What can you bring for a Sebastopol Grange Gift Basket?

gift basketFor 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.

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Applications for West County Craft Fair due Sept. 4th

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West County Craft Fair

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!

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Flynn Creek Circus Comes to the Grange – Aug 22-25!

Flynn Creek Circus presents ‘Out of Hat’
Under the Big Top Tent  |  August 22-25, 2019

Flynn Creek Circus

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

Purchase tickets online. After Thursday, Aug. 22, door prices will apply.

Ticket prices (except as noted above):

Adult (13 years and over) $27.00
Senior (65+), Student or Military (with ID) discount ticket $20.00
Child (3 to 12 years old) $12.00
VIP ticket $50.00.
+ $3.00 fee for online ticket purchases

Please help us get the word out

about this exciting event that helps supports the work of the Grange. Download the flyer.

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Screening of “Prairie Trilogy” Friday, July 12th

Prairie Trilogy filmMartinson and a young farmer in “Rebel Earth”

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 dmjanson@sbcglobal.net appreciated for planning purposes

Rob NilssonRob 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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Morton’s Warm Springs Picnic July 27th

Morton's Warm Springs Picnic

Saturday, July 27, 10am – 5pm.

Enjoy a day of fun in the sun with fellow Grangers, families, and friends in the healing waters at our own Morton’s Warm Springs in Glenn Ellen!

Bring your swim gear, food to share, and be ready to have a good time! BBQs and showers are available.

RSVP discount: $10
Adults (ages 18-64): $12
Teens (ages 13-17) and elders (ages 65+): $10
Kids (ages 3-12): $6
Infants (2 and under): Free with a swim diaper

Rsvp to mortonspicnic@gmail.com by July 21 to get a discount, but please feel free to join us at the last minute. 

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June 17, 7pm: Story and Song: An Evening about Women’s Earth Alliance

Women's Earth Alliance

Hosted by the Social Prophet Choir
Monday, June 17th
Location: Sebastopol Grange Hall
Doors at 6:30, Program 7pm-9pm
Tea and Dessert

On this night, The Social Prophet Choir of Sebastopol, CA, welcomes Women’s Earth Alliance Founders, Melinda Kramer and Amira Diamond, to share the work of WEA.

What happens in the world when you equip grassroots women leaders with the skills and tools they need to transform their communities from the inside out? We will hear stories shared from WEA co-founders about what is happening across the globe through the Women’s Earth Alliance.

Women's Earth Alliance

WEA believes that when women thrive, the Earth thrives. Since 2006, WEA has equipped grassroots women leaders with the skills and tools they need to protect our earth and strengthen communities from the inside out. In some of the most environmentally threatened regions, WEA leaders are saving indigenous seeds, selling clean cookstoves, launching sustainable farms, providing safe water, protecting land rights, and more. With local leadership guiding each project, WEA designs capacity-building trainings where women access skills and tools in appropriate technology, entrepreneurship, and leadership. They gain seed funding, mentorship, and a global alliance. With these resources in hand, participants go on to launch and grow their own environmental projects and teach others to do the same.

To date, more than 5,000 women have accessed WEA trainings, training an additional 1M+ people in 20 countries with their environmental and social innovations. Regardless of the unique conditions in each region, the efforts of WEA participants lead to a consistent set of cascading benefits that we call the “WEA Effect”: women are empowered, children are safer, communities are healthier, natural resources regenerate, local economies prosper, regions stabilize, and lasting transformation takes root.

Women's Earth AllianceIt is internationally recognized that women’s empowerment is an essential precursor to sustainable, democratic, and peaceful societies yet only .3% of philanthropic dollars are invested in women’s environmental solutions. WEA lights the grid of women’s environmental leadership. WEA identifies grassroots women working on the frontlines of climate change and they catalyze their environmental solutions, bridge their best practices, and energize their movements for change.

Amira Diamond is also the Social Prophet Choir’s Founder and Director and she will take us through a journey of voice and song throughout the evening’s presentation.

Be prepared to be inspired, to join in song, and to feel a call to action in your own life for this planet we share. Each time the Social Prophet Choir gathers, singers make a contribution of any amount towards a pool of funds that we contribute towards life-giving causes. On June 17th, we are celebrating the work made possible for WEA by Social Prophet Choir contributions. The Social prophet Choir will provide tea/coffee and dessert for your enjoyment. Please RSVP through the Sebastopol Grange Facebook Event or by email to GrangeEvent@gmail.com so that we can provide enough treats and seats for all.

