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 Faces of the Century  

FACES OF A CENTURY: A Snapshot in Time Pop-Up Exhibit

Opening Reception May 1, 5-7pm

This temporary exhibit is a project  designed to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the San Francisco 1906 earthquake. Railroad Square celebrated the occasion by inviting 100 community members ages infant to 100 years old to become part of a 100 years of history timeline. Individual photographs were taken by Ed Aiona and Bruce Shippee from The Studio, who volunteered their time and talents to make this exhibit possible. The Gallery will be open to the public daily. Please check with the front desk for drop-in viewing.

Hotel La Rose, 308 Wilson Street



May 1, 5-8pm

You are invited to join us at a May Day Celebration in honor of International Workers Day and the pagan joy of spring! We have decided to continue the current Inaugural Group Exhibition – with some notable additions and deletions – through May 31st 2014. Don’t miss this fun opportunity to view our very first show at our new location in Santa Rosa while enjoying music, refreshments and springtime festivities with friends. Please view our driving directions and parking information, as we are located on a one-way street, accessible from Healdsburg Avenue and exiting onto Mendocino Avenue. Visit our website http://calabigallery.com/contact/ or call us with any questions at (707) 781-7070.

Calabi Gallery, 456 10th Street


Warren Bellows and Leech Studios

May 2, 5-7pm

Sonoma County Art Trails presents Warren Bellows and Leech Studios Jewelers. On Display from May 1 – June 1, 2014. Join at the reception for music from Nate Lopez, guitarist, and wine from Ancient Oak Cellars featuring its newest releases. Corrick’s, 637 4th Street


Join your neighbors on Next Door to find out what’s going on in our neighborhood. We encourage everyone to sign-up for this real-time neighborhood communication tool.  To sign up visit: https://nextdoor.com/invite/degupzcyzfueqjpvfasc


615 Apartments


A proposal to convert existing ground floor commercial space into 12 new apartment residences and to demolish the building at 631 Healdsburg Avenue to construct a 24-space parking lot for the new units has been filed with the City.
The Zoning Administrator will hold a public meeting to decide whether to approve or disapprove the Conditional Use Permit and Design Review applications on:
Thursday, May 1, 2014, at or after 10:30am in Room 7, City Hall, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue.
Direct comments or questions to Noah Housh, City Planner, Dept. of Community Development (707)543-4322 or email to nhoush@srcity.org


St. Rose Church

Parish leaders of St. Rose Church embark on a $3 million fundraising campaign to save the 114-year-old stone portion of the church.

David Henry, president of the parish council, said the campaign will be conducted in two phases, the first of which will begin immediately and fund a $2 million repair of the unreinforced masonry structure. The second phase, for about $1 million more, would fund restoration work.

The original St. Rose Church, which survived the 1906 earthquake and stood for decades at the center of Santa Rosa’s Roman Catholic community, has been closed and walled off for more than two decades due to concerns about its structural soundness. Built in 1900, the rough-hewn-stone, Gothic-style church was the first stone structure constructed in the city. The stonemason was one of a small group of Italian immigrant stone cutters who fashioned blocks of basalt extracted from quarries east of the city in and around what is now Annadel State Park.

For the first half of the 20th century, St. Rose was the sole place that Catholic parishioners gathered for worship in the city. Today, Santa Rosa has five Catholic churches. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake prompted a review of older structures in the Diocese of Santa Rosa. The old stone wing at St. Rose was deemed structurally unsound and closed about 1992. Its B Street entrance remains closed by metal security gates. Henry said the shoring up of the building will take into account the historic nature of the building and the neighborhood.

A feasibility study was conducted to determine whether St. Rose parishioners would be willing to fund the project. He said the report concluded they were. “The parish is behind us. The $2 million is doable as a parish,” he said.Depending on the funding, the parish could look to the outside community and other funding venues for the second phase, he said. “How can we expect the community to be on board if we are not?” he said.

The first phase would include a hard push in the next four months, then a five-year period to collect the pledges, he said. The parish council meets again next month to plan further progress.


April 23rd, Wednesday 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.- Santa Rosa Drought Drive Up

Pick up your FREE drought tool kit at one of three convenient locations. Toolkit includes: shower bucket, faucet aerator, shower timers, and more. Locations:

  • Coddingtown Mall, Whole Foods parking lot
  • Finley Community Center 2060 W. College Ave.
  • Roseland Village Shopping Center 665 Sebastopol Ave.

