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Bayer Neighborhood Park & Gardens plan Bayer Neighborhood Park & Gardens ready for Roseland
December 20, 2016

The City of Santa Rosa will open the brand new Bayer Neighborhood Park and Gardens located at 1550 West Avenue in Roseland on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 after 9am.  

The 5.8-acre park features an array of amenities including a community pavilion, kiosko, skate park, half-court basketball, volleyball court, adult exercise equipment, barbecues, three types of ethnic outdoor cooking ovens, picnic tables, large farm-themed playground structure, nature discovery area, community gardens with farm stand, grassy open areas and a commercial kitchen facility. The commercial kitchen will be available for rentals at a date to be determined. 

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California State Parks logo State Parks & Operators to Hold Public Meeting on Operations
October 17, 2016

Meeting to be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 5:30-7:00pm at the Sonoma Land Trust office,  822 Fifth Street, Santa Rosa.

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Townsend’s Warbler: A Dream of a Bird Townsend’s Warbler: A Dream of a Bird
September 28, 2016

“This is in fact, a very dream of a bird, and I count it rather the handsomest of our western species.” – William Leon Dawson, The Birds of California (1923)

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Bicycle Sonoma Raceway Bicycle Sonoma Raceway
June 29, 2016
On July 14, 2016 from 5-8 p.m., Sonoma Raceway will host “Bike the Track,” a rare opportunity for local cyclists to ride their bicycles on the racetrack. 
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Sonoma County's Bike Commuter of the year 2013 Great Bike Rides in Sonoma County
May 25, 2016
As the weather warms up and the days get longer, outside starts a calling. There are some many things to do around our county that it is hard to pick one. However, for some there is only one thing that comes to mind: Bike riding.
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Defend Your Access to Our Sonoma Coast Defend Your Access to Our Sonoma Coast
April 7, 2016

A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, April 13, at the Santa Rosa Veteran's Memorial Auditorium at 1351 Maple Avenue in Santa Rosa, California 95404 on proposed new fees for the use of various State Beaches and Parks on the Sonoma Coast.  This agenda item is not expected to be heard before the lunch break, so 1 pm is a realistic estimate of when public testimony will be taken. 

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Free Our Beaches - Sonoma County Free Our Sonoma Coast State Park Beaches
April 1, 2016
This has been a slogan in Sonoma County for well over 25 years.  State Parks launched an effort to charge for parking at our iconic beaches in the late 1980s, resulting in litigation and public protests throughout the early 90s.  Subsequently, economic conditions changed for the state budget and the plan to charge for parking was dropped.
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Southern Laguna Map Discover the Southern Laguna
April 1, 2016
The southern reach of the Laguna de Santa Rosa was once a shallow meandering stream home to a wide variety of plant and wildlife species. In the 1970’s, a section of the Laguna just west of the intersection of Rohnert Park Expressway and Stony Point Road was straightened and deepened to increase flood protection to growing neighborhoods and businesses.
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A Cajun Midsummer Night’s Dream A Cajun Midsummer Night's Dream at NTC Playhouse, Novato CA
February 8, 2016
A refreshingly original adaptation of Shakespeare‘s screwball fantasy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” takes the stage at the Novato Theater Company Playhouse. It was adapted and directed with a piquant Cajun flavor by Clay David, a Louisiana native who also has a hand in the unique costume design and the colorful set that’s a dead ringer for a swampy woodland just dripping with moss. He moves the setting from ancient Greece to 1950s Bayou country and uses a diverse cast to represent the Bard‘s world of Athenian lovers, triple weddings, wayward daughters and impish fairies who cast spells and fall in love with long-eared beasts. And then there’s that play-within-a-play to lend even more twists and turns to the delightfully labyrinthine plot.
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Play Baseball in the Wine Country Play Baseball in the Wine Country
February 2, 2016
Our season starts April 16 and The Sonoma County team has room for a few more players.

If you want to play baseball like it used to be with Wood Bats, you can now relive those memories and make new baseball friends.
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“Fandango” - Festive Historic Dance Event Celebrates the end of the Harvest Season and Welcomes Autumn “Fandango”
October 1, 2014
You are invited to the Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Come to welcome autumn’s arrival as they did in 1840’s by experiencing the dance and music of a “Fandango”. 
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Jenner Headlands Parking Jenner Headlands Parking
May 29, 2014
As much as folks love coming out on our staff-led hikes and learning about the Preserve from one of our Rangers, they often ask, “So when can I come out and I hike on my own?”  Well, believe it or not, we have been working on that “puzzle piece” ever since the Preserve was purchased and protected as open space. 
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Coast Park Ranger Bob Madrone dies at age 72 Coast Park Ranger Bob Madrone dies at age 72
May 27, 2014
Naturalist, park ranger, peace activist, Quaker, committed vegan and lifetime surfer Robert Atkinson Madrone died on April 7, 2014, with his wife Sherry at his side at their home in the Cazadero Hills.  Friends and family were a constant presence in his final days.  He died of complications of brain cancer treatment, having faced his long illness with love, courage, and humor. 
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Sebastopol Citizens, Prepare to Design Your Commons! Sebastopol Citizens, Prepare to Design Your Commons!
April 30, 2014
The First Annual Sebastopol Village Building Convergence (VBC) has put out the call to Sonoma County neighborhoods, schools, churches, artists ­ anyone and everyone who has a vision to reclaim the public right of way as a beautiful gathering place.
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2013 Sonoma County Regional Parks Photo Contest - Grand Prize Winner Ingrid Sheets Regional Parks Foundation Photo Contest WINNERS!
August 1, 2013
The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation has awarded prizes for its 2013 Photography Contest. The grand prize of a weekend at the historic Petaluma Coop Guest House, a backpack and $25 gift certificate donated by Sonoma Outfitters, a Shutterfly gift book, and a one-year membership to Sonoma County Regional Parks goes to Ingrid Sheets.
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Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods DeWitt Award honors Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods
April 24, 2013
Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods has been honored with the State Park Director's prestigious Dewitt Award for Partnership, which recognizes commitment above and beyond the call of duty in protecting public lands over a substantial time period. State Parks presents this award to those who have served as irreplaceable partners in the accomplishment of its mission.
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Sonoma County Regional Parks Photography Contest Sonoma County Regional Parks Photography Contest
April 1, 2013
The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation is going to sponsor a photography contest from April to June 2013. We will be looking for images that highlight the many pleasurable and exciting activities individuals, families, dogs and horses enjoy in Sonoma County Regional Parks, as well as the beauty of these Regional Parks. Photographs must be taken in one of the 50 (soon to be 51!) Sonoma County Regional Parks.
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Skatin' in the Redwoods: A Dream Come True
April 1, 2013
Six years ago, I sat in a crowded portable classroom at Guerneville School surrounded by the local parents of skaters and concerned adults of the community.  Our mission: the build a skate park for river youth.  I co-chaired the group “Friends of the Russian River Skatepark” with chairman Cary Ostrofe and financial organizer Terri Carrion. 
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Jenner Headlands - Preserved and Protected Jenner Headlands - Preserved and Protected
March 26, 2013

The future of the Jenner Headlands

by Sheri Cardo

Sonoma Land Trust acquired the spectacular Jenner Headlands on December 17, 2009. That day marked the end of five years of challenging negotiations ­— and the beginning of an intensive two-year process of determining how best to enhance the ecological resources of this highly diverse landscape while opening it up for public recreation. 

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