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2020-06-04Jun 4, 2020

We need to follow the simple rules so we don't force the hand of the County to close the beaches once again.  Because this public health emergency is continuing into the future and the general shelter-in-place order is still in effect, we are asked to continue limiting our activities and our exposure to others. Read on for some specific guidelines for visiting Sonoma Coast beaches – and all of our Regional Parks.

2020-04-22Apr 22, 2020

County of Sonoma Launches Warm Line for Emotional and Mental Health Support. Beginning on Thursday April 23, a local warm line will be available to support community experiencing emotional stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.The warm line is available to any County resident experiencing emotional side effects of the pandemic and/or the shelter in place order, or knows somebody who is. Service in Spanish is also available as well as telephone interpretation for other languages.

2020-04-20Apr 20, 2020

Our work is important. We are competing to serve, and advocate for, a population that doesn’t always receive the respect it has earned. We do need help during time as our usual events for funds are posponed. There are many ways to give. We provide Meals on wheels, see our PU locations and Menus and learn about our social support services.

2020-04-19Apr 19, 2020

Corvid 19 era compilation of family supports such as cash assistance, health or dental coverage, nutritional supports, or low-cost internet services, food banks or school meal programs, assistance paying for utilities, temporary shelter or housing supports,  low-cost health coverage for children and adults with limited income and many more.

2020-04-17Apr 17, 2020

Santa Rosa Community Farmers' Market, now has online or email ordering and curb side pick up. If you visit the Market please remember face masks are now required. Keep everyone safe wear your mask, and do not touch any produce or other items.Both Santa Rosa Markets will be located at Farmers Lane Plaza until further notice. Each week in this new normal we seem to get a little better at adapting to our social distancing protocols. Market staff will be widening the aisles (again) and moving some popular vendors to new locations in order to keep lines away from the aisles. 

2020-04-13Apr 13, 2020

April 12, 2020  This dog mauling of a black man in front of his family in Graton is yet another example of why the community of Sonoma County deserves to have independent, effective civilian oversight of the Sheriff’s Office. Police Dog bites are very serious uses of force that can result in physical damage to the victim and physical disability. The victim of this dog bite by a Sheriff’s canine will likely be in the hospital for weeks recovering from this injury. Oddly the dog was unleashed after the man was face down on the ground and not resisting.

2020-04-06Apr 6, 2020

ArtStart of Santa Rosa has launched a call for teen artists to express visually, the personal, social, political and global effects of the pandemic crisis. As this situation affects each of us differently, ArtStart invites the voices of those age 14-20 to offer their unique perspective.

2020-03-31Mar 31, 2020

Sonoma County Gazette's printable guides for School Meals, Family Guide; Art, Science and Fun Projects.All activity guides include OLDER KIDS CHALLENGES, and are preceded by 'Some Preliminary Tips for Parents'. Enjoy! Graphic art by our very own: © Elisabeth DeGoff.

2020-03-20Mar 20, 2020

Community Services are doing their best to maximize both staff safety and continued support for our most vulnerable community members to foster the needed sense of community and care for our most vulnerable neighbors affected by the unfolding situation. 

2020-03-19Mar 19, 2020

As a social service agency, SAY’s services are considered essential business and activities under the “shelter-in-place” order issued by Sonoma County’s Public Health Officer on 3/18/20. We have adjusted our services and staffing as much as possible to increase social distancing and minimize exposure, while still supporting the most vulnerable youth in our community. Our housing and crisis teams are focused on keeping young people stabilized in their housing programs, informed about the current situation, and educated on good handwashing and social distancing practices. SAY’s mental health clinicians are working to support clients with phone therapy sessions, rather than meeting in-person.

2020-03-19Mar 19, 2020

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."

2020-05-31May 31, 2020

Sonoma County Library is offering a schedule of weekly story times, craft activities, easy science projects and read-aloud programs for older kids are now online. Featuring Sonoma County Library children’s librarian Kim Dargeou, who created the short videos with “Miss Kim”.

2020-03-17Mar 17, 2020

As schools across Sonoma County and the country close for an extended period of time in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of educators that includes representatives of the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), have launched an effort to provide a set of hands-on maker activities and design challenges that children and their families can complete at home using simple products found around the house.The project, called CoBuild-19, is being spearheaded by the Maker Educator Collective, a network of experienced educators from K-12 and higher education working to help educators integrate maker education principles and  philosophies into core curriculum.


