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Summertime at

A Note from our Executive Director

Hello Sweetwater Spectrum Supporters! 

As I write this, I’m a good 60 days into my new role here – time flies when you are having fun….
For this edition of the newsletter, I kept thinking of the concept of “community integration” – the full participation of all people in community life, something we strive towards for our residents at Sweetwater Spectrum.
As I was thinking about this, I remembered when I first moved to the town of Sonoma nearly five years ago after decades living in San Francisco.  Among the many charms of returning to small town living was the strong sense of community found here.
And unlike some other places I've lived, I didn’t have to have a rich family history in the area or spend 20 years in town before being accepted – the people that make up this particular community were warm, welcoming and inclusive from the start.  I formed friendships and business associates, my social calendar filled, and the Sonoma Valley quickly become “home”.
I’ve observed that same phenomenon with Sweetwater Spectrum.  Sonoma supported the sale of city owned land to build, its citizens attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and the community continues to embrace our residents and families.
While I applaud all the efforts and successes to date at Sweetwater Spectrum, I see many new opportunities ahead especially when it comes to community integration.  I would personally like to welcome you to get involved and continue to support our first of its kind model.  If you know of an opportunity to further integrate Sweetwater Spectrum, Sonoma Farm, and our residents into Sonoma, please don't hesitate to contact me.  One of my primary goals is to welcome the citizens of Sonoma to our community and further explore opportunities for our residents in town.   Read on for a taste of our latest activities, and I encourage YOUR participation in expanding our Community. 

Kory Stradinger
Updates from the Farm!
Now that summer is well underway, Luke and the entire farm team are starting to harvest summer’s bounty – a perfect time to offer delicious, nutritious fresh vegetables, fruits and our signature microgreens to the community. 
Utilizing our large greenhouse, terrific growing conditions, and meticulous care, Sonoma Farm at Sweetwater Spectrum microgreens are available in a variety of leaf colors, textures and flavors, such as sweet and spicy.  In fact our wasabi leaves are our top seller!
Now accepting new CSA Members!  Pick up your weekly bounty each Wednesday.  Contact Farmer Luke with questions or to start receiving your today! sonomafarm@sweetwaterspectrum.org
Farm Stand- NOW OPEN! 
Come visit us on Saturday's on 730 West Spain from 10-12 pm for all of your veggie, fruit and microgreen needs.  Now through October!
Summer on the Farm
Sweetwater Spectrum farm enrichment coordinator Justine and our residents have also been very busy out on the farm so far this summer.  Anywhere from harvesting and delivering our infamous micro greens to helping with set-up and sales at our Saturday farm stand and Friday farmer’s market to having some fun with henna!  Our pesto pasta nights continue to be a smashing success as well.
Be on the lookout for lavender bunches and sachets handmade with love by our residents at the Saturday farm stand this month.  Also in the works is a family movie night out on the farm and a volunteer lead “spruce up the farm day”!  More information to follow.
Sweetwater Spectrum's Summer Scene
Summer is in full swing, which brings about a plethora of both on and off campus activities.  Our enrichment coordinator, Suzanne has been busy providing fulfilling one-on-one art projects and has also added scrapbooking, soap and candle making to the mix!  Goodies such as these will soon be available for purchase at our Saturday Farm Stand.
If you aren’t aware, Independence Day is a pretty big deal in the town of Sonoma.  Thousands of locals and tourists alike flock to the town square for an impressive parade followed by fabulous food and fun.  This years’ theme honored the legendary Jack London and our very own Jack London volunteers, along with their support staff, proudly represented Jack London Square by accompanying the organization on their float.  What fun!
Looking ahead, we are thrilled to begin hosting monthly movie nights under the stars as well as Friday night dances with a DJ and all!  Summer also marks the start of the Stompers season, our local professional baseball club and our residents are already making their presence at these exciting games.         
Sweetwater Spectrum's Inaugural Life With Purpose Celebration

Join us for the Inaugural Sweetwater Spectrum Life With Purpose Celebration on Saturday, October 1 for festive cocktails and a delectable dinner at Ramekins Culinary School and Inn in Sonoma! The event begins with tours of Sweetwater Spectrum at 4:45pm, followed by dinner and auction starting at 6pm at Ramekins, just a few doors down.  We will present our Leadership Award to Carolyn Klebanoff, current Board Chair of Sweetwater, and our Life With Purpose Award to Sonoma’s own, Whitney Evans. Come celebrate Sweetwater Spectrum and our commitment to creating a life with purpose for the adults with autism who live at Sweetwater Spectrum and for all who support our model!

Tile Campaign- Order Now!
What a perfect way to honor or remember a loved one with our beautiful tiles.  Also make for a unique and special wedding or birthday gift.  Contact Jenna for more information at jenna@sweetwaterspectrum.org. 
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