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Santa Rosa Snippets - June 2015


Santa Rosa Snippets - June 2015

by Jo Anne Cohn

June is here. I guess for many our thoughts turn to graduations and weddings. For me, I immediately think of all the outdoor activities I can do in sunny Santa Rosa during the longest days of the year! Who wants to join me in getting some exercise, exploring the outdoors and meeting our neighbors when the weather is good and the days are long? There’s so much to do. I hope to see you out and about and enjoying all the nature Santa Rosa has to offer! 

AIDS Quilt comes to Santa Rosa 

The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at Shomrei Torah the weekend of June 14th from 10 AM to 6 PM in the sanctuary as part of the celebration of Pride Month, honoring the LGBTQ community. The huge display will include 72 quilts (nine panels of eight quilts each). “The Last One” documentary film about the origin of the Quilts Project and HIV/AIDS awareness will run continuously. I had the opportunity to see the AIDS Quilt when I lived in Washington, DC and I can’t tell you how moving it was for me. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see the AIDS Quilt, now is the time. Contact at Shomrei Torah for more information. BTW…I realize that this is an indoor event but maybe you can combine it with a walk around Spring Lake or a hike up Taylor Mountain to round out your day!

Bayer Farm - 3rd Saturday of EVERY month!

I love Bayer Farm! Actually, its official name is Bayer Neighborhood Park and Gardens and for those who may not know, Bayer Farm is a unique collaboration between Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks and Landpaths. From 9am to noon on the 3rd Saturday of every month (which is June 20th this month!), you can volunteer and lend a hand in beautifying the garden. If you are lucky, you’ll be able to pull weeds, turn compost, harvest kale and much, much more. Bayer Farm is located at 1550 West Avenue – right across the street from Sheppard Elementary School. Bring a hat, gloves and your lunch and join in the fun!

Also, LandPaths is hosting a free “No Child Left Inside” Summer Series for Little Kids (ages 0-5) in Partnership with the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District in July and August. It’s on Wednesday mornings from 9am-noon with an option to stay onsite later. For more details, check out LandPaths’ website at

World Giraffe Day and Father’s Day 

This year World Giraffe Day falls on Father’s Day – a most appropriate occasion to celebrate the special people and animals that look out over us! Why not head over to Safari West on Sunday, June 21st and show Dad the Wild Side on Father’s Day? They are serving Brews and Brats off the BBQ and it sounds like a lot of fun. Contact Safari West for reservations and pricing information.  Wow! That sounds like a perfect day outdoors to me!

Visit the Butterflies! 

Each month I try to write about things to do in Santa Rosa but every now and then I find something FREE that sounds like it shouldn’t be missed. I just saw that the Hallberg Butterfly Garden is going to have a free open house on Sunday, June 28th from 10am to 4pm. There will be children’s activities, a wildflower display, a walking tour and more!  Since butterflies are so important to our community, I’m hoping that we can spread our wings a little and visit Sebastopol (8687 Oak Grove Ave.) for what sounds to be a wonderful outdoor day. I’ve never been to the Hallberg Butterfly Garden and this sounds like the perfect opportunity. I hope to see you there!.

Wait! There’s more! 

Now is the time to hit the Wednesday Night Market in downtown Santa Rosa from 5-8:30pm. The days are long and it’s the perfect time to buy fresh produce and flowers at the farmers market, listen to some fun music and eat some great food! Hope to see you there!