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2017-04-23Apr 23, 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.

2017-04-20Apr 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.

2017-03-24Mar 24, 2017

“Katelynn (“Katie”) Edwards, one of Cloverdale High School’s outstanding seniors, has been selected by Children’s Humanitarian International (CHI) to join 17 other Sonoma County students for a “Summer Abroad” in Africa where she’ll study and work at CHI’s Academy, which provides 300 underprivileged children access to a comprehensive education.

2017-03-24Mar 24, 2017

Boating can be hazardous to your health and apparently to that of some boats. The local harbor presently sports FOUR boats which the very competent Harbor master Noah is trying to get removed.

2017-03-24Mar 24, 2017

DEAR READERS: Do you have a legal question on your mind? If so, please email me. Your name will remain confidential. This Q & A Legal Column is intended as a community service to discuss general legal principles and does not create an attorney-client relationship

2017-03-24Mar 24, 2017

The 49th annual Apple Blossom Festival Art Show, an exhibition by members of the Art Workshop of Western Sonoma County (AWS), will open with a reception on Friday, April 21 from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street.

2017-03-21Mar 21, 2017

It has now been over three years since 13-year-old Andy Lopez was shot and killed by Sonoma county deputy (now sergeant) Erick Gelhaus while Andy was walking in his Roseland neighborhood returning a toy replica gun to a friend.

2017-03-21Mar 21, 2017

A complete list of Garden Clubs in and around Sonoma County.

2017-03-21Mar 21, 2017

Can one meal provide empowerment? The Sonoma County Junior Commission believes it can, and they are committed to fighting to end poverty and food insecurity in our own county. The Junior Commission, made up of Sonoma County high school students, is hosting its third year of the Fight to End Food Insecurity Project

2017-03-21Mar 21, 2017

Classes & workshops, advice & and consultants for gardeners in Sonoma County.

2017-03-20Mar 20, 2017

Sonoma County has a rich tradition of supporting our schools and other organizations, clubs and institutions through growing starts for sales. Here is our annual list of these worthy places to buy your plants to beautify your garden.

2017-03-07Mar 7, 2017

Many of us in Sonoma County live in areas where houses are nestled into grasslands, riparian areas, woodlands, and forests.

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.”

2017-03-01Mar 1, 2017

A series of community meetings are scheduled to update well owners and others on the creation of three new agencies to locally implement California’s new groundwater law.



In a political climate in which lying has become the new normal and alternative facts are presented as reality, a transiting aspect is coming along that may help to change those patterns.

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.  

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.

2017-04-17Apr 17, 2017

The Sonoma County Waste Management Agency (SCWMA) is holding two public workshops onApril 19th and 27th to receive feedback on an upcoming Request for Proposals (RFP) process for securing long-term organics processing capacity.

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. 

2017-04-12Apr 12, 2017

Sonoma County’s graduation rate in 2015-16 was 84.4 percent compared with 74.7 percent in 2009-10, according to California Department of Education data released today. It's also up 1.5 points from the prior year alone: In 2014-15, the graduation rate was 82.9. This number is also above the state’s record high average of 83.2.

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.

2017-04-11Apr 11, 2017

AT&T, California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Impact Teen Drivers (ITD) are joining together to help educate students about the dangers of reckless and distracted driving at Elsie Allen High School on April 12, 2017. Students will participate in Impact Teen Drivers’ What Do You Consider Lethal? program and have the opportunity to experience the dangers of smartphone distracted driving first hand in AT&T’sIT CANWAITVirtual Reality Simulator.

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.

2017-04-11Apr 11, 2017

All spellers received a certificate of accomplishment, participation ribbon, and a souvenir. The four top-place spellers received trophies to mark their achievement. First and second place winners are eligible to advance to the 2016 California State Spelling Championship. To follow the Sonoma County Office of Education on Facebook, please visit:https://www.facebook.com/SCOESonoma/?fref=nf

2017-04-10Apr 10, 2017

Could it be that Conor McPherson’s The Birds is a very twisted retelling of the Book of Genesis and Adam and Eve?

2017-04-08Apr 8, 2017

Biologists from Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), a regional leader in conservation science, announced the discovery of three 10-day old mountain lion kittens belonging to P1, a female mountain lion enlisted in their research study. The den was located the Glen Ellen / Kenwood vicinity of Sonoma County.

