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2019-08-19Aug 19, 2019

Held on a rural ranch, a few miles inland from the spectacular Sonoma Coast, the Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival celebrates year twenty-five this summer. Sophisticated yet down-home, it’s garnered the reputation of being one of the premier art, wine, beer and food festivals in California. This annual benefit attracts thousands of foodies, art aficionados, wine and beer connoisseurs and music lovers to picturesque Watts Ranch in the village where Alfred Hitchcock once filmed his classic thriller, The Birds. The festival is a food lover’s dream, especially for people who love seafood. Non-fish eaters will have no trouble finding delicious vegetarian options, meat, chicken and sweet treats galore. 

2019-07-15Jul 15, 2019

One of the largest Civil War reenactments west of the Mississippi and the largest in Northern California is returning to Freezeout Canyon in the charming town of Duncans Mills, California, on the Russian River. On Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, CIVIL WAR DAYS,  a two-day living history reenactment open to the public, gives visitors the opportunity to interact with the soldiers and civilians of the Civil War, getting a personal glimpse of the years 1861–1865 and a better understanding of the events that formed our country

2019-07-13Jul 13, 2019

Once again, Donald Trump has declared his intention to start raids against our immigrant communities. (“ICE”) has formulated a plan to find and deport thousands of immigrants, and announced that it will be implemented starting this weekend. I’ve written the detailed description below as a guide for immigrants as to their legal rights and remedies when confronted byICE - Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

2019-07-01Jul 1, 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

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

On July 1, theSonoma County Library will join hundreds of libraries across the nation and go “fine-free;” eliminating overdue fines for items returned late, and forgiving past fines. In all, more than 80,000 people — 30 percent of all library borrowers — will have their overdue fines waived.

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

Members of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Dept., Russian River Fire Protection District, and California Highway Patrol will be at the August 6 events to greet community members, families, and children. Attendees will also get to view a fire engine, patrol cars, and learn how to communicate with others via ham radios.

2019-06-25Jun 25, 2019

The Sonoma County library is feeding more than hungry minds this summer. Eight library branches across the county will offer free lunches to children at weekday events through Friday, August 9.

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?  

2019-06-11Jun 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.

 

2019-06-08Jun 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.

 

2019-06-03Jun 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.

2019-08-04Aug 4, 2019

TLC Child & Family Services is excited to announce that we have been awarded the highest level of recognition as Innovators working within the LGBTQI community.

TLC offers a continuum of evidence-based treatment and relationship-focused care to youth and families. 

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

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.

2019-05-24May 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:

 

2019-05-09May 9, 2019

Thanks, Mommy for keeping your promise to be with me from the other side. Very clever of you to send me to that old file to find your messages. I'm sharing this with my friends. Happy Mother's Day. 

2019-04-29Apr 29, 2019

Young adult years are extremely important for brain development, but teenagers who are mesmerized by social media won't grow into healthy adults. For the sake of the next generation, it is important to shield children and teenagers from excessive phone and social media use, a Sonoma State student writes.

2019-04-25Apr 25, 2019

Starting May 1, older adults can call a new information and assistance line at (707) 565-INFO (565-4636) for answers to questions about a host of aging issues and get referrals to helpful community and government services from Sonoma County Adult & Aging Division social workers. The free phone assistance is offered Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in English and Spanish. (Interpretation in other languages or communication accommodations can be arranged on request.) . Callers learn about local programs and benefits, such as Meals on Wheels, specialized medical support and other services that can help them have a better quality of life or get through an illness or injury more comfortably.

2019-04-24Apr 24, 2019

California State Treasurer Fiona Ma announced the sale today of $83.9 million in revenue bonds on behalf of the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) to provide financial assistance to local governments for safe drinking water projects. The sale represents the inaugural issuance of bonds by the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program.



 

2019-04-17Apr 17, 2019

2-1-1 is a free telephone and web-based information and referral service. The service connects Sonoma County residents with health and human services and resources when assistance is needed, including during times of disaster. The transfer of 2-1-1 Sonoma County management from the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County (VCSC) to United Way of the Wine Country (UWWC) allows each organization to strategically focus on their core service and expand the value each organization contributes to the community.

