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October 23, 2018
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City of RP Updates

Darrin Jenkins
Rohnert Park Health Center celebrates 3 years of service
September 21, 2018

The Rohnert Park Health Center recently celebrated its 3rd year anniversary serving Rohnert Park. They have served over 15,000 patients, mostly Rohnert Park residents, who would otherwise have to travel to Santa Rosa or Petaluma to enjoy quality health, vision, and dental care.

Additionally, the Health Center is home to the Earn It, Keep It, Save It (EKS) program, where volunteers have helped many residents save thousands on their taxes. I’m pleased that the city helped bring the health center to town. 

Pet emergency preparedness

September marks national emergency preparedness month. Are you prepared for an evacuation order? Are your pets included in your emergency plan? 

If you have to leave your home with pets in tow it helps to have some pet-friendly options.  Do you have friends outside your immediate area that you – or they - can stay with?  Do you know what hotels are pet friendly?  Most Red Cross shelters will not allow pets but have agreements with local shelters to provide care for them. It’s very helpful if you arrive with a crate and food – and even better if your pet is used to being crated; there is nothing like waiting for an emergency to force a frightened, stressed cat into a carrier for the first time!  Don’t forget to grab any medications for your pet and to have extra leashes and pet dishes ready.  All pets should have collars with ID and a microchip as extra security in case a panicked pet escapes. It’s also helpful to have a copy of each pet’s health records so they are welcomed into facilities without question.

You could also end up forced to stay at home but be isolated, as in the case of an earthquake. Your emergency kit needs to have supplies for every person and pet in your household for three to five days.  Do you have enough water? Pet food?  Hay and pellets for little critters?  Litter for your cats?  It’s a lot to think about but a little planning now could be a huge help in the event of an emergency.  

For some good checklists and information on preparing your pets check out these two websites: www.aspca.org/pet-care/disaster-preparedness and www.ready.gov/animals.

The fun zone of Rohnert Park

Many people know Rohnert Park is the Friendly City but did you know Rohnert Park is also the most fun city in Sonoma County? Rohnert Park invites you to visit our family friendly fun businesses and experience the fun zone of Rohnert Park.

When the October wildfires of 2017 hit, many Rohnert Park fun activity businesses came together to help families and kids find respite from the stress and anxiety of the fires. Learning from that experience, some businesses are continuing to work together to support each other, benefit the community and promote Rohnert Park as the premier place for family friendly fun.

The fun zone of Rohnert Park is a community of wholesome entertainment businesses. Participating in creative activity, exercise and playing games provides hours of fun, relieves stress and increases your sense of well-being. 

The founding businesses of the fun zone

 of Rohnert Park include Cal Skate, Flying Frog Academy, Fundemonium, Rebounderz, Reed Between the Lines, Rohnert Park Martial Arts Training Center and Spreckels Performing Arts Center. I encourage you to try them all. 

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Now playing at Spreckels Theater, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time draws us into the strange and brilliant mind of Christopher, a 15-year-old math whiz with autism. The audience is invited to see the world through Christopher’s eyes as he valiantly maneuvers through a confusing world to solve the mystery of who killed his neighbor’s dog. The play won the Tony Award in 2012 for Outstanding Play. 

You can get tickets by calling the Spreckels Box Office at 588-3400. Box Office hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. and one hour before show time. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.spreckelsonline.com.