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2019-02-15Feb 15, 2019
Come join us for a day of music and fun on Saturday, March 9 as we celebrate our 19th year! This year’s event features a wide range of great performances including the Duo Quartet, Nu-Blu, Jerry Wicentowski & the Wiseman Institute, the Bloomfield Bluegrass band and Mike Beck. In addition to the main stage acts, there will be a workshop with cowboy singers Mike Beck & Scott Gerber discussing the lives of working cowboys while swapping songs, and an old-time fiddle workshop with Plaid Stranger’s Karen Celia Heil.  
2019-02-10Feb 10, 2019
Saturday evening Feb 9, a stormy, gusty night, I and a friend went to the Occidental Art Center to see the "Billy Holiday Project", the brain child of our local very talented artist Stella Heath. The show had sold out and I was happy to have my previously purchased online tickets. This young woman's singing took my breath away, smooth as velvet as she sang uplifting as well as deeply contemplative songs that referenced some painful history. Stella sings in the style of  "Lady Day" Lester Young's nickname for Billie Holliday. 
2019-02-08Feb 8, 2019
The Forestville Teacher's Association is officially at an impasse with the district. And WHY...? Because your teachers had the audacity to ask for average. Yes, "average". and that's only the state average. We all know that West County has an above average cost of living, yet Forestville teachers struggle to make ends meet at a wage 33% below the state average.
2019-02-07Feb 7, 2019
The nomination application deadline for the fourth honoree in Sebastopol's Locals Who Make a Difference program is March 1st.  The program helps to acknowledge and thank members of the Sebastopol community for their contributions in helping to make Sebastopol a better place to live.
2019-02-07Feb 7, 2019
A new report confirms that rising housing prices in the Bay Area have caused disproportionate harm to low-income households of color, displacing them at higher rates and pushing them into new areas of poverty and racial segregation.
2019-02-05Feb 5, 2019
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved emergency funding to repair a rapidly-degrading portion of a road near Geyserville, accepted a staff plan to offer financing to homeowners rebuilding their septic systems in a neighborhood destroyed in the 2017 fires, and discussed lawsuits involving the county behind closed doors at a Feb. 5 meeting.
2019-02-05Feb 5, 2019
For those of us intending on advancing into our golden years, or those of us already there, we will/do face health issues worsened by a sedentary lifestyle -- and/or space travel. Remembering to stand up and move several times an hour can have marvelous health benefits.
2019-02-05Feb 5, 2019
Financial woes are the driving force of ‘Room Service.’ Broadway producer Gordon Miller (Schuyler Marcier) is holed up in his brother-in-law’s hotel, running up absurd bills while housing himself and the entire cast of his current play. The scheme is going perfectly, with a financial backer set to arrive, and rehearsals nearly completed.
2019-02-05Feb 5, 2019
James Sptizer, a local artist who created thousands of drawings, prints, paintings and woodblock carvings, was also a mentor to countless artists within the community. 
2019-02-05Feb 5, 2019
  The first details of a contract to sell Sebastopol’s hospital were unveiled on February 4 at a meeting of the Board of the Palm Drive Health Care District.
2019-02-05Feb 5, 2019
Community input is critical. Which General Plan elements have the most impact; what it means to your neighborhood; and how we can have input on the decisions being made? Don’t let special interests co-opt your quality of life. These policies will affect the county for generations to come.
2019-02-15Feb 15, 2019
An annual ritual for rose growers is the pruning of roses sometime from December to the end of March.  But why do the bushes need to be pruned?  For centuries they were left to their own devices and each year they bloomed. One year a rose garden was accidentally burned and that next spring the garden was full of huge rose blossoms. For many years, the roses were burned to the ground which allowed the new growth to provide lovely flowers. Eventually the head gardener decided that there had to be a less drastic way to get those blooms without the risk of burning down the residence.  Today with grafted roses, this method would not work as well since the graft might be burned and the blooms would be from the rootstock – not what we are looking to see.  Each year roses need to go into a dormancy once the nights become cool or frosty so that the Spring is full of the expected large, full blooms.  Here in Sonoma County, it really never gets cold enough to do this naturally, so we prune.
