April 26 & 27, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm. Free.

Luther Burbank Experiment Farm to hold open house

Celebrate Spring by enjoying a free docent-led tour. Buy additions for your garden including Burbank originals while munching on freshly made apple fritters.

Watch Rachael Carson reminisce about the trials and triumphs of her career as mother of the environmental movement. Ask Master Gardeners for advice. Find out about making your own worm bin, learn how to graft trees and how Luther Burbank improved and introduced over 800 new varieties of trees, shrubs, flowers and grains. Kids will learn the botanical techniques of plant breeding, enjoy watching bees in a sealed hive and take away a piece of rope they spun themselves on an antique gadget.

For Sale: Heritage Jam made from the fruit of the Farm is available in our gift shop. Plants for sale include Burbank’s Kniphofia ‘Tower of Gold’, ‘Burbank’ Rose, Penstemon ‘Firebird’, Shasta Daisy ‘Becky’, Amarcrinum lily, Pillar rose ‘Apple Blossom’.

Where: Gold Ridge Farm is located above Burbank Heights and Orchards, just west of downtown Sebastopol. Turn into the Burbank Heights and Orchards senior housing complex at 7777 Bodega Ave. and you’ll find the Farm at the top of the hill. There is now on-site parking as well as Visitor parking at the Heights.

Saturday, April 26 Saturday, April 26
Sunday, April 27
Sunday, April 27

10 am - 1 pm
1 pm - 4 pm
10 am - 1 pm
1 pm - 4 pm
Master Gardeners Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing
Apple Fritters 10 am - 1 pm
10 am - 1 pm

Rope Making Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing
Plant Breeding Demo Noon 2 pm
Noon 2 pm
Bee Exhibit Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing
Worm Bin Demo 11 am Alex
11 am Alex
Rachael Carson

1:00 PM
Grafting Demo 10 am, John Foley

Art Exhibit Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing Ongoing

Evelyn McClure receives Hall of Fame award

Each year, the Sebastopol Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a community awards event to recognize volunteers and others for their service. This year the Hall of Fame award went to local historian Evelyn McClure, long-time volunteer at the West County Museum and woman of action with the West Sonoma County Historical Society.

Keller McDonald received the award for the 2014 Citizen of the Year. McDonald is the Superintendent of the High School District. Business of the Year is the local Baskin-Robbins ice cream store, for contributions to school fundraising.

The Service to Seniors award was given to Ariella Macii; Volunteer of the Year is Sylvia Forrest; Outstanding Public Service was awarded to Andrea Hagan Schmidt; the Environmental Consciousness award went to Green Janitor Service; the Service to Youth award went to soccer coach Greg Fitch; Humanitarian of the Year is Rich Cundall.

The award for Beautification of a Visible Site went to the Barlow; the Business Spark Plug award went to the CORE Project;  the Contribution to the Arts award went to Main Stage West; Volunteer Firefighter of the year was Jack Piccinini; Police Employee of the Year is Dispatcher Tracy Peters; and the Spirit of Sebastopol award was given to Denice Cull. A special Wow! award went to Teresa Ramondo.

General meeting to feature
history of Sebastopol co-ops

The quarterly General Meeting of the Western Sonoma County Historical Society will be held April 14. The potluck will take place starting at 6 pm in Epworthian Hall in the United Methodist Church at 500 N. Main St. in Sebastopol.

Wayne Wieseler, the General Manager of the forthcoming Spiral Foods Cooperative, will present the program beginning at 7 pm. Wieseler will be discuss the history of co-ops and will moderate a panel of individuals who participated in the co-ops in the Sebastopol area. The public is invited to attend as our guest.

Upcoming Events

  • Sonoma Seaweed Workshop Saturday, April 26 1 pm Illustrated Presentation at Fort Ross Visitor Center auditorium 3 pm - 4:40 Field work We live in abundance, including a rich variety of seaweeds! Seaweeds ...
    Posted Mar 30, 2014, 9:40 AM by Wayne Wieseler
  • Community Club to celebrate Diamond Jubilee The Graton Community Club is kicking off their 100th Anniversary Celebration at the annual Spring Flower Show, April 25 and 26, 2014, from 9 am to 4 pm at the ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2014, 8:33 AM by Wayne Wieseler
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History of Sebastopol

From the first known inhabitants, the Miwok and Pomo Indians to today, Sebastopol's history is rich in cultural, and often high-spirited discourse. Read about the History of Sebastopol.

A Pomo woman, Cecilia Joaquin, using a seed beater to gather seeds into a burden basket.

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