|CHAMBER NEWS - November 10, 2011|
COTATI CHAMBER QUARTERLY SPEAKER SERIES BREAKFAST MEETINGThurs. 11/17, 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Friar Tuck's Pub, 8201 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati
Cotati Arts Project Sculpture Update - What's Next
Cordel Stillman from the Sonoma County Water Agency will speak on the proposal
underway to create a Sonoma County utility company
FREE Breakfast Buffet provided by Friar Tuck's Pub
RSVP before Mon. 11/14 to firstname.lastname@example.org or 795-5508
Nominations Wanted for Cotati Citizen of the Year
The Chamber Board is requesting nominations for the Cotati Citizen of the Year 2011. If you know a citizen of Cotati that has shown exemplary involvement in the community and deserves to be recognized, nominate them for Citizen of the Year. Nominees must live in Cotati. Recent honorees have been John Allred, Jenny Blaker, Steven Onines, and Councilmember Pat Gilardi. The award will be presented at the Chamber's Annual Awards Dinner on January 21st, 2012. Fill out the nomination form by CLICKING HERE. The deadline to return the Citizen of the Year Nomination Form has been extended by one week until Monday, November 14th. Questions? Call the Chamber office at 795-5508 or email email@example.com.
Dennis and Michele Angelica at 360NorCal.com would like to show their appreciation to the community by offering to take panoramic photos of new Chamber Members' ribbon cutting ceremonies, relocations or anniversary celebrations, then host them on 360NorCal.com/new businesses website free for a month. Contact them at (707)658-1770 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRAND OPENING OF THE BOUTIQUE AT SASEE
Fri. 11/11, 6 - 9 pm
Sasee Salon, 70 W. Cotati Ave., Cotati
COTATI GENERAL PLAN UPDATE MEETINGS
GENERAL PLAN UPDATE: COMMUNITY HEALTH & WELLNESS
Mon. 11/14, 7 pm
Cotati City Hall, 201 W. Sierra Ave., Cotati
General Plan Update Meeting #5 to discuss Community Health and Wellness. We need your help identifying goals and opportunities for improving the community's mental and physical health and well-being.
GENERAL PLAN UPDATE: HOUSING ELEMENT REVIEW
Mon. 11/21, 7 pmCotati City Hall, 201 W. Sierra Ave., Cotati
General Plan Update Meeting #6 to review the draft Housing Element
For more information, please contact the Planning Division at (707) 665-3637 or visit www.cotati.generalplan.org.
PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING ON OLD REDWOOD HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS
Thurs. 11/17, 7 pm
Cotati City Hall, 201 W. Sierra Ave., Cotati
The Planning Commission will hold this public hearing meeting to consider alternatives for Old Redwood Highway Street Improvement Project and recommend an alternative to the City Council. All interested persons are invited to attend or send their comments to Vicki Parker, Community Development Director, at email@example.com.
WANT INFORMATION ON THE ALTERNATIVES TO IMPROVE COTATI'S OLD REDWOOD HIGHWAY?
UPDATES FROM SONOMA COUNTY TOURISM BUREAU
DEADLINE Friday, Nov. 11: Submit Your Events Online
Load your 2012 first-quarter events (Jan. 1 - March. 31) to SCTB's online calendar by Friday, Nov. 11. Your events need to be submitted to the online calendar to have your event considered for the printed calendar/map, which is distributed to visitors. The online calendar on www.sonomacounty.com is one of the most visited areas on the website. To keep it fresh and robust, we need your events. Submit your events to www.sonomacounty.com/submitevents.
DEADLINE Friday, Nov. 18: Tell Us What's New with You
Do you have changes to your business, or will have changes in the first quarter of 2012? Have you remodeled, gotten a new chef (or chefs, a new restaurant), hospitality award, or maybe even a new application for the iPhone or Android system? If so, let us know. A "What's New" press alert will go out to travel and lifestyle media mid-January. What's New is a quarterly update on new accommodations, venues, attractions, tours and events happening in Sonoma County. Submitted items must include a public relations contact and be relevant to visitors. Submit your info at http://www.sonomacounty.com/partners/whats-new by 5 p.m. Nov. 18.
