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2020-04-02Apr 2, 2020
During this challenging time there are many services available for our most vulnerable populations; our Senior Citizens and those with Immune-Compromised Health. Below are resources for: Grocery Stores - Meal Services - Pharmacies - Transporation - Caregivers - Legal Aid & More. This resource list will be updated regularly.  If you have information to share that is not included in this resource, please email  editor@SonomaCountyGazette.com 
2020-03-30Mar 30, 2020
We will get through this pandemic. But we will survive and thrive as a community only if we value one another equally. From the youngest to the eldest, from the most vulnerable to the healthiest, let’s take care of one another by throwing ourselves into our new jobs — and showing the world the tough, compassionate stuff that Sonoma County is made of. We must stand up and demand access to adequate personal protective equipment, testing, and safety protocols for healthcare workers, our front-line soldiers in this crisis.
2020-03-30Mar 30, 2020
April is a big month for Climate Action; the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day is April 22nd. Events were planned globally for the entire week. But as we move into shelter-in-place worldwide, those events — marches, climate strikes, tree plantings, and etc., have been canceled physically and are going virtual on the internet. We’re not turning our backs on the Climate Crisis. As a matter of fact, our interconnectedness in the face of this virus have made us even more aware of how we all are one people on one planet. Here are some suggestions for climate activism that does not involve striking in public.
2020-03-29Mar 29, 2020
Sonoma County Gazette's printable guides for School Meals, Family Guide; Art, Science and Fun Projects.All activity guides include OLDER KIDS CHALLENGES, and are preceded by 'Some Preliminary Tips for Parents'. Enjoy! Graphic art by our very own: © Elisabeth DeGoff.
2020-03-28Mar 28, 2020
Beth Hart, In her performances, including London’s Royal Albert Hall withJoe Bonamassa and the Kennedy Center with Jeff Beck, Hart overpowers the stage with brassy sexuality, but she’s most concerned with relaying her issues and emotions “as honestly and vulnerably as possible.” “It’s not party music,” she says, though “I’m not the kind of girl who should run for mayor.” Hart connected with Bonamassa in 2011 for three albums and a Grammy nomination in 2013. That collaboration is ongoing, she says, but “I don’t consider myself a blues artist. It’s blues, jazz, soul, gospel, singer/songwriter, and rockin’- heavy-roll.” 
2020-03-28Mar 28, 2020
Our Homes and Gardens as sources of strength, comfort and respite. With the spread of the virus, our lives are changing in unprecedented ways. But our gardens and landscapes will still be here for us. Our homes and home gardens will be the most immediate sources of refuge — whether it is a couple of pots on a deck or small or expansive yard space. Gardening is a healthful, creative activity in the open air, with the added sense of comfort, refuge, and security. You can create a calming, generous space. 
2020-03-27Mar 27, 2020
Life Changed for All of Us
2020-03-27Mar 27, 2020
From Flexible Pay Plans to Keeping Those on Medical Baseline Enrolled to Reminding Low-Income Customers about Available Programs, PG&E is Here to Help. 
2020-03-27Mar 27, 2020
The federal relief package recently approved to address the pandemic does provide 14 paid sick days. But, the federal legislation includes gigantic loopholes. Companies with more than 500 workers (McDonald’s, Marriott, Exon, Chase Manhattan, and Wal-Mart) are exempted — and firms with less than 50 employees can apply for a hardship exemption. Only 20 percent of the entire workforce is covered by the new federal paid sick leave policy. Governor Newsom and the legislature should now enact legislation comparable to New York, providing emergency 14 day paid sick days for Californians affected by the coronavirus — but our state and local elected officials should go much further and make paid sick leave permanent. 
2020-03-27Mar 27, 2020
Between the postponement or cancellation of every event locally and worldwide there really isn’t much news to report currently. Things are changing so quickly that even if I provided a list of businesses that remain open it could very likely be vastly different by the time you read this article. Please do your best to support our local business owners whether they are currently open or not. Take the time to reach out to friends, neighbors and family members if nothing else just to say hi.
2020-03-26Mar 26, 2020
Each year there are many Earth Day events occurring in the Russian River watershed throughout Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. However, as the coronavirus continues to spread, event organizers have recently been canceling or postponing Earth Day 2020 public gatherings. Please visit  http://www.rrwatershed.org  to stay up to-date on any upcoming environmentally friendly events and workshops around the watershed during the year.
