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2019-06-23Jun 23, 2019
One of the most difficult musicals to produce, with a challenging score and staging demands, West Side Story still merits the effort, delivering a cautionary tale that resonates all too well in today’s troubled times. The current production at 6th Street Playhouse gives the show an energetic and emotional rendering, reminding us why it continues to be powerful and worthwhile.
2019-06-14Jun 14, 2019
The film is a reminder of the long and difficult work that victory took in a political climate in which all things progressive are at risk. No such victory can be taken for granted. "Freedom to Mary"  introduces us to the people who worked for decades for the fight for marriage equality which led to the 2015 Supreme Court ruling making it legal for gay people to marry in all 50 states.  
2019-06-13Jun 13, 2019
“Can the girls really do it?  Can they keep up with the boys?” I am not sure how to describe how it felt when they announced that we had won first place overall.  I mean, how does one describe a dream coming true besides the absolute best thing in the world?  
2019-06-13Jun 13, 2019
Over 300 people showed up in the rain on May 15th to learn about the Green New Deal (GND). People of all ages, from little children with their parents (there was a table for the kids to color postcards with climate-friendly slogans to be sent to Gov. Newsom) to older folk, including many like myself, who are in the “Old Greyhair” League, were at the Fairgrounds to hear about local efforts to implement the GND. 
2019-06-13Jun 13, 2019
On Thursday, June 13, the Board of Directors of the Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Agency approved a groundwater sustainability fee and adopted a groundwater user registration ordinance.
2019-06-13Jun 13, 2019
Last month, something special happened right in our back yard. Over 450 women, from all 50 states, and as far away as New Zealand and the UK, came to Sonoma County to participate in the Circular Summit.  Only 1.7 percent of women-owned businesses make more than $1 million in annual revenue and only two percent of venture capital goes to female-founded companies. Alice, the company behind the Circular Summit, aims to change those statistics.
2019-06-13Jun 13, 2019
San Francisco Bay Area groove/jazz guitarist brings his virtuoso technique to an intimate, self-released, instrumental project. Having previously released two albums focusing on his electric guitar work, Lopez now delivers Innate, an album recorded entirely on his custom made carbon fiber acoustic eight-string, built by Ireland’s Emerald Guitars. Making full use of the instrument’s layout with five guitar strings and three bass strings (which are custom made by the Bay Area’s own Dunlop Manufacturing), Lopez is able to orchestrate his playing in a way that belies the fact that the entire album is recorded without overdubs.  
2019-06-11Jun 11, 2019
The Board of Directors of the Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Agency is holding a public meeting on Thursday, June 13, 1 p.m. at 35 Stony Point Road to consider adoption of a groundwater sustainability fee and a groundwater user registration ordinance.
2019-06-11Jun 11, 2019
2019-06-11Jun 11, 2019
Petaluma, CA – Farm workers who pick our food are victims of an unjust system that benefits corporations over workers, often leaving parents and grandparents unable to afford school supplies for their children or grandchildren. Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) – where farm worker rights are a critical pillar of our advocacy – strives to give these children every possible chance at success. Today we announce the launch of our 2019 School Supply Drive to benefit the children of farm workers and support families trying to meet their basic needs.  
2019-06-10Jun 10, 2019
In the midst of the current state and nationwide measles outbreaks, a letter informing parents on the importance of vaccinations to prevent illness was sent from Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Celeste Philip. “I would like to encourage all unvaccinated children receive the measles vaccine as soon as possible during this current outbreak,” said Dr. Philip. “Vaccinations are safe and the most effective way to prevent many childhood diseases.” Sonoma County has reported no cases of measles, however is still vulnerable.  
