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2019-12-12Dec 12, 2019
The holidays are a season of excess, but by making some key changes, you don’t have to give up any joy to have a great time and feel good about your habits. Sustainable Gift Guide. Experiences rather than things are a great option – especially for those who already seem to have it all. If you opt for consumable items, consider homemade vs. store-bought. Also, look for durable, energy-efficient, goods, gifts that give back, and items that can be recycled or composted at their end of life. Choose email receipts, items with minimal packaging, and opt out of free gifts with purchase.  
2019-12-10Dec 10, 2019
How easy is it for older adults and residents with disabilities to get around in Sonoma County? How often do they forgo important trips because they lack transportation? What are the local transportation challenges, successes and gaps in services?  Older adults and residents with disabilities are invited to discuss these questions and share their experiences, adding their input to the Sonoma County Connected Communities Transportation Study. The conversation will be Friday, January 10, 1-3 p.m., at the CLSD Bill Platt Training Room, 38901 Ocean Drive, Gualala.
2019-12-10Dec 10, 2019
I did some research into WHY people enjoy shopping in stores they can walk into. Part of it is the pleasure of getting out of normal routines. Retail Therapy is a term because people get real pleasure out of shopping. Holiday shopping is especially pleasurable because we think about the people we love. When we find something they will enjoy, we get a mini-thrill.
2019-12-10Dec 10, 2019
Please look at the MAP to find your way across the county to the small businesses who are on the same mission we are…keeping our local economy strong. They read the Gazette, so they know exactly why we publish this guide to holiday shopping. We don’t just tell you to go buy stuff - we provide inspiration on gifting in ways that support our home and families
2019-12-09Dec 9, 2019
How is it possible that, year after year, Transcendence Theatre Company creates a one-of-a-kind, rousing, heart-filled and touching holiday extravaganza, taking all of us on a joyful musical journey that can’t fail to generate seasonal spirit? It’s a show I look forward to each December, knowing not only will it be truly “spectacular” for a theatrical experience but also move my heart with positivity and warm sentiment.
2019-12-09Dec 9, 2019
Join Sonoma County Library in a yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, with events at various library branches beginning in late 2019 and lasting well into 2020. The kick-off event, a presentation by Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, editor of “The Women's Suffrage Movement,” will take place at Central Santa Rosa Library on Monday, December 16, at 7 p.m.  Sonoma County Library joins its partners—Sonoma County 2020 Women’s Suffrage Project and the League of Women Voters Sonoma County — in hosting a yearlong centennial celebration
2019-12-09Dec 9, 2019
It lasts all year and offers unique experiences every time it’s used. It lasts all year and offers unique experiences every time it’s used. Also the more Sonoma County Retailers you visit, the better your chance to WIN 48 Gift Certificates.  It’s a Win/Win for everyone. Our retailers have suffered so much with the fires, floods, and power shutoffs, I thought that by offering readers something of value would encourage you to walk through their doors.
2019-12-07Dec 7, 2019
The downtown Premium Zone parking meter operation hours have been reduced to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This change is effective as of Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The Premium Zone is identified by blue street signs and blue meter stickers and have a maximum time limit of 3 hours. This change is a reduction to the previous Premium Zone metered hours which ran from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.The hours of meter operation in Value Zone parking areas will also soon be changing.  On December 3, City Council approved free parking in all five City garages for the remaining Saturdays and Sundays in December of this year to support holiday shopping in the Downtown. 
2019-12-07Dec 7, 2019
The theatrical theme this holiday season seems to be Fun with a capital F, with shows that chase away melancholy and anxiety in favor of warmth, charm, and laughter. A Christmas Story, the Musical presented by Sonoma Arts Live is no exception, delivering as much fun as it can muster, adding a dose of nostalgia and impossibly cute (and talented!) children.
2019-12-07Dec 7, 2019
In Final Major Settlement, PG&E Reaches Agreement to Resolve Individual Claims Relating to the 2017 and 2018 Wildfires and the 2015 Butte Fire PG&E Has Now Reached Settlements with All Major Groups of Wildfire Claimants PG&E Achieves Fully-Funded Equity Backstop Commitments Company on Path to Making Major Changes Necessary to Exit Bankruptcy Ahead of June 30, 2020, Deadline
2019-12-07Dec 7, 2019
As the process of updating the Local Coastal Plan unfolds (and soon also the county General Plan update) the foundation of analysis should be an understanding of the carrying capacity of the natural environment and man-made infrastructure.  Focusing for the moment on the latter, what is the carrying capacity of the roads, water systems/wells, the septic systems and sewerage treatment plants which constitute the core elements of infrastructure supporting human habitation of the area.    
2019-12-12Dec 12, 2019
On Tuesday December 10th the Petaluma Chamber of Commerce Leadership class had their annual “Nonprofit Day”. David Adams owner of Quality Printing Services and graduate of Leadership class 2019 this year’s nonprofit day chair brought together a wide mix of the nonprofits in Petaluma from a variety of categories to share the rich diversity of services and organizations that Petaluma is blessed with.