DEADLINE Friday, Nov. 18: Lodging Deals Needed
Our "deals" blog on inside-sonoma.com needs your winter specials and deals you are offering travelers. This information will also be used in pitches to journalists, on your listing on www.sonomacounty.com and for other marketing avenues. This isn't a Living Social or Groupon type of deal. There is no immediate "buy" in the next few minutes. These can be specials you're already running. This platform is meant to enhance what you're already doing and increase exposure through our marketing channels. Please send your specials - including description, price, how to redeem the deal, and any other related information - to Tina Luster at firstname.lastname@example.org . Check out inside-sonoma.com/deals to catch a great deal for yourself.
ONGOING: Goin' to the Chapel - Looking for Wedding Blog Ideas
A wedding blog for brides looking to book their weddings in Sonoma County is now live on inside-sonoma.com. We need your help with the blog. Businesses that offer services for brides are invited to submit photos and up to 250 words describing their services.Businesses include hotels (rooms, venue for wedding, food and beverage departments), caterers, hair salons, event venues, bridal boutiques, florists, etc. Send your information to Susan Montes, email@example.com. Need ideas for your wedding? Visit inside-sonoma.com/category/weddings to see the wedding blog in action.
COTATI-ROHNERT PARK UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
TOWN HALL MEETING
Tues. 11/15, 7 pm
Lawrence Jones Middle School, 5154 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park
SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER WORKSHOPS
FROM KITCHEN TO MARKET - How To Successfully Bring Your Specialty Food Products To Market
Tue, 11/15, 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
SBDC Building, 1808 Albany Drive, Santa Rosa
Get the tools you need to honestly assess your risk and opportunity in entering the fresh food industry. Learn the current trends as well as tips on setting up your business. Capitalizing it, and marketing your products in the highly competitive but reliable specialty foods business. Those already in the market will find some ideas on expansion. The insider information packed into this 3-hour workshop has saved countless hours of research and resources for its participants.
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THE POWER OF EMAIL MARKETING
Fri, 11/18, 9 - 11 am
Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa, Baker Hall, Room 1809
Master email communications with this comprehensive look at best practices and winning strategies for getting and keeping quality subscribers, increasing deliverability and open rates, writing good headlines and content, saving time, getting readers to take action, and more!
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THANKSGIVING DINNER FROM SALLY TOMATOES
It's time to plan your menu for Thanksgiving Dinner. Let Sally Tomatoes help you to enjoy your holiday with these classic, affordable and delicious selections. Every order helps Sally Tomatoes serve 50 kids at Children's Village and 7 COTS Families Thanksgiving Dinner.
All orders can be picked up at the Sonoma Mountain Village location until 2:00 pm.
The Full Dinner
Fresh Roasted Turkey with Roasted Shallot and Sherry Gravy, Portobello Mushroom Stuffing, Apple Cider Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Cranberries,
Ginger Carrots, Suzanne Salad, Homemade Cranberry Chutney, Pumpkin Cheesecake with Candied Pecans
$15.00 per person
Main Course Items - Half Pans Serve 10 and Full Pans Serve 20
Fresh Roasted Turkey with Gravy and Cranberry Chutney
$70.00 half pan and $140.00 full pan
Side Dishes - Half Pans Serve 10 and Full Pans Serve 20
Portobello Mushroom Stuffing
Apple Cider Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Cranberries
$25.00 half pan and $50.00 full pan
Baby organic greens with gorgonzola, toasted walnuts, dried cranberries and mandarin oranges with balsamic vinaigrette
$35.00 half pan and $70.00 full pan
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Candied Pecans
$25.00 per cake
$7.50 pint & $15.00 quart
Sally Tomatoes Bar and Cafe, Catering HeadquartersThe Event Center, Sonoma Mountain Village
1100 Valley House Drive
Rohnert Park Ca. 94928
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT LOUD & CLEAR
We've really got something going on here! Thanks for helping make Loud & Clear Music the best place to find unique used and new gear at the best prices. We've been open just over a year and we'll be celebrating our anniversary with a Grand Reopening Party.
We've cut a deal with our landlord and now have possession of the space next door. We are prepping the area now and hope to knock down the wall to almost double our size in the next two weeks. We're creating new drum and a PA departments and also making room for more guitars and amps! This expansion also gives us access to the outside courtyard so we'll start doing outdoor performances and events starting this month.
GRAND REOPENING PARTY!
