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New Mayor Jackie Elward gaveled in her first meeting of 2022 just after 5 p.m. on Tuesday January 11. The meeting was virtual because of the declared state of emergency related to COVID-19. It could be observed on Cable Channel 26 or by visiting meeting central on the city’s website at https…

The US Food and Drug Administration is warning people of fraudulent coronavirus tests, vaccines, and treatments as the pandemic continues. According to the Centers for Disease Control, since the arrival of the Omicron variant, the increase of testing for COVID-19 has become a concern. Scarci…

Due to the rapid spread of COVID/the Omicron variant, and out of an abundance of caution, the City of Petaluma is taking steps to protect the health and safety of staff and our community. City facilities, including the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, will be temporarily closed to t…

Protect yourself, family, friends, and your community by following these prevention measures:

My rabbit, a tiny 6-year-old Netherland Dwarf named Nugget, just spent two days in the hospital.  Yes, a rabbit.  If you know anything about rabbits, you know that they don’t usually survive illnesses.  That’s because as a prey animal they excel at hiding any signs of illness until they are …

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 584-9121 or visit www.sonomalibrary.org. Hours: Mon. -Thurs. -Fri. -Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tues. & Wed. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

The Sonoma County Black Forum and the NAACP Sonoma Branch will host a Food Distribution for times like these. We will distribute FREE perishables, non-perishables, and personal care items to families and individuals. Our distribution is made possible by the generous donations of our communit…

Get in line for a drive thru crab feed January 22 at 10101 Main St., St A, Penngrove at the corner of Old Redwood Hwy. and Main St. in the Grove Plaza. Pick up times are from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

It’s been a while since visiting an eating establishment in the West County, so it was time to do so. Fandee’s Restaurant was a good choice. It’s located northwest of Sebastopol in the Fiesta Shopping Center next to the Redwood Credit Union at the intersection of Highway 116 and Covert Lane.…

Joselyn Blakeney, Ajooni Dhillon, Tyler Cardoza Lopez, Cathrine Suos, Mateo Arellanes, Kendall Felkins, Zaya LaGrande, Emma Perry, Madison Medrano, Gavin Rihl, Kora Stankas, Frankie Guzman Lugo, Hunter Baum, Jackson Epstein, Lucciana Torres, Zachary Collier, Preena Pradhan, Abudul Fayyaz, Sa…

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Just before the New Year began, Barbara Maes took the helm as the new branch manager of the Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library. From tech advancements to the COVID crisis, libraries across the nation face new challenges to remain relevant. Barbara was kind enough to share her views on the …

I have been writing for The Community Voice since the fall of 2019. During that time, I’ve written over three hundred articles. Last year I averaged over 10 stories a month, or more than 120 articles in 2021. So, in considering this article, reviewing my stories from last year, my task was t…

Along with tossing out those empty champagne bottles and reviewing your list of resolutions, January 1 is also time to take note of a litany of new laws and regulations. This year is no different, with lawmakers responding to the impacts of COVID, the lack of housing and other societal facto…

The Rotary Club of Rohnert Park-Cotati is holding its third annual crab feed and seafood festival January 22 at Sally Tomatoes Event Center. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.  

With the Public Safety Fire Division, the city's residents and businesses are in good hands. The division recently achieved a lower Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating, indicating better fire protection and quicker response times.

In 2005 Narrow Way began its journey when Chris Ginesi, Alex Sell and Nick Christenson decided that a play should be put on. At the time all three young theatre students were attending Santa Rosa Junior College. There was passionate about theatre and the desire to keep theatre alive in the l…

Traffic between Southwest and Commerce take turns sharing one lane as construction of the traffic circle began Tuesday morning. Construction is likely to continue for several weeks. Photo by Robert Grant

Early Saturday morning, the Santa Rosa Fire Department received calls about a home on fire in the Woodcrest Mobile Home Estates off College Ave. The first engine arrived in five minutes and discovered a double wide mobile home with fire and smoke visible from the roof and windows. Firefighte…

Defendant, Lane Robert Norman, 22-years-old of Petaluma, was sentenced by the Honorable Bradford DeMeo to 8 years and 4 months in prison in connection with his no-contest pleas in October to pimping while armed with a firearm as well as furnishing cocaine to a minor. 

