California History and Performing Arts
Mother Lode was a performing troupe for many years, presenting Western history based original musical shows. It morphed into an educational organization, with emphasis upon California history. It creates original shows, prepares curricula units, and offers workshops. We work with local Native Americans, scholarly experts, and artists to ensure accuracy and high quality.
I chair the Board of Directors, manage its website, and write materials for the classroom modules.
Petaluma 'Ukulele Club
Is anything more fun than this instrument? In winter of 2007 I started this club, which has grown steadily. We jam twice a month, have a monthly look at new songs around a theme, underwrite workshops, and have raised money to buy ukes for our at-risk youth in town. A subgroup also performs at fund raisers and community groups. We play Hawaiian music, of course, but everything else: pop, jazz, silly songs, funk, blues, World, Old time, you name it!
The Sitting Room: A Community Library
This wonderful organization is a totally volunteer library devoted primarily to works by and about women. It is home to a variety of literary and artistic events, including writing workshops, readings, a book group, and more. It raises funds for a local woman's shelter as well. Membership is free, and grants access to the library for one's own enjoyment, whether reading, researching, or relaxing with a friend. I am the web mistress and help with planning events, as well as participate in the monthly book group.