2020-04-01Apr 1, 2020
Gazette readers tell us where they recommend finding Take-Out Food - know a place NOT on this list? Send us your recommendation and details to:  editor@sonomacountygazette.com and we'll add them!OR have THEM fill out this form to get their restaurant on our MAP! https://www.sonomacountygazette.com/submit-business.html
2020-03-26Mar 26, 2020
As schools across Sonoma County and the country close for an extended period of time in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of educators that includes representatives of the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), have launched an effort to provide a set of hands-on maker activities and design challenges that children and their families can complete at home using simple products found around the house.The project, called CoBuild-19, is being spearheaded by the Maker Educator Collective, a network of experienced educators from K-12 and higher education working to help educators integrate maker education principles and  philosophies into core curriculum.  
2020-03-26Mar 26, 2020
Wow! 
2020-03-26Mar 26, 2020
West County Community Services are doing their best to maximize both staff safety and continued support for our most vulnerable community members.  Catholic Charities is also present to foster the needed sense of community and care for our most vulnerable neighbors affected by the unfolding situation. HOST’s Clean Start Program, in addition to providing access to clean showers and bathrooms, serves as an outreach tool to further HOST’s efforts to engage persons experiencing homelessness in our community into services. The Salvation Army’s is working with local, state, and federal government and health authorities, including participating in situation awareness calls with federal partners like FEMA, CDC, DHS, and HHS. New hygiene and cleaning protocols are being put in place to help keep safe our residents and others who depend on The Salvation Army’s programs and services to survive. COVID‐19 FEMA assistance for tribal governments.
2020-03-26Mar 26, 2020
This interim guidance  sorced directly from  https://www.cdc.gov  is based on what is currently known about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available. This guidance is intended to provide key actions that local and state health departments, homelessness service systems, housing authorities, emergency planners, healthcare facilities, and homeless outreach services can take to protect people experiencing homelessness from the spread of COVID-19.
2020-03-26Mar 26, 2020
Protocols outlined by the Community Market applies to all Food markets. The number one priority is to keep customers, the community and workers safe.  Hourly changes  are being closely monitored in the coronavirus (COVID-19) protocols through the CDC and the County Health Departments. The goal is to continue to provide groceries, nutritional supplements and natural remedies to customers in the midst of the current challenges to our health and well-being. 
2020-03-26Mar 26, 2020
By working together the farmers markets across the state were able to get the seal of approval to continue serving our communities by California Health Department and California Department of Food and Agriculture. On our part eating healthy fresh fruits and vegetables is essential to all of our vitality especially those individuals that are high risk. I encourage all of you to find your way to your local farmers' market to gather immunity boosting foods. If you know someone who is at risk or elderly please consider shopping for them. At the same time you will be giving much needed support to our local farmers.
2020-03-25Mar 25, 2020
This forced isolation is a perfect time to reflect, to acknowledge our feelings, to think deeply about life and death, to turn to our treasured writers, thinkers and poets in order to make sense of existence. City Council meets April 6 and April 20, 6PM using new Brown Act revisions that allow all but one council member to call in remotely. You can watch/listen to the meetings from home via the City website. Click on the tiny orange RSS symbol on the right. http://healdsburgca.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx .     
2020-03-25Mar 25, 2020
COVID-19 has taken over our lives. We can’t go anywhere or do anything. We can’t even engage in retail therapy, except on line, and nothing is being delivered on time anyway. Besides, we have no room for anything new because there’s ten thousand rolls of toilet paper taking up space in the living room. I WISH we could all start telling COVID jokes: How many COVID carriers does it take to change a light bulb? (None. Who needs a light bulb? All the COVID carriers are out on the beach!). I’m starting this way because I WISH the situation was funny... We’ll take it seriously NOW or we’ll start burying our loved ones. If we don’t do something to invalidate the models RIGHT NOW, 50 to 70% of all Americans could become infected. There are about 331 million of us. That means 165 to 232 MILLION Americans could contract COVID-19. If only 1% of those people die, we’re looking at 2,320,000 dead. As of today, the Sonoma County death rate is 1 out of 21 identified cases = 4.8%.
2020-03-25Mar 25, 2020
Sonoma County and all of Northern California is facing an urgent situation as hundreds of blood drives across the state have been canceled due to the coronavirus. More than 50 percent of mobile donations generated from blood drives have canceled in the month of March across the Bay Area and that challenging trend will likely continue into April and May. It is completely safe to donate blood at this time. Blood bank staff follow rigorous safety and disinfection protocols at blood drives – and they will be taking temperatures before donors give blood. Blood drives are considered an essential service. Donating blood is a truly meaningful way to make a difference.
