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Cotati Heart & Soul - March 2015


Cotati Heart & Soul - March 2015

by Deborah Taylor-French

“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul.” Luther Burbank

Burbank picked our area as his gardener’s paradise. In his footsteps, all avid gardeners test and experiment. This year, we are testing the planting guide in the Gardening by the Moon 2015 calendar. We want to grow more organics from seed. Harmony Farms suggested this calendar fits Sonoma County’s long growing season. These tips help kitchen gardeners who want to feed their families fresh food.

  • Each month lists garden activities to be done
  • Suggests specific vegetables and flowers to start in flats or plant directly
  • Suggests best days to plant specific types of edibles and flowers
  • Gardening advice presented in a clear, easy to read format
  • Gardeners can use this calendar to track when, where, what variety and results

Remember Cotati, like some of its more famous neighbors, draws chilly fog draped summers. So bring a sweater when you visit and (if you live here) plant San Francisco Fog tomatoes or Arctic varieties.

Switch to No Till Gardening methods. Have you sheet mulched your lawn? 

If you live in Cotati, and still have a living lawn (not a brown dead one), check with the City for their cash for grass. Last time I looked, they still approve and help pay for water saving projects, when the projects convert lawns to low water perennial landscape. One more chance to feed the bees, butterflies and birds.

International Women’s Day March 7 with Gather the Women   

Women, network and experience “Body Love: Dream or Possibility” with

Michelle Minero, MFT and Dianna L. Grayer, Ph.D, MFT. Gather the Women (GTW) North Bay, the local GTW Global Matrix event, takes place at Rohnert Park Senior Center from 10AM - 4PM. Registration of $25 includes lunch. Please reserve a space by calling Donna Ahlstrand at 707-235-6563 or email Still time to volunteer or to donate auction items. Inner journey is facilitated by Jan Boddie and Marystella Church of Vortex Journeys. The vision of Gather the Women Global Matrix is a global sisterhood that connects women through circles.

The Sitting Room presents Opening to Poetry, March 7 at 2:30PM  

Three poets launch a Spring 2015 exhibit dedicated to the Sitting Room Poetry Collection. Iris Jamahl Dunkle teaches writing and literature at Napa Valley College. Her debut poetry collection, Gold Passage, won the Trio Award and was published by Trio House Press in 2013. Her chapbooks, Inheritance and The Flying Trolley. Rebecca Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence and is the recipient of fellowships from the Frost Place and the MacDowell Colony. Her new poems are published in the Hudson Review, Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, North American Review and Omniverse. Terry Ehret is a former Sonoma County Poet Laureate. She teaches at SRJC and serves as co-editor of the Sonoma County Literary Update. Terry’s most recent book is Night Sky Journey. For more details visit:

Fiesta for Cotati Annual Awards Dinner Saturday March 14 from 6 – 9 PM  

Hosted by Cotati Chamber of Commerce, this event includes a Mexican buffet by Mi Ranchito for $25 per person, plus a No-Host Bar sponsored by Friar Tuck's Pub - featuring their delicious Margaritas. Please RSVP by March 9th. Call 795-5508 or

Senior fitness classes paid by health insurance? Silver Sneakers & more

“Everything’s coming up roses…” for seniors in Cotati - Rohnert Park due to the forward thinking of Jim McCarthy- Club Manager at 24-Hour Fitness. He’s in the process of expanding available classes, adding two to three new classes specifically for seniors. 


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