May 30th Grange Meeting & Potluck: Getting to know a Muslim neighbor

Of One Soul

 

Join us for our May General Meeting & Potluck when we’ll be joined by Aisha Morgan, who will talk to us after our meal.

Getting to know a Muslim neighbor

Islam is a religion followed by a quarter of the world’s population yet often misunderstood. At the May 30 meeting, we will have a chance to learn and ask questions. Aisha Morgan is active with the Interfaith Council of Sonoma County and its Muslim support campaign, Of One Soul. She is an observant Muslim and a longtime speaker on the topic who will provide a little background on the beliefs and practices of Islam and some of the challenges of living as a Muslim in Sonoma County. Aisha is a resident of Rohnert Park and commutes by bike to her work as Data Specialist for Santa Rosa City Schools.

In recent years she was the principal of the Islamic Sunday school of the Islamic Society of Santa Rosa and served on the board of the mosque. She has been a volunteer speaker for many years with Islamic Networks Groups (ING), speaking in classrooms and to groups of all kinds on many topics related to Islam and to interfaith.

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Mothers Day Work Party at the Grange

Planting flowers
Every 2nd Sunday of each month, the VBC hosts a work party at our beloved Sebastopol Grange Hall. This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day and we want to weave in a great deal of Mama Love as well. We will have flower pots that kiddos can paint for the mamas as well as materials to build a succulent hanging wall frame. To our Mama Earth, we will sing songs and check on all the new plantings we put in the ground 2 weeks ago.

In addition to creating gifts for the Mamas, we will be building new benches outside the front doors of the Grange Hall. We hope that we get to see you there!

painted pots1pm-Opening Circle/Potluck
1:30-4-Let’s get crafty with our gratitude!

 

– Jeanna Collet
Sebastopol Grange President

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Join Grangers in the Apple Blossom Parade!

Join the Grange along with Village Building Convergence, the Hubbub Club and 350.org Sonoma County and march in the parade.

Meeting spot: Wallace St. Division #3, place 25. Arrive between 9am and 9:50am. Main St. will be closed to traffic so plan to walk to Wallace St.

In honor of Earth Day and the Scientist March on DC, the 350.org theme will be science and our environment. You are invited to carry one of 350’s signs or make your own and to dress like a scientist.

 

parade

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Legends of Open Mic at the Grange on Sunday, Apr. 23

concert

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Sunday, Mar. 5: Grange/VBC WorkParty and Potluck, 11-4pm

11-4pm (1pm Potluck)
Bring your work gloves, garden tools, bright spirits and a dish to share!

Designers, Artists, and Muses, you are cordially invited!
We will have a focused time for visioning the Grange Master Plan and developing specific projects for this year’s VBC.

A lot of work was put into the Grange Master plan a few years back… let’s dive in and see where they take us! We are curious what YOU think should be happening in our beloved Community HUB’s backyard.

Here are some photos of the designs OAEC cam e up with a few years back:

Grange drawing

Grange plant list

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The Great Grange Garage Sale April 1st (no fooling)

garage sale

 

Saturday April 1st,  9am-3pm

Recycle your stuff or plan to come and buy “new” stuff!

Support this fundraiser for our Kitchen and Parking Lot restoration funds.

Rent a space in our Hall to sell anything you want: $25 for a 6 to 8 ft table space.
Email Nancy Cadigan mcgreenandnancy@yahoo.com

Or clean out and donate your cool stuff to the Grange to sell. Bring it in to our General meeting Tuesday, March 28. We will also take donations the week before the sale with times TBA.
Weather permitting, more spaces may be available outside.

Help us raise funds to improve our Hall. Volunteer to make this a great event. We will need help with publicity, set up, parking, maybe a kitchen crew making snacks or food to sell. Helping sort, price and sell donations. Join our ad hoc committee!

Current committee members: Jeanna Collette, Laura Shafer, Nancy Cadigan.