2019-06-20Jun 20, 2019
Fireworks are illegal in unincorporated Sonoma County year-round, including Fourth of July Here is a schedule of LEGAL FIREWORKS EVENTS IN SONOMA COUNTY
2019-06-09Jun 9, 2019
Remember the Men’s Movement, that took American culture by storm in the ‘80s? Men drawn to male-bonding and group drumming would meet in the wilderness somewhere for a weekend retreat, baring their souls and gaining a new perspective on their masculinity, sometimes fueled by drink or drugs and powered by pseudo rituals for self-examination. Well, the Movement is alive and well, sort of, in the world premiere of local playwright David Templeton’s newest play, Drumming with Anubis, currently running at Left Edge Theatre in Santa Rosa.
2019-06-08Jun 8, 2019
SMART will offer free rides on weekends and holidays for youth ages 18 and under, beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The summer pilot program lets youth ride free, when accompanied by a paying adult. There is no limit to the number of youth riders each adult can bring. Weekend and holiday parking at SMART lots will also be free during this summer promotion.  
2019-06-08Jun 8, 2019
The Bird Rescue Center (BRC), located in Santa Rosa, is determined to turn lemons into lemonade. For much of its 43-year history, BRC has been housed on County property—property that is now being sold. “While moving wasn’t our choice,” says Sam Marsh, Vice Chair of the organization’s Board of Directors, “it has presented us with an incredible opportunity to create a center that really supports the work we do.
2019-06-05Jun 5, 2019
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a plan Tuesday to allocate staff hours over the next two years to complete planning efforts including finalizing the county's cannabis zoning rules, updating an existing tree protection ordinance, and beginning the latest version of county's long-range planning document, the General Plan.
2019-06-05Jun 5, 2019
William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ is saturated with a mystical, charged atmosphere of shrouded moors and supernatural omens echoing through castle halls. In this unique adaptation by Avilynn Pwyll, magick takes center stage through the antics of witches and Lady Macbeth’s dark arts. 
2019-06-03Jun 3, 2019
The most beautiful smile in the world has been debated for centuries.  Could the most beautiful smile be the smile of desire?  The smile of contentment?  The smile of victory?  The smile of a muse has inspired men for centuries and one of the world’s most famous smiles, The Mona Lisa smile, will forever be a beguiling curiosity.  But all these smiles pale in comparison the best smile of all.  The one smile that rules all others.  That smile is … the Sonoma County Strawberry Patch Smile!  
2019-06-03Jun 3, 2019
Pie baking contest judged by local celebrities including Supervisor Lynda Hopkins and Sherrif Mark Essick. Download entry form. See official rules. Drop off entry forms at Russian River Senior Center or e-mail to  Emily.heinzelman@westcountyservices.org  no later than 3:00 p.m. June 14.
2019-06-03Jun 3, 2019
We need new terms. In line with suggestions from Greta Thunberg and the new writers’ guidelines at the Guardian, this column will no longer use the terms “climate change” or “global warming.” Instead, I will use terms that really describe the situation: “climate crisis, climate emergency, climate breakdown, and global hotting.” We’re way past the point where we can talk about what’s happening to the climate in incremental terms. There’s no middle ground anymore.
2019-06-03Jun 3, 2019
In the late 1800s and early 1900s the North Pacific Coast Railroad (NPCRR) carried passengers and freight from Sausalito to Cazadero, north of the Russian River. In 2019, the old NPCRR right-of-way exists as disparate sections of paved trail, dirt trail, and road – but someday the entire route could be linked together to create a continuous path: the NPCRR Heritage Trail. It would be a path through history and the beautiful, varied landscapes of Marin and Sonoma Counties. For Part 1 of our Heritage Trail exploration we traveled from Sausalito to Corte Madera. We start Part 2 at Menke Park in Corte Madera near the north portal of the Alto Tunnel, where a tranquil paved multi-use path, screened by trees and bushes, leads northward to Baltimore Park.
2019-06-03Jun 3, 2019
We always think of summer as vacation time - time to play! And one of the spectacular benefits of living in Sonoma County is that we are home to amazing musicians who love to play music for their neighbors! Weather is good - venues vary from arks to concert arenas - food is available for those who just want to sit and relax - dance floors about for those who can't help themselves but have to MOVE! It's everything we want for summer fun. And some of these concerts even benefit good causes! Win/Win for everyone! 15 venues with live music all summer long for FREE or under $25 a ticket.
