Bill Hartman's wood shop class at Rancho Cotate High School has been working hard to build armoires for at-risk and homeless teens who will be staying at the SAY Dream Center in Santa Rosa.
The Cotati City Council hosted a public hearing Jan. 26 regarding the introduction of a companion ordinance to modify the current parliamentary procedure from Robert's Rules of Order to Rosenberg's Rules of Order.
Cotati's Recreation Department is coming alive again, for the first time since 2009.
Ken Zamvil and Nancy Brotman recently celebrated their 23rd anniversary. They also have 45 kids. These kids are of the furry, hooved variety. And actually, most of them are adults now, but they're so energetic it can be hard to tell.
Mayor John Moore and Vice Mayor Susan Harvey served their first meeting in their new positions at Cotati City Hall the night of Jan. 12.
The Cotati City Council held a closed session before the public meeting for the second council meeting in a row, with nothing to report either time. The Honorary Mayor of Cotati for the month of November is Madison Zwinge, an 8th grader from Lawrence E. Jones Middle School.
Local innovators, engineers and members of the maker culture have a chance to team up and show the world what they've got. The North Bay Make-A-Thon, presented by Sonoma State University and the North Bay iHub, is open to students, the public, and industry professionals as a means to collaborate on new ideas and concepts that have applications in the real world.
Kids have a chance to turn a future cavity into a new toy or game instead. Dr. Nicole Smith is an orthodontist in Rohnert Park, and this year she hosts her 11th annual candy buyback.
It was nearly a full house at the Cotati city council on Oct. 27. Most of the participants were present for the continuation of the house abatement discussion of the Stanley property on W. School St., which was destroyed in a fire in June of last year.
Cotati City Council welcomed honorary mayor Liam Reynolds and discussed a groundwater plan.
Student senate discusses Columbus Day, the transit bus program and Take Back the Night event Columbus Day's long and contentious history influenced the Student Government Assembly (SGA) to vote to reassign the Oct.12 holiday to celebrate indigenous peoples' in a Sept. 21 session. "The Student Government Assembly recognizes the importance of our Indigenous roots," the resolution states.
The Light the Night Walk is an international annual fundraiser benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
A Tech High senior and president of the school's National Honor Society decided to spring into action Sunday afternoon, and began collecting donations at the Rohnert Park school Monday morning.
Executive Director of the Russian River Watershed Association, Andy Rogers, gave a presentation about the importance of the Safe Medicine Disposal Program.
The Brews for Lake County fundraiser runs 7 - 11 p.m. this Thursday. Sept. 17 at Brew, 555 Healdsburg Ave. in Santa Rosa.
Santa Rosa Junior College will soon receive $410 million. Thanks to voters, Measure H passed in November of last year. Now, these funds will go directly to improving the campus. Leigh Sata of San Francisco was appointed as director of capital projects at SRJC to help oversee implementation of the
The American Lung Association recently surveyed cities around Sonoma County to see how well they performed on enacting smoking ordinances. Cotati received an "F," leading them to take some new measures.
Cotati artist Dillon Hamilton painted a sports mural for the Eight Ball bar - some love it, some don't.
Last year's fire that burned down the Stanley home at 601 W. School St. June 28 was the talk of the council on Tuesday's Cotati City Hall meeting.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the end of construction work for the campus modernization of Thomas Page Academy.
A new Eggen & Lance mortuary opened up in the Raley's Towne Center of Rohnert Park mid-June.
Cotati police have already started using body cameras, and now Rohnert Park's forces are making the switch.
For many orchid enthusiasts, it may seem that you have to throw away store-bought flowers when they start to show signs of stress. But don't lose hope! You might be able to save them.
A group of 12 women from Sonoma County usually meet once a week for healing and meditation. This time around, they have created a near-nude 2016 calendar as a charity effort.
Joshua Simmons is making a name for himself in the field of technology.
Combination skate/surf/hot-rod and music shop Soulriders recently had its grand opening party, including a few celebrity guests.
Maggie Stader-Oesting and DJ Broken Record host "Funky Friday" at Cal Skate, a sober adults-only skating event.
Local playwright Dezi Gallegos of Petaluma has written five plays, and he's only 19.
A group of 30 Japanese from a top academic school visited Rohnert Park for 18 days. Students, directors and teachers share a few words.
Starts on page 8. The CinnaGals are an all-women's chorus based out of Petaluma. The director spoke with me about what sets them apart.
Santa Rosa-based Cookie... take a bite! received a $5,556 Whole Foods Small Producer Grant in June.
Comics FTW (For The Win) is a small hobby shop tucked away into a shopping center off of Santa Rosa Ave. But what it lacks in square footage, it makes up for with events targeted to illustrators, writers and fans of comic books, including a women's-only club called "Girls With Issues."
The Cotati Co-Op Nursery School is known for sustainable recycling practices - especially among the very young! (Photo by Jane Peleti)
Artists Emily Martin and Brett Grunig share their love of comics, manga and anime by teaching a comics-drawing class in Rohnert Park and Santa Rosa.
