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November 22, 2019
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Cougars prevail in all time classic ‘Fog Bowl’ Healthy food given by NOAH 49er Pet store closes its doors December gets festive in Cotati Visit the Arts and Craft Faire in RP FEMA grants Santa Rosa $1M to ensure effective evacuation routes Another death in California and investigation into E-Cigarette use Nomination period opens for March 3, 2020, primary election So Co DA office awarded grant 100 birthdays and more to go A day of celebration and tribute to our veterans Worn American flags laid to rest Promotions in the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety Homelessness spikes in RP Home delivery changes Discussions on the care facility and apartments Fresh faces on the CRPUSD board 73rd Miss Sonoma County competition held at Spreckels Straus Family Creamery moving to RP TAG building grand opening Students housing and voting Newsom’s vision “cradle to career” RP Downtown project underway Schools, facilities and bonds: Plans but no money DUI driver crashes into 7-1 Teen arrested for shooting at RP RP votes to restrict fireworks Cube satellite built by SSU students set to orbit the Earth Bad air quality cancels sports Official election winners as projected by the VOICE  RP swears in new council member 2018 local stories which made history ArtStart brings art to the RP Senior Center Holocaust piano now in Cotati CRPUSD seeking a new superintendent Superintendent search begins Cotati Council moves ahead Planning Commission approves hotel November is Native American Heritage month... Fun family Christmas events in Cotati Cougars’ season comes to a tearful sad conclusion CalFresh clients get Feb. benefits early Rohnert Park Station Ave. update Cuts suggested for school district The “Healing Wall” comes to Sonoma County Cotati memorializes victims Rohnert Park considers firework restrictions CHP to check motorcycle safety in local area Cotati honors and appreciates Monitoring wells provide picture of underground water Dr. Dominguez and Hawkins named as director and co-director for Hanna Institute University Elementary School to host Maker World at SSU Animal Shelter League of RP receives grant Cotati Council reshuffles seats Help save lives by donating blood New laws on purchasing and concealing handguns Fencing in Sonoma County School district leaders tackle 1.9m deficit School district seeking new superintendent Cotati protests CASA compact School district balances budget More high density in Rohnert Park Put down your phone April is distracted driving awareness month SSU Police make arrest in sexual assault case CRPUSD district’s good news in May Levine applauds investigation into power shut offs The Community Voice endorses candidates DA’s office awarded DUI Prosecution Grant Rohnert Park kid joins TCU El Camino graduates Rohnert Park Council says we don’t need another agency Rancho students excel in Poetry Out Loud  SC public safety heroes of the year Don’t drive with an open container Traffic concerns top RP survey SSU Equestrian looks to go national Brace yourself for mosquitos Station Avenue project An offer has been made and accepted on Rohnert Park’s corporate yard SMART to offer free rides... SOMO Village overrun by CHP party Fire management assistance granted Frightful, fun, free Halloween activities Cougars crush Ukiah Election projected winners November 6, 2018  Sonoma Clean Power offers no-cost energy upgrades Rancho advances to semifinals RP’s n­ew Director of Public Safety A stand-off with barricaded, suicidal woman ends safely in RP RP has a new director of public safety Mackenzie leaves SMART RP officers spent Sat. car chasing A shimmer of hope against the angry heavy sky SSU to host North Bay Women of Color conference Rancho’s TAG building, now a reality Mayors of So Co write angry letter Dodd’s college student food bill passes Rohnert Park caregiver arrested Sheriff’s canine apprehends convicted felon Latino Alliance promotes first festival The evacuation through her eyes Public invited to give input on Downtown RP Site School board candidates voice opinions Woman stabbed on west side of RP LandPaths connects people to protected land Tech High Girl's Soccer Undefeated champions! AG