Gentle Yoga classes by Smiling Tree Yoga Offered Wednesdays 9-10:15 AM


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Experience the skilled and nurturing teachings of Gail Saunders, CYT of Smiling Tree Yoga in OCA’s classroom; ongoing. Drop-ins welcomed. Mats and equipment provided. This is a popular offering! First Friday of each month includes Deep Relaxation with Restorative Yoga.

Four classes for $50 or drop-in at $15 per class.
Classes are Wednesdays from 9 – 10:15 AM.

For more information, contact Gail by email at or visit



OCA Reader’s Theatre Group 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, @7pm

readers theaterAll interested in learning, sharing and reading 2-3 short plays, please come!.  A fun opportunity to express yourself. FREE

Readers Theater is readers reading a script adapted from literature, and the audience picturing the action from hearing the script being read aloud. It requires no sets, costumes, props, or memorized lines. Instead of acting literature as in a play, the performer’s goal is to read a script aloud effectively, enabling the audience to visualize the action. Performers bring the text alive by using voice, facial expressions, and some gestures.

Regular READER’S CHOICE nights: Can be play, poetry, story, essay, your own writing,OR ??????

For more information, call Judith Reimuller 707-829-2176 or email Joan at

Meet in the OCA classroom.


Call to All Writers Book Launch Series

All genres will be considered: Prose (Fiction, Non-fiction), Poetry. Preference will be given to local Sonoma County writers or material about Sonoma County. Application Procedure: Send a sampling of 2-3 chapters if prose; 5-10 pages if poetry. Please include brief bio and any writing credits. You can email, and/or hard copy to:

Occidental Center for the Arts
Attention: Book Launch Committee
3850 Doris Murphy Way
Occidental, 95465

This is an on-going series: Submitted work will be reviewed by Book Launch Committee. Writers will be notified as soon as possible. One or two writers will be featured at each reading.

Thursday Night Figure Drawing Thursdays, 7-9 pm

Bill Wheeler Figure Drawing GroupEvery Thursday 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Drop-in, $15 per person

Live models, 5- to 20-minute poses.
All experience & skill levels welcome.
Bring your own drawing or watercolor materials.

Founded by Bill Wheeler, this class continues in his honor and is coordinated by a dedicated group of local artists.


The OCA classroom is at 3820 Doris Murphy Circle. Payment accepted at the door, cash or check only. No minimum requirement of classes.

For information on the class, contact Pieter Myers at or phone 707-953-3535.

“Silver Linings” and “Horizons” Gallery Exhibits August 3 - 26

‘Nest’ by Susan St. Thomas

This exhibit features the artwork of SRJC Senior Art Students (55+) and their instructors, as well as select paintings from D S Gordon’s “Horizon” series..

The OCA Gallery is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM to 4 PM and during auditorium event intermissions.


Click here to read more about our art gallery!

Chappell & Dave Holt: Jazzy Americana! Friday, September 7th 7:30 PM

Our ‘First Fridays Live!’ series welcomes back multi-talented artists Chappell and Dave Holt for a swinging tour of ‘The Jazzy Side of Americana’, where original vocal jazz, blues, gospel and The Great American Songbook meet to entertain you with skillful piano and guitar accompaniment. Their recent CD ‘Stone & Fire’placed two tunes in the Top 5 on Roots Radio.

Musical guest cabaret singer Andrea Van Dyke will contribute several tunes. 7:30 pm/Doors open at 7 pm. $15 at the door. No reservations needed. Fine refreshments including wine and beer. Cabaret seating. Wheelchair accessible. Come on down after The Friday Farmer’s Market and support live music in your community!


Duo West Sunday, September 9th 3 - 5 PM

Abbie Gabrielson and Sonja Myklebust

Dedicated performers and teachers, cellist Sonja Myklebust and pianist Abbie Gabrielson imbue every performance with passion, energy, and context. Committed to sharing music with new audiences, Duo West creates interactive concert experiences that inspire and educate. The duo formed their musical partnership as students at Lewis and Clark College in 2006. Based in Portland, OR, Sonja is on the teaching faculty at George Fox University. She holds Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Washington. Abbie maintains an active teaching studio and freelance career in Sonoma County, CA. She holds a Masters degree from the University of Maryland.

Duo West presents a concert of 20th century masterworks for cello and piano:

Dmitri Shostakovich – Sonata for Cello and Piano in d minor, Op. 40 (1934)

Arvo Pärt – Spiegel im Spiegel (1978)

Gabriel Fauré – Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1, Op. 109 (1917)

Alberto Ginastera – Pampeana No. 2 (1952)

Tickets for this event are $14 if purchased in advance and $19 at the door.
OCA is accessible to wheelchairs.

Prasada Festival** Saturday, September 15th 12 - 10 PM

Prasada Festival is a daylong celebration of kirtan and traditional Indian dance. This event features Sheela Bringi, Prajna Vieria & the Mukti Kirtan Ensemble, Nagavalli, Ananda Rasa Kirtan, classical Odissi dance, ceremony, prasad and more!

Vegetarian prasad dinner included in ticket price.

Early bird tickets available for $70 through August 25th. Regular price of $90 for tickets purchased after August 25th. VIP tickets also available.

Click here to learn more or purchase tickets!

