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September 17, 2019
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Public safety power shutoff Volunteer’s corner News Briefs News Briefs New backpacks, laptops and tablets “Score!” Friday drawings Discharged hazardous waste in K section Scammers claiming to be “Captain Darin Dougherty” from the sheriff’s office Fundraiser for Divine Nov. 4 It is creek week News Briefs Volunteers Public education on pedestrian traffic laws USCIS guidance on discretionary employment for parolees Helicopters to patrol electric lines News Briefs Second closure of Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Help with fundraiser ride 6th St. Playhouse to audition dogs for Sandy in Annie A. G. Becerra protecting women’s access to birth control Bauman shares tips for allergies Tutor, mentor students News Briefs August 3 News Briefs Oct. 5 Local news briefs Groundwater fee under consideration So. C. Sheriff’s office releases personnel records Contractor or handyman help News Briefs August 31 Santa Rosa man receives life sentence in RP burglary March is Try Transit Month Safe medicine disposal program Call on Newsom to help struggling homeowners Cal OES selects vendors to modernize state 9-1-1 system News Briefs Work from home scams Trying to steal truck News Briefs Cotati City Council votes to eliminate synthetic pesticides and herbicides News Briefs A transfer of firearms in California Arrests made at checkpoints Tax tips for consumers Help with chores News Briefs August 24 E. Jones best company Thompson urging to submit artwork Summer lunch is back for Sonoma County children Answer calls Volunteer's Corner Legislation helps people with disabilities move back home Train as a coach to help older adults prevent falls Californians traveling get fully vaccinated for measles Sonoma County Airport expands options with Uber access Volunteer to drive and save lives News Briefs September 7 On line dating scams Four grant programs open for applications News Briefs Fake check scams PG&E expanding weather station and high def camera network Slow down and celebrate responsibly Work at gift shop News Briefs, Volunteer's September 7 SweetPea needs volunteers Raley’s agrees to settlement Summit promotion Cotati spring curbside cleanup June is Elder Abuse Awareness month PG&E encourages customers to update their contact information Festival needs volunteers 17 new laws took effect on Jan. 1 Winter weather, illness drastically impacting blood supply USCIS gives free training on how to apply for citizenship Recruiters needed Sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint Save the date for pancakes Marketing and outreach Lead lessons on nature Governor Newsom commended on wildfire safety measures Rental assistance programs remain on track despite Government shutdown Sonoma State ranked as one of the best colleges for transfer students Kidnapping scam alert Help survivors Upcoming traffic alert Grant scams Become a volunteer for the Village Network Leadership opportunity Homelessness is on the rise among the elderly Sonoma County Rental Assistance Programs continue Brush pile burning at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park Industrial work death in RP Sen. Dodd introduces wildfire vegetation management plan Wanted felon arrested Connect with new friends Volunteer with Verity! New 2019 firearms laws The fight moves to protect transgender serving in the military Caltrans offers safety tips for winter driving Laguna Wastewater Treatment Plant impacted by flooding CTE Foundation support workforce pipeline Sonoma County permit office relocates Advocate for foster children Free bookmobile out of commission Reversal drugs to combat opioid crisis Wildlife Rescue relies on interns DA Ravitch issues notice: Looters and price gougers will be prosecuted Obesity in Sonoma County Aging concerns? Call (707) 565-INFO Become a CASA volunteer Isaacs-Bennett graduates from basic military training Back-to-school prevention education guide SMART recommended to receive for $12.6 million grant Wine Entrepreneurship Program now accepting applications Be aware of lewd conduct at Petaluma Shopping Center Dodd promotes free tax assistance Educate yourself on signs of abuse CPI hosts summer group Driver arrested for DUI after hitting parked car CDPH warns not to eat La Zagala Tamarin flavor candy Stone to retire Art show features local artists The inability of students to afford food Tech support refund scam Grieving for whales Children’s pasta dinner Social sustainability, wine tech and legal experts joins business faculty Gold Ridge will not be corp. yard $20,000 donated to wine industry at SSU Vehicle fire near Tech Middle School Model trains at Children’s Museum Lend a hand at annual festival Help people with dementia Meals on Wheels needs more drivers Former Walmart employee arrested for thefts from store Deputy arrests intoxicated RP driver on drugs, weapons charges SMART will add a late-night run Cleaner community spaces News Briefs Distribute leftover meals Those prohibited from possessing firearms So. Co. Economic Assistance to close in-person client services Summer Nature Journals California Proposition 63 Ammo background checks law A bilingual wish granter needed Reporting requirements for new California residents Summer breakfast and lunch is served at the RP Club Want to be a board member? Free legal clinic open Medicare fraud 101 Mother-son pimping and pandering duo sentenced June 30 deadline to take county older adult services survey Data entry assistants needed Mental health support available for all News briefs Free Medicare device scam Family emergency scam Garden and front desk help NAMI sets dates for classes Several drug companies pay out $70 million to Ca. Do me a favor scam Maintenance program improves water quality, provides flood protection So. Co. Housing Authority opens new housing choice voucher lottery wait list Sen. Dodd’s college student food insecurity bill signed by Gov. News briefs Learn different trades and opportunities “Nail ‘em” app to report illegal fireworks Citizenship and assimilation grant opportunities Governor’s actions will save the lives of first responders News Briefs DNA testing scams Youth homelessness increased Judgment barring citizenship question Funeral fraud Learn how to be a foster parent Are you looking for a way to give back? Check up on seniors 16-Bed Psychiatric Health Facility planned for Sonoma County Teach third graders how to read State parks looking for volunteers CDPH and CDFA encourages safe practices around animals Help needed at fundraiser Volunteer at hospital gift shop DNC to meet in San Francisco News briefs Pitch in at open house

