Speaker Date Topic
Jake Viramontez, Documentary Filmmaker May 24, 2024 12:15 PM
Documentary Filmmaking by Jake Viramontez
Documentary Filmmaking by Jake Viramontez

Jake Viramontez is a filmmaker with a professional journey spanning over 15 years, humbled by the opportunity to share stories that resonate deeply with audiences worldwide. Throughout his career, Jake has had the privilege of exploring over 50 countries, immersing himself in diverse cultures, and learning from the rich fabric of the human experiences.

In 2020, Jake founded Sown, a non-profit organization committed to creating character driven films that raise funds for various non-profits in communities worldwide. Through Sown's initiatives, Jake and his team have crafted ten films, each contributing to meaningful causes and raising essential funds for various organizations. From helping raise $300,000 for a secondary school in Tanzania to aiding hundreds of homeless in Detroit and building homes for dozens of families in India, Jake remains grateful for the chance to play a small but meaningful part in these impactful projects.

Sown's latest endeavor in Haiti serves as a testament to the collective effort of many, as it spearheads a $10 million fundraising campaign to establish a vital health clinic in rural Haiti. It's a reminder of the incredible things that can be achieved when people are bound together through storytelling and compassion.

The success of Sown has attracted a global network of over 175 filmmakers, each eager to volunteer their time and talents to support non-profit causes. Jake's work has garnered recognition on platforms such as the Kelly Clarkson Show and the TEDx stage, and his influence extended to inspire Sony Electronics to launch the Create Action campaign.

Jake lives in West Sonoma County with his wife and two children, where he continues to pursue his passion for storytelling and making a meaningful impact on the world through film.

Elana Nelson, Food For Thought May 31, 2024 12:15 PM
Food For Thought by Elana Nelson
Food For Thought by Elana Nelson

Elana is a multi-passionate, adventurous, curious soul. Her deep care for the wellbeing of people and the planet led her to study Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and then go on to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector, as well becoming a yoga teacher. Over the years, Elana has gained a wide range of skills and experience through the "School of Life," in addition to leadership programs, volunteering, living & traveling abroad, and working on a variety of social justice matters. She joined Food For Thought in 2021 inspired by its mission to bring compassion and healing to vulnerable populations through food (one of her love languages). Outside of work, Elana loves to travel, sing, dance, enjoy live music, hike & explore nature, learn, experiment, and build deep connections and community.

T Martin, C Stefenoni, K Hicks-Mardis Gras Music Jun 07, 2024 12:15 PM
Mardi Gras Music Celebration by Teresa Martin, Cynthi Stefenoni & Kathy Hicks
Mardi Gras Music Celebration.
Teresa Martin, Cynthi and Kathy HIcks will be performing songs in American folk and rock genres.
Senate President pro Tempore Senator Mike McGuire Jun 14, 2024 12:15 PM
Senate President pro Tempore Mike McGuire - District 02
Senate President pro Tempore Mike McGuire - District 02

Mike McGuire was elected to the California State Senate in 2014, and re-elected in 2018 and again in 2022. He became the Majority Leader in 2022, and now serves as President pro Tempore of the Senate.

Mike is a third generation Northern Californian whose family farmed prunes and grapes in the Alexander Valley of Sonoma County for nearly a half century. Mike served on his local school board, city council, and board of supervisors before being elected to the Senate.

He represents the Second Senate District that stretches from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border, and includes Del Norte, Trinity, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Sonoma, and Marin counties.

Mike, his wife Erika, an elementary school principal, along with their son Connor, call Sonoma County home with their lazy pug, Gertrude.

Steve Marburger of Pipeline Technologies Jun 21, 2024 12:15 PM
Cyber Security by Steve Marburger of Pipeline Technologies
Evening Debunking of Pres J T Martin Jun 28, 2024
Do Not Come to the Church at Noon

Event Event at Enmanji Temple Memorial Hall