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Renovating a gift shop with a cause Redwood Credit Union Gives $800,000 to support Coronavirus relief efforts Sonoma County Schools plan for distance learning through May 1 Edward Jones supports community Santa Rosa Symphony reschedules all spring concerts Drug users most vulnerable populations in COVID-19 pandemic JFCS remains open and is responding to hundreds of calls for help Temporarily closing all bed & bath stores Guide to Restaurants and Grocery Stores during ‘Shelter in’ times. Graton Casino closes “The Moth” at Credo’s black box A special place for hospice and special needs dogs Library seeks public input on strategic plan Community Events Calendar March 20 through April 9, 2020 PG&E encourages safe planting during California Arbor Week and beyond Petaluma’s butter and egg days Exploring the Transgender experience Dear community Luther Burbank center suspends performances through March 31 Hub Cyclery celebrates another year What does a local control action plan do? Community Events Calendar October 5, 2018 through October 18, 2018 Community Events Calendar January 11, 2019 through January 24, 2019 2020 Climate Summit Let’s talk Turkey Recipes sought for B’nai Israel cookbook Local artist Leivas enters art show Community Events Calendar September 28, 2018 through October 11, 2018 Community Events Calendar December 28, 2018 through January 10, 2019 Welcome to a new year of reading and writing Back to school supply challenge Community Events Calendar March 13 through April 2, 2020 Community Events Calendar August 31, 2018 through September 13, 2018 Community Events Calendar October 19, 2018 through November 1, 2018 Local author donates to Wildfire Relief Charities LIME Foundation partners with local organization Community Events Calendar July 26, 2019 through August 8, 2019 Electrical vehicle challenge Gore in tune Community Events Calendar October 12 through October 25 Over 100 volunteers wrapping toys Community Events Calendar January 4, 2019 through January 17, 2019 Sonoma County Library Photography Exhibit 2019 Volunteer's Corner PG&E offers energy saving tips JavAmore, Caprara’s Pizzeria hold fundraiser Save Rancho Adobe FPD Sonoma Clean Power partners with Uber Homeless veterans receive greatest gift Volunteer's Corner Back to school bag of tricks Community Events Calendar August 9, 2019 through August 22, 2019 Let’s go out... Rock your family’s spring break staycation at your local library RP Expressway improvements Remo is ready for dessert SSU’s Sakaki names Griffin-Desta as new Chief of Staff Haute Flash takes the stage 2019 Graduation in full swing Volunteer briefs Photography show at library The gift of reading Wilco announces their first Northern California store in Petaluma Community Events Calendar August 10, 2018 through August 23, 2018 Get your hula on for the Penngrove luau A day at Thomas Page Academy Elves clowning around Burton Recreation Center gets a new look How past superintendents impacted CRPUSD Successful approach to fireworks in RP SCP and Country Summer raise donations for local food bank Picturing Philanthropy: Selections from the SSU Art Collection Sutton takes Eagle Scout oath SMART is proactive regarding the coronavirus Community Events Calendar September 14, 2018 through September 27, 2018 Pastis visits the Ranch A Cotati home has the Christmas spirit 2nd Annual Sweethearts Fairytale Dance Educator Dolkas retires Free backpacks and school supplies for kids Support program delivers items to firefighters Who ya gonna call...? Community Events Calendar January 10, 2020 through January 23, 2020 The history of the Rainbow Flag Raphael Trio to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday Bands and DJs playing great music in Cotati Photo exhibit by Penngrove artist sheds light on disability community Free Advance Care Planning workshop Jan. 15 SSU Outreach and events coordinator changes Cycle Without Limits in action again at SSU Library summer reading program Pastor George Russell 30 years with the Assembly of God Church Japanese students experience American culture, English language Hawaiian luau Penngrove style Weaver shows his sculptures at Hahn Elementary School Retired officers know a good restaurant Becoming Independent wins County of Sonoma shredding business Community Events Calendar January 24, 2020 through February 6, 2020 Cotati Chamber of Commerce hands out awards Cotati’s early morning breakfast Cotatians turned out in droves Sat. to celebrate Oliver’s Market 30th anniversary party Bark After Dark: Dinner and