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2019-08-20Aug 20, 2019
On Saturday, August 24th, residents of the Cavedale-Trinity community are invited to participate in the County of Sonoma’s first evacuation drill. The drill will take place from 8 A.M. to 10 A.M., and is part of a larger effort to prepare for wildfires and other potential disasters.  
2019-08-13Aug 13, 2019
It's a very sad day in Forestville as teachers parade in front of the school asking for a Living Wage while administrators prepare for opening day with substitutes. This small community school once boasted more than 800 students and is now down to less than 300 from Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Once the recipient of the California Distinguished Schools Award, parents have pulled their children from this school to attend neighboring schools instead. Both parents and students who love the tradition of multiple generations attending their hometown school are stressed and concerned about the future of their school.
2019-08-13Aug 13, 2019
The Center for Climate Protection announced today that Ellie Cohen will join the organization in the newly created position of CEO, starting September 1st. Cohen, a national leader in collaborative nature-based climate solutions, will spearhead the organization’s climate emergency policy efforts in California and beyond. Ann Hancock, the Center’s co-founder and Executive Director will continue on staff as a vital member of the Center’s leadership team.  
2019-08-12Aug 12, 2019
The hallmark of Transcendence Theatre Company since their earliest shows has been the musical revue, that they do so extremely well— mixing Broadway and Pop, standards and the newest hits, in modern and fresh arrangements and staging. Add triple-threat performers from professional stages around the country, and you have a sure-fire formula for a thrilling success of a show. Those Dancin’ Feet is another notch in the TTC belt, emphasizing dance and choreography alongside superb vocals, with energetic and entertaining effect.   
2019-08-12Aug 12, 2019
Tucked away in a converted warehouse in a Napa business/industrial area is a gem of a theatre producing quality shows for those willing to make the short hop. Lucky Penny Productions, the brainchild of co-founders Barry Martin and Taylor Bartolucci, has been going strong for ten years now, mounting classics, contemporary works and musicals for delighted audiences. The Tasting Room, a revival from 2018 written by Martin himself, showcases some of the company’s associate artists and delivers happy hilarity that locals will especially appreciate.
2019-08-12Aug 12, 2019
2019-08-12Aug 12, 2019
With so much misinformation on the internet about CBD oil, one of the most common questions we get from consumers is in regards to the difference of CBD from hemp vs CBD from marijuana. Many prospective cannabis consumers are surprised by the number of similarities between hemp and marijuana. However, the resemblance should come as little surprise, since both hemp and marijuana are versions of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. 
2019-08-11Aug 11, 2019
The California Public Resources Code (PRC 4295.5) gives utilities the right “to prune trees to maintain clearances pursuant to Section [PRC} 4293, and to abate, by pruning or removal, any hazardous, dead, rotten, diseased, or structurally defective live trees.”  The standards require a clearance of 4 feet around power lines in high fire-threat areas with recommended minimum clearances of 12 feet or more at time of prune to ensure compliance year-round. The enhanced vegetation safety work that is happening in West County and other High Fire-Threat Districts (outlined below) meets and exceeds the CPUC requirements.
2019-08-10Aug 10, 2019
The County of Sonoma invites the community to attend Sonoma Ready Day on September 8, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Sonoma Ready Day is a free event offering emergency preparedness resources, demonstrations, short lectures, emergency vehicle displays and tools to educate and empower community members to withstand and recover from disasters. 
2019-08-07Aug 7, 2019
Our local shining star is typically overlooked in most guidebooks. Virtually everyone’s opinions for restaurant destinations in our upscale wine county world calls for driving on by to get to the perfect and fancy haunts. I think you will be surprised when you really see what is in … Cotati!  Let’s take an honest look: There are a whopping 17 independent, local proprietor-owned restaurants in the little town!
2019-08-05Aug 5, 2019
First, we dreamed a wonderful book about Sonoma Mountain. Then we created three very successful book launch parties— attended by 550 people like you—to raise awareness of the mountain in our backyard. Now we are stepping back to vision and dream what's next for us as an organization speaking for the Mountain. We'd love your input about what's important and of interest to you. The Google poll takes about two minutes.
