California’s Annual International Film Festival

Sonoma International Film Festival pic
Sonoma International Film Festival
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A resident of Sonoma, California, Jon L. Curry manages Landers Curry, Inc., a private general contracting firm. Alongside his career in construction, Jon L. Curry supports the arts through his position on the board of the Sonoma International Film Festival.

Every year since 1997, the Sonoma International Film Festival has brought together film aficionados and industry professionals for a five-day event in Northern California. The festival showcases documentaries, short films, and independent features carefully selected from across the globe. The movies are shown in small venues surrounding the city’s central historic plaza. Sonoma itself is known for its art galleries and 19th-century architecture.

Dedicated to encouraging independent filmmakers, the Sonoma International Film Festival also seeks to present the best of Northern California’s wine country by highlighting quality wines and cuisine from the local region.

The 20th Anniversary Sonoma International Film Festival will take place in 2017, from March 29 through April 2. For more information, visit www.sonomafilmfest.org.

Volunteering with Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art pic
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
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Over the course of his career as a general contractor, Jon L. Curry has established himself as an innovative professional in Sonoma, California. Outside of his professional activities, Jon L. Curry serves on the board of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.

Founded in 1998 to promote the creation and exhibition of fine arts in Sonoma Valley, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (SVMA) has since welcomed more than 130,000 visitors. Volunteers have played an integral role in the growth and development of SVMA, which now includes a membership of more than 1,000 households.

Many volunteers at SVMA choose to serve as museum guides, engaging visitors and teaching them about the art and ideas in various exhibits. Museum guides must complete a special training program, at which time they begin their two-year commitment at the museum. Exhibiting artists often meet with museum guides to help them answer questions from visitors.

Other volunteer opportunities at SVMA include front desk hosts, photographers and videographers, and administrative volunteers. To learn more about the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, visit the official website at svma.org.

Refinements in Surf Board Technologies over the Decades

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Surfboard Technologies
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Based in Sonoma, California, Jon L. Curry is a general contractor who undertakes historic renovations and builds custom homes. He also sits on the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (SVMA) board. Having learned to surf under the tutelage of a well-known big-wave surfer, Jon L. Curry has an interest in an upcoming SVMA exhibition on the evolution of American wave-riding boards from the 1940s to the present.

By the 1940s, surfing had been present in California for three decades and had evolved from using bulky Hawaiian-style boards made of redwood to the sculpted, mass-produced “Cigar Board” of the 1930s. Balsa wood had come into use, bringing the weight of a surfboard from 100 to 30 pounds. Tapered tail ends gave wave riders greater control. Tom Blake introduced the fixed fin in 1935, setting the stage for the next major leap forward: the use of fiberglass instead of wood following World War II.

George Downing of Hawaii designed a method of creating boards from shaved polyurethane, with a fiberglass finish, that yielded “gun” longboards that could handle even the largest North Shore waves. In recent years, this basic model of the modern board has been further refined. In 2012, Global Surf Industries combined layers of coconut husks and fiberglass over an enlarged polystyrene core to create the lightest and strongest board to date.

Mountain Biking in Sonoma’s Jack London State Historic Park

Sonoma’s Jack London pic
Sonoma’s Jack London
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Building quality homes throughout California’s wine country, Jon L. Curry maintains a respected Sonoma County contracting enterprise. In his free time, Jon L. Curry enjoys outdoor activities such as mountain biking, and he takes advantage of the numerous trails the region has to offer. One of the most popular Sonoma biking spots is the Jack London State Historic Park – Sonoma Mountain Back Country Trail.

Accessible year round, the steep 8-mile trail is largely made up of fire road. It offers ample shade as it traverses a mixed terrain of madrone, wildflowers, and grasses. It also passes through cool redwood groves with ferns underneath. Deer are common, with occasional mountain lion sightings in the area. On clear days Mount Diablo can be seen.

Those in search of a piece of literary history can take Lower Lake Trail up to Upper Lake trail, which places them in the vicinity of Graham Creek. This trail takes in a number of redwood fairy rings, which grow up around the base of old growth trees that have fallen. The author Jack London wrote about this spot in his classic Sonoma novel The Valley of the Moon.