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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 

2020-01-27Jan 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. 


2020-01-09Jan 9, 2020

The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition is a local nonprofit working to promote bicycling in Sonoma County through education and advocacy. To find out more – and to make a tax-deductible contribution to support their work – visit .


2019-12-29Dec 29, 2019

Check out Sonoma County Crab Feeds in January through early March. The Dungeness crab is by far the most popular crab served at events, as it is caught off  our own Pacific shores.

2019-12-15Dec 15, 2019

With the holiday season upon us, the pressure to find and give that perfect gift or gifts for children, family, and friends? This pressure can be overwhelming and stressful both phycologically and financially draining but there is another choice. Rather than avalanching those you love with stuff and potentially stressing out over how to do it, I invite you to take part in the 4 Gift Holiday Challenge – this challenge is especially awesome for children and young people! How does it work you may ask, I will tell you it is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4! 

2019-12-15Dec 15, 2019

There is hardly anything better than being given a gift someone put time, effort and love into, no matter how simple, that encouragesgratefulness and wellbeing. It’s a sense of appreciation and a feeling that one is valued. As the holiday season rolls closer and the idea of having to fight your way through the shops sends your brain into a downward spiral, go a different route and use your creativity to touch the heart of the receiver of your gift.

2019-12-15Dec 15, 2019

The idea that a gift can be more than just a present bought at the store. That a gift can be an act of kindness, love, patience, energy and time. And that rather than a burden, a gift is an opportunity to tell someone, “I notice how you treat me every day and it makes me feel joyous and loved. I wanted to make you feel that same way with this gift.” 

2019-12-10Dec 10, 2019

How easy is it for older adults and residents with disabilities to get around in Sonoma County? How often do they forgo important trips because they lack transportation? What are the local transportation challenges, successes and gaps in services?  Older adults and residents with disabilities are invited to discuss these questions and share their experiences, adding their input to the Sonoma County Connected Communities Transportation Study. The conversation will be Friday, January 10, 1-3 p.m., at the CLSD Bill Platt Training Room, 38901 Ocean Drive, Gualala.

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.

2019-11-25Nov 25, 2019

Santa & Mrs. Claus will arrive aboard the tugboat "Petaluma" Nov 30. Come have breakfast or just a pastry and coffee with Santa. at 417 Healdsburg Ave. Brunch with Santa 10a or 12:30p at Ramekins Culinary School. Hosted by Pacific Coast Air Museum -During Santa Fly-In, Santa Claus flies in to the Pacific Coast Air Museum on a helicopter to greet all the kids. Santa will be walking around the farmers’ market handing out candy canes and saying hi to the children. Petaluma East Side Farmers’ Market, Santa Rosa Community Farmers' Market and Cotati.

2019-11-21Nov 21, 2019

Sonoma County Tree Lighting and Light Shows includes many 'illuminating' tree lighting and light shows including parades where you can see glammed up tractor trailers, farm vehicles, and decorated farm tractors covered in lights.

2020-03-26Mar 26, 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.


2019-11-20Nov 20, 2019

Effective Wednesday, November 20, 2019, Sonoma County is issuing a cold weather advisory in response to the National Weather Service’s prediction for temperatures in the 30s overnight in parts of the county that might also be without power.

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 festival of Chanukah teaches us about the power of light over darkness and right over might. An Evening with Holocaust Survivor  Leon Malmed, Chanukah Shoppe, Chanukah at the River, Hands On Chanukah Family Celebration and Latke Masterchef & Social are some of the celebrations around the county.

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. 

2019-10-16Oct 16, 2019

When people think of teachers they rarely think of horses when, in fact, horses are first-rate educators who can teach young children and teens a variety of useful skills that promote lifelong learning, success, and fulfillment. 

2019-10-16Oct 16, 2019

We have received notice that our beloved big green truck must be phased out due to new CA air quality regulations. Good bookmobiles are scarce out there on the used market and new ones are extremely expensive. So we're going to build our own :)

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.

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.

2020-03-26Mar 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.

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."

2020-03-16Mar 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.


2020-01-29Jan 29, 2020

“In the 2016-2020 AAA Community Report, 57% of Sonoma County older adults and persons with disabilities stated they are concerned about access to local transportation,” says County of Sonoma Adult and Aging Division Director Paul Dunaway. From January-March 2020, the AAA will host several discussion groups throughout the County under a grant from the state Department of Transportation, Caltrans, to study how well local transportation systems serve older adults age 60+ and residents with disabilities.

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