The Cotati Chamber Board of Directors is currently accepting nominations for the Cotati Citizen of the Year 2013. Open until Monday, Nov 18, nominees must be a citizen of Cotati that has shown exemplary involvement in the community and deserves to be recognized.
Previous honorees include John Allred, Susan Harvey, Pru Draper, Terry Dutra, Eric Kirchmann, Fred Groverman and John Moore.
The award will be presented as part of the Chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner on Jan 25, 2014. At the annual event awards for Business of the Year along with inducting members into the Businessperson Hall of Fame.
A nomination form can be downloaded from here and then submitted to the Chamber. Nominations will not be accepted without a completed form.
The Cotati Chamber of Commerce has served the local Cotati community since the early 1900′s when it was known as the Cotati Promotion Club. It was incorporated in 1958 and works to promote the community. For information on the Chamber or joining, visit their website at Cotati.org.]]>
Readers who enjoy the Sunday print edition of the Press Democrat may have noticed a smaller section on Sunday. In light of recent stories about news sites about the downsizing of Patch and other hyperlocal sites, a few readers were concerned, but Towns and its associated websites are alive and well.
Some changes have been made, however.
As more readers switch to online news, our focus has shifted to maintaining vigorous Towns sites. News from each of our Towns websites will be included in the Sunday print section, along with a list of events from throughout our coverage area. That section was reduced by a page or two to make room for the Op-Ed section.
Some of the smaller online Towns sites also have been consolidated to give them more heft. Bodega Bay and Sebastopol have been combined on the new “West County” site, for example, and Guerneville has been renamed “The River” to better reflect its coverage area.
Rohnert Park and Cotati are combining on the “Rohnert Park + Cotati” site. This does not mean a reduction in news or quality, just a new way to better share the news from these neighboring cities. While both towns are unique and have their own personalities, they also share the library, a unified school district and Sonoma State University.
This website can still be accessed, but new stories about both cities will be posted on the Rohnert Park + Cotati site.
Questions? Feel free to post them in the comments!
The Hands of Gold Pet Clinic will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at the Songbird Community Healing Center. This clinic offers the opportunity to explore alternative healing services to support the health of a pet. The clinic runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. with a suggested donation of up to $30. 8297 Old Redwood Highway. 795-2398.
The Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce presents Noon Times on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at the Wedgewood Banquet Center at Foxtail Golf Club. Marketing expert Bruce Burtch, who helps non-profits and education groups with partnerships, will headline the event that runs from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. along with Felix Escalante from Voice Sonoma. Tickets are $30 for Chamber Members and $40 for non-members. 100 Golf Course Drive. 584-1415.
Well-known Bay Area musician Faith Thompson Ako will be performing Hawaiian Music in support of her newest album release, Kulaiwi, at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center on Friday, Sept. 6. Ako has performed throughout the Bay Area, in Sonoma County and Hawaii earning two Hawaii Music Awards. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25. 5409 Snyder Lane. 588-3400
The AXIS Dance Company will be performing at Sonoma State University on Friday, Sept. 6 at the Evert B. Person Theatre. The Axis Dance Company is one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles that have been seen on, “So You Think You Can Dance.” The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 for non-SSU students, faculty or staff. 1801 East Cotati Avenue. 664-4246.
Pam Brown Storytime is back on Saturday, Sept. 7 starting at 11 a.m. in the Rohnert Park-Cotati Library. The title for this event is “Zoom! Zoom!” and kids ages 2 to 6 can enjoy stories, songs and craft with Pam Brown. This is a free activity. 6250 Lynne Conde Way. 584-9121.
The Penngrove Social Firemen will be hosting their Annual Hawaiian Luau on Saturday, Sept.7 at Penngrove Park. The evening event includes a full Hawaiian diner with a Kalua Pig, a raffle and entertainment. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under. 11800 Main Street, Penngrove. 794-1516.]]>
A good burger takes more than just meat and a bun. Factors that make something go from passable to great include freshness of ingredients, ratio of burger to bun, sauce and structural integrity. Around town there are quite a few places where you can get a good, quality burger. Which one is the best? Try them all and tell us in the comments!
