FH Resident, Dr. Peter Neumeyer Exhibit and Illustrated Talk
Oct
9
7:15 PM19:15

FH Resident, Dr. Peter Neumeyer Exhibit and Illustrated Talk

Friends House Resident, Dr. Peter Neumeyer Exhibit and Illustrated Talk:  

Le feu dans les collines; fire in the hills.

 The great Santa Rosa fire of last October has been memorialized by a group of 8 to 10-year-olds in Belgium.  During the month of October, Friends House, a retirement community in Santa Rosa, will feature an exhibit of the stunning paintings and collages created-and transmuted to book form--by these empathetic children a continent away.  In an illustrated talk at 7:15 p.m. at Friends House, Dr. Peter Neumeyer, a resident in that community, will introduce the audience to the circuitous path by which these amazing children came to exercise their empathy and artistic virtuosity on a calamity so far from their shores.

          For now, enough to say that Neumeyer had been in touch with these children as they had been inspired to artistic expression emulating the graphic style of the late Edward Gorey, a distinguished illustrator with whom Neumeyer had collaborated.  When the fire came, the children changed their focus . . . and that's what the exhibition and Neumeyer's talk will illustrate.  Friends House Library, 684 Benicia Drive, Santa Rosa, on October 9, 7:15.  The public is invited.

 

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11th Annual Holiday Craft Faire and Oobear's French Cafe
Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

11th Annual Holiday Craft Faire and Oobear's French Cafe

Kick off your holiday Shopping at our 11th Annual Holiday Craft Faire and Oobear's French Café, Saturday, Nov 17th at Friends House 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. 

We need more vendors.  Please email  Jet Howell at jhowell@retirement.org if you would like to sell your crafts.  707/573-4508

Friends House sells Homemade goods and crafts that are:  Baked, beaded, canned, knitted, quilted, fired, turned, carved and international items.  Oobear's French Café will have scrumptious homemade pastries and more.  Oobear may even play his guitar for you.   

 

 

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Mary Oliver & Wendell Berry at our  evening with poets, artists, musicians
Sep
13
7:15 PM19:15

Mary Oliver & Wendell Berry at our evening with poets, artists, musicians

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 AT 7:15 P.M. IN THE LIBRARY  Aren’t we lucky to welcome Mary Oliver AND Wendell Berry to our monthly evening with poets, artists, musicians ––and each other. Vilma Ginsberg and Clare Morris will share some of the poems from the wonderful works of Mary and Wendell. PLUS––the music-alive, brought by Ginny and Duncan Matheson, who will delight us with fiddle, banjo and guitar. (Mary and Wendell would love this.) You will love it too. Come: treat body and soul. Come!    ~ Vilma and Clare

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Professional Opera Singers perform for Grandma Jean
Aug
15
3:00 PM15:00

Professional Opera Singers perform for Grandma Jean

Wednesday, August 15, Friends House Library at 3pm.  Jeni Houser, granddaughter of resident Jean Houser, and her husband David Blalock will perform. Jeni and David are opera singers based in Wisconsin who travel all over the world singing. They will perform songs and arias in celebration of Jean's 100th birthday later this month on Wednesday, August 22, 2:00 PM in the library. Thank you Jeni and David!   You are exceptional performers.

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POETRY PLUS This Thursday with music by Nancy L.
Aug
9
7:15 PM19:15

POETRY PLUS This Thursday with music by Nancy L.

POETRY PLUS AUGUST 9 AT 7:15 P.M. IN THE LIBRARY

It’s almost here, an August summer evening of poetry and music.  What better way to welcome Beauty into our midst. We have invited poets Jodi Hottel and Kevin Pryne to share their poetry art form with us, and our own Nancy Lichtenstein to bring Johann Sebastian Bach to us. He will speak his own poetry through her superb playing. Because next Thursday is a day of remembering the tragedy of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, we hope that events like our gathering will be the kind of Soul-Activism that will help heal the gaping wound that is war.  ~ Vilma and Clare

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TAIKO DRUM TROUPE—BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Aug
7
7:15 PM19:15

TAIKO DRUM TROUPE—BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7 AT 7:15 P.M. – BACK PATIO

TAIKO DRUM TROUPE—BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!  Join us on the back lobby patio on Tuesday, Aug 7 at 7:15 for another dramatic, energetic performance by the Sonoma County Taiko Drummers. Taiko means “big drum” in Japanese. In ancient Japan, drums communicated between villages, announcing emergencies and celebrations. Bring your own drum, if you have one, as you are sure to be invited to join in! In any case, come and experience the rhythmic power of the Taiko. ~ Betsy Harrell and Barbara Tye for the Programs Committee

