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Learn the Ukestration way with Mark and Jane
Join Australia’s Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart to learn how.
Are you a UKULELE PLAYER who wants to learn more about theory and technique?
Do you feel that there must be more to offer audiences than nostalgic sing-alongs?
Are you a ukulele group leader who wants to include (and keep) both beginners and more advanced players?

UKESTRATION is a way of teaching skills to a group, combined with the wonderful flexibility of the ukulele, using appropriate and popular songs arranged into parts for a ukulele orchestra.
Our song arrangements make everyone feel part of a fun and rewarding musical enterprise, no matter whether they’ve been playing for an hour or a decade.
You will learn and play 4-5 contemporary songs in parts that range from the dead easy to the challenging. All parts are complimentary and help create a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts. All you need is your uke, your voice, 4-5 chords and to know the names of the strings.

Date: Wednesday, 6 August 2014
Place: Hill House, 10701 Pallette Dr, Mendocino
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Cost: $20 To book: Contact Mary-Jane on 707.599.9644or email

Mendocino Stories & Music Series on September 12

Mendocino Stories & Music Series presents a Singer/songwriter Showcase in an acoustic concert at the Hill House on Friday, September 12. Both featured artists are Mendocino County natives – Sheila Fetzer and Steven Bates. They will each perform a set and then join for a few tunes. Music starts at 7:30PM at the Hill House in Mendocino, 10701 Palette Dr.

Sheila Fetzer grew up playing music inspired and influenced by Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Dylan and Neil Young. Says Sheila, "My words, songs, are just my reflecting response to life's experiences. May be subconsciously a need to get a little closer to that experience, and then, let it go." Sharing music to influence and connect people in a positive way is her focus. She will be joined by her nephew,  Luke Fetzer.

Steven Bates started playing music and school dances by the age of thirteen. After graduating, he set off to southern California and has played all over the area with different bands and individuals. Steven’s determination to always leave audiences with something memorable is a good reason to catch this acoustic performance. When he plays acoustic he delivers a fast-paced strumming technique that has a rock and roll vibe unto itself. Visit

Doors open at 6:00 PM for bistro menu and full bar. Reserved table seating $20, general admission $15 at the door. Call Pattie at 937-1732 or

Mendocino Stories & Music Series presents Hit and Run Theater in November

Mendocino Stories and Music Series welcomes back Hit and Run Theater & Friends for two nights of improvised fun, games and stories. They will play at the Hill House of Mendocino on Friday & Saturday, November 14 & 15. The players are Jill Jahelka, Ken Krauss, Doug Nunn, Kathy O’Grady, Christine Samas, Dan Sullivan, and Steve Weingarten. Joshua Brody, “just maybe the greatest improv comedy keyboard accompanist”, will join the gang for this weekend.  The shows will start at 7:30PM.
Special feature for this weekend’s engagement is a Song Improvisation Workshop for beginners … and the terrified!” led by Joshua Brody, music director for San Francisco's BATS Improv. The workshop will be held Saturday afternoon at the Hill House from 1 – 4PM, $30 in advance, $40 on Saturday.

This weekend is supported by Arts Council of Mendocino, a member organization that promotes the arts and cultivates creativity to benefit and enrich the lives of residents and visitors.

All Ages Welcome! Doors open at 6:00 PM for bistro menu and full bar, Theater opens at 6:30PM. Come early for best seating. You can reserve seating for $20. General admission is $15 at the door. For more information about the shows and the workshop call Pattie at 937-1732 or

Song Improvisation workshop on November 15 at Hill House

Mendocino Stories and Music Series will present a workshop on November 15, led by Joshua Brody - “SONG IMPROVISATION FOR BEGINNERS ... AND THE TERRIFIED! Joshua has been teaching song improvisation for over thirty years. The workshop will be held at the Hill House of Mendocino, from 1 – 4PM.

Want to sing? Think you can't? Or do you just want to learn another way to make music? Starting with the very basics — breathing, ear training, vocal production — students are led gradually and painlessly through all the elements that go into making a song. The spring workshop was a great hit, with rave reviews.

Advance reservation required to guarantee a spot. Cost of the 3-hour workshop is $30 in advance, $40 on Saturday. For more information about the workshop call Pattie at 707-937-1732 or

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