2019-08-20Aug 20, 2019
Rebuild NorthBay Foundation (RNBF) and United Way of Wine Country (UWWC) are pleased to announce their new partnership in the RiseUp Community Impact Grants program. The RiseUp Community Impact Grants program is supporting the long-term rebuild of our region as a more sustainable and resilient community. With this partnership, the program will fund up to $400,000 in grants that fill identified gaps in rebuilding, wildfire prevention and preparedness, and long-term resilience. The RiseUp Community Grants program was launched by Rebuild NorthBay Foundation in Spring of 2019 to provide support for the long-term recovery and rebuilding of Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties.
2019-08-04Aug 4, 2019
TLC Child & Family Services is excited to announce that we have been awarded the highest level of recognition as Innovators working within the LGBTQI community. TLC offers a continuum of evidence-based treatment and relationship-focused care to youth and families. 
2019-08-04Aug 4, 2019
Just as “you can’t judge a book by its cover,” the San Francisco-based online grocer 'Imperfect Produce' believes even ugly food, is beautiful on the inside. The direct-to-consumer business, which uses a subscription box delivery model, works with farmers all over the world, according to Imperfect Produce Content Manager Reilly Crock.
2019-08-03Aug 3, 2019
When I finally made that stop at Willowside Meats on Guerneville Road, I discovered a butcher shop with a mix of old-world charm and a modern spicy edge. The aroma of delicious smoked meats beckoned me inside and floated through my five senses, making my brain think of one thing - BBQ. Deservedly called one of the last old-school family run butcher shops, Willowside Meats has three generations of the Taylor family and their employees all dancing around each other as they process, package and greet customers with a gracious air. 
2019-08-03Aug 3, 2019
These days, climbers often learn basic skills at an indoor climbing gym or through the mentorship process as experienced climbers train their friends at the crag. Most of the tens of thousands of climbers in North America today will never even own a rock hammer, and that’s a good thing. 
2019-08-03Aug 3, 2019
Beauty abounds everywhere while hiking the Sonoma Coast Kortum Trail from the ocean vistas, crashing waves, glorious sunsets & scenic hiking trails. Oh yes, there are some famous rocks there too! Sunset Rocks, also known as the Mammoth Rub, stand tall in the vista. Take a deep breath and feel the peace that settles over you while in their presence. Their striking height and tumbling rocks draw you to them.  
2019-08-02Aug 2, 2019
Vegetation Removal for Wildfire Safety Under Scrutiny. All across the state, PG&E is sending out crews to remove trees in large swathes under power lines. In neighborhoods, tree inspectors are tagging trees for trimming and removal. What used to be a required 18” clearance has become a 4-foot to 12-foot clearance since fires raged across our state and electric power lines have been identified as a source for several of these fires.
2019-08-02Aug 2, 2019
Making a connection with neighbors makes a huge impact in an emergency. Record neighborhood information on an Excel spreasheet or Google Sheets to share and make sure all neighbors have access, copies, or a hard copy.
2019-08-02Aug 2, 2019
2019-08-02Aug 2, 2019
Luther Burbank came up with the Santa Rosa plum, one of the most popular varieties of plum that you’ll see growing in backyards and available for purchase from farmer’s market growers. Soon after Burbank developed this variety, it became a huge favorite, and quickly spread throughout the country. The name came from it’s origin in Santa Rosa, California.  A place that Burbank himself declared “God’s gift to fruit growers.”     
2019-08-02Aug 2, 2019
With so much misinformation on the internet about CBD oil, one of the most common questions we get from consumers is in regards to the difference of CBD from hemp vs CBD from marijuana. Many prospective cannabis consumers are surprised by the number of similarities between hemp and marijuana. However, the resemblance should come as little surprise, since both hemp and marijuana are versions of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant.
