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2019-10-16Oct 16, 2019
When people think of teachers they rarely think of horses when, in fact, horses are first-rate educators who can teach young children and teens a variety of useful skills that promote lifelong learning, success, and fulfillment. 
2019-10-10Oct 10, 2019
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has notified the County of Sonoma that it has begun to conduct equipment inspections to restore power to the 200,000 residents in Sonoma County affected by the Power Shutoff. PG&E has said they expect to make progress today in restoring power to some areas in the County. Other portions of the county will remain without power until PG&E has inspected the electrical infrastructure and determined that they can safely restore service.
2019-10-10Oct 10, 2019
Permit Sonoma invites you to attend and provide input at the upcoming public workshops on the Public Review Draft of the Sonoma County Local Coastal Plan. The first public workshop is being held Saturday, October 26, 2019, in Bodega Bay at 10 AM-12 PM Bodega Bay Fire Station 510 State Hwy 1 Bodega Bay
2019-10-10Oct 10, 2019
On September 17th, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors formally joined cities, counties, and countries across the world in declaring a climate emergency, establishing this issue as a top priority. Over 1,000 local governments representing 219 million people in 19 countries have issued resolutions to solidify their commitment to mobilizing an emergency response commensurate with the scale of the climate crisis. While we continue to work daily on disaster preparedness and clean-ups from the 6 years of floods, wildfires and droughts attributable to climate change, we also need to look at the larger picture and address the systemic issues that continue to contribute to warming our planet. 
2019-10-09Oct 9, 2019
County, City Remind Residents to Stay Vigilant During Ongoing Outage. PG&E’s scheduled power shutoff began today Oct 9, 2019 in much of Sonoma County, affecting approximately 200,000 residents. PG&E currently predicts that the power shutoff may continue through Thursday, October 10, at noon.  
2019-10-09Oct 9, 2019
SCOE School Closure announcement for Thursday, Oct. 10 as of 8:00pm. Parents are encouraged to go to their school/district website for the most up to date information. Information on school closures can also be found at scoe.org/schoolclosures.
2019-10-09Oct 9, 2019
Preparations began September 24, 2019 for a long-awaited project that will remove standing dead fuel on two large properties in the heart of the Tubbs fire footprint. This project, funded by the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife with cost share from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and managed by the Sonoma Resource Conservation District (RCD), will improve forest and watershed health while reducing fuel loads and future fire risk. By implementing forest management prescriptions on over 160 acres, and subsequently conducting erosion reduction treatments on over 3 miles of hydrologically connected roads, the project will improve summer streamflows and prevent an estimated 3,225 cubic yards of sediment from entering Mark West Creek, home to endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout.
2019-10-09Oct 9, 2019
Improving weather means patrols in some areas of Humboldt County have started. PG&E anticipates being able to restore power to 60,000 to 80,000 customers tonight or early Thursday morning. Patrols take place during daytime hours and will resume at daybreak.
2019-10-09Oct 9, 2019
My “Retirement Dream” is to be the artist, musician, and writer I was when I was 15, still dreaming, and before I became responsible for my own survival. Many of the artists you find on annualArt Trails andArt at the Source Open Studio days are people who shared this same experience. They were always creative and dreamed of the day when they would be able to create without the burden of financing their lives. Some rare people actually made a living all along...but they are so rare you would recognize their names.
2019-10-08Oct 8, 2019
This is official notice to the media about school closures planned for Wednesday, Oct. 9 due to planned Public Safety Power Shutoffs. Additional updates will be sent as SCOE is notified of school closures by school districts that are affected. 
2019-10-08Oct 8, 2019
Greg LeMond, a California-born bicycle racer who now stands as the only American winner of the legendary Tour de France, is up for a prestigious national medal under legislation authored by a congressman from St. Helena.
2019-10-16Oct 16, 2019
We have received notice that our beloved big green truck must be phased out due to new CA air quality regulations. Good bookmobiles are scarce out there on the used market and new ones are extremely expensive. So we're going to build our own :)
2019-10-07Oct 7, 2019
Did you know that it is now possible for cancer patients to prevent significant hair loss? Scalp cooling is non-invasive and effective for many chemotherapy regimens. A patient wears a cold cap beginning just before chemo and continues during the duration of the chemo infusion and for about 90 minutes afterward. Chilling down the scalp creates vasoconstriction –causing the blood vessels in the hair follicle to tighten up and constrict the flow of blood and therefore chemo, into the follicle.  
