Making Community at the Fig Tree

green plant on coffeehouse counter

To connect Sierra College students on the Rocklin campus with a local art spot in the community, Roundhouse reporters Miranda Ricks and Sophia Miller frequented The Fig Tree Coffee, Art, and Music Lounge. The Fig Tree is located on 217 Vernon Street in Old Roseville, about five miles from campus. Together, they attended a Fig Tree Open-Mic Night on Mar. 2, 2024. 

Miller went on to interview Father Joshua Lickter, the owner of the The Fig Tree, and Carlos Serrano, a Sierra College student who plays bass in a small headed by local musician and friend, Rumi Shimada. Father Lickter used the phrase third place in describing the venue. Miller explains that a third place is a concept created by sociologist Ray Oldenburg referring to venues that foster a sense of community and togetherness.

In this 5 min. podcast, produced by Miller,  you will hear her narrate and Lickter and Serrano share their words. Enjoy!



Reported and Produced by Sophia Miller

Sophia Miller in white grad gown with cords, smiling
Sophia Miller is originally from Milford, Pennsylvania. She is currently majoring in Communication Studies at Sierra College and is transferring to Sacramento State to study Journalism more extensively.

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