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January 18, 2018
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City of RP Updates

Darrin Jenkins
New Spreckels show and new trees for Country Club Drive
January 19, 2018

One unique feature Rohnert Park has, is our community-owned Spreckels Performing Arts Center and our award-winning theatre company. Where else can you see Broadway style musicals 10 minutes from home? Well over nine out of 10 visitors rate their last visit as excellent or good. So we want to invite you to have a free sample of our wonderful dramatic spectacle. I’m inviting all residents to a FREE preview performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.” Featuring such classic songs as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Gonna Wash That Man (Right Outa my Hair)” and “Bali Hai,” “South Pacific” is a beautiful way to brighten your winter. The preview is Thursday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. Reserved tickets are recommended and available through the box office. Tickets not picked up by 7:30 p.m. the night of the performance will be released and made available to others. Proof of Rohnert Park residency will be required when picking up tickets. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m. A no-host concession counter will be open (cash only.) For more information or reservations, contact the Spreckels box office at 588-3400. The Spreckels Performing Arts Center is located at 5409 Snyder Ln. at the intersection with Rohnert Park Expressway. See you there! 

Being responsive: Second hand smoke - In Rohnert Park we pride ourselves on listening and responding to our residents. One example of this is that the city council will consider increasing restrictions on smoking in Rohnert Park at next Tuesday’s council meeting. The city started to review our smoking rules after numerous residents spoke about their concerns at city council meetings last year. 

In response to those concerns the proposed changes are designed to reduce exposure to second-hand smoke. The changes include:

Applying smoking restrictions beyond tobacco to e-cigarettes and marijuana. 

Prohibiting smoking inside apartments and condominiums, as well as increased outdoor restrictions including balconies, porches, decks and patios.  

Prohibiting smoking in additional public areas, including city buildings and parks and at public events such as the farmers market and festivals. 

Allowing residents to bring legal action against those creating second hand smoke in prohibited areas.

The city council meeting begins at 5 p.m. at R.P. City Hall. All residents are welcome to attend to share your views on this topic. 

Making Rohnert Park beautiful with new trees - City crews were hard at work in December planting new trees along Country Club Drive. Approximately 20 Chinese Pistache trees were added to the landscape medians as part of a three-year tree replacement project. The goal of the project is to restore Country Club Drive to its iconic, park-like appearance after removing the 83 unhealthy Honey Locust trees. The Chinese Pistache trees produce beautiful colors in autumn and are compatible with the turf environment in the landscape medians. The final phase of the tree replacement project will take place at the end of this year. In the end, there will be 73 new trees with improved spacing, visibility and appearance.