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By: Cassandra May Albaugh
January 10, 2020

Whether it’s a first date or social time with family and friends, the question often comes up “What would you like to do?” Depending on age and interests the answers will vary. Obviously, a dinner or lunch meet-up is an option. So is grabbing a cup of coffee or a drink. There are plenty of restaurants, coffee shops and bars in Cotati and Rohnert Park from which to choose. But what other options do we have in our local area?

Well if you’re into music – the Weill Hall at Sonoma State University is an option. Also known as the Green Music Center it’s located on the eastern edge of Rohnert Park at 1801 E. Cotati Ave near the corner of Rohnert Park Expressway and Petaluma Hill Road. In January four events are scheduled.

In the 240-seat Schroeder Hall there is a Sonoma Bach: Organ Recital at 8 p.m. on Jan. 10. Tickets are advertised at $28. There is a pre-concert background talk at 7:25 p.m. Also, at Schroeder Hall on the Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m., our local charter Credo High School presents “Waldorf at Weill.” The musical performances will be from students of the nine North Bay Waldorf schools, not just Credo High School. It’s a free performance but tickets are required and will be available starting Jan. 7.

At the main 1,400-seat Weill Hall, two January performances are scheduled. On the 23rd, Archetypes is scheduled with tickets starting at $25. The performance is described as: “A musical journey exploring universal symbolic archetypes from stories throughout the world.” The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Finally, on the 30th at 8p.m. the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir will perform. Tickets are $5. but SSU students get in free.

Another option in Jan. is to attend one of the performances of “Seussical Jr.” at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center located at 5409 Snyder Lane in the Rohnert Park Community Center complex. Presented by talented young actors participating in the Spreckels Education Program, the performance is a musically based presentation of various characters from the “one and only Dr. Seuss!” Evening performances are on the 24th and 31st at 7 p.m. and weekend performances at 1 p.m. on the January 25, 26 as well as Feb. 1 and 2. Tickets cost $17 for general admission but only $12 for children 18 and under. Of course, if you’re not into music performances, you have other options too.

How about a bowling date at the Double Decker located at 300 Golf Course Drive? They have 50 lanes for bowling, pool tables, an arcade and a snack bar to entertain all ages. Bowling not your thing?  How about roller skating? Cal Skate is located at 6100 Commerce Blvd. Rohnert Park is lucky to be the home of one of the only North Bay’s roller skate rinks. They offer open and adults only sessions, have a snack bar, some arcade games if you need a skating break and plenty of seating for folks like me to watch our kids and grandkids even if we don’t skate anymore.

Speaking of the kids, don’t forget Scandia Fun Center at 5301 Redwood Dr., or Rebounderz Rohnert Park at 555 Rohnert Park Expressway W. Both options allow children to release their pent-up energies especially when the weather isn’t the best.  Also, at 4601 Redwood Dr. you have Driven Raceway for those who enjoy kart racing. Checkout their websites for activities and prices.

Something more sedate? You always have a variety of movies to catch at the Reading Cinemas at 555 Rohnert Park Expressway W. And if you’re into casino gaming, there is the Graton Resort and Casino located at 288 Golf Course Drive W.  Something different? You might want to check out Reed Between the Lines located at 5800 Redwood Drive. They offer groups from 4-10 people a room set-up as an escape room. You get locked in and then have an hour to solve puzzles with the final puzzle solution allowing you to escape. Children under 14 are not allowed unless accompanied by an adult. Make sure to call and book in advance if you want to try this out. 

So instead of asking “what do you want to do?” for your next date, social event, or family outing; perhaps offer one of these options. Nothing wrong with a meal or a beverage but “variety is the spice of life” so consider mixing it up sometimes.