With the influx of veterans returning from military service in Iraq and Afghanistan, the need for housing has never been greater. Thankfully, a few organizations in Sonoma County provide supportive, therapeutic environments for those who have fallen through the social-service cracks. This month, Hearn Avenue Veterans Housing opens its doors, providing transitional housing for Sonoma County veterans. A collaboration between Community Housing Sonoma County and Vietnam Veterans of California, the project will help veterans overcome physical and mental-health issues and other services based on individual needs. The housing complex contains a healing garden with walking paths and a koi pond; celebrate the grand opening on Friday, June 8, at Hearn Avenue Veterans Housing. 2149 W. Hearn Ave., Santa Rosa. 5–7pm. Info and RSVP at 707.546.4566.
Last July, the Bohemian covered the Southeast Greenway Campaign, a grassroots effort to establish a two-mile greenway on an abandoned stretch of land between Farmers Lane and Spring Lake in Santa Rosa. As the campaign continues, the public is invited to learn more about decommissioning the proposed freeway and acquiring the land for public use. For "Urban Greenways: Connecting Neighborhoods, Transforming Communities," guest speakers from the San Francisco Parks Alliance give a presentation on efforts to transform San Francisco's southeastern waterfront with parks, trails and open space into a Blue Greenway. The night includes a progress update from the Southeast Greenway Campaign on Thursday, June 7, at the Glaser Center. 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 7–9pm. 707.538.7446—Leilani Clark