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2017-10-22Oct 22, 2017
Also marching forward in Sonoma County in “the show must go on” tradition is Petaluma’s Cinnabar Theater which opened their production of Ronald Harwood’sQuartet, running now through October 29. It’s a one-set, two-act, four-scene, four-actor comedy whose setting – a retirement home – would belie the energy it generates and the amusement it delivers.
2017-10-18Oct 18, 2017
Since the fires began, more than 353,000 customers who experienced electric outages due to the wildfires have had their service restored. As of Thursday morning, Oct. 19, the company expects that all but approximately 2,800 customers who are able to receive electric service will have been restored. These customers are in difficult-to-reach areas with challenging terrain and/or PG&E is awaiting CAL FIRE’s approval to access. PG&E expects to restore these remaining customers by Friday.
2017-09-19Sep 19, 2017
North Bay Stage Company, a resident theatre company of Luther Burbank Center for the Arts announced today that they will not be planning shows at the venue next year.
2017-09-14Sep 14, 2017
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution on September 12, 2017, to modify and extend the Temporary Code Enforcement Penalty Relief Program for Cannabis businesses. This extension allows existing cannabis businesses to remain operational and avoid land use fines while providing additional time to meet the standards required to successfully obtain a local commercial cannabis cultivation permit.
2017-09-14Sep 14, 2017
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appropriated $750,000 in flexible local resources in the 2017-18 fiscal year to help address homelessness in the Lower Russian River area. Proposals are sought from eligible organizations or groups that can effectively mitigate the impacts of homelessness in the Lower Russian River area leading to a reduction in the number of people experiencing homelessness by fifty (50) by January 2019. 
2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017
I have been volunteering in the local community care system for the past 17 months trying to understand the homeless crisis problem in Sonoma County. What I have learned so far is that the community care system is flush with money, professional paid labor, and public and private programs to help people get back on their feet, but it’s not working for thousands of residents still living on the street.
2017-10-16Oct 16, 2017
Redwood Empire Food Bank is offering a special drive-through distribution to our community this week - the Station 3990 distribution - providing FREE produce, non-perishable foods and snacks, staple groceries, including a variety of breads and tortillas, an assortment of canned goods, quality proteins, water and healthy beverages, and dairy items when available to ALL of our neighbors in need. No identification is required. Open to anyone in need of food assistance at the Redwood Empire Food Bank station house: 3990 Brickway Boulevard, Santa Rosa, CA 95405.
2017-10-16Oct 16, 2017
Creative Sonoma and Arts Council Napa Valley are partnering to provide our artists and creatives with links to emergency relief assistance available for those affected by the fires. Thanks go out to the Actors Fund and MusiCares for their previous collection of many of these resources.
2017-10-15Oct 15, 2017
The County of Sonoma has begun the process of assessing evacuated areas of the unincorporated county for damage. This is a necessary and important process as it allows the County to determine what dangers may/may not be present and what repairs may/may not be needed before evacuation orders are lifted.
2017-10-15Oct 15, 2017
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) announced that it will reopen the Santa Rosa North and Sonoma County Airport stations Monday morning and resume its full-service schedule. SMART will also continue to offer free service to assist those who need transportation options through Wednesday.
2017-10-15Oct 15, 2017
CAL FIRE, the Santa Rosa Police Department, the Santa Rosa Fire Department, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol provided updates related to the fires in Sonoma County.
2017-10-13Oct 13, 2017
Federal, state, county, and city officials, CAL FIRE personnel, the California Office of Emergency Services, FEMA, Sonoma County schools, the Red Cross, PG&E and others assisting in the fire response and recovery will provide updates and resources.
2017-10-13Oct 13, 2017
The County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa are opening a Local Assistance Center (LAC) in partnership with FEMA and the California Office of Emergency Services (CalEOS) tomorrow morning, Saturday, October 14th.
2017-10-13Oct 13, 2017
Due to the fires that are devastating our community, Art Trails is rescheduled to occur October 21, 22 and October 28, 29.
2017-10-12Oct 12, 2017
Sonoma Fire Info is a community service run by a group of volunteers collecting and verifying information about the fires affecting Sonoma county. Based out of the Chimera Arts and Makerspace in Sebastopol, we are compiling a live database and comprehensive website that has verified up-to-date information, resources, and news for those affected by the fires.
