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

Poets for Every Season of Your Mind!

Friday, May 25, 2018
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Valley Room
Join Us as Together We Explore Nature, Love, Spirit, Humor, War, Triumph and Tragedy

Movie Night

Monday, April 23, 2018


Attention West Marin Arts Community

Artist Film Series

Muscle Shoals A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as “I’ll Take You There”, “Brown Sugar”, and “When a Man Loves a Woman”.

Directed by Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier

Rolling Stone said “the documentary’s real highlights are the musings of the musicians who recorded there. Performers including Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Cliff, Ed King and Steve Winwood reflect on what went into creating the magical environment and the legendary recordings that it spawned. Artists were not only prolific in Colbert County, but their recordings were often infused with a recognizable sound Camalier describes as a “funky, soulful, propulsive kind of groove.”

Also featuring Etta James, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Spooner Oldham, Dan Penn, Bono, Clarence Carter and Keith Richards.

Film followed by a group dialogue.

Host: Debra Amerson & Larry Rippee




Past Events

Yoga of Sound—Opening the Heart through Sacred Sound and Improv Chanting with Brian Ott

Yoga of Sound—Opening the Heart through Sacred Sound and Improv Chanting

Chanting, relatively unknown in the West, has been an essential part of yoga from the beginning. Vibration from the voice (with a little help from the harmonium) is a time-honored tool for opening the heart and experiencing peace, joy and insight.

Join us in a fun exploration of sound to call and open the heart. We will use sound in three, simple ways—through pure sound vibration, through chanting the divine names, and through prayer (or intention) for the happiness and peace of all beings.

Our sessions will be a spontaneous, co-creation. Sometimes we will be chanting the same thing, sometimes we won’t. No experience or singing voice required. While weaving our hearts and voices together, with love and intention, something powerful happens. We are grateful to share this gift, and have a space in which we can all sing, chant and pray for world peace together in our community.

Brian teaches mindfulness classes at Lagunitas School, and has a master’s in psychology. He co-founded “Chanting for World Peace” (, and regularly co-hosts “Sound of the Heart” chanting events in San Geronimo Valley, and Fairfax.

FEE: Free, but donations welcome for charity.

THURSDAYS: 6:30-7:45pm, with the option for meditation afterwards for those interested

Please bring your own cushion if you like to sit on the floor.

Contact Brian: 415 794-0664

Movie Night

Monday, September 25, 2017


Attention West Marin Arts Community

Artist Film Series

Pollock is a 2000 biographical film which tells the life story of American abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock. It stars Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Connelly, Robert Knott, Bud Cort, Molly Regan and Sada Thompson.   Directed by Ed Harris.

Marcia Gay Harden won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for portraying Lee Krasner, Pollock’s wife. Ed Harris received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of Pollock. The film was a long-term personal project for Harris. After his father gave him a copy of Pollock’s biography, he started thinking about the project, which took almost 10 years to bring to fruition. Ed Harris did all the painting seen in the film.

“Ed Harris’s powerful biographical film ‘Pollock’ may be the first movie about a painter to transcend the gushy cliches found in movies that try to unravel the mysteries of artistic creation. It helps, of course, that Jackson Pollock, the Abstract Expressionist giant whom Mr. Harris portrays with a riveting blend of pent-up passion and unleashed physicality, threw his entire body into his work” –Stephen Holden, New York Times

Film 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)