Transition Cotati provides a forum for the citizens of Cotati to share information and ideas, connect with their neighbors, and organize themselves to make the changes they think are needed. Please join us for a series of fun, informational, and engaging events to raise our awareness of the issues at hand.


TRANSITION SALON Plus! Saturday, March 21, 9:30 am-noon - FrogSong Cohousing
This month's Salon theme: The Economy
The Salons are facilitated monthly gatherings where we engage in visioning and focused conversations on topics within the theme, brought forth by participants.  These lead to projects and further action.  Let's talk about how we can face the current economic crisis and build our strength as a community. This month's Salon will be followed by a potluck and a Seed Swap!
So bring some good food to share and seeds (or cuttings, bulbs, plants, herbs, vegetables) to trade after lunch.   If you have gardening accessories, tools or supplies you'd like to share, bring those, too!  Boost your garden power, take home some new ideas and other goodies ......let's get growing!

FOOD MOVIE NIGHT Saturday, March 28, 7:30 pm - FrogSong Cohousing
Join us for a mini double feature of films about food and agriculture.  First we’ll view Hidden Bounty of Marin: Farm Families in Transition (30 min) and then Beyond Organic (33 min). Discussion about creating local, healthy food systems to follow. Popcorn provided.  Bring local treats to share, if you wish.  

BICYCLE TOUR OF URBAN GARDENS Saturday, May 16, 10 am-1 pm
Ray Miller Community Center
Have you dreamed of growing vegetables and fruit trees instead of watering and mowing your lawn?  Are you interested in learning to live more sustainably by growing your own food?  Join us on a bicycle tour of some urban backyard (and front yard) gardens. Meet at the Ray Miller Community Center at 10 am for a 4 mile bicycle ride to the A and L sections of Rohnert Park.  After the tour we’ll share a picnic lunch at a local park. Meet at Ray Miller Community Center with bicycle and helmets.

Past Events

A Cheesy Valentine - Saturday, February 14
FrogSong Cohousing 8290 Old Redwood Highway
FrogSong resident Laurie-Ann Barbour has gotten excited about making fresh cheeses because it’s easy and they come out so delicious. She will share her knowledge in a cheese making class —part demo, part hands on. Together we’ll make cream cheese, paneer and mozzarella from local organic dairy products. Recipes provided. $10, and bring a container to take home samples.

Winter Wooly Wonders - Saturday, January 17
Ray Miller Community Center, Stony Point Room
Felting is a traditional technique for turning wool into something warm and useful or artsy. It’s easy to do for all ages. We’ll learn about taking wool from sheep to hat as we have some fun making felt projects with our friends and neighbors. $5 per person or $10 per family (material fee)

Rethinking Plastics, Rethinking Our Lives - Monday, January 5
Ray Miller Community Center, Stony Point Room
Plastics are cheap and convenient and we have come to rely on them for everything from packaging materials to furniture to toys. Now the Earth is drowning in non-biodegradable plastics that litter our streets and parks, clog drainage systems, pollute our oceans and water supplies, clutter our beaches, contribute to many modern diseases, including asthma, cancer, obesity, and reproductive disorders, kill millions of sea birds and animals, and contribute to global warming.  Come to this timely, interactive presentation to learn about the problems and explore practical solutions for yourself, your loved ones, and future generations. Together, we can end the plague of plastic pollution!
Stuart Moody, MA, directs Green Sangha's Rethinking Plastics campaign. Green Sangha is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring our sense of oneness, healing our communities, and healing the earth through mindful practice and awakened action.

What’s Up With Oil? November 2, 2008 - You’ve noticed the prices of oil and food. Would you like to know more about what’s going on behind the scenes, what’s being done at the local and regional level to address the issues? André Angelantoni from Post Carbon Marin will share his knowledge on the current and projected state of global oil supply and the implications this has on our daily lives. Bring your toughest questions and concerns for what promises to be a lively and informative evening.

SMART MOVES September 25, 2008 - As election day approaches get your questions about the SMART Train answered and learn about other transportation options that are easier on the environment. Representatives from SMART Train, local transit, the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, and car share groups will be available to answer questions and you can check out some interesting car alternatives!

Community Apple Cider Making Workshop October 4, 2008 - It’s apple time! Ever seen a cider press? Come to FrogSong Cohousing and help make some tasty apple cider from our county’s bounty. Hang out and enjoy the local good life. $5 or bring a shopping of apples, and bring a container to take some home.

Laguna Clean-up October 11, 2008 - Transition Cotati teams up with the Cotati Creek Critters once again to pick up the trash around our beloved local waterway! We will be joined by Keenan Foster, a senior Environmental Specialist for the Natural Resources Section at the Sonoma County Water Agency. Meet at the Ladybug Lot and bring gloves and water… and wear sunscreen, work clothes, and shoes that can get wet. For guidelines and directions click here. Free.

COMPOSTING & WORM BIN WORKSHOP August 24, 2008 - Come learn how to transform your kitchen scraps into powerful nutrition for your plants. You will learn about commercial bins and receive plans to make your own composting containers. We’ve even got some compost songs. Muffins and tea will be provided.

Come see this hopping cohousing community! Learn how they make it all happen and how you could bring more community to your neighborhood.

Rhythm & Blueberries - July 11, 2008 - An evening with some wonderful local poets, featuring Drew Dellinger as well as Trathen Heckman, as they weave their vision in potent words of justice, community, compassion, and personal power. Beautiful, probing, and poignant, their poems are paired with treats made from our local, luscious berry bounty.

A Walk on the Wild Side Sunday, June 29, 2008 - A walk with local herbalist Larkin Child to find out what culinary and medicinal treasures are hidden in our own backyards.

Here are some of the resources that Larkin mentioned on her walk.
"Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild"
Sonoma County Herb Association
Rosemary’s Garden 707-829-2539 - 132 N. Main St., Sebastopol

Ecovillages & Transition Initiatives - Susan Sawyer Welch June 7, 2008 FrogSong Cohousing
Susan talked about her recent visit to the UK and Ireland where she met with leaders of the Transition Towns movement, including Rob Hopkins. She shared strategies for drastically cutting carbon use and massively increasing community resilience in the face of Peak Oil and Climate Change. In cas you missed this one...we videotaped it! Click here to watch.

MOVIE • The Power of Community May 25, 2008 Cotati Community Center
Cuba, an isolated island nation, rebuilt its quality of life following the collapse of cheap oil, supplied by the former Soviet Union. This fascinating and empowering film shows how communities pulled together, created solutions, and ultimately thrived in spite of their decreased dependence on imported energy.

Cooking with Local Foods May 2, 2008 FrogSong Cohousing
We feasted on tasty foods made with local, seasonal ingredients prepared by FrogSong resident Laurie-Ann Barbour and heard local farmer Scott Mathieson of Laguna Farm talk about the importance of a local foodshed.

MOVIE • A Crude Awakening April 26, 2008 Cotati Community Center
This 90-minute documentary tells the story of how our civilization’s addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with geology. Compelling, intelligent, and highly entertaining, the film visits with the world’s top experts and comes to a startling, but logical conclusion—our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, must be completely re-imagined and overhauled.

Rethinking Plastics, Rethinking Our Lives April 11, 2008 Cotati Community Center

“One Planet” Pie: A Vision of Sustainability March 30, 2008 Cotati Community Center
Geof Syphers, Chief Sustainability Officer for Codding Enterprises, gave an engaging and eye-opening talk on taking development from “green” to “sustainable” and what “One Planet” development is all about.

MOVIE The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream
February 2, 2008 Cotati Community Center
With brutal honesty, this 2004 documentary explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply.

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