Ceres Benefit Concert with Jazz Singer Kellye Gray – July 15th

KellyGraye2 copyFreestone, CA: If you’re into jazz, outdoor concerts, and supporting  your community, we have the event for you. Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary is hosting it’s annual Ceres Benefit Concert. Featuring the musical talents of San Francisco jazz star Kellye Gray, delicious and healthy food served by Ceres Community Project, wine, dessert, and more, this evening in the beautiful Osmosis gardens will be one to remember.

Wednesday, July 15 6-9pm at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

The Ceres Community Project, based in Sebastopol, CA, works to restore locally-grown, organic whole food to its place as the foundation of health for people, communities and the planet through an integrated model that provides those facing cancer and other life-threatening illnesses with nourishing meals. It gives teens experiences of growing and preparing healthy food, and educates the larger community about the connection between food, healing and wellness.

Performing for the evening is the lovely Kellye Gray. With her renowned, brilliant use of voice as instrument, Kellye has entertained dignitaries and heads-of-state, and shared stages with an impressive constellation of international jazz, blues and R&B stars in a career spanning twenty years. The San Francisco Examiner called her “a musically most imaginative tour de force.” Described as “stunning scat singing, instrumental simulations and dark-toned balladry” by the Los Angeles Times, Gray creatively uses her voice as part of the ensemble. JazzTimes magazine calls her ” an impressive, indeed frighteningly vast talent.”

Tickets and info at osmosis.com.

Venue and tickets: Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary

       209 Bohemian Highway

        Freestone, CA 95472

        Front desk: 707-823-8231


Contact: Rachel Hazlett

      Marketing Director


      cell: 707-634-4952

Civil War Days Returns to Duncans Mills

CivilWarDaysOne of the largest Civil War reenactments west of the Mississippi and the largest in Northern California is returning to Freezeout Canyon in the charming town of Duncans Mills, California, on the Russian River. On Saturday, July 18, and Sunday, July 19, CIVIL WAR DAYS, a two-day living history reenactment open to the public, gives visitors the opportunity to interact with the soldiers and civilians of the Civil War, getting a personal glimpse of the years 1861–1865 and a better understanding of the events that formed our country. The spirit and history of the American Civil War period will be portrayed by hundreds of reenactors for this annual fun, family-oriented event.

You are invited to walk among the reenactors, talk with them, ask them questions, and experience firsthand this very dynamic period in our history. These reenactors are passionate about American history and have worked hard to accurately portray and bring to life Union and Confederate soldiers, merchants, tradesmen, musicians, doctors, nurses, and townspeople caught up in this country’s struggle. This was the period of horse-drawn wagons, hoop skirts, lanterns, blacksmiths, and cannons. It is when differing views of American government, preservation of the Union, slavery, and states’ rights moved men to engage in a war that took more than 700,000 lives and redefined the future of our country. You can visit the camps of the Union and Confederacy and see how civilians lived and served with the armies of 1863 in what was referred to as the “first modern war”. This is not only an educational experience but an unforgettable one for all ages.

This 16th annual event is sponsored by the California Historical Artillery Society, a nonprofit educational corporation, and Casini Ranch Family Campground. CIVIL WAR DAYS brings together members of the National Civil War Association, the American Civil War Association, and other groups from throughout the western United States. The twice-daily battles will fill the surrounding hills with the sound of fife and drum, musket and cannon as the American Civil War comes to life. Public hours are Saturday, July 18th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 19th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Battle times are 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Check out a great video about the event at: https://youtu.be/5vR4kkshHnw

. Directions from Highway 101: Take the River Road exit west past Guerneville to Duncans Mills, make a left on Moscow Road, a right on Freezeout Road, and follow the signs. On-site parking is available for $5 per car (cash only). Adult tickets are $12, kids 7–12 are $6, and children 5 and under are free. No bank cards are accepted on the day of the event. Pre-event discount tickets are available at: Casini Ranch Campground in Duncans Mills and Good to Go Military in Cotati.

For more information, contact the California Historical Artillery Society [CHAS] at 707-922-5901 or visit the event website at: www.civilwardays.net.


Pollution drops at North Coast beaches, thanks to drought

Photo by Kent Porter / Press Democrat 2015

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat is reporting that ocean beaches on the North Coast and across California are cleaner and safer from disease than they’ve been in years, a rare upside to the drought.

Lack of rainfall means fewer pollutants are washing down streams and into the ocean where swimmers and surfers play, according to Heal the Bay, an environmental group that for 25 years has generated annual beach report cards based on its analysis of bacterial tests reported by local health agencies.