2019-10-06Oct 6, 2019
By Ka Lane Raposa 
2019-10-05Oct 5, 2019
At some point in our lives, many of us will face a medical emergency due to accident or illness. Half of the people brought to an emergency room are unconscious, sedated or too ill to speak for themselves regarding treatment choices. By completing advance care planning to make your medical wishes known now, you and your loved ones can be ready then.  Advance care planning is the process of thinking through, talking about and documenting your healthcare wishes and priorities before a medical crisis.A FREE workshop to help adults age 18 and older complete advance care planning, Who Will Speak for You If You Can't Speak for Yourself?, will be held Tuesday, October 29, 2 – 4 p.m., at Redwood Credit Union, 3033 Cleveland Avenue, Santa Rosa, hosted by My Care My Plan: Speak Up, Sonoma County (MCMP).
2019-10-04Oct 4, 2019
Sonoma County Fall Festivities - Festivals, Events, Parties. Your 2019 to all things Fall in Sonoma County. Festivals, Events, Parties, Trick or Treat Trails, Octoberfest, Pumpkin Patches, Dias De Los Muertos, Cemetery & Ghost Tours, Haunted Houses, Library Halloween & Pumpkin Fun, Shows & Performances.
2019-10-04Oct 4, 2019
Oct 5 ~Oktoberfest & Courtney’s Pumpkin Patch in Cloverdale,Oct 6 ~Cornerstone Oktoberfest in Sonoma, Oct 12 &13th Annual Cotati Oktoberfest, Oct 13 ~Hermann Sons Petaluma Lodge #26 Oktoberfest.
2019-10-03Oct 3, 2019
This is the case right now as Sonoma County government embarks on an update of the Local Coastal Plan (LCP). Most people have heard something about the Coastal Commission, that state government body which regulates land use and development of the coast while also protecting the coastal environment and guarding the public right to access the coast.  The Coastal Commission was established by a grass roots political movement in the 1970’s when in 1972 California voters passed Proposition 20, the Coastal Initiative. 
2019-10-02Oct 2, 2019
In an effort to empower area students to relieve their own stress and anxieties andimprove their learning environment, long-time Santa Rosa resident and Registered Nurse Beryl Ryan is offeringFREE workshops in the practice of “Tapping” to area schools. Tapping, also known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), is a self-healing tool that uses a sequence of light physical tapping on external acupressure points to reduce or eliminate physical pain and negative emotions, including anxiety, stress, and PTSD.
2019-10-02Oct 2, 2019
Please note that the Mayor has changed the Council meeting dates to October 15 and October 29 this year AND the start time for October 15 will be one hour earlier, at 5 PM, to hopefully accommodate an earlier end time to let Council Members travel to the annual conference of the League of California Cities. Sebastopol will receive up to $1.5 million in flood relief to cover the flood damage and to better prepare for our future in the flood plain. How this big pot of money gets distributed is the subject of the Council meeting on October 15.    
2019-10-02Oct 2, 2019
According to my research I found out that the Jack O' Lantern originated from Ireland. You might find that odd since pumpkins weren't grown in Ireland. Pumpkins originated in Mexico between 5500 - 7000 B.C. The Native Americans used them as a staple in their diet way before any of the European explorers arrived on the continent. When the Irish came over in the late 1800's they brought many pieces of folklore with them. including the story of Stingy Jack.  According to the story, Stingy Jack was a drunk and a trickster and lived a miserable life...
2019-10-01Oct 1, 2019
Merman’s Apprentice, the brain-child of Stephen Cole andDavid Evans,  has enjoyed sold-out concert readings elsewhere, including New York City, but this is the first full staging with all the trimmings. Both Cole and Evans joined the team for a week of rehearsals, making changes and adding to the challenge and excitement.Sonoma Arts Live does themselves proud with this latest venture, pulling out all the stops with a strong cast and excellent production values for the premiere of a brand new musical right in our own region.
2019-10-16Oct 16, 2019
The small colored ovals popping up on sidewalks in and around Sebastopol’s downtown area are the final “step” in the City’s launch of its new PedLine: four color-coded, self-guided walking tours designed to get people out of their cars and walking around town. Spearheaded by Cittaslow Sebastopol, the City’s non-profit community development partner, the PedLine is the culmination of more than six years of collaborative work with community organizations, local government and merchants, and the public.
2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019
About a hundred people turned out on the Plaza in support of the Climate Strike Friday, September 20th. Happily, some 20 kids from Altimira showed up – to cheers and applause. But the absence of the high school students we had come to support was glaring. Turns out the vanguard of this growing outcry against governmental inertia on climate change were not permitted to leave school for the hour it would have taken to express their concerns for their future. A “forum” was held on campus instead. As usual here, the atmosphere was one more of celebration than outrage. But at least we were there.
2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019
On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, over  an estimated 3500 young people and adults gathered in Courthouse Square in downtown Santa Rosa  in solidarity with all those all across the US and the world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Millions took to the streets, demanding a right to a future.  The strike was led by a diverse coalition of youth and county wide climate organizations including Sunrise Sonoma County, 350 Sonoma, Fridays For Future Santa Rosa, Youth V. Apocalypse, Citizens Climate Lobby Santa Rosa, Sierra Club Sonoma County, Schools For Climate Action, Daily Acts, Transition Sonoma Valley, Climate Reality Project, Center For Climate Protection Sonoma County Land Trust Wroth Lewis Institute, Sebastopol Carbon Conversations, Sustainable SR JC, North Bay Organizing Project, Sonoma County Conservation Action, Sonoma County Peace And Justice Center, EC02 School.
