Vice President Hrieth Pezzi, outgoing President and Co-Lecturer Jeanna Collet, Treasurer and Co-Lecturer Gary Abreim and President Laura Shafer accept a Certificate of Recognition for the Sebastopol Grange’s 120 years of service to the Grange and to our community, awarded by Hessel Grange President Vince Scholten.
Gary was also awarded a pin for his service as State Grange Treasurer. Congrats to the Sebastopol Grange!
On December 10th we had a sold out Community Sing with local song leaders Mamuse and Debbie Nargi-Brown of Santa Cruz. About 100 people came out on a rainy Tuesday night to join hearts and voices in song. We had a wonderful connective time and most people left with big smiles on their faces. Community Singing brings a lot of joy! Big thanks to the Grange for making this event possible.
A message from long-time Grange officer Gary Abreim:
KayLynne and I have recently gotten involved with some folks who are serving the encampment community on the Rodota Trail. Last weekend there was a major cleanup and many loads of trash were taken to the dump. Today toilet paper, ponchos, gloves and plastic tubs to keep possessions dry were given along with tamales and soup.
The Roberts sisters, Rochelle and Jillian, were able this week to get 8 porta potties placed. It’s truly a labor of loving service and more voices are speaking out for permanent shelter. With these storms they are hoping to create some temporary shelter too.
The sisters have an inspiring commitment and also carry the financial load. They created a gofundme site – Funds for the Less Fortunate – four days ago with a $5000 goal.
[Gary proposed to the Grange Executive Committee that the Grange donate $300, which was enthusiastically approved. He invites Grangers and friends who want to help to contribute to the fund]
I also encourage you to visit the trail and meet the residents and see if you get called to support our houseless community in some way. If you meet Rochelle or Jillian let them know you are from the Grange. At some point we might want to do a fund raiser event with them.
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23rd and 24th, from 11 am to 4 pm.
This event is FREE and FUN!
We will have over 40 North Bay crafters to offer their hand made goods.
Our Crafters make a variety of items: jewelry, soaps and lotions, wearable goods, ornaments, felted creations, and home crafted fun of all shapes and sizes. A unique way to shop very locally for the holidays.
There will be a food truck on both days providing food for sale.
We always have some yummy beverages in the kitchen to enjoy by donation.
A selection of gift baskets, full of the fair’s wares, will be raffled each day to benefit a local youth climate action group. This is known to be one of the most exciting raffles.
What began in homes and backyards by a group of friends to build strong community support and resilience, grew and joined with the Grange in 2011 to create a local market for crafters and shoppers that has benefited numerous non-profits in Sonoma County including the Ceres Project, the Women’s Room Shelter, the Inter-Faith Food Pantry, the California HomeMakers Association and the Bike to School Coalition to name a few past recipients.
The Sebastopol Grange is located at 6000 Sebastopol Ave, on Hwy 12. For more information please contact: email@example.com
California is a long, long way from the hallowed halls of country music’s crown jewel, The Ryman Auditorium. Yet even thousands of miles from the Grand Ole Opry, it’s influence can be heard all across the western region. Not to mention, The Golden State has plenty to claim in its own contributions to Country Music’s vast canon. From the labor camps of the Central Valley to The Polomino Club in Hollywood, and from the Kern River to dusty roadhouses peppering the state’s vast highway system – A myriad of West Coast nooks and crannies of have played host to some of the greatest names in Honky Tonk history as they refined and crafted a brand of country music that intermingles their own roots influences with sounds coming in on the airwaves from Nashvilles Grand Ole Opry.
This brand of California Country, closely associated Bakersfield – where its purveyors cut their teeth in a rough & tumble honky tonk scene in the 50s & 60s – would eventually spread throughout the globe and make their presence felt on those very same Nashville airwaves that made Roy Acuff & Ernest Tubb household names.