The complete story can be found HERE.

Fireworks Over Bodega Bay – July 3rd – 9:30pm – Westside Park

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Fireworks show produced by Pyro Spectaculars will start at dark (9:30PM) on Friday, July 3.  The display can be seen from all around Bodega Bay.  Handicap parking at Westside Park.

If you can see the protected waters of the Bodega Bay harbor, you should be able to see the show. It’s viewable from Westside Road, the north side of Doran Beach Road, Bay Flat Road, Smith Brothers Road and Highway 1 between Smith Brothers Road and Taylor Street. Please be careful where you park. AND PLEASE TAKE OUT WHATEVER YOU BRING IN! OUR VOLUNTEERS NEED YOUR HELP TO KEEP BODEGA BAY BEAUTIFUL!! THANK YOU!!

Look for volunteers from the Bodega Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, who will be collecting donations for next year’s show.  Thank you for your support!


Japanese Cultural Day – Wednesday June 17th

TR-Gong-1Join us for a day of celebrating and honoring the peaceful harmony of Japanese culture and its influence on Osmosis.

Enjoy a guided journey including:

Koto Japanese Music in the mediation garden- Traditional Tea Ceremony – Japanese Art Bazaar – Ceramic pot and tea cup Exhibition – Healthy and Delicious Japanese Food — 75-minute Massage or Facial — Cedar Enzyme footbath

Guest services will contact you to schedule the activities of your day, including your 75-minute massage or facial, your experience and education of the Chado “Way of Tea,” your fresh, flavorful and healthy Japanese lunch, beautiful Koto music, and Cedar Enzyme footbath.

Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary is a special place, beloved by its community and it has Japan to thank for many of its offerings, including the Cedar Enzyme Baths, the Kyoto-style Meditation Gardens, the tea ceremony, and much more. Join us as we celebrate the Japanese culture of mindfulness, equanimity, and well-being.


Wednesday, June 17
10:00 am – 4:00 pm




Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary


What killed California’s Sea Stars and Urchins?


In August 2011, scientists walked into their labs and were met with a disturbing sight: thousands of purple sea urchins and other marine invertebrates were dead in their tanks—which are fed directly by seawater.

Outside, the tea-colored ocean washed up carcasses of red abalone, large sea stars, and football-sized, snail-like chitons.

Less conspicuous—but even more heavily impacted as a population—were millions of purple sea urchins and tiny sea stars that died along a 62-mile stretch of coast in Northern California, according to a new study published in PLOS ONE.

“We might not have known urchins and six-armed sea stars were affected if lab-held animals hadn’t died right in front of us,” says Laura Jurgens, a graduate student at the Bodega Marine Laboratory at the University of California, Davis.

Instead, the mass mortality was likely caused by a harmful algal bloom. Such blooms are expected to occur more often due to the combination of global warming, ocean acidification, and land-use changes, scientists warn.

That is all the more reason why documenting such mass mortality events is important to better understand—and prepare for—trends happening to ocean ecosystems, Jurgens says.

The complete story can be found HERE.

Osmosis 30-Year Celebration

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Bodega Pancake Breakfast – Sunday May 17th


Tera Mitchel Shooting Bodega Bay

Tera Mitchel photographs Bodega Bay California. Cindy Jenkins edited and compiled images into this slide show. Waking up to another beautiful day on the Sonoma Coast.

Public Tours of “The Birds” Schoolhouse in Bodega, California

Photo by Elaine with Grey Cats

Public tours of the “Birds Schoolhouse” in Bodega, California, will be offered on May 24 and September 6, 2015, at 10am, 11:30am and 1:30pm. Tickets are $25.00, with all proceeds to benefit the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center. Tickets may be purchased on line @ www.seb.org or by phone (707) 823-1511.

Historic Potter School, used by Hitchcock in “The Birds” is a Sonoma County Historic Landmark. The School was built in 1873 and held classes until fall of 1961. In 1962 Hitchcock used the condemned school as set for his classic thriller, “The Birds”. The Italianate structure sat vacant until 1966, when Taylors’ parents purchased the building to use as a home and art gallery.

Owner and resident Mary Leah Taylor, will host the hour-long tour. The viewing will include the downstairs classroom used in the movie and the upstairs living room once used as the community hall.

Taylor, who has lived in the old school off and on since 1970, will chronicle the history of the school, the filming of “The Birds” and personal experiences of documented paranormal phenomena.

For More Information Contact: Sebastopol Community Cultural Center (707)823-1511.