2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019
Halloween:Come One, Come All! Pee Wee Mini Golf in Rio Nido is open on October 31st.  Bring the Kiddos for some Goulish and Spooktacular fun!  Candy and refreshments on this Devilish evening! Starts at 6pm. Dare to putt!
2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019
This time of year is always full of conflicting emotions for me. It is some of our best weather of the year, and yet we are losing minutes of daylight every day. My garden is still going strong, yet the farmers market is winding down for the year.
2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019
This moving presentation takes a fresh look at a pivotal event in American history from 1916–1920.  Iron Jawed Angels tells the true story of how defiant and brilliant young activists Alice Paul, played by Hilary Swank, and Lucy Burns, played by Frances O’Connor, took the women’s suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.
2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019
I just returned from a long Caribbean cruise with an after stop in South Florida and Wilton Manors.While the cruise was originally going to Cuba, at least the redirected cruise had an excursion to stunning Trunk Bay beach in St. John.  A rare long vacation really can help expand your perspective on life.
2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019
The distant Cazadero hills have entire stands of dead and dying Tan Bark Oaks and Firs, obvious brown swaths of tinder-dry forest, reminding us of the extended drought of not-too-long-ago, and its long-term damaging effects.
2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019
I think we are all hoping for a peaceful “normal” fall season here in Northern Sonoma County.  Will we get it? That remains to be seen but with so many of us now extremely fire aware I am hoping that we will have a smoke free season. I was recently traveling in Greece and passed through the fire-devastated community of Mati, just outside of Athens, where many lost their lives a year ago.  Unexpected fires are a growing worldwide problem but here’s hoping that we can unite to cope with these long fire seasons.
2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019
“I calm myself and check in.”  “Awareness of breathing brings immediate calm. It is a bridge to self- reflection that guides us to effective choices.”  Boy, that’s for sure!  I learned that as a Crisis Counselor to those who lost everything in the wildfires two years go. It was the best tool we could suggest. When we calm down we make better decisions.
2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019
If you haven't had a chance to see Brad Pitt in “Ad Astra” it's still in theaters, and I have many other film reviews. TheMill Valley Film Festival starts October 3rd with “Just Mercy” starring Jamie Foxx. For my live theater fans you still have time to see the fabulous “Gypsy” at 6th Street.
2019-10-16Oct 16, 2019
Sonoma County Regional Parks is hosting a third community workshop to gather input on a potential Russian River bicycle and pedestrian trail between Forestville and Jenner. The meeting will be heldOct. 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Monte Rio Recreation and Park District office, 20488 Highway 116. Spanish interpretation and refreshments will be provided.
2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019
When The Mother and her daughter walked through our doors at the Family Justice Center, we had their backs. Thanks to a grant from the California Office of Emergency Services and funding from our partner agencies, Verity and the YWCA, we provide immediate and emergency referrals and relief by way of Safeway and Goodwill vouchers, gas cards, bus passes and, in extraordinary cases, motel stays, to victims of crime experiencing homelessness. We can also enroll them in Coordinated Entry, the program that helps them access shelters, transitional and rapid rehousing programs, and permanent supportive housing.
2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019
Like your own emergency kit, the ones you create for your animals should include three to five days of food, water and medications. Some suggestions not mentioned frequently are good photos - especially close up so you can see unique features that make identifying your pet easier. CHIP your pet! Wouldn’t it be wonderful is every pet that was lost during the 2017 fire found its owner? The ones with chips were easy to identify. The ones without ... well...some never found their owners. Putting a notice on your door when you evacuate let’s people know what pets live on your property.
2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019
Sonoma County Tenants Union Rises I met people from Sonoma County Tenants Union (SCTU) at the Cotati Accordion Fest. Reading their five pages on social justice and the positive impact made by rent control, I wanted to run with this hot topic. Nineteen cities in CA have some form of rent control or just cause for eviction protections.
2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019
As we began talking about what is happening in Cloverdale this month, our first meeting came to mind. Reece was tabling for the Human Rights Commission in 2003 and Carol walked up to the table and started talking – truth be known she is still talking. She had been in town three months; Reece had been here three years. Their friendship started that day 16 years ago and obviously is still going on – together we are writing“Cloverdale Comments” for the Gazette.
2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019
I want to pass on to you Cazadero resident Judith Heineman’s very valid concern and request for us all to slow down! I totally agree-folks need to stop passing illegally (in a no-passing zone) and to not tail-gate! Both of these practices cause accidents and are completely preventable. I know that everyone is in a big hurry to get to their destination, but the small amount of time that you think that you are gaining is an illusion!!
