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Sonoma County October Fun - Halloween to OktoberFests

Sonoma County October Fun
Halloween to OktoberFests

Is there such a thing as TOO MUCH Fun?

I doubt it!

In OCTOBER - we have the most comprehensive Fall Fun Calendar in Sonoma County! Pumpkin Patches – Haunted Houses – Cemetery Tours and Oktoberfests.

Read: Sonoma County October Fun - Halloween to OktoberFests
Restoring JUSTICE - Sonoma County and Beyond

Restoring JUSTICE
Sonoma County and Beyond

Last summer, when the Santa Rosa City Schools District was looking for a way to curb the fourth highest rate of suspensions in the state, it turned to restorative justice as the solution.

“We were almost an outlier,” said Jen Klose, Santa City Schools board member. “We had truly become zero tolerance.”

Read: Restoring JUSTICE - Sonoma County and Beyond
Trash left at homeless encampments along a Santa Rosa, CA creek.

Troubled Waters:
Water Board Developing a Plan to Cleanup Disease-causing Bacteria in the Russian River

Each year, the Russian River plays host to tens of thousands of residents and visitors who swim and recreate along its length, which extends from Redwood Valley, North of Ukiah to Jenner, where the river empties into the Pacific Ocean.

Read: Troubled Waters
Sonoma County Communities:
Bodega "Bodega & Community Bloggette by Sam Euston"
Bodega Bay "Bodega Bay Beat by Joan Poulos"
Camp Meeker "Camp Meeker Beat by Tom Austin"
Cazadero "Cazadero Communications by Natasha Pehrson"
Cloverdale "Cloverdale Comments by Carol Russell"
Cotati "Cotati Heart & Soul Deborah Taylor-French"
Forestville "Forestville - The Good Life by Richard Naegle"
Geyserville "Geyserville Grapevine by Loreon Vigné"
Graton "Grassroots Graton - Heather Granahan"
Guerneville "Guerneville Groove by Beth Rudometkin"
Healdsburg "Healdsburg Highlights by Gina Riner"
Monte Rio "Monte Rio Musings by Dawn Bell"
North Coast "North Coast"
Occidental "Occidental Oriented by Benjamynn Gabriel"
Petaluma-Penngrove "Petaluma-Penngrove Picks by Lyndi Brown"
Rio Nido "Rio Nido Magic by Elena Chronis"
Rohnert Park "Rohnert Park Rumblings by Gina Belforte"
Santa Rosa "Santa Rosa Snippets by Jo Anne Cohn"
Sebastopol "Sebastappeal By Sarah Glade Gurney"
Sonoma "Sonoma Style by Debra Costner"
Sonoma Coast "Sonoma Coast - Bodega Bay - Jenner - Fort Ross - Gualala"
Sonoma County "OUR County, by Supervisor Efren Carrillo"
Sonoma Valley "Springs Splash - Tom Martin"
Windsor "What's Up in Windsor by Bethany Browning"
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SPOTLIGHT on Business:
Sonoma County Coffee Shops

Sonoma County Coffee Shops

WAKE UP & Smell The Coffee

In Search of Small Independently-Owned Shops Full of Flavor & Personality

by Vesta Copestakes
Read: Sonoma County Coffee Shops
Sonoma County Gazette October 2014 print edition Monthly Calendar by Category Find the Sonoma County Gazette LIKE us on Facebook

Dear Readers,

September was the Gazette’s 13th year publishing with me at the helm. Celebrating an anniversary offers an opportunity to look back to see where you came from. My first issue came out after 9-11 which fostered our Written by Readers policy since people had so much on their minds they wanted to express to a broad audience. 

As Geoffrey Smith (our advertiser testimonial this month) says - the Gazette is OUR voice. So thank you for taking the time to express your thoughts in words - to want to educate and inform - for having the desire to inspire others. 