2019-02-05Feb 5, 2019
A wide variety of family entertainment is planned for the upcoming President’s Day Weekend. The community supported Cloverdale Citrus Fair kicks off the Fair Season in California showcasing its spectacular citrus fruit displays and honoring the citrus belt that was once part of the Northern Sonoma County landscape.
2019-02-05Feb 5, 2019
The featured artists in the Different Perspectives show (currently at Riverfront Art Gallery in Petaluma), could hardly be more dissimilar in subjects and approaches. One gives us a scientist’s appreciation of nature; the other combines photos of posed models for a created effect.
2019-02-05Feb 5, 2019
Graton residents voice their concerns about a plan to merge their town's sanitation district with the neighboring Occidental sanitation district. At present, Occidental's wastewater is ported through downtown Graton to the Sonoma County Airport for treatment.
2019-02-04Feb 4, 2019
In her February newsletter, Supervisor Lynda Hopkins reflects on the county's economic future, a new water quality rule and CalTrans' plans for Highway 1 among other news.
2019-02-02Feb 2, 2019
By no stretch of the imagination could Lynda Hopkins be called a “pot politician,” but she’s the supervisor of the Fifth District, where more marijuana is cultivated than in any other district in Sonoma County. Geography, agriculture and politics have pushed her front and center where cannabis is concerned, not just locally but nationally.
2019-02-02Feb 2, 2019
“Growing up, my family would read slave novels and I became interested in the history of my people specifically that which took place on the plantations duringslavery” said Dr. Jacqueline Lawrence, founder of Legacy Showcases, a black history production company in Santa Rosa. As time went on, Dr. Lawrence became interested in collecting black memorabilia and turned her home into what appeared to be an African American Museum.
2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019
On March 5, voters in the Palm Drive Health Care District will go to the polls to decide if Sebastopol’s struggling public hospital will be leased, then sold, to a private, for profit company, American Advanced Management Group of Modesto. The District is putting the former Palm Drive Hospital on the market because it has consistently lost money. Despite 20 years of good faith efforts and multiple managers, the District is $28 million in debt and in its second bankruptcy. Former employees and vendors are still owed more than $8 million.
2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors pushed back a decision on some parts of a plan to consolidate fire services in the county and discussed the county's political priorities in Washington DC and Sacramento with some county consultants at a January 29 meeting.
2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019
Representatives of a new local water agency presented information about a state-required fee on well owners within the Santa Rosa Plain to pay for a new groundwater regulation program.
2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019
What dark secrets could two polite Edwardian ladies with teacakes possibly have? Surrounded by dainty lace tablecloths and floral arrangements, the Brewster sisters have quietly been stacking up murder victims in their cellar for years.  ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ is a suspenseful comedy with delightful absurdity and a superb ensemble. It deserves a congratulatory toast of poison-free elderberry wine. 
2019-02-13Feb 13, 2019
The basis of this film “I am not your Negro” is an uncompleted work Baldwin first began in 1979, "Remember This House"; an ambitious account of his various encounters with assassinated civil right leaders Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. At the time of his death, the book was still only 30 pages of notes but, courageously, Haitian director Raoul Peck spent a decade working to finish what Baldwin had started. The documentary puts the race problem in its correct truthful context. The problem is seen by Baldwin not one of black people but as one of the sickness within American society; the emptiness the frivolity and unmentionable cruelty it delivers to its African American populace. Baldwin says “you cannot  Lynch me and put me in ghettos, without becoming something monstrous yourselves." What touched me most is when he describes how a black child awakens to this reality when he describes a 5 year old black child suddenly discovering his blackness and realizes John Wayne his hero is actually the one killing the Indians  “colored” people just like his little self. 
2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019
This year over 400 kids from ten schools will head to Ives Pool, downtown Sebastopol, for their lessons beginning the week of April 23. A former Red Cross swim instructor at Ives, Greg is looking for volunteers to teach these basic swim lessons. You just need to enjoy working with kids, and want them to be safe around the water. You will not only be helping kids stay safe, but it is a lot of fun as well.