2019-06-20Jun 20, 2019
Defensible Space is your property’s front line defense against wildfire. Creating and maintaining defensible space around your home can dramatically increase your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire and improves the safety of firefighters defending your property. 100 feet of defensible space is required by law. Read more and check out the illustrated flyer.
2019-06-02Jun 2, 2019
This article is the first in a series tracing the route of the old North Pacific Coast Railroad north to the Russian River and beyond. This railroad was a key link that helped shape the development of the North Bay. Today, its route represents not only a travel back through time, but a unique way to experience Marin and Sonoma Counties.  EcoRing, a green travel organization in the North Bay, advocates stitching together existing pathway segments and extending the route on publically owned portions of the original route to the Russian River.  For more information visit www.ecoring.org.
2019-06-01Jun 1, 2019
I credit the Sonoma Overlook Trail, and now also the contiguous Montini Preserve, for adding years to my life (too early to tell, though). This is because hiking became what I would do for daily cardiovascular exercise. 
2019-05-31May 31, 2019
Join us in celebrating one of Cloverdale’s signature events, the 2019-2020 Cloverdale Sculpture Trail Artists’ Reception on Saturday, June 8th from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. Meet artists whose works will adorn the streets of Cloverdale for a year. This free public celebration is dedicated to the artists and to Cloverdale’s entire community and beyond for supporting Cloverdale’s one-of-a-kind Sculpture Exhibit. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres by Tracy Valva, wines by Kelley & Young, sculpture themed cocktails and dessert by The Flour Girl at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd. This celebration is open to the public. 
2019-05-30May 30, 2019
It took me a while to feel like I belonged in Forestville.  Decades spent heading east to work in Santa Rosa meant Forestville was for weekend errands.  It was actually going to the Town Halls that got me interested in getting more out of my community.  There I got to see how I fit in.  Last month’s Town Hall had 175 people show up to learn how together we can make our community safer.  
2019-05-30May 30, 2019
Of course, some people have great luck with farming, but I don’t believe anyone will tell you it’s an easy life. Every child in my mother’s family did farm chores. The youngest at age three fed the chickens and hunted for eggs. The oldest helped their father feed the cows and do the daily milking. My mother recalls a year they planted eight sacks of potatoes and only grew eight sacks of potatoes! That was a hunger year. My grandmother Alice Baker worked as a sharecropper at the age of 12 with her four siblings. When her children were small on the Homestead, she taught them not to greedily fill their stomachs. She led them in saying grace and leaving food so that the whole family would get enough to eat. In other words, eat to live not live to eat. So, I congratulate Cotati for their vision and follow-through on Veronda-Falletti Ranch. 
2019-05-30May 30, 2019
The end of the school year at the Montgomery Elementary is June 6th. The next meeting of the Cazadero Community Club will be on Tuesday, June 4th-7 p.m. at Firehall #1.  Please join your neighbors in helping to plan events which benefit the entire community. The upcoming bi-annual Old Tyme BBQ will be held on Sunday, September 1st, from 12-5 at the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp. Many volunteers are needed to make this year's BBQ go smoothly. The famous pie baking contest, Bingo, dessert table organized by the Cazadero Community Church (including some pie contest entries),music, beer and wine offered by the Cazadro Volunteer Fire Department and more! TheClub will once award scholarships to Cazadero graduates of El Molino High School. We like the grads to know that their town is behind them as they continue their education! Don't forget the fabulous Recycle Circus/Rummage and craft sale on Saturday, June 8th from 9-4 in downtown Caz! And much more...
