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RIVER CITY DULCIMERS:  RCD meets the fourth Saturday of every month from 12:30 to 4:00 at The Strum Shop in Roseville.   All are welcome, even if you've never played an instrument before!  (Contact me beforehand for a loaner instrument.)   A public parking garage with over 300 free spaces has opened up just behind the Strum Shop and can be accessed from either Vernon Street or Oak Street.  Our gatherings are divided into three parts: a free beginner workshop, group play of our common songs found on the RCD Song List page, and a song circle where we take turns playing a song solo, calling out a tune for group play, or simply listening to others.  And, of course, we'll end with friendly chatter and finger food.  Because our regular meeting time falls so close to Thanksgiving and Christmas, we will not hold regular gatherings in November and December..  Our next regular meeting will be Saturday, February 23 from 12:30 to 4:00 at the Strum Shop.

BAY AREA DULCIMER ASSOCIATION (BADAss): Ron Beardslee is organizing quarterly opportunities for people to share their music in an informal, relaxed and non-judgmental environment.  Some of you will recall with a bit of nostalgia the many years when we ended each Redwood Dulcimer Day with a playing circle in the woods in the early evening.  To this end, Ron is arranging playing circles where each participant will have an opportunity to perform a few pieces of their choice in the presence of other dulcimer players.  The music of the newest beginner will receive the same attention and respect as that of the most advanced player.  The BADAss will circulate between the East Bay, Sacramento, and San Jose. If you have any questions please contact Dusty or Ron at mtndulcimer@att.net.  

BERKELEY DULCIMER GATHERING: The Seventh Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering will be held  May 17 through May 19, 2019 at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists.  The guest artist this year will be Erin Mae Lewis who will join resident instructors Steve Eulberg, Neal Hellman,  Deborah Hamouris, and Dusty Thorburn.  Friday evening, May 17 will entail a faculty concert at The Back Room at 7:30.  Workshops will be held on Saturday, May 18, from 9:00 to 4:00 followed by an Afterglow Jam at a nearby venue.  On Sunday, May 19, Erin Mae will offer a special workshop from 12:30 to 3:30.

REDWOOD DULCIMER DAY: The 19th Annual Redwood Dulcimer Day will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in Aptos, CA This year's guest instructor will be Tull Glazener , who will be joined by resident instructors Neal Hellman,  Peter Tommerup, Steve Eulberg, Janet Herman, and Laura Devine.  More details will be forthcoming.

Play Music on the Porch Day is always the last Saturday in August and challenges us to strengthen communities through shared music.  All you have to do participate is play music.  Play by yourself or gather the neighbors, but play in public.  And if you wish, record yourself playing and post the recording on social media with the hashtag #playmusicontheporchday.  Our regular RCD monthly gathering will usually fall on this day, so we should make an effort to play outside and share the joy of music with our neighbors.

HARVEST FESTIVAL OF DULCIMERS: Organized by the Southern California Dulcimer Heritage Society, the Twenty-fourth Harvest Festival of Dulcimers will be held on Saturday, September 15 at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Costa Mesa.  The guest instructor for mountain dulcimer this year will be Sarah Morgan.   For more details, please view the Festival Flyer  as well as a preliminary workshop schedule.  In addition to workshops, the event includes jam sessions during the day and a concert in the evening.  Sarah will also be offerning a special Focus Workshop the following day on "Right & Left Hand Mastery."