Information about the Social Prophet Choir:

Social Prophet Choir
Meets on the 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month 7:30-9
Gather, Remember, Listen, Offer, and Give

We gather in circle to remember the stories through song that came before us. We offer our voice to the song while we listen for the place to settle in alongside our fellow singers, to weave within. We listen for the place that is undeniably holy, for it is both ancient and new, it is sacred. The vibration of voice welcomes the stillness of mind and ripe opportunity of creation. There in that circle of sound it is potent, it is cleansing of all things good and bad that have happened.

We give all the work that is held in that circle of space back out into the world with high hopes that the power of song will ripple out in positive ways across the globe.

The Social Prophet Choir has been meeting now for 3 1/2 years on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at the Sebastopol Grange Hall. The choir is led by Amira Diamond, a Sebastopol resident who moved here from the Bay area, and grew up on the East Coast. Amira grew up learning from her Mom that music belongs to the commons, everyone is welcome, and everyone has a voice. Her choir encourages you to get in touch with your own unique voice in your own body and then to blend that with others. Using your voice while listening to how it weaves in with others.

The structure of the Social Prophet Choir begins with warm ups, a creative song circle, and is followed by learning a song taught by ear rather than sheet music. Songs are stories and we pass them on through time, one of the fun challenges in the Social Prophet Choir is to stretch your ancient story telling skills, to remember.

At the end of the night, we each put a money donation of our choice into the center of our circle which is then given to different non-profits locally and around the world doing the great work of keeping the best education, love, and community available to all in our future.

About Melinda Kramer and Amira Diamond:

Melinda KramerMelinda Kramer, Founder, Executive Director

Melinda Kramer is a passionate advocate for social justice, the environment and women’s rights. An environmentalist by training, with a cultural anthropology background, Melinda has lived and worked around the world learning from grassroots leaders on the frontlines of environmental crises. Whether it was the Midwest United States where toxic lead smelters poisoned children, or rural Kenya where girls walked 4 hours to access water instead of an education, or the Arctic where indigenous lands, traditions, and rights were threatened daily by climate change, Melinda encountered the same phenomenon: Women were at the center– uniquely impacted, consistently marginalized, and leading the charge.

In 2005, she set out to bridge the resource gap for grassroots women tackling our world’s most critical environmental efforts. What began as a small convening of 30 women leaders rapidly grew into a thriving global organization of 12 years. WEA’s global team has developed and iterated a unique training framework, equipping 5,000 women with technical, entrepreneurial, and leadership skills, and they in turn have reached over a million people with safe water, energy access, regenerative farming, land rights, and climate protection initiatives.

AMIRA DIAMONDAmira Diamond, Co-Founder

Amira joined Melinda as WEA’s Co-Director in 2007 to expand WEA’s programs, build the WEA team and create a community of support for its work. Active within the NGO community for over 20 years, she has worked for community health, environmental and food justice, LGBTQ, and women’s rights, directing organizations like Julia Butterfly Hill’s Circle of Life and Democracy Matters. She graduated from Colgate University with a degree in Women’s Studies, studied Women and Development at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, and attended Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley. She holds certification as a Holistic Health Counselor and brings a holistic approach to all aspects of WEA’s organizational design. Amira’s deepest inspiration comes from her two young sons, and her family of musicians, artists and dedicated community organizers. In her spare time she plays the violin and directs the Social Prophet Choir.

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Home Gardener Produce Exchange/Donation at the Grange!

Vegetable exchange

What:  Join us in a pilot program geared towards redistributing homegrown produce and eliminating food waste.  The idea is for home gardeners (or food lovers) to come together to trade produce.  It is an opportunity to trade items you have in abundance for something you don’t have.  You may also bring produce that you have gleaned (with permission of course) from a neighbor’s yard.  At the end of the exchange period, all leftover produce will be boxed up and donated to one of our local organizations in need (for example, the Sebastopol Inter-church Food Pantry).

 Additionally:  The exchange table can also be a place to share garden and food information. Starts can be brought in to share /trade, especially our opening day May 28 and in early June!