My big mission is to connect people and encourage everyone to “actively participate in community life,” which is why we have such a comprehensive calendar, and why people let readers know about events coming up. From community and policy meetings where your voice just might change how things are done - to Benefits for a Good Cause and Volunteer Opportunities where you can do something to make life better for everyone.Our CALENDAR continues to grow. All on-going classes, meetings and spiritual gatherings are now at There are just too many to repeat every month. What we print is everything NEW and different. If you want something to do - the Gazette is your resource.

Our LETTERS section is also spilling on to our website as people respond to articles with every side of an issue. I like that about our readers. There’s plenty of disagreement as well as opportunity to express an opinion in a convincing way. We don’t do rants and rages in our pages, but we do publish  people stating their case for why they think they are right. You be the judge and perhaps someone will influence how you think.

We keep putting more newsstands out and finding more places to pick up the Gazette - so let us know if there’s a place that you want the paper and we’ll see if we can get permission. 

Readers ask if they can SUBSCRIBE - and yes you can for $48 a year. Just send us a check (see page 4 for our address) or subscribe online.

And PLEASE support our advertisers who make it possible to publish. They are the ones who pay for this paper so you can read it for FREE. 



Visit our distribution locations countywide. Lots to do - lots to know - lots of ways to be involved in Sonoma County life.


If you want our readers to know about something that's important to you, please send it along. We keep this website updated throuhghout the month and alert people to important events and news items on our Facebook page. If you want to be part of those alerts, just look up the Sonoma County Gazette on Facebook and LIKE us so you get the updates.

E-mail is  still our daily connection to readers, so please send us news and info via e-mail so we get it in a timely manner. THANK YOU for caring!!!


Please visit our website for the 2014 Production Schedule


November is our Gathering Close to Home & Family with HOLIDAY CALENDAR issue - comes out October 29
ARTICLES - COLUMNS & CALENDAR: Please have all editorial submitted to us by Friday, October 17
ADVERTISERS: Please reserve ad space starting October 13 so ads are press ready by Friday, October 24


December is our SMALL SHOPS OF SONOMA COUNTY INSERT* and Bringing the Year to a Close issue - comes out November 26
*ARTICLES: Please have all editorial submitted to us by Friday, November 7
*ADVERTISERS: Please reserve ad space starting Sept 19 so ads are press ready by Friday, November 14

ARTICLES - COLUMNS & CALENDAR with HOLIDAY CALENDAR: Please have all editorial submitted to us by Friday, November 14
ADVERTISERS: Please reserve ad space starting Sept 19 so ads are press ready by Friday, November 21


THANK YOU everyone for making the Gazette #2 in Sonoma County for readership, circulation and distribution - both in print and online! AND for caring so much about our home.

Love Where You Live!

LETTERS come to us all month long that we post as COMMENTS on articles or in their own categories. If you have something you want our readers to see - please send them to

Please visit our FIND the Gazette list of distribution locations if you can't find a copy of our print edition near you. You may also wish to SUBSCRIBE so the Gazette comes to you via mail each month.

Our CALENDARS are updated all month long, so check back often!

Gazette ADVERTTISERS keep us publishing and the circle of life and economy continues. So please keep in mind that the advertisers who purchase ads are the people who make it possible to publish this free paper. If you want to keep reading the Gazette, please support their businesses and do us a favor - tell them the Gazette sent you!  

We UPDATE this site all month long. Send us what you want our readers to know to and I'll get them posted. 

ARTICLE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Our pages are packed so please keep article to 700 words or less with subheads and images. Send them to as attached WORD documents and copy and paste them into thebody of your e-mail so we KNOW that we have what you want to submit. Images are always welcome - 300dpi at 5 wide minimum please. We cannot promise that your article will see ink on paper (we get more articles than we have room to print) but we can get your article on our website. Word limits are less stringent on the web.

If you like to spend time on Facebook...LIKE us to stay in touch. MORE LATER! ~ Vesta

The Sonoma County Gazette Columns:

Fine Tree Care Hans Bruhner First Priority Financial Sonoma County Gazette Dating - 707 Singles Sonoma County Gazette OCTOBER 2014 edition KTRY-Country 106.3 Sonoma County Gardeners Resource Guide 2014 Community First Credit Union
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