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


Cotati Heart & Soul - November 2016

by Deborah Taylor-French

The right to the primary right by which other rights are protected.”
– Thomas Paine, Founding Father

Six are vying for three seats on Cotati City Council. “Three incumbents – Vice Mayor Susan Harvey, Councilwoman Wendy Skillman and Councilman John Dell-Osso – are up for re-election. Eris Weaver and Jason Goebel, both members of the Cotati Design Review Committee, are running. Per usual, George Barich is trying to gain a seat.” The Community Voice, October 13, 2016. Note that 7,000 Cotati residents 3,747 are registered to vote. November 8th polls will be open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Gratitude to Jenny Blaker for writing the excellent summary below. 

Due to schedule conflicts I missed my chance to thank her last month. Open space protects air, water, land, noise levels and other vital aspects of our future. So I re-quote Measure Q for those of you undecided.

Measure Q keep Cotati a country town 

Late season roses still bloom in Cotati. I love seeing all the stages from bud to bloom to petals, dipping in the rain. Water proves essential to establish healthy roots and stems. Climbing roses and wild varieties can live over a hundred years. Our climbing roses often bloom into New Year’s Day. The Sunset Garden Magazine climber, Royal Sunset, provides flowers for our Thanksgiving table. The beauty of a single late rose rivals floral purchases when displayed in vase or bowl. Wishing you a lovely holiday and grateful for living in a year round garden haven.

Clean water is life. Our body water ranges from 50-75% with babies and men having more water than women. Fat tissue holds less water than muscle. Imagine life minus clean drinking water. Can you? Have you ever lived without modern plumbing? Have ever had to carry water to cook meals and clean dishes? Do you worry about water quality in Cotati or your hometown? Do you read your water report? Stay tuned for more on local water.

Bow N Arrow Clothing bringing SSU students to town 

Bow N Arrow Clothing opened in Cotati on the corner of Old Redwood Highway and East Cotati Avenue is open every day from 11am to 6pm. Owned by fashionista, Mercedes Hernandez who enjoys helping women find their perfect outfit. Several Sonoma State University women have already discovered this upbeat shop. Perhaps we can hope for a fashion show somewhere in our future. The clothing line is body conscious in feminine fabrics like lace and knits. The clothing has clean lines, lovely details and glamour. The shop’s atmosphere is clean, uncluttered and attractive. Bow N arrow welcomes customers and questions with a positive attitude. You will find dresses, tops, pants, leggings, shoes, boots, accessories and sweaters, some in plus sizes, all sell at affordable prices. Hernandez began modeling for runway fashion shows at thirteen then worked in retail sales. By age 19, she saved enough money to start her clothing shop website. After running a successful Internet business she opened her first retail shop here. This business has a Facebook page and a page on Yelp for customer reviews. 

It takes two. Tango & Irish Set Dancing at Redwood Café. 

Grab a friend or partner and go dancing at the Redwood Café. I want to try Irish Set Dancing happening on November 2nd and Wednesday the 16th from 7pm to 9pm. No Cover Charge. Do you love accordion? Do you love tango? Then put this on your calendar for Maldito Tango Saturday, November 26 at 8:30pm for a $10 cover.

Please email all event, news and suggestions to Please send your ideas for next month on or before the 5th of December.