Friday, September 12, 2014


There's a Meet'n'Greet light dinner that can put you in front of a City Council member to, not only get to know them, but to voice some of your concerns re: our fair city.

Meet and Greet with City Council on September 16

The Sebastopol City Council is hosting a meet-and-greet and light dinner at IVES PARK (the Jewell Avenus side) on Tuesday, Sept. 16th from 4pm to 5:30pm. Mayor Robert Jacob and Vice Mayor Patrick Slayter, along with Councilmembers Sarah Glade Gurney, John Eder, Una Glass and look forward to connecting with community members (THAT'S YOU) one-on-one.

There is no charge to attend. All Sebastopol residents are welcome.

Following the meet-and-greet will be the regularly scheduled City Council meeting at the Youth Annex at 6:00pm - 425 Morris St.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Imagine not having to get in your car to make the short trip downtown.  Now, can you imagine getting a bit more exercise?  And, picture yourself trying to keep your ice cream from melting on your way home after a trip to Screaming Mimis while you saunter along a trail that reveals the sweeping vistas of the Laguna de Santa Rosa.

And then there's the safety issue?

Sebastopol Trailmakers has a bike/pedestrian trail system on the drawing board that would do just that while connecting the western end of Sebastopol with the southern end.

Here is a series of three videos explaining exactly how it works (see anyone you know?):

There's also a website you can visit for more information:

So, watch the videos and contact our City Council to let them know what you think.  USE YOUR VOICE TO GET INVOLVED.  We've made it easy.  Just cut and paste the emails below and urge the City Council to take the first step in approving these trails:,,,


For one day a year, Graton is the happiest place on Earth…

Graton Day  Photo

Graton Day

On Saturday, September 13, at 1pm, the Hubbub Club will begin its leisurely stroll around the lovely town of Graton, offering a joyful wakeup call for Graton Day festivities.  At 1:30, we'll join the official Graton Day parade, which starts on the corner of S. Brush and Donald Streets and ends up at Bowen and Shirley Streets, where the real party begins.

Sunday, September 7, 2014


Here's a shot from the lens of Sebastopudlian, Bim Lipp - the Harvest Moon through a Gravenstein Apple tree…

Photo by Bim


There are two special CLOSED SESSION meetings this coming week re: the CVS project and subsequent litigation.  The general public (that's you) will have a chance to speak prior to the City Council adjourning to closed session.  Anyone who would like to add their two cents to the process is invited to attend and make their voices heard.

Schedule is as follows:

SEPTEMBER 8th,  7:00 - 9:00pm

Location: Sebastopol City Hall, 7120 Bodega Ave.

SEPTEMBER 9th, 4:00 - 5:30pm

Luther Burbank Experimental Farm, 7777 Bodega Ave.


Ever feel like taking a can of paint and covering a street with it?  No?  Well, here's your chance anyway.  Cittaslow (again) has determined the winners of the design contest to paint McKinley Street and they want to include the community.  THAT'S YOU!

Please read…

Cittaslow Sebastopol

Come paint the
McKinley Street Murals
September 13 & 14
Part of the Sebastopol Village Convergence

Want to be part of the painting team?
September 13 & 14
Reply to this email so we know how many to expect.  We will send you one more email before the big date if you sign up.  No experience needed.  Fun for everyone! Mention what you'd like to do and when in your email. No commitment, but we'd like to get an idea of how many want to do what and when they might come.

The  Sebastopol Village Building Convergence (VBC), is a delightful 10 day community series of events and projects to be held September 12-21, 2014 at multiple venues around Sebastopol. 

Want to paint the street? 
Cittaslow Sebastopol's VBC project is to paint murals on McKinley Street connecting Main Street and The Barlow.  Reply to this email if you'd like to help make a stronger connection between the Barlow and Main Street by painting Spirit Bird and Spirit Canine along McKinley Street.  Everyone can help - paint by numbers!  
McKinley Street Murals
Overview of McKinley Street Murals
Spirit Canine
Spirit Canine designed by Dana Vallarino
To be painted near the beginning of The Barlow - just west of Warped Brewing
Spirit Bird
Spirit Bird designed by Dana Vallarino
To be painted near Laguna Parkway outside the Rialto Cinemas
Traveling between the two we will also paint salmon swimming upstream (designed by Karen Lockert) and wildlife paw prints walking along the bank (designed by Penny Bentley).

