Gadzukes, it’s the Ukes!


Ukulele classes abound in Sebastopol where novice musicians of all ages come together in a group setting to learn one of the easiest instruments to play on the planet. With only 4 strings, the ukulele is known for it’s simplicity. The ease of tuning and the ease of playing make it an extra-friendly version of the guitar, all the more so because of its happy sound and traditionally positive Hawaiian melodies.
And in case you hadn’t heard, there’s a bit of Hawaii happening in Sebastopol on Saturday, May 10th when the Second Annual Ukulele Festival will take place at the… Read the rest

April 28th, 2014
by Tasha Beauchamp

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival: A Sonoma County Gem

There is a certain something here in Sebastopol that makes us pursue the unusual and revere the very, very fine.  Some people say we are quirky. If you live here, it’s hard not to agree. It’s a certain je ne sais quoi that even national commentators, such as Alysia Gray Painter, of NBC notes when she writes:
“Sonoma and cinema go together on screen, certainly, but the county hosts a number of notable film events throughout the year. One of the gems has to be the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival for multiple reasons. One? Sebastopol. Right? You know what we… Read the rest

March 14th, 2014
by Richard Von Sternberg

Cittaslow Sebastopol Prepares its First Farm Stay/Home Stay Workshop for Culturally Relevant Tourism

In line with Cittaslow’s focus on welcoming community and environmentally/culturally appropriate tourism, Cittaslow Sebastopol located in northern California, is preparing to launch its first public workshop to introduce local farmers and residents to the benefits and practicalities of hosting farm stays and home stays for visitors to their area. Here is an article published by The Press Democrat newspaper about Cittaslow Sebastopol and its new eco-tourism effort.… Read the rest

February 25th, 2014
by Virginia Hubbell

Home Stay/Farm Stay workshop in Sebastopol March 1


[Sebastopol] West County residents interested in opening a home stay or farm stay business can attend a half-day workshop sponsored by Cittaslow Sebastopol to learn about the basic financial, personal and regulatory requirements involved in renting a room or out-building to short-stay travelers.
Funded by the City of Sebastopol and co-sponsored by Farm Trails and the Sebastopol Entrepreneurs’ Project, the workshop will take place at the Sebastopol Community Church on Saturday, March 1 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The fee is $20. There is space for 40 participants. Pre-registration is required and can be completed online at
According… Read the rest

February 4th, 2014
by Tasha Beauchamp

Winter Walks


New Year’s Resolution: Spend more time in nature

Whether your resolution is motivated by a need to exercise, or you simply wish to spend more time outdoors, the Laguna de Santa Rosa offers wonderful vistas and wildlife viewing, perfect for fresh air and reflection, even in the wintry months of January and February.
The Laguna Wetlands Preserve is an easy 7 minute walk from the downtown Plaza in Sebastopol. By car, the wetlands can be accessed from Morris St. (Make a right at the first light as you come into town from Santa Rosa on Highway 12. Drive to the… Read the rest

February 1st, 2014
by Tasha Beauchamp

Sebastopol – Celebrating Our Farms and Farmers


The leaves are turning colors and the fall harvest is nearly in. What a wonderful time to acknowledge the bounty of the earth and to celebrate the farmers who work so intimately with her. Sebastopol has its own unique style of celebrating, from creative farmer musicians and old time country music, to farm tours and even talks about sustainable food production.
The festivities start Saturday, November 9 from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. with the Love Your Farmer Harvest Celebration at the Sebastopol Grange (6000 Sebastopol Ave.). Food will provided by the chefs of the Green Grocer and Lata’s Indian Cooking… Read the rest

November 8th, 2013
by Tasha Beauchamp

October is Honoring Pomo Month

“Batikleteawi” (where the elderberry grows) was the name of the Pomo village located where Sebastopol stands today. For more than 10,000 years, the Pomo made what is now known as the Laguna de Santa Rosa their home. They hunted elk, mountain lion and grizzly bear, and feasted on migratory birds, acorns, roots and berries.
The Pomo are known internationally for their intricate baskets, including ceremonial baskets decorated with hummingbird feathers and cooking baskets stitched so finely that they could hold water.
Today the Pomo maintain rich cultural traditions which they share with Sebastopol during the month of October:
Pomo music… Read the rest

October 8th, 2013
by Tasha Beauchamp

The Gravensteins are coming!


No, the Gravensteins are not long-lost relatives we’re welcoming home.
Visitors arriving to Sebastopol via Highway 116 are greeted by this wonderful banner as part of a joint project between Slow Food Russian River and Cittaslow Sebastopol. The purpose is to raise awareness about the Gravenstein apple and support local apple farmers.
In its heyday, there were over 11,000 acres dedicated to this heirloom apple. Now there are fewer than 500 acres. But with increasing demand for the unique sweet/tart flavor of the Gravenstein, local apple farmers are able to carry on a tradition that for some has been in… Read the rest

July 15th, 2013
by Tasha Beauchamp

Biking in Sonoma: Go slow (or fast!)


Nothing says summer more than the golden rolling hills of California. And experiencing them by bike is one of the many joys of west Sonoma County. Whether you like abundant flat wetlands and wildlife, the shaded majesty of the redwood forest, or undulant vineyards and organic farms, there are rides for every taste and ability.… Read the rest

June 26th, 2013
by Tasha Beauchamp

Parents’ Choice Award Given to Issue Oriented Kid Scoop News


One of Cittaslow USA’s key priorities is to involve children and youth in their communities and help them to understand the importance of caring for their towns. The heart of our work is aimed at preserving for the generations that follow us, the quality of life and the unique personalities of each of our member towns across America. With this in mind, we look for ways to acknowledge the high quality work of organizations that meet this goal.
Kid Scoop News is a newspaper for and by students with the mission of connecting children to their communities and promoting civic… Read the rest

March 29th, 2013
by Vicki Whiting
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