2017-04-07Apr 7, 2017

SMART Train is moving into its next phase of systemwide safety testing. Trains will begin testing as early as 6 a.m., and ending as late as midnight.

2017-04-06Apr 6, 2017

For teens and parents alike, the start high school presents a myriad of new challenges.

2017-04-04Apr 4, 2017

There’s a certain segment of the “thea-tuh” community that turns its collective nose up at the mere mention of a mainstream, commercially-successful playwright. One of my most vivid college memories is of a member of the Theatre Arts faculty nearly having a stroke at the mention of the possibility of scheduling a Neil Simon play in the season. These artists often measure success by how badly attended their productions are, reveling in the confirmation of how unique and right they are about what is art and how wrong everybody else is.

2017-04-04Apr 4, 2017

Music expresses emotion and takes the listener to another world, metaphorically speaking. It is vital to experience live music together as a community because it breaks through barriers and unites people under the common goal of enjoying the rhythms and lyrics of talented musicians. Sonoma County welcomes some world-renowned musicians from various parts of the globe for three special shows in April.

2017-04-03Apr 3, 2017

Cittaslow Sebastopol is opening up for volunteers with an orientation meeting Tuesday, April 25, 6:00 – 7:30 at the Sebastopol City Hall (7120 Bodega Ave.).

2017-04-03Apr 3, 2017

There’s a nice, little show running in the 6th Street Playhouse Studio Theatreright now. You’ve probably never heard of it, though it’s been around a little over 20 years.

2017-04-03Apr 3, 2017

At numerous talks to Master Gardeners and Garden Clubs we are asked many of the same questions. One of the main questions is “What are your top 5 or 6 bee plants that I should plant in my garden?”

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.

2017-04-03Apr 3, 2017

Many grandparents take joy in giving gifts and money to their grandchildren. Whether paying for groceries or establishing a college savings fund in their name, providing financial support for grandchildren can be a wonderful gesture, but it should be managed within the context of an overall financial plan.

2017-04-03Apr 3, 2017

To begin our celebration of Sebastopol Gallery’s 10th anniversary, we are featuring the work of one member artist in each window of the gallery during April and May. Our anniversary party will come later, in July.

2017-04-03Apr 3, 2017

Reading prepares children for learning and doing well in school and life. A child who comes to school having had early, fun experiences with books has a big step up in areas like reading skills, attention span, and success in school.

2017-04-03Apr 3, 2017

Spring is here and as Sonoma County wakes from its wet slumber we all feel the seasonal urge to spring into action. The garden calls with its sleepy voice, household projects itch to get started, and we all look forward to the delights of a new season. It’s time to make your New Year’s resolution for the planet and think of what you can commit to do for theCommunity Resilience Challenge, running April through May.

2017-04-02Apr 2, 2017
2017-04-02Apr 2, 2017
2017-04-02Apr 2, 2017
2017-04-01Apr 1, 2017

Losing BrightHaven’s one-of-a-kind animal sanctuary due to unexpected financial challenges will be a great loss to the community and the many more animals who would have been served by our work, in addition to the significant negative impact closure will have on current animal residents!

2017-04-01Apr 1, 2017

A title like The Sugar Bean Sisters may conjure up images of sweet Southern belles, mint julips, or quaint sibling rivalries that end in hugs, forgiveness and tears. Perhaps it invokes memories of the female singing groups of by-gone days like the Andrews Sisters.

2017-04-01Apr 1, 2017

We return to Santa Rosa where 7 gardens and one home will be on display, whose owners have transformed their properties into unique expressions of their vision of beauty in harmony with the natural environment.

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.

2017-04-01Apr 1, 2017

The Petaluma Arts Center presents the NeuwPolitic: Artists Explore, a juried regional competition, on display from April 4 to May 20, 2017.

2017-04-01Apr 1, 2017

...and running hard. Spring announces “Hope!” all around, and I first try to get on that bandwagon; then, next,try not to fall off...

2017-04-01Apr 1, 2017

When plants are propagated and grown within our climate zone, they are already adapted to local conditions. Locally propagated plants also don't import foreign insects and diseases from other localities, so are safe for our habitat. We encourage gardeners to purchase locally-grown plants to protect our home.