2017-10-21Oct 21, 2017
October 21, 2017  –  Emergency response agencies throughout Sonoma County continue to fight numerous fires in the County. The County’s Emergency Operations Center remains active and is staffed around the clock. CAL FIRE continues to release fire activity and containment information at approximately 7:00am and 7:00pm daily at fire.ca.gov.
2017-10-12Oct 12, 2017
After the frenzy and chaos of a devastating disaster like this one passes, the long road to recovery and rebuilding begins—and it is here that philanthropy can play a distinct and critical role. With our deep relationships with local nonprofits, government officials, and community leaders, community foundations are often in the best position to hold funds, make grants, and support our communities.
2017-10-12Oct 12, 2017
Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) has announced that it will remain closed at least through Tuesday, October 17. More than 200 students and employees have lost their homes, and hundreds have had to evacuate.
2017-10-11Oct 11, 2017
From volunteers donating food, clothing, time, energy for fire victims, to friends cooking for firefighters, Sonoma County community is supporting each other through this crisis. 
2017-10-10Oct 10, 2017
The most current info, maps, etc., on the Sonoma County, twitter feed: https://twitter.com/countyofsonoma Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for parts of Sonoma County. Twenty four evacuation centers are open to the public. Evacuation orders remain in effect and many areas remain unsafe. Do not enter a road that is closed or attempt to return to your home before evacuation orders are issued. Do not call 911 for general information. ONLY call for an emergency including unattended, active flames and life threatening emergencies. Please keep these lines open for emergency responders.If you are in a safe place and not in a mandatory evacuation area, please stay in place and keep roads available for emergency personnel.
2017-10-10Oct 10, 2017
Imagine being in fear of the person you care about most. Imagine feeling you have nowhere to turn because you lack resources, perhaps have children to care for and you don’t know if family and friends will believe you. It happens every day.
2017-10-10Oct 10, 2017
Redwood Credit Union (RCU), in partnership with RCU Community Fund, The Press Democrat, and Senator Mike McGuire, is now accepting financial donations to aid relief efforts and assist victims of the 2017 North Bay fires. 100% of your donations will go directly to support those affected by the fires.
2017-10-10Oct 10, 2017
To help customers and emergency responders stay connected, our Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) team is deploying numerous mobile cell sites, or Cells on Light Trucks (COLTs) and equipment to areas impacted by ongoing wildfires.
2017-10-09Oct 9, 2017
Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) response to the wind-driven wildfires in the North Bay will continue until all customers who can be restored have their power and gas back.
2017-10-09Oct 9, 2017
Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC), which administers Medi-Cal benefits in 14 Northern California counties, is expanding services to its members affected by the fires in Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino counties. “We are extremely concerned about these devastating fires and hope that all of our members are out of harm’s way,” said PHC CEO Liz Gibboney. “We’ve launched emergency response plans to help members get the care they need.”
2017-10-08Oct 8, 2017
The Cavity Free Sonoma Pilot Project is for children ages 0-6 years of age who are enrolled in Medi-Cal. Families are provided with a dental assessment that lets parents know if  their children are at high, medium or low risk for dental disease. 
2017-10-21Oct 21, 2017
Sonoma County is coming out for our own in more ways than we can count. SONOMA-STRONG If you know of a BENEFIT, FUNDRAISER, or GENEROUS OFFER that raises money to help our home recover, please email it to me atvesta@sonic.net - - OR - COMMENT bylogging in to our webpage COMMENT section. THANK YOU!
2017-10-03Oct 3, 2017
Board of Supervisors approved funding commitments to expend increased revenue resulting from Measure L, a ballot measure approved by voters last November that increases the County’s Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) rate from 9% to 12%. Supervisors committed to use $5 million of anticipated new revenue largely on funding for roads, fire services, Regional Parks, affordable housing and homeless services, and other essential services and community needs.
2017-10-02Oct 2, 2017
Public Hearings: The City of Santa Rosa has initiated the legal process to transition to district-based voting for council members. The City asks for your help in designing voting districts. A series of Public Hearings will be held to receive community input and direction from the Council will be used by independent demographers to inform the development of the district boundaries.
