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2017-05-20May 20, 2017
If you’re a fan of politics, theatre, or Elizabeth Warren, you should try and check out “Ann”, which has just two more performances out in Sonoma. Being presented by Sonoma Arts Live, it’s a one-woman show based on the life and career of Ann Richards, who stole the spotlight at the 1988 Democratic Convention from Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis (admittedly, not a difficult thing) with her keynote speech takedown of then Vice-President George H. W. Bush. From there, she managed to become the 45th Governor of Texas.
2017-05-13May 13, 2017
The 23rd annual Bike to Work Day rolled through the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area under cool but dry conditions on Thursday, May 11. Whether they stopped at one of over 400 energizer stations to grab treats and pick up this year’s tote bag filled with giveaways or just kept on pedaling by, nearly 100,000 riders were counted for the day. Thousands of volunteers were there to greet riders and help turn a normal Thursday morning commute into a celebration on two wheels.
2017-05-11May 11, 2017
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) will begin testing its service schedule beginning this Friday as part of its next phase of systemwide testing. SMART’s service schedule testing involves running about 30 train trips per day on weekdays, and 10 on the weekends. Testing will continue for the next few weeks
2017-05-11May 11, 2017
Petaluma Bounty Partners with Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Health and Human Services of Sonoma County, Sonoma County Hunger Index, and Regional Farmers’ Markets
2017-05-10May 10, 2017
Effective May 13, non-profit agency North Sonoma County Services will be known as Reach for Home as it ramps up fundraising to assist homeless individuals and families. The new name, along with a new logo, are designed to more effectively convey the Reach for Home mission to help people in the area who are struggling with, or are at risk of, losing housing.
2017-05-10May 10, 2017
More than 3,400 registered elite and age-group athletes from around the world representing 25 countries and 41 states. Athletes range in age from 18, Brian Ly from Chino Hills, California, to 79, Wayne Mehl from Sonoma, California. Occupations include Dentist, Engineer, Gardener, Teacher, Writer, Scientist and Pilot.
2017-05-09May 9, 2017
On Saturday night (May 6), locally grown musician Pi Jacobs returned to Sonoma County to theRedwood Café in Cotati, playing a solid set of her signature“Americana bluesy rock thing” to a roomful of fans and local supporters. It was something of a homecoming for Jacobs, who was born in San Francisco and grew up in Graton, so it was fitting she began the nine-song set with a song about going home.
2017-05-09May 9, 2017
Last November Save Our Sonoma Roads supported Measure L, which increased the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) in unincorporated Sonoma County from 9 percent to 12 percent. It is estimated to increase annual revenue by $5 million. The ballot question explained that the purpose of the tax increase was “to address the impacts of tourists by investing in roads, emergency response,” and other tourism-related impacts. Over 68 percent of county voters approved the measure.
2017-05-08May 8, 2017
Twenty-four inspiring gardens throughout Sonoma County and North Marin, plus plant sales, workshops, talks, and sustainable landscaping information.
2017-05-07May 7, 2017
Tourism is what supports this Russian River community we all love and call home. Like it or not, the reality is without it there would be no town. It’s what allows all of us to live here in this beautiful place. We bear the difficulties of winter together, and try and help each other make it through them, so we can enjoy the summer alongside our welcome guests who support our resort town lifestyle on the river. Most of us feel a great sense of gratitude for being able to live here, but rarely thank a dish washer or the owner of the restaurant they work at for keeping the doors open so we can.
2017-05-06May 6, 2017
Our beloved coastline here in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties suddenly finds itself in the crosshairs of the Trump Administration’s offshore drilling scheme, which is now even targeting our fragile National Marine Sanctuary. Recently, on April 28, President Trump signed the “America First Offshore Energy Executive Order” which radically reframes offshore petroleum plans for all U.S. federal waters, including those off of the Pacific Coast.  
2017-05-18May 18, 2017
At this one-hour meeting you will learn to: Identify symptoms of SOD on bay laurel, oaks, and tanoak. Collect symptomatic leaves from bay laurel and tanoak to be analyzed at NO COST. You collect at locations of your choice and drop them back at meeting site that weekend. We drive leaves to UC Berkeley Lab for analysis on Monday. You get results in late summer.
2017-05-06May 6, 2017
Sonoma County Fair temporary jobs, internships and volunteer positions are available for the 11 day Holidaze-themed Fair, coming August 3 -13 to the fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. Positions are open for team members with varied skills and abilities. Apply now for an up-close experience with the Fair and to play an essential role in making this year’s Sonoma County Fair be successful.