It’s with a sense of homage to the Grand Ole Opry’s omnipresent influence on Country Music and the mid-century California Country sounds which took the world by storm when Buck Owen burst onto the national scene that we bring you – ‘The Grange Ole Opry’!
Taylor speaks as the voice of the fungi. She moved here 2-1/2 years ago and has enjoyed being in this location where there is a well-established mushroom community. Our August Potluck Meeting audience was fascinated with her display of items made from mushrooms and books about fungi and her talk about the vast array of uses and benefits of mushrooms. Here are some highlights:
120,000 species of fungi have been described.
5.1 million species of fungi exist on planet Earth and have not all been identified.
There are 3 main categories of fungi—yeasts which give rise to fermentation, molds which are decomposers and give us antibiotics, and mushrooms which have endless and fantastical forms and applications.
They are ancient life forms that eat dead and decaying things (saprophytes) and help break down minerals into the soil.
Mycelium or the mycelial web is where the mushroom feeds and gets water.
The mushroom is the fruiting part of the fungal body.
They are delicious, nutritious, and sustainable as a source of antioxidants and contain the 8 essential amino acids.
Mushroom synthesize Vitamin D from sunlight and then pass that on to us.
They are abundant in nature, but before foraging in the wild, be sure to “know before you go” and go with someone who has knowledge.
Fungi help build soil by mining layers of bedrock and producing glomalin to keep soil together.
There is a symbiotic relationship with plant roots—fungi give nutrients and water and plants give photosynthetic sugars.
Because they are increasing the nutrients in soil, they are increasing the nutrients in the plants.
Current thinking about building good soil goes with the non-disturbance principle or “no till” theory. The idea is that if we leave this subterranean layer alone, then the mycelia can continue to do the work of breaking down nutrients and keep everything functioning in symbiosis.
Applications with environmental problems
Fungi are able to remove toxins and poisons from the environment and have been used to clean up PCB’s and petrochemicals.
They are able to bio-digest the petrochemicals and accumulate heavy metals.
Paul Stamets has been doing successful work with oil cleanup.
Plastic waste as a huge problem and there is a mushroom that can survive on polyurethane. This proves that there is potential for this problem.
Bee populations are declining because of pesticides and are affecting their immune systems and disease like deformed wing virus. Paul Stamets is putting medicinal mushrooms into beehives to help the colony with their immune systems and hopefully have some mitigating effects.
Mycelium forms can act as filters to digest pollutants.
Eco-innovators are using “waste” that can be grown with fungi into different products like furniture. MycoWorks is a company exploring this.
Myco art using myco pigmentation is available by making ink from shaggy mane mushrooms (Coprinus comatus), and also paper and “leather” can be made from mushrooms.
Mushrooms have healed people for centuries throughout many cultures and can help our immune system.
Lion’s Mane helps promote the regeneration with neural functioning.
Entheogen literally means to generate the divine within.
Psychedelic mushrooms are starting to be used again in clinical settings for PTSD, OCD, and ADHD.
It is time for us to learn from this amazing life form during this important time.
Mycelium Mass classes from Bay Area Applied Mycology (BAAM)
For the September Potluck please bring in items to fill our Raffle Basket at the California State Grange Convention.
Show off Sebastopol and Sonoma County’s abundance with Jams, pickles, dried garden goodies, cider, wine, soap, cheese.Anything you make, or think highlights our amazing Grangers and our area. (As nicely wrapped as you can!) The basket will be raffled during the convention to raise funds for State Scholarships.
For the past several years, our Grange has not had a basket to raffle, or it was last minute. Let us show our fellow Grangers what we are making here in Sebastopol. Bring your contributions to the business meeting or potluck in September. Vice President Laura will collect and present at the convention in Rincon Valley on Oct. 12.
