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2018-05-22May 22, 2018
Russian River Estuary Management Project, which will include information about the 2017 Lagoon Management Season, updates on biological and water quality monitoring programs, the pinniped monitoring program, and a preview of the 2018 Lagoon Management Season. There will be a question and answer session following the presentations.  
2018-05-18May 18, 2018
Creative Sonoma announces recipients of Arts Education Innovation Grants totalling $88,000 to fund fifteen innovative arts education programs serving students in the County who may have limited access to arts training. 
2018-05-18May 18, 2018
On Friday, May 18th, the television show 13 Reasons Why will air its second season on Netflix. Parents/guardians should be aware that the show is an intense drama that was not designed for younger children to watch alone. This show is rated MA 17+, for mature audiences as the fictional drama takes a very serious, emotional and graphic look at the realities of bullying, depression, sexual assault, substance abuse, suicide and more.
2018-05-17May 17, 2018
Slapstick British comedy turns a sophisticated 1920s bachelor pad into a tangled web of intricate deceit for a worthy cause.
2018-05-17May 17, 2018
Bay Nature's Local Hero Awards Dinner, which celebrates the contributions of extraordinary individuals towards the understanding and preservation of the natural world of the San Francisco Bay Area.
2018-05-15May 15, 2018
Fairy dust lifts the Darling children soaring through starry skies to a fantastical realm of pirates and eternal youth. Since 1904, J. M. Barrie’s tale of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, has captured the imagination; deep down we want to believe in happy endings. Spreckels’ enthralling production includes midair fight scenes, Tinkerbell rifling through drawers and shifting pictures through practical effects, and elaborate costumes. Director Sheri Lee Miller has honed an effective ensemble for Neverland exploits.
2018-05-13May 13, 2018
‘Eurydice,’ performed at Main Stage West in Sebastopol, may have the reputation of tragic love, but inSarah Ruhl’s reimagined legend, the tender connection between father and daughter is what gleams beyond the Underworld’s restrictive rules that the dead should not remember or yearn for lost family.John Craven’s Father takes a central role, with childlike gentleness toward Eurydice, determined to keep her grounded and aware in a madcap world of chanting stones and creaking caverns where no one is allowed to cry.
2018-05-11May 11, 2018
Sonoma County Department of Health Services convened a collaborative of community partners under the South Santa Rosa HEAL Zone Project, which has been funded since 2007 by grants from Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Program. Local organizations have joined the partnership to help improve health in underserved areas. Programs aimed at reducing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among Southwest Santa Rosa residents ultimately work to address health risks associated with unhealthy weight.
2018-05-11May 11, 2018
‘Women in Jeopardy!’ is an irreverent glimpse into hysterical flights of fancy and the lengths to which people will go in defense of friends, even if that means hiking a narrow mountain trail in the dark with a potential killer on the loose. Left Edge Theatre’s vivacious cast and tight direction from Carla Spindt create an engaging adventure. Pull your hiking boots on for a creepy, entertaining camping trip with the ‘Women in Jeopardy!’
2018-05-11May 11, 2018
The 24th annual Bike to Work Day (BTWD) traversed the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, May 10. Under blue skies and soft breezes, most riders stopped to pick up treats and this year’s tote bag at one of 400 energizer stations staffed with dedicated volunteers from bike coalitions, local companies and governments. Nearly 100,000 pedalers strong, the riders turned a typical May Thursday morning commute into arolling celebration of bike riding.
2018-05-08May 8, 2018
The opioid crisis is a major talking point on the national political stage. Despite much talk by the president and many others, relatively little has been done to date to combat the crisis, which continues to grow. This is a problem for all parts of the nation, including rural areas. A May 1 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association stated, “Drug overdose deaths are at unprecedented levels in the United States.”