2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019
I feel it’s important for people to be informed. I am quite aware of how conservative news outlets report the Women’s Marches as “anti-abortion protests”... “the election”..or “women’s rights.” Its easy enough to criticize & say “what rights have you lost?” It’s not about “lost rights.”
2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019
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2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019
All of us see the workers in the fields tending the vineyards throughout the year as we drive our beautiful Sonoma County roads. You may wonder: can a person working in those fields get a green card by way of their job at the winery? The answer might surprise you.
2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019
Homelessness is one of Sonoma County’s most intractable problems. Despite the efforts of local activists, nonprofits, and government agencies, the number of people living on the streets, in vehicles, and in improvised shelters remains largely unchanged from year to year.
2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019
George and Lisa Milo have been very hard at work restoring the old Fire Station building. Originally built in 1950 and 1965 much of the buildings shell has succumbed to rot and must be replaced. It is a huge undertaking with the additional challenge of maintaining the building’s historical architecture and history. Thankfully, all this hard work and investment has done nothing to discourage or diminish their vision for a beautiful space that families can enjoy.
2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019
Go to any Sonoma County Library Reception Desk to request an updated California Driver Handbook. English as a second language learners will find tutors and a free monthly news bulletin with current events. Minus the fake news. Last but not least, I love the used book sales our Friends of the Libraries run. Cotati and Rohnert Park book hounds haunt the bookshop resale shop. Guilty of buying books I already have, in order to gift them to my writer and reading pals. 
2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019
It’s been a soggy January in Camp Meeker.  Not that I’m complaining — rain is never something to complain about in the west county – but there has been some odd behavior.  All sorts of little critters seem to be trying to take shelter in my front hallway.  Those stupid tiny moths and that thing that is either a big slow mosquito or a miniature crane fly – a Shetland pony fly or something.  This is just in the last couple of days — I have lived here almost twenty years and this is the first I’ve seen it. Peaceful Coexistence. Not that this is the first time I have had small life forms in my house.  The spiders and I have reached a general agreement:  I will do my best to conduct them safely outside when they get stuck in my bathtub, and they will eat any termites they find. I don’t think either of us has kept our side of the bargain perfectly, but as long as both sides find benefit in the deal we will keep our uneasy coexistence.
2019-01-31Jan 31, 2019
This year’s renowned Michelin Guide finally includes Geyserville — Dino Bugica’s Diavola Pizzeria and Salumi has been noted under the “Bib Gourmand” category, a special category recognizing outstanding but less pricy and more casual restaurants that are the best in their categories… that “less pricy and more casual” can also be read as simply “much more fun” restaurants! Along with Diavola’s “Slow Food” Golden Snail recognition, and various other awards, they’re about to run out of window-posting space.  
2019-01-31Jan 31, 2019
Have you ever wondered what happens to a book when it is not returned to the library? ‘Underneath the Lintel’ follows the adventures of a curious librarian (John Shillington) who searches for a 113-year overdue volume, uncovering mysteries and miracles. Shillington calls it “one of my favorite plays” and comments that it incorporates a literal and figurative journey “the universal tour of the human condition as well as the comic slipping on a banana peel. On another Stage, consumed with an insatiable desire for revenge and utter lack of empathy, Sweeney Todd (Noah Evans) and his accomplices are drenched in the blood of their victims in ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’. Music Director Dr. Lynne Morrow muses that “the music is, by turns, haunting, hilarious and surprising. The story…is a look at what happens when the powerful corner the wrong personality.”   
2019-02-12Feb 12, 2019
You may be skilled at loving your pets, your family, your friends, and nature. But are you skilled at loving yourself?  What is self-love? It’s the same thing as self-esteem. It’s the ability to accept all of who you are, even the scary parts, so you become truly authentic and no longer hide your fears and vulnerability behind a mask of strength and feigned confidence. It means understanding and forgiving yourself. It means being willing to learn from mistakes rather than trashing yourself, so you own your power.
2019-01-31Jan 31, 2019
I’m standing on a subway platform in the sweltering heat of August. I managed to make it here by following my 16-year-old daughter Kim. It was my relaxed little teen who effortlessly bought the metro card, found the right train line, and got me unstuck five times from the turnstile. It is her first morning in New York, a mere 3,000 miles from our tiny town on the Russian River in California — Guerneville, population 4,534.  