Becerra issues consumer alert on price gouging in fire-affected communities Learn to docent at the SSU Fairfield Osborn Preserve New signs point in the right direction Where are the ski lifts? Is Cotati being targeted? New alcohol fees for Rohnert Park Sonoma State president testifies for tax relief for disaster victims Fixing Cotati’s roads RP driver identified Burglary suspect found with firearms Special education funding complicated Firefighters called to the front State Farm property steams forward to Station Avenue Scrappers Steal Win RP Foundation issues grant Cotati allows second dispensary New residential building lands approved In Singapore Strait aboard a missile destroyer PG&E has a prediction model USCIS presents free training on how to apply for citizenship RP investigates new site for Corp. Yard Two arrested in RP motel for mail theft  Is Juuling the new norm? Cotati considers $15 min. wage No criminal charges filed against PG&E in northern Ca. wildfires  RP decides on west side Vintage race cars on Sonoma raceway track May CalFresh month celebration Keeping California history alive Giving students added support Rancho Cotate Band fundraiser BBQ Jessica Holman: Thirty-five years of Rancho Spirit Titans crush Mustangs Station Avenue gets final approval Cotati Council reviews trash plan Baseball League receives donation from local motorcycle club Cotati Police Chief Parish swears in new officer Garber A Sunday afternoon with retired football players Injury collision closes Golf Course Dr. Giving Kids Smiles in Rohnert Park Neighborhood watch meeting scheduled New Executive Director at SSU RP man sentenced to prison 23 years for robbery Adolescent birth rate continues to decline School district seeks new superintendent New interim superintendent Krispy Kreme Doughnuts comes to Rohnert Park  Cougars blow past Gauchos  Rohnert Park honors its Veterans and Servicemen CHP reminds all of increased crimes Cougars beat Bulldogs More than 276,000 Dreamers have renewed DACA White receives Matt Walsh Memorial RP and Sunday festivities SSU fraternity banned for five years Name correction: Grand Jury report on SoCo jail system Former Rancho student convicted A New Experience – Coffee with the Congressman Coming together to have fun and help others Cotati Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest Rancho crushes Analy CA Homemaker Association needs volunteers Active duty honorees at the RP Veterans Day program Santa now knows her secret CPI receives funding to offer counseling in schools Caltrans works toward decarbonizing California transportation The Rancho Cotati Rotary Club hosts Humanitarian Award dinner SSU and SCOE offer high school internship Illegal robocalls and spoofing RP Foundation to reinstate Small Grants Program Reported sexually transmitted diseases reach epidemic level So. Co. is here to connect with you RP’s new interim police chief Big changes to big project in Rohnert Park A possibility for Snyder Lane to have four lanes soon Rohnert Park road updates Sheriff’s Detectives arrest SR man after controlled delivery of ecstasy pills. Cotati comes out against CASA Llamadas ilegales y spoofing Music alive in Cotati Sept. is suicide prevention month Three arrested; stolen items recovered Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage month Paper Delivery Update RP voters overwhelmingly renew open space protections Penngrove Community Church celebrates 120 years Cotati approves tree lighting City of Cotati has apartment housing parking problems Operators ordered to pay for false advertising violations Becerra urges Ca. businesses resources to help prevent human trafficking Possible change to parking rules Enroll in Transportation Security Administration Elder abuse rising in So Co U10 Cal Ripken champions say Aloha New start at school board meeting In memory of Greg Beedon City of Cotati urges governor to sign affordable housing bill First Annual Latino Festival draws a large crowd Immigration appointments rescheduled Students at University Elementary discussing the labyrinth Rohnert Park City Council Candidates NHTSA reminds motorists to drive sober this season Cotati’s code of conduct School board follows its policy Free school supplies RPDPS receives grant to fight alcohol-related crime Winners of “Discovered: Emerging artists of Sonoma County” Cotati Oktoberfest on the horizon Carrying another on a recovery path Family Justice Center Sonoma County receives grant awards R P Foundation gives grants to NOAH and Petaluma Bounty Summit State Bank annual report FEMA awards Sonoma Water grant RP moves to curb false alarms Doggone hot days are here! Warnings weren’t enough! ‘Stuff the van’ with school supplies Wake up to social crisis Cannabis cultivation and more projects Downtown RP infrastructure project Ca. Dept. of Public Health issues Public Health advisory State Fund offers extended credit to policyholders March for the blind highlights need for more accessible sidewalks Cougar to Bear — Simmons’ new pelt SRJC picks up local quarterback The Cougars defeat the Jaguars at homecoming New laws take effect Jan. 1 Boards approve plan to offset proposed groundwater fee Technology High School construction on schedule Groundwater sustainability fee adopted in Santa Rosa Plain Rohnert Park City Council all about safety Accordion Festival San Francisco Mime Troupe to perform in Cotati Rep. Thompson speaks at SSU on climate change RP to vote on protecting open space and preventing sprawl Pedestrian jumps into path of SMART Train Fire - Community - Businesses Kids and firefighters compete in RP RP local, Petri Alva, 14, a nationally recognized athlete SSU named one of the best universities Verity is hiring to work with survivors RP City Council, not business as usual A young child making a big difference Cotati’s first homicide in 24 years Veterans’ housing to open in 2020 RPPS encourages public to drive sober Issues and recognition but no council meeting RCHS Mascot at Welcome Back Rally Raising awareness on the dangers of SIDS SMART will run limited service SweetPea celebrates 31 years Seawolves serve up a victory Students almost ready for kindergarten Would you make a great foster parent? Grand Jury recommends improvements for So. Co. Water City of Cotati switches to 100% renewable electricity I’m ready, bring ‘em on! Tech High School celebrates 20 years PG&E Wildfire Assistance Program accepting applications for aid Learn to become a naturalist Police and housing topics discussed at Council Coursey on the campaign trail Take one, leave one – New free library in Cotati Cardinals rout Cougars SSI and SSP recipients eligible for CalFresh benefits Five vehicle crash shuts down Golf Course Dr. Happenings at Cotati City Council Trades Intro Program (TIP) leads to career RP City Council: from safety to striping Girls explore STEM possibilities at Tinker Academy Spring Lake Water Bark kickoff Sozo Student Center opens Credo ladies in Trashion show Cougars win behind roaring defensive performance Another long evening at Cotati City council How to help victims of wildfires Polynesia celebrated at annual Pacific Islander Festival Fire storm anniversary New fire station gets final direction Undercover operation identifies prostitution at local massage parlors Red flags fly at all fire stations during “Red Flag” warnings L J principal promises open door policy DUI driver arrested after collision on RP Exp Contact information needed from about 150,000 PG&E customers A satisfied smile Cotati Council makes it short Cotati is open to new county wide voting system CANCELLATION Plan approved for Station Ave. park Football in full swing, 3rd win Arrests and charges target Apple stores Cotati fills Planning Commission The long summer grinds Alert resident foiled attempted burglary of neighbor’s home All about the roads Third DUI driver arrested in RP in three days Santa Rosa doctor overprescribing New leadership delivers new start at school board meeting Man takes own life Bound for a peaceful resting place After sluggish start, Cougars explode RP Improvements Update week of October 21st Annie Rasmussen Celebration of Life School district set to begin new year Wrong way bicyclist rides into path of SMART train City, county reach agreement with Homeless Advocates Our words are not enough: Educators call for action First day of school and new friends PG&E Wildfire Assistance Program distributes first checks to victims  Credo Kaplan-Kinsey semi-finalist Focusing on finances... 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Farmers’ Market party on the plaza