2017-10-02Oct 2, 2017
The morning begins with some juice and fruit at home in Santa Rosa’s Junior College Neighborhood. It is important to hydrate! I grab my folding bicycle which I keep by the front door and step out into the sweet morning air. Unfolding the bike and donning my helmet, I am on my way in less than 60 Seconds. It's a few short blocks from where I live to the SMART Pathway at College Avenue. I head south on the quiet, smooth, car-free ‘Class 1’ pathway, running alongside the tracks. In a few minutes I arrive at the historic train station in Railroad Square. I grab a cup of fresh roasted coffee at The Flying Goat, then walk up the ramp to the boarding platform and swipe my pre-paid Clipper card on the scanner. I quickly fold my bike and take my position behind the yellow line. It's a beautiful morning!
2017-09-28Sep 28, 2017
With October's arrival we welcome squash season. For this month's article as I researched squash I realized there are so many options; from pumpkin to delicata to butternut to spaghetti squash. It seems a comprehensive list of varieties for winter squash to look for at the farmers' markets while you are shopping.
2017-09-28Sep 28, 2017
This guide to Sonoma County art galleries includes co-op galleries run by a group of artists and craftsman, independently-owned galleries that feature work chosen by the owner, art centers that show work of members, guests and juried shows, working studios that include a gallery for the public, and street sculptures that would never fit into a gallery.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Do you want to be an informed consumer and support a healthy environment in Sonoma County? Health information and wine expert Pam Strayer will present a guide to using publicly available information to see which vineyard pesticides are being used in Sonoma. She’ll also present information on how to support Sonoma’s best organic and biodynamic producers.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
When reviewing this season’s harvest, it’s important to look back at the rain totals from the winter of 2016 into early 2017 which ended a very long drought and have influenced many of the vineyards and wine production.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Jupiter changes signs every year. This is the month that Jupiter enters a new sign, leaving Libra and going into Scorpio on October 10. Jupiter represents the principle of expansion.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
The Windsor Education Foundation will be holding their 13th annual Scarecrow Days between October 21 and November 4, 2017.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Greening is a process for diverting waste away from the landfill (dump) as much as possible and into compost, recycling and repurposing. You will find Greeners at foot races, concerts, festivals and other public events. Greening is front line climate change push back.
2017-10-20Oct 20, 2017
I hope you tag along for the ride through Art Trails this year and keep in mind, the Gazette gives you a Sonoma Sampler to enjoy as well as the complete list of 2017 Art Trails participants, by town, on their website. There is an UPDATED MAP since some studios cannot be accessed: http://sonomacountyarttrails.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/map-update-10_20_17.pdfBuckle up, Jim, and try to behave.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
In 1990, through the foresight of community leaders and thoughtful citizens, Sonoma County voters approved the creation of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and a quarter-cent sales tax that provides funding for land conservation, including planning, acquisition, and stewardship of the region’s working, natural, and scenic open space lands.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Let’s imagine for a moment that you are the smartest human being who ever lived. Imagine that you are a student, and a stellar learner, who soaks up information like mad, understands it, and commits it all to virtually perfect memory. Imagine that you take a immensely difficult final examination ten times a day, five days a week, week after week, and you consistently get 99 out of 100 questions right on every test.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Last January we received an unexpected visit from two people who brought a small short-haired dog to our doorstep. My spouse’s daughter and friend offered us this friendly little fellow. Having lost my old feline companion“Buddy” a few months earlier I was receptive as was Joan when he was offered to us.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
The Slow Fiber movement looks at the quality and origins of fibers and how they are used to create garments, scarves, textiles, linens, rugs and other home furnishings as well as wall hangings and other works of art. 
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Walking home from the Council’s special meeting at Parkside School, I witnessed an incident of dangerous driving familiar to many of us. As I approached the crosswalk at Bodega and Washington, a car stopped for me. I didn’t immediately enter the crosswalk because I was watching the second car back to see what it would do.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything, asking why progress on climate change is so slow, concluded that the difficulty lies with the threat to the present economic system. “Put simply, if the science is true, then the whole economic project that has dominated American power structures sinceRonald Reagan was president is out the window, and the deniers know it.”
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Santa Rosa City Council: “The Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (the “Education Project”), through its attorney Kevin Shenkman, submitted a demand letter challenging the City’s at-large election of council members in July 2017.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
“Wealthy Whitesiders have been deciding what happens to Roseland for over a century,” said a Roseland native who attended a Saturday Sept. 16 meeting at the Roseland Community Center.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
City Council forced to buy the Roseland District, an oil-soaked and greasy-soiled section of Santa Rosa the city comfortably ignored for more than a few decades.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
During an interview from his Penngrove home, Gabriel Pirard (photo above), leader of the band Dgiin, indicates the word is from the Koran. They’re angels or genies who can choose to be good or evil. Bad ones are put in a bottle.