2019-12-05Dec 5, 2019
Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California businesses and residents affected by the Kincade Fire that occurred Oct. 23 - Nov. 7, 2019, announced acting Administrator Christopher M. Pilkerton of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s designated representative, Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services on Nov. 14, 2019.  
2019-12-05Dec 5, 2019
It might be true that everyone who grew up with a Christmas tradition can remember the precise moment when they quit believing that Santa Claus was real. It’s equally true that parents can remember when their child found out, or was told, that Santa is not an actual person and those presents under the tree didn’t magically appear courtesy of a chimney-hopping bearded old man. But there’s no manual to say exactly when that should happen, and the father in  Polar Bears  does everything he can to delay disbelief as long as possible.
2019-12-05Dec 5, 2019
End of year. For many the end of the calendar year  is  the time of year your landscape is moving at its slowest pace, even though it is simultaneously waking up for next year, the changes are subtle.  Every month is another chance to re-evaluate you garden or landscape.The leaves have fallen, and your space is at its most naked; it’s a good chance to evaluate what failed or bothers you, and what you want your garden to become. 
2019-12-05Dec 5, 2019
The Petaluma Salvation Army is off to a slow start in the Red Kettle Campaign this holiday season. There is at least a 55% decrease in monetary donations compared to last year due to lack of volunteers. Contact:  Major Mitham Clement ,Petaluma, California 94954 Office:    707-769-0716, Ext. 101, Cell:   541-736-6903,  Email:  mitham.clement@usw.salvationarmy.org   
2019-12-04Dec 4, 2019
The magic of Blank Days can only happen when zero is planned. We moved leisurely from eating hot biscuits with savory gravy at Big Bottom Market to a competitive four-leaf clover hunt in Armstrong Woods. Then to singing rap songs by Grand Master Flash in the RV to putt-putt and ice cream cones at Pee Wee Golf with a finale dinner at the Russian River Pub to check it off the Diner's Drive-Ins and Dives list.
2019-12-04Dec 4, 2019
I was alone at home and rushing through the morning before leaving in less than an hour.  I knew that if I left now, I’d be early.  I could knit, read, meditate. Instead I’m looking for yarn. Certain yarn. I’m getting it all out now, might as well. You are supposed to look at your yarn at least annually. “Is that all of it?” I asked myself.  “ Perhaps just beyond where I can see…this was not a good idea. Whoa! Losing balance! Whew. Shit. Didn’t hit head. No blood, but let’s check this arm here. Whooo, not good. Should not look like this. “ I close my eyes, swoon, and breathe.  The Center for Mind Body Medicine training shelped me through this.
2019-12-04Dec 4, 2019
Marin Blues Musician Lisa Kindred passed away on Nov. 11 after complications from a fall and Poems Syndrome. The sad news was announced from her friend, guitarist Craig Caffall. “ I called her as “The Blues Belting Mamma”. Lisa possessed amazing energy and grace and was known for her constant generosity. She will be very missed.”  
2019-12-03Dec 3, 2019
The Chanukah Shoppe is here! Conveniently located in downtown Petaluma, this Chanukah pop-up boutique offers a delightful array of holiday necessities. The Chanukah Shoppe will be open from November 29 - December 27.
2019-12-02Dec 2, 2019
I met her over ten years ago. She was a fiercely independent feral cat who lived between the property lines in our community of Carmet. No one could claim to be her owner, as she was very clearly her own cat. Someone had captured her and seen to it that she was spayed, as her tipped ear announced to the world, and rumors went through the neighborhood that there had been someone, once, who fed her and some other feral cats. I would see her, a vibrant and beautiful silver tabby, but only at a distance...
2019-12-02Dec 2, 2019
She lives in the corner of a 2-sided cement-block dumpster-bunker in back of a gas station in Santa Rosa, surrounded on the two open sides by 3 ranks of 5 or 6 dozen paper grocery bags with a little recycling in each, an outer ring of bike, chair, rusty shopping carts to deflect attention, sleeping on two worn bath-towels, covered by thin blankets and a large garbage bag in rain. Sally-Anne says she has had depression for many years and at about 20 was deemed eligible for SSI, She also says she has PTSD.
2019-12-12Dec 12, 2019
The Trump administration’s desemination of misinformation has spread to create a climate of fear within the immigrant population, which is amplified by the chaos of devastating fires. Immigrants are individuals who are not fully dependent on the government, but at times need some assistance. Immigrants are entitled to human rights and we must ensure they are aware of them, are represented, and we must fight alongside them.  
2019-12-02Dec 2, 2019
As the seasons change, gardeners everywhere are tempted to pack away the shears for a few months, while others get creative and bring their garden indoors.Thehealth benefits  of gardening can be felt at any age, so it makes sense why more and more growers are finding ways to set up successful indoor gardens without investing in a state-of-the-art greenhouse. If you’re one of the people searching for a way to keep up the healthy hobby, consider transforming your garage into an indoor growing space.  