2017-05-05May 5, 2017
Throughout the month of March, community members and local businesses rallied in support of education and childhood literacy by donating over 7,500 books through the Children's Book Drive presented byUnited Way Women’s Leadership Council (WLC)! Books collected during the drive will be distributed to kids for free through United Way’s education initiatives and the Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County.   
2017-05-03May 3, 2017
The Sonoma County Cannabis Program is hosting an eight-part workshop series to discuss all aspects of the Program, including permitting, zoning, compliance, standards, inspections, enforcement, business planning, taxation and more. Those interested in starting a cannabis business, permitting an existing operation, or getting more detail about what is required of cannabis businesses are encouraged to attend. 
2017-05-02May 2, 2017
Fifth District Sonoma County Supervisor Lynda Hopkins announced today that she will not pursue the purchase of any property to serve as a homeless day service shelter in the lower Russian River area at this time.  Instead, the County will strengthen coordination and funding for health, human, and public safety services in the lower Russian River area, and any future service center location discussions will be conducted in collaboration with the community.
2017-04-30Apr 30, 2017
Santa Rosa's CityBus is launching a brand new bus system with route and schedule improvements, starting May 21.
2017-04-29Apr 29, 2017
Reviews of the County Line Rose, County Line Russian River Zinfandel, Tom Mackey Cellars Cabernet and Zinfandel, as well as upcoming Wine Road events.
2017-04-28Apr 28, 2017
The Windsor Kiwanis and the Windsor Odd Fellows will be working together to put on 2 events that celebrate Windsor’s heritage. Saturday, May 6th, the Windsor Kiwanis will be starting the day by hosting the Annual Windsor Parade.
2017-04-28Apr 28, 2017
If you are a younger person who avoids theatre because you think it doesn’t speak to you in a language of music or movement or story that you speak in, there’s a show you should see.
2017-04-28Apr 28, 2017
2017-04-28Apr 28, 2017
The City of Santa Rosa has begun debuting a series of videos on the annexation of Roseland, calledWelcome Roseland. Each clip answers a most frequently asked question about the annexation. Some questions include: “will my property taxes go up?” and, “do the taco trucks get to stay?”
2017-05-18May 18, 2017
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART Train) District today released its passenger train schedule that includes 34 trips each weekday, with more frequent service during peak commute times. The new schedule has the first southbound train pulling out at 4:49 a.m. from the Sonoma County Airport Station, and the first northbound train leaving downtown San Rafael at 6:29 a.m. The last southbound train leaves the Sonoma County Airport Station at 6:49 p.m. and the last northbound train leaves downtown San Rafael at 8:35 p.m. The full 43-mile trip —including stops at all 10 stations— takes 67 minutes. The schedule includes 10 weekend runs on Saturdays and Sundays designed to meet the Larkspur Ferry schedule. 
2017-04-28Apr 28, 2017
The Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff, Salsa, and Beer Tasting is the perfect spring primer for us all to get out and enjoy Petaluma’s great weather, food, and beer, after a long and soggy winter.
2017-04-28Apr 28, 2017
Penngrove Market looks terrific with fresh construction and a great barn red paint job with white trim. Clean new windows are sparkling. Word has it that several local couples plan to open a café and fresh, local foods market, with a sometime-in-July ballpark date. It’s been two years since the Great Fire of May 7, 2015 closed the market.
2017-04-28Apr 28, 2017
Much is made of a public official’s first 100 days (and nights) in office. Mine have certainly been a whirlwind. A lot of people have asked me what it’s like being Supervisor, and whether it’s what I expected it to be.
2017-04-28Apr 28, 2017
Working smoke alarms save lives. However, people who are deaf or hard of hearing may not be able to depend on the traditional smoke alarm to alert them to a fire.
2017-04-28Apr 28, 2017
2017-04-28Apr 28, 2017
2017-04-27Apr 27, 2017
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2017-04-27Apr 27, 2017
Songs for a New World is not a typical piece of American musical theatre. There is no book or “story”, per se, with a standard beginning, middle and end. There are no characters to follow from Act I to Act II.  There are no lavish production numbers and set and costuming are minimal.
2017-04-27Apr 27, 2017
Some of the most hopeful news on the climate front is coming from scientists, farmers and ranchers who are developing new methods to regenerate the soil, revealing how agricultural productivity and environmental health can go hand-in-hand to confront our world’s greatest threat: climate change and humanity’s growing carbon footprint.
