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Rohnert Park - the Friendly City

Rohnert Park, California
Rohnert Park Ripples by Jud Snyder Rohnert Park Ripples by Jud Snyder - March 2017
March 1, 2017

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. 

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Rohnert Park Ripples by Jud Snyder Rohnert Park Ripples by Jud Snyder - February 2017
February 1, 2017

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.

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Bike Camp for Children with  Special Needs January 13-16 Bike Camp for Children with Special Needs
January 4, 2017
The Cycle Without Limits bike camp for children with special needs will be held January 13-16 at Sonoma State University. The camp uses specially-designed bicycles to teach children who often have difficulty learning how to ride a conventional two-wheeled bicycle.
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Rohnert Park Ripples by Jud Snyder Rohnert Park Ripples by Jud Snyder - January 2017
January 4, 2017

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.”

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Rohnert Park Ripples by Jud Snyder Rohnert Park Ripples by Jud Snyder - December 2016
November 25, 2016

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.

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Project Censored Project Censored Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Media Freedom Summit
September 28, 2016
This year, Project Censored – the non-profit media watchdog organization, founded at Sonoma State University (SSU) by Professor Carl Jensen – celebrates forty years of documenting significant news stories that independent journalists and news organizations have covered, but that corporate media have either ignored altogether or reported only in incomplete, slanted fashion. To mark this anniversary, Project Censored is hosting a nationalMedia Freedom Summit, to be held on Friday and Saturday, October 21-22 at SSU. 
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Jordan Martin, Darryl Strohl-De Herra Review – "Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery"
September 28, 2016

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.  

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Rohnert Park Ripples by Jud Snyder Rohnert Park Ripples by Jud Snyder - October 2016
September 28, 2016

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.

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SOMO Concert Venue from stage - Photo by John Taber SOMO Summer Concert Festivals in Rohnert Park
September 7, 2016
There is truly nothing like going to a concert. I’m not talking so much about sitting and watching classical musicians perform works by famous composers but rather the experience where the music is blasting, the audience is dancing, and everyone is jamming out. It’s definitely a fun way to let loose. The thing, though, is that going to a high energy concert like the ones I just described aren’t very easy to come by in the area of Sonoma County. That’s something SOMO Concerts is trying to fix.
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Rohnert Park Ripples by Jud Snyder Rohnert Park Ripples by Jud Snyder - September 2016
September 1, 2016

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.

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Jordan Martin, Darryl Strohl-De Herra Review – “Big Fish” @ Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park – by Harry Duke
August 20, 2016

Review by Harry Duke

American musicals have long plumbed the father/daughter relationship and often struck theatrical gold (Fiddler on the RoofAnnieThe 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.

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Rohnert Park Ripples by Jud Snyder Rohnert Park Ripples by Jud Snyder - August 2016
August 1, 2016
Another in the series of having the city council meet with residents was held Wednesday July 20 in the Community Center. It drew a modest audience, about 40 to 50 residents to the big meeting room Modest, for it had to compete with television coverage of the Republican nominating convention in Cleveland, starring Donald Trump. The Town Hall was scheduled from 6 to 8 pm, but the questioning period ended the meeting at 7:20 pm when no attendee had any questions.
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SOMO Village Concerts SOMO Village Concerts
June 29, 2016
You are invited to the third season of Sonoma County’s newest spot for music, SOMO Concerts. This growing venue in Rohnert Park at the old Agilent complex is now home to the largest solar array in Sonoma County, producing 3.1 megawatts through 16,000 panels. Every show at SOMO is committed to promoting community and fun in the North Bay through festival style shows in a safe environment that supports local creativity, collaboration and commerce. 
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Purple Heart Medal Wounded Veterans Thrift Store: Reinventing From the Old
June 29, 2016
Thrift store shopping enthusiasts love the thrill of the hunt. There is nothing more exciting than finding an out-of-print book, a gently used vintage sweater, or that perfect chair that matches your living room décor. For those who are looking for finds, the “thrifting” grounds at the Wounded Veterans Thrift Store in Rohnert Park is a veritable treasure trove. The store is packed with kitchen supplies, dishes, books, artwork, toys, vintage clothing, furniture and much, much more. 
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Abby Chanbers, Marry Gannon Graham, Joshua Bailey Review – “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” at Spreckels in Rohnert Park – by Harry Duke
May 15, 2016

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.


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 The Little Mermaid at Spreckles The Little Mermaid at Spreckles
May 1, 2016
The award-winning Spreckels Theatre Company takes audiences under the sea for the effervescent Broadway musical "Disney's The Little Mermaid." Based on Disney's animated film inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, this fishy fantasy follows the adventures of a lovable, but impetuous mermaid princess named Ariel.
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Rohnert Park, Pasta Dinner Fundraiser April 23, 2016Earth Day in Sonoma County EVENTS Calendar Rohnert Park, Pasta Dinner Fundraiser April 23, 2016
April 15, 2016

"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.

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San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Spreckels Theatre Company receives SFBATCC Excellence in Theatre Award
April 14, 2016
Spreckels Theatre Company, which presents theatrical productions in two theaters at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park was recognized with eight awards at the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle annual gala awards ceremony.
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