2019-12-02Dec 2, 2019
During the months of October and November, up to  21 groundwater monitoring wells will be drilled near Sonoma County creeks   to provide new information to managers and the public on the link between groundwater and stream flows. Coordination and construction of the wells are a technical service provided by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to Sonoma County’s three Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs).  
2019-12-01Dec 1, 2019
For Sunrise Sonoma County (SunriseSoCo), climate justice isn’t only about adjusting to fires and floods; the whole future is dicey. Sunrise s a youth-led group, ages 13-35 with adult supporters. When the full weight of climate change hits after 2030 if we don’t reduce to zero CO2 emissions, Sunrisers will still be young and there is no plan in place to ward off irreversible catastrophe. Urgent action is needed and “we need absolutely everybody,” says the national Sunrise Movement. 
2019-11-30Nov 30, 2019
There is much to be thankful for on the Sonoma Coast, and there’s a lot you can do to protect it right now.  Your current opportunities to act on behalf of our coast range from Permit Sonoma’s present process of updating our Local Coastal Plan to President Trump’s unwarranted Sonoma Coast “review” that still threatens our Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.  In addition, there remains a looming federal offshore drilling scheme planned for our coast, and we are confronting Caltrans’ proposal to build a giant “Bridge to Nowhere” at Scotty Creek near Sereno del Mar, not to mention the attempted revival of a long-discredited proposal by the US Fish species anticoagulant rat poison pellets onto the Southeast Farallon Island.
2019-11-30Nov 30, 2019
The Public and the LCP: The Sonoma Coast is an irreplaceable public asset and deserves the kind of respect and due process that it was accorded during the thorough public participation by which the first LCP was initially formulated and adopted.  After a County-requested pause in the LCP update process following the 2017 Tubbs fire, Permit Sonoma is now pushing through an artificially-rushed  public review of hundreds of pages of binding planning guidance and formal regulatory language in the aftermath of this year’s new fire season. 
2019-11-30Nov 30, 2019
Why were you evacuated?  What was behind Sheriff Essick’s evacuation order?  Clearly he was nervous, but nervousness in itself hardly qualifies as sufficient justification for evacuating 180,000 people.  There must be a deeper explanation.  Cal Fire is said to have a fire risk model, but what is it?  I find no descriptions online.  Evacuations impact local businesses.  The health of the old and infirm is at risk. A public interest group,  Evacuation Why,  to give us a start in dealing with issues of fire risk assessment in West Sonoma County. Contact  rdh@evacuationwhy.org  to get involved.
2019-11-30Nov 30, 2019
The small cannabis farmers have taken the hardest hits with our newly regulated industry, and many are still in the process of getting their permits to cultivate. Appellations are a legally defined and protected geographical area that identifies where something is made. In the case of cannabis, the same strain grown in a foggy coastal area versus a dryer inland area will produce different results. Articulating these differences to the sophisticated consumer will help promote Sonoma County cannabis and keep our county economically ahead of the curve. There is an Urgency to act quickly with the passage of SB 185 by Senator Mike McGuire allowing appellations to be formed by January 1, 2021  
2019-11-29Nov 29, 2019
The Vital Lands Initiative is a comprehensive plan that will guide our work for the next 10 years. Building on our nearly 30 years of successful land conservation work, the initiative will outline strategies for protecting our vital open space lands to preserve agriculture, natural resources, recreation, scenic vistas, greenbelt areas, and urban open space. The updated draft of the Vital Lands Initiative is now available for review. Comments on the draft are due by Monday, December 16, 2019, and can be submitted using our online form or by emailing  lauren.alpert@sonoma-county.org.
2019-11-28Nov 28, 2019
The ornaments on the giving Tree have a story. Each one has a gift request from a shelterless person of Healdsburg. Jersey, a shelterless man says “It’s nice to see that kids are being shown that just because we’re homeless, we’re still people. Most people don’t realize we sleep outside all year ‘round.”  
2019-11-28Nov 28, 2019
Make the holiday season even more delicious by trying all kinds of festive foods made right here in Sonoma County.
2019-12-12Dec 12, 2019
Cinderella is such an enduring and endearing character. We all know about her wicked step-mother and those grasping conceited step-sisters, and of course, her mishaps involving novelty footwear. So watching Cinderella’s Christmas by Devin McConnell, now on stage at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, seems like spending time with an old friend.