2019-08-20Aug 20, 2019
Coffey Strong, in partnership with AshBritt Environmental and Rebuild NorthBay Foundation, is pleased to announce the completion of the Hopper Walls Project.  A dedication will take place on Saturday, August 24th at 10am @ Coffey Lane and Hopper Avenue, at the northeast corner.  Santa Rosa Mayor Tom Schwedhelm noted, “This project is symbolic of our rebuild efforts and what can happen when a community comes together as one to rebuild neighborhoods and lives.”
2019-08-01Aug 1, 2019
These classes are designed specifically for YOU if you are interested in learning how to do family research, solve “brick walls or road blocks”, and write for future generations about your family history. No computer experience required but recommended. Classes are open to all beginners or advanced students!
2019-08-01Aug 1, 2019
Local fire departments and state inspectors have been coming on to private and public property, unannounced, to inspect for potential fire risk. Yes, this is legal and it’s necessary. People still aren’t getting the message that fire risk is REAL and every person is responsible for where they live and work.
2019-07-31Jul 31, 2019
Your CBD Store Petaluma is the first and only dedicated CBD store selling hemp products.  Cannabis has been helping people in wake of the Opioid Crisis. Our business has been growing very fast since opening the doors just a month ago. Most of our customers are looking for alternatives to prescription drugs and most are elderly. The response has been so overwhelming that we are launching stores around the country now.  Since our opening we are already seeing testimonials from arthritis relief, fibromyalgia, stress, anxiety and Insomnia.
2019-07-29Jul 29, 2019
Winemaker Eric Sussman established Radio Coteau back in 2002. I first had the pleasure of tasting Eric’s Sonoma Coast and Russian River Syrahs a few years later and have been impressed at the quality vintage to vintage in not just the Syrahs, but with the Radio Coteau Pinot Noirs, Zinfandels and Chardonnays year after year. Peruse our list ofUpcoming Winery Events.
2019-07-29Jul 29, 2019
Ah, summer! That wonderful time of year when grasses grow, flowers bloom, and the minds of insects turn towards thoughts of romance! What’s not to love about summer? Unless of course, you’re a dog or cat. Then, the "Summer of Love" is far too likely to turn into the "Summer of Scratch." It’s not fun, and it’s certainly not pretty.
2019-07-29Jul 29, 2019
The Sonoma County Library has signed a six-year lease on a building at 470 Sebastopol Road, across the street from the current temporary library. Of importance to Roseland residents and local library users he noted, “The new library will have abundant parking, heating, air conditioning and a roof that doesn't leak — all things the current library lacks.” 
2019-07-29Jul 29, 2019
I want to revisit last month’s shout-out to War Wagon BBQ here in Petaluma. I had tried them at a couple of events and was so impressed that I ended up using them for a catering job. The 12th Annual Petaluma Music Festival is Saturday, August 3, at the Petaluma Fairgrounds, with gates opening at 11:30 a.m. and music running through 9:30 p.m. The City of Petaluma will host a PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Presentation on Monday, August 12 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Hotel Petaluma Ballroom at 205 Kentucky Street.
2019-07-29Jul 29, 2019
FEMA Representatives Reviewing Flood-Damaged Roads - Russian River Water Quality -Newombudsperson – Alisha O’Loughlinfor the Lower River area -Changes in the Fifth District Office as Susan Upchurch retires and Leo Chyi takes her place. Join Sonoma Coast and Lower Russian River MAC meeting in Cazadero with Senator Mike McGuire on August 15.
2019-07-29Jul 29, 2019
Sitting on any beach is a plus.  Sitting on a beach with people you love is a bonus.  Blue Mind, Green Body,  Red Soul! Mind body and soul!   Blue represents water.  Do you know about the Blue Mind movement? Green Body is another new movement; scientific research that being outdoors lowers blood pressure, is an energy booster,  gives us better focus and more. August is usually a bit hotter than other months. But in the coast, we have the rolling fog so you can find comfort in the coastal climes and beaches.
2019-07-29Jul 29, 2019
I'm admittedly anxious — two years ago I planted one of my favorite flowers, the giant Sea Squill. These striking tall flower spikes grow to four or five feet and are common on sea cliffs throughout the Mediterranean.
