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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Occidental Oriented - September 2011

Feast or famine—this month there’s more to report than we have room for. Go figure!

Occidental Welcomes Michele Fitterer
There’s a new business in town. Says owner Michele Fitterer, “I am really happy to have a studio to practice my art and massage in Occidental, a community filled with kindness. That's why I think my intuition brought me here.” Finding it a challenge to make a living with her drawing and figure sculpture, Michele decided to study the art of massage therapy, starting at Sebastopol Massage Center and now attending National Holistic Institute in Petaluma. “Everyone is unique, and so is every massage,” concludes Michele.

Occidental Center for the Arts
On Monday, September 5 from 4p.m. to 6 p.m. at Occidental Center for the Arts, Occidental's own octogenarian author, Chester Aaron, is releasing his 26th book, a novel entitled “About Them.” Chester will be on hand to sign copies; a portion of the book’s sales will benefit OCA.

A Cabaret Afternoon at Occidental
On Sunday, September 11 from 4p.m. to 6p.m., OCA is celebrating its own volunteer talent with “Family Ties,” a cabaret performance produced by Andrea Van Dyke and Tony D’Anna. Talented local artists will sing duets and solos, and play instrumentals. Donation of $5 is requested and there will be refreshments for sale in cabaret seating. Contact for more information.

Swinging Doors / Country Honky-Tonk Dance Favorites
All honky-tonk angels (and devils!) are invited to have a good time, Saturday, September 24 at 8p.m. The Swinging Doors are coming to OCA for just a $10 donation. Hear all your favorites from Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, to Tom Waits. Polish up those cowboy boots and get ready for some real stomping and swinging. Beer, wine, and refreshments will be on sale.
KOWS community radio welcomes four new hosts to its line up. Please tune in and support your local radio! Richard Jones, from Strafford England is featured on Monday nights, 8p.m. to 10p.m. hosting  Evening Eclectic, featuring British Rock, Ska, Dub, and more. Gary Sherwood, is on Saturdays, 9p.m. to 11p.m., hosting The Trip, psychedelic rock, R&B, pop, and the spoken word. Patrick Brinton, owner of Looks Good on Paper, graphic design in Sebastopol, is on Sundays, 7p.m. to 8p.m., with Conversations. Matt Savinar, lawyer by education, begins his call-in show, Ask the Astrologer, on September 8, on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 12noon to 2p.m.
And stay tuned for details next month on KOWS’ October 29 Masquerade Party!

Redwood Arts Council
RAC opens its 32nd season, Saturday, September 17, at 8p.m., with New York Polyphony*, the preeminent male classical vocal quartet in the fields of early and new music. From austere medieval melodies to cutting edge contemporary works, NYP balances refined musicianship with a uniquely modern sensibility. Thanks to the hip, youthful image, built around well-tailored suits and publicity photos on dank subway platforms, their CD, Tudor City spent three weeks in the Top 10 of Billboard’s classical album chart.

For further information on Redwood Arts’ 2011-12 season, the second year in its new home at OCA, visit, or call 707.874.1124.
*Sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts
–National Public Radio

Tomales Day
Celebrate the 1850s founding of the beautiful village of Tomales, Sunday, September 4 at 12noon.  Join in or watch what may be the world’s shortest parade down Maine Street, and the after-party at Tomales Community Park. Food, music and the company of neighbors! For more information, call Dru at 707.878.2606.

Summer Night at Osmosis
Send Your Camel to Bed is an Arabian night to remember, Thursday, September 8th 6p.m to 9p.m. Osmosis hosts an exotic garden party featuring Mediterranean, Turkish, and Middle Eastern delights, unveiled by French Garden’s Executive Chef, Patrick Quillec, prepared with organic ingredients freshly harvested from their farm in Sebastopol. Organic and biodynamic wines will be poured by Marimar Estate Winery. Food will be served from 6p.m. to 7p.m. and music by Ragas to Riches will be from 7p.m. to 8p.m. There will be live belly dance at the meditation garden! Personalized tarot card readings for all guests provided by Braid of Braid Tarot. Admission includes all food and entertainment (with exception noted) for just $25; reservations required, 707.823.8231.