2019-11-28Nov 28, 2019
It was a season of growing, nurturing, watering, picking, and then making the jam in their own kitchen with all the right equipment not to mention the cleanup. So when you get a jar of homemade jam, or a homemade card, or a painted rock – please smile and know you are blessed to have received the finest in gift-giving. When you want to add something a little extra shop local of course! I want to offer a shout out to ‘The Sea Trader’. So many of our local stores have truly unique handmade homemade gifts! I am sure there are a few more places that I am missing so it is best to get out and explore  
2019-11-28Nov 28, 2019
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2019-11-28Nov 28, 2019
KBBF Board Secretary Michaele Morales described how the station made a difference for many people in Sonoma County during the Kincade Fire.  Edgar Avila, Director of Programming, helped organized bilingual and trilingual volunteers fluent in Mixteco and Triqui to report on the fire, containment, evacuations, and resources available. Supporters can join the Nuñez family in court at 600 Administration Drive, Santa Rosa, on 12/3/2019 at 1pm to hear the judge’s decision.  
2019-11-27Nov 27, 2019
It might seem a simple thing to select a gift for an elder, but it’s probably a good idea to pause and have some second thoughts before you buy something special. Consider some of the typical “adjustments” that many elders must make as years advance.  Smaller living quarters, fewer furnishings, and appliances such as canes, walkers and wheelchairs are just a few.
2019-11-27Nov 27, 2019
As I am writing this the Gold Coin Motel on Mendocino Ave. in Santa Rosa is in escrow being purchased by St. Vincent de Paul to build housing units for the homeless in Santa Rosa.  The Sonoma County Peace and Justice Center held their 2019 Peacemaker Awards and fundraiser in November. Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05) released a statement after a shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California. The historic Home and Gardens of Luther Burbank is decorated in old fashioned holiday decorations inside the house and on the grounds.
2019-11-27Nov 27, 2019
The tradition of hunting goes back many generations for the Soady clan, and stories of epic hunting adventures are recorded in a small journal kept in the Soady’s cabin located deep in the woods of Escanaba forest, especially noting when someone bags their first buck. Daughter Ruby Soady (Paige Picard) arrives as Alberta tells us that Ruby is the only one of the family who has yet to get her buck, and, at her age, that’s not good. Tomorrow’s opening day of deer-hunting season, and Ruby is determined to make this her “buck” season.  
2019-11-27Nov 27, 2019
Starting off the Holiday season is our very own Tree Lighting Sunday, December 1st at the Downtown Oaks Park. The Free Friday movie at the Methodist Church this month is Prancer.The award-winning drama program at Forestville School is putting on the sweet, funny and touching play called Curiosity Cats.
2019-11-27Nov 27, 2019
Not everyone has the time, know how or passion to create a basket with such detail but since the greek mythological times a horned shape basket called a Cornucopia filled with fruits and vegetables has been a symbol of abundance. This is my inspiration for my choice of gift for family and friends.  
2019-11-26Nov 26, 2019
When it comes holiday gifts, now more than ever, we need to think smart and Buy Local!Crafterino is back on Sun, Dec 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Petaluma Vets Hall featuring a huge selection of local vendors selling their handcrafted wares.  Fit ‘n’ Furry hosts “Santa Paws” for your pup and Santa photo opportunity on Tue, Dec 3 from 12 - 4 p.m.. Flower Casita hosts an annual Wreath Party on Wed, Dec 4 from 4 - 7 p.m. The Hospice “Light Up a Life” Tree Lighting Ceremony is Fri, Dec 6 from 6 - 7 p.m. at Walnut Park with inspiring words and music for those who have lost loved ones this year. Contact Hospice of Petaluma to name a light or for additional details. The Downtown Merchants Holiday Open House is Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 and so much more is happening... 
2019-11-26Nov 26, 2019
On Sunday, November 17th, a public workshop hosted by the aptly named Permit Sonoma revealed the extent to which developers have gone in their quest to profit from one of the last natural resources left in the county—the beauty of our coast. The meeting was presided over by Cecily Condon and two other PRMD Planner-IIIs, Gary Helfrich, (transportation specialist) and Jane Riley (housing specialist). Cecily acknowledged that readily-available scientific recommendations had not been incorporated in the draft since 2008. She acknowledged that compared to previous Local Coastal Plans, ESHA categories had been reduced from 3 to 1, completely excluding areas of future potentially sensitive habitat.
2019-12-11Dec 11, 2019
It may not seem like a holiday show at first, even though it takes place on Christmas Eve, with its tough characters and setting. Irish playwright  Conor McPherson  concocts a darkly comic tale designed to stop us in our holiday-making tracks and invite consideration of the season’s deeper meaning. Evoking laughter and somber thought in equal measure, The Seafarer  shines in an exceptional staging at  Main Stage West  through December 21, providing a welcome change of scene for the holidays.
2019-11-26Nov 26, 2019
Throughout the North Bay, Christmas is honored by families in the rich tradition of their native Mexico. In Sonoma County, there is an annual Italian Christmas Festival sponsored by the North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation. The Charles Schulz Museum hosts a free Chanukah celebration on December 8th called Hands On Chanukah Family Celebration. Music is such a large part of Irish life and equally at Christmas.  The Green Center is hosting a celebration of Irish Christmas this year: Danú, An Emerald Isle Christmas. Nothing symbolizes Russian Christmas more than the Nutcracker ballet.  This year you can enjoy a performance of the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker right here in Sonoma County.