2018-05-22May 22, 2018
Beginning Wednesday, May 30, 2018, the County of Sonoma in collaboration with the City of Santa Rosa will temporarily close the section of the Joe Rodota Trail (JRT) from Roseland Avenue to Dutton Avenue to remove unlawful encampments and reestablish a safe and clean environment for all trail visitors. The effort is anticipated to last two days, after which the County will reopen the closed section of the JRT for recreational trail use. 
2018-05-08May 8, 2018
For the past 20 plus years, I have been keeping track of the law enforcement-related deaths that occur here in Sonoma County. It shocks many people to learn that I have counted 99 such deaths so far. Most of these incidents garner only one article in the local paper and are soon forgotten. A few particularly egregious cases seem to hold the public's attention for longer. I am thinking of the deaths of Jeremiah Chass, age 16, and Andy Lopez, age 14. Both teens were shot and killed by officers from our local Sheriff's Department within seconds or minutes of deputies' arrival on the scene. Our local daily paper has never summarized these 20 years of deaths - that seems to be my task.
2018-05-08May 8, 2018
Of the 302 wines entered in the North of the Gate Wine Competition in Petaluma, California an unprecedented 294 were honored with awards. And yet despite the overall quality of the wines entered, this year’s esteemed judging panel of 12 had no trouble at all selecting just one overall winner. This year’s Best of Show was awarded to Lewis Grace’s 2015 Petite Sirah, which also won Best of Show Red, Best of Class, Best of El Dorado County, and a Double Gold award.
2018-05-08May 8, 2018
Breeding and killing billions of animals for human consumption requires vast amounts of land, water, and fossil fuels. According to the United Nations, animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all modes of transportation combined, or as high as 51% if greenhouse gases (GHG) from transportation, refrigeration, deforestation, etc, that are typically categorized separately but are a direct consequence of animal agriculture, are taken into account. To reduce our own GHG footprint and set a better example for others, a shift to plant­based foods is essential to preventing a climate catastrophe.
2018-05-07May 7, 2018
‘La Cage aux Folles’ is a mix of night club performances, comedic squabbling, and romantic ballads in the moonlight. Its relaxing atmosphere and endless parade of shimmering, festooned costumes, designed byMarcy Frank, is a pleasant divertissement. Director Russell Kaltschmidt emphasizes its central theme of love, from tentative and freshly discovered to a well-aged relationship, like a rich cellared wine.Harvey Fierstein’s high-spirited book andJerry Herman’s playful songs embellish the rather frivolous, yet enjoyable story.
2018-05-05May 5, 2018
In response to the tragic loss of homes in the October 2017 fires and the critical need for more affordable homes countywide, a slate of new initiatives to speed up development are coming forward that have the potential to quickly change the face of Sonoma County for decades to come.
2018-05-04May 4, 2018
Sonoma County Sheriff Candidate Forum: The Sonoma County Gazette asked the Sheriff candidates our SECOND round of questions. The candidate answers have been published in the order in which they returned their responses. To be fair, each candidate is given equal space. In their own words....Mark Essick, Ernesto Olivares, John Mutz, are all asking for your support.
2018-05-04May 4, 2018
We are only seven months removed from one of the most devastating disasters to hit Sonoma County and it seems like fire season is already right around the corner.
2018-05-04May 4, 2018
The sun is shining on the large redwoods outside of my now airy cyber-hut! We have picked up considerable rain in April and I do feel a bit better about local water levels. After years of camping, I am quite conservative in my personal and household water usage and really appreciate others dedication to this.  
2018-05-04May 4, 2018
The cannabis story in Sonoma County is a hot ticket item. Communities are being divided, and information - true and false - is spreading through our neighborhoods. So how did we get here? As a cannabis cultivator, advocate, and community member; I’d like to offer my perspective.
2018-05-04May 4, 2018
What a lovely spring we’re having, perfect balance of sunshine and water. May Day is International Workers’ Day and includes the tradition of the Germanic pagan fertility ritual of the May Pole. This year it’s also when the west county community is gathering to celebrate the life of Bill (William) Wheeler at what he called “Sheep Ridge,” where I remember celebrating May Day when I was a child.