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Welcome, New members!

New members
Look at the crop of new members we swore in at the January meeting and potluck! We’re so happy to welcome you.

We had a fantastic turnout at the meeting, which included a stirring performance by the Social Prophet Choir.

Social Prophet Choir

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Grange 150th Anniversary Four-Minute-Movie Contest!

movie contest

Let’s represent our Grange!

Get out your cameras or even your phones and put together your own amazing four-minute-movie celebrating Grange! And here’s the best part: The prizes sponsored by the National Grange Foundation!

The top three finalist will receive up-to a $200 travel stipend, Friday and Saturday night accommodations at the 150th Annual Session of the National Grange in Washington DC, and two tickets to the Celebration banquet where the winning movies will be shown and first, second, and third place awards announced!

First Place: $1000 Cash Prize!
Second Place: $500 Cash Prize!
Third Place: $250 Cash Prize!

All entries will be judged on content, quality, and creativity following a designated grading rubric (See attached). The top seven videos will be part of a social media popularity vote August 15 – August 31, 2017, with the top three favorites moving on to the finalist round at National Session in Spokane, Washington on November 11, 2017.

There are no limits to the themes of your four-minute movie as long as it showcases Grange!

Suggestions to get your wheels turning include–but are not limited to:

  • How Grange has impacted my life
  • The Grange Story: Our history and heritage
  • Why I love Grange!
  • Grange accomplishments, wins, and successes
  • Why I joined the Grange, why I stay

Deadline:

All entries must be accompanied by a completed submission form and waiver no later than MIDNIGHT (PST) on AUGUST 4, 2017.

Learn more.

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Stories direct from Standing Rock at the Sebastopol Grange Monday, Dec. 19, 7:30pm

Local Sebastopol resident Julia Bystrova has just returned from Standing Rock in North Dakota having lived in the main Oceti Sakowin Camp for over a month as part of the medic and healers team. She will be returning back to Standing Rock sometime during the next several weeks.

This coming Monday evening December 19 at the Sebastopol Grange hall, you are invited to come and hear Julia share stories and photos from her time at Standing RockJulia will give an update of what is happening at Standing Rock, share her experiences of serving with the medic and healers team at the main camp, and explore some of the deeper spiritual dimensions of what she experienced during her time at Standing Rock.

Joining Julia will be Adam Villagomez who will be contributing Native American song as well as sharing his own personal experience as a Dakota/Chippewa Native American living at Standing Rock for a while in November with his wife and three sons.

Other local folks who have been to Standing Rock are also invited to come and share their experience.

Sebastopol Grange hall (on Hwy 12 just east of Sebastopol)

Monday, December 19

Event begins at 7:30 PM

$10 donation requested

All donations to go 1/3 to the Standing Rock medic and healers fund, 1/3 to help fund Julia’s return trip to Standing Rock, and 1/3 to the Sebastopol Grange hall to help support our local community Grange to continue to host such events as this one.

Bringing light snacks and drink to share is encouraged.

This event is co-sponsored by the Sebastopol Grange and Waccobb.net.

Some of Julia’s live postings from Standing Rock over the last few weeks can be viewed on waccobb.net here: http://www.waccobb.net/forums/showthread.php?120666-Julia-Bystrova-s-postings-from-Standing-Rock

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Artists and Designers wanted for Grange project!

Sebastopol Grange #306 wants to see your design for a basic 1-color graphic to use on T-shirts, hats or aprons for members and promotion of our organization!

Please bring in copies of design ideas on 8 1/2 x 11 paper to the January General Meeting Potluck, on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. We’ll see what designs everyone likes, and begin the process of getting our own custom shirts, etc. for our Sebastopol Grange, maybe in time for the Apple Blossom Parade!
If you are interested in serving on this committee, please come to the January business meeting or contact Laura Shafer, Asst. Steward at laurashafer@pobox.com

logos

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