Best Burgers in Town
Did we miss one? Make sure and let us know in the comments!]]>
By NICK WALDEN / Rohnert Park Correspondent
Schuster’s company, Wild Wing Co., helps landowners attract barn owls to keep rodents in check. He came to the business concept after developing an interest in cavity-nesting birds, such as owls, woodpeckers and bluebirds. Such birds build nests and raise their young in sheltered chambers, including hollow trees, buildings or birdhouses.
To attract the owls, Schuster has developed special nesting boxes that he installs along the birds’ likely flight paths.
“This is actually an old concept,” Schuster said. “If you go back to colonial America, bluebird boxes were used to limit pests in apple orchards and reduce crop damage.”
Schuster’s barn owl boxes are designed to be the species’ perfect home. They are large enough to house a family of owls with an opening small enough to keep out the owls’ natural predators.
As cavity-nesting birds, barn owls typically look for spaces, such as in trees or barns, to create a nest.
Schuster places his boxes on tall poles along owls’ likely flight paths. Schuster creates overlap between multiple boxes to establish a hunting zone in-between.
“When the owls fly along, they can’t miss this perfect house, so they move in and will start breeding,” Schuster said.
Schuster says that his program, when properly implemented, will create a colony of barn owls that hunts in a specific area and reduces rodent populations by 80 to 90 percent.
“It ends up being anywhere from 1,600 to 3,000 rodent kills per year per box that we install,” he said.
Schuster, a longtime musician who has opened for Bob Dylan, Al Green and Sammy Haggar, among others, cultivated an interest in cavity-nesting birds after taking a job with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as a means to supplement his income.
A general interest in birds eventually became focused on cavity-nesting birds in the mid-1990s, with the help of a friend in the Department of Fish and Game, he said. That interest lead toward work in conservation and eventually Wild Wing Co.’s founding in 2000.
Tom Hoffman of Lodi and Steve Simmons of Merced helped with Schuster’s education on the subject, he said.
Since its inception, Wild Wing has helped farmers, vineyard owners, parks and forestry preserves all over the United States as well as in Europe, Schuster said. He estimates he gets about 400 emails a day from people who want help.
After one of his regular presentations for Cal Fire, Schuster said a ranger told him that he “appreciated that he was offering an alternative to the poison paradigm.”
One of the more common methods of controlling rodents, aside from trapping, is the use of rodenticides, a practice that risks secondary poisoning of pets, children and wildlife.
Schuster said he was recently called in to consult at the Conejo Regional Park in Thousand Oaks to deal with the after-effects of using large amounts of rodenticide to eliminate rats. The poison had gotten into the creek and poisoned other animals such as bobcats, a natural predator to rats.
Through the use of barn owls, Schuster was able to help the park address its rodent problem while avoiding issues with rodenticides and restoring some of the natural order.
Schuster utilizes barn owls at his home as well as at vineyards he owns and says the owls are safe for people with pets. The owls often swallow what they kill on the spot and are known as predators who hunt “by gram weight” using sound. Cats and small dogs are much too large for them.
“This is the first thing I’ve done in my life that is so rewarding in helping nature,” Schuster said. “The feeling is indescribable. I get more praise from people for what I am doing than I have from anything else.”]]>
Grow Your Business Up by attending the free seminar about Constant Contact’s EventSpot on Wednesday, August 28. The Cotati Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring this insider’s look at an all-in-one event management system from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Rohnert Park Community Center. 5401 Snyder Lane. Call 650-550-0090 to register.
“Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin: Intersection of Race and Due Process” will be an open presentation by John Burris, the attorney for Oscar Grant’s family held at SSU. On Thursday, August 29 at noon in Stevenson 1002 people are invited to hear this free presentation as part of the new Africana Lecture Series. 1801 East Cotati Avenue.