2018-05-22May 22, 2018
‘The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)’ is a whirlwind parody of Shakespeare’s plays with a trio of eccentric actors, originally created byAdam Long,Daniel Singer andJess Winfield. Whether interpreting the comedies using Barbie dolls or recreating ‘Titus Andronicus’ as a grisly cooking show, traditional plots are turned head over heels.
2018-05-04May 4, 2018
This has been a busy time in Bodega Bay. April 5 we had a good turnout to hear our supervisor Lynda Hopkins talk about the formation of a Municipal Advisory Council.
2018-05-03May 3, 2018
Congratulations to our teachers, students, and families who are completing the school year this month. Three West County teachers received the top honor of“Teacher of the Year” from theEducation Foundationof our Friday-noon Rotary Club.  
2018-05-03May 3, 2018
Once again the Award Winning Spreckels Performing Arts Center has a Spectacular Event Planned. Spreckels Gala Fundraising event is May 3rd.
2018-05-03May 3, 2018
Affectionately nicknamed the “Carnegie Hall of the West Coast”, the natural and native Douglas Fir paneling and domed ceiling of thePetaluma Museum creates the perfect acoustics and setting for local concerts.  
2018-05-03May 3, 2018
The 4th annual family fun day and fundraiser offers affordable family fun on Saturday, May 19th from 11am-4pm on the grounds of a working 1915 homestead in Penngrove. Admission is free, and so is parking. Enjoy live music by The Spyralites and Credo High American Music Ensemble. There’s plenty of free activities and $1 parent-and-child games and contests to keep everyone engaged.
2018-05-03May 3, 2018
Hey west county—it’s time to talk about something that is often avoided at the dinner table, and left out of polite conversations. Namely, septic systems. Or, as my three-year-old would put it, poop.
2018-05-03May 3, 2018
Are you enjoying our spring? Don’t you love the surprise weather we have each day; maybe rain and the next day sun, a day of warmth taking off the jacket, putting the jacket on, bringing the umbrella out, putting it away, building a fire, or closing the wood room down.
2018-05-03May 3, 2018
Expectations for the season are high because many businesses and workers have difficulties making it through slow winter months. The Workforce Housing Fund was awarded to, and is administered by, the Russian River Alliance to assist local workers who have experienced cashflow problems due to shortened work hours or the lack of affordable housing. Since January, 6 households needed help with rent & utilities.
2018-05-03May 3, 2018
If you live in the Russian River Area, you gotta’ love this time of year! Everything getsgroovin’! Let’s jump right into it! May begins with theGuerneville Regional Library Book and Bake Saleon Wed the 2nd, from 10-7, then Thurs–Sat from 10-5 with a $5 bag sale on Saturday.
2018-05-03May 3, 2018
While April gave us some more rain, the fourth month of the year also gave us some glistening sunny days. Now the vines are starting to leaf out and it feels like new life has really begun to spring up.
2018-05-21May 21, 2018
The Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps (SCYEC) is a jobs, workforce training and ecosystem education program aimed at employing youth and young adults while teaching them about environmental stewardship. The SCYEC provides youth and young adults paychecks, valuable work experience, environmental education, and the opportunity to contribute to their community through ongoing outdoor experiences.
2018-05-03May 3, 2018
Get on your track shoes, there is a lot going on in May and early June in our little town. All of it sounds pretty cool. There are some things you don’t want to miss.
2018-05-03May 3, 2018
I have walked the neighborhood, asking my locals, neighbors and visitors “What do you love about Graton?” And “Who do you wish a special valentine heart to?”
2018-05-03May 3, 2018
SCG: You’ve been DA for 8 years now. Have our original motivation and goals changed based on the experiences you have had? Have you accomplished specific goals and are there still goals in process that you want to continue to meet? Has your perspective on our community changed over this time?
2018-05-03May 3, 2018
Throughout our region and well beyond, the new millennium has ushered in an increasing recognition of Cloverdale as a dynamic incubator for an ever expanding and inspiring range of culturally diverse projects and events focused on the visual and performing arts.