auction to help save animals Enrollment event at SC airport Would you make a great foster parent? RCHS ‘sold out’ crab feed Vacation Bible School in Penngrove Agreement reached with homeless advocates Kindergarteners get a first taste of school The People’s Choice award winner Community Events Calendar November 15, 2019 through November 28, 2019 Help neighbors in need this holiday season Sweethearts Fairytale Dance TLC receives $2.5 million gift from dissolving SoCo Children’s Village to continue SCCV Legacy March offers a diversity of events and celebrations Community Events Calendar August 24, 2018 through September 6, 2018 Community Events Calendar October 26 through November 8 Community Events Calendar November 9 2018 through November 22 2018 Rohnert Park students to learn bike safety Genealogy library hosts open house in Santa Rosa NorCal Honor Band accepts Analy High School musicians Volunteer's Corner Sonoma Clean Power seeks participants Scholarships help foster youth SoCo. Bicycle Coalition needs board members Community Events Calendar August 23, 2019 through September 5, 2019 Local residents earn degree from WGU SSU names new Dean of School of Business and Economics Ronnie’s bar and grill kitchen is open Ribbon-cutting for new band room at LJMS Understanding the Transgender experience CPI North Bay fire recovery Sonoma Raceway hosts food drive American Sign Language and police departments Volunteer's Corner Community Events Calendar January 18, 2019 through January 31, 2019 Community Events Calendar February 1, 2019 through February 14, 2019 School’s out – time for camp! Credo High Graduates RP Club serves breakfast and lunch Miss Central California performs at Friday Night Market Petaluma native serves at naval communication center Alumnus Teixeira educational fund with endowment Sonoma County Library launches new early literacy program Monte Vista writing with quills Ribbon cutting for new band room Rancho ASB hosts Spaghetti Feed Dinner Threatened discharge of hazardous waste Local meat company receives best of show Photography Show Newest report finds new growth on rare Cotati albino Chimera Tree The work behind “The Art of Resistance” SRS has affordable family concert, Jan. 27, 3 p.m. RP Health Center ensures all children in school district receive dental care Volunteer's Corner Volunteer’s Corner Community Events Calendar May 10, 2019 through May 23, 2019 FREE Movies In The Park CRPUSD needs hands-on leader Community Events Calendar July 12, 2019 through July 25, 2019 Community Events Calendar July 19, 2019 through August 1, 2019 Community Events Calendar August 2, 2019 through August 15, 2019 Volunteer briefs Verity is always here to help Rancho’s Airband performs Community Events Calendar December 27, 2019 through January 9, 2020 Year of the Rat celebration Volunteer's Corner Parents and youngsters enjoy drumming Community Events Calendar September 21, 2018 through October 4, 2018 A Veteran remembers Veterans SSU to buy 90-unit Petaluma complex for workforce housing Decker waves the baton at a concert Richard Crane fourth graders harness the wind Collaborating Together for Peace May the 4th be with you at La Plaza Park Community Events Calendar June 7, 2019 through June 20, 2019 Granny units in local area Nonn talks with Waldo and Tech neighbors Walking in the Cotati Kids’ Day parade Volunteer briefs Quite a dance performance at the Accordian Festival Analy fall music festival New exhibition recognizing emerging artists in So Co Community Events Calendar December 13, 2019 through December 26, 2019 Sarris converses with Raskin Coin show in Santa Rosa Local school shines with STEM February is Black History Month Community Events Calendar March 6 through March 19, 2020 It takes a village to honor its past Veterans story Mark Weston Volunteer's Corner Young accepts ‘prez’ of the RP Historical Society Community Events Calendar December 21, 2018 through January 3, 2019 Local nonprofit to host Santa Rosa fundraiser for homeless veterans Hansel receives honorary doctorate A lesson from Wafflemat Tom with his bucket Farmers’ markets kick off Volunteer's Corner Borrow more materials from more libraries Charitable program linking foster families and churches Give the gift of love to a deserving senior Passing the torch for Rohnert Park City Council Volunteer's Corner Ten years of complementary health care in Sonoma County Understanding career choices with Frame4 SMART ridership rises forty percent A new strategy for the Cotati Chamber of Commerce The Native Daughters host CA Admission Day Veterans Day 2018, Rick