2019-01-31Jan 31, 2019
Hey there all of you groovy readers out there!  Yes, that’s right….the Guerneville Groove is back! Thank you to Stephen Gross for stepping up and producing the Eclectic Guerneville column in my absence; we thoroughly appreciated your writing!  Now let’s jump right in to what is happening in our groovy Community! Guerneville Library Help is a free program for students K-12 to receive free homework help in all subjects.  It is available on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30. Help your students build confidence & get better grades!  Brought to you by the Sonoma County Library. Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, grant application cycle, opens February 1st.     
2019-01-31Jan 31, 2019
2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019
The tapetum lucidum is typically much more developed in animals and is often very brightly colored when compared to that of humans. It is particularly amazing that light sig-nals are perceived when they pass through the retina, and then again when they reflect back off the tapetum! This visual signal amplification helps improve night vision. Development of the tapetum is related to the particular species’ benefit from vision under low-light conditions. Dogs and cats have a well-developed tapetum lucidum, while in hu-mans, the tapetum is developed enough to ruin flash photographs but not nearly well enough for us to stroll at night without a flashlight.
2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019
Vicki Handron and her sister Suzanna Bon made a trip to the border in November. They told us about it January 9 in the cozy setting of Art Escape run by Kate Ortolando in the Springs. The room was packed. Vicki is an attorney who has recently changed her focus to immigration law. She went to Karnes, Texas, as a volunteer with the organization RAICES https://www.raicestexas.org/ with her sister as translator.  
2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019
Authentic Community Engagement has been “deprioritized” in Roseland according to Margaret Van Vliet the current Executive Director of the Sonoma County Community Development Commission (CDC). She informed the Citizens Advisory Committee of the CDC about this decision during the Wednesday Jan 16, 2019 meeting held at 10:00 am. When some questions were asked of CDC staff by the Commissioners about the status of keeping the Commissioners informed about ongoing projects Ms. Van Vliet conceded there were times the staff was not doing well at updating the Commission, let alone the community.
2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019
The Chabad Jewish Center of Petaluma will host Holocaust survivor Marthe Cohn on Tuesday, February 5, at 7 p.m. at Petaluma’s Santa Rosa Junior College campus, in memory of the 80th anniversary of “Kristallnacht.” Tickets are available at www.jewishpetaluma.com. Kristallnacht was the infamous night in 1938 when Nazis took to the streets of Germany, vandalizing Jewish homes, schools, and businesses, torching synagogues, and arresting and murdering Jews simply for being Jewish. Marthe Cohn’s book “Behind Enemy Lines” is her incredible story of suffering, bravery, and determination through not only the Nazi invasion and occupation of her home country of France, but also her work as a nurse in the Far East after the war, as the Vietnamese and French went to war. Now 98 years old, this event is a chance to meet a living legend, war hero, and proud member of the Jewish community. 
2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019
Though today feels more like Spring, I would like to say “happy Winter” to everyone. When last I was writing for the Gazette, we hadn’t quite crossed over into Winter yet. I love how just a few days after becoming Winter the days actually start to get longer, beckoning us forward towards a New Year. Did ya’ll see the lunar eclipse last weekend? It was pretty spectacular. Did you lose power last week? It was a pretty wet and wild set of storms we got wasn’t it? I give thanks to the firefighters and linemen out in the storm keeping us safe and doing their best to keep our power on. The return of the salmonids to our local waterways. This weekend I went down to the observation deck at Salmon Creek School and in 15 minutes of viewing saw two fish attempting to jump the waterfalls. If you have never seen this spectacle with your own eyes, let me tell you it is one of the most magnificent facets of nature out there  
2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019
February is that dream state – the time after the hustle of the New Year and before the ‘get ready for spring’ chores.  I hope you are all finding your pace and feeling content. I love the rain, the wind, and the clouds as they take on their many shapes. I love the colors along the river beds of the willows and bushes. I love the changing shapes of the creeks and the sand bars. What are your favorite parts of winter? I encourage you all to get out and enjoy our relatively mild winter on our beautiful coast….so much to be grateful for.   
