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Cotati Heart & Soul - December 2014

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Cotati Heart & Soul - December 2014

by Deborah Taylor-French

Steam Punk Revival Party at the Redwood Café Friday, Dec. 5   

This event includes a costume contest, photo booth, photo exhibit by Ted Glenwright and live music by Royal Jelly Jive from 8 PM to closing. The $10 cover charge includes one beer. What is Steam Punk? Good question. A subgenre of science fiction (or fantasy) dealing with 19th-century societies dominated by historical or imagined steam-powered technology or “…allegedly coined by author Kevin Jeter as a way of distinguishing him and fellow tetro-tech sci-fi writers from future-loving “cyberpunks” like William Gibson. But it’s grown into a whole visual style, and even a philosophy. It’s all about mixing old and new: fusing the usability of modern technology with the design aesthetic and philosophy of the Victorian age, Victorian-industrial, but with more whimsy and fewer orphans...” “What The Hell Is Steampunk?” by William Higham, Huffington Post Blog.

Put on your dancing shoes! The Gold Coast Jazz Band’s here   

This classic hot New Orleans jazz band keeps folks at the Redwood Café swinging, bopping and twirling. Come join the fun, enjoy free jazz from 4:00 to 7:00PM on a hardwood dance floor. The Gold Coast Jazz Band plays every 3rd Sunday and every last Saturday of the month. I once took a course at UCLA taught by a musician who had the luck of recording New Orleans’s music greats such as Bunk Johnson, Dizzy Gillespie and George Eliot. The difference between Dixieland and New Orleans Jazz was made clear. New Orleans style evolved from strong solo players and ensemble improvisation and I must say that I’m a fan of the wild, individual style originally from New Orleans.

No Black Friday here. Excited for #givingTuesday   

Giving Tuesday written as the hashtag above (# sign = hashtags employed on social media to find specific topics). follows Black Friday as a reminder that hungry and shelter less families need us. After the bash of spending finishes, we need to get back into balance with the often forgotten in our communities. One way of contributing is through Santa Rosa’s Living Room, a day shelter for women with infants and children. Donations of diapers, socks and blankets are needed.  Gift cards and monetary donations are warmly accepted. www.thelivingroomsc.org.

Thank you Cotati Accordion Festival! 

A note of thanks to The Cotati Accordion Festival, which donated $ 23,800 to our nonprofits for youths. Please add their silver anniversary (25 years) August 22 & 23, 2015 to your calendars.

Knimble always upbeat & filled with good deals

Knimble continues to delight with new product lines. I like that they carry Green Tree earrings and au naturale, an organic makeup line. Bumped into new friends from the 24-hour Fitness Club as they shared some girlfriend time perusing the rainbow colored organized racks.

Zen teacher Cherie Huber taught me a habit of kindness; whenever I buy things and gifts for others, buy a little something for myself. Then reverse this process when I am shopping for the need to replace shoes or clothing, buy something for someone else. This way, buying becomes a flow of giving and receiving.

Joyful holidays to you all and a Happy New Year  

Want to drop in on a book club with me? The Sitting Room: a community library has a monthly book club. I happen to adore British classics, so I will be reading Middlemarch, (set in 1830’s England) by George Eliot. “…social commentary on the nature of marriage, the status of women, idealism, hypocrisy and self-interest. Despite its length it flows along easily. Get a free download or borrow a library copy.”http://www.sonomacountygazette.com/cms/pages/events.html  

Middlemarch “The most profound, wise and absorbing of English novels…and, above all, truthful and forgiving about human behavior.” Hermione Lee. 

Please email your news, business or nonprofit updates for January by December 27th and thanks for reading, plus adding to my knowledge and appreciation of Cotati.