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Jul 2017

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2017-08-08Aug 8, 2017
Combining a love for fashion and puppies, Santa Rosa Plaza is thrilled to invite fashionistas and families to celebrate back-to-school on August 12 at 2 p.m. for the 8th Annual Mutts and Models Fashion Show, hosted in conjunction with Sonoma County Animal Services and Julie Nation Academy. Models will be wearing the latest in back-to-school fashion from retailers at Santa Rosa Plaza. Adoptable puppies and dogs from Sonoma County Animal Services will strut the runway with models. Guests have the opportunity to adopt the mutt models after the show.
2017-07-07Jul 7, 2017
Sheriff Steve Freitas announced his retirement as the Sheriff of Sonoma County effective August 1st. 
2017-07-01Jul 1, 2017
The Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise, prepares bag lunches for approximately forty homeless individuals every Wednesday morning. We have handed out laundry vouchers. We created the West County Homeless Advocates to address the needs of the underserved by partnering with church members and other concerned West County residents. Sebastopol City Council members, Sebastopol Police, a Sonoma County Supervisor have attended our meetings. We meet at the Sebastopol Area Senior Center, at 167 North High Street, Sebastopol from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. one Monday of the month. Why not join us?
2017-06-30Jun 30, 2017
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District will provide eight free Preview Rides for the public this month, offering passengers an advance look at the North Bay’s new passenger train system.
2017-06-30Jun 30, 2017
On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, the Guerneville Community Alliance attended the Board of Supervisors’ budget hearings in Santa Rosa. Among other things, we presented a Lower River Community Workforce Fund grant proposal request, in an effort to establish an emergency relief fund for our Lower River Area service and hospitality industry workers.
2017-06-29Jun 29, 2017
Windsor Certified Farmers Market is now proud to offer a locally raised selection of natural pasture farmed proteins including longtime Fish Monger, Santa Rosa Seafood, and Angus Beef and Chicken from new Farmers; Heather’s Custom Meats, A4 Farms and seasonallyWill at Blue Leg Farm.
2017-06-29Jun 29, 2017
With a potential 88,754 registered voters voting in Santa Rosa only 14,724 Yes and1 3,315 No counted votesMeasure C, the Rent Stabilization Ordinance which was defeated. Measure D, the City of Santa Rosa Cannabis Business Tax was passed with Yes 21,516 and6,253 No. Measure D will be known as the Cannabis Industry Tax Ordinance.
2017-06-29Jun 29, 2017
2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017
The Petaluma Art & Garden Festival returns for its 16th year, on Sun, July 9, from 11am – 5pm, and as always, it’s free! If you haven’t been to one of Petaluma’s downtown closed-street festivals, this is one of the best. The HOTS, Soul Section, and J Kevin Durkin will play on the two main stages, while visitors browse through wares from local crafters, artisans, and gardeners. There is also a free sidewalk chalk art competition. ( to register.)
2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017
The inland heat this past month drew thousands of folks to the local beaches. It looked like Santa Monica with sunbathers in swim suits, Frisbee throwing, beach balls, blankets, and BBQ’s minus the swimming of course as our cold cold water is dangerous to say the least.
2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017
Jenner now has a Second Great Restaurant: El Tiburon! The food is bringing rave reviews from all. Owner Juan Navarro (of Sazon Restaurant fame in Santa Rosa) has brought his amazing menu to West Sonoma County, and we couldn’t be happier! Harbor seals are being protected by volunteers AND locals, and Firefighter heroes keep everyone safe on our every-changing coast. 
2017-08-05Aug 5, 2017
According to IMDB, the budget for 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens was an estimated $245,000,000.00. I don’t think I’m going out on a limb here in saying the budget for the Redwood Theatre Company’s production ofBrittany Law’s original musical parody The Farce Awakens was about 1/245,000,000th of that. Cardboard sets, Super Soakers for ray guns, and a droid costume consisting of an oversized t-shirt and bike helmet equal a show with production values that would make Edward D. Wood, Jr. blush.
2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017
“The land is never saved; it’s always being saved” — to paraphrase the late Coastal Commission Executive Peter M. Douglas.
2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017
Starting July 19th Deputy Daniel Avina will join the staff out at the river Sheriff's sub station to focus on the homeless issues we have been experiencing. Deputy Avina will work with residents and businesses in the lower river area, addressing the myriad of issues relating to homeless encampments including problems with loitering and drinking downtown.” The Guerneville Community Alliance volunteers spearheaded an effort to get a dedicated deputy in the lower river area to exclusively address issues surrounding the homeless.
2017-07-26Jul 26, 2017
Caution” Signs Posted at Major Beaches During the week of July 17th, the Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) began weekly quantitative water testing throughout the Russian River. On Wednesday, July 26th, DHS received test results indicating that a low-level of blue-green algae toxins are present in certain areas of the river. In accordance with state guidance, the level of toxin present is enough to trigger the posting of “Caution” signs. Signs in both English and Spanish will be posted at the ten major beaches along the Russian River.
2017-07-18Jul 18, 2017
On July 17, the Water Agency implemented an outlet channel on the beach at Goat Rock State Park. The goal of the outlet channel is to enhance habitat for federally listed juvenile salmon and minimizing flood risks by keeping freshwater levels in the estuary while allowing river water to flow out of the estuary and prevent ocean water from entering.
2017-07-17Jul 17, 2017
Starting this Wednesday July 19th Deputy Daniel Avina will join the staff out at the Russian River sub-station in Guerneville to focus on the homeless issues the community has been experiencing.   Deputy Avina will work with residents and businesses in the lower river area, addressing the myriad of issues relating to homeless encampments, including problems with loitering and drinking downtown.
2017-07-14Jul 14, 2017
On Monday the 17th July, construction is set to begin on 54 miles of major roads in unincorporated Sonoma County. Improvements range from rebuilding roads to treatments that keep good roads in a good condition. This work will enhance a total of 255,515 average daily vehicle trips, however the construction will have unavoidable traffic impacts.
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.
2017-07-12Jul 12, 2017
The Department of Health Services (DHS) is re-opening Monte Rio Beach after follow-up testing of samples taken showed diminished levels of coliform bacteria. The beach is open and safe to swim in.

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