June 2018: Literacyworks in the News


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When: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Where: Bear Republic Brewery - Lakeside 5000 Roberts Lake Road, Rohnert Park


  • Judge’s Panel & People’s Choice Voting

Bartenders from the following establishments will be creating cocktails with Charbay Blood Orange Vodka, come try all their libations and vote for your favorite!

  • Bear Republic - Lakeside, Rohnert Park
  • Beer Baron, Santa Rosa
  • Crush Italian Steakhouse, Ukiah
  • The Golden Pig, Hopland
  • Gun Club Bar, Geyserville
  • Jackson’s Bar & Oven, Santa Rosa
  • John Ash & Co., Santa Rosa
  • Mario & John’s, Petaluma
  • Perch + Plow, Santa Rosa
  • The Tavern on 4th, San Rafael
  • Ukiah Brewing Company, Ukiah

Thank you to our Judge’s Panel for ‘Straight Up’ 2018!

Scott Beattie
Author of ‘Artisanal Cocktails’
Meadowood Napa Valley

Erika Frey
Private Real Estate Consultant & Cocktail Aficionado

Brian Griffith
Music Director
KRCB Radio 91, FM

Pre-sale tickets $35 per person  Get your tickets here!
($40 at the door / 21 and over only)
Ticket price includes tasting all competitors’ cocktail creations & delicious appetizers

Raffle & Ticket Proceeds to fund Literacyworks Programs in the North Bay




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Sunday June 10, 2018, 4:00-5:30PM
Petaluma Veterans Memorial Hall, 1094 Petaluma Blvd South, Petaluma

Daniel Ellsberg is an American activist and former United States military analyst who, while employed by the RAND Corporation, precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of U.S. government decision-making in relation to the Vietnam War, to The New York Times and other newspapers. His new book, “The Doomsday Machine,” is an eyewitness expose of the dangers of America’s top secret, seventy-year-long nuclear policy that continues to this day. Peter Coyote is an accomplished actor, author, director, screenwriter and Emmy award narrator.

Purchase tickets here: https://www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/ellsberg-coyote

Go to http://www.literacyworks.org/events for the latest speaker list.


The Center has just completed a successful spring semester working with our Santa Rosa Junior College students.  Staff initiated a new program of interviewing each of our ninety students in an effort to better understand the challenges facing them and develop a clearer view of their goals and aspirations.  The themes running through these sessions included a deep sense of gratitude for the opportunity to continue their education and appreciation for the Center’s support and the fine faculty at the SRJC.  When asked what advice they would give someone just starting college, this diverse group of folks uniformly said versions of ‘Never give up.  Work hard.  Hang in there, it’s worth it.’  We discovered that the October fires impacted our students much more profoundly than we knew.  Students lost their jobs losing weeks of income.  Some dropped out to support their extended families.  One student that is pursuing a certificate in Early Childhood Education lost her apartment, her car and all her family’s possessions.  She is now in a new home and continuing her education. 

This spring, two of our students that started with the Center’s program in Basic Skills classes successfully graduated. One of our students transferred to Sonoma State University.   Another student who struggled in high school, was the first in his family to go to college, and lacked confidence in his ability to succeed in college. He participated in Literacyworks for the three years he attended the SRJC.  This spring he graduated and was accepted to UC Berkeley with a full scholarship. 

Santa Rosa Junior College staff and faculty and their excellent educational programs and extensive support services, deserves tremendous credit for changing lives and creating opportunities.  We at Literacyworks Center appreciate the open and supportive relationship we share with SRJC in our mutual efforts to support individuals in creating their futures.