2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019
OK – the new Bridge won’t be finished until 2024 but the planning has begun and the county has solicited community involvement. The 2nd community workshop was held on Jan 10th and polling at the meeting indicated that the preferred bridge alignment has the egress for the bridge at Main Street by Noel’s Automotive. The county is aware that there are concerns about this placement and is open to hearing from any and all affected parties. As far as design goes – the overwhelming consensus was that it NOT look like the Guerneville bridge but instead be a reflection of local character and preserve the natural beauty of the Russian River.
2019-02-12Feb 12, 2019
Heavy Rain Brings Risk of Flash Floods and Mudslides to Sonoma County County Officials Preparing for Incoming Heavy Rain The National Weather Service has issued several alerts due to the strong winter storm forecasted to pass over Sonoma County Tuesday night through Thursday morning, February 14, 2019. With the forecasted rain, there is a significant risk for flash floods and mudslides across Sonoma County, including the areas that burned in the October 2017 wildfires.  
2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019
Competition for customers and sales is fierce these days. Consumers have many more avenues of sales than they have had in the past including many that can be accessed without ever leaving their house or office.  In addition, products ordered through the internet are available within a couple of days and returning products that do not fit or suit is as simple as sticking the product in a return envelope or calling the company and telling them to pick it up.
2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019
All of us see the workers in the fields tending the vineyards throughout the year as we drive our beautiful Sonoma County roads.  You may wonder: can a person working in those fields get a green card by way of their job at the winery? The answer might surprise you. Yes, if you are a winemaker. But no if you are an unskilled worker. The federal government has a special visa for temporary foreign professionals hired by a U.S. employer, known as the H-1b.  The H-1B visa is frequently used to hire IT professionals in Silicon Valley or elsewhere; it also works for winemakers (and their assistant winemakers).  
2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019
Mars, the Roman God of War, has been gracing our early evening skies for quite a while now.  Slowly but surely, this steady beacon of pale reddish light has been making its way westward and will eventually disappear into the glare of the setting sun - but not this month. Early in February, Mars appears as an average to bright “star” high in the south southwest just after sunset. By month’s end however, this same beacon will be slightly less brilliant and will appear further west just after sunset, although still pretty high in the sky. 
2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019
When creating a new landscape, understanding goals and seeing the potential, are the most essential elements.  We analyze what is there and then try to imagine what could be there. In most gardens we design, critical spatial goals include screening and privacy, circulation, destinations, and focal points.  A majority gardens have many layers of previous features; plantings, trees, hedges, fences, walls, terraces, steps, water features and more. Even if adequately maintained over the decades, some of these features may not serve your needs today.
2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019
Welcome to February. Home to Valentine's Day and The Oscars. The nominations came out last week and I'm very excited that my high school friend, Sam Rockwell got nominated for best supporting actor for his work in “Vice”. He won last year for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”. It would be amazing if he won twice in a row. His biggest competition is Mahershala Ali for his work in “Green Book”. Ali won two years ago for his work in “Moonlight”. Either way, one of these actors will be winning two Oscars in three years. Amazing! I hope Amy Adams wins best supporting actress for her work in “Vice”. She has been nominated five times before but has never won. Glenn Close has never won an Oscar! I know it's unbelievable. She has been nominated six times before. This can be her year for her work in “The Wife”.  
2019-01-29Jan 29, 2019
This last storm we had in Rio Nido was a scary one. The lights went out and everything went completely black.  It’s a good thing I was prepared as were many others in Rio Nido.  The wind swept around the neighborhood like a hurricane. I’d like to make a comment on how some neighbors take pride in their properties.  Rio Nido does not have street cleaning.Valentine’s Day (or Saint Valentine’s Day) is observed on February 14th each year. Today Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, mostly in the West, although it remains a working day in all of them.     
2019-01-29Jan 29, 2019
The surprising gifts of later life are the subject of a free public program on Saturday, February 23, from 2–4 p.m. at the Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. Dr. Susan Stewart will discuss her research and recently published work, Winter’s Graces: The Surprising Gifts of Later Life. The event is hosted by the nonprofit Village Network of Petaluma. Drawing on folklore, recent research, the world’s wisdom traditions and the experience of elders themselves, Professor Stewart will describe a balanced and heartening view of age that acknowledges its challenges and celebrates its many gifts. 
