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2018-02-17Feb 17, 2018
The Dunkin’ Donuts Joy in Childhood Foundation presented a $12,500 donation with Redwood Empire Food Bank CEO, David Goodman, and Baskin-Robbin’s Northern California Operation Manager, Jeff Engelke to Redwood Empire Food Bank to help support child hunger needs in Sonoma County. The donation will support Redwood Empire Food Bank’s Every Child, Every Day program, which ensures a healthy start in life by filling the meal gap for at-risk children.
2018-02-06Feb 6, 2018
The North Bay Premiere of a new documentary on the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, 78/52, will be presented this week by the Sonoma Film Institute.
2018-02-06Feb 6, 2018
Like wildflowers, artists can grow anywhere, under a variety of circumstances. We understand that financial challenges can be a serious barrier to accessing resources that will help your child grow and develop as an artist.
2018-02-06Feb 6, 2018
Santa Rosa native, Allyson Paige, underage at the time, had to wait outside before her first-ever performance, at Cotati’s Inn of the Beginning.
2018-02-06Feb 6, 2018
Sonoma has a bustling music scene with lots of outdoor summer concerts and live music venues, so it is a great place to live if you want to start promoting your music – but music promotion isn’t as easy as it once was.
2018-02-06Feb 6, 2018
The Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE)’s Mobile Learning Lab, conceived by teacher-leaders and built by students, will provide a one-of-a-kind learning space for schools around Sonoma County when it is completed this February.
2018-02-06Feb 6, 2018
Welcome to February, where we celebrate love and Oscar nominations! If you remember in my column last month I was hoping Sam Rockwell would win best supporting actor for his work in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” at the Golden Globe Awards.
2018-02-06Feb 6, 2018
Bay Area Filmmaker Connie Field’s landmark documentary on the wartime experiences of women workers,THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ROSIE THE RIVETER, will be presented Friday, March 2 at 7:00 by the Sonoma Film Institute.
2018-02-06Feb 6, 2018
On Thursday, February 15, the Cloverdale Arts Alliance’s Americana Night will continue its season with the California home-grownT Sisters.  
2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018
The transits of the inner planets this month reflect some of the highlights of the outer planets all year. This month there will be as many as 4 planets (including the partial new Moon solar eclipse) moving from Aquarius to Pisces.
2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018
During the fires, the question came up regularly: “How bad is the risk from all of this smoke, and is it long-term?” Also, recently a major medical journal stated that there are 20 million premature deaths a year worldwide due to air pollution. While US ozone levels and pollution have improved over recent decades due to government regulations, the Trump administration is now cutting funds to the EPA and gutting protection for air quality.
2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018
Immediate phase complete; transitions to mid and long-term groups & efforts. The relief fund has collected and distributed over $32 million from over 41,100 donors over the past 120 days, to support immediate needs of fire victims following the devastating fires that impacted Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties in October 2017.  The North Bay Fire Relief Fund represents one of the largest and most successful disaster relief efforts in Northern California history, with 100% of all donations collected directly benefitting neighbors in need.
2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018
There are so many kinds of Love! Some, they say, are just included in the package when we are born – love for mother, for family, for food and breath and the joy that babes express!
2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018
“Hats off!” or might we say, “Pink Pussy Hats on!” to the four grannies and others who organized Sebastopol’s Women’s March on January 20th. One granny, Kathy Fong, tells the story  
2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018
It’s currently 5:24am and I am in the storm before the calm. No, I’m not talking about the local weather which thankfully has provided a few storms since last I wrote, balancing out a bit with the generally calm winter we’ve had.
2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018
Breathing in some of the cleanest air on the planet(so I have read) is such a treat for those of us who live or visit the Sonoma Coast often.
2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018
A few weeks ago, I had an appointment to interview our Fire Chief Steve Baxman at 2:30 at the firehouse. He was a no show. Why?
2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018
As a boy growing up in Sonoma County and small-town Santa Rosa, I was fortunate to have the creeks, rivers, Redwood forests and the wild and pristine coast to call my playground.
2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018
Back on December 21st, the Winter Solstice marked the shortest day (and longest night) of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. By now, you probably have noticed the days getting longer as the sun has been slowly heading north, eventually setting in the northwest on June 21st, which will mark the Summer Solstice – the longest day and shortest night of the year.
