July 2017 Literacyworks In The News

Literacyworks Lectures Presents
Michael Krasny Speaking on Education and Democracy

Micheal Krasney

We are pleased to announce an afternoon with special guest Michael Krasny. Dr. Krasny, PhD is host of the award-winning KQED FORUM, a program discussing news and public affairs, current events, culture, health, business and technology. He has published a great deal of fiction, literary criticism and political commentary. A professor of English at San Francisco State University, he has been Visiting Professor at the University of San Francisco, Adjunct Professor at the University of California San Francisco and taught in Continuing Education at Stanford University, as well as being an Associate of the San Francisco Urban Institute. He lives in Marin County.

Date:           Sunday, August 20, 2017
Time:          3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Place:         Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma campus (Carole L. Ellis Auditorium)
Address:    680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway Petaluma, CA, 94954

This timely event for the Literacyworks Center will feature a Center student, community partners and keynote speaker Michael Krasny.

This fundraiser will support low literacy, low income, highly motivated adults in the North Bay to access community college and technical education programs by providing scholarships, advising and support.

General Admission: $25. Seniors: $20. Free for students.

Please send an email to Rita at rita@literacyworks.org with you and your guest’s names
so we can put them on our Will Call list
Go to Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3008137 to purchase tickets

For questions, go to www.literacyworks.org/events or Call Rita at Literacyworks: 707-981-8086

For more information email info@literacyworks.org.


Our first Literacyworks Lecture took place in October 2016, with actor, author and speaker Peter Coyote. It was such a success, both as a fundraiser and a community learning experience, that we decided to expand in 2017 with a series of three lectures.

  • June 11, 2017:  Brian Fishman - counterterrorism expert, author and lecturer
  • August 20, 2017:  Michael Krasny - author, professor and host of KQED Forum
  • November, 2017: Possible speakers include:

o   Tom Steyer, philanthropist and environmentalist
o   Richard Riley, United States Secretary of Education and 111th Governor of South Carolina

Go to www.literacyworks.org/events for more information.

Literacyworks Center Activities and Accomplishments 

Literacyworks Center had its most successful year to date. The Center supported 85 students in the fall semester and 91 in the spring. We continue to maintain a wait list of qualified students.  The maximum number of students the Center can serve is based upon total funding available for scholarships.

The Center’s goal, to achieve the highest course completion and persistence rates possible, is being achieved since we averaged a success rate of over 90% for this past year, well above other college programs serving similar students. The Center is making a commitment to all the students we serve for as long as they stay enrolled or until they attain their academic goals.


Neil Armstrong first steps on the Moon shown live on TV

Neil Armstrong first steps on the Moon shown live on TV

July 20th Moon Day: Commemorates the day man first walked on the moon in 1969.

The Apollo Space program, begun by President John F. Kennedy, was created to put the first man on the moon. Apollo 11 fulfilled that dream, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin Aldrin, Jr. What an amazing and historic event it was! On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 was launched from Cape Kennedy Space Center atop a huge Saturn V rocket. On July 20, 1969, the Lunar Module, nicknamed the "Eagle", touched down on the surface of the moon at Tranquility Base. Upon landing, Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong reported "The Eagle Has Landed". A few hours later, Neil Armstrong, stepped off of the Eagle's ladder, placed one foot upon the moon's surface and proclaimed: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind".

  • The birthstone for July is the Ruby.
  • The birth flower for July is the water lily.
  • The month of July was named after Julius Caesar.
  • National Blueberry Month
  • National Ice Cream Month
  • National Hot Dog Month