Norman Community Events Calendar November 23, 2018 through December 13, 2018 A lighter, brighter Cotati Vandalism at Gold Ridge Community Center Community Events Calendar December 14, 2018 through December 27, 2018 Community Events Calendar January 25, 2019 through February 7, 2019 Community Events Calendar March 29, 2019 through April 11, 2019 Volunteer's Corner Enter the Penngrove Parade Community Events Calendar June 14, 2019 through June 27, 2019 Community Events Calendar June 28, 2019 through July 11, 2019 Deliver food to seniors House managers and ushers needed Community Events Calendar August 16, 2019 through August 29, 2019 Be prepared for a medical emergency Bark After Dark... bringing back the memories Volunteer as a Bingocize instructor Action taken at Cotati City Council Two steps forward... one step back Volunteer's Corner SoCo Housing Authority opens Project-Based Voucher waitlist in Healdsburg Engage with performing artists at the Green Music Center The History of HBCUs Older adults and residents with disabilities to discuss county transportation Discrimination and bullying in our schools Volunteer City of Cotati offers Thanksgiving week fun for kids Saving on energy and giving youth jobs DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint Volunteer's Corner Community Events Calendar February 8, 2019 through February 21, 2019 Cotati chicken BBQ returns Race volunteers and DJ needed Annual senior art show The Sonoma-Marin fair is giving away $35k in awards & scholarships Volunteer's Corner Library offers free summer lunches to youth NPR author Corrigan to speak at RP-Cotati Library Volunteer briefs Rancho: some things old, some things new Volunteer's Corner Bark after Dark Graton Rancheria gives grant to SSU Rancheria Learning Center Support for Kincade Fire First Responders SSU names new vice president FEMA grants $1.2M to CEA to increase earthquake protection Songbird Community Center celebrates Community Events Calendar January 17, 2020 through January 30, 2020 Trees wanted for PEEP program Salvation Army Stations Canteen in Petaluma Holiday class Create a table centerpiece RP Founders’ Day Oct. 6 30 years for Danny's vacuum shop Volunteer’s corner Home Instead partners with local businesses Large affordable housing project breaks ground in Rohnert Park Is your Carbon Monoxide detector chirping? Volunteer’s Corner RP celebrates “I Heart RP” Feb. 10 Volunteer's Corner I can do it! Exposición anual de arte para personas mayores RP-Cotati Library to feature award-winning performance artist Thirteen reasons to fold American flag Fireworks update Kids day in Cotati Friday, 7/19/19 Hometown Headliners Petaluma native serves as member of U.S. Navy Community Events Calendar September 6, 2019 through September 19, 2019 Exhibit commemorating LGBTQ+ history on display at SSU Archive crawl/open house Broadway under the stars Volunteer's Corner RRWA Environmental Column – December 2019 Parting Wisdom: Perspective and guidance from a seasoned storm water inspector A different type of graduation Library urges community to join Winter Reading Challenge Watch for PG&E and other scammers I Heart Rohnert Park Flores named Dean’s list Senior prom at RP Center Backpack drive event this Sunday Who you going to call? Adapting to the weather changes SC Public Library Foundation needs directors Athena sits in ‘artsy’ Cotati Community Events Calendar December 7, 2018 through December 20, 2018 Cotati hosts award dinner Volunteer's Corner Free care planning workshop Credo’s Dolcini power rowing to Portland Free, fun, family activities, Sat. Junior League presenting Ride-a-Rig Armed Forces News Strickland becomes president of Rotary Club So. Co. 2019 homeless count shows reduction Rise in young people experiencing homelessness Boys & Girls Clubs is now Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin Volunteer briefs Writing is powerful 2019 Farm Bureau Foundation of SoCo Grant Program accepting applications Kinsey Sicks in Cotati Honoring the women of Cotati Rotary Clubs come together to help Kincade fire victims Cotati’s fountain tree ablaze Community Events Calendar December 20, 2019 through January 2, 2020 Community Events Calendar January 3, 2020 through January 16, 2020 Stories from Credo High School’s Black Box Community Events Calendar February 7 through February 20, 2020 The “Coolerators” dance party at New Cotati Cabaret Sonoma County Free Bookmobile SC nonprofit arts and culture generates $80.4 M Community Events Calendar November 2, 2018 through November 15, 2018 Multiple Commission, Committee and Board appointive