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 584-9121 or visit www.sonomalibrary.org. Hours: Mon. -Thurs. -Fri. -Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tues. & Wed. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

The Lost Church’s cozy hideout downtown Santa Rosa is coming to life in the new year with loads of recurring residencies. Reno’s Loud as Folk is reviving their 2nd Thursday residency (Jan. 13), Magician, Mentalist and Mischief maker Brad Barton is returning to his 3rd Thurs. Residency (Jan. …

OK, I know it’s a few days late, but here’s a reminder to do an annual collar and tag check on your pets.  Is everyone’s collar in good shape?  Still fitting well?  What about the tags?  Is the phone number legible?  Current?  Would someone be able to reach you if they found your pet?  That’…

Mud Lab, Mon. from 2-3 p.m. (all ages) - Explore all the ways to play in the mud! From mud painting and mud mosaics to exploring its viscosity, creating mud sculptures, and “cooking” with mud, this will be messy fun for all ages. (Smocks provided)

The American Red Cross blood supply is at historically low levels, and it continues to decline. We know we’ve shared this before, but we need your help getting the word out. If more donors don’t come out to give, hospitals may be forced to delay care to patients relying on blood transfusions…

From the Sebastopol Area Senior Center, staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors want to thank you for all the support of the annual fundraising event, Aged to Perfection. The night was jam-packed with live music from the Pulsators, tasty catered barbeque from a Guy and his Grill, delicious…

Kwanzaa was created in the 1960sMaulana Karenga, a Black nationalist who later became a college professor, created Kwanzaa as a way of uniting and empowering the African American community in the aftermath of the deadly Watts Rebellion. Having modeled his holiday on traditional African harve…

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 584-9121 or visit www.sonomalibrary.org. Hours: Mon. & Tue. 12-7 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 10-5 p.m.

From the East China Sea, Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Daniel Bello, left, from San Jose, California, and Hull Maintenance Technician Fireman Jared Shacklet, from Rohnert Park, California, make damage assessment reports during a rescue and assistance drill aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile…

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According to some reviews, Mai Vietnamese Cuisine was said to have the best Vietnamese Pho soup. It was well worth a lunch time visit to obtain confirmation of that claim. A few weeks ago, during a visit to another restaurant in the Apple Valley Plaza, this establishment wasn’t even noticed.…

January 1st is the beginning of the new year. We often make resolutions such as getting more exercise, better eating habits, to stop smoking or other things we want to change about ourselves in the upcoming year. According to a survey by the website National Today, 55 percent of Americans ma…

The Cotati Historical Museum is in Cotati City Hall and is open by appointment only currently. Interested parties can learn more at chsinfo@sonic.net.

Hard to believe it’s already the last column of the year – where did 2021 go?  Besides being consumed by Covid – and much of it was, it’s always good to look back and reflect on what was achieved over the past year.  Let me share my reminiscences with you.

“Aging Gayfully!” is a unique class being offered online as part of the Older Adults Program of Santa Rosa Junior College.   The class provides a comfortable space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning adults to explore skillful aging strategies that address their un…

Researchers and local historians are again able to request materials to borrow from the Sonoma County Archives, after the materials were moved during the summer. These materials may be requested for onsite use in the reading room at the Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library in downto…

Seems like the holidays brings out all the emergencies – we had two surrenders last week that both needed urgent surgeries.  One, I do believe, was the largest dog that we’ve ever had at the shelter.  Cali is a 180 lb. English Mastiff that was surrendered with a prolapsed uterus.  It wasn’t …

The week prior to the ribbon-cutting event at the new library, we were busy at Public Works constructing the time capsule that was buried in concrete near the library entry, it is a message to the future to be opened in the year 2076, perhaps the part of our nation’s tri-centennial celebrati…

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 584-9121 or visit www.sonomalibrary.org. Hours: Mon. & Tue. 12-7 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 10-5 p.m.

Holiday lights brighten the home, but they can also add costs to energy bills and represent a fire hazard if not properly handled. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) provides customers with safety and energy efficiency reminders to get into the holiday spirit. 

It may take a little prep work on your part but your time cooking together can hold many benefits for both of you. This season learn more about how families from around the globe celebrate with some kid-friendly holiday recipes.

Epicenter is holding a job fair with up to 20 different employers from various industries. Epicenter Sports and entertainment will give out free Epicenter Game Cards (50 chips) to the first 200 job seekers that register at the door. 

Rohnert Park will receive $14.6 million in state Project Homekey funds to construct 60 modular housing units of interim housing for those experiencing homelessness. Sixty percent of the rooms will be set-aside for chronically homeless individuals. Each person will have their own room with a …