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2018-05-18May 18, 2018

Creative Sonoma announces recipients of Arts Education Innovation Grants totalling $88,000 to fund fifteen innovative arts education programs serving students in the County who may have limited access to arts training. 

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

The incredibly bright planet Venus, which was “The Morning Star” for most of last year, has been slowly making her return as “The Evening Star” since late January, gradually climbing higher and higher in the western sky, but still appearing relatively low all month long.

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

The Commission on Human Rights plans to hold public meetings ineach of Sonoma County’s five districts throughout the year. The goal is to increase visibility and awareness of the commission, build bridges with existing organizations, and provide a platform for the public to access information and participate in discussions on issues that are of interest to communities. 

2018-03-15Mar 15, 2018

In our relentless, fast-paced society, taking time to figure out how to cope with problems such as addiction or health conditions is overwhelming. Jenny Sutter is a former marine who finds herself at a lonely bus stop, unable to take the final step that will lead her home. She is not ready for the stress of civilian life and responsibilities; she watches bus after bus go by while paralyzed to act.

2018-03-13Mar 13, 2018

In a time of iPads, iPhones, and xBox our local children may be suffering from “Nature Deficit Disorder.” This term, coined byDr. Richard Louv in his book,Last Child in the Woods, refers to the fact that humans especially children spending less time outdoors resulting in a wide range of problems.

2018-03-05Mar 5, 2018

The annual Eco-Friendly Garden Tour (Tour) will take place onMay 5th! Now in its eighth year, the Tour is sponsored by theSonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership (Partnership) and focuses on low water-use, sustainable landscaping. Tour participants will learn water-saving strategies and garden tips from homeowners while perusing gorgeous gardens and mingling with neighbors.

2018-03-02Mar 2, 2018

With a growing ecological crisis looming; including severe droughts, top soil depletion, loss of biodiversity and watershed pollution, our approach to landscaping requires a shift from degenerative to regenerative design and installation.

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

Discovering what wildflowers are popping out along the trails – everything from little tiny ground-hugging flowers to bushes and trees – a rainbow of colors.

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

This is known as the Vernal (or Spring) Equinox. The word Equinox is a Latin term which means “equal night”. On this day, Earth’s northern and southern hemispheres both receive equal amounts of day and night AND as a visual testament to this occurrence, the sun rises due east and sets due west—again on this day only.

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

There is no shortage of classes on just about any subject related to gardening, water conservation, beekeeping, botany, planting techniques, composting and canning. This list is a good place to start your gardening education!

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

Sonoma County has a wealth of opportunities and organizations to learn more about gardening, agriculture, encouraging pollinators in your garden, establishing greywater systems and more. Use this Resource Guide to learn more.

2018-05-18May 18, 2018

On Friday, May 18th, the television show 13 Reasons Why will air its second season on Netflix. Parents/guardians should be aware that the show is an intense drama that was not designed for younger children to watch alone. This show is rated MA 17+, for mature audiences as the fictional drama takes a very serious, emotional and graphic look at the realities of bullying, depression, sexual assault, substance abuse, suicide and more.

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

It’s been a wonderfully productive few weeks. As was last reported by Lucy Hardcastle, the January 18th Board meeting was a packed house, with a lot of passion.

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

As most Gazette readers are well aware, solutions to climate change exist and are needed now more than ever. We are implementing them every day at the Center for Climate Protection, and our ECO2school Program is squarely focused on giving young people opportunities to lead with climate solutions.

2018-02-27Feb 27, 2018

The Healdsburg branch of AAUW is pleased to announce the Spring season of our popular lecture series, and we are again offering two new courses, with well-known instructors.

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

Ronni Sands began to teach at Summerfield almost 25 years ago at a time when there was no permaculture garden and no Sophia Hall. There was no track, there were no green houses on the farm, and no shed.

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

Like the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, Pepperwood may be home to quiescent natural beauties waiting arousal. Seeds can be present in soil but lay dormant for years, even decades.

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

Though many of us were taken by surprise by the fires last fall, if the plants that live at Pepperwood could talk I bet they would say they were not that surprised. In fact, I bet they would say they were prepared. Our local vegetation has evolved a number of clever ways to regenerate after fire.

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

When I told my mother what the principal had done to me she took off her white cotton apron, put on her walking shoes, and in her everyday house dress took me by the hand, dabbed my tears, and said, “Let’s go, Emilio. I have a few things to say to that Nazi bitch.”

