The week in Cotati: Oct. 7 – 14
Dance to the neo-shtetl rhythms of Jubilee Klezmer at Congregation Ner Shalom’s Simchat Torah celebration 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. Ritual led by Rabbi Ted of Petaluma’s B’Nai Israel and Reb Irwin of Cotati. This holiday celebrates the completion of the annual Torah-reading cycle with parading, peeking in the scroll, and dancing. Free. For more information: www.nershalom.org/.
Feeling stressed? Let guided meditation to the sacred sounds and resonant vibrations of Tibetan bowls fill you with peace on a journey toward inner depth and transformation. Join Jeffrey Edelheit for an evening of self-awareness through sound 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, Songbird Community Healing Center at 8280 Old Redwood Hwy. Suggested donation: $20. Contact Jeffrey at 799-0137 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information: www.songbirdcenter.org.
If your kids love animals and reading, they’ll enjoy Saturday at the Rohnert Park-Cotati Library. Hear Cat Capers, lively cat stories from around the world, with retired children’s librarian, master storyteller and puppeteer Pam Brown. Storytime is 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. For ages 2-6. Then, from 2-3 p.m., come and read to an appreciative dog! 6250 Lynne Conde Way. For a complete calendar go to http://sonomalibrary.org/branches/Rohnert.html.
Put on your lederhosen and practice your yodeling for Cotati Oktoberfest noon – 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct.13 in La Plaza Park. Listen to Karl Lebherz and his Bavarian band or polka around the dance floor. Authentic meal of grilled bratwurst, German potato salad, sauerkraut and gingerbread for $15, includes choice of beer, wine, root beer or water. Vegetarian brats available too. Oktoberfest microbrews from Lagunitas Brewing Company. No admission charge. Wiener dog (dachshund) races at 2 p.m. and beer stein race (for women) at 4 p.m. Winners receive $50. Call the Cotati Chamber of Commerce at 795-5508 or email email@example.com.
Support young dancers at Cotati’s Ballet Califia by attending the Sonoma County Dance Guild’s luncheon and fashion show fundraiser 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Wild Oak Saddle Club, 550 White Oak Drive. Funds benefit the scholarship program for young dancers. The event will also include a dance demo, a raffle, wine and a spa package door prize. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door. Info: 523-2345, www.sonomacountydanceguild.com.
Support the Education Foundation of Cotati & Rohnert Park at the Sonoma Mountain Car Show 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, Double Tree Plaza at 101 Golf Course Dr. FREE to the public. Rain or shine. Car show parking is from 8-10 a.m. Open to all cars with a $30 entry fee. Entry includes some food items, raffle tickets and one Poker Walk hand. Car show awards and raffle drawing begin at 3:15 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Education Foundation. Contact Dan Blanquie at 338-4003 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information: www.efcrp.org.