December Begins- Into the Madness

Nov 29, 2012 in Entertainment, Events, Holiday, Miscellany, Neighbor News

 The weather outside is frightful… at least if you don’t like getting wet but don’t let that stop you from going out and enjoying events and happenings in the West End and Railroad Square.

December 1st Saturday at 10 a.m to 4 p.m. & December 2nd Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.- Santa Paws at Western Farm Center. A beloved yearly tradition, take your well-behaved dog or pet to take a picture with Santa . Only $15 and all proceeds benefit Canine Companions for Independence. Location: Western Farm Center 21 W. 7th Street

Santa Paws at Western Farm Center

CANCELLED December 1st, Saturday-  First SATURDAY Cleanup (ages 6 and up welcome). For more info go to

December 1st, Saturday at 1 p.m. Once Upon a Gingerbread House Decorate your own mini gingerbread house & take it home! Use your imagination… plus some gum drops, cereal, candy and frosting… to turn a graham cracker house into a gingerbread dream. All ages! This program is made possible by a generous gift from the Friends of Santa Rosa Libraries. Location: Central Santa Rosa Library 211 E Street

December 1th & 2th, Saturday & Sunday Luther Burbank Home and Gardens 33rd Annual Holiday Open House.  Enjoy a 33-year community tradition and begin the season’s celebrations by visiting the historic Home and Gardens of Luther Burbank.  Location: Luther Burbank Home & Gardens 204 Santa Rosa Ave (at Sonoma Ave.) Time: 10am-4pm

December 1st, Saturday at 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.- Read to an Autumn Dog Kids and Families can read to a certified therapy dog from the Sonoma County Humane Society. The dogs are good listeners! Location: Central Santa Rosa Library 211 E Street

Dec. 2nd through Feb.3rd at 4:30-8pm Butcher and Cook- A fried Chicken and pie restaurant in Santa Rosa’s historic Railroad Square. This is a Pop-up restaurant Open Sunday only.  Smith Salinas (the Butcher) and Chef John Lyle (the Cook) bring to Sonoma county~ Butcher & Cook~ Location: Don Taylor’s Omelette Express 112 4th Street

Ummmm! Fried Chicken!

December 2nd at 5 pm 6th Street Playhouse Holiday Open House. Enjoy holiday treats and an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the 6th Street Playhouse! Featuring holiday music and a special gift for attendees. Bring a friend and find out what makes 6th Street Playhouse such a special part of the Sonoma County arts community! Location: 6th Street Playhouse lobby 52 W. 6th Street.

December 2nd, Sunday at 5pm to 8pm- Drums for Solar – Music by West African master percussionist and xylophone player James Ichitey and Kora player Daouda, plus other local artists! James Ichitey is a brand new West End resident. Drums for Solar is a grassroots, non-profit organization that is collaborating with small West African villages to create standalone energy systems while helping to implement ongoing sustainable projects that involve the preservation and exchange of West African culture.  $7- 15 sliding scale Location: The Arlene Francis Center 99 Sixth Street

December 2nd, Sunday 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Every first Sunday) Peace in Process. Relax deeply within a gentle two hour immersion into carefully selected ancient tools that help you live in your strength and align with balance. The morning may include, but won’t be limited to: Primordial ChiGung, Kirtan, Flower Essences, Essential Oils, Rocks, Clinical and Holistic Hypnosis, Sounds and Instruments, Art, Yoga, Labyrinth Walks, Hikes and even Silence. Donation. Location: The Arlene Francis Center 99 Sixth Street, Santa Rosa Facebook

December 6th Thursday,(1st & 3rd Thursdays)- Comedy Open Mic– A hilarious night of open mic Comedy with great Comedians from all over the Bay Area. Hosted by Ricky Del Rosario Location: Heritage Public House 1305 Cleveland Ave. Santa Rosa, CA Time: Show 7:30 p.m.- 9 p.m.

December 7th, Friday 6 to 10 p.m.-  Artstart Drawing Rally. A live drawing event and fundraiser featuring Artstart’s alumni apprentices, emerging and professional artists creating works of art side by side. Watch a drawing come to life and purchase a work of art minutes after its completion. Artist list includes West Enders Mica Jennings, Ty Jones, Chiara Sarter, Wil Smith, Klaus Rappensperger and more! Location: 716 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa

December 7th, Friday – First Friday Night Sky Program.  Offered on the first Friday of the month until May 2013; show content will vary with emphasis on the stars, constellations, planets, and other interesting facts in or about the sky that night. Although admission is free, donations to support SRJC’s Planetarium are gratefully appreciated. Seating is on first-come, first-served basis; arrive early enough to pick up your free parking permit, return it to your vehicle, and arrive back in the planetarium by the scheduled show start time. Location: SRJC Planetarium, Lark Hall Room 2001, Santa Rosa Campus Times: 7:00 and 8:30pm  More info at:

CROSSING CLOSURES UPDATE: Due to expected rain on Wednesday through Saturday of this week (week of 11-26-12), at-grade crossing construction work in Santa Rosa has been rescheduled:
•    7th Street – 12/3/12 (7:00 AM) to 12/7/12 (6:00 PM)
•    9th Street – 12/10/12 (7:00 AM) to 12/14/12 (6:00 PM)
•    College Avenue –  12/14/12 (7:00 PM) to 12/16/12  (6:00 PM)
•    8th Street – 1/7/13 (7:00 AM) to 1/18/13 (6:00 PM)
Please note that the 8th Street crossing closure is taking longer due to the relocation of a water line and the installation of a new sewer line for the City of Santa Rosa.

The West End Neighborhood Association has been awarded a Community Improvement Grant to replace our 6 West End Banners. As you may have noticed the banners, that were put up in four years ago have aged rapidly. The original banner project was spearheaded by Burbank Garden’s Judy Kennedy and it included 11 Santa Rosa neighborhoods. The banners increase awareness of these neighborhoods for those who don’t know the neighborhoods, and strengthen the feeling of community for the neighbors. The West End is close to Historic Railroad Square, to hotels, the visitor center and of course, the DeTurk Round Barn all frequented by visitors and tourists so they also increase the enjoyment of visiting the City of Santa Rosa. Great job Judy!

The West End banners will be replaced in the near future.

Every weekend and on Christmas Eve- Railroad Square Horse and Carriage Rides. Take an old fashioned carriage ride around Historic Railroad Square every weekend in December up to Christmas Eve. Weekend hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m./ Christmas Eve hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Rides start at Depot. RRSQA Holiday Poster 2012

Announcement Guidelines:  The West End Neighborhood Association website is a tool that gives out information that is West End related or of West End interest.  Announcements are subject to our West End Neighborhood Association guidelines. Do you have a West End or Railroad Square related announcement? Announcements can be emailed (1 week lead time required) to Lea Barron-Thomas at

The Assistance League is a West End Sponsor

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