2017-04-27Apr 27, 2017
Quite literally and obviously, age does create some limits; anyone ageing, at any age, knows that! (Even ‘tho it may be admitted through clenched teeth...) One of the fascinating, and sometimes infuriating, factors around this subject is the huge parcel of assumptions that comes along with the concept.
2017-05-18May 18, 2017
Over the past two years, the number of homeless individuals in our City has declined. At the same time, however, the problem has become much more visible and its impacts on the entire community more apparent. This meeting on May 24th is intended to engage you in a dialogue on the issue, to share Santa Rosa’s efforts that are underway to address the problem and to invite you to be involved in the solution.
2017-04-27Apr 27, 2017
Most graduating seniors in Sonoma County are preparing for a fun filled evening after graduation, safely celebrating with their classmates at a decades old event, Project Graduation. The event was created as a way to keep celebrating seniors safe, and in one place, the night after graduation.
2017-04-27Apr 27, 2017
Over 60 years ago, rock n’ roll was a battleground between generations, with entrenched bastions of puritanism and racism doing their best to pull the plug on a “new” musical style. None suspected it would one day be taught in college.
2017-04-27Apr 27, 2017
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2017-04-27Apr 27, 2017
The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation, in conjunction with concert organizers Bill Myers and Linda Pavlak, announces the return of the Funky Fridays concert series to the lawn of the historic Hood Mansion.
2017-04-27Apr 27, 2017
FILM: When I think of May, the first thing that pops up in my mind is Mother’s Day. I am very fortunate that my mom loves movies almost as much as I do so our tradition is to go to a movie on Mother’s Day. This Mother’s Day, Goldie Hawn will star in her first movie in 15 years!
2017-04-27Apr 27, 2017
In May we start to see the first signs of summer fruit at the farmers’ markets. The first records of cherry trees lead us to believe this fruit originated in Asia Minor near the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.
2017-04-27Apr 27, 2017
Even before the first page of Justin Time: Autobiographical Stories from an American Spiritual Master, J. Jaye Gold’s preface takes us on a multidimensional adventure.
2017-04-27Apr 27, 2017
“A Place To Call Home” continues to tell the stories of the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
On April 18, the City Council endorsed the Community Safety Sign and encouraged its display in public view in businesses, stores, offices, schools, places of worship, and other buildings throughout Sebastopol and Sonoma County.
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
It is so important to vote in local elections. I believe with money interests having so much influence in our elections it is necessary to evaluate what comes in the mail and important to ask ourselves , whose interests they are serving.
2017-05-18May 18, 2017
My son is missing. He had a job with a promising future, a truck, many friends. Now he has nothing. He is a heroin addict. I am terrified, and I want to warn parents of the dangers of Oxycontin. It is headed your way via a huge marketing campaign. Please read the story and tell as many people as you can.
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
The Sonoma County Water Agency will hold its annual meeting on Monday, May 15, 2017 to update the community on the Russian River Estuary Management Project. The meeting will be held at the Monte Rio Community Center, 20488 Highway 116, Monte Rio, from 6-7:30 p.m.
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
Roseland Beautification Week wrapped up on Earth Day, Saturday April 22 with a nice BBQ held at Bayer Farm to honor the dozens of volunteers who helped to clean up Roseland all week.
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
As the weather improves and the winter shelter has closed once again, the homeless have been handed tents and sleeping bags to go out and trespass in the woods and set up illegal camps, instead of being directed to seek legal shelter elsewhere. With these camps come massive amounts of trash and human waste that pollute our river, as well as the very real danger of escaped camp fires, of which there were eight last year perMonte Rio Fire Chief Steve Baxman.
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
A little birdie whispered in my ear and told me that the Rio Nido Lodge will soon be under new management. Stay tuned for more info on this topic...
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
In a compelling analysis of the factors that affect how much the ocean will rise along California’s coast in coming decades, a seven-member team of experts has provided the State with a report on the best-available sea-level rise science -- including recent scientific advances on the role of polar ice loss.
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
“April showers bring May flowers” has never been more true! What a month of rain we’ve had! And what a month of glorious spring we have ahead of us…
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
What a beautiful place to live and play. Enjoy the sandy beaches, the rocky shores with tidal pool life, the beautiful grass fields, the redwood forests, the pygmy forests, the oak hillsides, abundant wildflowers, birds, and wildlife.