2019-11-26Nov 26, 2019
Once again, Cloverdale has had to cope with both the fires in Sonoma County and their after effects. Despite the fact that we have not had direct impact, we all experience the emotional upheaval from the fires and ask many questions.There has never been a more important time to support our local community - that is eating local, shopping local and using local resources as well as helping your neighbor. The  22nd Cloverdale Toy Run  is hosted by the Cloverdale Lions Club. December 1st; Registration 9-11 am; Santa Ride 1-2 pm followed by BBQ with raffle prizes and more
2019-11-26Nov 26, 2019
2019-11-25Nov 25, 2019
Jupiter changes signs each year. This month Jupiter will leave Sagittarius and enter Capricorn. This is significant for several reasons. First, the energy of Jupiter is aligned with the nature of Sagittarius and is referred to as its “ruler”. When a planet is the sign it rules, its essential nature can be expressed in pure ways. Jupiter and Sagittarius are oriented toward the expansive, the joyful and the generous. 
2019-11-25Nov 25, 2019
The Sonoma Petaluma Parks puts on a Holiday festive event that attracts several hundreds of people each year. On Saturday, December 14, there are three opportunities to join in caroling at the Sonoma Mission San Francisco Solano. Sonoma Valley residents keep asking about progress at the SDC. Sonoma County brought together a committee to study whether there is a maximum threshold for absorbing wineries in the Dry Creek region and the Sonoma Valley.
2019-11-25Nov 25, 2019
How many ways can I say “delightful” and “charming,” or “funny” and “sweet”? All those and all their synonyms apply to the wonderful production of  Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley  currently playing at Spreckels Performing Arts Center. A terrific cast and sprightly staging liven up the intimate Condiotti theater, for a thoroughly entertaining show that will put you in the holiday spirit without corn or treacle.
2019-11-25Nov 25, 2019
Santa & Mrs. Claus will arrive aboard the tugboat "Petaluma" Nov 30. Come have breakfast or just a pastry and coffee with Santa. at 417 Healdsburg Ave. Brunch with Santa 10a or 12:30p at Ramekins Culinary School. Hosted by Pacific Coast Air Museum -During Santa Fly-In, Santa Claus flies in to the Pacific Coast Air Museum on a helicopter to greet all the kids. Santa will be walking around the farmers’ market handing out candy canes and saying hi to the children. Petaluma East Side Farmers’ Market, Santa Rosa Community Farmers' Market and Cotati.
2019-11-25Nov 25, 2019
I couldn’t help but wonder, in the current era of blackouts and anti-PG&E fury, how much power the new installation uses, so I called the Visitors’ Bureau to inquire. A few days earlier, I had attended the Springs Community Hall’s second Annual Pancake Breakfast, a historic tradition held when the Hall was part of the Grange. The Valley is now under further threat of rapid investment under a new policy called Opportunity Zones. Much of the Springs has been so designated.
2019-11-25Nov 25, 2019
We are grateful that the Rio Nido Roadhouse has been restored and is back to business as usual. Kinkaid Fire and Power Outages: as if we haven't endured so much PG&E decides to shut off our power due to gusty winds. Rio Nido is being represented in many district meetings. Last year the Rio Nido Float won an award. Stay tuned to see all the fun and excitement at this year’s parade. 
2019-11-25Nov 25, 2019
Bundle up, and join us on Main Street for the 4th annual Penngrove Holiday Parade of Lights on Sunday, December 15 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Penngrove Social Firemen present the spectacle of glammed up tractor trailers and more covered in lights. A small family business is Buzz Off Honey at Goah Way Ranch. I met beekeeper John and Darlene McGinnis at the Penngrove Market Craft Fair last month. We’re glad to welcome Harmony Farm to the neighborhood. Here’s another small shop to enjoy on your gift hunt for the holidays.
2019-12-11Dec 11, 2019
On October 30, 2019, LandPaths announced the acquisition of Ocean Song, a 421-acre property, of which 240 acres is protected by a “forever wild” conservation easement. Situated in the coastal hills of western Sonoma County, Ocean Song teems with coastal grasslands, pristine creeks and ponds, canyons, oak woodlands, redwoods, and acres of garden and farmland. Set atop a ridge, the land inspires awe with sweeping views up and down the Pacific Coast. Abundant plant and animal life call this place home  
2019-11-25Nov 25, 2019
As I write this, Coleman Valley Rd. is closed for repairs to the slide just up the hill from town. As I understand it, the County finally gave up on waiting for funds from FEMA for the permanent fix and has moved forward on their own with a more temporary solution.On December 7th and 8th the Occidental Craft Faire returns for another fun filled weekend of wonderful crafts, sumptuous foods, splendid raffle prizes, local music and Santa sightings.  That same weekend the  Occidental Community Choir  will be performing across the street from the Craft Faire at the Occidental Center for the Arts. Performances will be Friday & Saturd
2019-11-25Nov 25, 2019
As we transition from fire to flood season, let’s hope 2020 brings us changes to the status quo on many levels. One large positive from this past year has been the outpouring of support to help those of us effected by the flood and fire evacuations. I am astounded by the generosity of people donating to help our area.