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ROBERT LEYS:  DVD ON TANGO, WITH FOLLOWING COMMENTARY
Jul
31
7:15 PM19:15

ROBERT LEYS: DVD ON TANGO, WITH FOLLOWING COMMENTARY

TUESDAY, JULY 31, 7:15 P.M. IN THE LIBRARY

 ROBERT LEYS:  DVD ON TANGO, WITH FOLLOWING COMMENTARY

On Tuesday Robert Leys will present a program entitled “Tango: The Essence of the Dance.”  We'll see a half-hour DVD filmed in Marin County by Bay Area tango dancers.  They and Robert will both provide commentary to give a fine introduction to tango, with insights into why it is “a romantic ritual” and why people find it so fascinating.   We’ll learn about the dance’s technique, emotional quality, energy and improvisation.  Robert has solid experience over years of tango dancing.  Very recently he returned from a six-month trip to South America, which included a 9-week stay in Buenos Aires where he had the opportunity of dancing with partner Martie in the home of tango.  To view Robert and Martie dancing their favorite dance together, be present at tea-time in our lobby on Thursday, August 9.  It should be added that Robert is the son-in-law and Martie is the daughter of our former Independent-Living neighbors, George and Jean Houser.                          ~Betsy Harrell for the Program Committee

 

 

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Miguel Costop with Guatemala Scholarship Program visits
Jul
19
7:15 PM19:15

Miguel Costop with Guatemala Scholarship Program visits

 

THURSDAY, JULY 19 AT 7:15 P.M. IN THE LIBRARY

The GUATEMALA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM director, Miguel Costop, will be here from Guatemala to update us about this program operated under the auspices of Redwood Forest Friends Meeting.  The scholarship program now includes a segment on preservation of Mayan culture and language, and a segment on "enhanced personal development" for students.  There is also a new Guatemalan alumnae committee.  The project is beginning to have a measurable impact on Guatemalan governance.  Redwood Forest Friends are enthusiastically invited, as is anyone interested in Guatemala, past and future.                                   ~ Program Committee

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The Poor People's Campaign by Mico and Dinah
Jul
17
7:15 PM19:15

The Poor People's Campaign by Mico and Dinah

TUESDAY, JULY 17 AT 7:15 P.M. IN THE LIBRARY

The POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN and related actions in Sacramento will be the topic of a presentation by Dinah Bachrach and Mico Sorrel, members of Redwood Forest Friends Meeting.  They recently participated in one of the Moral Mondays in 30 state capitals as part of the launch of this multi-year campaign to "bring a new moral agenda to the United States."  Dinah and Mico will include a report on their "own personal experience [that day] of contemporary civil disobedience and jail time."  Redwood Forest Friends and other interested people are welcome to attend. Invite someone young!                                                                ~Program Committee

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What good is Bitcoin?
Jun
7
7:15 PM19:15

What good is Bitcoin?

THURSDAY, JUNE 7 AT 7:15 P.M. IN THE LIBRARY

What Good is Bitcoin?  Two people knowledgeable in the field will let us hear them converse about this fascinating topic, and will answer our questions.  Our own resident Bruce Hartman, business school professor of operations management, and Darren Sri-Jayantha, grandson of Betsy Harrell, who works in the cryptocurrency industry in Manhattan, will exchange their possibly differing perspectives on the burgeoning popularity of cryptocurrencies around the world and what it may mean for our future.  You might not be involved with these new-fangled finances, but your grandkids are (and possibly your kids)!!!   It has taken months to arrange this presentation.  Don't miss it!                                          ~ The Program Committee

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Jean Wong, a pianist, artist and writer with The Upbeat Trio
May
27
3:00 PM15:00

Jean Wong, a pianist, artist and writer with The Upbeat Trio

SUNDAY, May 27 at 3:00 PM in the FRIENDS HOUSE LIBRARY.