2019-04-10Apr 10, 2019
2019-04-10Apr 10, 2019
2019-07-31Jul 31, 2019

This year was our 7th Annual CARe SHOW for kids. The Petaluma Salvation Army fundraiser to send kids off to school with the supplies they need to succeed. We had great crowds. Lots of fun and over seventy five of the counties finest hot rods, dragsters, stock collectables....well you name it and the owners shared it with us. The Petaluma Elks came out and did the BBQing.

2019-04-09Apr 9, 2019
2019-04-04Apr 4, 2019

A local scout master tells how a local Girl Scouts Troop, The Unicorns, successfully broke into the number one boys club in the country, The Boy Scouts of America.

2019-03-30Mar 30, 2019
2019-03-30Mar 30, 2019

The Matsuri! Japanese Arts Festival, back for its tenth year, will feature taiko drumming, traditional Japanese dance and music, martial arts demonstrations, Tea Ceremony, and more. There will also be a children’s activity booth and mochitsuki—the pounding of sweet rice into cakes. Complementing the festivities and performances will be many exhibitors and vendors offering Japanese arts, crafts, and food.

2019-03-27Mar 27, 2019

Senator Mike McGuire joined Senator Jerry Hill and 16 other California State Legislators to introduce legislation that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco in the Golden State. “Lured by fruit, candy and other kid-friendly flavors, high school and middle school students throughout the U.S. are vaping in record numbers,” said Senator Hill. “We must stop the appalling epidemic of e-cigarette use among youth.”

2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019

You may think it is self-evident that an immigrant who marries a U.S. citizen can get their green card (permanent residence) and stay in this country.  Most Americans I meet assume this is the case.  The truth is quite different. The anti-Mexican bias in our immigration laws is one of the government’s best-kept secrets. 

2019-07-26Jul 26, 2019

It has become obvious that long-term-care insurance is not the answer to paying for nursing home and other kinds of care for the elderly. Sales for this product have been declining, the result of sky-high premiums, rate increases, and the difficulty of qualifying for a policy if you’re sick. But the elderly are not the only Americans needing care. At the other end of the age spectrum, paying for childcare is becoming harder and in between are middle-aged women, many of whom have left the workforce to become caregivers for elderly parents. But what if there were a program where Americans paid a little bit each month through their entire working life just as they do now to qualify for Social Security and Medicare benefits?

2019-07-26Jul 26, 2019

Flynn Creek Circus’ 2019 show, ‘Out of Hat’ brings internationally award-winning performers to an intimate setting for a truly authentic theater experience. The show delivers explosively entertaining acrobatics, aerial stunts and feats of skill that require decades of passionate dedication. 

2019-07-25Jul 25, 2019

The theme reuse and repair, and the library will host a Repair Party on August 31 from 2 to 5 p.m. at 150 Coddingtown Center in Santa Rosa. Participants are invited to bring bikes and electronic devices to be repaired, clothing to be mended, and small appliances to be fixed. The idea is to keep reusable items out of the landfill, build community and empower everyday folks to help each other fix things.

 

2019-07-22Jul 22, 2019

OneJustice, a legal service non-profit organization located in San Francisco will be hosting two FREE immigration assistance workshops in Sonoma County in the upcoming months. One will be held in Sonoma city on August 22nd and the other will be in Petaluma on September 26th. Below are the flyers in English and in Spanish for the dates of the workshops to distribute on social media platforms and community boards!

 

2019-07-17Jul 17, 2019

Emergencies don’t respect plans. They happen! Make a WHAT IF plan. Parents are at work…kids are at school…Grandmom is in a nursing home…best friend is across town. How do you get connected and stay connected? The Go Bag is your GRAB IT and RUN bag of everything you need in an emergency...including your passport, insurance documents, birth certificates, titles to your cars, trust/will, insurance documents, bank account numbers, etc..  Put these in waterproof envelopes & box.

2019-07-15Jul 15, 2019

The biggest show of the year, the Monte Rio Variety Show will take place at the Monte Rio Amphitheater on Thursday July 25. Join us for a special evening of music, comedy and theater. With a uniquely wide range of acts, from Jazz to Classical, from Country to Rock, the Monte Rio Variety Show has been a Russian River tradition for 108 years.

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