August 20, 2019

First day of school and new friends

First time students, kindergarteners, Anuhea Steverson and Carlee Hamilton, check each other out as they settle into their new class at Monte Vista Elementary School.  Students in the Rohnert Park Cotati school district started school Tues., Aug. 13 for the 2019/2020 school year. 

Photo by Jane Peleti


Home-based learning on the rise

Most parents in the county are preparing this month for their children to return to school. For the hundreds of families in Sonoma County who choose to home educate their children, learning is a year-round adventure and “back to school” time is simply a continuation of the learning already happening on a daily basis. 

A slow and painful wait for a downtown

Having attended a Noon Time luncheon last week and requesting an up-to-date from Jes Slavik-Laulima Co-founder, on the State Ave. project. We are going to press and still no word on the development.

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Cougars looking to break through

With 48 wins over the last five seasons and five straight NCS semifinal appearances, the 2019 Rancho Cotate Cougars are hoping this is finally the year they will break through and make the NCS Division 2 Final.


Community Events Calendar August 16, 2019 through August 29, 2019

Friday, August 16

• Party on the Plaza, 5–8 p.m. at Rohnert Park’s Farmers’ Market.  Live music Igniters (Classic Rock).

• Veronda-Falletti Ranch open house for a farm Friday date. Hands on activities at 3 p.m. 

• “Hold...


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