Saturday, November 23rd and Sunday, November 24th, 11am-4pm
The Sebastopol Grange is host to a local, favorite craft fair in Sonoma County. We have over 30 vendors each day who make all handmade items. Not only will you find wonderful creations, but you will also find a wealth of community who come out to support each other. Each year we have the pleasure of raising funds for a local non-profit. If you are interested in applying, please follow this link: https://forms.gle/Uazfi7QYYaW7S7gq8 and fill out the form there.
Applications are due by Wednesday, September 4th and acceptance will be announced by Monday, September 16th. Happy Crafting!
Flynn Creek Circus presents ‘Out of Hat’
Under the Big Top Tent | August 22-25, 2019
Sponsored by the Sebastopol Grange
Flynn Creek Circus is an all-human spectacle!
Down the rabbit hole we go with Amelia Van Brunt as the magician’s rabbit…Join us for an original comic tale told from the rabbit’s perspective as she explores the physics of magic and the magic of physics. Revolutionist bunnies, a sinister magician, a two-headed girl and animal control agents collide in a hilarious quest to get the rabbit back in the hat.
Flynn Creek Circus’ 2019 show, ‘Out of Hat’ brings internationally award-winning performers to an intimate setting for a truly authentic theater experience. The show delivers explosively entertaining acrobatics, aerial stunts and feats of skill that require decades of passionate dedication . In true Flynn Creek Circus style, ‘Out of Hat’ is charmingly self-aware, raw, edgy, sometimes profound and yet, entirely family friendly (except that adult showing).
No host bar available at all showings. Proceeds benefit Circus Mentors Inc 501c3 and Grange scholarship funds.
Thursday, Aug 22 at 7pm- Opening night special price, all seats $11/child, $22/adult, NO FRONT ROW RESERVE! Friday, Aug 23 at 7pm Saturday, Aug 24 at 3pm Saturday, Aug 24 at 7pm– Adult 21+ only version Sunday, Aug 25 at 1pm– Family day special, 1/2 price children’s ticket with adult ticket purchase, *online purchase only * promotion ends Aug 23, 2019* Sunday, Aug 25 at 4pm
Friday, July 12th, 2019 at 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm.
Please join us at the Sebastopol Grange Hall for a screening of the black and white film series “Prairie Trilogy”, a collection of three short documentaries made between 1977 and 1981, including archival film from the early years.
This dramatic feature by filmmaker and innovator Rob Nilsson tells the stark and powerful story of North Dakota grain farmers in 1915 as they struggle against the banks, railroads and the grain trade. The trilogy starts with “Prairie Fire” as 97-year-old ex-organizer and state poet Henry Martinson recounts the 1916 birth of the Socialist Nonpartisan League. His narrative is accompanied by images shot by Nilsson’s own grandfather, Frithjof Holmboe. The second segment ”Rebel Earth” in the then present-day world of the late 1970s finds Martinson, accompanied by a young farmer, revisiting the scenes of his life, seeking out the spot of his Divide County homestead. The final segment “Survivor”, finished the year before Martinson’s death, reunites him with his contemporaries from the WWI era. The Trilogy remains as a great example of the convergence of film and politics, optimism and the power we have when we come together.
Nilsson, a Cannes award-winning pioneer in digital filmmaking with political and social justice themes, will be on hand for Q&A after the 95 minute screening.
Refreshments available for sale.
Ticket donations at the door: $5 – 20. No one turned away for lack of funds.
RSVPs to firstname.lastname@example.org appreciated for planning purposes
Rob Nilsson is a filmmaker, poet, and painter. He is also an independent director, based in San Francisco. Nilsson and co-director John Hanson won the Camera d’Or at Cannes for Northern Lights (1978) and Nilsson won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for Heat and Sunlight (1987). He is the first American film director to have won both awards. In 2010, The Anthology Film Archive featured a retrospective of Nilsson’s work with Cine Manifest, a film collective he co-founded in San Francisco during the 1970’s. Works screened included Northern Lights (1978) and Signal 7 (1986). Review Nilsson’s biography.
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