Lawrence Johnstone
Square Dance Caller and Teacher

801 Lake Mendocino Dr. #11
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: 707-462-0239
Email: loj@pacific.net
Email: loj@loj.name
Web: www.loj.name

Weekly Schedule

Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Oakmont Squares
Oakmont East Rec Center
7902 Oakmont Dr.
Santa Rosa, CA

7:00 to 9:00pm: SSD dancing and class tips, alternating
Singles & Pairs
Monroe Hall
1400 W. College Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA

7:00 to 9:00pm: Plus dancing and workshop

Ukiah Promenaders
Bartlett Hall at the Ukiah Senior Center
495 Leslie St., Ukiah

7:00 to 9:00pm: SSD class and dancing
Still On Hiatus Until Further Notice
Vaca Valley Ramblers
Veterans Hall
549 Merchant St.
Vacaville, CA

7:00 to 8:00pm: SSD dancing
8:00 to 9:00pm: Plus dancing

Party Dances

Around here, these Saturday-night dances are generally called "hoedowns", but when I first learned to square dance in northeastern California they were always called "party dances." Whatever you call them, they're a lot of fun, and just about everyone looks forward to them. If you'd like me to call one for your club, email me.

(I'm also maintaining a list of party dances I know of that are put on by clubs in Northern California but outside of the SF Bay and Sacramento metropolitan areas, here.)

2024
May 27, 2024
(Monday)
Calaveras Twirlers GSR Trail-Out and Memorial Day Dinner (Rounds by Erin Byars)
Lodi Grape Festival Fairgrounds
413 E. Lockeford St.
Lodi, CA
June 9, 2024
(Sunday)
Boots & Slippers
Stratford Evans Hall
Merced, CA
June 26-29, 2024Gone to 73rd National Square Dance Convention, Milwaukee, WI
August 10, 2024Mavericks
Roseville Veterans' Hall
Royer Park
Roseville, CA
August 17, 2024Desert Squares Hot August Nights
Pahrump, NV
August 30, 2024 to
September 1, 2024
Plumas County Homegrown Americana Festival (Rounds by Erin Byars)
Plumas County Fairgrounds
Quincy, CA

With Michael Haworth
Check out the bluegrass festival also taking place, including the Wildcat Mountain Ramblers band!
October 25-27, 2024Gone to ASDSC Harvest Hoedown, Yuba City, CA
November 9, 2024Ribbons and Souls
Veterans' Memorial
4117 Overland Ave.
Culver City, CA
December 14, 2024Round Abouts (Rounds by Sharon Patterson)
Oakdale Grange
F & Lambuth
Oakdale, CA
December 21, 2024San Diego Square Dance Association 3rd Saturday Roundup - Christmas Dance
Balboa Park Club
2080 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA
2025
January 12, 2025
(Sunday)
Apple Jacks and Jills Snowball Dance
Placerville, CA
February 8, 2025Mavericks
Veterans' Hall
110 Park Dr.
Roseville, CA
June 25-28, 2025Gone to 74th National Square Dance Convention, Shreveport, LA
July 19, 2025Mavericks
Veterans' Hall
110 Park Dr.
Roseville, CA
August 9, 2025Circle n Squares
Monroe Hall
1400 W. College Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA
November 8, 2025Ribbons and Souls
Veterans' Memorial
4117 Overland Ave.
Culver City, CA

Note: If it says "tentative," then I've verbally agreed to the date and consider myself bound, but don't yet have a contract in hand. If it says "Gone to..." then it's not an event that I'm calling -- I've just blocked out the time to attend the event. In that case, if you're very convincing, I could be talked into changing my plans... :-)