2019-01-29Jan 29, 2019
The new bridge is moving forward. The latest preferred placement will have the bridge going in next to Noel’s Automotive. The County is in charge of the project; however, Caltrans administers the Federal funds. The anticipated construction timeline is summer 2021 and 2022. Noise impacts should be minimal as there will not be piling drillings. The old bridge will be removed due to high on-going maintenance expenses if it were to remain as a pedestrian bridge. Infrastructure maintenance is an ongoing issue for many of our roads.
2019-01-29Jan 29, 2019
First, I am excited to serve you as the new board president in our district.  We have an awesome board and are looking forward to working with our entire school community to lead our district to new heights. I’m writing to give you an update on the process to search for our next district leader.  The typical first step in the process to search for a Superintendent (or whatever the title will be of our new leader) is to find out from as many people as possible what is desired as far as how qualified he or she is and what kind of personal attributes are needed to thrive in Forestville.  
2019-01-28Jan 28, 2019
There are a number of plans and projects coming to the Springs this year that were started in months or years past.  Springs Specific Plan – The “Plan” is a program to promote beautification and unity among various elements along the Springs corridor. The ideas that went into the plan were developed in part by residents who made suggestions in five separate workshops. In several respects the ideas discussed below are either part of, or relate to, the goals of the “Plan.” Steps have been taken to make the plan ideas a reality for the Springs.   
2019-02-12Feb 12, 2019
‘Hamlet’ is often over-embellished, rather than allowing the spectacular wordsmithing of William Shakespeare to shine through. This unapologetically classic staging uncovers natural moments of humor and heartbreak. Sheri Lee Miller’s direction does not insert superfluous devices designed to impress; it has a sweeping cinematic style that augments the original text. Projections of monochromatic stone and swirling Northern Lights add an ominous, supernatural quality to the mist-strewn setting.
2019-01-28Jan 28, 2019
The last edition of RadioLand introduced readers to Julio Lucas’ Tuesday evening program, “Invítame a Tu Tierra.” “Speaking of Palestine” airs on February 4th from 4pm to 5pm. The discussion will be about Israeli military detention of Palestinian children, with a special guest from Defense of Children International Palestine. Movimiento Cultural de la Unión Indígena (MCUI) and KBBF invite listeners to Cena Oaxaca. 
2019-01-28Jan 28, 2019
Happy New Year, Sonoma County! As the new mayor of Healdsburg, I’m excited about 2019 and our new City Council. Our Vice Mayor, Leah Gold was re-elected in the November 2018 election, and Evelyn Mitchell — who has extensive experience as a business consultant and as the board president of the Healdsburg Humane Society — joined our Council. 2018 was quite a year. We made some headway on affordable housing, Healdsburg once again earned a bronze-level distinction from the League of American Bicyclists for being a “Bicycle-Friendly City” and providing river access from Badger Park.
2019-01-28Jan 28, 2019
If you haven't had a blood orange, you are really missing out. Every winter I am asked if the blood oranges are seen at the farmers' market yet. If you are an avid farmers' market shopper, then you might be one of those individuals eagerly awaiting their arrival. Oranges are one of the most special fruits. They give us a taste of summer sunshine during our darkest months. Blood oranges turn up that level of enjoyment to 11. You can juice it for an exciting reddish color and spectacular taste.
2019-01-28Jan 28, 2019
2019-01-28Jan 28, 2019
The regular meetings of the Cazadero Community Club resume on Tuesday, March 5th-7 p.m. at Firehall #1. Please join your neighbors in planning events which benefit the entire community! The Montgomery Elementary School starts off February celebrating the 100th day of school on February 6th. School will be closed for both Lincoln's Birthday on 2/12 and President's Day on 2/18.  The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has announced its 2019 Gold Medal winners. Cazadero Winery, one of Sonoma County's premiere mom-pop winerys, wins more Gold with Bei Ranch grapes from the vineyard originally planted by John Bei in the early 1990's.
