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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.

2017-09-25Sep 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

“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.

2017-10-19Oct 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.

 

2017-08-31Aug 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.

2017-08-30Aug 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

2017-10-18Oct 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.

2017-07-12Jul 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.

2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017

Sonoma County Regional Parks is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. The Parks has been a vital part of land conservation and habitat restoration in Sonoma County, not to mention providing excellent recreation opportunities for people as well.

2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017

If you love rough and tumble action, you’ll love all of the events at the Chris Beck Arena. The PRCA Rodeo brings pro rodeo skills on Saturday, August 5. This year, there are three nights of Monster Truck action on August 10, 11, and 12. Then, a fair time favorite, the Destruction Derby, will bring more fun on Sunday, August 13. These events require an event ticket and Fair admission.

2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017

Moving has been said to be one of the 3 highest stress factors in our lives. When an older person, who may been living in their home for 30 years or more, has to move to a smaller residence by choice or is forced to move because they can no longer care for themselves, this can be one of the most trying times of life.

2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017

Flynn Creek Circus, Mendocino County’s own charmingly nostalgic, surprisingly fresh all human circus, will be raising their vintage big top tent in Santa Rosa for shows July 7-9th.

2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017

Sonoma and Marin residents are eagerly anticipating the launch of the new Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) train service.

2017-06-27Jun 27, 2017

The First 5 Sonoma County Commission is seeking one Commissioner to represent educators specializing in early child development, and who represent the diverse cultural, social, and economic strengths and needs of our community. This is an unscheduled vacancy that would start in August and serve the remainder of the term (through 11-30-18).

2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017

I am a resident of our own Sonoma County who, like many of us, works with immigrants. For the last 25 years, I have worked as an immigration lawyer, originally in San Francisco, and now in Santa Rosa. Currently, with a wave of anxiety gripping the immigrant community here, immigration lawyers are very busy; I consult with about 8-12 new immigrant families per day, about 1500 per year. Most of these are undocumented immigrants.

2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017

“I was troubled and didn’t know what to do. My neighbor suggested I call FISH. The FISH representative’s help and assistance allowed my family to make it through a tough time.”

2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017

Old big-rig truck drivers would know what I mean. It’s the set of secondary gears on those big old diesels that either got you up a tough hill (very slow but very sure), or kept you from running right over the four wheelers on a downhill – that, and the “jake-brake!” Not for sissies – but that was long before the luxury rigs out there today.

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.

2017-06-01Jun 1, 2017

From June 5th through August 4th, the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) will offer free and healthy lunches to Sonoma County children 18 years of age and younger. There are 31 different Summer Lunch Program sites spread throughout Sonoma County. Lunch is completely free, open to all children, and operates Monday through Friday during lunchtime.  

2017-05-26May 26, 2017

For murky, elusive reasons, I feel mentally pushed around and pulled apart by an angry alter ego that keeps arguing for points-of-order where it seems there are none.

 

2017-05-22May 22, 2017

When I look at Forestville, here is what I see - a welcoming and nurturing community where all people support each other and the activities Forestville provides.

2017-05-22May 22, 2017

Local table tennis phenom David Gonzalez-Montoya and his coach, Barney Reed, of Stickman Skills Center, San Jose, drove to Los Angeles for the American Legal Net Cup (ALN) with JUMPSTART founder, Ann Maurice and two other high-performance players for a fun-filled weekend of table tennis matches.

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.

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