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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Occidental Oriented - October 2011

Occidental Video Moves
You may have noticed you can now walk across the street after grocery shopping and rent your videos, right in town! Owner Dan Candib has some lofty plans for expansion: first an expanded internet café and copy center. Later, he’s looking at creating a gallery space for unknown local artists to display their works. As many Occidental retailers have noted in the past, his challenge will be to try to gauge what both walk-by tourists, as well as residents can support. Good luck, Dan!

“Caws Four Paws”
The 3rd Annual Pasta Feed put on by Amanda Negri Poniapowski and the Negri Family, would like to thank the following for their generous gifts to generate funds for Sonoma County Animal Care and Control: The Grooming Gallery, Frizele-Enos, Western Farm Center, Sebastopol Hardware Pet Center, Lash Out, Seans of Skin, Patricia Tedeschi/Better Botanicals, Matt Black/Cresco, Jim Mc Kinney, Cutler Gallery, Macias Ortiz, Ryan Wycoff/Brix Chocolate, Howard’s Station Cafe, Taylor Made Coffee, Peet’s Coffee, Wild Oak Dairy, Franco American Bakery, Anna Carlson Piano Lessons, Bark Magazine, Vicky Balich, and Mr. Ryder and Company.

A Special thanks to volunteers Evelyn and Sandy Negri, Tori Miller, Terry Martin, Cathie Lunardi, Deborah Fisher, Janet Gunn, Evelyn Adams, and Bob and Edna Beedle, as well as everyone who came to support the four-legged friends who need our support and TLC.
KOWS community radio presents a Masquerade Ball, Saturday, October 29, from 6 p.m. to 1a.m., at the Occidental Community Center.  Bands, a magician, fire dancers, Tarot card readers, belly dancers, vendors of international foods and unusual objects, a Transylvania Kitchen, and more will be featured.  This is a benefit fund raiser for Occidental’s own volunteer community radio station, KOWS 107.3,

Ham Radio
And while we’re on the topic of radio, EARN YOUR AMATEUR RADIO TECHNICIAN CLASS LICENSE OVER A WEEKEND! On October 21-23, at the Santa Rosa Red Cross building at 5297 Aero Drive, there will be a video course taught by a team of amateur radio operators. An FCC exam session will be held the Sunday of the class for all students. Study Guide: $15   Exam: $15. For further information, contact John Breckenridge of the Sonoma County CERTS HAMS group,, or 707.217.1017.

Occidental Center for the Arts
On Sunday, October 16, 4pm, the Unlikely Duo, featuring Carey Dubbert and Brendan Buss will be featured at OCA. Occidental resident Carey Dubbert, national champion in hammer dulcimer and autoharp, will delight with classical, Celtic, gospel and old-time solos, plus duets with Brendan Buss on saxophone. $5 donation at the door; refreshments will be sold to benefit OCA.

Redwood Arts Council
On October 15th, RAC brings the stunning Cavani String Quartet to OCA. An irresistible presence on stage, the Quartet appears throughout North America and Europe including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and Festival de L’Epau in France.  For their concert in Occidental, they will be performing quartets by Beethoven, Bartok and Robert Schumann.

 Formed in 1984, the Cavani Quartet was appointed Quartet-in-Residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music (where they’re based) in 1988. The Quartet, comprised of Annie Fullard, Mari Sato, Kirsten Docter, and Merry Peckham, has received numerous awards and grants, and has developed a series of children’s concerts for the Chamber Music of Lincoln Center. The Cleveland Plain Dealer said, “The Cavani held the audience spellbound.”

And they will again on Saturday, October 15 at 8p.m. in the Occidental Center for the Arts, for RAC’s second year in its new home. Audiences have praised the great acoustics and excellent sight lines to the stage.  For further information on the 2011-12 season, visit  or call Redwood Arts at 707.874.1124.
… to all of you who continue to send snippets and leads on the happenings in our beautiful, quaint hamlet of Occidental. Please keep them coming!