Chris Oakes and the wonderful folks at Petaluma Valley Athletic Club have put together a Holiday stocking for local homeless vets. The gift includes an Army blanket, knit cap, socks, toiletries, instant coffee and nutritious snacks. As many of you know, military veterans make up to 40% of our homeless population. If you know a homeless vet, and would like to see them receive this gift, please contact Chris @ email@example.com, or contact PVAC (707) 789-9898.
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The next Resilience Cafe occurs this Monday, December 9, at Aqus Cafe. The first one was a powerful evening. Here’s a link to a video about the evening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgC9dFQ5bho
In case you were worried, you might be comforted to know that anyone who had the urge to drop a quarter in a slot machine at 3am on Thanksgiving morning was welcomed by the friendly folks at the Graton Rancheria Casino.
The headline on yesterday’s Argus read “Train Stop in Limbo. No funds for a second SMART station.” And, by the way, the Corona Station was the stop that was to have parking. Alas, no parking at the Lakeville / Washington station. Guess you’ll have to take the infrequent buses. SMART has never measured up to the double entendre of its acronym, but it demonstrates a truth about bureaucracies – regardless of their reasons for coming into being, after they’re established… Read More »
“Campus Pot Busts Spike in October” reads another headline on the cover of today’s Argus-Courier. Unlike the locally-grown, weak-tea (pun-intended) weed that prevailed when I went to college in the late 1960′s, today’s maryjane should be called MajorJones. Thanks to improvements in horticulture and the diligence of the Mexican cartels, kids today can readily score killer dope. Despite serious and incontrovertible evidence the pot-smoking does in fact damage the cognitive functions of young adults, progressive folks continue… Read More »
The banner story in today’s Argus-Courier titled, “Distrust Brewing Over Tribe’s Land” recalls this cartoon I did back in 2004, when the issue first arose. Tribal Chair Harvey Hopkins was quoted as saying, “I feel like (the mistrust) stems from a lack of understanding about our ways. We’re a regular government…” Given how Washington treated Mr Hopkins ancestors 100 years ago and, in point of fact deals with us today, his allusion to government trustworthiness isn’t very comforting. Despite the… Read More »
Since I started drawing cartoons for the Argus nearly 10 years ago, I’ve noted some recurring stories that deserve attention. So, here’s the first of Miss Petaluma’s Oldies, e.g., historic and still unresolved issues. This cartoon from 2004 noted the challenges faced by the Petaluma Police Department in raising the necessary funds to protect and serve the folks who continue to reduce their budgets.
Well, we dodged that bullet.
The Bernstein Institute for Integrative Therapy and Trauma Treatment, in partnership with Aqus Community and Sonoma Coast Trauma Treatment, announces the Resilience Café, a public forum for the discussion and healing of trauma. The event is meant for veterans and civilians alike and will be held at Aqus Café at 7pm, Monday, November 11, 2013. Trauma is present everywhere. It’s not limited to wars or natural disasters. Trauma can be experienced by communities as well as individuals. Trauma affects military… Read More »
Chris Oakes, senior pro at Petaluma Valley Athletic Club, is collected items for “Christmas Stockings” to distribute to local homeless vets. If you can help with funds, blankets, or other “camping” gear suitable for the coming cold nights, you can e-mail Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.