2018-02-15Feb 15, 2018

Seventeen classes at El Molino High School will be cut next year to meet a district-wide budget emergency, including in some of our most popular electives such as dance, woodshop, drama, and French. We may even lose entire programs.

2018-02-06Feb 6, 2018

Like wildflowers, artists can grow anywhere, under a variety of circumstances. We understand that financial challenges can be a serious barrier to accessing resources that will help your child grow and develop as an artist.

2018-02-06Feb 6, 2018

The Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE)’s Mobile Learning Lab, conceived by teacher-leaders and built by students, will provide a one-of-a-kind learning space for schools around Sonoma County when it is completed this February.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

I am always surprised when I come across people who believe that they have nothing to learn Yet it is rare that there is not something new to learn, a new idea, a different way of thinking about something we may already know or even something about ourself, or our reactions, in every situation in which we find ourselves.

2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018

Back on December 21st, the Winter Solstice marked the shortest day (and longest night) of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. By now, you probably have noticed the days getting longer as the sun has been slowly heading north, eventually setting in the northwest on June 21st, which will mark the Summer Solstice – the longest day and shortest night of the year.

2018-01-30Jan 30, 2018

How exactly does wildfire work? Why did our recent fires burn where they did? Once I was able to move out of emergency mode, as an educator and someone who is “science curious”, I wanted to learn more about wildfire. Here is what I have found out.

2018-01-29Jan 29, 2018

The Russian River Watershed Association is pleased to announce its fifteenth annual Water Awareness Video Contest for local high school students. The topic for this year’s contest is: “From the Street to the Creek, Be Part of the Pollution Solution!”.

2018-01-22Jan 22, 2018

It is not cliche to say that one person can make a difference. There are things that we can do, as teens, to reduce our carbon emissions and be the change we wish to see in this world. 

2018-01-05Jan 5, 2018

Happy New Year! January always seems to be an interesting time, psychologically speaking. The holidays are behind us and we are in the early throws of winter, which always has me feeling slightly melancholy - to put it mildly.

2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017

Laguna de Santa Rosa Docent, Guide and Greeter Training has it all: opportunities to spend time in nature, contribute to the community, take positive action, grow, learn about our home environment, make new friends, and renew yourself in a fun and supportive atmosphere.

2017-11-27Nov 27, 2017

The holidays are all about gift giving, right? Buy every family member and friend something they may or may not need as a way to show them that you love them. Make sure there aren’t any empty spaces under the tree. Fill that stocking to the brim. Get your kids every single toy on their wish list. You’ll make room for it all somehow.

2017-03-01Mar 1, 2017

This is our 14th Annual Guide to Gardening in Sonoma County… which includes gardening resources located from Sonoma to the Coast and from Cloverdale to Petaluma. Articles are written by landscaping professionals to educate you on gardening techniques, encouraging a healthy insect population, tree care and more.Please use our guide to find and support locally-owned garden businesses.  And please SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS who make this guide possible! See Below for an Advertisers Index and# onour Map to make it easy for you to find them.THANK YOU!

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

This month brings the prominent return of two of the brightest lights in the evening sky–Jupiter, The Roman King of The Gods, and Venus, The Roman Goddess of Beauty and Love. I say prominent because both have been in the sky prior to May, but now both will be visible in the early evening/twilight sky simultaneously, at least by month’s end.

2018-03-30Mar 30, 2018

Creative Sonoma is pleased to announce that grants are available for innovative arts education programs serving students in the County who may have limited access to arts training. 

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

Spring on the Sonoma Coast offers residents of the County, as well as visitors, many amazing visual delights - wildflowers everywhere, migrating Pacific Gray Whales, Pacific Harbor Seal pups, especially at the Goat Rock Beach colony, and birds in breeding plumage and sitting on nests on the rocks off the coast that are part of the California Coastal National Monument.

2018-03-27Mar 27, 2018

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2018-03-18Mar 18, 2018

Dr. Lisa Micheli leads Pepperwood Preserve in East Sonoma County and it just turns out that the work they do has had a huge impact on understanding fire as a normal part of our ecology. Because they study fire's impact on the environment, when the Tubbs Fire came roaring over the hills and ran right through Pepperwood, they had cameras, temperature gauges, wind gauges and everything already in place that gave them an amazing amount of information on Fire Ecology.

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

Empowered by Youth Advocates, Sixth Local School Board Speaks Up for Climate Action to Protect Current and Future Students Sonoma County School Board Members Lead Nation in Non-Partisan Call for Climate Action to Protect Current and Future Students.

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