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Bark after Dark dinner and auction to benefit animals at Rohnert Park Community Center, 5401 Snyder Ln.

Earn it! Keep it! Save it! (EKS) is an anti-poverty program offered by the United Way in Rohnert Park. It provides free tax assistance and financial education to low- and moderate-income families. With tax season well underway, IRS-certified volunteers are ready to serve Rohnert Park residents. 

When the rousing musical production Juke Joint Jukebox stormed the stage last week at the Spreckels Arts Center, it may have been the most uplifting way to celebrate Black History Month.

The Rohnert Park City Council held their first meeting of February on Tuesday, February 14. The ninety-minute meeting had several topics; however, the Safe Sleeping Program at the Roberts Lake Park and Ride seemed to be touched upon during most of those topics. 

Rohnert Park has opened its annual online community survey to solicit residents’ input and feedback. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and will be open through the end of February. Community members can fill out the survey in English or in Spanish. 

The City of Rohnert Park has been exploring opportunities to create a Health and Human Services Hub in Rohnert Park since May 2022. At its meeting on January 10, the city council agreed to pursue funding for the facility. 

A young man from New Orleans says we can do so much harm to the earth and we all should become good shepherds and stewards of the land.

The city council held their first meeting of the year on Tuesday, January 10. Lightly attended, the meeting lasted less than two hours. This was Marcela Piedra’s first meeting as city manager and Samantha Rodriguez’s first meeting as mayor.

Cassandra May Albaugh will be the first openly Transgender Woman to serve on the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District Board of Trustees.

The newly elected Rohnert Park City Councilmembers were seated during the Council meeting on Dec. 13. The newly elected members are as follows:District 1: Samantha RodriguezDistrict 2: Emily SanbornDistrict 5: Susan Hollingsworth Adams

Susan Harvey, Cotati, having been mayor before, Susan is not new to the job of being involved of Cotati’s energetic and involved business community. She says to come and visit and enjoy the public art display and visit the Historical Society Museum located in city hall.

In our article last week, we spotlighted Rohnert Park’s new mayor as the First Latina as part of our City Council report. This week, we’re diving a bit deeper as to who Rodriguez is, in addition to being the first Latina and youngest councilmember and mayor of our city.

The city council met on Tuesday, December 13 for their last meeting of 2022. It was a changing of the guard. Long-time Council member Pam Stafford departed. New council member Emily Sanborn took a seat on the council.

Former Rohnert Park Mayor Jackie Elward was part of a Sonoma County delegation attending the recent United Nations 2022 Climate Change Conference held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Despite the damp and rainy weather, the annual Holiday Lights Celebration was a festive event. Held inside at the Community Center from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on December 3, the crowd was large and the atmosphere joyous.

NOAH (Neighbors Organized Against Hunger) was founded in 2005 by a group of concerned residents who saw a need to provide food to a vulnerable population struggling to make ends meet.

Do you have a little spare time? Are your children looking for a craft to benefit others? The Sonoma County Library’s Send Our Seniors Mail program encourages kindness and support for elders in the community during the holiday season and beyond. 

The Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District (CRPUSD) Board of Trustees met on November 15, 2022. This was the final board meeting for the current Board of Trustees. For Board Chairperson Joe Cimino and Trustee Chrissa Gillies this was their last meeting.

Surjin Banwait, an 8th grader at Lawrence Jones Middle School will be presented his 2022 International Film Festival Award on November 19. The First Place Award was part of the “2022 The MY HERO Project International Short Film Festival.” His winning submission was “Not All Superheroes Are i…

A holiday gift and toy drive are underway to support families in Cotati, Penngrove and Rohnert Park. For over 25 years, this holiday gift and toy drive has grown not only in popularity but also in partnership with others in order to help fill needs in our communities.

The Rohnert Park City Council met on Election Day, November 8. It was the second Tuesday of the month and election day is usually the first Tuesday of the month, except when it falls on the first day of November. So, this year, both the city council meeting and election day occurred on the same day.

The Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District held a special meeting November 1 to consider appointing a Trustee for Area 4. No one originally filed to run for this Trustee District which covers Cotati and the L Section of Rohnert Park. Therefore, the district advertised a process to solic…

The Rohnert Park City Council held their regular meeting on October 25 at city hall. The meeting was well attended with over three dozen city staff and residents in attendance.

With light attendance, the Cotati Rohnert Park School District held their board meeting on October 18 at The James Pitt Theater located on the Rancho Cotate HS Campus. The agenda consisted of presentations, reports, and a few action items, but most action items were routine in nature and pas…

On October 11, the City of Rohnert Park started reorganization and implementation of new rules at the Roberts Lake Encampment.

The Cotati Rohnert Park Unified School District held a special board meeting on October 4, 2022, with a two hour plus meeting in the Labath Multi-Use room at 5860 Labath Ave. in Rohnert Park. The purpose of the meeting was to update the board on School Safety Plans and obtain their approval …

The Rohnert Park City Council met on September 27 for their end of month regular meeting. It was a short meeting lasting 90 minutes. Two dozen citizens and staff were in attendance.

During the Cotati Rohnert Park Unified School District regular board meeting in The James Pitt Theater on the Rancho Cotate High School campus Tuesday September 20 many issues were discussed.

The city council met for a short meeting on Tuesday, September 13. Attendance was light with less than 30 folks divided between the public and city staff. The meeting lasted less than 90 minutes not counting the closed session just before adjournment. The closed session was a conference with…

Provident Credit Union’s Account Executive Michael Moore, Business Development Manager Joshua Melander, and NBC Sr. Account Executive Jesse Flores presented “The Big Check” in the amount of $20,000 to Rancho Cotate’s Jessica Holman. The check was presented to the school in honor of Jessica h…

The City of Rohnert Park in partnership with the Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce presents a downtown movie night, “We Bought a Zoo” Friday, Sept. 2 on the downtown property (formerly State Farm) 6400 State Farm Dr.

Council Chambers were packed at the Rohnert Park City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 23. Most seats were taken with many standing in the back of the room. Two events accounted for most of the attendance. The first was the Mayor’s Recognition that honored the Education Foundation of Cotat…

On Saturday, August 20 a picnic was held in Rohnert Park’s A Park. Sponsored by Lone Pine Ukrainian Family Aid (LPUFA) the purpose was to welcome the Stetsenko Family to Rohnert Park and America. Starting at noon more than 50 people were in attendance to welcome them. For the next three hour…

In the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District, the 2022-2023 school year started on August 16 at all schools except for Richard Crane Elementary. Richard Crane is an all-year school and started their 2022-2023 school year back on July 19. But on Monday, August 15, the district first wel…