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Cotati Heart & Soul By Deborah Taylor-French

“Choose to be Optimistic, it Feels Better.” 

– The Dalai Lama –

Dec 27, 2018
by Deborah Taylor-French


Bright People Make the Bright Side of Cotati

I always look forward to the friendly, generous, and talented locals I meet. A mix of people I enjoy work out in the Silver Sneakers class at 24-Hour Fitness (Rohnert Park).  One day about seven years ago, I got dragged into a Sneakers class by my friend, Jahna. The teacher at that time proved knowledgeable on fitness beyond the average fitness instructor. She helped me return to a higher level of activity, while avoiding re-injury of my knees and feet. As I began growing in strength, I took a few private trainer lessons and worked out more. Soon, I went back to hiking and bike riding. Now we have another teacher, Amy Davis, who is certified in Pilates instruction. Someone talked her into teaching senior fitness. All to our group’s benefit, she became trained and certified with Silver Sneakers program. Amy has improved our balance, flexibility, coordination, and our use of proper body mechanics. So, big shout out to Amy Davis, Judy, Sandy, Linda, Susan, Anita, Lillian, David, both of our Johns, Stella, Nancy, and Donna.

3 Bands to Dance to at the Redwood Café 

Rivertown Skifflers, January 6th, no cover charge @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Formed in 2015, the Rivertown Skifflers are a jug band in the wild North American folk tradition of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, the Even Dozen Jug Band, and String band. They’ve been described as “Dance Americana,” and play mostly up-tempo, happy songs from the early 20th century featuring washboard, kazoo, fiddle, banjo, guitar, ukulele, and of course, jug. Redwood Café has a small dance floor.

Dancing to Petty Rocks, January 10th

Authentic renditions of Tom Petty’s extensive catalog of songs, including hits, and deeper cuts from the Heartbreakers, as well as the Travelling Wilburys. These local, accomplished and seasoned musicians enjoy performing well-crafted songs while remaining true to the exuberance of the original versions. $10 cover charge, from 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm. Redwood Café. 

Irish Set Dancing, Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Join in some Irish social dance done in homes, at weddings, and social events. Sets are danced by four couples in a square. Figures or the parts of the set are danced to jigs, reels, hornpipes, slides, and polkas. Come enjoy a lively class. No partners necessary. Beginners welcome. No cover.

After-Hours Networking Mixer, Education Foundation of Cotati & Rohnert Park

Free to attend and open to all. Take time to chat with the Cotati Chamber of Commerce and the Rohnert Park Chamber too. Complimentary appetizers and No Host Bar with entertainment by the Rotten Tomatoes. Raffle Prizes. Wednesday, January 23, 5:30-7:00PM hosted at Sally Tomatoes, 1100 Valley House Drive, R.P. 

Winter Wonderland, Cotati Person of the Year Awards Dinner, January 26

Cotati 2019 Annual Awards Dinner from 6-9 PM in the Cotati Room. Tickets are $30 each.

Catered by Sally Tomatoes. Entertainment, photos and music. Contact the Chamber to purchase tickets 707-795-5508

Shout Out to Cotati Police Department

December 1, 2018, Friday evening, Cotati Police Department hosted their first "Cookies & Cocoa with a Cop’”. This free event for children started casual conversations with Cotati Police. Wish I had been a fly on the wall to hear the children’s questions.  

Want to Reach More Customers in 2019?

Reach over 4,000 businesses and residents. The City of Cotati Community Guide and Chamber Directory is being re-vamped, and they are offering Cotati Chamber members a 10% discount on all advertising sizes. Please contact Liz at the Cotati Chamber office. Office: 707-795-5508 

Cell: 707-536-6789 or email










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