2019-05-29May 29, 2019
So I want to announce that at 75 years of age, I am going to step back a bit from all that heavy-duty political activity I’ve been engaged in and enjoy some of the cultural and social activities of our unique Valley town. After all, it’s summer, isn’t it? This Sunday, for example, I will be attending the Free Spirits Spring Concert as the guest of one of its members, Norma Barnett. Those dreadful fires are behind us now…but new ones may be ahead. We’re glad to see that the County is taking proactive measures to inform us of best practices for protecting our property. You may have missed the April and May workshops they’ve been holding, but information is available online.You’d better become informed because Permit Sonoma has recently announced that it will be making inspections!  
2019-05-29May 29, 2019
Emily Dickinson was an extraordinary woman who had the courage to live as she liked, regardless of expectations. “The Belle of Amherst” celebrates her story through the voice of a single actor, portraying fifteen different characters. It is a quiet, intimate play; the poet interacts directly with the audience, even offering them her famous cake. She reminisces about childhood antics, lost love and her passion for nature. Starring Jennifer King.  
2019-05-29May 29, 2019
If it seems like I write a lot about music events at the Petaluma Historic Library and Museum that is because the affiliated Petaluma Museum Association never ceases to amaze Petalumans with the level of entertainment the PMA offers on a regular basis. It also doesn’t hurt that the sound quality within the walls of the historic downtown Carnegie library is surprisingly clean and balanced, due in large part to the use of Douglas Fir, instead of the normal harder oak paneling that we normally see in buildings like this.   
2019-05-28May 28, 2019
It’s Fire Season! Are you ready? Are your neighbors ready? Walk the neighborhood. See high grasses? Are there thistles as high as your eye? Are there overhanging limbs near electrical wires? First, take care of your property. See potential problems in the neighborhood? If so, contact the property owner. If that fails to get results, call SVFRA – Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority (707) 996-2102. Cal Fire has provided a grant of just over $1 million to six local organizations to participate in vegetation management and controlled burns. Collectively they are known as the “Sonoma Wildlands Collaborative.” The six organizations are the Audubon Canyon Ranch (Bouverie Preserve), California State Parks (Jack London, Annadel, Sugarloaf), County Regional Parks , Sonoma County Ag + Open Space District, Sonoma Land Trust, and the Sonoma Mountain Ranch Preservation Foundation.   
2019-06-19Jun 19, 2019
Author, recovering addict and subject of the film Beautiful Boy Nic Sheff will be speaking at Healdsburg Library on Saturday, June 29, at 2 p.m. as part of Sonoma County Library’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Community members are invited to attend the free event.
2019-05-28May 28, 2019
It started for me many years ago when one of my mentors, told me about the useful tool:  Letters Not For Mailing.  Her name was Ruth.  She was the General Manager of a “high profile” women’s clothing department store in Boston.  It was a position unusual at that time, hard won and requiring a lot of diplomacy working with 99% of the managers of that venue being male.  One tool became especially useful.   Letters Not For Mailing was basically just a simple discipline that could save the user a lot of grief, and bring the user clarity and a certain kind of success handling sticky situations.  
2019-05-28May 28, 2019
In early May, the Sonoma County Planning Commission narrowly passed a policy allowing property owners to build second homes on nearly 2,000 agricultural parcels in the unincorporated county. The change was brought to the commission as part of the county’s effort to speed housing production in hopes of reducing home prices, but critics say the new homes will increase traffic and won't serve low income families.
2019-05-28May 28, 2019
For the past twenty-five years, educators have repeatedly set as their goal the creation of a “personalized” system of instruction that would radically improve our ability to educate our children. But most parents haven't explored what "personalized" education actually means, according to Hal Kwalwasser. A former administrator in the Los Angeles Unified School District urges parents to research new education models and become involved in their children's school district.
2019-05-28May 28, 2019
By the time you read this a big improvement for town and team will have been completed in the form of the new gym floor at the Community Center. Kudo’s to all who made this project a reality. Come by and check it out, join one of the many groups already using the gym, or perhaps come up with a new group use for it – there’s plenty of open time in the gym schedule. At some point in the near future there will be an open house type event to show off the gym to everyone, I will keep you posted.  A way to keep the County abreast of our needs out here is the SoCo-Report-It feature through the County. You can submit requests directly through the website or download the app to use. It is currently focused on issues with roads.
