Women’s History Month celebration on March 27 will feature WOMEN’S MARCH film

Womens March Film

Please join the Sebastopol Grange as we Celebrate Women’s History Month
at our Community Potluck on Tuesday, March 27.

We will be screening the powerful and inspiring 30 minute film WOMEN’S MARCH: a documentary about democracy and human rights, and ONE BILLION RISING (video clip of our local V-Day Flash Mob Celebration!)

Tuesday, March 27

EVERYONE is welcome!
6pm: potluck.
6:50pm: Rise up Flash Mob dance. (Join in! Learn how here.)
7 pm: WOMEN’S MARCH film and video of our local ONE BILLION RISING Flash Mob V-DAY celebration.
8pm: Discussion and next steps.

WOMEN’S MARCH is a story about democracy, human rights, and what it means to stand up for your values in America today. On January 21, 2017, hundreds of thousands of women marched on Washington, DC. That same day, hundreds of sister marches took place across the country and around the world.
Shot on location in five U.S. cities including Santa Rosa, San Francisco, Oakland, Boston and Washington, DC., the film explores several women’s motivation to march. For some people, it was their first time marching. For others, it was the continuation of a decades-long fight for human rights, dignity, and justice. For all, it was an opportunity to make their voices heard. It grew into the largest one-day protest in American history. Post-production manager Nicolai Crane and producer Iliani Matisse will join us.

We will also be screening the short, sweet, powerful video of our 2013 local ONE BILLION RISING Flash Mob action. You’ll recognize the faces and perhaps one is Yours!

Lastly, Linda Herman from Rock the Congress will be there to ask and answer questions about what WE can do to create positive and lasting change.

Representatives from Rock the Congress, Sister District, Swing Left and Indivisible will offer their inspiration for what WE can do to create positive and lasting change.

This event is FREE but DONATIONS of any amount are WELCOME.

If you are joining us for dinner, please arrive no later than 6pm and bring a dish to share.
Please carpool if possible.

Also, Grangers and friends who want to join us in the Apple Blossom Parade on April 21 are invited to stop by the art table to make antennae to wear. Bring a cap or sunglasses.

Posted in Uncategorized

Grange members are invited to celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Sonoma County Folk Society

New Years Eve
Join members of the

for an evening of music & food at the Grange!

♫ MUSIC on Stage! POTLUCK SUPPER! JAMMING for hours! ♫
4:30 Doors open, set up chairs, socialize

5:15-6:30 Fast-moving show on stage,
with tunes and songs by local acoustic musicians!

7:00 Potluck Dinner—details below

8:00-Midnite? Jam! Visit! Jam! Visit! Jam! Yawn! Jam! Celebrate!

Potluck Details

Please help by contacting potluck coordinator Janette Duncan, to let her know what type of dish you can contribute to the dinner—Snacks? Salad? Main dish? Dessert? In addition to your dishes, the folk society Board of Directors will bring additional food & beverage items. We will also provide disposable plates, cups and flatware (or, better yet, bring your own plate, cup and utensils).

Please contact Janette at janettefiddler [at] gmail.com about your potluck dish.

You may also choose to bring your beverage of choice


Questions? Contact Janet Dove, jandove [at] comcast.net

Posted in Uncategorized

Grange Holiday Potluck Party Tuesday, Dec. 19th

holiday party


Dear Fellow Grange Members,

The Sebastopol Grange warmly invites you to our 2017 Holiday Party Potluck on Tuesday, Dec. 19th from 6 to 9pm.

We will not have a formal meeting again until our business meeting in January. Let us share good food and great company, music and games, and hopefully a dusting of that childlike wonder and magic that happens during this time each year.

Last year’s holiday potluck was so delicious! Please bring a yummy dish and/or beverage to contribute.

We will have a musical performance by the Social Prophet Choir. Bringing your own instruments and voices to share holiday songs throughout the evening is highly encouraged.

Would you like to help and volunteer some time towards this event? If so, please email me at: grangeevent[at]gmail[dot]com
We could use help with:

  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
  • Kids/Adult Craft Area
  • Raffle Table – if you have anything you wish to donate, let us know!

Games- do you have a game idea?
There are many great groups that use our Sebastopol Grange Hall, and we hope to get a few folks from each group to be present at this gathering and celebrate all the great work that happens at our Grange throughout the year. May we mix, mingle, and inspire.

