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2020-03-29Mar 29, 2020

During this challenging time there are many services available for our most vulnerable populations; our Senior Citizens and those with Immune-Compromised Health. This resource list will be updated regularly.  If you have information to share that is not included in this resource, please email 

2020-01-29Jan 29, 2020

Five million mattresses have been recycled by the Bye Bye Mattress program in the state of California since the program began in 2016, the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) announced today. If these mattresses were laid end-to-end they would span nearly 6,000 miles – enough to build a bridge from California to Hawaii and back. By recycling these units, Bye Bye Mattress helped California save more than 6 million cubic yards of landfill space.

2020-01-27Jan 27, 2020

In partnership with Sonoma County Library, SAY’s mental health clinicians will be hosting a series of weekly and bi-weekly drop-in wellness groups for youth ages 12-19. These groups will be focused on supporting mental wellness and healthy ways to cope with challenges. Possible topics include: normal responses to loss and change, identifying complex emotions, and making meaningful choices. 


2020-01-24Jan 24, 2020

The Career Technical Education (CTE) Foundation Board of Directors has approved over $300,000 in grant funding for the 2020-2021 school year. Funding will support students from Cloverdale to Sonoma Valley with classroom grants for industry-grade equipment purchases, professional development and innovative course topics including regenerative agriculture, veterinary science and welding technology – all with an emphasis on hands-on learning and career exploration.

2020-01-09Jan 9, 2020

On January 4th and 5th, Forest Unlimited - the long standing Sonoma County-based forest and watershed protection group, planted 1400 coast redwood seedlings in an area between the Pacific Ocean and Sebastopol. The two properties that hosted the plantings are protected forever by conservation easements.

2020-01-07Jan 7, 2020

The County of Sonoma’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is in full swing, and today we had staff liaisons present from the City of Santa Rosa as well. This is enabling us to mobilize the massive effort needed to offer services and solutions to the 200+ camp residents and to move forward with clearing the camp and reopening the Joe Rodota Trail.

2020-01-07Jan 7, 2020

The Forestville Wellness Center (FWC) sustained significant smoke damage from a non-structural fire that occurred early Friday morning, January 3, 2020.  Services will continue uninterrupted in an alternate location in Sebastopol while the facility is under repair.West County Health Centers is extremely grateful to the Forestville Fire Department for their immediate response to the incident which prevented more serious damage. West County Health Centers remains the sole provider of primary medical services for the unincorporated areas of western Sonoma County and one of the few providers of dental and behavioral health services available to Medi-Cal recipients. West County Health Centers is accepting donations from people who want to help the Forestville Wellness Center with the cost of repairs.  Please visit  to donate.

2019-12-31Dec 31, 2019

The Jennifer Bice Artisan Dairy/Cheesemaker Grant is a culmination of Jennifer’s rich heritage, knowledge and life.  The grant recipient is chosen by a selection committee and administered by the California Artisan Cheese Guild. All the cheesemakers are so dedicated and hard working. With a 40 plus year history of commitment to creating a caring and thriving business, Jennifer Bice can clearly see the same passion she has felt, in each of the Artisan Cheese Guild members who have applied for the grant.

2019-12-21Dec 21, 2019

The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program is excited to announce the installation of five temporary projects selected for Fire Response – Round Two. Artists and their works:  Teresa Camozzi: Sonoma Fire Aftermath, Alejandro R. Torres & Theresa Pisani: Dawn of a New Day,  Adrian Litman: Splash & Fire,  Ashleigh Riggs: Beacon Obelisk: Life Grid, Luba Zygarewicz: Risorgere (to rise again).

2019-12-09Dec 9, 2019

Join Sonoma County Library in a yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, with events at various library branches beginning in late 2019 and lasting well into 2020. The kick-off event, a presentation by Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, editor of “The Women's Suffrage Movement,” will take place at Central Santa Rosa Library on Monday, December 16, at 7 p.m.  Sonoma County Library joins its partners—Sonoma County 2020 Women’s Suffrage Project and the League of Women Voters Sonoma County — in hosting a yearlong centennial celebration

2019-12-09Dec 9, 2019

It lasts all year and offers unique experiences every time it’s used. It lasts all year and offers unique experiences every time it’s used. Also the more Sonoma County Retailers you visit, the better your chance to WIN 48 Gift Certificates.  It’s a Win/Win for everyone. Our retailers have suffered so much with the fires, floods, and power shutoffs, I thought that by offering readers something of value would encourage you to walk through their doors.

2020-03-27Mar 27, 2020

At CVNL + Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, our number one priority is the health and safety of all the members of our community. As a leader in disaster preparedness and response we take emergency situations seriously. As such, we have made the difficult yet necessary decision to cancel the 2020 Sonoma County Human Race, which was scheduled for Sunday, May 2, in Santa Rosa. We will, however, keep the Human Race website open through June 2, 2020, as there are still companies, teams, and individuals fundraising. 

2019-12-05Dec 5, 2019

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California businesses and residents affected by the Kincade Fire that occurred Oct. 23 - Nov. 7, 2019, announced acting Administrator Christopher M. Pilkerton of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s designated representative, Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services on Nov. 14, 2019.


2019-12-05Dec 5, 2019

The Petaluma Salvation Army is off to a slow start in the Red Kettle Campaign this holiday season. There is at least a 55% decrease in monetary donations compared to last year due to lack of volunteers. Contact:  Major Mitham Clement ,Petaluma, California 94954 Office:    707-769-0716, Ext. 101, Cell:   541-736-6903,  Email: 


2019-11-28Nov 28, 2019

Make the holiday season even more delicious by trying all kinds of festive foods made right here in Sonoma County.

