Fun Facts About Santa Rosa

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  • Harriet Palk


When you think of Santa Rosa history, Luther Burbank is probably the main person who comes to mind. There were others; and almost all that we know about them now is that a street was named after them! Come hear one of our favorite speakers talk about some of the interesting characters who helped shape our city. You may be surprised and probably a little shocked!!

Gaye LeBaron is a native Californian and a 68-year resident of Sonoma County. She wrote her first column for The Press Democrat, after several years as a reporter, in 1959 and was the daily columnist until her retirement in 2001. She continues to contribute a historical perspective column twice monthly. In addition, she is the co-author of a two-volume local history and lectured for 35 years on Sonoma County history in SRJC’s Community Education program and has taught several courses for Sonoma State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.


Come join us for the Symposium’s Annual Academy Award Movie Review and Predictions. Ky Boyd, a self-professed movieholic who operates the beloved Rialto Cinemas (and previously the Summerfield Theater), will give us his take on the movies and actors nominated for the 2019 Oscars. We’ll even vote ourselves. Formal dress not required!

In addition to the Rialto in Sebastopol, Ky also operates Rialto Cinemas Elmwood in Berkley and Rialto Cinemas Cerrito in El Cerrito, Ca. The movies that have had the most profound impact on Ky’s life are Diva, All That Jazz and Walt Disney’s The Aristocats, the first film shown in his kindergarten class. In 2017, Ky said he would love to have dinner with Martin Sheen and Kate Winslet. This year he would invite Frances Mc Dormand, Jessica Chastain and Judi Dench.

All Oakmont residents and their guests are welcome.

March 3 – Jane Nielsen: Earthquakes and the Geology of Sonoma County
March 10 – Jared Childress: Fire: We Better Learn How to Live with It
March 17 – John Futini: The Versailles Peace at 100



SAVE THE DATE: JULY 14 The Oakmont Pétanque Club has tentatively scheduled its first tournament for 2021, the Bastille Day Tournament, for Bastille Day, Wednesday,

Fine French Wines

An Online (Zoom) Event March 18th at 4:30pm Tasting highlights Fine French Wines From Bordeaux and Loire FUN Zoom Event with wine experts Learn, play

For The Love Of The Land with Fred Euphrat

Oakmont Sunday Symposium Broadcast SeriesLive Sunday programs10:30 am on Sunday mornings (Zoom Info on our Website) Fred Euphrat has a PhD is forestry economics