With thanks,

Jeanna Collet
Sebastopol Grange President

Posted in Uncategorized

Join us at the Grange for a Thanksgiving potluck!

Thanksgiving dinner table

Giving Thanks for Community!

Join us at the Sebastopol Grange for a Thanksgiving potluck. Many are displaced this Thanksgiving, having lost their homes or who have family members or friends have lost their homes. Or maybe you just want to be in community this Thanksgiving. So bring your tablecloths, place settings, decorations or whatever it is you need to feel more at home or just bring your potluck dish. Invite your family and friends and come and dine with us. Feel free to bring instruments to play music.

Is there anyone who could donate produce for our meal? Three turkeys have been donated!
We will be opening the Grange at noon and dining at three.

RSVPs are welcome so that we can put out tables and chairs. Call if you need to cook or heat something at the Grange. There is plenty of room. This is an ADA facility.

Call or text Dorothy at 707-779-9019.

Posted in Uncategorized

Nov. 15 Fermentation Group Potluck and an announcement

Fermentation group potluck
It’s time to gather around good food.

Each year as we enter the month of November, our minds shift to holiday gatherings and celebrations. This year, as our community re-builds and strengthens after the destructive fires in October, this tradition is not only valuable, but it is essential.

I would like to invite each of you to join us next Wednesday, November 15th at 7 pm for a cultured celebration: a Vital Alchemy Potluck.

Instead of bringing a few dollars for the donation jar, please bring a dish or a fermented food that you’d like to share. If you are not able to bring a homemade food, please consider bringing your favorite product from a local company.

In addition to enjoying each other’s company, we are going to discuss the future of this group. I have recently accepted a job out of state, and will be relocating in January. As I will not be in Sonoma County myself to organize the meeting topics, I want to offer others the opportunity to plan these fun gatherings. Jerry and I have discussed that perhaps the group could meet quarterly, and at the very least, we can maintain a mailing list or a Facebook group for recipe sharing, tips/tricks and new fermentation info.

It was a hard decision to make when I accepted the job offer, as I value my community here so very much. (read: all of YOU!) This is a temporary relocation for me and my family, and we will be returning to Sonoma County. I look forward to sharing more details with you all next week.

I look forward to seeing you next Wednesday, 11/15 at 7pm. Please do your best to bring your own plate, cup and silverware so that we can minimize our waste. Don’t hesitate to email me this week with any questions you might have or suggestions for the future of this group.

In gratitude and with love,

Posted in Uncategorized

Auna from Beijaflor Botanicals will serve healing tea at Oct. 24 Grange Meeting & Potluck

First of all, I just want to express my gratitude to the Grange for letting us use the kitchen to continue to support the community with medicinal herbal teas in the aftermath of the firestorms.

This tea is formulated to support the lungs and throat after being exposed to smoke and particulates, as well as liver and immune function to help our bodies process exposure to these particulates. It also contains herbs known as adaptogens, to help the body process the stress hormones produced in a state of crisis. Some of the herbs in this formula are categorized in more than one of these areas.

Here are the ingredients in this tea blend:

Wild cherry bark
And (sometimes) Osha

Auna I look forward to going more in depth on Tuesday! I will be extending an invitation to some other people who have been key players in this project.

It has been an honor to be a part of the coming together of such an amazing and resilient community, particularly the bodyworkers, naturopaths, acupuncturists, herbalists, and wildcrafters, and of course, the farmers!


Auna Lorin
Beijaflor Botanicals

Posted in Uncategorized

Grange hosts West County Crafters 16th annual Buy Local Holiday Fair on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18 and 19

The Sebastopol Grange is hosting West County Crafters 16th annual Buy Local Holiday Fair, Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19, from 11 am to 4 pm. New this year is the addition of a second day, allowing over 50 North Bay crafters to offer their hand made goods.
Craft faireA selection of gift baskets, full of the fair’s wares, will be raffled each day to benefit the renovations at the Village Park Mobile Home Community thru West County Community Services, the kitchen renovations at the Grange Hall, and the work of the Village Building Convergence team. Live music featured throughout each day and a food truck from El Coronel for a tasty lunch, make this one of the liveliest craft fairs in West County.
What began in homes and backyards by a group of friends after 9/11, 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. A different selection of vendors each day will offer hand made foods, jewelry, soaps and lotions, wearable goods, and home crafted fun of all shapes and sizes. A unique way to shop very locally for the holidays.
The Sebastopol Grange is located at 6000 Sebastopol Ave, on Hwy 12. For more information please contact: grangeevents [at] gmail.com

Posted in Uncategorized

Nearly 800 supporters attend North Bay Love fire benefit, raising $50,000!