2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019
To kick off the 100th anniversary celebration of the League of Women Voters, the Sonoma County League and the Sonoma County Library will present a program on suffragists and their supporters.    
2019-09-29Sep 29, 2019
As our community arrives at the 2-year anniversary of the 2017 North Bay Fires on October 8th, we are reminded about our vulnerabilities, our struggles to recover, and our continued need for resiliency. Fire and emergency services have been elevated issues over the past two years. They deserve our attention, our respect, and our support. As fire departments countywide are grappling with how to best serve their communities, the local Fire Protection District Boards of Directors in Graton, Gold Ridge and Occidental have decided to take matters into their own hands by placing funding measures on the ballot for a special election this November 5th. 
2019-09-29Sep 29, 2019
People like to believe that being a veterinarian is all about animals: helping animals, saving their lives, and soothing their hurts —  and it is. Except when it’s not. I’m in my 38th year of veterinary practice. I’ve learned that every animal has a Person. Hearts are intertwined. Dogs are zen masters who ACCEPT what life brings them. Humans… not so much. When you accept responsibility for helping an Animal, you have to accept the invisible bond that ties them to their Person. You must accept that a part of your responsibility is to help Person 
2019-09-29Sep 29, 2019
Make a Difference Day for Roseland is Sunday October 27 at 10 pm in Roseland Neighbor Wood across from Roseland Creek Elementary School on Burbank Ave. Please come out to help keep the area clean to make it inviting for Roseland youth. The Green Space desired by the public is nowhere to be seen yet. While murals are an inspiring use of time and talent for our young people it is also time for there to be a “community conversation” about how to let the young people of our community have a real voice in the decision making process. There is an election next year for a NEW Santa Rosa City Council member to represent Roseland and South Park in what is termed District 1. Perhaps some young Roseland residents will step up to the fight. Until then this reporter has decided to enter the race for the city council seat so there will at least be discussions of the historical disadvantages placed on Roseland by local government decisions.
2019-09-29Sep 29, 2019
The annual Chilly Billy Fun Run, Hot Rod and Motorcycle Show is Saturday, October 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Bill Soberanes Memorial Petaluma Whiskerino whisker competition celebrates 60 years on Saturday, October 5, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Phoenix Theater. This year’s official theme for the Petaluma El Dia de Los Muertos is “Love Transcends/El Amor Trasciende.” And many more events in town.
2019-10-16Oct 16, 2019
Ten national, state and local environmental organizations, including the Center for Biological Diversity and Madrone Audubon Society, have written letters to Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravich urging her to pursue criminal charges against wine company executive Hugh Reimers and his company, Krasilsa Pacific Farms.
2019-09-29Sep 29, 2019
California’s been a leader in clean energy for years;  our higher standards for fuel efficiency helped raise standards nationwide and spurred the federal government to enact higher standards in 2015. Now the current administration has not only proposed repealing those higher standards, but on September 18th the administration canceled the waiver under which California’s had higher standards since the 1970s. Friday, September 20th, saw millions of young people—and their adult allies— striking worldwide for the climate before the UN Climate Action Summit in NYC.
2019-09-28Sep 28, 2019
Face it, we all need a distraction right now. Forget politics and the insanely hot summer we’ve been having and head on over to the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center for a really good laugh. Their current production,The Kitchen Witchesby Caroline Smith, is fast and funny and just what the doctor ordered.
2019-09-28Sep 28, 2019
If you’re like me, you are proud of the defensible space work you’ve done, and humbled by the amount yet to do. Don’t lose momentum! Last month at the regular monthly CMRPD Board meeting, fish biologist Elizabeth Ruiz of the Russian River Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program gave a presentation showing the positive effects of this year’s stream augmentation efforts. 
2019-09-27Sep 27, 2019
Thousands of Sonoma County students at 60+ schools will gear up to walk or roll to school on Wednesday, October 2nd in celebration of the annual International Walk & Roll to School Dayand Walk and Roll to School month. This celebration will launch weekly or monthly Walk/Roll Wednesday programs at 40+ schools countywide. See list of participating schools below.Over 8,000 students are expected to participate in the October 2nd event, and it can be an inspiration to continue walking or rolling to school year round. Schools may also choose to hold “Walk and Roll Wednesday” special events once a month or quarter. Holding special events more frequently keeps the momentum alive and gives families more opportunities to give active transportation a try.
2019-09-27Sep 27, 2019
More than 200 educators from Sonoma County attended an in-depth school safety conference on Thursday, Sept. 26. The event was hosted by the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), in partnership with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. Attendees included individuals from nearly every aspect of the educational system, including teachers, school office staff, school resource officers, superintendents, and more. The training covered multiple facets of school safety, from how to foster social-emotional learning and positive school climate as prevention measures, to how to work with law enforcement in the event of an active shooter, to how to save lives in an emergency.