2017-04-01Apr 1, 2017

April represents spring cleaning for many of us. And I love to purge the unwanted ‘stuff’ that I tend to accumulate each year. The more I can let go of the freer I feel all around me.

2017-04-01Apr 1, 2017
2017-04-01Apr 1, 2017

“I had no intention of going out and playing like I have been,”Dave Hamiltonsays, kicking off our February interview. Born (in 1947) and raised in Santa Rosa, his migrations have taken him as far as Windsor, where he has resided for the past 26 years.

2017-04-01Apr 1, 2017

Christy Martin and Aodh Og O’Tuama, collectively known as Four Shillings Short, have been on “perpetual tour,” performing 150 shows per year throughout the U.S. and Ireland since 1997.

2017-04-01Apr 1, 2017

Opening April 7: “Going in Style” which is a remake of the George Burns movie from the ‘70s. This one stars the awesome Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin.

2017-04-01Apr 1, 2017
2017-04-01Apr 1, 2017

April, and the days are blissfully long again. It’s time to rotate the old wardrobe – put the sweaters and the fleeces and wool socks back on the shelf and move the shorts to the forefront.

2017-04-22Apr 22, 2017
2017-04-01Apr 1, 2017

Spring has arrived, making it a great time to gaze at the celestial show going on above our heads every night (weather permitting!).

2017-03-31Mar 31, 2017

In a political climate in which lying has become the new normal and alternative facts are presented as reality, a transiting aspect is coming along that may help to change those patterns.

2017-03-31Mar 31, 2017

The Windsor Certified Farmers Market opens it’s 16th Season, Sunday, April 23rd from 10 - 1 pm on the Old Downtown Windsor Town Green.

2017-03-31Mar 31, 2017

The Sebastopol City Council approved an agreement to partner withWest County Community Services (WCCS)and affordable housing advocacy organizationGroup of Advocates (GoA) to begin providing housing and supportive services to the approximately 65 current residents ofVillage Mobile Home Park (VMHP)as well as for an additional eight homeless or precariously housed Sebastopol-area families at the city-owned property this summer.

2017-03-31Mar 31, 2017

April 14 and 15 welcome to town a new event by Destination Races. Set in the heart of Sonoma County’s legendary craft brew scene, the inaugural IPA 10 K and Beer Mile Invitational celebrate running and beer.

2017-03-31Mar 31, 2017

An “Earth Day Adventure” is in store for Roseland residents and friends of Roseland on Saturday April 22, 2017. Volunteers from the Community Action Partnership will link with local residents to “Beautify Roseland.”

2017-03-31Mar 31, 2017

President Donald Trump’s immigration policies will not have any effect on the students in the schools in Rohnert Park and Cotati.

2017-03-31Mar 31, 2017

e in RN have had some beautiful, sunny days. Makes us all giddy for the sunshine to return and bestow its warmth upon us.

2017-03-31Mar 31, 2017

As of January, Ken Savano was sworn in as Petaluma’s new Chief of Police. A Petaluma native with a deep-rooted respect and love of our community, Ken has local insight into what works and what doesn’t for our beloved town.

2017-03-31Mar 31, 2017
2017-04-21Apr 21, 2017

Anyone who doubts the emotional and cathartic power of live theater needs to see Cloverdale Performing Arts Center's production of Agnes of God by John Pielmeier. Directed by Amy Lovato, the play is a fascinating character study of three women as they confront their own demons and desires in search of truth.

2017-03-31Mar 31, 2017

The daffodils are blooming, and in just twenty-eight days Devin and I celebrate our three-year anniversary. What a thing! The flowers are blooming, the trees growing soft green leaves, the rain pouring down…

2017-03-31Mar 31, 2017

Insights from the peer mental health movement offer hope to any seeking a life of peace, wellness, and fulfillment.

2017-03-31Mar 31, 2017

Have you noticed new landscape designs around parking lots and other new developments?

Development of land typically increases the hard surfaces of a site. Low Impact Development, or LID, is a design strategy that has the goal of mimicking the hydrologic functions of the land before it’s development.

