City of Sebastopol 7120 Bodega Avenue Sebastopol, California www.ci.sebastopol.ca.us City of Sebastopol Summer 2009 Community Newsletter Adopt A Landscape The City’s Adopt-a-Landscape Program allows you to adopt a median, island or park area to provide additional maintenance to Sebastopol's green spaces. The pro- gram encourages businesses, organizations and individuals to commit their time, tal- ents and/or money to the maintenance and/or improvement of one of the City's green spaces. Depending on the size of the area, volunteers need to spend an average of 4 - 6 days per year on their adopted area. Or, a business or individuals may opt to do- Help Our Seniors nate the funds to provide for landscaping services. Everyone who participates is ac- knowledged with a sign at the site. The Sebastopol Area Senior Center located on North High Even though budgets are shrinking while maintenance needs continue to grow, the Street is always looking for City is committed to keeping our greenways beautiful. You can help us keep Sebas- volunteers in a number of ar- topol looking its best. Through the Adopt-a-Landscape program, you will find a real eas. You could help at the sense of pride and ownership of “our town”. Adopting a landscape can take many front desk, or be a volunteer forms. We would be happy to design a program to suit your needs. driver, or help with the devel- opment of the Center’s Long Participation can happen in several ways. One way is to make a commitment to Range Plan, and more. In maintaining a specific park space, median, or island which might include removing addition, the Council on Aging litter and weeds, mulching, planting, or light pruning at regular intervals throughout may need volunteers in the the year. Another way to help is by providing the financial support that would be kitchen or Senior Day Services applied to a specific area fur its maintenance and improvement. The entire commu- program in Sebastopol. nity is welcome to get involved, including community groups, businesses, service clubs, fraternal organizations, schools, private clubs, youth groups and individuals. To check out the possibilities, call 829-2440 or email After one month of active adoption, the City will erect a sign at the site, bearing the info@sebastopolseniorcenter. name of the adopting group or individual. Also, you will have the satisfaction of org. knowing that you helped keep the City of Sebastopol a place of beauty and vitality. You can also drop by for a There are a number of ’adoption’ opportunities. The new Skategarden Park has sev- visit to the Center at 167 eral areas needing ongoing care. The Laguna Preserve is another opportunity, and North High Street in Sebasto- there are other park and landscape areas needing attention. pol, Monday-Friday between 10 and 4. Contact Dante Del Prete, Assistant Superintendent, at the Department of Public Works at 707-823-5331 (ext 103). He will help you develop an adoption plan to coordinate your group's intended activities, frequency, and the City support that might be needed. Adoption is for a minimum of one year and can be extended by mutual agreement. A written agreement between the Public Works Department and your group will record the adoption and details. Page 2 City of Sebastopol Community Newsletter Become a Volunteer Fire Fighter One way you can help your com- munity is by volunteering for the City’s public safety services. Se- Youth Volunteer Opportunity bastopol is fortunate to have an outstanding volunteer Fire Depart- Help your community’s safety services—consider becoming a Police Explorer. The ment. Sebastopol Police Department’s Explorer Program is open to young people ages 14 to 19. Prospective Explorers undergo a background check process to insure they The Fire Department is looking for have sufficient maturity to handle the various requirements of participating in the men and women, 21 years of age or older, who are interested in Explorer Post. Explorers are required to attend bi-weekly trainings. Upon completion providing an essential service to of introductory training, Explorers are equipped with a uniform and necessary the community. The Department equipment. Explorers are called on to assist at numerous community events. They as- provides the training and equip- sist with various tasks in the police department, such as assisting at DUI checkpoints ment; you provide the desire to throughout Sonoma County, and acting as decoys in alcohol “stings” conducted by use your time to provide a vital the State of California. Explorers are required to be mature and professional, with service to your community. strong ethics and the ability to follow directions. Explorers will learn about the inner workings of a police department and gain a sense of responsibility through their ser- Please contact the Fire Depart- vice to the community. ment at 823-8061 for more infor- mation. Contact Chris Mooney in the Police Department at 829-4400 for more information. Chamber of Commerce Needs Volunteers The Sebastopol Area Chamber of Volunteer Creatively at Center for the Arts Commerce is looking for volunteers to help staff its Visitor Center. A The arts are part of what makes Sebastopol a unique community. The Sebastopol friendly, helpful attitude, and Center for the Arts located at 6780 Depot Street has numerous volunteer opportuni- knowledge of Sebastopol and ties, including assisting at visual, music, and literary arts events and becoming a do- West County are a plus. cent and staffing the art gallery. Contact SCA at 829-4797 for more information. The Chamber also needs a cadre of volunteers to help work on nu- Tamp Down Graffiti merous community and Chamber events. Contact Executive Director Another key volunteer opportunity is graffiti removal. Graffiti would be much more Teresa Ramondo at 823-3032 if pervasive in Sebastopol if not for the efforts of volunteers who conduct an ongoing you are interested. effort to remove graffiti on both public and private property. Contact Police Chief Jeff Weaver at 829-4400 for information. Become a Community Service Volunteer Volunteers are a vital part of the City’s emergency and safety services. The Police Department’s Community Service Volunteer Program is open to individuals age 20 or older who are interested in serving their community. Prospective volunteers undergo a background check process to insure they have sufficient maturity to handle the various requirements of participating in the program which can include challenging situations. Volunteers are required to attend monthly trainings. Upon completion of introductory training, Volunteers are equipped with a uniform and necessary equip- We are on the Web! ment. Volunteers are called up to assist at numerous community events and assist with www.ci.sebastopol.ca.us various tasks in the Police Department. Volunteers are required to have strong ethics and the ability to follow directions. If you are interested in the Community Service Volunteer Program please contact Officer W.L. Snyder at 829-4400.