Jean Wong, a pianist, artist and writer, will present an illustrated talk on a famous span of musical history.  Her presentation will describe the evolution of music from medieval, to the Renaissance, and through the Baroque periods.  To illustrate, she has woven together videos, stills, aome poetry, and the live-performance of the Upbeat Trio, whose members are Jean, clarinetist Marc Hellman and flutist David Scott.                                       (Hosted by the Residents’ Association’s Program Committee)

 

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SRJC Older Adults Education Painting Class in our Arts and Crafts Room
May
11
1:15 PM13:15

SRJC Older Adults Education Painting Class in our Arts and Crafts Room

Join us for our SRJC Spring 2018   Class #4073OA 501 - ART FOR OLDER ADULTS; Fridays 1:15 pm - 4:15 pm, 01/19-05/25.  Class focuses on acrylic and mixed media painting.  SRJC Painting Class meets Fridays at Friends House in our Arts and Crafts Room.   Call 707/573-4500 or https://portal.santarosa.edu/SRWeb/SR_SectionInformation.aspx?Semester=20183&Section=4073  

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PoetryPlus with Poet Ed Thompson and poet Patrice Warrender
May
10
7:15 PM19:15

PoetryPlus with Poet Ed Thompson and poet Patrice Warrender

PoetryPlus brings area poets and other artists for an evening of poetry to Friends House every Second Thursday of the month, at 7:15 PM in the Library.  Co-hosted by Clare Morris and Vilma Ginzberg, the programs are designed to contribute to the cultural richness of the community through poetic works which edify, educate, inspire and entertain.

This month, on May 10, we will feature Santa Rosa poet Ed Thompson and Sebastapol poet Patrice Warrender, with our own Nancy Lichtenstein playing Beethoven.

The program is free and open to the public.
 

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Apr
29
3:00 PM15:00

Ruth Lane's amazing Cello Concert this Sunday.

Don't miss this amazing cello music by Ruth lane.  Ruth has been playing with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra since 1990.  When in 2013 her husband, Tony Lane, gave us a talk about his profession of violin-making, Ruth not only accompanied him to Friends House, but at the end she played one piece marvelously on the cello he had made for her.  Sunday Ruth will play a cello concert of music by composers J. S. Bach, American George Crumb and Benjamin Britten.  The concert is in our Library and a reception will follow in Commons A.

                           

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Friends House Quaker Tea and Fundraiser
Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Friends House Quaker Tea and Fundraiser

Seatings are scheduled at times from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon and 1:00 PM to 3:15 PM. Service is at small tables by reservation only (on‐line at www.Friendshouse.org in March) or in‐person at Friends House (684 Benicia Drive). Tickets are $25. Tours of the gardens will be offered as requested. Shopping at the Guatemalan sale is from 10:00 to 3:00.

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SRJC Older Adults Education Painting Class in our Arts and Crafts Room
Mar
2
1:15 PM13:15

SRJC Older Adults Education Painting Class in our Arts and Crafts Room

Join us for our SRJC Spring 2018   Class #4073OA 501 - ART FOR OLDER ADULTS; Fridays 1:15 pm - 4:15 pm, 01/19-05/25.  Class focuses on acrylic and mixed media painting.  SRJC Painting Class meets Fridays at Friends House in our Arts and Crafts Room.   Call 707/573-4500 or https://portal.santarosa.edu/SRWeb/SR_SectionInformation.aspx?Semester=20183&Section=4073  

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SRJC Older Adults Education Painting Class in our Arts and Crafts Room
Feb
23
1:15 PM13:15

SRJC Older Adults Education Painting Class in our Arts and Crafts Room

Join us for our SRJC Spring 2018   Class #4073OA 501 - ART FOR OLDER ADULTS; Fridays 1:15 pm - 4:15 pm, 01/19-05/25.  Class focuses on acrylic and mixed media painting.  SRJC Painting Class meets Fridays at Friends House in our Arts and Crafts Room.   Call 707/573-4500 or https://portal.santarosa.edu/SRWeb/SR_SectionInformation.aspx?Semester=20183&Section=4073  

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Feb
18
3:00 PM15:00

Free Concert- Gwen Churchill's Encore

SUNDAY,  FEBRUARY 18; AT 3:00 P.M. IN  THE LIBRARY

We welcome again, Gwen Churchill’s Encore Piano Performance Group, who will present a concert by several pianists, serious amateurs now retired from various professional careers.  Among the composers represented will be Beethoven, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Eunaudi, and Glinka.  Reception in Commons A to follow. 

-- George Sackman & Betsy Harrell, for the Program Committee, and Lynn Johnson for Music Hospitality Committee

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Feb
15
7:15 PM19:15

THE ARIEL TRIO IN CONCERT

Friends House invites you to a free concert by ARIEL TRIO. THURSDAY. February 15 at 7:15 in Library. 

ARIEL TRIO, piano, violin, cello.  Nancy Lichtenstein, pianist of Friends House, and Kathryn Christie, violinist and Sandra Haines, cellist, both friends visiting from Minnesota, will present a concert of classical music and light jazz. They have performed together in Minnesota for 30 years. All music lovers are welcome.

Nancy Lichtenstien trio photo IMG_0527.JPG
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