2017-10-19Oct 19, 2017
October 19, 2017 - CAL FIRE, the Santa Rosa Police Department, the Santa Rosa Fire Department, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol provided updates related to the fires in Sonoma County.  
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
The Common Raven is the largest songbird in the world.  It ranges all over Europe, Asia and North America. Throughout human history the raven has been a prominent character in the folklore of nearly every culture.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Do you or your kids use our local libraries? Have you ever felt a sense of wonder in a garden? Do you just like the color and character nice gardens bring to your community? If yes, we need you!
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
The Art Gallery at Occidental Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the6rd annual “Pointless Sisters” Art Quilt Show from October 6-29, 2017.Opening Reception is Saturday, October 7th, 2-5 pm. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
The Sonoma County Home Brewers Competition has turned into quite an extravaganza, and has moved locations in order to accommodate more activities and a large crowd. On Saturday, Oct 7, the gates will open at noon, on Scott Street, in front of 101 North Brewery Company.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
The Penngrove Social Firemen’s Hawaiian Luau was a success, raising @ $5,000 for Penngrove Park improvements. Cheers to Kim Hanson for organizing the event each year and doing the cooking.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
As a law enforcement officer, I always wince when I hear of an officer-involved shooting. I hoped and prayed that this was some insane incident that would exonerate the officer involved.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Legislation is making its way to the floor of Congress that could waste millions in tax dollars, by funding the attempts of dental lobbying organizations to force fluoridation on communities across the country. 
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
One Cold Night is an experiential fundraising event that leverages the power of personal networks and social media to spread awareness and support for ending youth homelessness in Sonoma County.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Greetings fellow Occidentalians. My name is Gino Gaffney and I have been selected to be the new author of the Occidental Oriented column for the wonderfulGazette.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
The ‘first rain’ after the long dry summer is always a welcome sound. I was lying in bed listening to the unfamiliar sound on the roof and deck and wondered if this is for real.
2017-10-19Oct 19, 2017
Sonoma County residents will soon be able to view current aerial imagery (photos) of their properties within some burn areas.  Right now we have aerial imagery of Coffey Park and Journey’s End Mobilehome Park.This was taken from an authorized drone controlled by law enforcement. 
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Saturn is preparing to engage in a temporary farewell as the ringed giant continues it’s gradual and apparent slip westward into the sun’s glare.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Who do you know who has been diagnosed, was treated and is dealing with their adjustments to healing?  Perhaps someone who died from Prostate cancer? 
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
A TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) wastewater solutions public workshop was held 9/20/17. The event was well attended with strong citizen participation
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
We encourage dialogue among our readers and with us. Please send your LETTERS to vesta@sonic.net
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Fall is rolling in with fits and starts, and many of us are feeling a draw to turn inward. Like yarrow ready for deadheading, I’m feeling ready for rejuvenation, and many of you probably are too. With visions of garden grown butternut pies and freshly harvested tulsi tea, we all want a little more comfort and a little less to do.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
The stock market has enjoyed an extended period of strong performance that dates back to the end of the last bear market in early 2009.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
United We Dream. No to Racist Policy. Dreamers, Not Criminals. No Deportations. These were the signs at theDefending DACA vigil that took place on September 1, on Sebastopol Road. It all began whenJuan Román, the host of KBBF’s Late Night Oldies show (airing Sundays, from 10pm to midnight), entered into a dialogue on the air about the youth in the community and the urgency of speaking up to show support for them. He envisioned a public gathering and described what he wanted to organize as a “family-friendly action…to show collective solidarity.”
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
The cancellation of the DACA program by the Trump Administration has prompted widespread support for young immigrants who were previously given deferred status by the Obama Administration.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
When you think of special effects makeup, you probably think of the Hollywood fake blood and gore, or maybe television shows like The Walking Dead that transform regular people into gruesome zombies, but special effects, or SFX, makeup is actually a lot more than that.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
So many groovy changes happening in downtown Guerneville! Veteran Realtor, Mary Mount has moved to Russian River Realty and already has her name up on “the board” as Agent of the Month! Congratulations Mary! How DO they get that signs up there?!
