Creek Week Sunday & Monday events

Sep 17, 2011 in Events, Miscellany

These events are in our neck of the woods… so check them out. Creek Week for entire list of events.

September 18th, Sunday- Turtle Talk (all ages welcome)
Join Dr. Nick Geist, Professor of Biology, Sonoma State University for an informative talk about the native and introduced turtles found in our local creeks. He will discuss the urban populations of the western pond turtle and local conservation efforts for this species. Western pond turtles are the only native turtle in Sonoma County, but their numbers have plummeted over the last century. Dr. Geist will discuss the challenges we face in keeping these ancient animals from extinction, show you to identify them and other non-native species you are likely to encounter, and talk about how research at Sonoma State is helping reverse these declines. Location: Meet at the Olive Park footbridge, 1698 Hazel Street. Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM. Contact: Alistair Bleifuss at 543-3845 or

September 18th, Sunday- Santa Rosa Creek Family Insect Exploration (all ages welcome) Explore and discover the exciting world of aquatic insects along Santa Rosa Creek near Olive Park. We’ll take a short family-friendly walk with Frederique Lavoipierre, a biologist at Sonoma State University who will share her passion for bugs. Easy walk and exploration; BYO picnic dinner if you wish; made possible by LandPaths donors like you. To sign up for this free outing please visit or call 707.524.9318. Location: Meet at the Olive Park footbridge, 1698 Hazel Street. Time: 4:00 – after 5:00 PM. Contact: Please register at or call 707.524.9318.

September 19th, Monday- Downtown Underground (ages 10 and up)
Tour the underground culverts and fish ladders in the downtown area. The tour will require participants to walk in rough, wet terrain. Wear sturdy shoes that can get wet and bring a flashlight. This tour is not suitable for children under 10.  Location: Meet at Gateway Park (Santa Rosa Ave and Sonoma Ave). Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Contact: Jill Scott at 543-4246 or

Artist and Performers : Are you a West End performer, artist or other talented individual? Don’t be shy! Share your performance dates and events with the neighborhood. Our West End Artist emails go out about once a month- sometimes more because we are so blessed. We want to support you. Contact Lea Barron-Thomas at  westend