dues… as in less than $3/month, an awesome deal ~$33/person; $66/family. Send a check to Sebastopol Grange, PO Box 2759, Sebastopol CA 95473 or  ONLINE PAY!!! 

 In the header (at the top of the page), you should see “Dues”… we set up an online pay feature via PayPal. No charge, on your end, to do this. It greatly simplifies the business work for our volunteer crew (so we absorb the small fee PayPal charges).


Upcoming: Free & Open to Public (unless noted different) ~

1/25 Pomona Meeting/Officer Swearing in & Luncheon ($7) ~ Assistance requested 10am (Grange Members)

1/27 Monthly Potluck & Meeting; Speaker on Re-Opening the Sebastopol Hospital, 6:30pm

2/3 Farmers' Guild Potluck & Meeting 6-8pm

2/10 Sonoma County Seed Swap, 7 - 8:30pm

2/14 BeeKind Beginner's Workshop 10am - 2pm

2/17 Grange Business Meeting 6-7:30pm (members only)

2/18 Vital Alchemy 7-8:30pm

2/24 Monthly Potluck & Meeting 6:30pm