The Dome School

Annual Meeting – November 11 (2015)

A quick reminder that the annual gathering/meeting for the Dome School is Wednesday night, November 11.

This is a time for the entire Dome School family- students, parents, staff, community members- to come together. We’ll provide dinner at 6pm, and the meeting will follow at 7pm.

Come on out to learn about what’s been happening at the school, as well as to help us select new members for the school board. Please join us!

Dome of the Dead Halloween & Day of Dead celebration (coming October 30, 2015)

It’s our annual Halloween Party / Day of the Dead Celebration!

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This year features none other than Frankie Hernandez & the Old Soul Parade, live in person at your Takilma Community Building!

Note well: this event takes place on Friday the 30th–not Halloween–so that come Oct 31st you can be trick or treating, getting spooked at IV Haunt, or checking out the other parties around the Valley.

We’ll have a delectable tamale dinner available starting at 6pm (until sold out). Your choice of 2 of 3 available tamales (Black Bean-Eggplant-Goat & Gorganzola Cheese; Jalapeño-Pesto-Potato; and Sweet Potato-Onion-Red & Beaver Dam Pepper) plus salad and side of black beans. [A la carte tamales $3]  Sweets and drinks will be available all night.

From 8-10pm, enjoy family friendly boogie time with Gold Miner spinning the tunes (including Halloween fare like Ghostbusters, Monster Mash). Expect breaks for costume contests, raffle, and more

Then the main event gets going around 10:30pm, with Frankie Hernandez & The Old Soul Parade. Frankie rocked the Halloween dance a few years back and it was a great time–we’re eagerly awaiting the return!

Most years if the event falls before Halloween, we call it a Halloween party and if it’s after, we call it a Day of the Dead event. This year we’re celebrating both–so feel free to bring items for an altar.

By the way, this is one of the biggest fundraisers for our Dome School kids, so we’re hopeful the community will come out and support it. We’d really appreciate help in the form of volunteering at the event (working the kitchen, for example), or help in the days leading up (we’re planning a tamale-making party the Sunday before). Donations of food/veggies for the dinner would likewise be very much appreciated, as would donations for prizes (we’re thinking either a silent auction or a raffle, but we’d like to have prizes for costume contests as well). If you’re able to help with either your time or with a donation of produce or art or a gift certificate (or ??), please call the school. Thanks!

We’ve also set up a Facebook event page—If you do Facebook, we’d appreciate if you could share widely and invite your friends to join:

Please plan to come on out and support our kids. Thank you!

MaMuse CD release event at Dome School! (coming August 17, 2015)

MaMuse, makers of harmonious and uplifting acoustic music, celebrate their latest CD release with a performance at the Dome School!

With their roots in the folk and gospel traditions and their hearts rooted in the present moment, MaMuse crafts music for the next seven generations to thrive on. Their newest release, Heart Nouveau, is a masterful mix of exquisitely blended heartfelt harmonies lifted with purpose and reverence above sultry strings, and deep percussion. What sets this album apart from their previous creations is the budding collaboration with singer songwriter Molly Hartwell adding in a third harmony on five of the 13 songs, as well as a tasteful and spunky horn section, keys, violin, and guitar which give new breadth to the well loved sound the duo is known for. Heart Nouveau is a truly moving musical offering of “New Heart.”

Visit to learn more and hear samples of this beautiful and ethereal music.

This is a fundraiser for the Dome School building expansion. Dinner available at 7pm with show at 8pm.

Building Campaign Update (10 July 2015)

First, the not-as-good news: As many of you know by now, we did not reach our goal on our campaign. So we’re still a bit short of our goal of 50% of project costs (to apply for matching funds and to start construction).

Now the good news: We surpassed $20,000 from 97 incredible donors! Plus, we had an outpouring of support from numerous people who didn’t want to have to go to a website and use credit cards, but chose to donate with cash or checks. So beyond the $20k raised on IndieGoGo, we raised more than $11,000 off the website! And on top of that, our 4th of July raised an additional $1000–so thank you to everyone who bought a root beer float, lemonade, popsicle, cookie, and more–or just dropped something in the donation jar.

Yes, we’re approximately $20k short of our $120k goal, but we’ve still been writing grants, talking to interested community members, getting the word out, scheduling benefit events, fine-tuning the building design, and much more. It’s too late to help us on IndieGoGo, but it’s not too late to pass the word to family and friends that we are ploughing ahead with our plans, and donations can still be sent to the school. Thank you all for your continued support!

Just launched: Save the Dome School campaign! (26 May 2015)

Yes, we are at a cross-roads. The Dome School is losing families due to too many distractions and noise carryover in our cavernous hall. The time is now for a building addition, which will simultaneously give our children safe permanent classrooms, and give our local community the chance to reclaim regular use of the Takilma Community Building. Unfortunately, we need to raise 50% of construction costs to break ground in late summer. We have over $63,000 on hand or pledged, but we have much more we need to raise in a very short period of time.