2019-05-28May 28, 2019
Yes, it’s summer, Summertime is Here…my time of year! Groovy song;groovy time on the Russian River; let’s get right to it as there is so much to do! Everyone loves a parade and there two parades in our area this month! Rockin' on the River starts Thursday the 13th with Poor Man’s Whiskey (Bluegrass/Country Jam) on the Plaza at 7pm. The Russian River Rodeo will be held on the same weekend, June 22nd and 23rd out at Bill Parmeter Field in Duncans Mills. And thats www.curtaincallrussianriver.coms just scratching the surface, there is so much more.
2019-05-28May 28, 2019
After months of suspense, two Sonoma County agencies have been awarded $660,000 to reframe the county's approach to pedestrian and bicycle safety efforts. The CalTrans funding will allow the Sonoma County Transportation Authority and Department of Health Services to join a growing number of jurisdictions across the country to launch a Vision Zero program, a means of reframing the way pedestrian fatalities and injuries are thought about and, hopefully, reduced.
2019-05-28May 28, 2019
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County held its Youth of the Year youth recognition program in late April.  The awards highlight young people’s character, personal growth, academic performance, and leadership qualities.  A total of 1,142 youth were recognized for being outstanding Club Members this year.
2019-05-27May 27, 2019
The solstices pertain to the time when the Sun reaches its northern peak at zero degrees of Cancer (Summer Solstice) and begins its journey south. The southern peak occurs when the Sun reaches zero degrees Capricorn (Winter Solstice) marks the annual journey of Sun moving north. Although the Sun never goes north or south of 23/26, the other planets can and do. When these planets go beyond that latitude they are called “out of bounds”. The tropics of Cancer and Capricorn mark the limits of the Sun. It’s as if they provide the proper parameters within which daily life takes place. When another planet goes beyond those confines, however, they are freer to act as they choose.
2019-05-27May 27, 2019
Santa Rosa Police Department (SRPD) Releases First Record Under SB 1421. This bill requires, notwithstanding any other law, certain peace officer or custodial officer personnel records and records relating to specified incidents, complaints, and investigations involving peace officers and custodial officers to be made available for public inspection pursuant to the California Public Records Act. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. The Juneteenth festival will take place at the Martin Luther King Park, 1671 Hendley St., Santa Rosa on Saturday, June 16 from 10am-6pm.  This is a free event. 
2019-05-27May 27, 2019
We’ve talked about Random Acts of Kindness (RAK). Let’s talk about this idea again. I think about the ‘old timers’ on the coast and what that meant for them. I truly believe it was an essential part of their life to depend on neighbors and community. June is full of good times on the coast. How about a walk on pristine land at Jenner in the morning, an afternoon music performance at the Timber Cove Resort with Kyle, a browse through the Gualala Arts exhibit halls, dinner at one of the wonderful places to eat in Gualala or Point Arena, and an evening performance at the Theater. Stay overnight at the Lighthouse in one of the Coast Guard cottages or the Bryan B Preserve cottages. 
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!  
2019-05-27May 27, 2019
As it is already May retail businesses are seeing more customers it seems like a good time to remind you of methods of interacting with customers that can and will increase sales in your business. Once the customer has walked in the door, it is up to us, as salespeople, to discover what their needs and wants are so we will know what and how to sell to them. Some time ago I created a handout for the seminars I do, entitled, D.A.R.E. To Sell. This  became one of my most popular handouts with retail sales people because of the easy to implement tips on sales.
2019-05-27May 27, 2019
Fire Safe Camp Meeker (FSCM) is now bona fide: FSCM has partnered with the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District (GCRCD) and Fire Safe Sonoma (FSS) in the writing of grant proposal to Cal Fire for the creation of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The good news here is that the grant has been funded. 