2019-11-18Nov 18, 2019

The Teacher’s Wishes program set a new record in 2019 with grants touching over 12,000 students. The foundation received 239 applications and funded 118 grants. The teachers not funded received a $20.00 gift card from Office Depot. Since 2012, JJF has fulfilled over 900 grants. According to  Lisa Wittke Schaffner, Executive Director of the foundation,  the breadth and depth of the application pool was a reminder that teachers are committed to doing their best.  And since the 2017 fires they have seen an increase in requests for alternative kinds of seating like wobble balls and funds for quiet corners. "A place for young people take deep breaths, read or practice relaxation.”

2019-11-18Nov 18, 2019

Traditionally, the Redwood Gospel Mission began cooking turkeys in mid-October, carving the turkeys, freezing, then warming at the Banquet. This year we are preparing turkey for 5,000 people differently. In partnership with The Bull 106.3 and Epicenter we will be smoking over 250 turkeys


2019-11-18Nov 18, 2019

Community coming together to Feed and Serve the Homeless and Families in Need this thanksgiving. We have an exciting event we would like to share with you:The Great Thanksgiving Banquet on Wednesday (5,000 people): November 27th from 11am-6pm, at Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

2019-11-08Nov 8, 2019

The Petaluma Salvation Army worked hard in conjunction with SA corps from around Sonoma county providing meals for the Kincaid fire evacuees that stayed at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Hall.The evacuation center was housing approximately two hundred evacuees and the Salvation Army was asked to help with preparing and serving the food for their stay. Breakfast, lunch and dinner was served. Some three thousand meals during the week of the fires. 

2019-11-02Nov 2, 2019

The Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County promotes literacy and love of reading by giving away high quality books to access-challenged people throughout the region. The Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County has been notified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) that its bookmobile vehicle engine is no longer in compliance with emission regulation law. Diesel-powered vehicles in the bookmobile’s weight class must now run a 2010 or newer model-year engine to operate across Sonoma County. The Free Bookmobile’s current engine is a 1995 model-year Cummins turbo diesel. The only exemption available to the organization is for low mileage, which is allowing the bookmobile to perform its basic public-access outreach one day per week for the rest of the calendar year. 

2019-10-22Oct 22, 2019

STEMhub,  a web-based platform designed as a dynamic resource for women and girls interested in   Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)   education and careers, is launching this  Saturday, October 26, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM,  at the North Bay Science Discovery Day at the   Sonoma County Fairgrounds.  STEMhub is the first online resource to serve as a clearinghouse for women and girls in the North Bay to learn about regional STEM-related opportunities.

2019-09-26Sep 26, 2019

Over the past 9 years, our team has raised over $60,000 for the Swim A Mile fundraiser. On Saturday, October 5th, we’ll dive in to the pool at Mills College, with hundeds of other swimmers, and swim our mile for WCRC. For over 32 years WCRC has served as an advocate for women with cancer and their friends and families, providing services for thousands of people in the Bay Area.  71% of every dollar donated to Swim A Mile goes directly to direct client services.

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.

2019-02-09Feb 9, 2019

Each Sonoma County library branch will host three separate classes on topics relating to emergency preparedness: Emergency Kits and Go Bags, Family Planning (and your pets, too!), and Sources of Information and Community Support. Learn what you need in your emergency kit, create a solid evacuation plan and establish your sources of information and community support system by attending classes at your local library.

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.

2020-03-19Mar 19, 2020

Unlike most senior centers across the country, The Sebastopol Area Senior Center is not a part of a city parks and recreation department. We are a private, non-profit organization, and must generate all the income we need to provide services to the seniors in our community. The Sebastopol Area Senior Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 Corporation. Your donations are fully tax deductible. Tax ID 23-7043925. Though we are closed, our staff are busy calling our more than 1,000 members to check up on them. This is quite an endeavor. One of our members, responded to the call to say she was really, really appreciative! She says she lives alone, she has no family, she said “you have no idea what this means to me."

2020-03-11Mar 11, 2020

June 1942. Thirteen-year-old Anne Frank received a red and white checkered diary for her birthday. The family had moved from Frankfurt to Amsterdam after Hitler rose to power in 1933. Now that Germany had invaded the Netherlands, persecution of the Jews began with mandatory restrictions such as curfews, shopping only between three and five o’clock and being branded with a yellow star worn on their clothing. When her sister, Margot, received a call-up summons for a Nazi work camp two weeks later, the Frank family went into hiding. Another girl, Eva Geiringer, had a parallel and overlapping story.

2020-03-02Mar 2, 2020

The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) is accepting grant applications for projects that protect agricultural land and reduce greenhouse gases. The cabinet-level State body opened the sixth funding round of its Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC) after its interagency Council approved updated guidelines at its public meeting on Tuesday. SGC invites cities, counties, resource conservation districts, land trusts, California Native American tribes, and other governmental and non-profit entities to apply for the grants.

2020-02-26Feb 26, 2020

Upstream Investments will be honored with a Gold Resolution from the Board of Supervisors on Friday, February 28, 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. The Board strategically chose the Upstream Investments collective impact model, which has been successfully adopted by other U.S. counties and cities, to create a shift in the way social services operate in the County. The Board of Supervisors’ interest in prevention-focused strategies was inspired by concerns over an increase in the number of residents in the local criminal justice system.

2020-02-03Feb 3, 2020

The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program, in conjunction with the National Arts Program, is proud to announce the opening of the 17th Annual National Arts Program exhibition and competition. Participants are eligible for $3,450 in awards. This year’s exhibition features 200 works by artists of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience.

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