terms expire Dec. 2018 – We have seats to fill! Community Events Calendar November 30 through December 20 Volunteer's Corner Coffee with Cotati cops ‘Just Between Friends’ mega kids’ event Creative Sonoma supports artists impacted by fires Everything bunny in Rohnert Park Cotati Rotary hosts first Humanitarian award Walk the labyrinth in D park Two teachers receive the Lou Colby award RP’s 36th annual fishing derby Looking for SoCo artists An antediluvian house on the hill Newspaper spring-ups through the years Empire graduates Devil Pups, A 10-day Leadership Camp for teens Child passenger safety week Abbleskiever breakfast at Penngrove A functioning sawmill near Sebastopol I won the dog race One cold night cancelled SMART train new schedule to take effect Volunteer's Corner CFSC fire relief grants LIME Foundation hosts NextGen Volunteer's Corner Annual Jeopardy fundraiser Rancho Cotate students earn work ready certificate Emergency repairs for Russian River-Cotati aqueduct approved Community Events Calendar September 7, 2018 through September 20, 2018 SAY launches One Cold Night Devil Pups set a new goal Celebrate the holiday season responsibly  Tips for a Grinchless holiday season Church of the Oaks crab feed Feb. 8-9 Miss SC Scholarship competition Local winner at art show Bailey So. Co. Woman of the Year Credo High School to speak at WE conference So. Co. Community Dev. Commission seeks equity in housing Tech High athletic awards ceremony Eureka! Students strike gold! Special Olympic Torch run going through Cotati Community Events Calendar July 5, 2019 through July 18, 2019 Sonoma Raceway to host high speed blood drive Neary starts new business The free Sonoma County Bookmobile Learn to write obituaries Ghosts, witches, superheroes, princes and princesses... Fencing demo and class at RP Library Community Events Calendar November 8, 2019 through November 21, 2019 New pillow giveaway at Thomas Page Academy University Elementary School to host Maker World Past performance equals future results... Refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle and rot “Doctors with a heart” benefits “cots, committee on the shelterless” Spreckels Performing Arts Center announces its 31st season with a free party! SSU nursing program recognized among best in nation Kenneth Bradley, a local photographer showcasing Community Events Calendar August 17, 2018 through August 30, 2018 Staying safe on our local trails North Bay Construction Corps receives statewide recognition Don’t be a victim of a charity scam Be a resource for fire survivors Poetry Out Loud Sonoma County contest Community Events Calendar March 1, 2019 through March 14, 2019 Rancho Cotate Varsity Girls Basketball receives recognition The “Disney” concert in the TAG building Community Events Calendar April 19, 2019 through May 2, 2019 La Comisión de Desarrollo Comunitario del Condado de Sonoma An invitation to the Peace garden dedication Rancho Cotate High School students for May Free seminars for disabled veterans and surviving spouses claim benefits Library to eliminate fines for 80,000 patrons The National Heirloom Exposition celebrates a world of flavor! Community Events Calendar September 20, 2019 through October 3, 2019 Aliotti graduates from Lackland Community Events Calendar October 18, 2019 through October 31, 2019 Students build firebreaks Community Events Calendar November 1, 2019 through November 14, 2019 Answers the call Community Events Calendar November 29, 2019 through December 12, 2019 The end of an era Attempting to prevent the cycle of homelessness Volunteer's Corner Volunteer's Corner Starting right here Sonoma County climate activists’ community summit Service dog dreams come true for heart attack survivor 20/30 club & Kohl’s outfit students Annual Sonoma County hunger index: 1/3 of residents went hungry in 2017 Volunteer's Corner Fun-filled Cotati stroll Celebrate Black History Month Heavy rain takes toll on drivers Transgender Day of Visibility Community Events Calendar April 5, 2019 through April 18, 2019 Volunteer's Corner SOMO Village vibrant with painted faces and bling Community Events Calendar May 24, 2019 through June 6, 2019 Monte Vista Spring Fling Community Events Calendar June 21, 2019 through July 4, 2019 Civil War days returns to Duncans Mills Volunteer's Corner Free Lacrosse clinics at M Park Community Events Calendar October 4, 2019 through October 17, 2019 Dance for good! Unity Day at Monte Vista Elementary School Largest ball of lint: Dryer Vent Wizard Cotati set Guinness Records™ title The Salvation Army begins assistance