TWO EXCITING RIPPLES WERE MADE IN SONOMA/MARIN, BUT…
…wait a minute. Questions dangle uneasily at the end of each. In Sacramento, leading meteorologist mavens and political leaders cheerfully announced “The California Drought is now over.” You might have looking out your window trying to find crowds of homeowners waving “the drought’s Dead” banners and cheering loudly. Oh sure, lots of people on the streets, but the hand-drawn signs were all protesting the results of Republican Donald Trump’s election.
County battered by nature, but Nostalgia’s alive and RP Kut-Ups have special plans
I can guess there are many Sonoma County residents wondering if the soil under their feet will ever dry out before the start of summer. All rivers, creeks, ponds and reservoirs were already at their peak levels when last mid-month’s torrents found no place to go except already saturated soil. The main rivers, Russian and Napa, overflowed as a consequence. Those of us pursuing newscasts on TV and radio saw or heard it all.
Thumbs up OK signal for Downtown Rohnert Park
We heard it straight from the incoming mayor, Jake Mackenzie when he was sworn in as Mayor for the sixth time in his 20 years on the Rohnert Park City Council. As part of his message Dec. 13 he said, in a packed council chambers. “We must have a Downtown Rohnert Park.”
Bluest county in bluest state in role of host to GOP’s Trump
Like all Sonoma County residents Rohnert Park citizens are still flinching over the news that Republican Donald Trump will be sitting in the same furniture in the White House formerly occupied by Barack Obama. This ‘flinching” is not a two-week grumbling over a chocolate latte or a glass of sauvignon blanc, this symptom will be picking at us for two years with persistent nagging like poison ivy.
The game is afoot in Rohnert Park with the Spreckels Theatre Company’s rollicking production of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, running now through October 9. Playwright Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Leading Ladies, Moon Over Buffalo) has taken his farcical skills to the beloved Sir Arthur Conan Doyle characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson and draped his tomfoolery around their most famous adventure – The Hound of the Baskervilles.
Off-sale liquor licenses hit a hurdle
The huge Oxford Suites Hotel located near the Home Depot hardware outlet wanted a license to sell beer, wine and liquors on an off-sale basis. When we say “off sale,” it means the hotel can sell booze to anyone who walks in, by bottles or cans, drop ‘em in a paper bag and walk out. Rohnert Park’s Planning Commission approved this but it turns out the RP City Council must approve it to make it legal, but the council rejected the hotel’s request.
Founders Day Parade & Festival Oct. 1
It’s still as true as Mom’s apple pie – everybody loves a parade whether it’s in big cities or small towns. Here in Rohnert Park we have a Founders Day Parade, Saturday Oct. 1, beginning at 10 am, down Snyder Lane from Larry Jones Middle School to Rancho Cotate High School. Yeah, I know, Snyder Lane’s a mess now as it’s being turned into a major North-South boulevard, but Public Works Director John MacArthur told me the work along the parade route will be all finished before Oct. 1.
Review by Harry Duke
American musicals have long plumbed the father/daughter relationship and often struck theatrical gold (Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, The Little Mermaid, etc.) – not so much when it comes to fathers and sons. Oh, sure, there are plenty of dramas, but you can count the number of American musicals with a father/son relationship at their core on one hand and have plenty of fingers left over. One such show is Andrew Lippa’s Big Fish, with a book by John August based on his screenplay for the 2003 Tim Burton film adaptation of Daniel Wallace’s 1998 novel, which is currently being energetically staged in Rohnert Park by the Spreckels Theatre Company.
I needed to see the Spreckels Theatre Company presentation of Disney’s The Little Mermaid twice before I could review it as my experience at the first showing was less than satisfactory – not because of anything being done on stage, but because of the distractingly boorish behavior of an audience member sitting in front of me who was shocked - SHOCKED! - that children would be thoroughly engaged by something clearly directed at them. Therefore, a cautionary note to potential adult audience attendees of this show – if you’re planning to attend a show with the word “Disney” attached to it and you walk through a lobby full of tykes dressed in princess gowns and you sit in a row where the kiddie to adult ratio is six to one, DON’T be surprised when they start bouncing and pointing and laughing and singing and commenting at what’s going on in front of them. It’s for them.
"NOAH" (Neighbors Organized Against Hunger) has restarted food distribution to Cotati, Penngrove and Rohnert Park families needing supplemental food.
Food distribution is performed Wednesday afternoons between the hours of 4:00 and 6:00.