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
High season is beginning! Or should I say busy tourist season? Speaking of the new green economy, I am working on a Public Banking group to try and get a Public bank established by Santa Rosa. As a Charter City, they have the ability to open and operate a bank that will serve the unmet banking needs of our North Coast’s growing green economy.
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
To me, this is the bottom line. All life is interrelated; how we act affects all other beings. How can we act in loving ways to our Mother and our Family? Here are three ways to do so.
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
On the square of the beautiful and historic town of Sonoma, sits a tiny shop, Large Leather, dedicated to the ancient art form of leather tooling. It is historically, one of the earliest forms of recycling in the history of Mankind.
2017-05-18May 18, 2017
State Senator Mike McGuire’s groundbreaking legislation - SB 790 - that significantly restricts pharmaceutical companies from giving gifts and incentives to medical professionals was approved today in the Senate. California has an opportunity to put patient care and drug affordability before corporate profits with SB 790. 
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
Wildflowers are blooming in profusion on the hills and bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Whales are still cruising by close enough to be seen without binoculars. The beautiful weather has brought out cycling enthusiasts, who seem to be everywhere; clinging to the (non-existent) shoulder of scenic Highway One as well as touring our coastal backroads made famous by Levi Leipheimer and Lance Armstrong.
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
Homelessness Reflections in Art at Paul Mahder Gallery 
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
As I write this column, it is absolutely gorgeous outside! The sun is shining, there’s a slight breeze in the air, and the smell of blossoms are everywhere. As I walk around town, it appears as if all of the businesses are doing a bit of spring cleaning…
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
Just down the way we have a local treasure of a working museum, The Sturgeon Steam Mill. It features ancient steam-driven machinery including the sawmill itself, the planer that hoots out giant smoke rings, and the newly resurrected huge “Steam Donkey”.
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
What a winter and early spring! We had some great weather that made our hearts lift with the sense that Spring is finally here – and then cold wet storms made us wonder if we were moving backwards through the seasons this year.
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
Community Fund$... Established in 2007 by the Forestville Planning Association, the FCF (Forestville Community Fund) is grateful for annual contributions from the Bodean Company and theCanyon Rock Quarry as well as from individual donors.
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
This May 14th my mother celebrates her 90th birthday. In many ways, Evelyn French is the smart, beautiful and sweetly social girl she was and always has been.
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
There are raindrops on the decks and the sky is dark surrounding the large redwoods outside of my cozy cyber-hut. I have received reports of up to 170” from various Cazadero locales and am astounded by the sheer volume of rain that we have all received to date!
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
Having made his home at The Sea Ranch for several decades now, seasoned geologist Thomas Cochrane introduces us to the ground beneath our feet in his just-published book,Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast – Exploring the Coastal Geology of Northern California, which is already available at over 40 retail locations in the two counties, including several state parks regionally.
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
The two boats that decorated our shore on Bay Flat Road are gone – but now there is another one. For the two removed, apparently the state provided the money, but the county employees bid for and won the right to do the removal on their off time.
2017-05-16May 16, 2017
Big shot Broadway producer Jerry Cobb has a problem. He’s in desperate need of a big comedy hit to impress the Hollywood bigwigs and pave his way to fame and fortune on the left coast. He’s rented a suite in one of Arizona’s finest hotels where he and Charlie Bascher, his assistant, await the arrival of Broadway wunderkind playwright Danny “Nebraska” Jones. Things aren’t going well as there are slight temperature control issues with their rooms and things don’t get much better when Jones arrives. Seems that he is in a bit of a funk. He’s experienced a painful loss and his best idea for a comedy begins with a child being devoured by wolves. What lengths will producer Cobb, assistant Bascher and a surprise visitor go to in getting the script they want?
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017
Jupiter, The Roman King of the Gods, is back and putting on a brilliant show for observers here on planet Earth, rising in the east about the same time the sun is setting in the west. So much to say about this amazing world, it’s hard to know where to begin…
2017-04-25Apr 25, 2017
We have a chance to protect community separators in perpetuity with the new Vital Lands Initiative of the Sonoma County Agricultural and Open Space District.
2017-04-25Apr 25, 2017
Outspoken California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will deliver his views as a defender of the environment, gay rights and legal cannabis when he speaks at Sonoma County’s biggest environmental awards dinner of the year from 5 to 9 pm, Saturday, June 10 at the newly remodeled Friedman Center, 4676 Mayette Avenue, Santa Rosa.
