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December 31, 2010
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Arlene Francis Center!
9:30 pm – 12:30 am

The Vespertine Orchestra


Bombshell Betty with Fromagique

are having a New Year’s Eve Celebration! Come and Join us!!

The Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art, and Politics
99 Sixth Street @ Wilson (Railroad Square/West End)
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

All Ages Welcome
Moonlight Beer on tap
7 bucks at the Door
Kids 10 years and under get in free 🙂

RSVP via Facebook


September ~ December
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Tuesday Evenings, 6.30 – 8 pm
Salsa Rueda
Cuban Style Salsa

$12/class; $ 5 High School Students
All Ages, No Partner Necessary


Red Thread Studio presents ~
Free Fall Workshops

Nature Hike/Nature Write ~ with Sonoma County LandPaths & Meg Hamill ( (
October 30, 1pm – 5pm

Level hike to an outdoor site where Meg will teach you tools to bring the inspiration of the beautiful outdoors into your writing. A lovely way to get outside and celebrate the gorgeous fall season. For all level hikers and writers.
**Will be held on one of LandPaths’ sites ~ to be announced.

Read to Write! ~ with Christine Walker (
November 13, 1pm – 3pm

Christine will teach you to “close read” passages by acclaimed writers in order to learn their secrets. Hone your skill for creating sharp, focused & meaty sentences in your own projects, from the first sentence, to the last and everything in between. For aspiring writers, reluctant writers and accomplished writers who want to be inspired.

Beginning October: Cultivating Daily Writing Practice ~ with Julie Christenson
Ongoing Saturdays until December 12th, 12 – 2.
Come once or come regularly.
Learn to think freely and vibrantly on the page. This is writing as process rather than to create a finished product. Whatever your goals and aspirations, a daily writing practice “ups” your ability to live with consciousness, clarity and creativity.

Writing as Daily Practice Workshop, ongoing Saturdays, begins in October!

**All workshops held at Red Thread Studio, 99 West Sixth Street, Santa Rosa, unless otherwise stated, and are appropriate for writers and non-writers alike. Bring your own writing materials.

To sign up, or for more information, email Julie at


The Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art & Politics is participating
in the “10/10/10 Global Work Party – A Day to Celebrate
Climate Solutions” to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to 350 parts-
per-million (the safe level for human existence on planet Earth)
The Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art & Politics
99 6th Street
Santa Rosa, California 95401

Sunday, October 10th, 2010
11am -1:00pm

The 10/10/10 Global Work Party, with over 5,000 events are planned in 180
countries for the largest day of carbon-cutting action in the planet’s history.10/10/10 is
a day for people across the planet to learn about, embrace and create climate solutions
and pressure their politicians to do the same. The global day of action was initiated by and the 10/10 Campaign and is being organized in cooperation with hundreds of
organizations around the world.

On 10/10/10, the Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art & Politics (AFCSAP) http:/
/ will be presenting its mission and some its member programs
which are addressing this issue in unique and transformative ways. These include:
• EDGE Solutions: Education and Development for Green Economic Solutions
• Drums for Solar: Helping develop solar energy in Africa (Mali, Senegal)
• Green Design Systems: Green building research and design
• greencounter: triple-bottom-line (ecology, economy, equity) accounting
• Red Thread Studio: Nature Hike/Nature Write with Sonoma Landpaths

TBA 2011
Institute for Spiritual Activism: The Spirit of the 60’s

The year 2010 begins the 50th anniversary of the decade of the 1960’s. The Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art and Politics will be creating a project to examine and reflect upon this important and tumultuous decade from the perspective that this period was both created by an essential revolution in consciousness – rooted in the transformative power of mutual recognition and love — and, born on the strength of its winds, carried this consciousness forward through the remaining decades of the 20th century to the present. This fiftieth anniversary provides an opportunity to renew and strengthen that spirit for the difficult and challenging tasks of this new millennium.

The AFC Spirit of the Sixties Project will begin in 2011 with a brief but important introduction using films about some, though not all, of the history and creation of 60’s reality and consciousness and most importantly accompanied by panel and audience discussion to deepen their meaning and importance. The project will then resume in the Spring with more film and discussion, guest presentations and lectures marking important historical events of the period.

TBA 2011:
The Institute for Spiritual Activism presents:

“Healing Body, Mind, Soul & Manifesting Moral Presence as Spiritual Activism”~~ Michael McAvoy MA Critical/Activist Medical AnthropOlogy; Crispin Shelley MA, Phd(c)Clinical Psychology

Regular monthly presentations, films, discussion on the need and methods for healing ourselves and others from alienation and fear of the other as well as manifesting the moral presence to be able to create the “Beloved Community” envisioned by Martin Luther King and others.