Where:  The Sebastopol Grange  6000 Sebastopol Rd/Hwy 12

When:  5:00 – 5:45 pm on selected Tuesday dates (dates may be altered due to participation, changes will be reflected on poster in the Grange Lobby)

Dates:  May 28, June 4, June 18, June 25, July 2, July 16, July 30, Aug 6, Aug 20, Aug 27, Sept 17, Sept 24, Oct 15, Oct 29

Contact:  Dena at dena@rahus.org or 707-484-5703

Non-Gardener Participants:  Let’s talk- maybe volunteering your time rather than your produce is what works for you.


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Here’s what happened at the April Grange Potluck Meeting!

Youth activiists

Eleanor Jaffe and Annabelle talked about their work with 350 Bay Area’s Youth vs. Apocalypse—a youth group which is dedicated to climate activism. They are demanding that politicians take action against fossil fuels. Their current work includes informing local groups about the Green New Deal and lobbying Gov. Newsom to put more money into the Healthy Soils Initiative.

California State Grange President: Kent Westwood

California State Grange President: Kent Westwood reported on the legislative arm of the state Grange. He wants our local Grange to continue to work on resolutions to bring to the State Convention in October.






New members

We welcomed new members Juan Herrera, Vilma Panameno Iris Panameno, and Paul Schwebel.

Analy Chrous

The Analy High School Choral Ensemble wowed the crowd with three tunes: “Who put the Bomp”,“ Homeward Bound ”, and “What about Us”.


Nancy Cadigan led us in a Maypole celebration.


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Congratulations to the Sebastopol Grange Spring 2019 Scholarship recipients!


A Community Grant was awarded to the Non-Violent Communication Group that meets bi-monthly at the Grange. The money will be used for a trainer for the group. Grange members are welcome to join the group and after the trainings, a presentation will be made to Grange members at a monthly potluck.

Youth Granger Scholarships were awarded to Sakiko Pizzorno for her high school study abroad program in France, and both Iris Panameno (SRJC) and Ariel Scholten (Oklahoma State) for college studies next school year. Recipients will share about their studies at future potlucks.

Our Sebastopol Grange website has been updated with new details and dates, so please check it out. We have added a new scholarship, the Youth Extended Family Scholarship, to help students in our extended Grange family, those from groups who have regular interactions with our Grange or regular use of our Grange Hall. Read scholarship details and help spread the word to any possible applicants that you may know, deadline May 31, 2019.

–Dena Allen

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CAFF & The Farmers Guild present” A Green New Deal for Agriculture Tuesday, May 7, 6-9pm

Greenn New Dwal for Agriculture Farmers Guild

With climate change threatening our farms and food system, more and more Americans are doubting the promise of incremental reform, calling instead for bold, sweeping legislation to develop a carbon-neutral economy as soon as possible. For some, the Green New Deal holds this promise. But what does this resolution actually say about agriculture? Who from the farm community is at the table helping to develop its details? And what can we—farmers, ranchers and advocates of regenerative agriculture—provide to policymakers to assure their efforts are informed by those in the field?

Join CAFF & The Farmers Guild for an interactive public forum asking: what would a Green New Deal need to include if it were to truly support family farms, regenerative agriculture and equitable rural economies?

Contrary to popular belief, the Green New Deal (as currently written) is not a comprehensive bill, but rather an aspirational manifesto of sorts. The only language specific to agriculture states that among its strategies would be:
“working collaboratively with farmers and ranchers in the United States to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector as much as is technologically feasible, including by supporting family farming; by investing in sustainable farming and land use practices that increase soil health; and by building a more sustainable food system that ensures universal access to healthy food.”
But the devil is in the details, yes? Unless we write them. The goal of this evening is to engage you, our community, in a robust conversation and develop a set of recommendations for our policymakers: food system and agricultural reforms needed to achieve the Deal’s admirable if still vague goals, as stated above.

Donations are welcome at the door; no one turned away for lack of funds

All are welcome, however attendees are asked to join us prioritizing the input of those working in the agricultural field.
May 7, 2019
6 PM – 9 PM

Sebastopol Grange Hall
6000 Sebastopol Rd (Hwy 12)
Sebastopol, CA

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