2017-04-25Apr 25, 2017
One of the gardens on the spring tour will be Durs Koenig’s two and a half acres of wildlife habitat in Forestville, a place where many birds and other local creatures call home, including 100 quail. Once covered with vinca, English ivy, African cape weed, Himalayan blackberry and pampas grass, the land is now close to 65 percent native trees and shrubs.
2017-04-22Apr 22, 2017
An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is an independent dwelling unit located on a property containing a single-family residence, which includes sleeping quarters, bathing facilities, and kitchen.
2017-04-22Apr 22, 2017
In 1982, Maria Isabel Lopez broke onto the world stage representing her country – the Philippines - at the Miss Universe Pageant in Lima, Peru.
2017-04-22Apr 22, 2017
Sebastopol Center for the Arts presents a preview exhibit May 18 - June 11, 2017 featuring the work of the 119 artists participating in the Art at the Source Open Studio event on the first two weekends in June.
2017-04-22Apr 22, 2017
2017-04-22Apr 22, 2017
The Barlow in Sebastopol was filled to capacity on Saturday, April 15 with runners and beer fans from far and wide enjoying an event in the heart of Beer Country for the first IPA 10K and Beer Mile Invitational.
2017-05-14May 14, 2017
As part of PG&E’s ongoing efforts to provide safe and reliable gas service to customers, contractors will perform routine gas meter inspections in Sonoma and Mendocino counties throughout May and June. Contract workers will inspect approximately 100,000 residential and commercial gas meters.
2017-04-21Apr 21, 2017
The second year of local programs to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors has started, including the launch of the LGBTQI Elder Information & Assistance Program to increase elders’ access to social services for the healthy aging
2017-04-20Apr 20, 2017
Humans are busy trying to take over other populations. It includes the animal kingdom.
2017-04-20Apr 20, 2017
Unique properties include beautiful homes, park-like settings with spectacular views, a glorious rose garden, lovingly tended succulents, and more!
2017-04-20Apr 20, 2017
Senate Elections Committee Approved SB 149 on Tax Day Millions of Americans filed their tax returns this week – yet President Donald Trump’s taxes are still a mystery. This is despite the fact the President promised to release his taxes months ago during the campaign.
2017-04-19Apr 19, 2017
Our relationship with water; how we capture, use, and conserve water; is forever changed. Governor Jerry Brown said in April that “Conservation must remain a way of life.”
2017-04-19Apr 19, 2017
Fine jewelry requires a level of craftsmanship that takes years to acquire. Working with precious gems and metals to create unique works of art defines a jeweler's talents and skills. The list below are fine jewelers in Sonoma County where an on-site bench jeweler can create custom designs for you, perform repairs, and re-purpose old jewelry.   Gold and precious gem pendant created by Mark Shimizu Designs in Windsor, CA
2017-04-19Apr 19, 2017
'Tis said that the greatest gift you can offer someone you love is your TIME. It cannot be bought - it cannot be created, but we certainly can offer it as a slice of our life and therefore as something fleeting, valuable, and irreplaceable.
2017-04-18Apr 18, 2017
New sculptures will arrive on April 27th in Geyserville and Cloverdale for the 2017-2018Sculpture Trail.
2017-04-14Apr 14, 2017
“The Welcome Roseland videos are a way to engage residents in a creative, light-hearted manner,” says Caluha Barnes, Director of Community Engagement. “We receive many questions from the public about what impacts the annexation will have on those who live and work in Roseland.”
2017-04-13Apr 13, 2017
The Final Draft EIR for Tolay Lake Regional Park will be completed and we anticipate that theEIRand Master Plan will be taken to the County Board of Supervisors for approval in May 2017. 
2017-05-14May 14, 2017
In recent years, when you entered the Spreckels Performing Arts Center’s Codding Theater you found yourself in an undersea world, or on the deck of the Titanic, or in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. Currently, you’ll find yourself in an African jungle as the Spreckels Theatre Company presents Disney’s Musical Tarzan, running now through May 21.
2017-04-12Apr 12, 2017
West County Community Services and City of Sebastopol, in Sonoma County, CA, has an opportunity to provide housing for 15 to 30 low-income families.  The City Of Sebastopol has acquired an old established mobile home park & will be revamping infrastructure.  WCCS will provide housing and social services to all the residents at the mobile home park.   We will begin providing social services during the spring of 2017 & housing during summer 2017.

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