2020-03-25Mar 25, 2020
I’m cautiously optimistic that maybe going forward we will have better leadership in our government and that the world will start working together as one planet, one people. Maybe there will be less hate, selfishness, and divisiveness going forward. People working together for the greater good. Last month I traveled for the 4th time to Cuba. You know part of the “Troika of Terror”, yet they are the ones sending doctors, nurses, and medicines they developed to Italy as well as other countries. Talking with them one on one about politics and their families, and you quickly learn that they are more than our neighbors. They are family.
2020-04-01Apr 1, 2020
The Federal government is working now on the next stimulus bill. This is a good time to be telling your Federal representatives what you want to see in that bill. Congressman Mike Thompson will be holding a FB Live Town Hall on April 2 from 7-8pm. Information here. My next scheduled live FB fireplace chat will be Thursday at 8:30 and then Sunday at the same time on my public facebook page here. I'm answering some Frequently Asked Questions in thsi briefing.
2020-03-25Mar 25, 2020
While we all know the value of parks to our mental and emotional well-being, especially during this difficult time of sheltering in place, we are convinced this order of closer of our parks is the right move. We want to help make a real difference in the outcome of this crisis. The closure order is in effect until further notice. To explain what the closures mean, we’ve prepared answers to some frequently asked questions. Cierran Todos Los Parquesdentro del Condado de Sonoma, Actualizar 25/03/2020 - Respuestas a Preguntas Frecuentes. Read more to get some answers.  
2020-03-24Mar 24, 2020
There Are Hidden Blessings And Silver Linings Here
2020-03-24Mar 24, 2020
We were slowly moving towards historic low interest rates literally all year. Rates started moving down slowly and methodically as these things usually do and arrived at the low point at the beginning of March. We had these historic low rates for an entire week (3/2 – 3/6).  The following week (3/9 – 3/13), we lost ALL of the gains from the prior two months in dramatic fashion.  I need to tell you a secret, something not a lot of people know. People always talk about investing in Stocks & Bonds like they are the same, but they are not. They operate in much the same way and they are traded in the same places, but they are almost always opposites. Y
2020-03-23Mar 23, 2020
I wanted to encourage citizens to attend the Budget Sub-Committee’s public meetings about funding community grants and reviewing departmental requests for FY 20-21. I was going to explain a new Water Bill Savings Program that would allow customers to invest in system upgrades to better conserve water, without any financing costs. I’d planned to advertise the openings on the local Library Advisory Board and report on the developing Strategic Plan for our Regional Library. But our world has been rocked by the ongoing public health crisis, some say “never to return.” Activities and events have been canceled or postponed indefinitely.
2020-03-23Mar 23, 2020
A Good partnership has been formed with Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation and Roseland School District. They have been able to secure funding together which has been used for tree planting and riparian corridor restoration along Roseland Creek as it runs through school district property west of Burbank Ave. A Bad situation occurred recently when the city of Santa Rosa staff in the Recreation and Parks Dept. invited over 9000 people from Southwest Santa Rosa to a free dinner in the Wright School District and only approximately 50 people came. The city no longer wants to think of Roseland as a separate place.
2020-03-23Mar 23, 2020
A new campus for Bergin University of Canine Studies is almost complete at the former Green Mill site on Old Redwood Highway. Facilities manager Eric Jensen and founder Bonnie Bergin gave me a tour last month of the modular buildings centered around a quad.  With a budget of $700,000, there will be three classrooms, an administration office, a training space with a mirror wall to reflect what trainers and dogs are doing, and a restroom block. The units house Associate and Bachelor degree classrooms, and a library with small classroom and lunch break space.
2020-03-23Mar 23, 2020
Working in your garden providing for your own needs is super. However, when you make a run to the grocery store maybe call one person (whether older or young) and see how they are doing and what they might need. It can keep more people at home and that is a good thing.  I want to highlight Anchor Bay Grocery Store  in Anchor Bay.
2020-03-23Mar 23, 2020
Our local “HEROES”  receive little recognition for all they do for Bodega Bay.  These heroes make a positive impact in our lives so I reached out to Bodega Bay and asked who is your local hero?  The response was incredible!
