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Santa Rosa Snippets - December 2016 - Elaine Holtz


Santa Rosa Snippets - December 2016 - Elaine Holtz

And the results are in – Election 2016 

Well the election is over and Donald J. Trump will be our new President for the next four years. There are a lot of mixed emotions over the results and as time goes by we will see what his presidency will bring. Once I got over the shock I celebrated as I looked at some of the outcomes in our community. A shout out to Karen Hudson and her team for working so hard on Measure M’s GMO ban in Sonoma County. In my mind they deserve the top grassroots/citizens award for their effort. This is a huge win for our community and for the future. 

Santa Rosa City Council has two new members. Congratulations to Jack Tibbett and Chris Rogers, two of the hardest campaigners I have met in this life time. Council Members Julie Combs and Ernesto Oliveras were re-elected for another four year term. Marijuana has become legal in California and in Sonoma County due to the voters to keep our libraries open Measure Y passed, and it looks like more funding will be available. The Santa Rosa High School District elected three new trustees, Laurie Fong, Ed Sheffield, Evelyn Anderson and returned Jenni Close to her second term. Congratulations are in order for Lynda Hopkins who is the new Supervisor for District 5. 

FYI in Sonoma County according to the Registrar of Voters we have 273,701 registered voters of which 169,578 cast votes making that a 62% turnout for our county with an overwhelming vote for Hillary Clinton,. It has been reported that the turnout for the nation was only 53%. For more information go to 

Ceres Community Project partners with Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) in Santa Rosa 

Ceres Community Project, a program whose mission is to support individuals dealing with serious illness with free, delivered, nutrient-rich prepared meals and nutrition education, has partnered with SAY and is operating the Ceres Café at the SAY Finley Dream Center in Santa Rosa. The Café serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday from 9am to 2pm. The goal of the Ceres Café is to provide vocational training to teens is interested in pursuing jobs in the culinary profession. As part of that, teens also will work with Ceres’ expanding catering service. Those involved also discover their power to make a difference for someone in need. 

There is also an after school program where teens can volunteer to help out and receive training, Ceres Café – serves organic, locally sourced foods consistent with Ceres’ food philosophy. Income from the café supports Ceres’ work to provide nourishing meals to community members facing a health crisis like cancer, For more information visit their website at or email 

Fun for the Holidays at the Charles M. Schulz  Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa 

Lots of fun as 2016 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Emmy-Nominated special, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”. There is an exhibition on display through January 1, 2017. 

Take your Christmas Picture with Snoopy on the ice with at Snoopy’s Home Ice. The dates are Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 from 11:00 am-3:00 pm during Parent and Puppy Skate. 

It is the season for Gingerbread Houses but how about a Gingerbread Doghouse, sure sounds like fun. Children and their adults will work together to assemble and decorate Snoopy’s doghouse out of gingerbread complete with a marshmallow Snoopy on top. Participants will make holiday cards and ornaments to take home. The event is happening on December 10th at the museum. Times for Children ages 3-6 10am-12noon. Times for Grades 1-6 is 1-4pm and a second class will be held on December 11 for grades 1-6 at 1-4pm. Advance reservations are required and additional information can be found

Or call (707) 284-1272. 

Happy Holidays from my home to yours

I want to wish everyone a joyous holiday season, one filled with peace of mind, good health, continued prosperity and loving relations. To remind everyone what a diverse nation we are here are some of the holidays that will be celebrated in December, Hanukkah and Kwanza and Christmas, for you chocolate lovers, Friday, December 16 is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day.

It has been a joy writing this column for the past year. If you have any suggestions or know of any happenings in Santa Rosa I need to write about, email me at

“You can never leave footprints that last if you are always walking on tiptoe.” - Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist responsible for leading a women’s peace movement, Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. 

Elaine B. Holtz is producer/Host of “Women’s Spaces” on KBBF 89.1FM Monday 11-am-noon and repeats at 11pm to midnight Visit her website at: Become a fan on FB.