A spate of recent art events reminded me of how much creative juice there is in Sonoma County. This past weekend was the first Zip! Zap! Boom! event at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts that included the folks from Make Magazine with their MakeVan (see recently at another creative event, the 1st annual Handcar Regatta in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square), a tour of our local bronze foundary, activities and exhibits from the (traveling) Children’s Museum of the North Bay, vehicles from the Pen Guy, Jay Shaefer and a Burning Man participant, and more. And a couple of blocks away, the annual Sculpture Jam was taking place on the Sebastopol Plaza with artists and others working together to create fish sculptures for the Sebastopol Community Center.

The Sonoma County Repertory Theater is another gem in our midst. I attended an excellent production of Russell Lees’ Nixon’s Nixon. Very well acted and a riviting production. The actors caught the essence of Nixon and Kissinger just right.

If the Northeast Area Plan comes to fruition, the Center for the Arts and Bronze + are central features and a larger space for the Rep has been discussed. I feel grateful for all the energy around the arts here — it certainly helps make Sebastopol and Sonoma County a great place to live.