2017-10-18Oct 18, 2017
If you’re at the point where you need a break and feel safe enough to get out, go ahead and turn off your TV and radio, put your phone on silent, grab some friends who could use a laugh or two as well, and join King Arthur and his gang on their quest. You may not find the Grail, buy you’ll find some something better – a little light during these very dark days.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Some vineyards nearby were harvesting early while wildfires farther north were raging. When I walked out under the branches of our Great Tree one morning, the air was filled with the unusual combination of the smell of smoke and grape must.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
I got lost in Forestville the other day. I overshot my intended turn. Ended up in an unfamiliar neighborhood. As I drove through I was struck at how different this section of Forestville was from mine. Some of us live in sweet neighborhoods with sunny gardens. Some of us are on ridgetops overlooking a vineyard, the river, or both.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
“No time to talk about climate change?” If not now, when? The last few months have been a time of “global weirding,” as more and more extreme weather events occur.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
It’s that time of year again: Fire Prevention Week October 8 thru 14. Check out nfpa.org for more info. You can also look up local information at sonomachiefs.org/ under the sections tab to the Fire Prevention Officers link.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
October is a a huge month for movies and if you couldn’t make the Sundance Film Festival in January, you have the opportunity to go to the best film festival in the bay area in Mill Valley.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Hieroglyphics, carved some 4,600 years ago, reveal the Egyptian pharaohs penchant for mushrooms. The pharaohs were so enamored of them, they decreed mushrooms to be fit for royal mouths only and as a sign of immortality.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Ozark the new 10 part series available on Netflix could be entitled “Breaking Sort of Bad”. It is not as well-constructed as “Breaking Bad” but for those who are missing Walter White, there are some striking similarities.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Sometimes we talk about Indivisible as a marathon, because this is a long struggle, and one that won’t be won by a single victory. That does not mean we cannot embrace our victories. Sometimes we speak of it as if it were a relay, with one person passing the torch to another, stepping back, and renewing her or his commitment before joining the race again.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Economically speaking, tourism is a good thing. Unlike, say, oil extraction or coal mining, tourism is a non-extractive, renewable industry. At its best, tourism can provide local jobs while highlighting – and even helping to preserve and protect – natural resources. At its worst, tourism can strain public safety services and put pressure on a deteriorated rural road network.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Contemplating this month’s column, I wanted to include the good, the bad, and the puzzling aspects of living in this small city.
2017-10-18Oct 18, 2017
We need your financial support to respond to this disaster. We are here to support our neighbors for the long haul and hope you will give generously to support our efforts. Please visit refb.org to make an investment in recovery.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Important points that many businesses fail to consider when they are sending out information to customers, whether that information is through social media, emails, text or even through the mail is:
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
In August, 2017, having purchased one of Cloverdale’s landmark restaurants, Monique Hernandez-Evans (an experienced businesswomen who’d worked there over the years) and husband, Jeff Evans, renamed it…slightly. 
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
After experiencing the many climatic changes in the past few weeks, including extreme heat and humidity, and thunder and lightning storms, I am happy to report a lovely Autumnal day as we approach the Equinox. The large redwoods outside of my airy cyber-hut are outlined in clear blue skies.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Readers of this reporter’s August local and national articles on unpermitted cannabis growing expressed both appreciations and appropriate criticisms. Their feedback has made me aware of how complicated this issue is.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
October! Falling leaves! Rain! Gran Fondo! That’s right! If this issue hits the stands in time, you might be reading this during the Gran Fondo, as you wait until 10:30 for Bohemian Highway to be reopened to vehicular traffic.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
The trees on the road to Sebastopol are all turning yellow; the grapes are hanging heavy on the vines and the kids are all back to school – Fall has come. September is always a mellow month. This month we had a surprise electric storm, with real lightning and thunder but only a trace of rain. It certainly wasn’t enough to damage the excellent reputation we have for Indian summer. September and October are some of the very nicest months.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
As the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love runs its course, and Sonoma County hails the half-century mark of its Regional Parks Department, there is another local institution celebrating its 50th this year, the Sonoma County Trails Council (SCTC).
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
DEAR READERS: Do you have a legal question on your mind? If so, please email me at debra@newbylawoffice.com. 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.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
It is fairly obvious even to the casual observer that coastal Sonoma County has a certain cachet. The denizens of west county are a motley crew.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
“It takes a village to answer the needs of individuals who find themselves chronically without a home.” The answer for some of Santa Rosa’s homeless population comes in the form of shelter at a former motel known as the Palms Inn, located on southern Santa Rosa Avenue. On a visit to artist Mario Uribe’s studio in late 2016, the owner of the property Akash Kalia, asked how he could bring an art component to The Palms Inn.
