West End Farmers Market, every Sunday 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.: Join us for the Memorial Weekend Market- the weather will get you in the mood for summer. In honor of Bike Month, post a “bike selfie” this Sunday and we will enter you in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate. Fill your basket with fresh produce such as sugar peas, beets, Lettuce, broccoli, herbs, strawberries, rasberries and more. You may also select wine, cheese, meat, sausage, bread and honey. We have baked goods too- from sweet to savory and even gluten free. What to eat? It’s hrad to choose because it’s all so good: Omelets, breakfast tacos, ceviche, Okonomiyaki, Pastrami and even Jewish Caesar salad. See you on Sunday! Location: Donahue street between W. 9th and Boyce Streets.
May 24th, Saturday 11am-5pm Matsuri Japanese Arts Festival Enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of authentic traditional Japanese culture, including: art exhibits, Japanese clothing, crafts, folk dance, music, and food, Origami Demonstrations, Kamishibai Theater, Taiko Drumming, Japanese Tea Presentations, and more! FREE http://www.sonomamatsuri.com Location: Juilliard Park, 227 Santa Rosa Avenue
May 26th, Monday at 1 p.m.- Memorial Day Ceremony at the Rural Cemetery. Honor the day at an old fashioned decorative commemoration. Free. Location: S. R. Rural Cemetery located at Franklin & Monroe Streets, Franklin Gate
Art at the Source- 20th annual studio tour! Visit sculpture artist Robert Ankers (Creations produced from repurposed materials) at his West End Studio at 134 W. 7th St. for two weekends May 31-June 1 & June 7-8, Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 5th, Thursday at 5- 8 p.m. More info at http://artatthesource.org
Writer’s Workshop: If you are looking for camaraderie, writing community and the satisfying feeling of finding your tribe, then look no further. In this monthly writers workshop, you will get the valuable opportunity to set specific and attainable monthly goals towards the realization of an ongoing writing project – whether that involves writing everyday for 30 minutes, or completing a set amount of pages or words. We will get the creative sparks flying with one or two quick writing prompts geared towards your genre, followed by check-ins and accountability on previous month’s writing goals, plus, inspiration, resources and mini-craft talks from workshop facilitator (and West Ender) Leilani Clark. All levels of writers welcome! When: Sundays, June 22, July 20 and August 24 (Three month commitment, once a month) Where: Undercover Baking Agency at 463 Sebastopol Avenue in Santa Rosa Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm Price: $45-$60 sliding scale. Class fee due at registration. Class size is small and limited to 10 writers. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Santa Rosa Street Smarts- A public education campaign to change driver, pedestrian and bicyclist behavior. Whether you are riding your bike to school, driving through your neighborhood, crossing the street to your favorite coffee shop you must demonstrate personal safety…but also be aware that our own actions and behavior on the roads can affect others safety. Goals are to: Increase stop sign compliance; Decrease red light running; Decrease speeding; Increase bicycle safety; Increase school zone speed compliance and Increase crosswalk safety and compliance. All goals will benefit us all. More info at srcity.org/streetsmarts
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June 13th, Friday- Friday the 13th Darkside Tour. Did you know that the second to the last hanging in CA happened at the S. R. Rural Cemetery? Or that Herbert Slater witnessed a murder/suicide in a courtroom hallway? Take a walk on the Dark Side and learn stories behind murders, suicides and other horrific tragedies that too place in early S. R. Rain or Shine. $25 REGISTER Location: S.R. Rural Cemetery, located at Franklin and Monroe Streets, Meet at Franklin Gate
September 19th- 20th Friday & Saturday 7:30 to 9:50 p.m.-S. R. Rural Cemetery Lamplight Tours. Walk at night through S. R.’s oldest cemetery to see andhear all new dramatic portrayals of some of our town’s early settlers. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a flashlight. Tours sell out early so register now! $30 Rain or Shine REGISTER Location: S. R. Rural Cemetery located at Franklin and Monroe Streets
Local Success- The West End Neighborhood Association sponsors are West End resident owned or West End/Railroad Square area businesses. As sponsors, they support our neighborhood activities and events. As loyal customers we help their businesses prosper. That’s micro-local success!
The West End Neighborhood, home of the West End Farmers Market where urban-ism, preservation, art and people come together. For the latest updates, calendar of events and photos go to srwestend.com