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Helping Fire Victims

Aug 30, 2018
by Elaine B. Holtz


Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) opens satellite office Santa Rosa to help fire victims

A group of over 100 supporters gathered to launch the Laura Reichek Housing Hub, a satellite of COTS opened in Santa Rosa to assist victims of the devastating fires of October 2017 in Northern California. Due to those fires, thousands are homeless and many more are staying with friends or family on a temporary sometimes, uncomfortable basis. To assist those individuals, COTS launched the satellite program in Santa Rosa with the challenge over the course of the next three years the agency will re-house 572 people impacted by the North Bay Fires.

COTS was founded in 1988 by two local Petaluma residents, Laure Reichek and Mary Isaak whose concern for children and adults who were sleeping outdoors in culverts, dumpsters or other unsafe and unsuitable conditions inspired a vision to end homelessness in Sonoma County with the focus to assist people to transition from homelessness to permanent housing. The Santa Rosa Hub is located at 575 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa; Contact: 707 765-6530.

Happy Sesquicentennial Anniversary Santa Rosa, September 8

The City of Santa Rosa is celebrating its 150th Birthday and is planning a celebration with live music featuring local bands, children’s activities, food vendors, historical displays, information from community partners ending with a movie show in the square at Saturday, September 8 at 8pm

A bit of history: Santa Rosa was founded in 1833. By the mid-1800s, a post and general store were built and several locals began planning out the city. Santa Rosa was incorporated as a city in 1868. The city’s population now is estimated to be over 186,000.

During the event, a new time capsule will be buried to be unearthed in 2068, Santa Rosa’s Bicentennial. The winner of the youth art contests piece will be announced and displayed. The event is free and happening onSaturday, September 8 from 3pm-10pm inCourtyard Square in downtown Santa Rosa,

Doghouse Silent Auction for Fire Relief at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, Santa Rosa.

As the one-year anniversary of the 2017 Sonoma County wildfires approaches, the Charles M. Schulz Museum is holding a silent auction for its members of thirteen custom doghouses, designed and painted by local artists and organizations which will be auctioned off to help support families displaced by the fires. 

The doghouses were created by the following artists and organizations: Ann Frowick, Artstart, Becoming Independent, Charles Schulz Creative Associates, Chop’s Teen Club, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country, Fulton Crossing, Lauren Kushins (Art and Soul Music School), Marcia Roberts (Green Mansions), Museums of Sonoma County, Petaluma Arts Center, Victoria Kochergin (Balletto Vineyards), and Western Farm Center. Those interested in bidding should contact the Museum’s membership department.

All 13 doghouses will be on view for the public during the Museum’s free day onSeptember 29 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm and the auction will take place at a member’s event that evening from 6:00-8:00 pm.  For additional information go to The museum is located at 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) News: 

New Police Chief: On August 2, SRJC sixth Police Chief in its 60 year history, Robert Brownlee was sworn in. According to their press release Brownlee has 28 years of public service experience and previously served in the United States Coast Guard, the California Highway Patrol and the SCJCD Police Department where he was police lieutenant for the past 13 years. 

SRJC Planetarium to Temporarily Close for Needs Assessment: originally built in 1980, will temporarily close for the Fall 2018 semester in order to perform a technical and structural assessment of the facility. SRJC Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Victor Tam said that he was disappointed to have to temporarily close the facility.

“The SRJC planetarium has delighted thousands of schoolchildren, students, and community members for over three decades,” he said. “But this assessment is necessary to ensure the continued excellence of any programs and shows we offer at SRJC.” More information on the planetarium is available at

Santa Rosa Outdoor Fun and Recreation:   

   While taking my daily walk through the North West Community Park on West Steele Lane I noticed a softball game taking place with people cheering the players on while fans were enjoying an evening picnic. I watched adults playing baseball and young children running after one another and folks having a great time outdoors which, inspired me to write this piece about the park and one of their sports program, along with acknowledging the importance of local parks and getting outdoors and having some fun with family and friends,

Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks offers recreational sports programs for adults and youth including leagues, instructional courses, clinics, camps and many opportunities for self-directed sporting activity on City courts and fields. According to Sports Coordinator, Brandon Hamann from June 1 thru November 5 some 260 teams participate in their softball leagues alone.

Other sports programs that are offered include Softball (adults), tennis (adults and youth), basketball (youth) clinic (youth), Little Sluggers (youth), Soccer indoor and outdoor (youth), Clinics (youth). To find out more information about these programs call theSports Fitness Hotline at 707-543-3287. It’s important to take time to smell the flowers and enjoy community while having a bit of fun. Several Santa Rosa Parks feature large safe, enclosed dog park areas where dogs are allowed to For information on a part near you in Santa Rosa visit   

Something to think about: 

“Someday we shall look back on this dark era of agriculture and shake our heads. How could we have ever believed that it was a good idea to grow our food with poisons?” Dame Jane Morris Goodall born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall, April 3, 1934 formerly Baroness Jane van Lawick-Goodall, is an English primatologist and anthropologist  Considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees. Special suggestion to read:Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in California Roundup cancer trial. Monsanto was found liable in a lawsuit and ordered to pay $289 million in damages to a man who alleged the company’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused him cancer.

Women’s Spaces Show: dedicated to ordinary women doing extraordinary things and hosted by Elaine B. Holtz is on KBBF 89.2, Monday’s from 11-12pm and available online a

The following interviews were recorded live and archived as listed.

Gloria Rachel Allred is an American women’s rights attorney notable for taking high-profile and often controversial cases, particularly those involving the protection of women’s rights

Erin Brokovich is an American legal clerk and environmental activist, who, despite her lack of formal education in the law was instrumental in building a case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company of California in

Zen Honeycutt – Founder of Moms Across America is annd, mother of 3 boys, one of whom had life-threatening allergies. That is until she found out about GMO, author “Unstoppable.”

Gaye Lebaron - is an American newspaper columnist, author, teacher, and local historian of Sonoma County, California. She wrote more than 8,000 columns for The Press Democrat from 1961 until her semi-retirement in 2001. She also co-authored two books on the history of Santa Rosa, California.


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