2018-05-03May 3, 2018
It is early May as you read this, and there is plenty of time for you to mark your calendars for the Camp Meeker Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Memorial Day weekend pancake breakfast.  
2018-05-02May 2, 2018
One of my favorite pleasures is to tour a vineyard I’m unfamiliar with and especially one with so much history, and in this case, it was courtesy of theGuadagni family.  
2018-05-02May 2, 2018
I love this old English proverb. I have been saying it every April since I was a kid, I guess another aspect of my “Pollyanna” look at life. If we hold out during the discomfort of the rainy season we will be rewarded with beautiful flowers in May. It’s positive thinking, always knowing there is something good to look forward to, the life attitude I like to live by. See you at one of these special events on the Windsor Town Green.
2018-05-02May 2, 2018
One such guiding principle is that dogs must not be chained for more than 3 hours in any 24-four hour period. This makes sense insofar as dogs are four legged bundles of energy and are very sociable. Chaining a dog is not only not normal for Fido, it can have a bad affect on Fido - including claws that grow into the foot pads causing pain and crippling, severe loneliness, and even aggression. 
2018-05-02May 2, 2018
On March 28, a California judge ruled in favor of forcing coffee sellers to post signs that coffee contains cancer-causing agents. Uh oh! Just how dangerous is coffee? Do these warnings serve any useful purpose? And how can we make sense of this latest attempt by the government to protect our health?
2018-05-02May 2, 2018
Pot holes and rough pavement are standard fare for drivers in El Verano, Boyes Springs, Fetters, and Agua Caliente. “Pull down your goggles, veer right then left, scoot by the first pot hole, straddle the next one, watch for the car on the corner, dodge the woman and her baby carriage, brake around the next series of bumps, and careful for the fellow leaving El Gran Taco.” This is the daily routine traveling Calle del Monte to Highway 12.  
2018-05-21May 21, 2018
The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) began inflating its rubber dam on the Russian River near Forestville on Monday, May 21. The rubber dam is a critical component of the Russian River water supply system that provides naturally filtered drinking water to more than 600,000 residents in portions of Sonoma and Marin counties.  The rubber dam will remain inflated through summer and into the fall.   
2018-05-02May 2, 2018
The rose is arguably the most poetic of flowers. It is the hallmark of Spring, bursting on the scene in April and May, boasting singular beauty and metaphorical richness in every phase, from youthful bud to mature bloom. Thorns protect it, fragrance and color attract insects who live in symbiotic relationship.
2018-05-02May 2, 2018
Last week a few hundred of us came out in the drizzle to attend a presentation hosted by the “Eldridge Committee” on April 16 at Dunbar School.
2018-05-02May 2, 2018
In July 2017 Santa Rosa City received a certified letter from the law firm of Shenkman & Hughes alleging that the at-large voting system impairs the voting strength of the City’s Latino voters and thus violates the California Voting Rights Act.
2018-05-02May 2, 2018
Perhaps the longest, time wise, and slowest road construction project ever in Roseland, or all of Sonoma County for that matter, may be done by Christmas of this year.
2018-05-02May 2, 2018
On Friday, May 18th, Occidental Center for the Arts is proud to present an Evening with Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard Professor of Government and co-author of international bestseller,How Democracies Die.
2018-05-02May 2, 2018
Swainson’s Thrushes singing this season...
2018-05-02May 2, 2018
I am always surprised when I come across people who believe that they have nothing to learn Yet it is rare that there is not something new to learn, a new idea, a different way of thinking about something we may already know or even something about ourself, or our reactions, in every situation in which we find ourselves.
2018-05-02May 2, 2018
Main Stage West’s ‘Eurydice’ is an inventive retelling of the Greek myth, empowering characters with unexpected choices and relatable personalities. Sarah Ruhl’s contemplative play explores Eurydice’s relationship with her father and the tragic tale of lost love. A water feature of the forgetful river Lethe meanders through Ruhl’s tale of missed connections and fleeting bliss.
