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Very Upbeat Group of Talent! Bach Jam Lead Musicians With Pam Otsuka of the Sonoma String Quartet

Here’s a picture of Pam Otsuka, violinist with the Sonoma String Quartet, with some of her violin and viola friends. Pam and the Sonoma String Quartet are the lead musicians for the Bach Jam.

Spring Lake Water Bark Kickoff Is September

Sonoma County, CA. ~ Pam Otsuka, concertmaster of the Sonoma County Philharmonic, performs

widely throughout

the greater Bay Area, includ- ing stints with the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Ukiah Sym- phony, the Symphony of the Redwoods, the Rohnert Park Symphony, Cinnabar Theater, the Marin Civic Light Opera

Orchestra, and Ceta Symphony in the South Bay. She has so- loed with the San Francisco State Orchestra. In addition to orchestral per- formances, Ms. Otsuka loves chamber music. In 1988, she founded Sonoma Strings, which has performed exten- sively in Sonoma and Napa counties, most recently during

the Kenwood Depot Chamber Music Series and at the Bach Jam, a yearly event celebrating the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. She has also performed with I Solisti di Sonoma. SPECIAL MENTION: Joella Olsen of Sonoma Coun- ty want Upbeat make sure they received recognition for their incredible talent!

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Santa Rosa, CA. ~ The Spring Lake Water Bark, a leash-free day for dogs to swim and romp on the sand, kicks off at the Spring Lake Swimming La- goon on Saturday, September 8. Water Bark days will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sep- tember 8-9, 16, 22-23 and 29- 30. No Water Bark will be held on Saturday, September 15 be- cause Spring Lake will be busy with a cross country meet that day.

Entry fees for the Water Bark are $5 per dog for Sonoma County Regional Parks’ mem- bers and $7 per dog for non- members. Parking is free for members or $7 per vehicle for non-members. Like last year, dog owners

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can purchase a non-transfer- able season pass for $30. Sea- son pass holders will be issued their very own plastic member- ship card, complete with a dog ID photo, valid for all Septem- ber 2018 Water Bark dates. The season pass saves Water Bark guests money and reduces the time needed for dogs and their owners to check in. The Water Bark will kick off on September 8 with free treats and tennis balls for the first 300

dogs. In addition, new sponsor Stanley Steemer has provided 100 “rally towels” to help dry off dogs after their swim. Popu- lar local photographer Julie Va- der will take photos at the Wa- ter Bark on September 22 and 23, and they will subsequently be for sale at www.julievader. com. Julie Vader Photography donates half

of all proceeds

from Water Bark sales to the nonprofit Sonoma County Re- gional Parks Foundation. In addition, the Water Bark

itself benefits the Parks Foun- dation, which funds projects throughout Sonoma County Regional Parks. Regional Parks is renowned for offering more than 50 dog-friendly parks in the county.

The Spring Lake

Water Bark is held in the park’s swimming lagoon. The lagoon is free of blue-green algae, which is sometimes present at other local bodies of water dur- ing the summer. The lagoon is slightly chlorinated and fil- tered to ensure safe water for the dogs. Contact:


Kelley, Executive Director ~ (707) 565-1830 ~ : nomacountyparksfoundation. org/2018-spring-lake-water- bark/

Most good relationships are built on mutual trust and respect. ~ Mona Sutphen

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