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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.

2019-06-03Jun 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  no later than 3:00 p.m. June 14.

2019-11-08Nov 8, 2019

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

2019-11-08Nov 8, 2019

With the holidays around the corner, it’s time to figure out what you’ll be gifting your family and friends. For those of you who’d like to try a little something different this year, Elizabeth has rounded up arts and crafts classes in Sonoma County, from jam Making, Thanksgiving Centerpiece Floral Design, Holiday Wreath Design to Porcelain Ornaments and more!, where you create personalized gifts for your loved ones.

2019-10-30Oct 30, 2019

The word pesto comes from the Genoese verb pestâ (Italian pestare), which means to crush or to pound. Going as far back as the Roman age, they used to eat a paste called moretum. This past was made by crushing garlic, salt, cheese, herbs, olive oil and vinegar together. In my research it dawned on me that I always thought pesto had to be made with basil which at this time of year is no longer available at the farmers' markets. A great substitution is spinach. 

2019-10-02Oct 2, 2019

According to my research I found out that the Jack O' Lantern originated from Ireland. You might find that odd since pumpkins weren't grown in Ireland. Pumpkins originated in Mexico between 5500 - 7000 B.C. The Native Americans used them as a staple in their diet way before any of the European explorers arrived on the continent. When the Irish came over in the late 1800's they brought many pieces of folklore with them. including the story of Stingy Jack.  According to the story, Stingy Jack was a drunk and a trickster and lived a miserable life...

2019-08-29Aug 29, 2019

Recently, buried deep in the insane news cycle of the past month or so, was the story of the citizens of one of our long-standing territories taking to the streets to demand an end to the corruption, the United States of America’s ruling economic junta, and it’s lacky governor.  You may have seen the images coming out of Puerto Rico. It had me thinking that perhaps it was time to visit the sole Puerto Rican restaurant in Sonoma County, El Coqui. What a revelation.

2019-08-02Aug 2, 2019

Luther Burbank came up with the Santa Rosa plum, one of the most popular varieties of plum that you’ll see growing in backyards and available for purchase from farmer’s market growers. Soon after Burbank developed this variety, it became a huge favorite, and quickly spread throughout the country. The name came from it’s origin in Santa Rosa, California.  A place that Burbank himself declared “God’s gift to fruit growers.” 



2019-06-29Jun 29, 2019

As far back as I can remember watermelons were at every picnic and every BBQ. It's the fruit that can feed a large group like none other. It's refreshing and delicious. There are in season and will be making their appearance at a farmers' market near you! 


2019-06-03Jun 3, 2019

The most beautiful smile in the world has been debated for centuries.  Could the most beautiful smile be the smile of desire?  The smile of contentment?  The smile of victory?  The smile of a muse has inspired men for centuries and one of the world’s most famous smiles, The Mona Lisa smile, will forever be a beguiling curiosity.  But all these smiles pale in comparison the best smile of all.  The one smile that rules all others.  That smile is … the Sonoma County Strawberry Patch Smile!  

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