Brian Jimenez, 18, is an up-and-coming boxer from Rohnert Park. He practices at the Warriors4JC gym and is training for the Golden Gloves.
World Peace Clown Brino Ism talks about his journey to "spread happy" across the country.
Baseball Cards and Memorabilia in Rohnert Park offers a surprising amount of things to do for people of all types. It's also run by a son and his father.
A mother-daughter street painting team from Rohnert Park gets ready for an upcoming San Rafael art festival.
A popular drink franchise from Taiwan opened up its first location in the North Bay.
The miniature tribute "Carrietown" springs up at G&G each year, to the joy and admiration of many.
The 36th Annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party is back again at the Cow Palace, bringing good figgy puddings and spiced rum to all.
Sebastopol's largest venue did some renovations and re-opened as a bigger contender than ever.
There is a strong community of card, board and tabletop gamers right under your nose.
The Pizza Punx show that punk's not dead in Sonoma County, despite what people may think.
SRJC Game Design professor Kim Pittman offers up advice on making blockbuster games to aspiring students.
Arts and Entertainment
Toys, R/C car racing and tabletop gaming are all brought together under one roof at Fundemonium in Rohnert Park.
Secret Cat is not just a band, but a group of close friends experimenting with the very boundaries of art and sound. Between vocalist-guitarist Shoop, bassist Melati Citrawireja, drummer Emile Rosewater, guitarist Charlie Davenport and puppet player Quenby Dolgushkin, there is a lot of history. "We started when we were 10," Citrawireja said.
The opening night for "Hummingbird Wars" was packed full of students in Studio 76 of Ives Hall on the Sonoma State University campus.
Electric sofas, stilt walkers and nighttime marching bands are a taste of what's to come at the 11th annual Santa Rosa Winterblast. The event, in Santa Rosa's SOFA district near Juilliard Park, is really a big block party-with a parade of rolling sofas thrown in. Best of all, it's free and family-friendly.
"Putting Out the Fire... a Thanksgiving for Middletown" is a concert and variety show put on in collaboration between married couple Ron and Carolyn Kirk, and the Sonoma Media Group.
Sonoma State University's theatre arts program brings a wacky yet politically charged and heartfelt performance to the stage. Aaron Loeb's off-Broadway play "Abraham Lincoln's Big, Gay Dance Party" started in 2008, and has made its way around the circuit to Rohnert Park.
People of all genders and sexes line up at midnight in fishnets, heels, corsets and frilly lingerie. Some wear shiny golden short-shorts, others cat ears, capes, a gorilla costume or just plain underwear. No, it's not some kind of sex party.
The 25th annual Accordion Festival arrived in Cotati the weekend of Aug. 22 - 23, bringing with it music, merriment and mirth.
One of the best ways to get in the creepy Halloween spirit might be to attend a suspense story reading at night, by candlelight. But of course, the proper atmosphere might be hard to come by.
The Robert F. Agrella Gallery hosts tattoo-themed art pieces in its current exhibit.
Cotati's 9th annual Oktoberfest was met with many willing participants this year.
By Devin Marshall October 1, 2015 09:29 am The 9th annual Oktoberfest returns to Cotati's La Plaza Park Oct. 10 for a day of music, dancing, food, beer and festivities from noon to 6 p.m. The Karl Lebherz Band will perform on the stage.
Anne and Christopher Rice talked vampires at the Santa Rosa High auditorium.
The 2009 film "La Mission" brought its explorations of racial, class and generational struggles to the junior college with a free screening.
Meet little Timmy, the 1950s movie star whose companion was Lassie. And Cissy, the oldest of three orphaned siblings taken in by their bachelor uncle in "Family Affair." They'll be joined Sept. 26 by other iconic actors, local comic book authors and writers such as Tom Yeates of "Prince Valiant" fame, and a legion of fans at the Santa Rosa Toy and Comic Con.
A Rohnert Park director and Cotati actress made a horror film that debuts at the Roxy in Santa Rosa Oct. 15.
"Five Nights at Freddy's" is frighteningly fun, and makes you come back for more.
May 3 marks the day of free comic samplers and artist signings.
The Nintendo 3DS offers a way for people to play games with each other just by passing on the street.
Bandcamp provides an easy option for musicians trying to make themselves heard.
Record Store Day is celebrated all over the North Bay, and each participating store offers something special.
Local musicians and record labels describe the hard-to-define style of vaporwave.
Five Santa Rosa Junior College students ventured out to San Rafael to play three board games and review them.
The weekend of Feb. 21-23 was made up of a triple-header of punk shows at Hendley Hotel, the Last Record Store and Brodenheim.
The Oddjob Ensemble played their first set together at Jamison's Roaring Donkey in Petaluma, Fri. Aug. 28 for a reunion and re-forming of the band.