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  • Because every child needs someone who cares If you can commit to spending 2 to 4 hours a week offering advocacy, friendship, and emotional support to a child or young adult in foster care, WE NEED YOU! "If it weren't for you, school would have been harder. If it weren't for you I would not have started school with new clothing. If it weren't for you, I would not have had a wonderful senior year. If it weren't for you, I wouldn't be me. Thank you." ~ Written by a CASA Youth\ Studies have shown that involvement of a positive role model in the lives of children has profound effects on them. Being a CASA volunteer doesn't mean you have to be ...
    Posted Jun 27, 2017, 9:12 AM by Wayne Wieseler
  • National parks fee to be hiked Cost of lifetime passes for seniors on the riseOlder people can expect a big jump sometime next year in the fee for a lifetime pass to visit national parks, as part of a larger move to pay for major projects and enhanced services. The fee for a lifetime pass for citizens 62 and older will go from $10 to $80. An annual pass will cost them $20, which they can apply to the cost of a lifetime pass at a later point if they decide they want one. But if you get a lifetime pass before the change is implemented, it will cost only $10. Passes can be purchased online for an additional service fee of $10 or at ...
    Posted Jun 16, 2017, 1:30 PM by Wayne Wieseler
  • CASA to train volunteers CASA is experiencing one of the largest numbers of referrals in 20 years, of abused and neglected children who are entering the child welfare system afraid and alone. CASA is seeking volunteers today. CASA has over 50 youth awaiting your friendship and advocacy, which can bring a life changing the relationship with them, and the list continues to grow. As little as 10 hours a month can make a child’s life brighter. Our Summer training begins July 20th. Visit www.sonomacasa.org or call us at 565-6375.CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates) are volunteers and ordinary citizens from our community, like you, doing extraordinary work. CASA advocates establish stable relationships with foster children, getting to know their unique ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2017, 3:00 PM by Wayne Wieseler
  • Santa Rosa Junior College to offer LGBT Arts & Literature Studies English 36 LGBT Arts & LiteratureMondays 6 p.m. Fall 2017Register this Fall for English English 36: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Arts & Literature. Participants will read, discuss, and write about significant LGBT writers and artists' works in an atmosphere of mutual respect.For more information: contact Abby Bogomolny, Faculty in English, abogomolny@santarosa.edu, 707-552-2779.
    Posted Jun 7, 2017, 9:59 AM by Wayne Wieseler
  • Summer of Love: “The Hippies” exhibit extended “The Hippies” multi-media exhibit at the West County Museum in Sebastopol has been extended to Labor Day due to the popularity of the show. The display includes film clips of Lou Gottlieb and Bill Wheeler explaining the philosophy that led them to open their land to all as well as photographs, hand-made clothing, artifacts, a timeline, record covers and pop hits of the day playing in the background. “This is the most well-attended exhibit in the history of the Museum,” Museum Director Jan King said. “It’s not surprising, since the hippie communes Morning Star and Wheeler’s were located just west of Sebastopol, and some residents still live here. Others remember the hippies coming into town ...
    Posted Jun 2, 2017, 3:52 PM by Wayne Wieseler
  • EXHIBITION ON SCREEN Michelangelo: Love and Death Thursday, June 29, 2017 | 4 p.m.
    Posted Jun 13, 2017, 11:34 AM by Wayne Wieseler
  • Free movies for seniors First Thursday of each month, 10 a.m., Third Street Cinemas The Free Seniors Movie Series will begin on Nov. 3, 2016, at the Third Street Cinemas in downtown Santa Rosa. A choice of four movies will be shown on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m., and will continue through June 7, 2017. No tickets are needed, and the doors open at 9:30 a.m.For a list of the four movie titles for each month, call the Third Street Cinemas Recording the week of the Series: 707-525-8909 x 2. The movies are free for seniors 60 and older. Flyers are on distributed to the senior centers.The Third Street Cinemas is located ...
    Posted Oct 12, 2016, 3:24 PM by Wayne Wieseler
  • Our Life Stories Our Life Stories We have added a new feature, Our Life Stories. Our seniors have as many stories to tell as there are diverse members of our community. Our Life Stories provides a venue to publish their life stories and prove what we assert: Wisdom Counts! Do you have a life story that you would like to share? Please contact Wayne Wieseler, Communications Director, at the Sebastopol Area Senior Center to submit a life story for consideration. Our Life Stories Subscribe to Our Life Stories by Email
    Posted Jun 1, 2016, 9:55 AM by Wayne Wieseler
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Because every child needs someone who cares

posted Jun 27, 2017, 8:45 AM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Jun 27, 2017, 9:12 AM ]

If you can commit to spending 2 to 4 hours a week offering advocacy, friendship, and emotional support to a child or young adult in foster care, WE NEED YOU!

"If it weren't for you, school would have been harder. If it weren't for you I would not have started school with new clothing. If it weren't for you, I would not have had a wonderful senior year. If it weren't for you, I wouldn't be me. Thank you." ~ Written by a CASA Youth\

Studies have shown that involvement of a positive role model in the lives of children has profound effects on them. Being a CASA volunteer doesn't mean you have to be a replacement parent or a superhero. It means being someone who cares and shows up.

CASA volunteers are everyday people, trained by CASA and then appointed by judges to advocate for the safety of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. Volunteers are fully supported by a staff case supervisor and are part of a team that works in the best interests of the child.

We currently have 40 children in our waitlist to be matched with their CASA volunteer.

The Value of a Child Advocate - CASA Volunteer


Click here to learn more about what it takes to be a CASA volunteer!
Next training to become a CASA begins July 20th.
Call us at 707-565-6375
or email us at info@sonomacasa.org
for more information and to sign up.