2019-05-26May 26, 2019
Even though the Russian River watershed has received roughly 130 percent of the average rainfall this season, it is time to discuss the impacts of overwatered landscapes as the dry weather returns and irrigation controllers turn on. You are most likely aware of the traditional reasons to properly water your landscaping: save water and money, address water-wasting leaky irrigation lines, respond to drought conditions, and keep landscapes alive! But what you may not know is, overwatering is actually an enforceable code violation in many jurisdictions.   
2019-05-26May 26, 2019
Local Fisherman Dick Ogg provided information on the Whale entanglements and why the sudden closure of the season. (Whales often get caught up in crab traps because they feed in biologically rich areas).  “Crab season, which would typically extend to June 30th was closed Statewide April 15th. Not due to an increase in Dungeness crab gear entanglements but due to the litigation of the lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity. Of the total entanglements in 2017, there were only six confirmed crab entanglements, 2018 there were 5, and to date, there are 0 for 2019. The fishermen have gone to great length to tighten up their gear (less line scope), shorten buoy length, neutral line which doesn't float on the surface and removed leads on the line to help decrease the possibility of loops. Our increased effort to recover our lost gear through our gear recovery programs has also been very successful”.    
2019-05-26May 26, 2019
Our Sonoma County roads do seem to be getting a little more crowded and dangerous.  For example, look at the busy intersection near Stony Point Road and Highway 12, where at least three hit-and-runs have occurred over the last 6-8 months.  It does not shock me that some drivers are inattentive.  I see it all the time in my personal injury practice.  Certainly, my readers also see it all the time on our local roads.  Texting while driving.  Zipping in and out of lanes of traffic, without signaling.  The list goes on and on.  Our roads have become a type of battlefield.   The laws of physics are unforgiving and unwavering.  Newton’s laws of motion do not discriminate.  I can only speculate why a driver would flee the scene.  Perhaps they were already breaking the law (under the influence of drugs or alcohol).  Perhaps they do not even own the car and are scared of the consequences.  Perhaps they have no sense of morals or conscious.  Perhaps they have no automobile insurance.   
2019-05-25May 25, 2019
For those of us who live in Windsor we know it’s an awesome place to live, but its official- Windsor is also a great town to work in!  The Town of Windsor was voted the Best Business Friendly City by North Bay Biz magazine. This year Windsor is taking a big step forward with a program called the Waste Less Windsor program. The goal of this program is to try and reduce the waste sent to the landfills from the 2019 Summer Concert Series by focusing on sustainable service ware, education and volunteer recruitment. 
2019-05-25May 25, 2019
There are many inexpensive treasures hidden in plain sight in our wonderful Sonoma County. The Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society is one local gem that offers free time travel to visitors and locals alike.The Museum is located in Healdsburg’s former Carnegie Library, a National Register Historic Landmark, which was designed by noted Bay Area architect Brainerd Jones and built in 1911. “Roots of Healdsburg Wine Agriculture” opened May 23 and will be on display through November 10. This exhibition focuses on what makes this place special as a wine growing region and the forces that shaped the early wine industry from the rancho era to the first winery in Healdsburg and the growth of an industry up to Prohibition.
2019-05-25May 25, 2019
According to a recent Santa Rosa news release, work is already happening. Along a portion of Roseland Ave. north of Sebastopol Rd. Santa Rosa City road repair crews, “Removed 10 yards of dirt and gravel from the surface of the road then installed new asphalt pavement”. There is a need for many Roseland roads to be repaired as soon as possible. But with the city of Santa Rosa in a “Structural deficit” for the budget it will take many years to get roads repaired. his summer, funding received through the annexation agreement for capital improvement projects will fund the Roseland Pavement Maintenance Project to rehabilitate Rose Avenue and Sunset Avenue. The pavement improvements completed by our streets crews are in addition to the annexation agreement for the annual capital improvement projects.” During a two day study session for a Santa Rosa city budget for the fiscal year 2019-2020 it was stated there may be an opportunity to have $150,000.00 put into keeping a branch library open when the current library building is demolished.  
