May is Lyme disease awareness month

Ticks are small, spider-like creatures most often found outside in wooded or brushy areas with tall grass, rocks, logs, and fallen leaves. Ticks bite and feed by attaching to animals and humans, sticking their mouthparts into the skin, and sucking blood for up to several days. There are many kinds of ticks in California, but only six kinds are known to commonly bite humans. Sometimes these ticks carry germs (like bacteria or viruses) that can spread to a person while the tick is attached and cause disease. 

The best way to avoid getting tick-borne diseases is to prevent tick bites: use tick repellent when going outside in areas where ticks are common, and check for ticks often while outside and after you return indoors. If you find a tick attached to your skin, remove it right away with tweezers.

May is bike month 

May 18 is bike to work day.

Join the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition and thousands of folks throughout the Bay Area - in a host of cycling activities, challenges, and classes throughout the month of May. 

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At the City of Sebastopol, we support offering our customers a choice in metering infrastructure. The AMI Opt-Out Program is for residential customers who prefer not to have the data collector/ transmitter installed with their water meter. The program allows customers to have their meter read manually at the end of every month at no additional cost to the customer.

Most customers look forward to having an automated meter installed at their home and taking advantage of the many benefits that this technology offers, such as fewer visits from field service representatives and immediate access to consumption information. However, if you are a City of Sebastopol residential customer and would prefer not to have an automated meter read at your home, please call us at: 707-823-5331 or Email:

Caregivers and Elders with Balance Issues – one-hour FREE workshops for you! 

The Lecture series will help caregivers understand how best to care for those with health issues and how to cope with being a caregiver. People affected with health issues will learn how to cope and avoid falls. The series is from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Any interested person is invited to attend. All workshops are free for both members and non-members. Register by calling 707-829-2440. 

May 10 - Marianne Potts, Physical Therapist: Getting Up from a Fall 

May 17 - Allan Bernstein, MD: Neurological Conditions 

May 24 - Lisa Bell Physical Therapist: Vestibular Conditions in Older Adults and their Treatment 

May 31 - Steve Levenberg DO: Medications and Fall Risk 

June 7 - Paula Shatkin, Social Worker: Supports for Caregivers 

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