2019-01-27Jan 27, 2019
Truth be told, almost everything unravels without Love somewhere in the mix.   We must bring Love back out of the shadows and underbrush where it’s surely been hiding, waiting for us to regain our balance.  Then we have to find a way to take back our country with love enough to govern with integrity, feed the hungry, welcome those folks Emma Lazarus spoke about, kiss, embrace and care for our veterans, comfort our frightened children, care for our frail elderly, cleanse our environment, help the less fortunate than ourselves...  
2019-01-27Jan 27, 2019
This is the third time this vacancy on the Planning Commission has been advertised because no one applied. Why the lack of interest? It’s been suggested that “everyone’s really busy,” “the next generation doesn’t care about public service,” “volunteerism is down,” or “people get involved only when there’s conflict.” This is puzzling because being involved in community service is intrinsically rewarding. Get involved in our democracy, and with other citizens, make decisions about land use. Shape our community, now and for years to come. Find out more — attend meetings, talk to current Commissioners, review the paperwork — and consider trying out for the open seat.
2019-01-27Jan 27, 2019
We have been hearing it since we were kids, but does this dietary advice still hold up? With so much conflicting information about what is good for us to eat, it might be helpful to look at some of the basics. Increased fruit and vegetable intake is associated with decreased risk for mortality, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers.    
2019-01-26Jan 26, 2019
On January 12th, Assembly District 2 represented by Assemblyman Jim Woods had their Assembly Delegates Elections.  Those elected will serve for two years on the Central Committee for the California Democratic Party representing District 2 that includes parts of Santa Rosa and all the way up the coast to Eureka. ... A crowd of 4500 people gathered at Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa for the 2019 Women’s March on January 19.  
2019-01-25Jan 25, 2019
 
2019-02-12Feb 12, 2019
In keeping with this time of expressing and providing care for those near and dear to us, young and old, our family, friends and neighbors Sonoma Specialty Hospital is very proud to announce the grand opening of Progressive Urgent Care now open 7 days a week, 9AM to 9PM.  
2019-01-24Jan 24, 2019
Stella Heath, a Petaluma native and co-founder of the French Oak Gypsy Band, will be performing the music of Eleanora Fagan Gough, better known as Billie Holiday, on Feb. 9th at the Occidental Center for the Arts. Heath started singing jazz and classical, and acting, at age eight around the Bay Area.  Her principal jazz influences were Holiday, Louis Armstrong (her “ultimate musical influence”),  Edith Piaf, and Ella Fitzgerald. Starting at age 15, Heath attended an Arts school in Michigan, followed by Syracuse University, where, on a scholarship, she earned a classical acting degree. Then, five years in New York City studying acting, auditioning, “pounding the pavement,” Heath says. She sang in various venues  (sometimes with Harlem’s Marjorie Eliot, once a regular on the Greenwich Village jazz scene). Returning to Petaluma in 2014 to be near family, she co-founded the jazz-oriented French Oak Gypsy Band, with Gabriel Pirard.
2019-01-23Jan 23, 2019
Two new Sonoma County Releases winemaker Dan Cederquist of Cederquist wines:King Fish 2015 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon,Firm tannins throughout the palate tightly intertwined with bright acids. Rock Fish 2015 Rockpile Zinfandel,The joy of finding a beautiful dry zinfandel that isn’t a fruit bomb.
2019-01-23Jan 23, 2019
One of the emerging themes for the year will play out this month. There will be at least 4 planets in earth signs, both this month and next. These earth signs, Taurus and Capricorn, like life to be orderly and under control. They tend to emphasize authority (Capricorn), tradition and comfort (Taurus). There will also be 6 planets in Aries, Sagittarius, Aquarius and Pisces, signs that prioritize freedom and independence. The earth signs prioritize conformity, the others are comfortable with risk. This dynamic is one that will remain throughout the year, to one degree or another, and even continue for the next few years. This mirrors the extremes of values, priorities and actions that the world, individually and collectively, is struggling with. Now we are shifting to the Aquarian Age, On one hand Aquarius is co-ruled by Saturn, the energy that likes authoritarian control, hierarchy and achievement. The other co-ruler is Uranus, the energy that embraces change, innovation, experimentation and liberation.  