2018-05-02May 2, 2018
Alicia Sanchez, president of KBBF’s board of directors, reports that, due to the hard work of KBBF’s board, the volunteers, and the community of listeners and supporters, there is a new agreement with the City of Santa Rosa that will keep the station’s property out of foreclosure.
2018-05-02May 2, 2018
Between 2006 and 2013, hundreds of our neighbors in the County were arrested by our Sheriff’s Department, even though they were guilty of no serious crimes. Some were stopped because of a traffic violation or a broken headlight. Because they did not have a driver’s license, they were then handcuffed, jailed and detained sometimes indefinitely. Their cars were often impounded. In some cases, they were charged only with driving without a license; sometimes no charges were filed at all. Yet they were not allowed to go free, even if they paid a bond.  
2018-05-21May 21, 2018
In a spectacular salute to 1960s -‘70s blues, the June 10 Russian River Blues Festival at Guerneville’s Johnson’s Beach will unveil a lineup consisting totally of bands who’ve been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame or theRock & Roll Hall of Fame. In some cases, both.
2018-05-02May 2, 2018
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) visited Healdsburg on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 to learn more about local issues, meet the people and decide whether a Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT)project would be a good fit for our city. Over the course of the day the two staff members and team leader met over 100 residents in 5 comfortable sessions.
2018-05-02May 2, 2018
This month brings the prominent return of two of the brightest lights in the evening sky–Jupiter, The Roman King of The Gods, and Venus, The Roman Goddess of Beauty and Love. I say prominent because both have been in the sky prior to May, but now both will be visible in the early evening/twilight sky simultaneously, at least by month’s end.
2018-05-02May 2, 2018
This theme’s issue is Parenting the Next Generation, but it’s beginning to look as if we can take all take some lessons from Generation “Z.”
2018-05-02May 2, 2018
Dear Debra: My aunt worked for a local company for over 20 years until she was laid off. Her boss told her that the company was down-sizing and that they had to let a few employees go. She is devastated. She is only 44 years-old and is a hard worker. What are her legal options?
2018-05-01May 1, 2018
If one is centered, change comes from inspiration and leads to actions that promote a sense of uniqueness and strong feelings of liberation. In this context Uranus can be innovative, experimental and cutting edge. Its orientation toward the unconventional allows one to continually awaken to further inspiration.
2018-05-01May 1, 2018
Examination of starch grains, from 30,000 year old grinding tools, suggests that flour was made from cattails and ferns by Stone Age cooks. Mixed with water and baked on a hard, possibly greased rock, it was more akin to hardtack than the modern hot cake, flap jack or crepe.
2018-05-01May 1, 2018
I first became interested in the topic of human trafficking in the summer of 2016 when I participated in aGlobal Healthprogram at the University of Southern California.
2018-05-01May 1, 2018
Sonoma County is facing seemingly insurmountable Budget issues, in part, resulting from the horrendous fires last fall. Everything has been expensive, from fire fighting to cleanup and recovery. The question now is: “How does the County move forward in coping with the immense budget disparity?”
2018-05-01May 1, 2018
pproving Verizon’s application is the veritable nose of the camel under the tent. It would mean that colocation of cellphone towers would occur without any further review and Sebastopol could no longer deny the future applications of other telecom companies wanting to install 4G towers throughout the city. 
2018-05-01May 1, 2018
LETTERS from Gazette READERS - May 2018
2018-05-20May 20, 2018
Sebastopol City Council voted unanimously to subsidize the fares on local Route 24 as a pilot project for the next year. Starting June 4, the Sebastopol Shuttle will be a hop-on, hop-off mode of FREE transportation for anyone who wants to ride our local loop.   
2018-05-01May 1, 2018
The Home & Ranch Readiness Summit is a free community event being held at The Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California, May 17 through 19, 2018. The event helps pet, equine, and livestock owners prepare themselves, their families, and their animals for emergencies and disasters in a fun and informative environment and provides a forum for everyone from residents to professional first responders to connect, network, and train.