2017-03-31Mar 31, 2017

KBBF hosted a “Know Your Rights Immigration Forum” on Saturday, March 18, that included a presentation by the Mexican Consul, DACA renewal by Rafael Vasquez, and information rights for immigrants by attorney Berenice Espinoza. The 4-hour event included great questions and comments from the audience, was broadcast live on KBBF, and will be rebroadcast several times.

2017-03-31Mar 31, 2017

Geyserville won’t be quite the same in the early mornings. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Francis James “Jimbo” Teresinski who used to stroll down Geyserville Avenue accompanied by his elderly rescue dog, Sumo.

2017-03-31Mar 31, 2017

he City of Sebastopol received approval from CalTrans to move forward with four color-coded, self-guided walking tours. Created by Cittaslow Sebastopol as part of the City’s Park-Once-And-Walk campaign, three of the walks take visitors from the Plaza to local attractions and back...

2017-03-31Mar 31, 2017

We nurture creatures who support our habitat right along with plants. Finding resources to do that in a healthy way is essential. Here is a guide to locally owned resources that provide habitat gardens with what they need.

2017-03-30Mar 30, 2017

After nearly a decade at its Glen Elen location, Yeti Restaurant has established a reputation for excellent Indian and Nepalese cuisine, as well as attentive service, an extensive wine and beer list, and a classy yet comfortable ambiance.

2017-03-30Mar 30, 2017

With a light heart I bring you the last chapter in the saga of Lollipop, survivor extraordinaire. Hers is a tale of kitty woe and suffering, hardship and loss, penultimate despair, and just when it seemed that all was lost, rescue and compassion. We really ought to make a movie.

2017-03-30Mar 30, 2017

The French Nobel Prize author, Albert Camus, noted in his book of essays, “Resistance, Rebellion, and Death,” that morality and politics are never separate.

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

2017-03-30Mar 30, 2017

Sonoma County Farm Trails invites visitors to experience agricultural adventures at “Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies” April 29 and 30.

2017-03-30Mar 30, 2017

On Saturday, April 29th at 12:30 pm, The City of Santa Rosa will host the dedication and ribbon cutting for the reunification of Old Courthouse Square. The community is invited to attend this historic event in the heart of Downtown Santa Rosa.

2017-03-30Mar 30, 2017

Human beings have been consuming eggs, from many species of fowl, since the beginning of our stay on earth. Evidence of egg eating dates well back into the early Stone Age.

2017-03-30Mar 30, 2017

First, an update on Occidental Wastewater: For more than 20 years, the Occidental County Sanitation District has been looking for a solution to its wastewater problem.

2017-03-30Mar 30, 2017

The Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach (IOLERO) was established by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in 2015. IOLERO was borne out of the tragic shooting death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by Sheriff’s Deputy Erick Gelhaus in Sonoma County in 2013.

2017-03-30Mar 30, 2017

If you love to travel, but haven’t had the opportunity to get out of Sonoma County in a while, take a trip to Occidental, the sweet little town tucked into the Redwoods, and visit Galleria. It sits among a row of shops, just a couple of doors from one of our favorite pubs, Barley and Hops (best garlic fries around).

2017-03-30Mar 30, 2017

Equi-Ed, a therapeutic equestrian program, and Shone Farm Equestrian program present the 3rd annual Hoofbeats in the Vineyard, April 29th, from 12:30-5:00 pm atThe Santa Rosa Junior College Shone Farm Equestrian Center, 7450 Steve Olson Lane, Forestville, CA

2017-03-30Mar 30, 2017

As gatekeepers of our planet, let’s celebrate Mother Earth by nurturing nature and art at the Day on the Green at the Village, April 29.

2017-03-29Mar 29, 2017

It’s happening all around. People in practically every state are standing up to the Trump mania of deporting millions of undocumented immigrants, mostly from Mexico and Central America, but not solely, and supporting their civil and human rights. These are counties and cities and they number into the hundreds.

2017-03-29Mar 29, 2017

The camps have for the most part been cleared, and the movement against the pipeline has suffered a string of setbacks including an executive order reversing the Obama administration’s hold on the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Army Corps decision to abandon the environmental impact review.

2017-04-20Apr 20, 2017

Humans are busy trying to take over other populations. It includes the animal kingdom.

