Newcomers' Club of Santa Rosa 

​Newcomers’ Club is not just for newcomers! It is for all Sonoma County residents wanting to enhance their lives with new friends and interests. We provide the opportunity to meet other like-minded women to socialize, have fun, and explore numerous activities.

Our diverse program of Special Interest Groups encourages members to learn about Santa Rosa and Sonoma County, its culture and lifestyle, and to develop new friendships. Some of the many things we enjoy include bridge, mahjong, book clubs, movies, dining out, visiting wineries, hiking, bocce ball, and more!

​Join us at our monthly luncheon (2nd Tuesday of the month) to check us out and enjoy our current program. Reservation information & menu selections are available on the Luncheon Meetings page.

There’s more to local news than fires, shootings and controversies. Someone has to be willing to tell the story when fish fall from the sky, suckling calves swallow wedding rings and the kid next door is invited to perform at Carnegie Hall.

Chris Smith never shies from such stories. As successor to the unrivaled Gaye LeBaron, Smith shares the pickle-barrel tales of people throughout Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties. He has been writing for The Press Democrat since the fall of 1977 and for ten years took a weekly break from the news with the column, Must Be Friday.  He began writing his current three-day-a-week column after Gaye transitioned to part-time in 2001.

Smith also produces Sonoma Stories, a weekly profile of one of our fascinating neighbors. He grew up in Riverside, California, and studied journalism at San Jose State College. He is married to fellow PD reporter Diane Peterson, who writes about food and reviews the Santa Rosa Symphony.

As a new dad, Smith wrote a fair bit about his experiences with his and Diane’s son, Max. Also, the care and amusement of an elderly black-and-white Australian shepherd, Betty. Please join us as Chris entertains us with his fascinating stories.  As always, guests invited!

July 12, Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.
General Meeting & Luncheon

Summer in Sonoma County
Photography by Nancy MacDonald
Time: 12:00 noon / check-in beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Place: Oakmont Quail Inn, 7025 Oakmont Drive
Price: $24.00 pp (includes tax, gratuity & venue)