February 25, 2020
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City of RP Updates

Darrin Jenkins
Grant program encourages organizations
September 20, 2019

There are many small groups of dedicated volunteers in our community working to make things a little better.  Last year, 175 volunteers delivered over 25 grant funded projects to bring a little sunshine to our town.  Backed with small grants from our Rohnert Park Foundation these community stewards delivered joy to everyone from girl scouts to senior citizens. 

Last year’s grant recipients included the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park-Cotati, Girl Scouts, Council on Aging, Animal Shelter League of Rohnert Park, and the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, to name a few. The various projects benefited nearly all sectors of our community.  The projects included repainting and renovating buildings and clubhouses, distributing food and vouchers to needy families, vaccinating pets, cleaning up creeks, erecting banners to honor our active military personnel, expanding counseling services and dental programs to school campuses, training elementary school children to ride bikes safely and hosting conferences and workshops at local schools and Sonoma State. The full list of awardees and their programs can be found at  This is also where you can apply for this year’s grants funds.

The purpose of the small grant program is to encourage organizations to do projects that will benefit or improve the Rohnert Park community. Capital for the program comes from our agreement with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. We invite you to apply online. The application period is open now and closes Oct. 18, 2019.

It is exhilarating to see the great work our community groups can do with just a little seed money from our Rohnert Park Foundation.  We’re so excited to review this year’s ideas, so send them in.  You just might see your dream to improve Rohnert Park come true! 

It’s not too late to celebrate the Spreckels 30th season. Flexible season ticket packages are available and offer savings and a few bonuses. Choose from one of three subscription series. 

The “trendsetter”— opening weekend series.  If you like to be the first one in the know, then this is your subscription. See our award-winning shows the first weekend of the run and then spend the next two weeks telling everyone how wonderful it was. Save up to $41 with this package. It includes six tickets, one for each show in the 19/20 season, but may be used opening weekend only (Fri. Sat. or Sun.)   

The “don’t fence me in” — name the day series.  If you like to keep your options open, and attend the theatre on a moment’s notice, this series is for you. Save up to $31 with this package. Get six tickets, one for each show in the 19/20 season and they may be used for any performance within the run of the show. 

The “just can’t commit” — three show series. The 3-show “just can’t commit” series includes one ticket to each of two musicals and one non-musical production. Save up to $11 and you choose the shows and the dates. 

For the Spreckels Performing Arts Center 30th anniversary season, we have lowered the price on the youth tickets. Now anyone aged 18 and under can see any of the shows for only $10. That is a $10 ticket (plus $2 facility fee) for every show all season! 

Don’t miss the last weekend performances of Eureka Day at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center. The performance has received rave reviews. “Great show. Really dwells into current issues regarding vaccinations with both viewpoints. A must-see,” praised an audience member. 

Visit for performance descriptions and show times or call the box office at 588-3400.