Crop circles, animal abductions discussed at Sonoma Community Center

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Jim Ledwith, better known as UFOJim, has been a ufologist for more than 45 years, researching UFOs and extraterrestrials, which he compiles on his website,

He will host two lectures at the Sonoma Community Center on his work, including “Animal Abductions” on Tuesday, Oct. 22; and “Crop Circles” on Tuesday, Oct. 29, with both set for 7 to 9 p.m.

Ledwith’s investigative work includes interviews with retired military

and defense industry personnel.

His research encompasses England’s crop circles, Area 51, Roswell, UFO conferences and on-going literature and Internet fact-finding. For nearly 10 years, he has been teaching his UFO classes through adult education, Rotary Clubs and other organizations both domestically and internationally. He also brought the genre to the Sonoma International Film Festival, which was the first film festival to show documentaries of this subject matter.

On Oct. 22, Ledwith will discuss the phenomenon of animal abductions. Since 1967, more than 10,000 have occurred on private ranches and farms, he said. Ledwith will talk about the significance of this mysterious act, and will show actual footage of a bovine abduction, along with substantiating FBI files and US statistics of these strange harvests.

Linda Moulton Howe, a graduate of Stanford University with a master’s degree in communication, will join Ledwith in conversation via Skype. She has devoted her documentary film, television and radio career to productions concerning science, medicine and the environment. Howe has received local, national and international awards, including three regional Emmys and a national Emmy nomination. Her films have included “Poison in the Wind” and “A Sun Kissed Poison,” which compared smog pollution in Los Angeles and Denver; “Fire in the Water” about hydrogen as an alternative energy source to fossil fuels; “A Radioactive Water” about uranium contamination of public drinking water in a Denver suburb; and “A Strange Harvest,” which explored the worldwide animal mutilation mystery which has haunted the United States and other countries for decades.

Howe has also received honors as a medical producer in Boston's WCVB Peabody Award; earned the Aviation and Space Writers Association’s award for “Writing Excellence in Television” and Sigma Delta Chi “Excellence in Journalism” award and a Golden Plaque from the Chicago Film Festival.

Then on Oct. 29, Ledwith will give the lecture “Crop Circles Update.” Early crop circles were simply that – circles, he said. Since the late ’80s, crop circles have exhibited complex geometric shapes.

Scientific evidence shows intense “ball of light” orbs are used in the creation of these intricate designs. Ledwith will speak in-depth about the Wickham Green circle along with an update on new crop circles.

The lectures are fun and informative, and all proceeds benefit the Sonoma Community Center. Adult tickets are $10 each; kids 8 to 17 are $5 each (parental discretion is advised for the “Animal Abduction” lecture). Tickets are available at the door, online at, or by phone at 938-4626, ext. 1.

The Sonoma Community Center is located at 276 E. Napa St., and lectures will be held in room 110.

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