2019-09-27Sep 27, 2019
The City of Santa Rosa and the County of Sonoma continue to encourage residents living in and around the areas burned by the Sonoma Complex Fires to prepare their property for the rainy season and remain alert for possible threats from intense winter storms. Properties in the areas burned, and downstream of those areas, still have an elevated risk for flash floods, rock falls, debris flows, and mud flows. The areas affected by the Nuns, Tubbs, and Pocket Fires did not experience any significant debris or mudflows over the last two winters. The areas affected by the Nuns, Tubbs, and Pocket Fires did not experience any significant debris or mudflows over the last two winters. While these areas have seen substantial improvement in soil and plant growth conditions, the threat of natural hazards from winter storms still exist.
2019-09-27Sep 27, 2019
Will Gorenfeld will give his talk How the West was Really Won in Northern California: A tale of displacement, slavery, and genocide. Penngrove’s Wild Oat Hollow has lovely organic, soothing goat milk soaps and lotions for all skin types, under the line’s name, Dandelion. I stumbled upon the products at Penngrove Market. A customer’s testimonial on the Lavender Lotion stated “I preferred it over Dr. Hauschka’s $50/oz. eye cream which I used to swear by.” There are so many reasons to visit the non-profit 'Sitting room' library at 2025 Curtis Drive, including October events.
2019-09-27Sep 27, 2019
These days, the companies we deal with know so much about their customers. Many of the larger companies are even using artificial intelligence to gauge customers’ behavior, with software that can analyze a tone of voice and the pace of their speech to determine how upset this person is. If you are angry you may well be routed to agents who are trained in de-escalating conflict and who are warned in advance of the caller’s frustration.  As a smaller business, you probably don’t have the same technology, however, when a customer is frustrated or angry, it is easy to tell by their tone of voice that they are not happy.  When this happens in your business, what are the practices that you have in place to ensure that your staff
2019-09-27Sep 27, 2019
anta Rosa, CA – Sonoma County was recently awarded $586,739 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to support projects that mitigate seismic and wildfire hazards throughout the County. The awards come after an extensive application and review period that followed the Sonoma Complex Fires.  After the 2017 Fires, we immediately started identifying available grants to help our community recover.” said Board of Supervisors Chair David Rabbitt. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds will increase public safety in Sonoma County. The California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) administers these federal funds which require a total of $195,580 in local match funding. 
2019-09-26Sep 26, 2019
When Napa ninth grader Tori Creaves went back to school at the beginning of the month, rather than catching the bus to her local high school, she logged on to her digital classroom through California Connections Academy North Bay. The tuition-free online public school which serves students in grades TK-12 throughout Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma and Yolo counties, began its 2019-2020 school year earlier this month. Tori has been enrolled with California Connections Academy for three years and made the decision to pursue an online education for the schedule flexibility and class offerings it allows. 
2019-10-15Oct 15, 2019
A new captivating nature photo book titled "Beyond the View" will be available in November. The book is collaboration by photographer Tracy Rose, and his father and writer Fred Rose. It is a dual dialog of photographs and poetic reflections that delve into the solace that nature brings. Tracy's nature photos have been shown at the Green Music Center, River Front Art Galley, and local art festivals. His father, Fred Rose, worked as a freelance writer in the early 1970s, providing feature articles for regional publications and several national magazines.  
2019-09-26Sep 26, 2019
Fall Ahead. Anyone traveling down our backroads experiences drifts of leaves flying hither and yon, tints of red and yellow in the trees and underbrush, and that exhausted look of once golden grasses giving their last gasp in beige. We may feel this exhaustion too in our gardens, or how they look. It’s time to slow down. Don’t rush to cut everything down or heaped on the compost pile, allow some of the late fruits, seeds and such to feed the wildlife whose very lives depend on how they can stock up.  Consider letting some of your fallen leaves remain on the ground to help develop the soil.
2019-09-26Sep 26, 2019
On Tuesday, September 17, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors removed zoning restrictions that prohibit the ability to apply to construct an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADUs) on over 1,900 agricultural properties. This action will eliminate unnecessary regulatory constraints on a recognized form of affordable housing, while continuing to protect and support the county’s agricultural and environmental resources. 
2019-09-26Sep 26, 2019
Join the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department’s most delicious fundraiser of the year! Saturday, October 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. is the Polenta and Beef Stew Dinner. Local holiday fun on Saturday, October 26 starting at 8:30 p.m. At Dinucci’s in Valley Ford, join your neighbors for the Annual Halloween Costume Party. Also at Dinucci’s they are currently taking Thanksgiving reservations. The Sebastopol Area Senior Center will transform into a Creepy Carnival Extravaganza! Expect wild decorations in every room of this dance party.