2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018
There are lots of things to love this February month in our groovy town! HUGE shout out toRoger Jensen and his team at theR3, all of the donors/groovy town folk and Lazy Bear Fund (David Barker) for all of your hard work, dedication and love you put in to raising $17,000 for the Community Foundation of Sonoma County fire relief fund!
2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018
February, February…what to do in the garden? Most plants are dormant. Too early for annual vegetables. Already sowed cover crop and mulched beds. Eating most of my weeds.
2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018
Have you ever noticed how humans have this ability to re-set the clock? To pick a specific date in time to refresh and renew. Like how every Monday I’m determined to eat better or exercise more in the coming week.
2018-02-14Feb 14, 2018
Basking in tropical sunshine, “South Pacific” is set during World War II on an idyllic island. Restless sailors have been left to their own devices, until a marine lieutenant arrives with a daring plan to spy on the enemy fleet. Necessity brings together a diverse gathering of Americans, French, and the native population, which appear to be in harmony until romance blossoms, triggering the internalized racism simmering below the surface and ripping apart the lovers in self-imposed pain.
2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018
I have walked the neighborhood, asking my locals, neighbors and visitors “What do you love about Graton?” And “Who do you wish a special valentine heart to?”
2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018
The Tomato History has origins traced back to the early Aztecs around 700 A.D; therefore it is believed that the tomato is native to the Americas.
2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018
Ayad Akhtar’s chilling play ‘Disgraced’ explores the cultural identity of Muslim Americans struggling to belong in a society that inherently views them with suspicion. A diverse group of characters consider the multi-faceted issue, from an eager young man who believes in the Koran’s wisdom to a Caucasian artist accused of orientalism because she is drawing inspiration from Islamic tiling traditions in her paintings.
2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018
As I look out of the window of my cosy cyber-hut, the overcast sky outlines the large redwoods. We are in the midst of a cold spell, with more rain coming shortly!
2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018
Did you know there is an open spot on the Camp Meeker Parks and Recreation Board? I want you to think about volunteering for that position.  
2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018
I love Bodega. I’ve been in West Sonoma County my entire life, my mother and uncles were also raised here, and my Grandparents landed here back in 1969.
2018-02-03Feb 3, 2018
Windsor has everything you need to make your Valentine Smile. Everyone knows about all the wonderful things Windsor offers for children with a thrivingParks & Recreation Dept., 27 public parks with playgrounds and fantastic schools that offer loads of extra-curricular activities. This year for Valentines check out all the things we have for that special someone in your life.
2018-02-03Feb 3, 2018
On January 19 over sixty residents attended a Springs Community Alliance meeting to learn of broad ranging proposals affecting life in the Springs. Chairperson Rich Lee kicked off the meeting by welcoming everyone and asking Ellen Conlon to address the first issue.
2018-02-03Feb 3, 2018
Services available for Women experiencing sexual harassment or domestic violence: In light of the #MeToo andTimes Up Movement I thought it was important to let the women of Santa Rosa/Sonoma County that they are not alone if they had an issue with sexual harassment or domestic violence.
2018-02-03Feb 3, 2018
Roseland Neighbor Wood needs your community support to help protect nature at Roseland Creek near the Roseland Creek Elementary School on Burbank Ave.The Roseland Creek Community Park Final Master Plan Meeting has been moved to Weds.Feb. 28, 2018 with the Santa Rosa Board of Community Services to give advice to the Santa Rosa City Council on the Final Draft of the Master Plan for the Park.
2018-02-14Feb 14, 2018
Thinking outside the box once again, Cloverdale Performing Arts Center opens their 2018 season with David Mamet’s November, in February. But the timing couldn’t be better. With everything going on in the real White House these days, it’s fun to compare that with Mamet’s vision of a desperate man’s last-ditch effort to hold on to power even when all hope is gone.
2018-02-03Feb 3, 2018
Although to most of us, the fires are now part of history, the economic impact continues to be devastating to our local retailers. Rumor has it that four (4!) shops along Kentucky St. will be closing in the next couple of months, due in large part to the economic fall-out of less tourism that the fires have caused.  
2018-02-03Feb 3, 2018
This will be our first post-fire holiday. I’m feeling the giving spirit in new ways. I hope to share experiences with friends and family, and I found a few fun things to do this season.
