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SRJC's Day Under the Oaks fills Santa Rosa campus

The iconic oaks of Santa Rosa Junior College spread their limbs above thousands of visitors strolling across the campus. On Sunday, the old was new again.

The annual Day Under the Oaks had returned.

The celebration of the college, its diversity and its ties to the community had been suspended since 2009.

Day Under The Oaks

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"I'm really happy to see all the community come back," said Tomoko Sekitani of Cotati, a former SRJC student who said she had missed the event in the years it wasn't held.

"It just makes a bridge," Sekitani said, browsing the art and crafts booths on the front lawn. "The JC is a great site for community people and cultures; it's one of the great events of this community."

As the day got underway, the Sonoma County Symphonic Band struck up a sprightly Latin American tune, and smoke rose from a charcoal grill at the Black Student Union's tent into a day of grayish light.

At Pioneer Hall, home to the college bookstore, Harriett Oden of Santa Rosa gave away stickers and books and beckoned people to express themselves at her coloring table.

"I've been pulling kids in," said Oden, a SRJC student and a bookstore employee. "I'm even recruiting grown-ups; they can come up and color right here at this table."

It was just past 10:30 a.m. and already the crowd was healthy.

"It gives people a chance to know what the JC is all about, to let people know what we have to offer," Oden said of the event.


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