2019-09-25Sep 25, 2019
The first annual “Day of the Girl” fundraiser and celebration on October 11, 2019 is a unique experience combining impact and storytelling. Hosted by WomenServe and benefitting women and girls in India and the US, proceeds from the event will be used for programs including water security, health and hygiene, education, economic development, and storytelling. A generous donor has provided scholarships for the first 50 girl students and their parent (or chaperone) to attend free of charge. 
2019-09-25Sep 25, 2019
Spreckels Theatre Company brings us the North Bay premiere of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, a delightful and hilarious new musical comedy. The show earned a slew of Tony Award nominations when it first hit Broadway in 2014, winning four, including Best Musical.   SRJC’s Theatre Arts department mounts The Good Doctor based on the short stories of one of Russia’s greatest writers, Anton Chekhov. a charming piece as a gift to the community, saying farewell to and honoring the use of the Newman Auditorium on campus while the Burbank Auditorium undergoes renovation.  
2019-09-25Sep 25, 2019
Are you or is someone in your life interested in American citizenship?   Sonoma County Library’s “New American Collection” officially launched in all 12 branches on September 17, Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. This collection serves those interested in citizenship, civics and naturalization, primarily the immigrant population of Sonoma County. The purpose of the New American Collection is to empower community members by providing easily browsable, multilingual, multimedia materials in support of acquiring citizenship and learning English. 
2019-09-25Sep 25, 2019
Sweet T’s reopened recently.  In Windsor (9098 Brooks Rd S, Windsor, CA 95492).  It is in the maze of the large shopping complex on the east side of the freeway.  Everything about it that was lost to the flames has been redone at the new Windsor location, but brighter and better and more fun and worth seeking out for a visit. Sweet T’s menu is based upon New Orleans’ famed cuisine, but it doesn’t stop there, branching out to other Mid-South staples like Memphis-style pulled pork and Texas’ unique brisket. 
2019-09-25Sep 25, 2019
Fort Ross has that special touch of a real down-home Harvest Festival.  Russian folk songs shared in the historic orchard by Kedry, harvesting apples and pears from the old historic orchard, pumpkin carving, and interpretive walks in the fort compound. Gualala Art Center is jammed pack with events as usual. Quilt shows, 4th Annual Cajun Zydeco Fest on October 4th, several art openings, music performances by the Manhattan Piano Trio, and Jazz is scheduled too. And so much more.
2019-09-25Sep 25, 2019
I hope that the Healdsburg City Council will address the threat of climate change by passing a Climate Emergency Resolution and developing a strong plan for its implementation.  Across Sonoma County, an online petition has been launched to encourage elected officials to declare a Climate Emergency. If you would like to add your name to the petition, please do so at  change.org.  Search for  “Support Equitable Climate Emergency Action in Sonoma County”   and join almost 2500 signatories as of September 22. According to the Climate Mobilization Project, 221 million people across the world are now represented by more than 1000 local governments that have declared a Climate Emergency. Over 7000 colleges and universities have also joined the struggle. You can also write the members of the City Council or better yet, attend the October 7 meeting and let them know why you think this is urgent.
2019-09-24Sep 24, 2019
Prominent Sonoma County wine executive Hugh Reimers has been ordered to submit a plan to repair the damage his wine company has done to hundreds of acres of natural habitat. The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board listed the damage in its June Notice of Violation issued to Reimers and his company, Krasilsa Pacific Farms, LLC. The Notice says that the winegrower bulldozed 50 acres of oak woodlands, deep-ripped about 200 acres of meadow, dredged and filled 10,000 square feet of wetlands, and dumped tree branches and other fill-in 2,450 feet of natural creeks which historically served as salmon runs. The actions directly threaten wildlife habitat and aquatic species, the Water Board notice said.
2019-10-14Oct 14, 2019
The North Bay premiere of this raucous gem currently plays at Spreckels Theatre Company, making a ghoulish treat of murder and mayhem for the spooky season. Launched in 2013, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder swept the 2014 Tony awards and is now showing up in regional theatres to the delight of audiences everywhere. The cast and production team at Spreckels do a bang-up job with this one, delivering laughs and outstanding vocals alongside impressive special effects and staging.  
2019-09-24Sep 24, 2019
DACA or “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” permits immigrants who came before the age of 16 and have been in the U.S. at least 12 years to obtain a work permit. On November 12th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the validity of the Trump Administration’s cancellation of the DACA program.  A decision is expected in June 2020—when the country will be in the midst of the next presidential campaign.  That high court ruling will effectively determine if 800,000 young people with temporary legal status will suddenly be subject to deportation. 
2019-09-23Sep 23, 2019
The 24th Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival Launches October 10th. October 10 – November 12 at The Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol. Featuring a Bay Area Premiere on Clean Water, Many Award Winners, a Sing-Along! The festival brings the newest and best of Jewish-themed films to the community, this year exploring the relationship between Jewish and non-Jewish culture, and mutual understanding and growth.