2018-02-03Feb 3, 2018
Our community has never been stronger than it is today. We were sorely tested by the fires in October. We’ve been tested ever since, as fire survivors clean up the ashes and rubble of our homes and attempt to keep our focus on the future.
2018-02-03Feb 3, 2018
In 2014, with support from women and men of all ages, Brigette Mansell launched a low budget campaign forHealdsburg City Council and was elected.
2018-02-03Feb 3, 2018
You don’t have to be a legendary vintner to know that all great wine makers share that same special passion. Just talk wine with one of them…or, better, with two. That’s exactly what we did when we met recently with Kathleen Kelley Young and her daughter, Madeline Kelley Stewart, at the newly opened tasting room: Kelley & Young Winesat the Library.
2018-02-02Feb 2, 2018
In keeping with the title of this column, going forward I will be presenting profiles of some of the many outstanding immigrants who make their home here and contribute so much to our culture, our economy and our lives.
2018-02-02Feb 2, 2018
Pomo Pride presented itself numerous times on Saturday Jan 20, 2018 at the Roseland Village Shopping Center. Under sunny skies a group of dancers from theKashia Band of Pomo Indians performed for a small crowd of Roseland residents and local government officials.
2018-02-02Feb 2, 2018
Bill Wheeler, plein air artist of renown as well as human rights activist, departed the planet much too early at the early age of 77. He put up a good fight against Parkinson’s and other ailments, but finally surrendered in his own home, surrounded by his loved ones.
2018-02-02Feb 2, 2018
The recent catastrophic fires in both Northern and Southern California should serve as a wake-up call to home and business owners everywhere! A lot of people view insurance as a mandated requirement that is costly and confusing, however, if the fires taught us anything, it is that the proper insurance is an absolute necessity!
2018-02-02Feb 2, 2018
Over at KBBF, volunteers are hustling to put all public files online per FCC guidelines. In doing so, we discovered just how far we reach and deep we dig in our public affairs programming. Below, we highlight our local programs currently on the air. This is the stuff of quality public community radio! Please tune in at 89.1.
2018-02-13Feb 13, 2018
More metallic balloons are sold for Valentine’s Day than any other holiday and, not surprisingly, it’s also around this time of year that customers suffer from outagescaused by unsecured metallic balloons drifting into power lines. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reminds its customers as they celebrate their sweethearts to make sure balloons are always tied to a weight –as required by California law – and to never release them outdoors.    
2018-02-02Feb 2, 2018
On Valentine’s Day we show our love through flowers, poems and chocolate. Some chocolate comes with blood in it. A great deal of chocolate is grown in northwesternAfrica in: Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Guinea and Burkina. Some of it is harvested with forced child slave labor.
2018-02-02Feb 2, 2018
Taken as individuals, rats are pretty decent creatures. Human-raised, humane-bred rats, that is. It’s hard to find a cleaner, smarter, more outgoing pet for a young child than a common domestic rat.
2018-02-02Feb 2, 2018
The spoon was certainly the earliest and most significant eating implement used by people in ancient times. Antiquated spoons in China had a pointy end, used as a one pronged fork or knife.
2018-02-01Feb 1, 2018
The week after the fires, when the full catastrophe was evident, I remarked to friends that this event was a game changer and that for our remaining lives, we would mark life in Sonoma County, “before the fire, and after the fire.”
2018-02-01Feb 1, 2018
I believe we in Sonoma County like much of our country are at a crossroads. We are a microcosm for a much larger debate in our country. We can either lead or follow. We can defy our fears and cynicism and seize the opportunity we have to make change happen or we can do what we have always done. I believe we are ready for this change.
2018-02-01Feb 1, 2018
His license plate reads WWS ERA, which stands for Mark Z. Jacobson’s predicted era of Wind, Water, and Solar energy. Dr. Jacobson, a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford and director of its Atmosphere/Energy Program, spoke at the Praxis Peace Institute in Sonoma on January 4th—an event co-sponsored by Sonoma Clean Power.
2018-02-01Feb 1, 2018
Love Knows No Boundaries—loving the whole Earth and all creatures. In line with this month’s theme, let’s talk about deforestation and how planting trees can reduce global warming and air pollution, while supplying habitat for living beings. Eighty percent of earth’s plants and animals live in forests, many of them threatened with extinction.