2018-05-01May 1, 2018
Healdsburg District Hospital (HDH) has acquired a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. TheSIGNAtmMRI purchase was made possible by a grant from theKalmanovitz Charitable Foundation that was coordinated by theHealthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County. The MRI unit arrived in a portable building unit which will be permanently located on the hospital campus and allow for expanded services for hospital physicians as well as local physicians in need of services.
2018-05-01May 1, 2018
As far back as Cave Man/Woman times raspberries have been eaten, as evidence show us by the remains of raspberry canes found in a variety of dig sites across Europe, Asia and North America. Of course this delicious fruit is still enjoyed today.
2018-04-30Apr 30, 2018
One of the best resources I have found for staying on top of environmental impact issues is theNew York Times Newsletter “Climate Forward:” One of its best features is the approach it takes on “What You Can Do”—from a very personal, individual perspective.
2018-04-30Apr 30, 2018
Mr. Music (aka Jim Corbett) has been bringing music to Sebastopol since 1972, when he volunteered “to do music,” he says, in his five-year-old daughter’s class. The seeds of that experience eventually flowered into the Peacetown concert series, every summer Wednesday in Sebastopol’s Ives Park, 5 – 8 p.m.
2018-04-30Apr 30, 2018
You’re invited! Join us to get your hands in the soil and learn about native, edible, and pollinator-friendly plant choices. Daily Acts, with support from the City of Petaluma, will be planting the new Living, Learning Landscape at the Petaluma Regional Library on March 24th and we need volunteers!
2018-04-30Apr 30, 2018
Syria is an abysmal Hell, a fetid, roiling cauldron of man’s inhumanity to man. The intrigue and entanglements are intricate and have global ramifications.
2018-04-30Apr 30, 2018
Dan Melville’s featured show is illuminating in multiple ways. His metal sculptural lamps will, of course, illuminate even the darkest corner of a room, but his approach to creating his lamps is also illuminating in an artistic sense. It is nothing short of amazing what the man can do with odd bits and pieces, converting a pile of scrap and junk into something quite arresting.
2018-04-30Apr 30, 2018
Reese Witherspoon has a pretty good track record. She producedGone Girl andWild. Her last effort,Big Little Lies, garnered several Emmys. This TV  series was so successful that the second season has attracted the talents of no less a prestigious personage than Meryl Streep.
2018-04-30Apr 30, 2018
My husband and I, like so many others, barely escaped the wildfires last autumn with our lives. And like others who experienced the ensuing bittersweet chapters of returning to our houses finding these worlds largely reduced to ash, we were curious about the shards of mostly terra-cotta, stone, and ceramic and that managed to somehow endure.
2018-05-19May 19, 2018
On Tuesday, May 22nd, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will receive Permit Sonoma's report on OWTS (Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems) response to the AB 885 mandate from the State. Local realtors are objecting loudly, sending out sample letters with language they hope will influence supervisors on how they react to the state mandate as it impacts local watershed homes and communities.
2018-03-29Mar 29, 2018
Well, hello there ya’ll­—I can’t quite fathom that another month has rolled by already, but here we are.The Fool’s Parade was awesome as always, I love that my home-town can still bring out the freaks and weirdo’s in profusion.
2018-03-29Mar 29, 2018
Mother’s Day is what May is all about. If you’re lucky enough to have your mom in your life, start a new tradition and take her to a movie after brunch this Mother’s Day!
2018-05-18May 18, 2018
The difference between seeing a play again and watching a movie more than once, is that the play will necessarily be different every time you see it. Even if it’s the same cast, a play is a living thing with changing moods and nuances. I’ve seen Sam Shepard’s True West several times and each endeavor has been different. Director Christopher Johnston’sproduction at Cloverdale Performing Arts Center is full of energy, truth and brilliant acting.

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