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Santa Rosa Snippets - January 2015

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Santa Rosa Snippets - January 2015

by Jo Anne Cohn

Happy New Year one and all! I hope that you all enjoyed the holidays and are looking forward to the start of a new year. I’m not a big proponent of making a list of new year resolutions that I know that I’ll never keep.  Though, I do enjoy taking time out to envision what might await me in the next year.

One thing that I know about myself is that I can easily fall into a rut. Try as I might, I gravitate to the tried and true, rather than trying out something new and different. Writing Santa Rosa Snippets each months is a wonderful opportunity to seek out what’s new and interesting here in Santa Rosa. This is my opportunity to share what I’ve found to be exciting to do here in Santa Rosa. I’m hoping that you’ll reciprocate by letting me know about up-coming events that you think that would be interesting for me and others in the community.

 

Disc Golf Rocks 

Brand new to Santa Rosa is an 18-hole disc golf course at Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve. There is no charge to use the course. Parking is $7 or free with a Regional Parks membership.

If you haven’t played disc golf, now is the time. Disc golf is played like traditional golf but with a flying disc (think frisbee!) instead of a ball and clubs. The disc is thrown from a tee to target (think metal can!), with the goal of reaching the target in the fewest throw.

All my family are big frisbee golf fans. Whenever we are together, out comes the frisbee. It’s a great way to get exercise, have fun and goof off as a family. If you are looking for a fun afternoon, gather your friends and family and head over to Taylor Mountain for disc golf. And while you are there, be sure to go for a walk up Taylor Mountain! 

 

Roseland: A Community Exhibition 

Be sure to visit the Sonoma County Museum before January 11th so you can catch the final days of Roseland: A Community Exhibition. I live very close to Roseland and spend much of my leisure time there. 

Many residents of Santa Rosa aren’t familiar with the neighborhood and may not realize that Roseland has a population of over 6,300 residents and has been the subject of annexation discussions for many years. According to the Sonoma County Museum, historically Roseland served as an industrial area for Santa Rosa and today serves as an entry point for many immigrants and refugees. The Roseland Elementary School District claims to serve one of the most diverse student populations in the country.

If you want to want to visit a museum that is close to home - not just in terms of physically being close, but in terms of relevancy as well, be sure to stop by the Sonoma County Museum (www.sonomacountymuseum.org) to learn more about our community.

 

Unseen:  A Wellness and Advocacy Center Exhibition 

The “unseen” talents are coming to the Finley Center! The Wellness and Advocacy Center is a peer-run self-help center in Sonoma County for people who have or have experienced mental health difficulties. The art program focuses on the creativity too often buried by the social and economic difficulties associated with having mental or emotional disabilities. Mental illness is often misunderstood and stigmatized. Our society is still working towards being educated and welcoming towards artists who are challenged by these disabilities today. This show will be a genuine proof of how some of these difficulties can enhance creativity. 

The exhibition runs from December 12th - January 29th with a Reception on Friday, January 16th from 4:30-6:30pm.

 

Wait! Theres more! 

Want to see the Harlem Globetrotters?  Now is your chance!  he world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the greatest athletes and family entertainers on the planet, will bring their 2015 “Washington Generals’ Revenge Tour” to Santa Rosa Junior College’s Haehl Pavilion on Wednesday, January 7 and Wednesday, January 14. Both games begin at 7:00 p.m. General admission tickets start at $29, while courtside seats are $79. SRJC’s Haehl Pavilion is located at 1501 Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa. A $4 daily parking permit is required for campus parking lots.