2018-01-31Jan 31, 2018
Thank you Sebastopol Fire Department for providing this Month’s Safety Message. Fire department heroes announced. 2017 Incident summaries .
2018-01-31Jan 31, 2018
As December closes and the start of the New Year has begun, I can’t help but look at the year that Sonoma County had. Boy, was it a year.
2018-01-30Jan 30, 2018
“Sonoma Strong”- our county-wide response to a crisis - has been a powerful example of what happens when we join hands and face our challenges together. It will take courage, commitment and mutual respect to keep that bond vital throughout our community going forward.
2018-02-12Feb 12, 2018
After the fires, our normal greetings were replaced by three quick questions to our friends and neighbors we encountered in the next month after the fires: How are you? How’s your family? Did your house make it?  The varying responses, hugs, and connections made with former acquaintances that became neighbors and friends changed our concept of community. We all faced some level of shock, terror, and sustained fear for those weeks following the initial event, which for most was slowly replaced by grief, acceptance, and motivation to do something productive.
2018-01-30Jan 30, 2018
My wife and I live on a 2.5 acre parcel on a quiet residential street in unincorporated Sebastopol. We have lived here for 25 years. We raised our daughter here. This is a neighborhood filled with children.  
2018-01-30Jan 30, 2018
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2018-01-30Jan 30, 2018
How exactly does wildfire work? Why did our recent fires burn where they did? Once I was able to move out of emergency mode, as an educator and someone who is “science curious”, I wanted to learn more about wildfire. Here is what I have found out.
2018-01-30Jan 30, 2018
Nextdoor is a powerful platform that allows you to communicate with your neighbors to make your neighborhood stronger and safer...When to use an Urgent Alert vs. a regular post -  Post an Urgent Alert if someone’s safety or property is at risk and if the issue has occurred within the last 10 minutes. If you just witnessed the behavior, call 911. Then post an Urgent Alert so that your neighbors will be notified of the situation by both email and text message.  
2018-01-30Jan 30, 2018
The cannabis industry is more open to women executives than most other industries. As one survey of cannabis professionals found (in 2015); women held leadership roles in 36 percent of those businesses, compared with 22 percent of U.S. companies generally, according to the trade publication Cannabis Business Daily, an Inc. 500 company that was co-founded by two women -- Cassandra Farrington and Anne Holland.
2018-01-30Jan 30, 2018
Atul Gawande‘s book Being Mortal is on theNew York Times best seller list. I did not want to read it but a friend who is an M.D. gave it to me and I thought it had an important theme.
2018-01-30Jan 30, 2018
I heard Professor Gregory Simon on KPFA radio talking about his book Flame and Fortune in the American West as I was evacuating to my sister’s in Petaluma due to smoke and encroaching fire near my home in Sonoma Valley.
2018-01-30Jan 30, 2018
A Power of Attorney (“POA”) is a complex creature that takes many forms. The world of POAs include Limited POAs, POAs for Health Care, and a Durable POA. A POA is very valuable, and in fact a necessity, when it comes to managing your affairs.
2018-01-29Jan 29, 2018
The Russian River Watershed Association is pleased to announce its fifteenth annual Water Awareness Video Contest for local high school students. The topic for this year’s contest is: “From the Street to the Creek, Be Part of the Pollution Solution!”.
2018-01-22Jan 22, 2018
The time is 1:01 pm on a Friday. We board the train with childish excitement, and we’re not alone in that. All around us are smiling people: Families, Millennials racking their bicycles, Seniors with their grandchildren.
2018-02-11Feb 11, 2018
The number of applications in Petaluma has jumped from one to SIX commercial (up to 1 acre) cannabis farms within a three-mile radius. The county has not indicated that they are thinking about the concentration of cannabis in our area, nor are they addressing the cumulative impact of these applications on our area's overall water, traffic, safety, etc. Our area is under siege. This is a huge problem and we are planning to address it with David Rabbit at our next meeting.
2018-01-22Jan 22, 2018
The Forestville Food Closet celebrates all the indispensable contributors  who so generously support this twice-monthly food give-out, a lifeline for  up to 73 Forestville families year round.
2018-01-22Jan 22, 2018
What would you do if somebody offered you over half a million dollars to leave your rent controlled apartment?
