The Valley Arts and Lectures program will bring free events to the community of the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. Valley Arts and Lectures is an outlet for all of the wonderful free events that the San Geronimo Valley Community Center offers to the community through our Human Services, Youth and Arts & Events programs. There are two criteria for an event to be part of VAL: they are always free and are open to all community members.

Upcoming Events

Movie Night

Monday, March 20, 2017
6:00 pm

A Poem Is a Naked Person: Leon Russell

Please join us on Monday, March 20, 6:00 pm at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center for a free viewing of the documentary followed by group discussion.

Les Blank’s first feature-length documentary captures music and other events at Leon Russell’s Oklahoma recording studio during a three-year period (1972-1974).

Blank spent two years on the project, coming away with 60 hours of 16mm footage that he edited into a film that the director of “The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins” and “Burden of Dreams” came to regard as one of his finest. It became a lifelong frustration when Russell refused to sign off on its release, leaving it to languish until now, two years after the 77-year-old filmmaker’s death from bladder cancer.

This film was not officially released in 1974 and shown only at non-profit institutions with Les Blank appearing in person. After Les Blank’s death in 2013, Les’ son Harrod Blank and Leon Russell came to an agreement to remaster and release the film.

Documentary followed by a group dialogue.  Host: Debra Amerson & Larry Rippee

Free admission

Phil Ochs: There But For Future

Sunday, March 19, 2017
5:30 pm Potluck, 6:15 pm Film

Featuring a special screening of the feature length documentary plus an in-person interview with San Geronimo Valley resident Meegan Ochs Potter, Phil Ochs’s daughter. Meegan is an elected member of the Lagunitas School Board of Trustees. She works for the American Civil Liberties Union (Southern California).

“…Ochs’s music could at least help Americans who care about the future of liberal democracy to grapple with the difficult work that lies ahead. As he once wrote: “One good song with a message can bring a point more deeply to more people than a thousand rallies.”
Richard Just
Washington Post, January 24, 2017

About the Event

5:30 pm: Potluck Dinner Bring a dish and/or a nonalcoholic beverage to share.

5:30 – 6:15pm – Eating, schmoozing and networking

6:15 – 8:00 – Screening of There But Go Fortune

8:00 – 8:30 – Interview with Meegan Ochs Potter

8:30 —- Community Discussion — Ways to Become Engaged and Stay Involved

This is a FREE community event. It’s also an opportunity to make a donation to the ACLU or another social justice non-profit organization of your choice.

Children 10 years and older are welcome and encouraged to attend this event with their parents. Parents are advised that the film includes segments about suicide.

For more information about the event contact Suzanne Sadowsky at 415-488-4861 or


“Before the Flood” with Leonardo DiCaprio, actor/environmentalist

Friday, March 24, 2017
7 pm


The science is clear. The future is not.

Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet. The film follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions. It shows how interconnected the fate of all humanity is – but also the power we all possess as individuals to build a better future for our planet.

This documentary is engaging, thought-provoking and hopeful

 Past Events


Thursday, March 16, 2017
7 pm


A Valley Arts & Lectures Event

Leaving the Valley for Boston’s Roxbury district, local filmmakers Tom and Amy Valens intimately explore how support, collaboration, and autonomy for teachers creates a school where young people of many backgrounds and abilities flourish. They take us to Mission Hill Pilot School, a vibrant urban village, alive with curiosity and empathy, for GOOD MORNING MISSION HILL: the freedom to teach, the freedom to learn.

“We must keep a vision of what else is possible, otherwise we will all march in lockstep with the testing mania. GOOD MORNING MISSION HILL gives us that vision” Diane Ravitch research professor at New York University‘s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education.

GOOD MORNING MISSION HILL is a remarkable and inspiring film. In this repressive era of mandated standards and testing, we see a whole school community of children, teachers, and parents thriving in an atmosphere of collaboration and trust…What you see in this film is real learning: kids make meaningful connections they won’t forget.” Nancy Carlsson-Paige, founder of Defending The Early Years, author, and professor emerita of Lesley University’s school of education.

“It captures what schools can and should look like better than anything I could say in a lecture.” Alfie Kohn, highly regarded speaker on parenting and education, and author of The Schools Our Children Deserve among other books.

The hour-long film has played on many public television stations, following in the footsteps of the filmmakers’ earlier documentary, AUGUST TO JUNE, which was filmed in the San Geronimo Open Classroom.

More information and a trailer are on the film’s website

Walk across Spain

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
6:30 pm

The LOFT in the San Geronimo Community Gym

The Camino de Santiago is a 500 mile pilgrimage beginning in southern France, crossing the Pyrenees and the width of northern Spain, culminating at the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.

Please join Jeff Davidson, Anne Faught and Susan Doyle for a presentation, slide show, short video and conversation about their experiences, the history of this Unesco World Heritage Site and the tradition of pilgrimage. Last year, 260,000 pilgrims from around the world walked this ancient path including several SGV residents (we especially hope you will join us).

Relaxing Concert Sessions

We are Juan and Janine, a married couple playing music together since the first day we met in Australia in 2008.

Since 2012 we share our love and passion for music as the Duo SEVAMANTRA, in which we are creating harmony with our voices, playing guitar, harmonium and bansuri.

We would like to invite you to a one-hour relaxing concert every 1st Wednesday of the month, which includes human tuning forks, chanting and deep listening. We believe that in this stressful times, where everyone is running from one thing to the next and is always in a hurry, it is important to offer a moment to relax and re-connect to our hearts.

“Our music has been our medicine that keeps us listening to ourselves and we wish the same to all the people that come to our Relaxing Concerts and listen to our music. We thrive with the music and receive so many benefits out of it.”

– Sevamantra-

First Wednesday of the month

7:00 – 8:00pm

FREE (donations welcome)