2019-08-19Aug 19, 2019
Held on a rural ranch, a few miles inland from the spectacular Sonoma Coast, the Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival celebrates year twenty-five this summer. Sophisticated yet down-home, it’s garnered the reputation of being one of the premier art, wine, beer and food festivals in California. This annual benefit attracts thousands of foodies, art aficionados, wine and beer connoisseurs and music lovers to picturesque Watts Ranch in the village where Alfred Hitchcock once filmed his classic thriller, The Birds. The festival is a food lover’s dream, especially for people who love seafood. Non-fish eaters will have no trouble finding delicious vegetarian options, meat, chicken and sweet treats galore. 
2019-07-29Jul 29, 2019
For those of you who like to see movies in the theater, you will be happy to know there are seven amazing movies opening this month in theaters. Starting with “The Farewell”. It stars Awkwafina as a granddaughter who is devoted to her grandmother who she finds out is dying. Fans of “Oceans 8” and “Crazy Rich Asians” will love Awkwafina in a dramatic role. It opens August 2nd.
2019-07-29Jul 29, 2019
Amber has been a resident and long-time OGUSD parent with her three sons as students in the district.  Amber feels “A real connection to these schools”. Amber told me that that she learned very early on in her admin career that “You are not doing anyone any favors if you are not honest with them” Therefore, she welcomes communication. She is very passionate about supporting all students both in and out of the general classroom. She believes in early intervention and inclusion for all. 
2019-07-29Jul 29, 2019
There used to be a railroad that ran through Camp Meeker.  It was called the North Pacific Coast Rail Road (at least at first), and it ran from Sausalito to Cazadero from 1877 to 1931.  It was built to carry the redwood lumber from the sawmills that dotted the area like mushrooms after the rain. It’s all gone now, but there are still signs of the old railroad, if you look hard enough.
2019-07-28Jul 28, 2019
Some of the main categories of water quality impacts can include chemicals, bacteria, sediment, and temperature. Rain water that lands on our rooftops, driveways and streets ultimately reach our tributary creeks, river and ocean, carrying with it remnants of the long journey. LID is a planning and design strategy used to reduce potentially harmful impacts on water associated with increased stormwater runoff from construction. LID uses an innovative technique to imitate how water would flow  prior to the constructed development. 
2019-07-28Jul 28, 2019
The Friends of Rio Nido have met with the U.S. Postal Service reps and agreed on restoring our post office. PG&E is doing upgrades in our Community to minimize fires from electrical poles. he Friends of Rio Nido are hosting National Night Out.  This will take place at the picnic tables adjacent to the Dog Park on Tuesday, August 6th from 4:30-6:00pm.
2019-07-28Jul 28, 2019
Within a year, electricity from onshore wind and solar will be cheaper than any electricity from fossil fuels, a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) forecasts. This doesn’t even consider the “hidden” costs of fossils fuels—from mining and drilling operations, spills, and greenhouse gas emissions, nor does it factor in huge fossil fuel subsidies.
2019-07-27Jul 27, 2019
August (and September) tend to be a relatively laid-back time in gardens, time to enjoy the work put into your landscape earlier in the year. Not that there’s nothing to do, but with the heat and dryness, better to sit back with a refreshing drink and appreciate what’s there, rather than burning yourself out on chores. Observe. While you’re sitting outside relaxing, don’t fail to notice what is missing in your landscape or garden. The glass is half full, but let’s consider how to fill it up.  These can be added later in the cool season, but make a mental note about what you might like to grow.
2019-07-27Jul 27, 2019
The 29th Annual Cotati Accordion Festival - A non-profit organization established in 1991 to promote the love of the accordion and to support local youth service organizations. The Fest volunteers, attendees, musicians, and sponsors have contributed nearly $500,000 to the youth of our community. Advanced tickets can be purchased at all four Oliver’s locations.