operation for Kincade Fire survivors A Day of Remembrance... Donate blood at the 14th annual Bucket Brigade Blood Drive Challenge Accordion Festival gives donation to community Reducing disposable bottle waste at Hahn Elementary Community Events Calendar February 21 through March 5, 2020 Become a child advocate Garbage rate increase may keep compostable materials in county Sonoma County reads ‘Kindred’ Be a resource for fire survivors STEM at SSU Community Events Calendar February 15, 2019 through February 28, 2019 Japanese Internment Remembrance Day Credo students demand strong environmental action Coffee with a Cop  Free family bicycling workshop Learn about water-wise gardening this weekend Volunteer's Corner Inaugural construction trades training class prepares to graduate Volunteer's Corner Free workshop for adults 60+ Big bounce cancelled Volunteer's Corner Help keep the leaves and grass out of storm drains Would you like to shop for the Cottage families? RP Veteran’s Day celebration Coppola Winery establishes a scholarship at SSU The Salvation Army continues to help restock empty refrigerators Volunteer's Corner Community Events Calendar December 6, 2019 through December 19, 2019 Homegrown Sonoma Trio sing original folk and rock at New Cotati Cabaret Celebrating in February… Student artists needed for public art project in Rohnert Park Community Events Calendar February 28 through March 12, 2020 Community Events Calendar August 3, 2018 through August 16, 2018 A warm day with dancing and good food Community Events Calendar November 16, through December 6, Volunteers needed to ring a bell Volunteer's Corner Volunteer's Corner  Senior art show registration for artists age 60+ One Planet Youth Summit and Credo High School United Way ensuring community gets fair share in 2020 census RCRPC hosted Annual Community Award night Rancho Cotate HS students for the month of April- Perseverance Cotati Chamber hosts music festival Community Events Calendar May 31, 2019 through June 13, 2019 A new feature at the Cotati Farmers’ Market Rohnert Park teacher wins summer Fellowship Community Events Calendar August 30, 2019 through September 12, 2019 Bringing Mediterranean culture to the community Rivers of Life Volunteer's Corner Community Events Calendar October 25, 2019 through November 7, 2019 Credo open house cancelled New date for Jason Mraz and Raining Jane Science night at John Reed Elementary Library unveils innovative new teen collection Donations for needy families Community Events Calendar January 31, 2020 through February 13, 2020 Budget award presented to the City of Cotati Performing “Aladdin” Mobility is freedom…with a Purple Heart truck run Train as a coach to help older adults prevent falls Rotary District 5130 provides multiple fire relief grants A New Coalition: Forming alliances for barn owls Grand opening at Acme Burger Penngrove buries time capsule Volunteer's Corner Libraries = strong communities Community Events Calendar May 3, 2019 through May 16, 2019 Tech elects new student body for year 2019-20 Volunteer's Corner Green Music Center presents its annual fundraising event Connect to nature Volunteer's Corner Farm animal rescue in Cotati provides much needed services Public invited to discuss ways to improve Bay Area Transportation Volunteer's Corner Free mattress collection Zero Waste Sonoma and Bye Bye Mattress team up for a free three-day collection Cotati Rohnert Park Co-op Nursery School receives donation The Rotary annual toy wrapping happened last Saturday Helping hands at the boosters crab feed Penngrove Community Church hosts breakfast Rancho Cotate High School students of the month for January Seniors are targets for telescammers CTE Foundation invests in local schools Our invisible but critical water source Future leaders of the community Rohnert Park Democratic Club Free job fair matches local employers and job seekers TAG building ribbon-cutting/dedication ceremony Creating a teacher recruitment and retention plan K/1 students to present a jobs and business expo An invitation to attend “Avenue of Flags” Educator Friedland retires after 35 years 6th annual luau fundraiser Zero Waste Sonoma and Bye-Bye mattress team up Free conservation toolkits at your local library Peace and Justice Center Awards & Fundraiser Sonoma County Library expands Menstrual Equity Program Volunteer's Corner Credo’s Trashion owns the runway Thomas Page Academy gets a big check Volunteer's Corner Volunteer's Corner Volunteer's Corner SSU named one of the nation’s “Most promising places to work” Community Events Calendar February 