2019-05-25May 25, 2019
Many North Bay businesses received a surprise in the mail recently: letters from the Social Security Administration (SSA), notifying them that certain social security numbers they reported for their employees do not match the SSA database.  This has created concern among many local employers and their workers, who fear this might be the first step toward an investigation by ICE.  When these letters arrive, many undocumented immigrants choose to quit their jobs rather than face possible detention and deportation.   The Trump Administration announced that they are have been sending out over 500,000 such letters since March. Apparently, this was a result of the “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order issued by Donald Trump earlier this year.    
2019-05-24May 24, 2019
The Rio Nido Roadhouse is up and running. It is super nice inside. A ton of work has been going on since the flood. Fortunately Brad and Raena have a great following and many contributions have been made to get the RNR open in time for summertime FUN!  Please show your support, come on down, enjoy some good food, beverages and listen to some music. Lovin' the Community of Rio Nido.  
2019-06-18Jun 18, 2019
Santa Rosa, CA - Today, the City of Santa Rosa and the County of Sonoma, together with seven other counties and cities, announced that they and PG&E have accepted a mediator’s proposal of $415 million to resolve the collective cities’ and counties’ North Bay Fires claims. The mediator’s proposal is exclusive of and does not affect the claims of any residents, individuals, or businesses. 
2019-05-24May 24, 2019
Recipe for Brown Rice Carrot Fritters with Chipotle Sunflower Sauce.  Carrots are in season all year round in California but it seems they really show their abundance at farmers' markets in the summer. It's my go to vegetable since you can eat them raw or cooked and in so many dishes it's hard to not to find a use for them. The crisp, sweet taste brings me to think of summer time cook outs, picnics and just a good snack on a hot day. The origins of carrots have been tracked to the dry and hot lands of Iran and Afghanistan.
2019-05-24May 24, 2019
Wine Country is a hybrid. It was released theatrically on Wednesday the first week of May and it was available for streaming the following Friday. This almost simultaneous accessibility is a trend. The film celebrates our locale and this double venue situation gives more people a chance to view it. The plot, if there is one, revolves around six women who want to honor one of the group's fiftieth birthday. What better place to do this than the Napa Valley.
2019-05-24May 24, 2019
One of the wonderful things about Cloverdale is its ever-increasing diversity, including  personal perspectives and views on life. Both of us have lived here for almost 20 years. Both of us have been active in our community, meeting different people, listening to them, interacting with each other in many positive ways. Recently, we began thinking: “Wouldn’t it be great to start a community dialogue?” Vicky Groom is one community leader whose special path we often cross. We asked Vicky to write her personal story of why and how she got involved doing “something” on a local and  national level. Here, in her own words, is her inspiring story:  
2019-05-24May 24, 2019
With over 4 – 6 Million visitors traveling through Bodega Bay on Highway 1, sections of the road have deteriorated so much that, for the safety of motorists & bicyclists, two sections have immediately been reduced to a single lane.   
2019-05-24May 24, 2019
Just in time for June the month we celebrate fathers, Petaluma resident, Marlene Cullen, has released another collection in her Write Spot series this time featuring those patriarchs, in 'Memories'. She always gives hints, directions and instruction on how to embark on what could be a cathartic experience. She tries to ignite "the spark". Diaries, journals, letters, fiction or non-fiction get those words down on paper.
2019-05-22May 22, 2019
Roy Zimmerman, a San Francisco native, speaks by phone from Madison, Wisconsin, where he’s performing. Though they live in Lake County, he and his wife, Melanie Harby,  spend  two-thirds of the year traveling to shows together, which he has called “entertaining the troops.”  Talking in terms of a current “national nightmare,” he says he meets many people around the country who are dealing with it. “We always stress the laughter, but encourage people to come away from the show empowered, not just entertained.”  “It’s a whole new political landscape, unfortunately it’s a Jackson Pollack.”
