Have you ever wanted to see what happens behind the scenes in a police or fire department? Now is your chance as we are pleased to once again offer an opportunity for residents to get an inside look through the Civilian Public Safety Academy. During Academy training, residents will be introduced to 24 subjects, including the department’s community oriented policing philosophy, law, use of force, officer safety, investigations, traffic, narcotics, hazardous materials, emergency medical services, fire prevention and fire suppression. All attendees will have the option to receive CPR training and certification.
Academy classes are interactive, taught by sworn and civilian public safety personnel of the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety. Participants will have the opportunity to meet the Director of Public Safety and many members of the department.
Eligible participants must live or work within the City of Rohnert Park, be a minimum of 18 years of age and have no criminal conviction that would prohibit possession of a firearm. Residents meeting these criteria may apply for seats in the next session. The next class will be Monday evenings beginning March 19 and concluding on May 21; classes will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. The class size is limited to 25 people.
For more information or to request an application, see the city’s website or contact the Department of Public Safety at 500 City Center Dr. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call 584-2650. You may also email the Administrative Assistant Catherine Colburn at email@example.com.
February’s Second Sunday Family Fun Series theme is “I Heart Rohnert Park.” Residents are invited to this free event to enjoy live music by a local favorite band, “The Rotten Tomatoes,” let kids play in the jump house, challenge each other to a game of Connect Four, build a giant Lego tower or participate at the crafts table. This event will also feature local businesses, services and recreation course instructors who will share information, have giveaways and activities and provide opportunities to purchase items. There will be food and beverages for sale. Come see why Rohnert Park is a great place to live, work and play at the Community Center Complex at the corner of Snyder and Rohnert Park Expressway this Sunday, Feb. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.rpcity.org/secondsunday or call 588-3456.
Our community’s own version of Broadway, the Spreckels Performing Arts Center presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s, “South Pacific.” Set in an island paradise during World War II, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific brings the themes of romance, duty, and prejudice to create a classic story that still rings true today. Both heartbreaking and thought-provoking the musical follows two intercultural love stories: Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with Emile, a French plantation owner and U.S. Lieutenant Cable who falls for a beautiful island native named Liat. Both Americans find themselves struggling to reconcile their own cultural prejudices with their amorous feelings, all the while under the dark cloud of a war that is coming ever closer to their island paradise. Performances run Feb. 9 to 25. For tickets, please call the Spreckels Box Office at 588-3400. Box Office hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5pm and one hour before show time or online at www.spreckelsonline.com.