22, 2019 through March 7, 2019 Mayor Belforte reads at Monte Vista A new student center in RP Nor Cal Aging, Disability and Advocacy Expo Transgender march and rally RP Easter egg hunt Volunteer's Corner Color is fun Jones receives proclamation Flags are a beautiful sight Stockham of Cotati named Global Scholar Greater Farallones Marine sanctuary seeks Maritime Advisor Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation is awarded three new grants Maher will provide free care during Nov. News from Knox College Griffith named to Dean’s list at Palmer College of Chiropractic Volunteer's Corner Students to participate in Legacy Project New Entrepreneur in residence at Sonoma State University Sonoma County STEAM Showcase Transgender day in the square Apply to represent So County’s older adults Community Events Calendar March 22, 2019 through April 4, 2019 McLea’s receives AAA banner SonomaFi coming to local libraries Letter carriers stamp out hunger Woolery loves a clean environment A library luncheon becomes a birthday party Mayors challenge Cougars Sonoma and Mendocino selected for regional electric vehicle charging No fault of their own Earle Baum Center celebrates 20 years Community Events Calendar October 11, 2019 through October 24, 2019 Credo High School hosts open house Community Events Calendar November 22, 2019 through December 5, 2019 SMART establishes a 50 percent discount fare policy for low income riders Cross and Crown celebrates 50th Anniversary Monthly CalFresh benefits to arrive March 1 Community Events Calendar March 15, 2019 through March 28, 2019 SSU to screen ‘Big Sonia’ to honor Holocaust and Genocide survivors Volunteer's Corner Showing off their talents Creative Grants for Summer Arts Youth Programs RP seeking applicants for leadership program Volunteer's Corner Thousands of PG&E customers could benefit from monthly energy discount Community Events Calendar September 13, 2019 through September 26, 2019 She serves Cotati well It’s the time of year for fall curbside cleanup Celebrating different cultures, traditions and history Volunteer's Corner Friends for survival meet Explore foster parenting talk Feb. 25 Cross and Crown Church reaches the big 50 Looking through the glass at Arch’s for 55 years Senior center prom Community Events Calendar April 12, 2019 through April 25, 2019 Paparazzi day... Let the egg hunt begin… Rotary clubs of Rancho Cotati and Rohnert Park are hosting the dedication of a Peace Park Today’s children, Tomorrow’s leaders Sonoma County Mayors’ award breakfast Community Events Calendar September 27, 2019 through October 10, 2019 Dancing in the bubbles Rube Goldberg night at Tech High Community Events Calendar February 14 through February 27, 2020 Crew does a fine job It’s “American” History Volunteer's Corner SSU to sign landmark commitment to sustainability Volunteer's Corner SSU takes top honors at United Nations conference Cal Ripken celebrates opening day Making Rohnert Park age friendly Learn more about CASA’s impact Military basic training graduates Volunteer's Corner Giving thanks at Homestead Gardens Yellow tape on signal lights Clover Sonoma supports free concerts for youth Residents give high marks to Cotati living Event volunteers needed Free LGBT awareness training for caregivers RCHS Guard and drumline competition Sgt. Thompson named So. Co. bike commuter of the year Happiest sprint on the planet Librarian Kleban retires CASA Volunteers Sonoma State presents the first-ever production of ‘Origin Story’ Volunteer's Corner Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria $200k grant to Secure Families Fund SSU Library presents ‘Alchemia’ exhibit Community Events Calendar March 8, 2019 through March 21, 2019 Art students big on art Space for reflection Community Events Calendar April 26, 2019 through May 9, 2019 Tech. upgrade for Cotati sewers/water Duckett all set to install tile Choosing to man their table Sonoma County schools hold International walk and roll to school day Rancho Cotate football team receives a proclamation from the City of Rohnert Park Volunteer's Corner Rancho Cotati Rotary Club visited Thomas Page Academy Artists showing off their works Join us on Easter Sunday Caregivers offered free awareness training Rancho’s Top Twenty Dinner: a fifty-one-year tradition Sweetman explains expo Pumpkin night is a magical time Volunteer's Corner The Rohnert Park Sister City Committee is in full swing Parkour Speed competition Volunteer's Corner Ranger retires after 36 years Community Events Calendar May 17, 2019 through May 30, 2019 Meaningful Sayings