Lets break in the expanded store and new courtyard with an afternoon of music! Mark your calendars and get ready for some fun - SATURDAY NOVEMBER 26 at 1:00p. Check out my 80's Cover Band Choppin Broccoli Live then stay tuned for an "all star" Zone Music Classic Event - The Jimi Hendrix Birthday Bash with a flaming strat and all!
Rock Overtime, our band camp is currently concluding it's third three band session. Rock Overtime is where we put you together with other musicians with similar likes and skill levels to form a band. Then you and your new band mates meet once a week for two hours here at our on-site performance area with instructor Mark Benanti who will help you learn some cover tunes and write your own original song. The fifth session is a performance with your new band at a local club. This session's bands concluding performances are scheduled for Sunday November 13 at 7p at the Redwood Cafe here in Cotati. People interested in joining the program are encouraged to attend.
UPCOMING NEW BAND CAMP SESSION: We are currently signing up musicians for the next sessions.
BAND 1: ADULT BAND
Sundays starting Nov 27 11am-1pm
BAND 2: Adult Band
Sundays starting Nov 27 2pm-4pm
BAND 3: YOUTH BAND
Mondays, starting Nov 28 4pm-6pm
BAND 4: ADULT BAND
Mondays, starting Nov 28 6:30-8:30pm
Rock Overtime IV Performance Dec 20 7pm
Price for the program is $250.
Contact us if you are interested in joining the band!
Loud and Clear Music and Commercial A/V Installation
7886 Old Redwood Hwy Cotati CA 94931
Monday - Saturday 11a-6:30p & Sundays 11a-4p
FOUR NIGHTS OF FESTIVE FUN IN COTATI
Holiday Tree Lighting - VOLUNTEERS CROSSING GUARDS NEEDED Wed. 12/7, 6 - 8 pm
La Plaza Park & Cotati Fire Station
Thurs. 12/8, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
8 Ball, Cotati Yacht Club, Friar Tuck's Pub, Spancky's Bar
Candlelight ConcertFri. 12/9, 7 - 9 pm
Church of the Oaks
Elegant Evening - VOLUNTEERS CROSSING GUARDS NEEDED Sat. 12/10, 5 - 8 pm
Downtown Cotati Merchants - Apple Crate Gifts, Cafe Salsa, Cotati Corner Wine Bar, Exchange Bank, Ferrari Salon, Little New Yorker, More Unlimited, Redwood Cafe, and Sweet Pea Children's Boutique
ATTENTION ALL NONPROFITS!!!
This year the Cotati Chamber of Commerce is inviting nonprofits to join us for our Holiday Cheer event on Thursday, 12/8 in downtown Cotati. We will enjoy festive drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) from the 8-Ball, Cotati Yacht Club, Spancky's Bar, and Friar Tuck's Pub. This year it is not just about the good drinks, great company and free appetizers, but there is a FREE MEMBERSHIP to win! Whichever nonprofit has the most attendees at Holiday Cheer will receive a free 1-year membership to the Cotati Chamber of Commerce. We will have sign-in sheets for each nonprofit that is represented - each member attending will have to sign in for their nonprofit to receive credit. Questions - call 795-5508 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOLIDAY MIXER AT MASSAGE ENVY SPA
Thurs. 12/15, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Massage Envy Spa, 640 E. Cotati Ave., Cotati
For both Cotati and Rohnert Park Chambers of Commerce
PENNGROVE PROUD MAGAZINE
Penngrove Proud Magazine's Fall issue is available around town at Oliver's Market, Cotati Chamber Office, Marc Mezzetta's Deli and True Value Hardware - pick up a copy soon if you haven't seen it yet! If you would like to advertise in the Winter issue, please contact Debbie Koos @ 484-7451 or email@example.com.
The Penngrove Proud is mailed to all of Penngrove (about 2,200 postal customers) and another 5,000 copies are distributed in businesses, libraries, visitor and chamber offices in Penngrove, Cotati, Rohnert Park, Petaluma and Santa Rosa. Winter issue deadline is November 23.
Debbie Goodier Koos
Penngrove Proud Magazine
Oak View of Sonoma Hills
November Happy Hour
Fri. 11/18, 6 pm
Dickens Themed Holiday Carolers
Wed. 12/14, 6 pm
1350 Oak View Circle, Rohnert Park866-614-5882
SONGBIRD COMMUNITY HEALING CENTER
8280 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati 94931
Songbird Community Healing Center, conveniently located in downtown Cotati, offers a branch of health care and education that connects the body, mind, and spirit. We are synthesizing the traditional and modern, new and old. Our branch provides a community gathering place for people of like minds to network and share. We offer cost-effective space rental and affordably-priced holistic education and care.