2019-01-23Jan 23, 2019
2019-01-23Jan 23, 2019
A phenomenon has occurred in the film industry. There has been little fanfare acknowledging it but it is as important as the transition from silents to "talklies" or the demise of the studio system. Cable companies are now major film producing entities. They are not just platforms for entertainment, they are creating the entertainment. TV now engages A-list players in either feature length or multi-episode formats. HBO has Game of Thrones, Hulu has The Handmaid's Tale and Netflix has the popular culture sensation, Bird Box. In its first week of streaming it was viewed by 45 million subscribers. Piloted by Oscar winning director, Susanne Bier and starring America's sweetheart, Sandra Bullock, it was a winner right out of the gate even though it depicts a dystopian world gone mad.  
2019-01-23Jan 23, 2019
Here in Windsor February is a very active month for events. I’m also excited to announce that this month the Town of Windsor and the Windsor Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center will be working with the businesses in the Downtown Green area and the Beverage District, to provide a FREE SHUTTLE.  The shuttle, provided by Pure Luxury, will pick people up at the Holiday Inn and Express, Hampton Inn, and Worldmark, then take guests, at no charge, around the beverage district and Downtown Green. This service will be called the Windsor Hopper. The shuttle will run from 10am-10pm, 7 days a week, and is also available to all residents.
2019-01-23Jan 23, 2019
Everyone has a unique definition of love. There are as many ways to understand it as there are living beings. Most humans cannot put it into words. Some people have thought about it before and can easily talk about love in depth. I recently asked countless people their definition or interpretation of LOVE, mostly from the byways of Bodega and some from “Love in Action,” this year’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration event. I compiled the answers I found from the community and decided to keep them all anonymous. There are as follows:  
2019-01-23Jan 23, 2019
Residents of Bodega Bay have lost two of their pioneer citizens. Fisherman’s Chapel lost one of its pioneer ministers, Rev. Richard Wilcox and the community lost Lois Boos, who was a long time Bodega Bay citizen and active in the Grange and particularly in the Flea Market. Lois’ daughter, Shirley Hughes and her mother were active members of the Bodega Bay community. Both survivors put together nice programs for their survivors to honor the decedents; one in Petaluma and one in Bodega Bay.  
2019-01-21Jan 21, 2019
2019-01-21Jan 21, 2019
Two books about the lives of two men landed on my desk both written by local authors. One man was disposable, the other was on the fringe. Both contained an exceptionally strong Jewish presence. The first is a novel appropriately named Disposable Man and is a reminiscence of Max Krumm who might be the alter ego of the author, Michael Levitin. The second is called Living on the Fringe and it is a memoir by Abraham Entin.
2019-02-12Feb 12, 2019
In 2014, I was elected to the State Board of Equalization, one of the two principal tax collection agencies in our state where cannabis dispensaries are supposed to collect and remit sales taxes. Duffel bags and sometimes suitcases of cash would arrive quarterly at some of our designated offices and some business owners had to drive 350 miles to pay their taxes. I asked how much we collected from the cannabis industry and my agency really didn’t know since tax revenues are “commingled” and deposited with other cash tax payments.   
2019-01-20Jan 20, 2019
The BB CMAC is ready to represent! Bodega Bay is now part of the newly formed Sonoma County  Coastal Municipal Advisory Council.  Voted as the Bodega Bay Representatives are Brooks Rooney & Cathy Beck along with Bob Amaral as the Alternate.  The CMAC was formed to provide important representation for the unique & diverse needs of our coastal communities to all the Sonoma County Supervisors. Thank you to Supervisor Hopkins for your support in this effort!  
2019-02-11Feb 11, 2019
Newly elected California State Treasurer Fiona Ma will speak on Capitol Hill regarding banking services and issues of access surrounding the cannabis industry on Wednesday. The hearing is the first of the new Congress to address federal cannabis banking policy. Congressional members will hear testimony from the California State Treasurer, a drug policy reform organization, a medical cannabis dispensary, as well as individuals representing financial institutions.

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