News Briefs August 10

August 10, 2018

Volunteer’s corner

Food pickup

F.I.S.H., Friends in Service Here is one of the largest food pantries in Sonoma County and they need volunteer drivers to pick up food from local grocers and pantry workers as well as deliver groceries to Home Delivery Program clients who cannot get to F.I.S.H. Call Jeff Burton at 707-538-4059 or drop by 2900 McBride Ln. in Santa Rosa to sign up.

Motivate girls to run

Coaches are needed throughout Sonoma County for 20 Girls On the Run, a nonprofit that trains girls to complete a 5 K run. Training is provided and no running experience is needed. Work with third-to-eighth-graders for two to four hours a week to cover the course of 10 weeks, from September to December Contact or visit

Taste of Sonoma

Volunteers are needed at the Taste of Sonoma, a day of relishing and exploring Sonoma County wine and food Sept. 1. Some volunteer shifts include wine tastings and taste passes. Sign up at or email Lisa Thompson at

Volunteers needed for film festival

The Outdoor Disability Film Festival is seeking volunteers for Aug. 25 from 6-10 p.m. This is a collaborative event by the Disability Services and legal Center and the Earle Baum Center. Guests may enjoy snacks, beer, wine and refreshments while watching audience awards winning documentary “States of Grace.” Contact Inga at 707-636-3073 or Iga@my



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Rancho Adobe hosts first in series of town hall meetings

Courtesy of Rancho Adobe Fire District

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Station 1 Cotati, Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District will host the first in a series of town hall meetings that will inform residents of the district about its financial projections for the next five years and about its plans to keep the community safe. Topics discussed will include a new weed abatement ordinance, the possibility that fire stations may be forced to close in the future, the opportunity to add 24/7 Advanced Life Support ambulance service, the opportunity to upgrade the District’s 20 part-time firefighters to full-time firefighters and the content of the ballot measure they have submitted for the upcoming November elections.

Other scheduled town hall meetingsinclude: 

Aug. 29, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Liberty Fire Station

Sept. 5, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Penngrove Fire Station

Oct. 24, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Penngrove Fire Station

Oct. 29, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Cotati Fire Station.

There will also be a number of open house events, including: 

Sept. 1, 6 – 7:30 p.m.: Open House and Day of Remembrance for 9/11 at all three fire stations

Oct. 8, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Day of Remembrance for Sonoma County Firestorms and Open House, Station 1, Cotati. 


Verity is looking for compassionate individuals

Verity is recruiting volunteers to join the team as state-certified Crisis Line Counselors. These counselors and advocates provide telephone and in-person crisis counseling, support, referrals, advocacy and accompaniment services to survivors of sexual assault, their families and significant others.

People of all ages, backgrounds and genders can be so helpful to the survivors we serve. All training sessions are held at the Sonoma County Family Justice Center unless otherwise stated. Individual shift coverage for the crisis line occurs at your home or a location of your choice that is quiet and fosters the confidential transfer of information. Crisis calls are routed through an answering service and patched through to the volunteer on call. 

Verity has upcoming events in August. The weekly support group for adult women and nonbinary survivors will meet every Monday in August from 6 to 7 p.m. at the main office on Piner Road.

Aug. 16, the monthly community get-together will be at 6-8 p.m. to snack, watch documentaries and talk community in the main office at 835 Piner Rd., Santa Rosa. 

Smoke is in the air again, triggering a lot of anxiety and emotion for some of us. If you need any emotional support at all as the fires to the north of us rage on, do not hesitate to call our crisis line to talk to someone. For more information, call 707-545-7270.


Rohnert Park’s Greek Festival

Aug. 11 & 12, the St. George Greek and Middle Eastern Food Festival will be held at the St. George Orthodox Church, 7311 College View Dr. in Rohnert Park. Enjoy the traditional folk dancing along with Greek and Middle Eastern music. Food and drinks are available for purchase but the event is free.

Eat, drink and dance at this fun-filled event! Greek and Middle Eastern music, traditional folk dancing, delicious food, hummus, falafel, gyros, shawerma, spinacopita, as well as tasty Greek and Middle Eastern pastries, baklava, kenafeh and more. Check out the International Market Place, Hookah Lounge, Henna Tattoo, and Kids’ Corner, Escape Room, and Games Truck. For more Information go to: or .


Like to do a coaster challenge?

Instead of running a 5k, 10k or 15k, you get to ride the same distance on the 10 rip-roaring roller coasters at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom while raising money to support a great cause.

It is so easy to register at then fundraise and ride the distance on the most thrilling coasters. The entrance and parking for all participants who raise a minimum fundraising goal is free as well as other cool incentive rewards. This event will benefit athletes of Special Olympics Northern California.