2020-03-16Mar 16, 2020

Sebastopol Senior Center will be closed through March, as will senior centers  in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Windsor, Rohnert Park, Healdsburg and Cloverdale. We want to protect you and everyone who uses our center from the Coronavirus and feel we must follow Governor Newsom’s recommendation that folks at risk not congregate in groups of 10 or more. Plus Rx and Food Delivery Resources compiled by Lynda Hopkins 5th district Supervisor.

2020-03-05Mar 5, 2020

The 2020 Census, which kicks off April 1, determines where billions in federal dollars are spent for over 70 federal programs that pay for things like roads and schools. At the same time, the census decides the number of seats states get in the House of Representatives and the allotment of electoral votes toward picking the president.

2020-02-27Feb 27, 2020

The Department of Health Services (DHS) is working closely with other Bay Area health departments, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to closely monitor the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).Currently, the risk for being infected with 2019 novel coronavirus in the U.S. remains low.The CDC has closely monitored an outbreak of coronavirus from China since early January and has declared a public health emergency for the US. we shouldn’t be panicking, but some preparation is never a bad idea.


2019-04-25Apr 25, 2019

Think of birding as a puzzle or mystery and you are the detective. You have to use whatever data you have, be it plumage (feathers), color, a bird song or call, behavior, habitat, size, shape, body type, etc. to deduce the species of bird you're trying to identify. Since we are all cooped up, the kiddos are out of school and everyone needs something exciting to keep ourselves busy and positive, becoming a backyard birder is the perfect new hobby for everyone at any level of proficiency. Thankfully, there are many helpful birder sleuth apps one can use to become a master birder.

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.

2020-05-25May 25, 2020

Food for All/Comida para Todos (FFA) is pleased to announce a partnership with North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP) as our fiscal sponsor. Food for All/Comida para Todos is non-profit and operated solely by volunteers. All donations are used to purchase products for families in Sonoma Valley. The partnership with NBOP allows for all donations made to FFA to be tax deductible. The items offered in this program are essential food and cleaning products for families. The program requires completion of an online survey. The survey helps to identify your family needs for delivery. Read more to see how you can help or refer someone you know in the Springs area who may need these services.

2020-05-22May 22, 2020

It is an important step that the county is coming to the Graton Day Labor Center to provide testing for its members. Day Laborers and domestic workers are a vulnerable and underserved population in Sonoma County.  Mostly undocumented and Spanish speaking, they do the work that makes all work possible. Throughout the county they clean homes, care for children and elders, maintain rural and urban properties, work in the fields, assist homeowners with moving, and do back breaking construction labor. 

2020-05-16May 16, 2020

The Community Child Care Council (4Cs) of Sonoma County expanded their Emergency Child Care Funding Program to provide funding for essential workers in need of child care through June 30, 2020. This funding is part of SB 89, emergency legislation signed by Governor Newsom to provide $1 billion in funding to help support California during the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, 4Cs has 178 active child care providers and 1,236 current vacancies.  

2020-05-15May 15, 2020

At the beginning of the pandemic, we chose to increase communications to bi-weekly emails to ensure everyone stayed up-to-date with available resources. We are now moving back to one email per week, likely on Mondays, so keep a look out. We will, of course, continue to update our website regularly. We add new resources, updates, and we will update the new ongoing Zoom Class Schedule. 
Our COVID-19 information tab on our website is always updated. check out the Zoom video turorial or regisdter for a virtual help class with the center. Or do both!

2020-05-05May 5, 2020

Sonoma County Increases COVID-19 Testing with Two New Community Testing Sites. Two sites established as part of a partnership between California and OptumServe

2020-04-23Apr 23, 2020

During this challenging time there are many services available for our most vulnerable populations; our Senior Citizens and those with Immune-Compromised Health. Below are resources for: Grocery Stores - Meal Services - Pharmacies - Transporation - Caregivers - Legal Aid & More. This resource list will be updated regularly.  If you have information to share that is not included in this resource, please email 

2020-04-23Apr 23, 2020

Fill a bag with non-perishable food (no glass containers please). Drive your donations to the front horseshoe of Sonoma City Hall in the Sonoma Plaza. Stay in your car, and drive-thru to drop off your donation. The most needed items include tuna and canned meat, peanut butt er, canned soups & stews, rice and dry beans, cereal, canned fruits & veggies and Protein Bars. If you are unable to make a drive-thru donation, REFB is also holding a Virtual Food Drive and requesting donations. For every $1 donated, REFB distributes $4 of healthy food.

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