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2017-12-01Dec 1, 2017

FEMA and SBA Deadline to Register for Assistance cannot be extended. Whether people need the funding now, or in 18 months for rental assistance, child care, medical expenses, etc. there is a firm cap of $34,000  per household for renters as well as homeowners. The Small Business Administration (SBA) loan deadline for businesses impacted by the fire is the same - December 11, 2017. APPLY even if you have insurance!

2017-10-22Oct 22, 2017

Please attend the Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday. This item is #41 on the Agenda so there's no telling when it will come up. There are also items waiving other rules and making it easier to change core planning documents. These are also very important to all of Sonoma County going forward. 

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.

 

2017-10-18Oct 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.

2017-10-16Oct 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.

2017-10-13Oct 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.

2017-10-10Oct 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.

2017-10-08Oct 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. 

2017-09-27Sep 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.

2017-09-25Sep 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!

2017-11-28Nov 28, 2017

From Farm Trails to Holiday Movie Night, check out our complete listing of holiday events that will entertain the entire family.

2017-09-22Sep 22, 2017

“This bill would almost certainly remove coverage from those who gained access through the Medi-Cal Expansion in 2014, and make access more difficult for those remaining on Medi-Cal,” said Elizabeth Gibboney, CEO of PHC. “This is a no-win situation. Any cost savings on the federal side will be shifted to the states and, in reality, shifted to nonprofit community organizations that would then provide care that would be unfunded. The loss in funding would devastate local rural communities, which have historically lacked access to care and would have to identify new funding sources or face the loss of valuable safety-net providers.”

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.

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. 

2017-09-01Sep 1, 2017

...she thinks the sky is falling! Is the sky falling? Once again, Perception fights with Reality, and, for some,is reality. There’s a lot of smoke and it’s getting harder and harder to see where the flames are and what they really mean.

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

The passing of a spouse can take a heavy emotional toll on anyone. Especially early on, newly bereaved widows or widowers may find it difficult to get through each day, much less focus on items that involve paperwork and investments.

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

I was commissioned by the PTA to design and make a mosaic for the school containing ceramic pieces that the students would create. The theme of this project is "We reach for the stars while remembering the flowers at our feet".

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

Wolves whistled and cameras flashed as two “fashionistas” in sexy hot pink jerseys and short, short, way-y-y-y too short skirts sauntered onto the court at the annual National Table Tennis competition in Las Vegas.

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

Do you expect to live in your own home as long as you can? Do you want to support a loved one as they make this choice? If so, you’ll want to know about the innovative Village movement for people ages 50 and better.

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

Many adult children are called upon to help their aging parents as life changes set in, yet only 65 percent of siblings report talking about money with one another, according to research by Ameriprise Financial.

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

The Adventures of Rosy Posy Papillion: Friendship is the first in a new children’s book series that addresses values that are important for future generations.

2017-11-27Nov 27, 2017

The holidays are all about gift giving, right? Buy every family member and friend something they may or may not need as a way to show them that you love them. Make sure there aren’t any empty spaces under the tree. Fill that stocking to the brim. Get your kids every single toy on their wish list. You’ll make room for it all somehow.

2017-08-30Aug 30, 2017

Roughly 4 percent of us have some degree of brain damage from exposure to alcohol in the womb(1); such exposure is the single largest known cause of intellectual disability(2), although there is a wide range of severity (3)

2017-08-28Aug 28, 2017

With children heading back to school this fall, local brain training center LearningRx Santa Rosa is offering 25 ideas to help parents ensure their child’s success and make homework easier. Here is a sampling of the tips:

2017-08-08Aug 8, 2017

Earlier this year, the County started the Sonoma County Immigration Initiative to address the heightened fear and insecurity caused by new federal actions by finding ways to support our immigrant communities and nonprofit partners who serve them. Each Supervisor will be hosting a community meeting in their district to bring attention to this issue, help inform residents of their rights and available services, provide a forum for service providers, and receive input and feedback from the community. Community meetings will consist of a presentation followed by a resource fair with local organizations and legal service providers.

2017-08-02Aug 2, 2017

While it’s already known as “the sweetest little fair in Sonoma County”, this year’sGravenstein Apple Fair becomes even sweeter, in the form of bees and honey. This year’s theme is “In Praise of Pollinators”, drawing attention to the critters, especially bees, who keep our food systems alive. 

 

2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017

Downsizing in all aspects of your life (because it’s time) can become pretty complex – just when you long for simplicity. It can plunge you into rapidly oscillating states of consciousness that bog down the process and make it drag on; and, on. You know, lingering too long over the old photos while trying to cull and sort!

 

2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017

Get ready for the Total Solar Eclypse! On Monday August 21st, beginning around 9:30 am, the moon – slowly moving eastward – will begin to move in front of the sun and almost completely block it out.

2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017

Thanks to a collaborative effort between several local agencies, in 2016 Sonoma County was accepted into the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Communities (GNAFC), one of 175 communities in the growing Age-Friendly Network in the U.S.

2017-07-20Jul 20, 2017

With the recent detachment of the Russian River area from the Palm Drive Health Care District, RRARA currently seeks ongoing funding for the RRARA Coordinator to be able to continue our important work.

2017-07-13Jul 13, 2017

Go out and have some fun on your bike this summer! Here are just a few of the classes, rides, and events you’ll find on the Sonoma County Gazette Calendar for bike fun and maintenance this summer. Look at our ALL EVENTS Calendar for these and other bike activities www.sonomacountygazette.com

2017-07-12Jul 12, 2017

The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) has received a $50,000 grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation to fund its School Pantry program, a child hunger initiative that helps ensure low-income families have a readily accessible source of nutritious food to prepare well-balanced meals at home. This generous funding will allow the REFB to expand the School Pantry program to a new program site, located at Roseland Elementary, and help sustain eight existing sites in Sonoma County.

2017-11-26Nov 26, 2017

Artists, crafters, people who just love make things - music, food and festivities are all part of Holiday Craft Fairs throughout Sonoma County. Come enjoy finding truly unique gifts while supporting artisans and communities.

2017-11-24Nov 24, 2017

Outspoken, enraged Congresswoman Frederica Wilson reminds me of another tough old bird named Bela Abzug, who also wore big hats! It was one of the things we did in the Women’s Movement in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

2017-11-21Nov 21, 2017

The first U.S. Government-funded study investigating prenatal neurological damage from fluoride, Prenatal Fluoride Exposure and Cognitive Outcomes in Children at 4 and 6–12 Years of Age in Mexico, finds that each 0.5 part per million (ppm) increase in a pregnant woman’s urine fluoride levels reduced her child’s IQ by 2.5 - 3 points.*

2017-11-06Nov 6, 2017

Even before the smoke cleared,
people were talking about rebuilding Sonoma County.

But what does that look like?
Who will make the decisions?
How can we all become stronger together?

2017-10-23Oct 23, 2017

My Dad often said that good-byes need not be sad things – if you did it right. His philosophy about parting was simple: one should be sure to say good-bye with the possibilities clearly in mind.

2017-10-23Oct 23, 2017

West County Girls Softball is a fastpitch softball league for girls ages 5 to 14. West County Girls Softball is dedicated to making softball an enjoyable, fun experience by bringing girls in our community together in friendship and competition.

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