More info at Drought Drive-Up




Special Rail Trains: April 27 and May 4

The special rail train will complete a single round trip through all crossings between Petaluma and Santa Rosa between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm on Sundays: April 27 and May 4.

As part of the ongoing construction project in preparation for passenger rail service, SMART contractor Stacy and Witbeck/Herzog will be relocating steel rail to be used in reconstructing the tracks from Guerneville Rd. to Airport Boulevard in Santa Rosa using a special rail train. The special rail train will transport 1600-foot lengths of rail along the SMART right-of-way from Caulfield Road in Petaluma to Airport Boulevard in Santa Rosa.

Due to the length of the cargo and the low speed the train must travel, it may take this train up to 8 minutes to travel through each crossing. Drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists should expect delays at these crossings:

  • Sebastopol Road and 3rd Street (Santa Rosa)
  • 3rd Street, 6th Street, 7th Street and 8th Street (Santa Rosa)
  • 9th Street and College Avenue (Santa Rosa)
  • Guerneville Road and West Steele Lane (Santa Rosa)
  • Fulton Road and River Road (Santa Rosa)

Dates and times are current estimates, and are subject to change

For specific information and ongoing updates on when work is scheduled in a particular area, members of the public are encouraged to check the SMART construction web page frequently at: www.sonomamarintrain.org/construction-updates.


FILE NUMBER: LMA13-018: Applicant:   Bob Cassidy

To Neighboring Property Owners and Interested Parties:

The Zoning  Administrator will hold a public meeting to decide whether to approve or disapprove a Landmark Alteration  Permit application  on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at or after  10:30a.m . in Room 7, City Hall, I 00 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa.  The public is invited to attend and/or comment at the public meeting.

Brief summary of project:

  • Rear (west) elevation – Replace five vinyl windows on the second story with double hung wood windows; replace damaged siding with matching cedar siding; replace the man-door on lower level with a glass paned door; install all wood molding and sills on all windows and doors designed to match the original trim.
  • Side (north & south elevations) – Install vinyl double hung windows on ground level with wood crown molding and sills to match original window trim.

A more formal public hearing will be held only if a written  request from  a member of the public directed  to the Zoning Administrator is received  by Wednesday, April  16, 2014. Comments and questions  may be directed to Susie Murray, City Planner; Department of Community Development; City of Santa Rosa; 100 Santa Rosa  Avenue; Santa Rosa,  CA  95404; telephone (707)  543-4348; or e-mail  smurray@srcity.org.



The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition is happy to announce FAMILY BICYCLING WORKSHOPS! Do you wish mom, dad, junior, and even grandma knew how to ride together on the road? Join the Coalition for a FREE workshop where the whole family learns to ride together safely and confidently.

Who gets to ride on the side walk? Who gets to ride side by side? Who gets to ride in the street? How do you ride with a kid in a trailer or a seat? What is the safest way to position yourself when traveling through or turning at an intersection? All your questions will be answered by Nationally Certified Cycling Instructors.

The first half of the workshop takes place on a blacktop where both parents and kids receive instruction and practice skill/safety drills, and the second half is a supervised, instructional family bicycle ride.

Saturday April 19th – Santa Rosa, Roseland Elementary School 11-1:30
Saturday, May 31st – Santa Rosa, MUSD parking lot across from Finley 10-12:30

Questions? Email saferoutes@bikesonoma.org or call 707-545-0153

Sonoma County Cultural and Creative Economy Forum

When:  Wednesday, April 16th, 2014, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Where: Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

You are invited to attend the Cultural and Creative Economy Forum on April 16th, 2014.This will be your opportunity to help determine the direction of the arts and creative sector in Sonoma County. 

 Artists, arts organization leaders, creative professionals, and the other interested residents are invited to attend.

 Some of the questions that will be explored include:

  • ·         What are the critical issues facing the artist and art organizations in Sonoma County?
  • ·        What are our important cultural assets and how can we nurture and sustain them?
  • ·         What role can the arts play in the economic development of Sonoma County?
  • ·         Is there a need to create a new countywide arts service organization?  What form should it take?

The meeting is presented by the Sonoma County Economic Development Board and will be facilitated by art planning consultants from The Cultural Planning Group.

To register, please use the link below:


If you have any questions, please contact the Economic Development Board at 707-565-7170.