For more information on all events & classes, call (707) 795-2398 or visit www.songbirdcenter.org.
SPECIAL EVENTSTue/Thu 11/1-11/29, 4:00 - 6 pm
Rainbow Children - Learning to Use Intuition
Thurs 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 6:15 - 7:15 pm
iRest (Yoga Nidra)
Thurs 11/10, 7:30-9 pm
Embodying the Toltec Four Agreements
Sat. 11/12, 2 - 5 pm
Experience Songbird Saturday
with Songbird Teachers & Practitioners - FREE!
* Sample our classes and healing modalities for just $10/session (three for $20)
* Meet our diverse and exciting community
* Discover how we provide a connecting branch for the Body, Mind, and Spirit through holistic care and personal growth
* Bask in the energy of our beautiful healing environment
* Relax with refreshments and fine artwork from local artists
* Learn about renting our cost-effective space for teachers and practitioners
Sun 11/13, 5 pm
Practical Strategies for Using the Tarot in Your Life
Tues 11/15, 7 - 8:30 pm
Introduction to Meditation
Wed 11/17, 7:30-9:30 pm
Experiential Stress Reduction for Dentists
Sat. 11/19, 10 am - 12 pm
Co-Parenting Through the Holidays
Sat 11/19, 7 - 9 pm
A Gathering of Consciousness: Tools for the Awakening World
Sun 11/20, 2 - 4 pm
Readings from The Holy Universe
Wed 11/23, 7:30 pm
Thanksgiving Heart Chakra Meditation
2nd /4th Tue, 7:30 - 9 pm
Hands of Gold Healing Clinic
3rd Sat, 2:00 - 4 pm
Flowing with the Wave of Change
MOVEMENT CLASSES Every Tue, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Feldenkrais® for Back Health
1st/3rd Wed, 5:30 - 7 pm
Every Fri, 9:00 - 10:30 am
Gentle Therapeutic Yoga
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVES IN THE COMMUNITY
11/26 - Oliver's Market
546 E.Cotati Ave, Cotati
10 am - 2 pm
11/19 - Anytime Fitness Rohnert Park
939 Golf Course Dr., Rohnert Park
11 am - 3 pm
Your support is appreciated.
COTATI CREEK CRITTERS NEWSCREEK STEWARDSHIP DAY
Sun. 11/20, 9 am - 12 noon: Creek Stewardship Day
City well lot # 2 on Lakewood Avenue
Join us for the first planting day of our new project! We will plant 350 new native trees and shrubs this fall and winter, and need your help! Wear old clothes, dress in layers for work and weather, with boots or sturdy shoes. Bring your own drinking water bottle. Gloves, tools and refreshments provided. Parking is in residential streets, so please be mindful of neighbors - or walk or bicycle there if you can! We will start near the Gravenstein Way bridge over the Laguna channel (Gravenstein Way is off Old Redwood Hwy, two blocks east of the intersection with Hwy 116, which is just north of Walgreens and the new Peets Coffee that is currently under construction). Please see www.CotatiCreekCritters.info for Creek Stewardship Days, guidelines, directions, and maps.
HELP GROW THE CHAMBER & GET REWARDED
Refer a Business & Get Chamber Cash!
- For every business, organization or individual you refer who joins the Cotati Chamber of Commerce, you will receive 25% of their first year's membership dues in Chamber Cash.
- You can spend Chamber Cash on anything the Chamber offers for purchase - your own membership dues, merchandise, luncheon or breakfast meetings, or tickets to any Chamber events.
- The amount of Chamber Cash could be anywhere from $13 to $90 (rounded to the nearest dollar), depending on the new member's membership category.
- There is no limit to the amount of members you can refer to collect Chamber Cash.
- Just have the new member write your name on their membership application at "Referred By" and when the business joins, you'll receive your Chamber Cash soon after by mail.
- Chamber Cash will expire one year from the date of issuance.
CLICK HERE for the Cotati Chamber Membership Application, which you can give to all of your business referrals. Any other questions, call the Cotati Chamber of Commerce at (707) 795-5508.