2019-07-26Jul 26, 2019
It has become obvious that long-term-care insurance is not the answer to paying for nursing home and other kinds of care for the elderly. Sales for this product have been declining, the result of sky-high premiums, rate increases, and the difficulty of qualifying for a policy if you’re sick. But the elderly are not the only Americans needing care. At the other end of the age spectrum, paying for childcare is becoming harder and in between are middle-aged women, many of whom have left the workforce to become caregivers for elderly parents. But what if there were a program where Americans paid a little bit each month through their entire working life just as they do now to qualify for Social Security and Medicare benefits?
2019-07-26Jul 26, 2019
SRJC Older Adults Program is offering free courses in Genealogy in the Fall of 2019. The classes are designed specifically for YOU if you are interested in learning how to do family research, solve “brick walls or road blocks”, and write for future generations about your family history.
2019-08-17Aug 17, 2019
As of August 15, 2019, the Sonoma County Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Manual version 7.0 is in effect.  Customers are hereby advised that any septic applications will be required to comply with the provisions of the OWTS Manual version 7.0.  Customers are further advised of the following updates to Permit Sonoma’s permitting procedures:
2019-07-26Jul 26, 2019
At times, it feels like sight impaired.  It’s not that I actually can’t see. Seeing clearly has become so much more vital — and that clarity is linked to the filter game I now must more carefully implement while watching the news and listening to the political static.  (You know the one I mean: True or False?)  In my safe and peaceful place in a forest full of innocent wildlife, it seems like some foreign tableau moving across my TV or iPhone screen!  It’s not.  It’s my country, my government, my news...
2019-07-26Jul 26, 2019
They call us dreamers. We call them greedy. And never the twain shall meet, it appears. They have the power, the influence, the money. We have the 99 percent. In the midst of this intense divisiveness and endless arguments, we now have 5G. I learned a great deal about 5G this month. First, I attended a workshop presented by Sonoma Neighbors for Safe Tech, in which attorney and activist Debra Tachover spoke at length about the health effects of all forms of electromagnetic radiation, and how 5G will increase them. The evidence she presented, thousands of studies by responsible organizations, was compelling.
2019-07-26Jul 26, 2019
We may be getting WCCS Empowerment Center classes at the MRRPD Youth Center building next to the tennis courts. The Empowerment Center will have classes mid-day mid-week. Classes are currently being held in the Russian River Senior Center and the Empowerment Center needs more space. Update on Noise Ordinance:  There has been a lot of traction on this recently with over 300 petition signatures in support of a noise ordinance, as well as social media and a local news article on the subject. Russian River Alliance, along with some of its member groups, started this initiative last summer in response to public requests. 
2019-07-26Jul 26, 2019
While selecting the shows for next season we noticed a trend. The main characters find themselves in a similar position. They all have a choice to make. Do they abide by the rules, expectations, conventions and traditions or do they break from them? So, we decided to challenge our own rules.As you know by now, Left Edge is committed to bringing the absolute best and boldest plays to Sonoma County. Plays which have never been pro duced here before and are fresh.
2019-07-26Jul 26, 2019
As the country’s first bilingual community radio station, KBBF has been a leader in providing the programming and information that best serves its Spanish-speaking and bilingual listeners. Did you know that the KBBF website contains diverse, bilingual information regarding immigration policy and resources? See the page at   https://kbbf.org/immigration/  to learn about the rights of immigrants, key statistics affecting the community, and other services, organizations, and networks that address the needs of newcomers and immigrants who have been here for awhile.
2019-07-26Jul 26, 2019
Flynn Creek Circus’ 2019 show, ‘Out of Hat’ brings internationally award-winning performers to an intimate setting for a truly authentic theater experience. The show delivers explosively entertaining acrobatics, aerial stunts and feats of skill that require decades of passionate dedication. 
2019-07-26Jul 26, 2019
The Cazadero Community Club reminds you that tickets for the fabulous Cazadero Old Time BBQ, Steak or Chicken with all of the fixins' to be held on Sunday, September 1st at the Performing Arts Camp, are now available from http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4229602. Be sure to attend the MAC meeting at 5:30 on Thursday, August 15th at the firehall.