2019-11-25Nov 25, 2019
“Thank you” to the Geyserville Fire department and their colleagues throughout the county, and also to the many firefighters that came from far away to help spare so much of Sonoma County from the flame. There is indeed much to celebrate in this season and so let us do so with these Geyservillian events. 
2019-11-25Nov 25, 2019
Globally forests, grasslands, and bush are all on fire. Unprecedented heat and bush fires in Australia threaten the five million residents of Sydney, Australia’s largest city, which is covered in smoke. Huge fires have been burning in the Amazon rain forest, in Indonesia, and across equatorial Africa. In June it was so hot in Barcelona, Spain, that a farmer’s chicken manure compost pile spontaneously ignited, causing Spain’s largest fire in 20 years. Arctic fires this summer occurred in Alaska, Canada, and Greenland, as well as Siberia...
2019-11-25Nov 25, 2019
For your holiday shopping look local and please consider getting your gifts from these Graton businesses. There is  beautiful art from the  Graton Gallery,  Spa services from  Brittney’s Skin and Lash Artistry,  wine from  Bowman Cellars,  Antiques from  Mr. Ryder & Company,  a gift certificate for  Asyrah's Garden Acupuncture Spa,  Wine from Paul Matthew Vineyards, wine produced by Purple Wine & Spirits, and as always you can purchase the gift of a delicious meal from Mexico Lindo, Willow Wood and Underwood. You can even give the gift of a helping hand from the Graton Day Labor Center. Many people appreciate gift certificates for activities like a series of yoga classes from Gratons Got Yoga. An activity gift can be particularly nice for parents, so Judo with Lance is something to consider.
2019-11-25Nov 25, 2019
An overwhelming majority of residents from Fircrest Mobile Home Park in Sebastopol have signed a petition asking the City of Sebastopol to help them stand up to PG&E to avoid the installation of “smart meters” in their senior community. PG&E has been working in the mobile home park since July replacing utility lines in order to switch all homes from sub-metered analogs to smart meters. 
2019-11-25Nov 25, 2019
We were very fortunate here in extreme western Sonoma county during the recent 'blackout'. Due to the diligence of our myriad first responders. To help you with holiday and personal shopping is the Monte Rio Holiday Wonderland Crafts fair, to be held this year for 3 big days! 
2019-11-25Nov 25, 2019
The Dungeness Crab season for Sports Fishing opened on time. Dick Ogg of Bodega Bay was just honored by National Fisherman magazine for his tireless work addressing marine entanglement. Bodega Bay Area Chamber of Commerce is once again holding “Chowder Day” throughout the coastal towns. Please do your holiday dining & shopping in Bodega Bay to help close the losses during the power outage, some offer local discounts too.  Comedian Vicki Barbolak and friends return for a raucous good time at the Bodega Yacht Club on Saturday, December 14th.
2019-11-24Nov 24, 2019
It’s that time of year when we get to enjoy some extra special meals with loved ones (often with multiple dishes and courses, including rich desserts), so I’ve selected five new wines that all make great pairings for holiday dinners, including two dessert wines). In Upcoming Events its Winter Wineland, January 18-19, 2020, 11am-4pm each day. A great opportunity to meet winemakers, taste limited production wines, new releases or library wines. All participating wineries highlight a Vintage, Varietal or Vertical tasting for the weekend.  
2019-11-24Nov 24, 2019
PARKING in the downtown district on city streets will be UNLIMITED and FREE. Holiday shoppers can avail themselves of the opportunity, from November 15, 2019, to January 5, 2020, because the City Council has unanimously lifted the one-hour time restriction. Shoppers can linger and enjoy the offerings of our small town. “This holiday season, come escape the hustle and bustle of malls and big-box stores and enjoy shopping at local Sebastopol businesses. Shop your favorites!
2019-12-11Dec 11, 2019
Audubon's 120th Christmas Bird Count will be conducted between the dates of Saturday, December 14, 2019 through Sunday, January 5, 2020.  Your local count will occur on one day between those dates. Participate in as many counts as you wish! You can also  view the circles by state here  or use ESRI's free mobile app to view updated public maps of all CBC circles by state! Click  here  to download the free ESRI Explorer app for iOS or Android. Find CBC circles by searching on your state’s full name + “Christmas Bird Count”.