Meet Rohnert Park’s upcoming leaders in 2020

By: Stephanie Derammelaere
November 29, 2019

In Sept. Leadership Rohnert Park, a program aimed at providing civic, network-building experiences that participants can then use in their own lives, jobs, and communities, officially kicked off. Twenty-four community members were chosen for this worthwhile cause, in hopes that the city will develop a pool of people who are interested in taking on leadership roles in local government, community organizations and civic causes.

“We feel that Rohnert Park, like many cities, is well-served by having a group of community leaders who are well-informed of the issues and challenges in the community, who have solid leadership skills and who have a network of like-minded folks in the community,” says Don Schwartz, Assistant City Manager of Rohnert Park. 

The group will meet once a month until May 2020 and the training is being facilitated by a leading national, leadership development organization, Coro Northern California. The non-profit’s mission is to “equip people with skills, knowledge, and networks to collaborate and accelerate positive change wherever they are.” The hands-on learning model develops self-awareness, critical thinking, communication, inclusion, collaboration and empowered professionalism.

“Coro has a proven record of excellence in local leadership development,” says Darrin Jenkins, City Manager of Rohnert Park. “They created a program for Rohnert Park that builds on their experience and addresses the needs of our community.”

Rohnert Park had a leadership program about twenty years ago and the idea to bring it back was first considered about four years ago. However, it wasn’t until this year that the city had the funding, mostly from non-guaranteed casino funds, to bring the idea to fruition.

While no specific commitment is required post-training, city officials hope that participants will be inspired to use what they’ve learned and the network they’ve gained to initiate positive change in the community, whether that means serving on a non-profit board, engaging in city leadership, or even just making them more effective in the positions in which they are currently involved. 

“All the people chosen for Leadership Rohnert Park wanted to get more involved in helping their community,” says Schwartz. “What they wrote in their applications aligned with what this program is about, which consists of improving leadership. There are three pillars to the program which include leadership skills, subject matter knowledge and building a network of like-minded people.” 

Arteaga, Kelly, Kaiser Permanente Rohnert Park

Cazares, Tiffany, Graton Resort and Casino

Chipman, Cherie, Exchange Bank

I have lived in Penngrove for 22 years with my husband Pat, daughter Katelyn (24) and son Robert (20). I am a graduate of Santa Rosa Junior College where I received an Associates of Arts Degree with a Certificate in Accounting. I am currently the Co-Treasurer of the Education Foundation, Treasurer of the Cotati Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Rotary Club of Rancho Cotati. I attend Rohnert Park, Petaluma and Cotati Chamber events. I have been working for Exchange Bank for over eleven years. I am currently the Branch Manager of the Rohnert Park branch. I am proud to work for Exchange Bank; a company that is heavily involved in the community. Its core values make it a wonderful place to work.

Elward, Jackie, French American Charter School

Epstein, Matt, Dry Creek Rancheria Fire Department

Espino, Sonia, City of Rohnert Park

I was born in San Francisco and moved to Rohnert Park when I was 13 years old. Graduated from Rancho Cotate High School in 1998, then graduated from Sonoma State University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and concentration in Human Resources. In November 2004 I started working for the City of Rohnert Park as an Office Assistant. That same year I obtained the International Code Council Permit Technician Certification and was promoted to a Permit Technician. Shortly after I received the Green Building Professional Certificate Program through Sonoma State University and in 2008 received a LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification). Having been employed with the city for a little over 15 years has certainly allowed me to connect with the RP community and being bilingual has provided an asset to our diverse community.

Garcia, Jenna, City of Rohnert Park

A Sonoma County native, born and raised in Sebastopol. She has experience in the private business and nonprofit sectors, working at COTS (a Petaluma-based organization that serves people experiencing homelessness) for six years. Jenna has been with the City of Rohnert Park for six months now and oversees the affordable housing and homeless programs offered in the city. She is thrilled to be serving as a Leadership Rohnert Park fellow in this inaugural class.

Grover, Maggie, Summit State Bank

Hernandez, Jeannine, 4Cs Sonoma County

I have been working with 4Cs of Sonoma Co. for the past five years as one of their Site Supervisors. I’ve worked in early childhood education (ECE) for 12 years in several different capacities. My son is an aspiring firefighter in college after leaving the Army. I am married to an incredible NICU RN and we have a dog and 2 cats. We enjoy riding our motorcycles around our beautiful county whenever we get the chance to. 

Jaime, Sandra, Calix, Inc

Jones, Micki, Journeys Photo Solutions

Lam, Fanny, Compass

Fanny is passionate in cultural exchange and community services. She participated in a 1-year exchange program to the US at the age of 17. She joined varies exchange programs, travelled though Asia and backpacking in Europe. She is currently hosting exchange students from Sonoma State University. She is a broad member for APA Family Support Services (non-profit organization based in SF) with the focus on developing healthy families She has over 15 years’ experience in commercial and residential real estate in Hong Kong and the Bay Area. She graduated from The London University (Law degree) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Business Administration). She is a licensed broker with Compass in California. 