2019-09-23Sep 23, 2019
tel:+17074908974The October 13 program returns to a period after the middle of the last century in which churches unlocked their musical presentations. Performers will include Nancy Berger, Gail Bowers, Cheri Buonaguidi, Mary Cornett, Oli Fraenkel, Jim Johnson, Maury Manseau, Michael Ost, Celeste Ray, Mark Reed, India Wade, and Rob Wegner. All previously have played at the church, but in ways often muted by traditional services. All noticed that the acoustics of The Dome resonated in a way that invited something less reserved, according to music director Jim Johnson.  The idea of the .October 13 concert is to let them go on their own repertoires, Johnson said, with the music drawn from Jackson Browne, Leonard Cohen, John Coltrane, Linda Ronstadt, Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Great American Songbook, original compositions; and Johann Sebastian Bach through the church’s 108-pipe 1916 organ. Instruments will include guitars, brass, drums, piano, dulcimer, voice, and that 1916 organ. 
2019-09-22Sep 22, 2019
5th District Supervisor Lynda Hopkins called a meeting to gather neighbors negatively impacted by visitors to Russian River parks each summer. She invited Regional Parks director Bert Whitaker and his staff, Public Works director Johannes Hoevertsz, and our local CHP officers who patrol the Russian River corridor in weekends when the impact is greatest. Residents gathered at the Hollydale Club to listen to what is being done, and add their own ideas about what can and should be done to mitigate impacts.
2019-09-22Sep 22, 2019
A panel of experts and 10 Best editors have chosen the Sonoma County Harvest Fair as a nominee for the 2019 10 Best Readers' Choice travel awards for the Best Fall Festival category. Showcasing the area's bountiful harvest and world-class wines, the Sonoma Harvest Fair takes place onOctober 4 & 5. More than 300 wines from Sonoma County wineries will offer guests a chance to sample award-winning wine paired with small bites.
2019-09-22Sep 22, 2019
Saturday the 5th seems to be a very popular day for local events; so much is happening!  Be sure to check out the Annual Guerneville Cemetery Tour, to learn fascinating history of Guerneville’s Pioneer Days from our very own John Schubert.  Our local cemetery has some of the most beautiful statues and unique stories. Also on the 5th, is the installation of the Reverend Amie Giordano, who was recently called to be the Pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of the Redwood Empire in Guerneville.  All are welcome to attend and there will be an Italian dinner served afterwards. After dinner, head over to Monte Rio to the Russian River Hall at 8pm, for the Flying Leap Improv Theatre Ensemble performance!  Expect a night of comedy and song from our local performers. 
2019-09-22Sep 22, 2019
Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men, of all ethnicities, religions, cultures. Domestic violence is not just hitting and black eyes, but it’s also yelling, humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, threats and isolation. It’s stealing a paycheck, keeping tabs online, non-stop texting, constant use of the silent treatment, or calling someone stupid so often they believe it. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, we are here to help! The Family Justice Center Sonoma County is open Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm (clients must get there by 4pm to be seen that day). No appointment is necessary and all services are free and confidential. 24 Hour Crisis Lines: If you need to talk to someone immediately and confidentially, please call one of these hotlines...  
2019-09-20Sep 20, 2019
Four planets will transit into Scorpio this month, including the Full Moon on the 27th. Scorpio is the sign of transformation. This is the time of year when we should be engaged in some type of introspective review of our lives. Anything that reveals itself to be old, outdated, boring or stagnant needs to be released. Anything that still has meaning should be retained. This leaves room to create new things in your life. One specific aspect that can particularly present with challenges at this time is Uranus in Taurus opposing all four of the planets in Scorpio. Uranus represents radical change.
2019-09-20Sep 20, 2019
The Spring’s Community Farmers Market serves the community in numerous ways. The Market is a community asset just off Highway 12 in the Plaza behind the Post Office, Sundays, 10-2 p.m. There’s easy parking, walking, and a plethora of foods and vegetables for sale. It’s a wondrous organized group of vendors who often travel from miles away to offer delectable fresh foods to the good people of the Springs. 
2019-09-19Sep 19, 2019
'The read Sea Diving Resort' is a thriller about a deserted Italian resort on the Red Sea that becomes a front for a Mossad run rescue mission. There are times when the truth is stranger than fiction and this story is so bizarre one could not make it up. The basic facts are true. Israeli agents smuggle out Ethiopian Jews who are in refugee camps in the Sudan and bring them to the resort where off shore boats ferry them to Jerusalem. The film examines a little known historical event that happened in the 80's and has recently been de-classified.
2019-10-12Oct 12, 2019
LETTERS - from Sonoma County Gazette Readers in PRINT and ONLINE - October 2019. Gazette readers respond to articles in our print edition as well as on the Gazette website and social media.