2020-03-22Mar 22, 2020
UndocuFund is Re-activated to Help our Undocumented Community Members Through COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis. An estimated 38,500 undocumented immigrants live in Sonoma County. Unlike other victims, undocumented immigrants, even though they pay taxes, do not qualify for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Even when they do qualify for services, many undocumented immigrants are unlikely to pursue those benefits due to fear of immigration enforcement, lack of familiarity with official institutions, and limited English proficiency. At every turn, our undocumented neighbors face barriers and challenges to recovering from disasters.
2020-03-22Mar 22, 2020
Sonoma County is encouraging the public, businesses and organizations to donate new, unused personal protective equipment to assist first responders, health care providers, and health care facilities responding to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
2020-04-01Apr 1, 2020
Hello Alice, a free multi-channel platform in partnership with the U.S. Chamber Foundation and hundreds of entrepreneur  networks and government agencies, the digital resource center is designed to provide business owners and  entrepreneurs with step-by-step, comprehensive access to financial support, government programs, mentors and  the real-world help urgently needed at this time. Founders/Business owners can visit the Alice site  to apply for an emergency grant, access financial aid, search national, state, and  local government programs, learn how to operate a remote team and migrate business from offline to online,  receive anxiety and mental health resources, connect with a supportive community, and more.  
2020-03-21Mar 21, 2020
Cloverdale along with the rest of California is “sheltering-in-place” until at least May 3 and maybe beyond. Coronavirus, also known as COVID – 19, is here, meandering its way through the population, unfortunately, often unidentified. We would love to give statistics, but this is being written only days after the order to stay in place went out and not unlike elsewhere those statistics are changing hourly as testing increases and symptoms make their appearance telling us of its existence.
2020-03-20Mar 20, 2020
2020-03-20Mar 20, 2020
With the COVID-19 outbreak spreading and shelter-in-place orders coming down across the state, we at CAFF are working hard to keep our local food system running strong, our family farmers in business and our communities safe and healthy. While confusion abounds during this ever-developing COVID-19 crisis, one thing is clear: a strong, healthy, local food system is absolutely essential during times like these. So what can consumers do right now to help assure that our family farms stay in business and the many people who comprise of our shared food system can weather this storm? From  joining a CSA  to ordering direct from farms online to making sure our most vulnerable have food CAFF has compiled a few tips.
2020-03-19Mar 19, 2020
Many stores are honoring special senior hours to help best protect our community. See our list.
2020-03-19Mar 19, 2020
When a true disaster threat shows up on our personal doorsteps, our real priorities have a magical way of identifying and revealing themselves — because the heat’s on.  Things that truly terrify us are clearly defined when we suddenly realize there is a stranger in our midst that we cannot see and that needs us as hosts for its own awful survival!  That can get your attention. Consciously or unconsciously, something changes in our outlook.  
2020-03-19Mar 19, 2020
As a social service agency, SAY’s services are considered essential business and activities under the “shelter-in-place” order issued by Sonoma County’s Public Health Officer on 3/18/20. We have adjusted our services and staffing as much as possible to increase social distancing and minimize exposure, while still supporting the most vulnerable youth in our community. Our housing and crisis teams are focused on keeping young people stabilized in their housing programs, informed about the current situation, and educated on good handwashing and social distancing practices. SAY’s mental health clinicians are working to support clients with phone therapy sessions, rather than meeting in-person.
2020-03-19Mar 19, 2020
The Health Order for all Sonoma County residents to Shelter in Place outlines a few exceptions for essential services and activities. If you’re questioning what is and is not allowed, the text of the Order is your best resource. Please take a moment to read it in full, if you haven’t done so yet. Additionally, some FAQs are available to provide further understanding (these are being updated as questions arise). When in doubt, keep in mind the intent of the Order—which is to create social distancing as much as possible. By each of us cooperating and taking personal responsibility, we can help to protect ourselves, our loved-ones and our community from the coronavirus.
2020-03-19Mar 19, 2020
Thankfully as a Community we are always united.  Although there are several events that have cancelled due to this virus, Russian River Sisters monthly Bingo, Monte Rio’s Monday Supper Club, Chamber of Commerce, Vine and Dine.  The Russian River Senior Center  will be closed for an undetermined period of time.  They will be checking messages and providing services as possible. Please call if you need them for anything. 707-823-1640
2020-03-19Mar 19, 2020
Get Out In The Sunlight And Fresh Air!