2019-07-25Jul 25, 2019
This month four planets will transit from Leo to Virgo. This tends to be a difficult transition, perhaps the most difficult between any two contiguous signs. The planets involved are the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars. These are the planets that are involved with our day-to-day interaction with each other and life in general. The shift from one sign to the next can be somewhat jarring because their focus is so totally different.
2019-07-25Jul 25, 2019
August is always a great summer month. Windsor typically has warm clear days with cool evenings.  It’s a great time for laying low before the rush of school and back to work life begins again.  
2019-07-25Jul 25, 2019
It’s called a “wildfire” because the flames, smoke and chaos are truly WILD! In a community like the Springs where homes are extremely close to one another special precautions should be required.The general rule is clear 100’ from your home and 10’ from a neighbor’s property and/or fuel tanks. However, 10’ is hardly enough in the case of an actual fire with flying embers and overhead tree limbs. 
2019-08-16Aug 16, 2019
When considering surgeries and procedures, especially ones that are complex you want your surgeries done at facilities by surgeons who have experience and expertise at doing them Leapfrog is one of many organizations that make public information about hospital safety.  I believe it is one of the most credible.  Its warnings about hospitals performing too few complicated procedures that carry a high risk of complications, even death, are to be taken seriously. Now Leapfrog has a new standard that sets minimum targets that both hospitals and individual surgeons should meet for patient safety.
2019-07-25Jul 25, 2019
You can do something about the traffic in town! Walk, ride your bike, or take the Local Shuttle #24 and leave your car parked at home. Sebastopol Walks:Now in their eleventh year, the volunteer leaders of the Sebastopol Walks Program continue to offer new adventures and to repeat some favorites around town, under sponsorship from the City. The Council unanimously supports a new event created by the Ped/Bike/Transit Sub-Committee: SebastoPedal GREEN on September 21, 2019, from 9 AM to 11 AM.
2019-07-25Jul 25, 2019
The first event was on July 2 where over 300 people gathered at noon in Courthouse Square in solidarity with 185 cities that were taking this action across the United States. There were three demands made by the protesters, 1) close the camps, 2) not one more dollar for family detention centers 3) and deportation and to bear witness and reunite families. The second event was on July 12 was also organized by Indivisible Sonoma County in solidarity with, “Lights for Liberty Vigil”.
2019-07-25Jul 25, 2019
The theme reuse and repair, and the library will host a Repair Party on August 31 from 2 to 5 p.m. at 150 Coddingtown Center in Santa Rosa. Participants are invited to bring bikes and electronic devices to be repaired, clothing to be mended, and small appliances to be fixed. The idea is to keep reusable items out of the landfill, build community and empower everyday folks to help each other fix things.  
2019-07-25Jul 25, 2019
Meeting expectations is a tricky thing as much of the time you don’t know what consumers are going to expect when they walk through the door. Nor do individual sets of consumers want the same thing.  
2019-07-25Jul 25, 2019
Guerneville School has exciting news that Jolene Morasch has been selected as the new Guerneville K-8 Principal!  She begins her new role in the 2019-2020 school year and is a current teacher, resident, active parent and educational leader. The Rockin on the River’s free music concert series continues to be a success every other Thursday evening. Don’t forget that the Monte Rio Beach will be closed to the public on Sat Aug 17th for the Stumptown Beer Revival and BBQ Cookoff!  
2019-07-25Jul 25, 2019
Live theatre is alive and well in Sonoma County, with over 20 venues offering quality entertainment, from blockbuster musicals to intimate plays and everything in between. With so much happening, I can only highlight a few of the gems I’m looking forward to seeing on our prolific stages this Fall. So many, so little space!
2019-07-25Jul 25, 2019
If our city does get into trouble, we’ll need to know who’s close-by, who can help or, conversely, whom we might be able to help. If we ever have to leave our homes and even this entire area, we’ll need to know how we can all get to safety without causing congestion and other problems. For instance: what are the surest routes in and out of our neighborhoods?  