Mata, Hugo, Soluna Outreach Solutions LLC

Principal of Soluna Outreach Solutions has more than 17 years of experience in bilingual (English/Spanish) environmental outreach programs, media planning and placement, environmental education, source separation and recycling, waste diversion, and community-based marketing. Hugo holds a B.A in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University and currently produces and hosts “Nuestra Tierra,” a weekly one-hour environmental radio talk show at KBBF 89.1FM Radio in Santa Rosa Ca.

Mojica, Rosemary, Retired

O’Daniel, Courtney, Retired/Volunteer for Non-Profits

My roots are not from here but from the East Coast. I was raised an Army Brat and lived outside Washington D.C. I have lived all over the world and the U.S. Living with my husband in Rohnert Park the past six years has been a joy. In our blended family, we have eight kids and now 10 grandchildren. I went to college and became a Med Tech. I also became a Real Estate Agent. I also have spent 50 years training and showing horses professionally. I also enjoyed competing in tennis, racquetball plus I enjoy skiing, and swimming. Now I like to hike and bicycle and garden. I also spend my time developing strong relationships and supporting women through different groups. I believe God put us on this earth for growing in relationships. Hope to meet you sometime.

Rodriguez, Anne-Marie, Petaluma Health Center, Inc

I’m an aspiring physician. I was born and raised in Rohnert Park. After attending the University of Portland in Oregon, I was happy to find myself moving back to Sonoma County, my home. It is a gift to be working at the Petaluma Health Center. This has given me the chance to serve my communities, and to learn the importance of having caring team of healthcare providers and administrators. I look forward to applying what I learn as I continue my journey in becoming a doctor.

Rodriquez, Silvia, St. Joseph’s Church - Cotati

I am originally from San Salvador, El Salvador. I was brought, as a child, to the US and raised in Southern California. My husband and I moved to Northern California in 1986 and have lived in Rohnert Park since 1993. Rohnert Park is where we raised our children; a now 30-year-old daughter and a set of 23-year-old twins (a boy and a girl). I’m also a happy mom to two dogs, Spencer and Phillip. I’m an avid reader. I’m fluently bilingual in English and Spanish, and I enjoy sharing this gift/skill. I have very curious mind a spirit, and I love to learn.

Thomas, Penelope, Coastal Health Alliance in Point Reyes Station

Thomas aims to strengthen community through her work in nonprofit Community Health Centers as a data analyst. Most recently she has worked as a certified data visualization and analysis expert at Coastal Health Alliance where she has used her years of project management experience to bring actionable data to community health. Penelope holds an MS in Biology from Sonoma State University, which is what initially brought her to the area. She quickly made a home here amongst the beautiful rolling hills and rugged coast. A desire to lay down roots and strengthen her sense of community has brought Penelope to the Leadership Rohnert Park program.

Thompson, Michael, Sonoma County Water Agency

Valkovic, Matt, CircleBlack, Inc.

Currently is head of client services and product for a financial technology company. Former Army officer with service in Iraq and NGO Field Ops manager with experience in Afghanistan, Africa and South America. Built and sustained diverse partnerships and valuable client relationships across sectors and cultures. 

Young, Rebecca, Sonoma State University

Young is a Sonoma State Alum from the liberal arts program, after which she traveled to Pennsylvania where she received her master’s degree in higher education. She has been working for over ten-years in higher education, including running residence halls, supporting career education and teaching classes in both leadership and university studies. In her role as a career advisor, she has helped change the face of the career center on campus. In 2019 she increased the number of employers recruiting Sonoma State students from 100 a year to over 350 in one academic year alone, she also boosted student interactions with the Career Center from 4 percent to over 30 percent. As a young person, Becky was a Girl Scout, where she learned that being involved in her community is essential. She has continued to be civic minded by joining the Active 20-30 Redwood Empire #1029, where she received Rookie of the year in 2017. Becky currently serves on the #1029 leadership board as Program Director, she has served for three years as silent auction chair for their annual crab feed and has chaired their Kicks for Kids summer soccer program two times.