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Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French - July 2016


Cotati Heart & Soul - July 2016

by Deborah Taylor-French

“The real power of the Buddha was that he had so much love. He saw people trapped in their notions of small separate self, feeling guilty or proud of that self, and he offered revolutionary teachings that resounded like a lion's roar, like a great rising tide, helping people to wake up and break free from the prison of ignorance.” —Thích Nhất Hạnh

Hurray, it’s Kid’s Day Parade July 9th. Free Breakfast 7-9am, 10-11 Parade 

Have you ever wondered if you had the heart of a lion? I'm thinking of lions as social creatures that protect, feed and keep watch over their loved ones. Think about lions. Picture a lion; did you imagine a male lion? See a full majestic mane? You're not the only one. I, too, pictured the iconic King of the forest.

On second thought, I imagined a female African lioness, a huntress, only then did I see an entire pride, young, mature and old.

Cotati Lions Club 2016 celebrating 65 years!

“The Cotati Lions Club, Chartered on 25th July 1951, are proud to have sponsored Boy Scouts since the 1950's and to have had several scouts attain the rank of Eagle Scout.” Cotati Lions web site

Marc Hoffman and I interviewed Cotati Lions Club leader and former president, Mike O'Neill, Lions District Zone 2 Chair, Lions District 4C2. Mike has a new "brother" Lion and energizer for projects of funding and constructing a new roof. Their present roof has reached the vast age of 65 years! Another goal for their building is to make the Cotati Lions Club more accessible to all with updated kitchen and bathroom. Current membership includes lions and lionesses, all eleven of them. They continue to raise funds for local families and causes with the help of Cotati Veterans, plus generous food donations by local restaurants and food services. All helping hands welcome.

Tickets for August 20 & 21, 2016 Accordion Festival on sale now

Both days’ 9:30am to 8:00pm. Prices $17 1 day or $27 =2 days, 15 & under free with paying adult. Don’t miss polka madness & Zydeco two-step lessons. 

The Cotati Lions Club supports this event with time and talent. They accept the festival’s earnings and share with our local youth agencies. Connect with them to volunteer.

“The Cotati Accordion Festival is a non-stop multicultural extravaganza of accordion music, polka dancing, food, drink and crafts. Bring your accordion to play in the Lady of Spain-a-Ring! The venue is open air under the oak trees of the central Cotati plaza. If you plan to stay for the whole day, bring your own comfortable folding lawn chair. You may have to find parking on the street several blocks away because annual attendance reaches 2,000 - 3,000 a day…the Cotati Accordion Festival the sound stage features a cast of rotating acts who play 45 minutes sets. Musical styles range from traditional Tex-Mex to whacky rock-pop-San Francisco-mischief music.”

Last year, Cotati Lions hosted a day with the Cotati Historical Society.

“Ethnomusicologist Marion Jacobson will speak on the accordion's dramatic rise, fall and rise again in American popular culture and moderate a panel of inter- national accordion artists featuring Miguel Govea, Andrew Carriere and Sergiu Popa. On Sunday, Dr. Jacobson teams up with Historical Society president Marie McNaughton for a presentation that connects accordion and Cotati histories.” 

Cotati Lions Club invites you to join, volunteers wanted at Cotati events

Learn about their global mission and programs through the Cotati Lions Club. Volunteers and those who wish to become members, please contact Mike O'Neill, Lions District Zone 2 Chair, Lions District 4C2. You can reach O’Neill by emailing to or calling 707 794-0599.

Know a child or an adult in need help getting a new eyeglass prescription or paying for the cost of eyeglasses? If so, please visit then click on Eyeglasses Assistance. “Lions International is dedicated to providing eye care for those in need. Continually seeking new or low-cost solutions for the people the club serves. Currently, a company called Zenni Optical offers eyeglasses for as low as $6.00!” 

Tune in for more on Cotati Lions next month. I love readers’ emails. Questions, topic suggestions, appreciation and Cotati nonprofit updates should be sent to Thanks so much for reading and caring about Cotati.