2019-07-25Jul 25, 2019
Vsiting this Doran beach offering stunning views, RV & Tent camping & the perfect long stroll on the beach where you can see sand dollars, shells, seals and build a sandcastle. With the recent surge in the use of Helicopter/Air Ambulances on the coast, do you know who pays the cost? CALTRANS CONTINUES TO REPAIR the road just south of Bay Hill Road where an old redwood culvert (last one on the coast) failed due to the rains back in February. SPOTLIGHT ON BODEGA BAY BUSINESS “COASTAL TREASURES”– Are you looking for the perfect coastal trinket, home decoration or gift?  Don’t miss stopping in at Coastal Treasures 
2019-07-24Jul 24, 2019
On Aug. 22, as part of the KRSH free backyard series at their Santa Rosa station, Wayne “The Train” Hancockbrings his band to play on their stage adjacent to a caboose, though an engine might be more appropriate. During our July phone interview, Hancock says he derived his nickname from his style of “goin’ and goin’ and goin’, strummin’ my guitar like an old steam train.”
2019-07-24Jul 24, 2019
The 43rd annual Parade showcased all that’s good in Penngrove. A shout out is in order for Mary Carroll who orchestrated a wonderful All- American playlist for the bystanders. Her selection from 'Washington Post March" to "American Pie" kept us entertained before the big event. With Suggested contribution.
2019-08-16Aug 16, 2019
What does it means to be separated from one’s family of origin and home and how can one re-find them? Bella went off on what begins as a walk down a street and becomes a 400-mile quest into the wilderness. The film reminds me that I am my dog’s “person.”  The film also reveals how dogs might think. For example, Bella is on a quest to “Go Home!” as she keeps reminding us.
2019-07-24Jul 24, 2019
Goldridge Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3919 was honored with a Diamond Jubilee Award in recognition of its 75 years of “exceptional service to the nation and its veterans throughout its seven and one half decades of dedicated support for the programs and purposes of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.” 
2019-07-24Jul 24, 2019
Soon, fire departments in Sonoma County will fly red flags marked “High Fire Danger” when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service issues red flag warnings. This new initiative is part of the READY,SET, GO! Program promoted by the Sonoma County Fire Chiefs Association and Fire Safe Sonoma, and funded by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. A “red flag warning” means that critical fire weather conditions will occur due to strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures. 
2019-07-24Jul 24, 2019
Mayor Amy Harrington has signed the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Tri-National Monarch Pledge (https://www.nwf.org/Garden-For-Wildlife/About/National-Initiatives/Mayors-Monarch-Pledge.aspx) committing to the protection of Monarch Butterflies and their habitat in the City of Sonoma.
2019-07-23Jul 23, 2019
If you are unsheltered or marginally sheltered in Healdsburg, these are a few of the options available to you. There is no emergency shelter, no safe or sanctioned encampment, no option that provides safety, security, or a sense of belonging to those of us who have lost our affordable housing, whatever the reason.  
2019-07-23Jul 23, 2019
A article about a huge gas station proposed for Highway 116 and Stony Point Road  was featured in the April our edition. That article by Jenny Blaker helped spark a community uprising that culminated on July 8 with the developer withdrawing the application. Many people and organizations were instrumental in this success both before and after the April Gazette article, and we thank them all. While we are celebrating the termination of that proposal, we remain concerned about two other gas station proposals. One of them, in Petaluma, has been permitted by that city, and is now being fought in court.  The other, at Highway 12 and Llano Road, is wending its way through the Sonoma County permitting process. In this case there is still an opportunity for the community to weigh in.  
2019-07-23Jul 23, 2019
Daily Acts Matter! Rising Up For Climate Action is the first annual Sonoma County community educational and music event dedicated to raising climate awareness. Taking place on September 8th, 2019 at the SOMO Village Event Center in Rohnert Park, CA, this festival is hosted by Daily Acts, a sustainable non-profit that inspires transformative action that creates connected, equitable, and climate resilient communities. The intention for this event is to elevate awareness of positive, solutions-oriented actions we can all take to address the global climate crisis and to create change in our local communities.  