2019-09-19Sep 19, 2019
Free Public Events on Renewing the Rohnert Park Urban Growth Boundary – Measure B. Greenbelt Alliance is sponsoring three free public events in Rohnert Park to educate voters about renewing the city’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) with Measure B on the  November 5, 2019 election ballot. Ride and Roam Rohnert Park Bike Ride,  Sunday, Oct. 6, 10 am to 12 noon Ride with community leaders to tour the city  and see how UGB works. Rohnert Park UGB Yes on Measure B Campaign Mixer at Sally Tomatoes,  Sonoma Mountain Village, Rohnert Park  Thursday, October 10, 5 to 7 pm.  
2019-09-19Sep 19, 2019
At some point in our lives, many of us will face a medical emergency due to accident or illness. Half of the people brought to an emergency room are unconscious, sedated or too ill to speak for themselves regarding treatment choices. By completing advance care planning to make your medical wishes known now, you and your loved ones can be ready then.  
2019-09-19Sep 19, 2019
With the recent spate of hundreds of hospitalizations (and 5 deaths at the time of this writing) associated with vaping nicotine and THC in healthy young people, the public health community is sending out significant warnings to medical practitioners to be on the lookout for pulmonary complications and for the public to avoid getting vape products from unlicensed sources. E-cigarettes and vaping of nicotine and THC/CBD has exploded on the scene over the last few years, in many ways being presented as a‘ healthier’ alternative to smoking the substances. While there have been suspicions of longer term negative effects, nothing has really come up until this flurry of pulmonary problems that began in June.
2019-09-19Sep 19, 2019
Some writers just have the knack. It's not just intelligence or talent. Some very profound authors are interminably dull. Eldonna Edwards is the type of scribe who draws one in. In Clover Blue, Her characters become flesh and blood.  
2019-09-19Sep 19, 2019
Frank in Guerneville asks "I own a home in Guerneville, and the road to my home is quite “skinny”. My neighbor parks his car “off road” next to my property, which makes taking out my trash rather challenging.  I asked him to move his car, but he said that since he filed for “non-operation” with DMV, he doesn’t want to move it.  I called the CHP and was told that because it is “off road”, it is not their jurisdiction.  Help!  What can I do?" A quick overview of what I learned from my research..
2019-09-18Sep 18, 2019
As you might imagine, an oilman morphing into an environmentalist after many years in that arena produced some clashes with others in the field – after all, I spent 25 years looking for oil and gas as a petroleum geologist in the Midwest. Much of my income has been and still is from oil and gas production as I retain several royalty interests in Oklahoma wells.
2019-09-17Sep 17, 2019
The Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County’s newly formed Grant Program is now accepting applications. The program was made possible, in large part, because of funds contributed by the Alvin James Hansen Trust to support agriculture education. Grant requests can be made for programs and projects that further agriculture education, especially efforts that further youth education in agriculture. 
2019-09-14Sep 14, 2019
The solution to our health care crisis is right under our noses!  Medicare — now 54 years old — is popular, efficient, and proven to improve health outcomes for seniors. But before we expand Medicare to all U.S. residents, we must improve Medicare for seniors by covering all medically necessary services, including those not currently covered, such as vision, hearing, dental, mental health, and long-term care. We must also eliminate the financial burden of premiums, deductibles, and copays, making medical bankruptcy a thing of the past.   
2019-08-27Aug 27, 2019
September’s Song is that fleeting melody we remember,like a lover’s kiss on an old Autumn evening when you felt the first chilly breeze; and I think October is here!  The Harvest is nearing an end, and a hint of hot, spiced coffee drifts from the person you just passed on the sidewalk.
2019-07-29Jul 29, 2019
Mark your calendars for the Graton Community Club’s Fall Flower Show - October 11th and 12th Friday and Saturday. Three benches made by local artists have been installed in the Graton Green.  Each is really different and a work of art.  The bench by Thomas Kolonuzs-Partee is totally covered in nickels.  It sits under the old water tower.   Another is  a beautiful bench by Chris Cheek as a memorial to his wife, Ellen Kaplan Cheek.  Ellen was a member of the Graton Green Group Board of Directors and our treasurer.  We miss her daily. The third bench, by Cricket Seagull, is a work of beauty all in ceramic pieces.
2019-10-11Oct 11, 2019
Events took place in over 6,100 locations in 185 countries, and a group of scientist in Antarctica joining in the strike made it happen on all seven continents.  This far exceeded the one million people who took part in 2200 events on March 15th, including the one I attended here in Santa Rosa. Locally, strikes in Sebastopol, Sonoma, Petaluma, and Napa joined one with several thousand people in Santa Rosa. Additional organizational help locally included that from Sustainable SRJC, the SRJC Bio Club, ECO2School, in addition to groups mentioned previously. While I was in Chico instead of Santa Rosa, I was able to get transcripts of some of the youth leaders’ speeches at a rally in Courthouse Square, which followed a march from Santa Rosa Junior College.  

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