2020-03-19Mar 19, 2020
What are the rules for flying with a support animal?  The U.S. Department of Transportation kicked off 2020 by proposing a new federal rule that would only allow a DOG to fly as an emotional support animal.  The proposed rule also clarifies that the dog is considered a pet, not a service animal.  The proposed new rule would also give airlines much more latitude in developing and enforcing their own policies regarding travel with service or emotional support animals. Individuals with disabilities are not impacted directly by the new rule and may continue to fly with their legitimate and verified service animal. 
2020-04-01Apr 1, 2020
TIME is the great educator. We learn over time by looking BACK to see the results of our decisions, and the consequences of our actions. Earth-consciousness began long before Earth Day was named and celebrated, but it took putting a title on that consciousness to bring us a day, a month, a slice of time when we can look at our accomplishments, and also look at what we still need to do to SAVE this planet we call home.
2020-03-16Mar 16, 2020
Sebastopol Senior Center will be closed through March, as will senior centers  in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Windsor, Rohnert Park, Healdsburg and Cloverdale. We want to protect you and everyone who uses our center from the Coronavirus and feel we must follow Governor Newsom’s recommendation that folks at risk not congregate in groups of 10 or more. Plus Rx and Food Delivery Resources compiled by Lynda Hopkins 5th district Supervisor.
2020-03-14Mar 14, 2020
As a youth-serving agency, the health and safety of young people in SAY’s care is our highest priority. As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the world, I wanted to share some of the actions SAY is taking to help protect you, our youth, and our staff. Anita Maldonado, Chief Executive Officer. 
2020-03-13Mar 13, 2020
All the cancellations are the right thing to do in an uncertain environment. Even if Covid-19 isn’t stopped in its tracks, slowing its spread will give our healthcare resources valuable time to continue ramping up what’s needed to deal with this looming crisis. Hopefully flattening the curve means the system won’t be overwhelmed with too many cases at once. “Social distancing” seems to be working in other countries — let’s hope that all the radical steps taken voluntarily by so many organizations will do the same. Below is the information I have on cancellations as of today March 13, 2020. Smaller venues are going to be hurting, loosing much-needed revenue. If you can donate your pre-purchased tickets please do so.
2019-03-26Mar 26, 2019
The closing night film is “Bad Education” starring Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney and Ray Romano. There will be tributes to actors Sienna Miller and Steve Coogan. It is definitely worth the drive from Sonoma County to San Francisco for this event. On April 3rd “Beastie Boys Story” opens at a theater near you. Also, on April 3rd, “The Burnt Orange Heresy” opens. On April 10th “The Lost Husband” opens.  If you're reading this month's Gazette on April 1st you will appreciate that everything, I have written so far is an elaborate April Fool's joke. 
2020-03-31Mar 31, 2020
Sonoma County school districts had previously, announced that they would suspend in-person classes at least through the end of the Sonoma County health officer’s shelter in place order, which was set for April 7. Then Gov. Newsom called for individuals to stay at home state-wide and prohibited mass gatherings of more than 10 people indefinitely. Following this order, and in consultation with Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase, schools are preparing for the possibility of conducting distance learning through May 1.
2020-03-31Mar 31, 2020
The Sonoma County Health Officer today extended the Health Order for people to shelter-in-place safely in their homes until May 3, 2020.  All individuals currently living in the County are ordered to shelter in their homes. If leaving their homes for essential purposes as allowed by the Order, individuals must socially distance themselves from others by at least six feet.  The Sonoma County local Health Order is consistent with the current Governor’s Order to Shelter in Place. The recent Order from the Health Officer implements the Governor’s Order in a way that is localized to Sonoma County. The new Health Order adds to the list of activities people may undertake outside their home as well as clarifies guidance from the previous Order.
2020-03-31Mar 31, 2020
We must recognize that while we are all taking difficult steps to protect our community members who are most vulnerable to COVID-19, a prolonged shelter-in-place order creates NEW vulnerabilities in other members of our community. For those workers and businesses who are classified as non-essential, this news is especially difficult. Those of us who are still able to work must do our best to support others. Can you donate to a local non-profit? or volunteer to deliver essentials?
2020-03-31Mar 31, 2020
Some theatre companies are managing to offer videos of either cancelled or past productions.  Creativity is still alive and well — YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit and other social platforms are suddenly teeming with new channels and links to videos showcasing singers, actors performing in their living rooms, improvisation sessions on Zoom. You can’t keep an artist down for long. Browsing some home-grown entertainment proves a thoroughly productive and enjoyable use of your SIP time.  

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