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2017-08-22Aug 22, 2017

Please join us for a discussion about the Bay Trail Sears Point Connector. TheSonoma County Regional Parks Department is preparing a feasibility study and preliminary engineering analysis for an approximately one-mile connection between the existingEliot Trail and the Tolay/Tubbs Island Trail at Sears Point in southeast Sonoma County. August 30, 2017 from 6:30  8:30 PM

2017-05-27May 27, 2017

On Tuesday, June 20th at 9:15pm Summer returns to the northern hemisphere. For a couple of weeks before this and a couple of weeks after, the sun will rise and set at their furthest northern points on the horizon. As a result, the sun’s path across the sky will be the highest – or most furthest north - for the entire year.

2017-05-24May 24, 2017

The following is one of my favorite rides in the county. It can be cut into sections for anything from a short, 9-mile outing to a 41-plus-mile solo ride through pines, oak trees, vineyard-studded river bottoms.


2017-05-24May 24, 2017

Sunday, June 4, is the 11th annual Day on The River. This event, held in Petaluma’s downtown turning basin, has become a start-of-summer mainstay in Petaluma, drawing hundreds of participants and dozens of volunteers.

2017-05-24May 24, 2017

Dogs LOVE to play and all those balls and people to throw them in dog parks provide heaven on earth for an energetic dog. Mr. Bean takes dog lovers on a tour of his favorite Sonoma County Dog Parks!

2017-05-21May 21, 2017

Throughout the summer months of Northern California , we can watch our hillsides lose their spring green vibrancy, as the green melts into amber, the amber  fades into brown, and in severe drought years, the brown can dull into an ashy gray. This is because natural sources of water dry up in our Mediterranean-climate dry summers.

2017-05-10May 10, 2017

More than 3,400 registered elite and age-group athletes from around the world representing 25 countries and 41 states. Athletes range in age from 18, Brian Ly from Chino Hills, California, to 79, Wayne Mehl from Sonoma, California. Occupations include Dentist, Engineer, Gardener, Teacher, Writer, Scientist and Pilot.

2017-04-25Apr 25, 2017

We have a chance to protect community separators in perpetuity with the new Vital Lands Initiative of the Sonoma County Agricultural and Open Space District.

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. 

2017-04-01Apr 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

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...

2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017

When I started cycling in 1982, I was a broke Air Force veteran in Tucson, Arizona using a bicycle as transportation because I could not afford a car. In those days, all I needed was a pair of cutoffs – it was the ’80s after all – and a backwards baseball cap or a bandana to take bike rides far into the shimmering desert. Or so I thought.


2017-03-30Mar 30, 2017

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

2017-06-30Jun 30, 2017

Saturn is the prominent planet this month! The quintessential ringed gas giant has been slowly making it’s return to our night skies since late May and is poised for perfect viewing on clear, still nights. The one issue with this distant world is that it’sreally distant. So, from Earth, it appears as if it’s simply just another “star” in the night sky. - except for one small difference… it doesn’t twinkle.

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.

2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017

According to the Centers for Disease Control, tick-borne diseases are on the rise. From May through July, people will get more tick bites and tick-borne diseases than any other time of year in the United States.

2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017

Each year, more Americans enjoy a low-cost, hassle-free, eye-opening “staycation” benefiting from all the beauty, adventure, history and fun available right where they live. Recently, just in time for adults’ and kids’ 2017 staycations (and for the theme of this column), our Chamber of Commerce invited us all, residents and visitors alike, to“eXperience Cloverdale”.

2017-06-01Jun 1, 2017

There's plenty of live music that is FREE - or CHEAP, and family-friendly - all summer in just about every town in Sonoma County. If we don't have it listed - please let us low so we can include all the concerts for everyone!

2017-05-30May 30, 2017

Sonoma County Guide to Pools, Rivers, Lakes and Boat Rentals. Summer is all about playing in the water. The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know is how to if you don’t know yet - take lessons or use a life vest for safety. Whether you are ON the water in a canoe, kayak or boat - or IN the water swimming - Sonoma County has plenty of opportunities for fun in the sun.


2017-05-30May 30, 2017

This is a continuation of the community park planning process that began in the summer of 2015. The Master Plan will provide a long-range vision to guide development of this 19.2-acre park located in southeast Santa Rosa at Kawana Terrace and Meda Avenue.

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