2017-10-18Oct 18, 2017
After more than a week of around-the-clock restoration work, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) said today that it restored electric power to 97 percent of customers who can receive it. Late today, the company also reported it was granted access by CAL FIRE to an additional 6,000 homes and businesses, reducing the number of customers the company cannot access to about 400. The company expects to restore service to these 6,000 additional customers within the next 24 to 48 hours and get access through CAL FIRE for the remaining 400. PG&E also said it expects to restore gas service to all remaining customers who can receive it by Wednesday evening.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Frame of Mind is the frame shop and gallery of collage artist, Leslie Zumwalt, located at Occidental Road and Highway 116 in a newly built cluster of businesses.
2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017
Delight yourself in this intriguing mix of stories from Sonoma County, California. Take in glimpses of little-known history: the Sebastopol temple that became a touchstone for the Japanese community here before and after World War II; the pioneering women's rights advocate who fought the forced retirement at age 32 of airline stewardesses; the county's lone lesbian bar in the early 1980s; and the daring race car driver and aviator who made the nation's first airmail flight here in 1911.
2017-09-26Sep 26, 2017
As the summer ends, we look forward and begin to think about our winter homeless shelter, which is slated to open again in downtown Guerneville at the Vets Hall on December 1st, and remain open until March 31st of next year. The winter shelter will once again open its doors at night to provide a dry place to sleep, a hot meal, and showers for about 30 unsheltered adults (based on last year’s average occupancy), until they have to leave each morning.
2017-09-25Sep 25, 2017
Last month we looked at research exploring environmental influences on addictive behavior, Current scientific thinking is shifting away from previous models of a “moral deficiency” and of a “disease state” being the only issues behind addiction. More recent approaches view it as a complex interaction between the neurotransmitters in the brain, early childhood experiences (especially trauma), and current environmental stressors and reward systems. Yet contemporary treatment approaches tend to be mired in older views.
2017-09-25Sep 25, 2017
...the one you can’t live with or without. News or lover, some would just call it addiction. You might not want to always tune in and hear a same old, same old current issue continuously batted back and forth! (Like beating a rug on a clothesline. Do people still beat rugs on clotheslines?) Then again, you don’t want to miss the rare good stuff like the promise of Rachel Maddow questioning Hillary Clinton for a full hour!
2017-09-22Sep 22, 2017
The panel affirmed the district court’s order denying defendants’ motion for summary judgment on the defense of qualified immunity in an action brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging that Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy Erik Gelhaus deployed excessive force when he fatally shot thirteen-year-old Andy Lopez.
2017-09-22Sep 22, 2017
Since the expansion of our adult shelter, we are looking for volunteers who are willing to prepare, deliver, and serve meals to the individuals of our Sam Jones Hall residence. Dinner is served promptly at 6:00pm to residents, so volunteers should arrive no later than 5:00pm to drop off food, or begin preparation of serving. 
2017-09-21Sep 21, 2017
When I learned of the wide-spread devastation from Hurricane Harvey, I immediately reached out to HUD to get permission to house two low-income seniors. The answer was no, HUD has not taken the necessary steps to make that happen.  I didn't give up.  What seemed like fate now, I received a call from a someone I didn't know that was trying to help her friend help her friend,  a 98 year old man living in a make shift shelter in Miami find a place to live.
2017-09-20Sep 20, 2017
Let's Talk Tourism is a series of conversations about Sonoma County's tourism industry. We offer coffee, pastries, and a chance to discuss local tourism issues. The agenda includes information about SCT, plus an interactive group exercise focusing on your local destination.
2017-09-20Sep 20, 2017
Walk & Roll to School events create safer routes for students to walk and bicycle. They emphasize the importance of increasing children‘s physical activity, bicycle and pedestrian safety, traffic congestion mitigation, reducing our carbon footprint and building connections between families, schools and the broader community. In the U.S., International Walk to School Day is expected to include more than 4,000 events across all 50 states. Walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults in 40 countries around the world.  Over 7500 K-8 Sonoma County students and their families participated in 2016, and an additional 1200+ high school students participated.

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