If you have a few minutes, please watch the video below. It was put together by the building expansion committee’s Dallion McGregor and tells the story of our current situation and needs. Much more information can be found at our campaign site on Please share the IndieGoGo page:

Save the Dome School on IndieGoGo

You can also direct people to which might have an easier to remember URL.

The support of our community, alumni, and family and friends is crucial at this time.  Thank you for sharing this, and helping us make a better future for the kids of the Illinois Valley.


Annual Meeting – November 13 (2014)

A quick reminder that the annual gathering/meeting for the Dome School is Thursday night, November 13. This is a time for the entire Dome School family- students, parents, staff, community members- to come together. We’ll have dinner at 5pm, followed by the meeting at 6pm. This is the time to learn about what’s been happening at the school, as well as to select new members for the school board. Please join us!

Day of the Dead Celebration – Saturday, November 1! (2014)

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The annual DAY OF THE DEAD celebration returns to Takilma!
Save the date:


6-10pm (or when sold out): Food will be tasty Mexican food with meat, veggie and vegan options. Drinks + desserts, too.
7-8pm: Dome kids performance followed by a group Spiral Dance to help part the veils between the worlds.
8pm-Midnight: Live Music

This year’s incredible music line-up features the following:

* BROTHER [Celtic Tribal Mongrel music -yes, rocking out with bagpipes and didgeridoo]

* 100 WATT MIND [Ashland’s own jammin’ rock band with a lead singer compared by many to Janis Joplin]

* PATRIMONY [Blues Rock from Portland, inspired by everything from Beethoven to Led Zeppelin]



Costumes welcome!

All ages / No alcohol please.

You can bring ancestor photos + marigolds + dog statues + plate of food to feed the ancestors.


If you’re on Facebook, join the event.

This party is one of the year’s largest benefits for the Dome School kids. Unpack the cauldron, dust off the caul, welcome back the ancestors to another depth of Fall.

“The Dome School: The First 40 Years” (Please contribute!)

The Dome School began in the early-to-mid 1970’s as a homeschooling collective before being incorporated in 1976.  In honor of these 40+ years, we are now collecting stories and photos for a book honoring this rich history.

The Dome School: The First 40 Years (tentative title) will chronicle everything from the earliest days and decisions and the building of both the Dome and the current structure (the Takilma Community Building), to what school was like for the hundreds of students who passed through here.

No typical history textbook, our hope is to include the interesting anecdotes as well as minor details of everyday school life, and to have the book chock-full of photos. (And assuming we can find them, it would be amazing if we could include class photos for each and every year.)

Most importantly, it will tell your stories–the stories of past and present students, parents, teachers, staff, and community members who helped build (and who continue to support) this amazing place that has lasted for four decades.

One of our current parents, who has experience in book layout and design, is heading up the creation of the book. He’s very much looking forward to receiving your photos and stories. For those in the area, there is a place in the office marked “DOME SCHOOL HISTORY BOOK.”  You can also email Ryan at ryanforsythe @

Of course, you can mail them in too (PO Box 812, Cave Junction 97523), though hopefully it won’t be your only copy in case items get lost in the mail. If you mail items in, please let us know if you would like us to return them.

Feel free to email Ryan if you have any questions or if you’d like to help out with this project.

Ultimately, the book will be available for sale for anyone interested. We also plan on a fundraising campaign. More information on this effort will be announced soon.

MLK Celebration at the Dome School

We’re hoping for a full house at the Takilma Community Building for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and performance. It happens this Saturday, January 18, with dinner at 6pm, followed by performances by our students who have been studying/learning in school the past few weeks about the Civil Rights era. Live music will follow beginning at 8pm. Please check the flyer below for a listing of performers.

MLK Celebration flyer


Also, we are having a raffle of this beautiful blue jean quilt. Tickets are only $1 each (or 6 for $5).

MLK Celebration raffle quilt

We’ll hope to see you there. And by the way, if you can’t make dinner, please try to be there by 7:30 to support the performance by our Dome School students.

Singer/songwriter Matt Pless to visit school

If you’ve liked us on Facebook, you may have seen the video one parent put together of the school trip to the “We Love Our Trees” rally in Cave Junction (prior to congressional rep. Peter DeFazio’s town hall meeting).

If you haven’t seen it, you can view it here:

The background music is “Something’s Gotta Give” by singer/songwriter Matt Pless, from Occupy This Album, a benefit album in support of Occupy Wall Street. In a bit of exciting news for our students, Matt will be visiting the school tomorrow morning, October 25, at around 10:30am. He’ll play a few songs and talk a little about his songwriting and activism.

All Dome School family and friends are invited to attend.