January 2020 Newsletter for the Arena Market and Cafe
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January 2020
Happy New Year from Your Co-op on the Coast

Arena Market and Cafe / Coastal Organics Cooperative

Manager's Message

I hope everyone had a great holiday. Although we here at the co-op didn’t get everything on our wishlist this year, we just took delivery of a new generator that will have the capacity to power the entire store in case of future outage! Thanks to a couple of loans from some very generous members, we partially financed the purchase, but still need to raise more funds to pay off the cost.

This will allow us to continue all of our regular services without disruption and provide a place for the community to gather, have a hot meal, and charge their devices. We are still accepting loans and donations to cover the remaining costs. 

We hope you’re all as excited as we are about all the changes we’re making at the co-op! Let’s make 2020 our best year yet!

Happy New Year!
Natalie Cortese, General Manager

Co-op Member Benefit: Propane Buyers Club 

by Rhonda Rumrey

Of course, you know you can go to the Arena Market and Café (the co-op) to keep warm with a cup of house-made soup or a hot drink of your choice, but did you know there is another way co-op members can stay warm and keep their home powered?  There is!  Join the Propane Buyers Club.
Several years ago, the co-op teamed up with Suburban Propane to form the Propane Buyers Club.  Members who are fully invested or who are current in their equity payments can join the Club and receive a significant discount on their propane.   The cost of Suburban propane through the Propane Buyers Club varies as the market cost of propane fluctuates, but it will be a significant discount.  You will get another $0.15 per gallon discount if you choose “Automatic Delivery.”  Also, if you live within 25 miles of Point Arena (that includes the town of Albion) the cost is less than if you lived farther away.  But co-op members receive a significant discount no matter where they live. 
One recent Buyers Club member was delighted to save $400 when she joined the Propane Buyers Club and had her propane tank filled by Suburban. 
To get all the details about the Propane Buyers Club and learn how to participate, check out the Suburban Propane Buyers Club on our website under Membership.
So, make sure you are up to date on your member share, or join the co-op if you aren’t already a member and check out the website to join the Propane Buyers Club, and start saving in 2020!

New Items

Suzie's Olive Oil Saltine Crackers, 8.8 OZ ~ $5.19

Pyure Bakeable Stevia Blend, 10 OZ ~ $8.99

Soyatoo! Rice Whip, 7 OZ ~ $6.49

Flying Embers Ancient Berry Hard Kombucha (sugar free!), 16 OZ ~ $3.79


Sale Items

Straus 32 OZ Greek Yogurt ~ $9.49 ($1.00 off)

GloryBee Honey 12 OZ ~ $8.49 ($1.00 off)

Woodstock Chocolate Almonds 6.5 OZ $9.40 ($1.00 off)

Pamala’s Chocolate Chip Cookies 6.5 OZ ~ $4.69 ($.70 off)


Farmhouse Probiotic Dill Pickle Chips 5 OZ ~ $3.99 ($.50 off)

Food for Life Ezekiel Sprouted Almond Cereal 16 OZ ~ $8.49 ($1.50 off)


Organic White Quinoa ~ $4.09/LB ($.50 off)

Come in and warm your bones with a hearty bowl of soup. Hot soups daily at your co-op!

Upcoming Events

1/3~ Member Appreciation Day!
Members save even more when they shop on the first Friday of the month!

1/10 ~ Voter Registration
1 pm, Friday. See article below for more info.

1/16 ~ Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz
7:30-10:30pm, Thursday. Featuring Alameda Poet Hugh Behm-Steinberg. See article below for more info.

1/21 ~ Monthly Board Meeting
3pm, Tuesday. Monthly board meeting at the RCMS Staff Room in Point Arena.

2/7 ~ Member Appreciation Day!
Members save even more when they shop on the first Friday of the month!

Voter Registration
at the Co-op

Voter registration will be available at Arena Market and Café on Friday, January 10, 2020, at 1:00 pm. If you are US citizen and a California resident and will be 18 or older by the California primary on March 3, 2020, or by the general election on November 3, 2020, you may register to vote. Youth 16 or older may pre-register and you will be eligible when you turn 18. Please bring your California driver’s license or your California ID card and know the last four digits of your social security number.
You must re-register if you have moved, changed your name, or wish to change your political party. Youth, first-time voters, and new citizens are especially welcome and encouraged to register to vote!
More information is available at 707-884-4703. You may also register online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov.

Herbed White Bean Dip        


  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini or other white beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper



Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Adjust seasoning to taste. Transfer the dip to a hollowed-out red cabbage and serve with sliced baguette, crackers, or raw veggies.

Third Thursday Poetry Brings Alameda Poet Hugh Behm-Steinberg to the Co-op

On Thursday, January 16, at 7:30pm The Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz Reading Series will feature Alameda Poet Hugh Behm-Steinberg. The reading will take place at the Arena Market and Café and include live improv jazz and an open mic.
Behm-Steinberg is a poet and short fiction writer. His books of poetry include Shy Green Fields and The Opposite of Work, as well as three Dusie chapbooks: SorceryGood Morning!, and The Sound of Music. Last month Nomadic Press published his collection of prose poems and microfictions, Animal Children. Next year Doubleback Books will reprint The Opposite of Work.
In 2015 his short story “Taylor Swift” won the Barthelme Prize for short fiction and has appeared on numerous reading lists. His story “Goodwill” was picked as one of the Wigleaf Top Fifty Very Short Fictions of 2018. 
He is the author of two libretti: Terrible Things Will Happen But It’s Going to Be Okay: A Donner Party Opera and a children’s opera that was commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera for their Opera to Go series. Behm–Steinberg also performs improvised experimental music.
He is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in creative writing at Stanford University and the recipient of an NEA fellowship. For the past 20 years he’s taught in the literature and MFA writing programs at California College of the Arts, with a growing emphasis on science fiction, fantasy, horror, the weird, the strange, the experimental, and the unclassifiable. From 2007-2017 he served as Faculty Editor of Eleven Eleven. He is currently the Chief Steward of CCA’s Adjunct Faculty Union, SEIU 1021.

Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz is supported by The Third Thursday Poetry Group, many anonymous donors, and Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.



Volunteer at Your Co-op

Contribute to our newsletter:  Send your stories, recipes, anecdotes to us and become part of this monthly publication.  And don't forget, there are many other things you can do for your co-op, so please become a volunteer.  To get involved, please email info@arenaorganics.org


New Members

Welcome to all our new members! If you know someone that’s not a member invite them in. Thanks for being a part of our co-op!


Board of Directors

Molly Morgan, President
Rick Beach, CFO & Treasurer
Rhonda Rumrey, Secretary
Margaret Grace
Dan Lewis
Natalie Cortese, General Manager

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