Woman’s Club trying to keep cool

The Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club will be holding a dance party on Saturday, Feb. 15, as part of the ongoing effort to raise money to get the building air conditioned. Plan Be will be providing the dance music, kicking off at 7 p.m.

“Because the building is not air-conditioned, the club loses income during the warm summer months” said Shelley Richey, promoter of the event. For more than 112 years, the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club’s mission has been the same as it was in 1901 when the club was established, which is to work toward community improvement and perform social services.

Eleven pioneering women established the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club on Sept. 21, 1901, with the goal of beautifying downtown Sonoma. These women began by cleaning up the Plaza, building the pond and planting trees to make it the beautiful park we all enjoy today. They also established the first library in Sonoma, restored Mission San Francisco Solano in Sonoma and were the original sponsor of the Sonoma Valley Hospital Auxiliary.

Through various fundraising efforts, the club raises money to help the youth of our Valley through scholarships and books for school libraries. The club also donates to various local charities, in addition to continue to maintaining its historic clubhouse and yard. Tickets will be available at the door.

The Sonoma Community Center continues its winter concert series with two shows this weekend, starting tonight, Feb. 14, with the Duhks. Hailed by the New York Times as one of the artists at the forefront of the neo-folk movement, the band has won admirers as diverse as David Crosby, Dolly Parton, and Doc Watson, by laying down a blend of soul, gospel, North American folk, Brazilian samba, old-time country string-band music, zydeco and Irish dance music. Saturday, Feb. 15, it’s Jamie Kyle. Kyle’s recordings have been featured in many movies and her performances represent an accumulated sale of an amazing 19-million CDs. Kyle was quoted as saying about her music, “I am in love with melodies, music and lyrics of all styles, but you really get to know me when you listen to my music. My lyrics reveal my intimate thoughts and feelings.” Kyle will be performing with Dave Jenkins, the lead guitarist and vocalist for Pablo Cruise. Showtime both nights is 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online at svbo.org, or in person the night of the show, starting 30 minutes before showtime.

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