The Cotati’s Farmer’s Market is rockin’ this Thursday, August 29. This is the last market of the season and it runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. This week will feature music from the Cadillac Converters, the Free Bookmobile and plenty of vendors selling food, drinks, crafts and fresh produce. There will also be plenty of activities for the kids and more! La Plaza Park.
Back by popular demand is Foxtail’s Night Golf. On Friday, August 30 there will be a 9-hole night golf scramble starting at 8 p.m. followed by after round awards. The price is $35 which includes the round with cart, glow ball and equipment. Space is limited. 100 Golf Course Drive. 584-7766.
Misner and Smith will be playing at the Redwood Cafe on Friday, August 30 as part of the Music After Dark Series. They will debut their new album, Seven Hour Storm, which will also be available for sale. There is a $6 to $10 cover charge for the show that starts at 9 p.m. with a local band, The Bootleg Honeys opening. 8240 Old Redwood Highway. 795-7868.
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On Friday, August 23 at 3:30 p.m. the school will have a ribbon cutting for the new community built playground as well as a birthday celebration before kicking off the school year. The new playground was a large project that involved numerous hours of work by school parent volunteers, along with the current Director of the school, Sherry Clem.
Originally considered something of a novelty when it was established, before the idea of early childhood education was prevalent, the school has grown over the years while still keeping to its roots. The school is a non-profit co-op that is run, managed, and owned by the parents who enroll there. They utilize a play-based learning environment that focuses on physical, emotional and social development along with intellectual development, with parents participating and helping in the class each day.
Rohnert Park resident, Erica Auble, whose youngest daughter is currently enrolled in the school said, ‘I really like the interaction with multiple families and my child being comfortable with other adults that work in the classroom.” Additionally many families create friendships from working together that continues on for years after their children leave the school.
As an active member of the community, the school regular participates in events like the Cotati Kids Day Parade and the parents of the school help with security duties at the Cotati Accordion Festival.
The Cotati-Rohnert Park Co-Op Nursery School is located at 150 West Sierra Avenue.]]>
The meeting is being dubbed as a “study session” and will focus on revenue and budget planning. The meeting is open to the public and members of the public can address the council as long as comments are limited to the study session topic.
Additionally it was announced that the normal City Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, August 28 has been cancelled. The next regularly scheduled meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 11.]]>
The Cotati’s Farmer’s Market is rockin’ this Thursday, August 22. Only two weeks left of the market. From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. This week will feature music the Gomez Counter Band and plenty of vendors selling food, drinks, crafts and fresh produce. There will also be plenty of activities for the kids and more! La Plaza Park.
Yo-Yo Ma returns to the Green Music Center with The Goat Rodeo Sessions on Friday, August 23. Featuring an innovative ensemble that mixes bluegrass and classical music, patrons can enjoy a unique show that starts at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Hall and on the lawn. Tickets range from $25 to $100. 1801 East Cotati Avenue. 866-955-6040.
The THUGZ will be playing at the Redwood Cafe as part of the Music After Dark series on Saturday, August 24. Starting at 9 p.m. Put on your dancing shoes and join the party for only $6 with this mix of original and classic jam rock. 8240 Old Redwood Highway. 795-7868.
There will be a Pancake Breakfast and Open House on Saturday, August 24 at Fire Station #2. From 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. you can enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice and Starbucks coffee for a donation of $6 for adults and $4 for kids to benefit Public Safety Explorer Post #500. There will even be a jump house. 5200 Country Club Drive.
American jazz trumpeter Chris Botti concludes the MasterCard 2013 Summer Series at the Green Music Center on Sunday, August 25. At 4 p.m. in Weill Hall one of the premier trumpet players in the U.S. will provide a unique performance. Tickets range from $25 to $85. 1801 East Cotati Avenue. 866-955-6040.
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