2019-11-24Nov 24, 2019
The city has released an "Initial Study and Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/Proposed MND) for the City’s Roseland Creek Community Park Project.” To see or download the map go here: https://srcity.org/DocumentCenter/View/26439/Roseland-MP_191101. It has a “Review Period: November 19, 2019 to December 18, 2019.” PLEASE READ IT AND MAKE COMMENTS before Dec. 18th. You can read it here:https://srcity.org/2448/Park-Projects. Comments may be directed to the attention of Ms. Jen Santos at 55 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.jsantos@srcity.org  Many Roseland residents are concerned the city has discriminated against Roseland in this process while serving the residents of eastern Santa Rosa better in regards to park planning.
2019-11-24Nov 24, 2019
Sonoma County Holiday theater Shows: Miracle on 34th Street playing at Lucky Penny Productions, Sonoma Arts Live presents a musical version of the hit comedy film A Christmas Story. Transcendence Theatre Company production,Broadway Holiday Spectacular the performers hail from Broadway’s biggest hits likeWicked and Chicago. Polar Bears opens Dec. 4 at Left Edge Theatre in Santa Rosa, and might be just the date night you need to escape holiday treacle this one is strictly for adults.
2019-11-24Nov 24, 2019
2019-11-23Nov 23, 2019
Eric Lindell will be reuniting with the “core” of an old band, Eric Lindell & the Reds, for a 25-year reunion on New Year’s Eve at the Forestville Club. Original members and lifelong friends, bassist Emily Froberg and drummer Jake Brown, whom he says “set the bar pretty high” will join him. Their repertoire on NYE will be from their mid-1990’s catalog, he says in a November phone interview.
2019-11-23Nov 23, 2019
The motif in the memoir Hippie Chick by author Ilene English is most plausibly her journey into self, finding her worth and finding her place in the universe. Now a psychotherapist living on the Sonoma coast with practices in Sebastopol and Petaluma, she was born, the youngest of six, into a Jewish family in New Jersey. Her mother was always very ill and her father was distant. 
2019-11-23Nov 23, 2019
Be sure to visit the Artisans’ Co-op Gallery for your local holiday treasures. Gallery wide sale December 18 to January 2, open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will find great additions to your home or unique gifts for those special people in your life. Speaking of special people, I would like to recognize Gloria “Glo” Molica, a heartbeat of Bodega who passed on October 17 at age 67 from Alzheimer’s disease. Her presence will be greatly missed.
2019-11-22Nov 22, 2019
Transparency Matters is the theme of the new show at the Graton Gallery that opens on November 12th and goes through December 15th. It features watercolorist Sally Baker who is joined by glass artists Valerie Adams, Monica Boettcher, Mark Freed, Branka Harris, and Salatino Gandolfo.  
2019-11-22Nov 22, 2019
The great popular songs of Christmas seem like they’ve been around forever, but mostly go back only to the 1930s and 1940s, with interesting histories, including Sonoma County connections. Many will be showcased in “A Gift of Holiday Music,” a concert Sunday December 22 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. under “The Dome,” the rotunda acoustic music space at Sebastopol Methodist Church, 500 North Main Street.    
2019-11-22Nov 22, 2019
In March of 2017  Bob Simontacchi (Head Chef),  Brandon Parkhurst (Partner and Manager) and Owen Berrett (Partner, manager and elixir mixer)  opened Gravenstein Grill in the old charming French Garden location in Sebastopol on Bodega Highway as you head out of town. It’s a place where guests can enjoy superbly crisp fried chicken, reminiscent of mom’s memorable cooking, paired with free wine tasting on Wednesday nights and Comfort Food Mondays with $20 specials to honor the locals. 
2019-11-21Nov 21, 2019
Sonoma County Tree Lighting and Light Shows includes many 'illuminating' tree lighting and light shows including parades where you can see glammed up tractor trailers, farm vehicles, and decorated farm tractors covered in lights.
2019-12-10Dec 10, 2019
The pressures that online shopping are putting on the mere existence of small shops dictates the need to adapt, diversify and support the small shop local way of life! . . . and I must mention Ms. Vesta stopped by and took some photos as she does for all the advertisers. What Commitment!
2019-11-21Nov 21, 2019
On November 5th, the voters within the Gold Ridge Fire Protection District voted on Measure E which would increase funding to enhance the level of service that we currently provide to our residents. The measure is passing with 70.55% of the voting public approving the measure. Graton volunteer firefighters are collecting new, unwrapped toys for at least 30 children of all ages. Graton Fire Christmas Tree Farm: Thu-Sun 9-5Yes! We are open for our 14th season! 
2019-11-21Nov 21, 2019
The City of Sebastopol is enacting a new Ordinance, effective November 25, 2019 written to: prohibit use and sale of disposable food service ware and other products containing polystyrene foam, require food providers to use compostable or recyclable disposable food service ware when such products are commercially available. A copy of the full ordinance is posted on the City website.
