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Santa Rosa Snippets - July 2015


Santa Rosa Snippets - July 2015

by Jo Anne Cohn

I love that summer is here! The weather is gorgeous and the days are still long! I’m always surprised when people leave Santa Rosa this time of year to take their vacations elsewhere. For those of us who will be here this month, there is plenty to do right here on the farm to keep us busy. 

Free Tours of Laguna Farm 

Wait! Did I say farm? I must have been thinking about Laguna Farm. On the first Thursday of every month from July 2nd until October, Laguna Farm hosts a FREE tour at 2pm. This is a great opportunity to peek into “hoop houses” and see how hot season produce is grown in our coastal climate. Every farm tour is different and some of the topics that you’ll probably discuss include organic farming, pest control, native plants, heirloom vegetables, seed saving, water conservation and more. Bring your questions and learn more about how one of our local CSAs (Community Shared Agriculture) works.

Hot Dog Thursday - Pacific Coast Air Museum

Also on the first Thursday of every month from 11:30am-1pm through October, the Pacific Coast Air Museum flies a special for $8 which includes admission to the museum in addition to a large hot dog, chips and soda. What a wonderful opportunity for young and old alike to learn about our aviation heritage! Also, the Museum will be hosting a “Climb Aboard” weekend July 18-19th featuring planes from the Korean Warm. “Climb Aboard” vintage aircraft and learn about its history from the crew who lovingly restored it.

Shakespeare in the Cannery - Railroad Square 

Weekend performances of “Twelfth Night” take place in the cannery ruins in Santa Rosa’s historic Railroad Square. Twelfth Night Opens on July 10th and continues through August 15th of Friday and Saturday evenings. Bring a picnic and enjoy while watching the sunset over the stage. Tickets: $5-$25. More info at

Summer Fun at the Library 

Want to have fun this summer? Then head to library. There’s fun for everyone. The California Library Association has challenged California public libraries to achieve one million summer reading signups in 2015. Help our library meet that challenge when you sign up for summer reading! #onemillionreaders #sonomacolib.

Reading is just part of what our libraries have to offer this summer. There’s the Youth Chess Club, the Read to a Dog program, Lunch at the Library, music by a harpist and even a Lego Club. Our Sonoma County Library has something for all of us. Check out for fun this summer.

Laguna Environmental Center Open Houses 

Stop by the second Saturday of the Month (July 11th) and learn about the natural and cultural history of the Laguna de Santa Rosa and historic Stone Farm by taking a guide-led tour or exploring a variety of hands-on activities. Birdwatch from the observation deck. Stop by for a visit and take in the beautiful views. This is a working farm, so please leave your pets at home. The site is wheelchair accessible. No RSVP necessary. For more information, visit

Bocce for a Cure 

Ever wanted to play bocce but didn’t know how to get started? This is your chance. Sign up for Bocce for a Cure on Saturday, July 11th and join others to help the 29.1 million people living with diabetes and the 86 million more who are pre-diabetes. 

Bocce for a Cure will be played at the Juilliard Park Bocce Courts. Don’t have a partner? Don’t let that stop you. Organizers will match you up with someone. No experience is needed. Call: 707-376-TOUR for more information. 

If you are looking for a new sport and a way to make friends, then Bocce Ball might be for you! Bocce Ball is a game that is easy to play for all ages and skill levels. To find out more, visit BTW…I love their tagline…The Sport of Bocce - 5 minutes to learn, a lifetime to perfect.

Wait! There’s more! 

For all of those who are growing sunflowers, now is the time to harvest them. The more seeds you harvest this year, the more sunflowers you’ll have for next year! The only way to keep Sunflowers for Santa Rosa sustainable, is for us to harvest our own seeds and share them with your neighbors. BTW…if you have extra sunflower seeds, just let me know. I’ll be glad to take them off your hands to share with others next year!