Looking About in Mendocino County: Comedy relief, musical thoughts and special events – Ukiah Daily Journal

Looking About in Mendocino County: Comedy relief, musical thoughts and special events – Ukiah Daily Journal

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Mendocino College’s current musical adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s hilarious comedy “The Servant of Two Masters” is bright, witty, and well worth seeing. Directed by Reid Edelman, the play runs through Oct. 30 in Mendocino College’s Center Theatre on the Ukiah Campus, so you won’t want to miss it.
Ukiah School of Music began teaching music in Lake and Mendocino counties in 1993 – that’s 29 years.
In the early 1990s, Michael Coughenour, Thomas Ganoung and Marilyn Tollefson were teaching piano at a local piano store (the Ivory Palace) until that business downsized. Instead of teaching independently they opted to open a music school together. June of 1993 saw the beginnings of Ukiah School of Music, originally located at 205 S. School St., soon becoming a premier music lesson facility. One by one, more teachers for different instruments were added to the faculty.
Ganoung established the Allegro Scholarship Program (ASP) in February of 2000 to provide instruction fee assistance for gifted and talented music students in financial need. The student candidate must be referred by her/his instructor by a letter of recommendation to the director (315 Avenue A, Lakeport CA 95453).
The Allegro Scholarship Program has recently joined forces with the Lake County Symphony Association and plans to continue its mission of “promoting quality music education and performance in Lake and Mendocino Counties.”
Ganoung, music teacher and career musician, is the driving force behind ASP. He has been working with the non-profit organization for years to provide scholarships and other help for promising young musicians. He says Allegro continues to be focused on helping gifted students pay for music studies with the best instructors in Lake and Mendocino counties.
“Our instructors include members of the Lake County Symphony, instructors from the Ukiah School of Music and several members, past and present, of the Ukiah Symphony.”
Ganoung says Allegro has helped the LCSA Youth Orchestra to purchase performance music for many of its concerts, and, on occasion, has provided instruments to students as needed, in addition to scholarships and help with lessons, an investment of more than $8,000 per year.
“Over the years, their generosity has provided $90,000 for student tuition assistance, awards, instruments and study materials and created a $150,000 endowment fund for scholarships in perpetuity,” reflected Ganoung.
From Tom Ganoung: The Allegro Scholarship Program and Ukiah School of Music instructors are having a music gear sale Saturday, Oct. 29 in the school lobby (333 N. Oak St., Ukiah) from 1 to 5 p.m. All items priced to go.  Below is a list of some items available and pricing. The sale of many of the listed items will create funds for Allegro Scholarships for music students.
Ganoung said, “great deals to suit tight budgets!” Items: Acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards, amps, speaker cabinets, music gear & more will be sold under market prices! Payments in cash or check only.”
For the second concert of the Ukiah Community Concert Association’s 75th anniversary season, the skilled cello and vocal duo from Berlin, Germany, Deep Strings, performs Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m.
This concert will be in the SPACE Theater at 508 W. Perkins (Perkins and Dora streets). Due to the intimate size of the venue this will be a season members-only concert. For any questions, please call (707) 463-2738 .
Rooted in both classical and jazz traditions, vocalist/cellist Anne-Christin Schwarz and cellist Stephan Braun have been delighting audiences in Europe and North America with their original compositions and extended improvisations that defy established musical genres.
The annual birthday celebration honoring all veterans, traditionally held at the Elks Lodge (1200 Hastings Road, Ukiah) on the United States Marine Corps birthday, is Thursday, Nov. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The prime rib luncheon is generously hosted by Ukiah Elks Lodge #1728. Reservations must be made before Nov. 2.
There is no charge for veterans (this invitation is open to all military services and their guests); guests $20 per person.
Veteran Rick Harreschou is once again heading up the event. His number is (707) 272-4083 .
Ukiah area Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1900 (VFW) has been sponsoring a monthly breakfast fundraiser for decades.
The next VFW Breakfast is Saturday, Nov. 12. Breakfasts are quarterly in November, February, May and August…always the second Saturday.
Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.. Veterans Memorial Hall is located at 293 Seminary Ave., Ukiah. The price is still a bargain $7!
Funds raised go to the many worthwhile projects the VFW supports, flowing back into the community a variety of ways, including student scholarships.
To volunteer or for questions, contact Maryanne Gonzalez, CMDR (707) 548-8618 .
On Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m., a special event will take place at the SPACE Theatre in Ukiah: Spencer Brewer celebrates his new record “Behind the Veil,” with a rare album release concert. Special guests include Jeremy Cohen, Paul Yarborough, Margie Rice and Joel Cohen.
After a 14-year hiatus, this recording is an inspired collection of compositions. The combination of his virtuoso pianistic technique, gifts as a melodist and his approach to organic music-making provides the canvas for his 15th solo album.
General admission $25 tickets are on sale at Mendocino Book Company in Ukiah and Brown Paper Tickets Brownpapertickets.com/event/5595570
The concert will be videoed for the 2023 release of the record. For more information, call 707-621-0493
Once again, Rotary Clubs of Ukiah is sponsoring this great event on Saturday Nov. 12. Tickets are available at Mendocino Book Company or from Ukiah Rotarians.
Do you know of a veteran or active service person who could benefit from the gift of music, or in this case a guitar? Sponsors of the event would love to gift an acoustic guitar package to active-duty soldiers, wounded warriors recuperating from their injuries, and U.S. military veterans who may be suffering from PTSD or other emotional distress.
To nominate a soldier or veteran to receive a free Harvest Guitars for the Troops Package, leave a message at the Facebook link:
Harvest Guitars for the Troops provide these beautiful guitars. To nominate a soldier or veteran to receive a free guitar from Guitars For The Troops, please send a message or call (707) 489-0671  for a nomination form.
This wonderful, intrepid group of women gathered Oct. 6, at Nelson Family Vineyards (beautiful evening!) and got to hear from the three non-profits. The voting was very close but Mendocino County Public Broadcasting (KZYX-Z) got the most votes! Between the amount collected online along with checks and cash collected at the event, over $12,000 will be awarded to KZYX-Z!
100+ Women Strong is an inclusive all-volunteer group. Anyone interested in attending the gathering and hearing from three nonprofits doing indispensable work in our community is welcome. To register, each attendee pledges a hundred dollars on the 100+ Mendocino Women Grapevine website via https://100strongmendo.com. Click the “Become a Member” button. Already more than seven thousand dollars have been pledged.
Each nonprofit had five minutes to speak and five minutes for the audience to ask questions. After hearing from each of the speakers, everyone who has made a hundred dollars donation will cast a vote for the nonprofit of their choice. The nonprofit with the most votes walks away with at least $10,000.
For more information and to become a member of 100+Women Strong for Inland Mendocino County, check the website https://100StrongMendo.com. Or call Karen Christopherson, 707-272-5570.
“Thanks everyone for the continued support and we very much look forward to planning for 2023,” said Karen.
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