National parks fee to be hiked

posted Jun 16, 2017, 1:20 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Jun 16, 2017, 1:30 PM ]

Cost of lifetime passes for seniors on the rise

Older people can expect a big jump sometime next year in the fee for a lifetime pass to visit national parks, as part of a larger move to pay for major projects and enhanced services.

The fee for a lifetime pass for citizens 62 and older will go from $10 to $80. An annual pass will cost them $20, which they can apply to the cost of a lifetime pass at a later point if they decide they want one.

But if you get a lifetime pass before the change is implemented, it will cost only $10. Passes can be purchased online for an additional service fee of $10 or at any of the parks without an extra charge.

National Park Service officials are unsure how long it will take to implement the change, but it’s expected before the end of 2017. Meantime, they are spreading the word informally.

“We don’t want anyone to feel blindsided and say, ‘Why didn’t anyone tell us about this,’” Park Service Spokeswoman Kathy Kupper said. “We don’t know whether we’ll get any pushback. It (the higher fee) is still a great deal.”

Earlier this month, Congress approved legislation, the National Park Service Centennial Act, that raises fees and sets up an endowment to help pay for projects and visitor services. The cost of the senior pass has not been increased since 1994 when it jumped to $10.

The move is intended to improve the visitor experience and provide more opportunities to volunteer in parks across the country.

CASA to train volunteers

posted Jun 7, 2017, 2:55 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Jun 7, 2017, 3:00 PM ]


CASA is experiencing one of the largest numbers of referrals in 20 years, of abused and neglected children who are entering the child welfare system afraid and alone. CASA is seeking volunteers today. CASA has over 50 youth awaiting your friendship and advocacy, which can bring a life changing the relationship with them, and the list continues to grow. As little as 10 hours a month can make a child’s life brighter. Our Summer training begins July 20th. Visit www.sonomacasa.org or call us at 565-6375.

CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates) are volunteers and ordinary citizens from our community, like you, doing extraordinary work. CASA advocates establish stable relationships with foster children, getting to know their unique history and making informed recommendations to the courts.

When a child has an advocate, she is more likely to get needed services — and a permanent, stable home. Are you eager to make a difference in a child’s life? Become a volunteer.


Santa Rosa Junior College to offer LGBT Arts & Literature Studies

posted Jun 7, 2017, 9:58 AM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Jun 7, 2017, 9:59 AM ]


English 36

LGBT Arts & Literature

Mondays 6 p.m. Fall 2017

Register this Fall for English English 36: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Arts & Literature. Participants will read, discuss, and write about significant LGBT writers and artists' works in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

For more information: contact Abby Bogomolny, Faculty in English, abogomolny@santarosa.edu, 707-552-2779.


Summer of Love: “The Hippies” exhibit extended

posted Jun 2, 2017, 3:48 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Jun 2, 2017, 3:52 PM ]


“The Hippies” multi-media exhibit at the West County Museum in Sebastopol has been extended to Labor Day due to the popularity of the show.

The display includes film clips of Lou Gottlieb and Bill Wheeler explaining the philosophy that led them to open their land to all as well as photographs, hand-made clothing, artifacts, a timeline, record covers and pop hits of the day playing in the background.

“This is the most well-attended exhibit in the history of the Museum,” Museum Director Jan King said. “It’s not surprising, since the hippie communes Morning Star and Wheeler’s were located just west of Sebastopol, and some residents still live here. Others remember the hippies coming into town to do their laundry.

The subject is of great interest to younger folks as well, since there were so many changes in our culture that were introduced because of the creativity of those rebels. Music, fashion, environmentalism, and now the legalization of marijuana are just some of the effects of what occurred in the late sixties.”

The museum is located opposite the Sebastopol post office at 261 S. Main Street, 707- 829-6711. It is open Thursday – Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN Michelangelo: Love and Death

posted May 22, 2017, 2:19 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Jun 13, 2017, 11:34 AM ]

Thursday, June 29, 2017 | 4 p.m.

Free movies for seniors

posted Oct 12, 2016, 3:11 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Oct 12, 2016, 3:24 PM ]

First Thursday of each month, 10 a.m., Third Street Cinemas 

The Free Seniors Movie Series will begin on Nov. 3, 2016, at the Third Street Cinemas in downtown Santa Rosa.

A choice of four movies will be shown on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m., and will continue through June 7, 2017. No tickets are needed, and the doors open at 9:30 a.m.

For a list of the four movie titles for each month, call the Third Street Cinemas Recording the week of the Series: 707-525-8909 x 2. The movies are free for seniors 60 and older. Flyers are on distributed to the senior centers.

The Third Street Cinemas is located at 620 Third Street between Santa Rosa Avenue and D Street (behind the Third Street Aleworks). It is only 1-1/2 blocks from the downtown Transit Mall, where all city & county buses arrive and depart.


There are also two parking garages close by — one directly across from the Theatre (no elevator), and the other around the corner on D Street (basically, behind the Theatre).

Our Life Stories

posted Jun 1, 2016, 9:54 AM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Jun 1, 2016, 9:55 AM ]


Our Life Stories

We have added a new feature, Our Life Stories. Our seniors have as many stories to tell as there are diverse members of our community. Our Life Stories provides a venue to publish their life stories and prove what we assert: Wisdom Counts!

Do you have a life story that you would like to share? Please contact Wayne Wieseler, Communications Director, at the Sebastopol Area Senior Center to submit a life story for consideration.


Subscribe to Our Life Stories by Email

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