The whole 10 days will be filled with activity - it's like a studio tour (e.g., Art Trails), but instead of artist workshops, you can tour and help build community projects:
  • Paint a mural - Sept. 13 & 14
  • Plant a garden
  • Build a cobb bus stop

Here are some of the many ways you can join the fun:

Saturday, Sept. 13 - starting at about 11:00 to 5:00
  • Help close and clean the street.
  • Help draw out the chalk outlines using a big grid -artists especially needed for this!
  • Help mix paint colors.
  • Paint inside the lines once the lines are drawn.
  • Supervise kids doing fun painting projects.
  • Volunteer in our Cittaslow Sebastopol booth signing folks up and giving out food. (Please specify if you would like to do this so we can assign you a time slot.)
  • Cheer folks on from the sidelines!
Sunday, Sept. 14 - starting at about 10:00 to 5:00
  • More painting to finish up two coats on all the art!
  • Many of the things listed under Saturday.
There will be music and food to keep you inspired and fueled! 
* Saturday hear live music by Whitebear.
* Sunday hear and see the Sonoma County Taiko Drummers perform.

What to bring:
A refillable water bottle!
Gloves, rags, paint brush if you wish (not required)
Clothes to paint in
Your creative excitement and sense of fun!

Check this out  to see a time-lapse video of a street mural painting event in Portland, Oregon.

  • Post on Facebook and Twitter (You can use the share buttons at the top of this email)
  • Email your contacts - use the Forward link below
  • Enter in your blog
  • Visit this web page to learn more about this project and how you can help.
We need lots of volunteers.  There will be a job for everyone.  Tell your friends to contact us at 

Big Thanks to Kelly Moore Paints in Rohnert Park and Sebastopol Whole Foods for fabulous contributions to this project!

The Cittaslow Sebastopol Village Building Convergence Team  

Check out
our video!

McKinley Street Mural Project Video

Your donations
are tax deductible!
We need your help to get
  • Special pavement paint
  • Brushes and rollers
  • Food for volunteers
  • Porta-potties for the event
Donate $50 or more 
Receive a large organic cotton commemorative grocery bag (16" x 16")

VBC Commemorative Grocery Bag
Printed with both logos
Cittaslow Grocery Bag

Go green and shop in style! No more plastic as of September 1. 

Donate $25 or more 
and get a postcard of Spirit Bird, suitable for framing.

Spirit Bird

Sebastopol has been a "Slow City" since 2010

Priorities of a Slow City:
Support locally made
  products and agriculture.
Celebrate local history  
  and culture.
Welcome visitors and 
  embrace neighbors.
Integrate technology for
  improved well-being.
Protect the health of the
Develop community-
   friendly infrastructure.

Sebastopol is Cittaslow
Cittaslow Sebastopol
Steering Committee
- Tasha Beauchamp
- Clare Najarian
- Mayor Robert Jacob
  (City Liaison)
- Sarah Gurney
  (Alternate Liaison) 
- Carol Capria- Debbie Morris
- George Curtis
- Halle Pryor
- Marty Roberts
- Meg Mizutani
- Richard Von Sternberg



Cittaslow Sebastopol
We could win $2000 or more!

Click to vote
Write "Cittaslow Sebastopol" in a comment on the ballot at Whole Foods Sebastopol's Facebook page.
Whole Foods has recognized our good work in the community and has nominated us as a potential recipient of their 5% of sales donation September 24th.
We need your vote to win!
Some of our projects include:
  • The Sebastopol Ped Line (Park Once and Walk)
  • Gravensteins Are Coming banners
  • McKinley Street Murals with the Village Building Convergence
  • Home Stay/Farm Stay workshop
  • Eco-Tourism Open House
  • Keeping the Conversation Constructive

Help us keep Sebastopol green, local, friendly and artistic!

Please vote and forward this message to 3 friends.
No cost to you and it would help us a LOT!

Many, many thanks,

  Tasha Beauchamp,  Co-Chair, Cittaslow Sebastopol

P.S. Like what we're doing? Want to contribute personally? We can now accept online donations. Your contributions are 100% tax deductible. 

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