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Santa Rosa Snippets by Elaine B. Holtz

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2018-09-21Sep 21, 2018

After several months of discussions, labor and business representatives failed to find to find common ground about how to best spend the money from an affordable housing bond on Santa Rosa's November ballot. 

2018-07-29Jul 29, 2018

Now in its eighth year, Artwalk is distinctly different from other open studio events. In a once-forgotten corner of downtown Santa Rosa, a stroll through this tree-lined city block gives art lovers a unique opportunity to interact with 25 local artists.

2018-07-17Jul 17, 2018

Torn between poetic passion and family obligations, Viola dallies with her secret dream of becoming an actor, while conscious that the reality of duty will put an end to her fleeting moments of freedom. Her unshackled escapades captivate a fictional depiction of William Shakespeare, who is mired by lack of imagination until discovering that she is the muse who can rekindle his fire of creativity.

2018-07-10Jul 10, 2018

The Imaginists are a creative, satirical theater company, presenting free performances in local parks with minimal props and sets. They arrive on bicycles, quickly setting up a backdrop and finalizing costuming while the audience gathers with folding chairs, blankets and friendly dogs to watch the show and enjoy Sonoma County’s beautiful outdoors.

2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018

Seventy teams from across the US and Canada will play 106 games at the unique, chalet-style ice arena over the 10 days. More than 1,100 ice hockey players, aged 40-96, will compete. Admission for spectators is free. For hockey fans the tournament offers a wealth of opportunities to see great on-ice action. Games will be played from 6am until after midnight all week long.

2018-06-27Jun 27, 2018

William Shakespeare’s festive comedy ‘Twelfth Night’ has been revised with contemporary language and exuberant songs by Peter Mills andCara Reichel. Capturing the spirit of the original play, it is reflective of modern sensibilities, for a delightfully romantic musical.

2018-06-20Jun 20, 2018

Clashing perspectives jostle for attention in a thought-provoking examination of racism in the cold-blooded realm of marketing. Opening with an advertisement for Skymax shoes that turns violent, the hypothetical discussion of demographics becomes a genuine struggle between employees of the company.

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

In July 2017 Santa Rosa City received a certified letter from the law firm of Shenkman & Hughes alleging that the at-large voting system impairs the voting strength of the City’s Latino voters and thus violates the California Voting Rights Act.

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

In July 2017 Santa Rosa City received a certified letter from the law firm of Shenkman & Hughes alleging that the at-large voting system impairs the voting strength of the City’s Latino voters and thus violates the California Voting Rights Act.

2018-05-22May 22, 2018

‘The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)’ is a whirlwind parody of Shakespeare’s plays with a trio of eccentric actors, originally created byAdam Long,Daniel Singer andJess Winfield. Whether interpreting the comedies using Barbie dolls or recreating ‘Titus Andronicus’ as a grisly cooking show, traditional plots are turned head over heels.

2018-05-11May 11, 2018

Sonoma County Department of Health Services convened a collaborative of community partners under the South Santa Rosa HEAL Zone Project, which has been funded since 2007 by grants from Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Program. Local organizations have joined the partnership to help improve health in underserved areas. Programs aimed at reducing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among Southwest Santa Rosa residents ultimately work to address health risks associated with unhealthy weight.

2018-09-18Sep 18, 2018

‘The Naked Truth’ is an odd combination of explicit sex discussions and heartwarming friendships that last through arguments and tumultuous circumstances. A group of women in a pole dance class find common ground despite a dichotomy of personalities and maturity in a rapid-paced sequence of events. The audience glimpses selected conversations that are either provocative or give insight into the challenge each woman is overcoming—whether finding the strength to see her beauty during relentless breast cancer treatments or having the confidence to speak up for herself.

2018-05-11May 11, 2018

‘Women in Jeopardy!’ is an irreverent glimpse into hysterical flights of fancy and the lengths to which people will go in defense of friends, even if that means hiking a narrow mountain trail in the dark with a potential killer on the loose. Left Edge Theatre’s vivacious cast and tight direction from Carla Spindt create an engaging adventure. Pull your hiking boots on for a creepy, entertaining camping trip with the ‘Women in Jeopardy!’

2018-05-07May 7, 2018

‘La Cage aux Folles’ is a mix of night club performances, comedic squabbling, and romantic ballads in the moonlight. Its relaxing atmosphere and endless parade of shimmering, festooned costumes, designed byMarcy Frank, is a pleasant divertissement. Director Russell Kaltschmidt emphasizes its central theme of love, from tentative and freshly discovered to a well-aged relationship, like a rich cellared wine.Harvey Fierstein’s high-spirited book andJerry Herman’s playful songs embellish the rather frivolous, yet enjoyable story.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

In July 2017 Santa Rosa City received a certified letter from the law firm of Shenkman & Hughes alleging that the at-large voting system impairs the voting strength of the City’s Latino voters and thus violates the California Voting Rights Act.

2018-04-30Apr 30, 2018

My husband and I, like so many others, barely escaped the wildfires last autumn with our lives. And like others who experienced the ensuing bittersweet chapters of returning to our houses finding these worlds largely reduced to ash, we were curious about the shards of mostly terra-cotta, stone, and ceramic and that managed to somehow endure.

2018-04-16Apr 16, 2018

Arthur Miller’s classic play. Tensions are strained between the old-fashioned father who is convinced that a likable demeanor will leverage a dazzling business career and his practical son, Biff, who prefers invigorating labor on ranches and farms.

2018-04-02Apr 2, 2018

Our local community health center known as Santa Rosa Community Health has done something that is deeply meaningful to me. My dad, whom we lost less than a year ago, was a frequent visitor at the clinic’s largest location known as Vista Family Health Center.

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

District Election sited for November Election Meetings and Concerns: Two public hearings were held regarding Draft Maps and proposed sequence of elections along with further opportunity for public to respond and make recommendations regarding the proposed district boundaries and sequence of elections were held in March and two more public hearings will be happening this month.

2018-09-10Sep 10, 2018

Santa Rosa city staff will present a plan to incentivize taller residential buildings downtown at the City Council's September 25 meeting. 

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

The Spring Lake Water Bark, a leash-free day for dogs to swim and romp on the sand, kicks off at the Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon onSaturday, September 8. Water Bark days will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 8-9, 16, 22-23 and 29-30. No Water Bark will be held on Saturday, September 15 because Spring Lake will be busy with a cross country meet that day.

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

A group of over 100 supporters gathered to launch the Laura Reichek Housing Hub, a satellite of COTSopened in Santa Rosa to assist victims of the devastating fires of October 2017 in Northern California.

2018-08-26Aug 26, 2018

“I feel great entertaining,” says Rudy Colombini, who will be performing with his band, the Unauthorized Rolling Stones, Sept. 20 at Santa Rosa’s Montgomery Village.

2018-08-21Aug 21, 2018

Shakespeare’s popular tale of shenanigans in ‘The Comedy of Errors’ is the result of two pairs of twins being mistaken for each other while gadding about town. Merchants, families and citizens are driven to panic by the seeming madness taking hold of Ephesus. Expensive jewelry goes missing, a bachelor finds himself inexplicably married, and flustered conversations based on miscommunication build to the tumultuous conclusion with a wild chase through the audience, ranging up and down the open field at the Cannery ruins.

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

IWow what a month; shout out to Leslie Graves, coordinator for theWednesday Market in Santa Rosawho organized a successful “Families Belong Together Rally” in Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa with an estimated 3000 in attendance.

2018-07-30Jul 30, 2018

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