March 2019 Newsletter

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The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.
~ Neil Gaiman

Painting by Katheryn Flores, who is featuring this month along with LoLLy as the Artist Spotlights at the Wrightwood Community Center.

This Month’s Events

Wine & Watercolors with Gayle Dowling
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(WW Arts Center, 6020 Park Drive #5)
Every 1st Saturday, Gayle Dowling hosts a Wine and Watercolors class at the Wrightwood Arts Center. The $35 fee at the door includes all materials, wine, and fun!

Adventure Tour to Cabot’s Pueblo Museum
10:00 a.m. (start)

(67616 Desert View Ave, Desert Hot Springs, CA)
The WAC will be putting together carpools to Cabot’s for this event. Lunch is also tentatively planned at Essence at Two Bunch Palms (not included in cost). $20 members, $25, non-members. Visit the Cabot’s website for more information on the museum.

5482 Salon
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

(5482 Easter Drive)
The first Monday of every month, Rick Albertson hosts a gathering of creative acquaintances from Wrightwood and surrounding communities. Each month a member of the salon will present a topic for education, discussion, and debate to be conducted in a spirit of inquiry without contentious dispute or a desire for victory. Members need not be experts or know a lot about topics to participate—instead, simply seek understanding and willingly join in discussion. Questions are to be encouraged. RSVP to Rick at

Centerstage Presents: Bodie Mountain Express
2:00 p.m. (start)

(WW Community Center, 1275 Highway 2)
Bodie Mountain Express has been performing foot-stomping music since the early 1970s. They opened for Elvis, played Disneyland, and are regulars at bluegrass festivals. Doors open at 1:30p.m. $20 for adults, $8 for children (under 16). Pay cash/credit at the door, or prior at

Paradise Camp Fundraiser
2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

(WW Community Center, 1275 Highway 2)
Gayle and Company will play folk music, with special guests George Keene and Loran & Michelle. Doors open at 1:30pm. Beer and wine available for purchase by the Village Grind. Proceeds benefit the victims of the Camp Fire in Paradise, CA, and will be distributed by the Chico Boys and Girls Club. $20 for adults, $8 for children (under 16). Pay cash/credit at the door, or prior at

Looking Ahead

Wrightwood Arts Center Membership Meeting
4:00 p.m. (Start)

(WW Arts Center, 6020 Park Drive #5)
All members are welcome to attend our quarterly meeting. The guest speakers will be Nancy DeDiemar and Steve Thomas of the Ontario Arts Festival. They’ll talk about their experience in forging a public-private partnership between CCMA and the City of Ontario to provide access to arts and cultural activities within the city, with emphasis on the inaugural 2018 Ontario Festival of the Arts.

Creative Writing for Teens and Adults Begins
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

(Wrightwood Arts Center, 6020 Park Drive #5)
In this eight-week course, students will read craft essays and look at and explore the various shapes and forms of personal narrative. The class will teach different techniques from hybrid experimental work, braided narrative, to the fashionable lyric essay. We will discuss overarching issues such as memory and truth as well as techniques such as perspective, transitions, and the use of sensory detail. For more information, and to register, visit

Rattle’s Poetry Minifest
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

(WW Arts Center & WW Community Center, 1275 Highway 2)
As a preview for the annual Wrightwood Literary Festival (September 28th & 29th), the monthly Rattle Reading Series at the Flintridge Bookstore is moving up to mountains for a special event featuring two poets from the spring issue of Rattle magazine. Award-winning poets Jim Gustafson of Florida and Jennifer Perrine of Oregon are traveling to Wrightwood for this event. Each of them will teach a poetry workshop in the morning (free, but RSVP required), and give a poetry reading in the afternoon. For more information visit

Wrightwood’s Got Talent Show
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

(WW Community Center, 1275 Highway 2)
The first annual Wrightwood’s Got Talent Show will hold its preliminary round following the poetry minifest. Open to all local K-12 grade students, contestants will perform and become pared with coaches to prepare them for the final September 8th event. The coaches will be local musicians and artists. Catagories: Music/Art/Dance/ Other. To apply (free), visit Tickets: $20 for adults, $8 for children (under 16). Pay cash/credit at the door, or prior at

Snowline Player’s Children’s Theater Presents: Annie, Jr.
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

(WW Community Center, 1275 Highway 2)
Local children perform the musical Annie Jr. in the first of five performances at the Wrightwood Community Center. Other dates: April 28, May 2, May 4, and May 5. For more information, visit

Wrightwood Classical Concert Series Spring Concert
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

(United Methodist Church, 1543 Barbara Street)
Featuring pianists Jason Stoll and Jeremiah Gonzales. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit

Poem of the Month


by Luigi Coppola

and why would you when up ahead is vermilion,
gold, when the dress you wear is billowed
by poise, hemmed with every minute
of every hour you practised, each step a step
forward, each twirl gathers momentum
for the next movement, the soles of feet
parallel, straight, laced, hair tied tight, draped down
a shoulder, taut in tense air where hopes spring
up like sped-up film, seed to flower in seconds
and that is how fast life feels—if you turn your head
for a moment you’ve missed it, left wondering
where has my partner gone, where is the audience,
who has been judging me this whole time?


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  1. Love our newsletter – So informative. Nice job Tim!

  2. I love all of these activities that will be offered in WW . Will there be another watercolors with wine? Are teens allowed to come?
    Great job on all of these fine events!

    1. Yeah, it’s every first Saturday!

    2. Hi Heather, yes on both counts. Teenagers are welcome. Check out the calendar at for class info. Thanks for your interest!

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