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Cotati Heart & Soul - July 2015


Cotati Heart & Soul - July 2015

by Deborah Taylor-French

“Whenever something truly bad made headline news I would ask my mother.  She always said, look to the helpers. You will find helpers when you look.” 

—Mr. Rogers

Rohnert Park Animal Shelter robbed!     

A Friday night in mid-June robbers climbed through an open window, grabbed a laptop computer, a portable printer, a projector and a flat screen T.V. The flat screen is used to teach volunteers and summer kids animal camp. Next, the thieves put the animal shelter’s stolen items in a truck owned by the shelter. “Burglary and theft always feels like a violation and it’s all the more maddening when it affects helpless animals,” Mickey Zeldes, shelter supervisor. “The Animal Shelter League had been making preparations to launch a fundraiser to build small group rooms for the hundreds of kittens they take in each year and that must live in cages with little breaks for social play.” 

“The frustration and sadness of seeing the shelter ransacked was doubly heartbreaking…now with the break-in the limited funds must be used to replace stolen items.” The truck was found abandoned. Kayla Webster, The Community Voice, June 19, 2015. Anyone wishing to be a helper and donate can do so on the RP Animal Shelter site  or by mailing or visiting the shelter at 301 J. Rogers Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928. Thank you for caring, giving and sharing for our homeless pets.

Cotati Kids Day Parade & Festival FREE on Saturday July 11th 

What a humdinger of a day for kids and families. You have time to sign up; entrees close on July 10th.  Our 2015 theme is Up with Art. Come as an artist, a juggler, a singer, magician, a movie animal trainer, a group rock band, a walking Jackson Pollack painting or a hip-hop music-playing group. Join the fun with a decorated car, truck or pull a little wagon. Anyone for riding tricycles with balloons like Training Wheels Preschool did a few years ago? 

Pancake breakfast from 7AM to 9AM. Parade line up at 9AM at Cotati City Hall. Festival held from 11AM to 2PM in La Plaza Park. Sponsored by the Cotati Chamber of Commerce (707) 795-5508. You may sign up on their webpage

Cotati City Council on mandatory water conservation    

Cotati citizens now have easy access to video taped council meetings and to council agendas. To request agendas or sign up and subscribe to a Cotati government subject of interest list.

“Effective May 12, 2015 and adopted a continuation of the existing 20% mandatory water conservation stage, and put into effect new emergency regulations required by the State. All customers are required to limit irrigation to 2 days per week on ornamental landscapes. Even numbered addresses can irrigate on Wednesday and Sunday. Odd numbered addresses can irrigate on Tuesday and Saturday. No customer can irrigate during or 48 hours after measurable rainfall. Restrictions will remain in place until March 1, 2016 or until further notice.” 

Here is a link to a complete list of water use restrictions.

Save the date. Cotati 25th Annual Accordion Festival
August 22nd and 24th   

More opportunities for adults, children and teens to take lessons at the festival, while learning about club meetings and musical events. More fab dance bands, more to see, do and hear, so please visit the website  to plan your weekend or get tickets online, last year I had a spare ticket so the lucky guy behind me got a pay it forward free ticket. Turns out he volunteers his professional photography skills for several nonprofits.

Art at the Source a June highpoint 

Thanks to Art at the Source, we enjoyed the lovely and amazing fused glass by Brian & Nancy Roberts. In Cotati, we viewed oil paintings by Cynthia Jackson-Hein showing with Barbara Tocher who designs both functional and display worthy clay bowls, plus ceramic bead jewelry. All in all we saw about 16 art studios, including Catherine McCauley’s encaustic/mixed media showing at Barbara Harris’ studio. What a blast to see Barbara Harris! Harris creates fab jewelry and assemblage from recycled materials. Oil painting by Linda Raye Sims and Christine Cobaugh photography, photo collage, mixed media also brighten our day.

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