  • Sax player Susan Copperman Founder, Leader, singer & choreographer Jane Sorenson, Lead singer Sharon Jones and Lead singer Cathy Slack

  • The Rotten Tomatoes band consists of Rich Payne on drums, Don Gylfe on guitar, Dan Johnson on harmonica, Aaron Shreve on bass, Pete Eagle on guitar and Gerard Giudice on vocals.

By: Lanny Lowery
August 23, 2019

Fri., Aug 30 marks the last Rohnert Park Farmers’ Market for this summer.  Celebrating the market’s tenth anniversary, Slack has scheduled big bands for the twelve Friday nights.

Music organizer Cathy Slack met with then Mayor Pam Stafford ten years ago in a coffee shop to discuss having a farmers’ market in Rohnert Park.  And from the beginning, the market was a success.  

So much so that one year later the city presented “an award of recognition for Outstanding Community Service to KRCB and Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce member Cathy Slack.”  This proclamation was made to honor Slack’s work to create a successful Rohnert Park Farmers’ Market and for the music concert series that was a huge part of each Friday night market.

Upon receiving the award, Slack showed more excitement for the success of the event than for herself.  “I am delighted at the success of the event!  Non-profits are making money, the community is able to get fresh produce from local farmers, listen to music and see their neighbors in a festive setting each week!”

Over the ten years, the Ed Foundation and the Rotary have taken in more than $200k from the sales of adult beverages.  Kelly Smith has brought in many vendors.   Smith and her team operate 15 markets.  Slack says that Smith “has the pull to bring in interesting vendors.”

Market goers can purchase meals from at least six different food booths.  Small craftsmen come in to bring in unique and locally made wares such as one finds in the “California Strong” booth.  

Slack’s responsibility has been to organize all of the music and get all of the sponsors and connect partnerships.  “It’s wonderful to see how this market has such an impact on small businesses,” notes Slack.

And most exciting, 2019 has set records in attendance and sales.  Slack is pleased to see so many people of so many different ages.  “It’s rare to see such multi-generational groups:  adults of all ages, teens and children.”

Slack has organized many events around the county including the North Bay Women’s Expo and the Julliard Park Concert Series.  She has a unique perspective beyond being the founder of the Friday Party on the Plaza and of running the music and organizing the sponsors and doing the advertising.  As a performer, she knows a feel good venue when she is on stage.  She sees the Rohnert Park community enjoying itself and feeling safe, and she feels safe being on the stage and that is not always the case in some venues.

For this last market of the year, Slack’s musical group, The Poyntlyss Sisters, Sonoma County performers for more than a quarter of a century, share the musical billing with The Rotten Tomatoes.  The Poyntlyss Sisters, founded by singer Jane Sorenson, who leads the group, will perform the first part of the evening until 7:30.  Singers Sharon Jones and Cathy Slack will combine with sax player Susan Copperman to present music from the 50s through the 90s, all good dance music.

Old familiar tunes such as “Proud Mary,” “I’ve Got the Music,” “Joy to the World,” “Somebody to Love,” “One Fine Day” and “Jumping Jack Flash” will be part of their repertoire.

Slack described the band that follows The Poyntlyss Sisters as a group that performs classic rock and blues.  The Rotten Tomatoes claims that it’s “a perfect example of what’s wrong with the world today.”  This group’s song list spans five decades and its music is meant for people to get up and dance.

Rotten Tomatoes claims, “We are always ready to play any event that could use some lively, foot stompin’, hip shakin’, good ol’ time music.”  The group consists of Gerard “The Big Tomato” Giudice doing lead vocals; Don “Slidin’ By” Gylfe guitarist and lead vocals, Pete “Fly Like An” Eagle electric guitar, Aaron “AC” Shreve guitar and backing vocals, Rich “Boom Boom” Brown drums and backing vocals, and Dan “Shoeless” Johnson harmonica and tambourine.  The nicknames alone should draw half of Rohnert Park to the Party on the Plaza.  These guys will do a little Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Santana, Wilson Pickett, Robert Johnson and Chicago.

Ten years ago Cathy Slack started a good thing and the Party on the Plaza still rocks on.  Be a part of this festive closing of a very successful season for The Rohnert Park Farmers’ Market Fri., Aug 30.