2019-05-22May 22, 2019
Summer’s around the corner and Twin Oaks Roadhouse kicks off its famous Sunday afternoon BBQs from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. Some 80-150 people enjoy those lazy patio parties. The atmosphere is hard to beat – a real friendly roadhouse vibe. “If people knew how cool it is, we’d get swamped,” said manager Chris Smith (oops, did I blow it?). Heads up on Penngrove’s biggest celebration of the year! Rancho Adobe Fire Department Pancake Breakfast on Sat., July 6 at the Fire Station from 7 am – 11 am. Penngrove Parade – 43rd annual Biggest Little Parade in Northern California; Sun, July 7 at 11:00 a.m. sharp - Parade starts on Downtown Penngrove on Main Street. From Noon to 4 pm it’s a BBQ, kids’ games, and music by Train Wreck Junction in Penngrove Park, 11800 Main St. It’s the biggest annual fundraiser hosted by Penngrove Social Firemen.
2019-05-22May 22, 2019
I was on time to the Park & Rec board meeting when I saw a guy planting the flowers at the Welcome to Vacation Wonderland sign. I stopped. The board meeting could start without me. I thanked Ed Brochu, who lives in Cazadero, for beautifying our gateway and asked him why was he doing this? He said his mother, Nola Dianne Abbott, had passed away recently in November in Houston. Park & Rec is also still working on trying to get Monte Rio a public EV charging station. Technology is advancing so rapidly. When I bought my EV a few years ago, VW was not able to deliver the car I wanted with Driver Assist package. With fire season approaching, updates on installation of air quality sensors. As previously reported Cazadero Fire has approved Russian River Alliance’s request to install local sensors to protect residents and school children. Russian River Fire did not see it in their purview to do this and decided not to approve the request. A follow-up request has been sent to MRFPD for an update on their end.   
2019-05-22May 22, 2019
Women Take Center Stage in the Classics. Gioacchino Rossini’s ‘The Barber of Seville.’ the upcoming Cinnabar Theater production and Macbeth, The Witches’ Cut’ is an edited version of William Shakespeare’s play that focuses on female characters at the Curtain Call theater.
2019-05-20May 20, 2019
I had the great pleasure to meet with our new neighbor, Lindsey Migdalski, the owner of the Mudd & Gold shop. She has lived in Bodega Bay since August, 2018. She was born to be a barber. As a young girl, she would chop up the hair of all her barbies. Once she found the clippers, she took it upon herself to give the family dogs a new hairstyle. As a teen, she trimmed and colored her boyfriend’s hair. Finally, she went to cosmetology school at age 19 and has been a hair stylist ever since.
2019-06-17Jun 17, 2019
Jennifer M. Kroot's documentary "The Untold Stories of Armistead Maupin, paints a loving portrait that follows author Armistead Maupin. Starting in 1978, book-form publication of the first of nine novels in the series brought popularity beyond San Francisco. That expanded further with the TV miniseries, the first of which aired in 1993, starring Laura Linney as Mary Ann and Olympia Dukakis as Mrs. Madrigal. You can find the miniseries on Netflix as "Tales of the City" Season 1. The second season recently released, follows up on the story years later in todays San Francisco. 
2019-06-16Jun 16, 2019
The production represents fulfillment of a long-held dream of the group’s founders Amy Miller, Brad Surosky, and Stephan Stubbins, who seemed to always know, or perhaps hope, that one day their company would reach a point where it would be possible to mount their favorite musical of all time, and do it as only TTC can do it. That means pulling out all the stops with a tremendous cast, nimble orchestra, and a fresh take on staging and choreography, and the result is truly memorable, a fantastic performance full of delights.
2019-06-15Jun 15, 2019
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Cloverdale Performing Arts Center - The 39 Steps

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