2019-07-23Jul 23, 2019
General Services staff outlined California Code’s criteria for scoring proposals, made recommendation On Tuesday, July 23rd, General Services staff presented information on a preliminary step of the Chanate surplus sale process to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. After outlining the Surplus Act criteria used to judge the proposals.
2019-07-22Jul 22, 2019
OneJustice, a legal service non-profit organization located in San Francisco will be hosting two FREE immigration assistance workshops in Sonoma County in the upcoming months. One will be held in Sonoma city on August 22nd and the other will be in Petaluma on September 26th. Below are the flyers in English and in Spanish for the dates of the workshops to distribute on social media platforms and community boards!  
2019-07-22Jul 22, 2019
On July 12, County inspectors found more than 9,000 unpermitted cannabis plants at a property located on Butler Avenue, Santa Rosa. Permit Sonoma, authorized by an inspection warrant, arrived on site just after 8:30am with assistance from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. In addition to the plants, inspectors also discovered a hash oil lab on the property. The County’s HazMat team arrived to evaluate the scene, and the Sheriff’s Office handled the removal of the cannabis plants.
2019-07-22Jul 22, 2019
The title of a book oftentimes is a major factor in attracting a person to delve into its pages. The title is a come-on like the aroma emanating from a delicious dinner. The appellation, Ashes in a Coconut promises mystery, exotic locals and maybe a little danger.Jack and Laura are beautiful people: young, educated, childless, upwardly mobile. In New York Laura is a successful fashion designer and Jack is a financier. He is offered a job to turn around the fortunes of a troubled bank in Indonesia. On arriving and settling in at their destination the clash of cultures is stark.
2019-08-14Aug 14, 2019
Apparently the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given away most of your rights to the telcom companies over the years, so now it’s an uphill battle to “opt out.”  How would you like an antenna right outside your house?  Maybe you don’t care about the drop in property value it would bring, but maybe you have kids?  Kids don’t fully myelinate (insulate) their nervous systems till their 20’s.  They are more susceptible than adults to all those signals competing for attention in their brains. I wonder why Steve Jobs didn’t let his kids use iPhones or iPads?
2019-07-22Jul 22, 2019
Sunday, August 4th. Bodega Fire’s Big Event is entirely FREE to attend and park. 39th Annual, Sonoma County’s Shortest Parade 10:30 a.m. Live music 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Enjoy crafts fair, games, beer, wine and desserts. BBQ tri-tip or chicken plate w/ chili, salad and garlic bread all for $15/adults $10/children! Then August 24-25, the famous Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival. 25th Annual! Drawing about 10,000 attendees from the Bay Area and beyond, this is a must-see fun time for all. 
2019-07-22Jul 22, 2019
I have an easement to use an unpaved road on my neighbor’s property that leads to my well.  My neighbor does not maintain the road and over the years it has become impassable due to fallen trees and growing foliage.  Does she have any legal obligation to clear the road; or is it my responsibility because I need access to my well?  
2019-07-21Jul 21, 2019
Last month, the first part of this article outlined the recent experience. my wife and I had working with migrants in El Paso. The discussion of the immense scale of the problem, with 100,000 people a month being apprehended at the Southern border, and the desperation of the people  coming into this country due to extreme poverty and violence in their homelands continues to be relevant. A lot has changed in the last month, though. The president has  altered the laws so that Central Americans can be deported back to  Mexico. The horrible conditions of the detention facilities, especially for  children, have been exposed by journalists.    
2019-07-20Jul 20, 2019
Congratulations to our Fire Department for an outstanding piece of communication.  You have done a marvelous job creating the links, preparing the information and even more important, crafting this message.  Anyone who took a hand in this piece of community outreach should be officially commended.  I appreciate you. ~ Lucy Hardcastle
2019-06-19Jun 19, 2019
Bring the whole family for a day outside of the house and you’ll find a car show a perfect way to get in some bonding time with your spouse or the kids. If you have a classic of your own, be sure to show her off when you enter her into one of the shows happening in and around the Sonoma County area. If you’re ready for a good time, these shows are where it’s at!  
2019-08-14Aug 14, 2019
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