2019-11-21Nov 21, 2019
If you are wondering why you should participate in the process now underway to update the Local Coastal Plan let me offer my take on the core reason.  The continuation of sound public policy protecting the coast from excessive development while ensuring access to the beach and care of the environment requires commitment.  That commitment comes doing the work of learning the issues and the process and then showing up.  The draft document is available on-line at the PRMD website.  There will be public hearings as the process unfolds.    
2019-11-20Nov 20, 2019
CAL/OSHA has issued emergency regulations that require employers to take protective measure to safeguard their employees who work outdoors.
2019-11-20Nov 20, 2019
We had a really challenging experience in late October with the fires and the PG&E power shut-off.  With the climate situation continuing to worsen, all scientific predictions are that these circumstances will increase in frequency. Preparation is very important, especially if you have some medical issues. 
2019-11-17Nov 17, 2019
Is there anyone whose holiday heart won’t be warmed by Charles Dickens’ classic tale of young Oliver, the orphan boy who endures many trials before finding his true home? 6th Street Playhouse creates a bold and richly entertaining staging, with innovative elements and two actors rotating in the title role. Featuring excellent principal performances and an energetic ensemble, this is a production not to miss this season.  
2019-11-11Nov 11, 2019
An unprecedented 90 percent of voters in the City of Rohnert Park passed Measure B to protect open space and focus growth inside the city’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) for the next 20 years — until the end of 2040. The UGB can only be changed by a vote of the people, with few exceptions. Greenbelt Alliance led the campaign to pass Measure B.
2019-11-08Nov 8, 2019
The festival of Chanukah teaches us about the power of light over darkness and right over might. An Evening with Holocaust Survivor  Leon Malmed, Chanukah Shoppe, Chanukah at the River, Hands On Chanukah Family Celebration and Latke Masterchef & Social are some of the celebrations around the county.
2019-11-08Nov 8, 2019
Holiday Performances for 2019 Compiled by Elisabeth DeGoff-Pedroza check out our list of the many amazing performances this Holiday season, from Transcendence’s Broadway Holiday Spectacular, to Cirque de Bohème, The Nutcracker by Petaluma School of Ballet and more. 
2019-11-08Nov 8, 2019
The holiday season in Sonoma County is a magical time! Enjoy holiday music, tree lighting celebrations, performances and more!
2019-12-10Dec 10, 2019
Sonoma County Holiday Shipping Deadlines 2019.  United Parcel Service, United State Postal Serv., United State Postal Serv., Military Mail: APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs.
2019-11-08Nov 8, 2019
Make the holiday season even more delicious by trying all kinds of festive foods made right here in Sonoma County.
2019-11-08Nov 8, 2019
Holiday Craft Fairs 2019. Surprise friends and family with hand-crafted gifts from Sonoma County artists and artisans. There are many craft fairs in November and December, to find those perfect presents and, even gift a little something to yourself.
2019-11-08Nov 8, 2019
With the holidays around the corner, it’s time to figure out what you’ll be gifting your family and friends. For those of you who’d like to try a little something different this year, Elizabeth has rounded uparts and crafts classes in Sonoma County, from jam Making, Thanksgiving Centerpiece Floral Design, Holiday Wreath Design to Porcelain Ornaments and more!, where you create personalized gifts for your loved ones.
2019-10-25Oct 25, 2019
Another year, another couple of disasters, but we all made it!  Remember to utilize your local merchants this Holiday Season as we are all struggling to recover from the loss of income during the flood and the fires this year!  Let’s help keep our groovy merchants/local businesses stay afloat! What better way to start the month other than a 3-Day Family Friendly event with the 18th Annual Holiday Extravaganza & Parade of Lights, presented by the Friends of Stumptown. Don’t forget on Friday the 6th is the First Friday Artwalk. The Curtain Call Theatre beckons you to go relax and watch your local, live theatre performance of The MouseTrap by Agatha Christie, directed by our very own Michael Tabib...and more
2019-10-24Oct 24, 2019
While California’s cannabis market is bursting with countless new brands and flourishing with innovation and sophistication, with products in gorgeous packaging, a surprising majority are made with mass produced, low quality ingredients like distillate, isolate and corn syrup. Gasp. The fact that many of us are just happy to be able to legally acquire cannabis products has precluded many of us from asking the important questions about the source and quality of a product..
2019-10-20Oct 20, 2019
Pat Nolan's new release - Volume II of So Much, a collection of his poems from 1990-2010.  The first volume covered the previous twenty years. Nolan is working with   “the mass and mess of my accumulated writing”  which once filled boxes and cabinets before being electronically compacted to his computer. He calls the  process “the Schumpeterian creative destruction (elsewhere defined as the dismantling of long-standing practices in order to make way for innovation) of the past thirty years.” Over forty years ago, Nolan settled in a neighborhood close to the Russian River, almost an island. Peace prevails -  “out of the mist duck call rises from the shrouded river”...  

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