Thank you to all who’ve stepped up to support our North Bay Fire Recovery efforts, supporting those who’ve lost so much during the past week of devastation throughout Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino Counties. Through our event on Thursday and our online fund, we’ve raised over $50K for victims and for community resilience initiatives to help us better prepare for future catastrophe. While the fires still burn and we have yet to count our losses, the outpouring of support from farmers and allies across California has been overwhelming.
We are currently working to connect deliveries of farm products and supplies to shelters and evacuees, facilitating connections that will help get folks back on their feet. Please get in touch if you need or can offer support of any kind. And for those watching from afar unsure how to help, please consider donating to our fund. It’ll be a long road to recovery, but together we will rebuild, replant and get back to feeding our communities: www.farmersguild.org/north-bay-fire-relief

Reprinted from the Press Democrat – October 13, 2017

North Bay Love Fire Benefit at the Barlow

The North Bay Love Fire Benefit at The Barlow in Sebastopol on Thursday, October 12 featured a number of local musicians, artist and creative spirits who came together to help those affected by the North Bay wildfires.

It was put together by a number of local organizations such as The Farmers Guild, the North Bay Organizing Project, Daily Acts, the School Box Project, the Arlene Francis Center, Sebastopol Grange, Community Alliance with Family Farmers and Conservation Action, to establish a Fire Recovery Fund.

The goal of the Fire Recovery Fund is to channel the organization’s collective resources to help families and individuals recover from damages they may have suffered by the North Bay wildfires not covered by insurance or traditional relief services.

Read the article

A diverse coalition of community-based organizations have come together to establish the North Bay Fire Recovery Fund. These funds will be provided to fire victims, especially those suffering losses that may not be covered by insurance or traditional relief services, and to support local organizations that help us build more healthy, just and resilient communities that can better prepare us for future catastrophe.

Grassroots community-based organizations are essential to ensuring that recovery efforts reflect the diverse needs of our community now and in the future. As a coalition representing small farmers, latinos and sustainability leaders, we have strong partnerships with local non-profits, government agencies, faith institutions, family businesses and schools.

Learn more.


Posted in Uncategorized

Jan. 21-Emergency Preparedness Kit-Making Workshop

Save the date: Jan. 21, 2018, 1-4pm
Build a Solar Powered Emergency Charging Kit Workshop

Solar chargerAt this workshop participants will build their own solar powered emergency charging kit that will be able to charge a cell phone and a PowerBank battery as well as power LED lights for emergencies or camping. In addition, three kits will be built and stored at our Grange for emergency use.
The Solar Notebook+E123 Charger that we’ll build combines several small photovoltaic modules together with USB car charger, a 2600 mAh PowerBank, USB LED Light Bulb & Light Stick, mounted on repurposed campaign signs (coroplast).

The workshop will be led by Tor Allen and Solar Schoolhouse. Registration and prepayment for materials will be required prior to the workshop at SolarSchoolhouse.org. 

The cost of the materials for the charger is $80, there is no charge for the workshop. Contact President Jeana if financial assistance is needed.


Sign up a loved one as a holiday gift!

Posted in Uncategorized

Zero Waste Curious? Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Grange

The Sebastopol Grange, 350 Sonoma, and Zero Waste Sonoma County are hosting a fun and informative evening to learn the why’s and how’s of Zero Waste at home, work, school, businesses and events.

Find out why the Bay Area is considered a hub of the global Zero Waste Movement.

Discover what local advocates, our communities and state are doing to curb climate change, increase recycling, redistribute food, create jobs and help move us toward a green economy.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 6:30-8:30pm
at the Sebastopol Grange, 6000 Sebastopol Ave, Hwy 12, Sebastopol

Free/donation appreciated

All ages welcome!

   Zero waste

Posted in Uncategorized