2018-01-22Jan 22, 2018
When many people think of Yoga, they imagine people contorting into wild shapes or standing on their heads. They think of thin, toned women in cute spandex gracefully moving through power vinyasa flows or chanting OM and they assume yoga is just not for them.
2018-01-22Jan 22, 2018
Putting “death” and “café” together may seem unusual. In the United States, many ignore our own mortality. Many Americans do not accept that they will surely die, much less talk about it, especially with strangers. On the other hand, eating at one’s favorite café is something to enjoy. Being in a café setting talking about death may not seem inviting, yet it can be invigorating.
2018-01-22Jan 22, 2018
The Jewelry Project is an effort of just one small act of kindness by Santa Rosa residents and County EmployeesLori Cavanaugh andDevlin Martinsen. When a small post was made on the Sonoma County Fires-County of Sonoma Employee Needs Exchange Facebook Page of just a few photos of some jewelry laying around in the jewelry box, no longer being warn. 
2018-01-22Jan 22, 2018
The community-based Phone Alert System is not meant to replace the County’sSoCo Alerts or Nixle. Instead, a PAS can provides a flexible and fast way for residents to know about local emergency events that could potentially affect their lives. 
2018-01-11Jan 11, 2018
Responding to community interest and safety concerns, Regional Parks will receive a $620,000 state grant from the California Department of Transportation to evaluate the potential for a trail running parallel to but separate from River Road and Highway 116.
2018-01-10Jan 10, 2018
Concerned anglers will want to know that endangered coho are particularly vulnerable during periods of low flow during their spawning season. Anglers could easily catch one without intending to and, potentially, face penalties associated with harming them. Knowing how to identify coho salmon, steelhead, and Chinook is a critical skill for anyone fishing in the Russian River.
2018-01-02Jan 2, 2018
My wife and I recently co-signed a mortgage for our daughter on her first home in Portland. We were happy to do it and I, in fact, suggested it myself with full knowledge of the pros and cons.
2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017
Bioremediation can be defined as any process that uses microorganisms,fungi,green plants or theirenzymes to return the natural environment altered by contaminants to its original condition.
2018-02-07Feb 7, 2018
On Thursday, Feb. 22 the Public Policy Facilitating Committee (PPFC) will hold its annual meeting to review projects that are helping to restore endangered and threatened fish to the Russian River watershed while maintaining the region’s primary water supply. This year’s meeting will include a walking tour of a habitat enhancement project on Dry Creek
2017-02-03Feb 3, 2017
It’s exhilarating to see the photos of crowds at the second annual Women’s March all over the country, dotted with pink pussy hats and bearing strong womanly statements addressing the so many issues we are facing today. Thousands upon thousands of women stepping up to share their truth, and It’s About Time!
2017-02-02Feb 2, 2017
It dawned on me that I’ve neglected to talk about barbera and, to a lesser extent, sangiovese. I thought it might be interesting to try something new and encourage people to step outside what might be their red varietal of choice.  
2017-01-22Jan 22, 2017
This annual fundraising event has three epic Wine Country back road routes of varying distances and difficulty to appeal to cyclists of every skill level.  All three routes offer excellent scenery and are supported with mobile support (SAG) vehicles and crews.  There are also five fully staffed rest stops along the routes for participants to rest, rehydrate, and get a bite to eat.
2017-01-22Jan 22, 2017
If your missed Dunkirk at the movies, it is now available on DVD but it is a big screen type of film. Conceived on a grand scale, it is a cinematic event that is immersive, a massive spectacle of battle on land, in the sea and in the air. While all the action was on one side of the channel, the mindful machinations were on the other side. In Darkest Hour (releases on DVD late February), a companion piece, Winston Churchill in the person of actor Gary Oldman has just been named Prime Minister.
2017-01-22Jan 22, 2017
Never let it be said that the Bodega Bay Fire Department is not ready for action. Already they have reserved the Grange for their pancake breakfast July 1. They have agreed to let the Fisherman’s Chapel meet at the firehouse, since July 1 is a Sunday which the church had reserved. That kind of co-operation is what makes Bodega Bay such a good place to live.
2018-02-06Feb 6, 2018
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has released an online survey to get input from the public, partner agencies and others as the Commission prepares its next Public Participation Plan (PPP). The survey is available now through Feb. 23.

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