The Musers / Jon Gonzales Stringband Saturday, September 22nd 8 - 10 PM

The Musers


Come to the acoustic ‘sweet spot’ of western Sonoma County to enjoy a double bill of compelling local singer-songwriter talent! First up, The Musers – Anita Bear Sandwina (Spark & Whisper) on banjolin, fiddle, mandolin and guitar joins forces with Megan McLaughlin (guitar and violin) and Tom Kuhn on bass to showcase soaring harmonies and award winning songwriting spanning many genres including jazz, traditional Irish, Appalachian and roots. Their range of styles and multi-instrumental prowess plus their foot-stomping, high energy performance of original folk and rock will move your spirits and your body!

‘Father of five for life’, former teacher and current host of the popular KRCB’s North Bay Songwriters radio show, soloist and entertainer Jon Gonzales is well known as a Sonoma County-based ukelele singer/songwriter who records and performs catchy ukelele hook-folk melodies with lyrical twists for “ALL humans to enjoy”. His popular albums Water n’ Whiskey (2012) and Hump (2015), with influences of Dylan, Bono, Tom Waits, Paul Simon plus authors Tom Robbins and Khalil Gibran were made with studio producer and bassist Michael Lindner. Jon Gonzales Stringband is a harmonic trio of super talent featuring Jon and bassist Lindner with Carissa Green.

Jon Gonzales Stringband

Come on down and support live music in our communities! with the best of local talents at OCA. $16 Advance/ $19 at the door. Fine refreshments include wine and beer. Dance space. Wheelchair Accessible. Art Gallery open during events.



Book Launch: “Petaluma Slough” by Ken Nugent Sunday, September 23rd 3 - 5 PM

This saga takes us from Frontera del Norte valleys of Alta California to modern-day San Francisco. Mexican frontier commander, Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, offers a sham land grant of a modest-sized rancho. His intent is to save the neck of his mayordomo-henchman; instead, he ignites a wildfire of duplicity. The tainted bribe becomes the focal point for generations of conflicts. Fates of IndiansCaliforniosKanakas, and Americans entwine in ways mysterious and shocking. Their legacies course through years of wars, bigotries, and betrayals until they collide in the Presidio Cemetery, near the Golden Gate Bridge. A jaundiced New York reporter—while resisting the pull of his own destiny—happens there that night. He uncovers sins and secrets that had been buried in the past.

Readers interested in forgotten yesteryears, what might have been, and what still might be, will find this haunting blend of well-researched history, fiction, and magical realism deeply moving.

Selected readings by the author, Q&A, Book signing. Free Admission, all donations gratefully accepted. Refreshments by donation, wine & beer for sale.

About the author:

Ken Nugent was born on Long Island, New York, the eighth of eleven children, and a Californian since 1979. His passion for forgotten stories of California and The West, thrived while he served on boards of the Sonoma County Historical Society and the Petaluma Museum. During that time, he wrote a history of stained-glass church windows stored on a ranch in a collapsing henhouse, and a anti-war drama, “The Finger,” which won the Dominican University Marin Fringe Festival “First Place Best Play” honor.

Nugent was inspired to write this debut novel, Petaluma Slough after his deceased college roommate and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Mike McAlary, was portrayed by Tom Hanks in  Nora Ephron’s Broadway smash play, “Lucky Guy.” The dramatic plot of the play evoked the brief, cyclical nature of life, inspiring Nugent to complete this saga. He is currently writing a story about elite, New York gold seekers who were led by John Woodhouse Audubon to California.

Teresa Trull, Barbara Higbie and Cris Williamson Reunion Concert Tuesday, September 25th 7 - 9:30 PM

The ‘Power Trio of Women’s Music’ returns to our stage for an evening of rollicking music and friendship! Gutsy blues/rock vocal dynamo and songwriter Teresa Trull, Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist and singer  Barbara Higbie, and the iconic singer/songwriter Cris Williamson bring a mixture of brand new material and old favorites to the stage – for a deep, joy-filled musical reunion concert. Without a doubt, the very real friendship binding these three musicians brings a powerful mixture guaranteed to delight, inspire, cheer and comfort. There will be CDs and other merchandise available for sale by the performers.

Women’s music pioneer Cris Williamson (The Changer and the Changed) is an iconic treasure whose music and voice has become the cornerstone of ‘women’s music’ from the early decades when she started the first woman-owned record company (Olivia Records). Today, with 32 full albums to her credit, Cris continues to tour the acoustic circuit while adding new material in her tireless activism for the LGBT community. Her performance career includes three sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall and headlining many of the great folk festivals. Her new album Motherland  (Julie Wolf, producer) has just been released.

Grammy-nominated, award- winning composer, pianist, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Barbara Higbie is a high-energy musician who combines technical brilliance with the pure joy of playing. She has performed on more than 65 albums, including Carlos Santana’s 2007 release. A co-founder with Darol Anger of the acoustic super group ‘Montreaux’ (‘Live at the Montreaux Jazz Festival’ Windham Hill 1984), Barbara is virtuosic solo artist who brings her many musical gifts to this exciting collaboration. .

 Vocal dynamo Teresa Trull combines a gutsy, larger-than-life gospel/soul /rock voice and fearless intensity with top-notch songwriting talent. Also an award-winning producer of more than 30 albums, she has shared the stage with such artists as Sheila E., Joan Baez, David Sanborn, Tracy Nelson and recorded critically-acclaimed albums with Cris and Barbara. Teresa lives in New Zealand where she raises horses.

 OCA is honored to host once again this reunion concert of very good friends with enormous talent that is guaranteed to delight and inspire audiences! $28 Advance/$32 at the door.  Note: 7 pm start time on TUESDAY.  Fine refreshments for sale including wine and beer. OCA Art Gallery open during events. Wheelchair Accessible.