2017-03-29Mar 29, 2017

Democracy sometimes requires practical –if not always ideal—choices. To all those Bernie supporters who couldn’t bear voting for Hillary, we are now living with the consequences of their decision not to support her.

2017-03-29Mar 29, 2017

In August of 2016, Sonoma County declared a homeless emergency. 1 Since then there have been two well-attended summits on homelessness put on by the City of Santa Rosa and the County of Sonoma.

2017-03-29Mar 29, 2017

I recently listened to the story of a 29 year-old recovering meth addict, who we decided to call “Joe” to keep him anonymous. He had a bright smile, and a kind and gentle demeanor.

2017-03-29Mar 29, 2017

Sonoma County has delightful Garden Centers where you can purchase everything from plants and soil amendments to pottery, garden furniture, tools, and garden decor. 

2017-03-29Mar 29, 2017

Outside the Council on Aging’s office is a newly completed tiny house that COA hopes to transform into thousands ofMeals on Wheels for home-bound seniors by selling raffle tickets to win the 191-square-foot tiny house and using the proceeds from the raffle to help fund COA’s Meals on Wheels program. And that’s where altruistic tiny house enthusiasts can help out.

2017-03-29Mar 29, 2017

Several years ago I participated in Santa Rosa’s advisory committee on green building. Its purpose was to consider additional local regulations beyond those already mandated by State building code. I was skeptical since new rules would likely add to the escalating costs of building housing.

2017-03-29Mar 29, 2017

Climate Change is in the news more and more despite the White House windbag ordering that EPA and NASA delete all references to climate on their websites and publications.

2017-03-28Mar 28, 2017

What’s yellow and orange and dead all over?

Bright orange streaks pop from the verdant Sonoma County landscape this spring. These are poisoned plants, treated by glyphosate. If you are like me, you may have overlooked this phenomenon, but once you know, it is impossible to ignore.

2017-03-28Mar 28, 2017

“I usually start with a blank canvas but with no plan.” Painter Kari DeSaulnier smiles, then continues.

2017-03-28Mar 28, 2017

I watched the first episode of the seven part HBO series, Little Big Lies and I was so enthralled I immediately went to the source material.

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!

2017-03-26Mar 26, 2017

The new administration in Washington seems to put a premium on undoing all the positive things that we’ve done to help make the planet AND our piece of it more healthy. Much of the news from Washington is truly unbelievable, except that it IS happening NOW.

2017-03-26Mar 26, 2017

It’s been a very busy last few weeks. Although tensions run high on both sides of the “homeless” issue the community has been more engaged recently than I can ever remember.

2017-03-26Mar 26, 2017

Recently, my family visited a small tribe in the Ecuadorian Amazon to explore the possibilities of bringing people from the US to receive traditional healing.

2017-03-25Mar 25, 2017

The Community Alliances would like to announce our stance on any proposed homeless service center.

2017-03-25Mar 25, 2017

Healdsburg is greeting Spring with a flourish as we experience a gorgeous Spring after weeks of rain. The drought is over and the first Chardonnay is is going through bud break.

2017-03-25Mar 25, 2017

Spring has sprung in our groovy Town Plaza! Nothing like a walk through the Plaza and across the bridge on a sunny, Spring day... or a walk through town on the 7th during the First Friday ArtWalk.

2017-03-25Mar 25, 2017

It was just in February that we toasted the 100th birthday of Graton’s beloved Miss Louise Hallberg, the devoted maven of Hallberg Butterfly Garden. By the end of the same month our dear “Butterfly Lady” had grown her “wings” and flown from this life.

2017-03-25Mar 25, 2017

While apple blossoms sweeten the air and winter rains become more infrequent, we anxiously await the beauty of spring. The sun is slowly peaking its warm head out of the clouds, encouraging the wildflowers out of hibernation and into bloom.

2017-03-24Mar 24, 2017

RUSSIAN RIVER FIRE

The Russian River Fire Protection District is accepting applications for Volunteers. Please inquire within for more information or visit our website at www.russianriverfire.org.

2017-03-24Mar 24, 2017

The Forestville Community Fund (FCF) is now accepting applications for cash grants for local projects that enhance downtown Forestville and/or provide community benefit in the Forestville area (the 95436 zip code). $10,000 will be distributed this year.

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