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2019-05-28May 28, 2019

By the time you read this a big improvement for town and team will have been completed in the form of the new gym floor at the Community Center. Kudo’s to all who made this project a reality. Come by and check it out, join one of the many groups already using the gym, or perhaps come up with a new group use for it – there’s plenty of open time in the gym schedule. At some point in the near future there will be an open house type event to show off the gym to everyone, I will keep you posted.  A way to keep the County abreast of our needs out here is the SoCo-Report-It feature through the County. You can submit requests directly through the website or download the app to use. It is currently focused on issues with roads.

2019-05-02May 2, 2019

Chris Martin from Howards Station Cafe joined the Sonoma County Certified Organic Farmers Association and we formed a market management entity for Occidental under that non-profit umbrella. Five of us formed an interim board and have been busy meeting weekly, (and it seems like online hourly) to basically start a new business, get all the necessary permits, and interview candidates for market manager. Our intent is to reopen the market the 1st week of June.

2019-04-29Apr 29, 2019

In a rather large piece of good news for Occidental no matter where you reside, it appears that the Farmer’s Market is going to happen this year after all!  The Occidental Community Choir spring concert series is in the beginning of May, and they are celebrating their 40th anniversary. Check out their website at for tickets & info. The annual Harmony Ark Fundraiser takes place on May 19th from 3-7 at the CYO. This is always a fun event and I’m looking forward to checking out the CYO property for the first time. For more info or to purchase tickets go to Also on May 19th is the next meeting of the Fire Safe Occidental group. The time is 3-5, location TBD. Check out their website at for details.

2019-04-24Apr 24, 2019

A low-power radio station with roots in the West County will celebrate its move to a studio in Santa Rosa with barn-raising party in late May. Sources say it will be an "udderly" brilliant celebration.

2019-03-26Mar 26, 2019

The Occidental Bohemian Farmers Market (OBFM), a mainstay of the Sonoma County small agricultural industry, decided not to reopen in the 2019 season this June in downtown Occidental.

2019-02-27Feb 27, 2019

A few years after two men purchased a historic meat shop in Occidental, the store is running strong and recently launched a monthly subscription service.

2019-02-27Feb 27, 2019

OCCAC at this point basically consists of two people. Kudos to them for carrying the torch of improving the Community Center, finding this foundation and putting together the grant proposal. On the bright side my attendance represented a 50% increase, on the downside – come on friends and neighbors, please step up your help is needed! They meet every first Thursday at 6:30pm at the Community Center (March 7th). Another group I work with, the Occidental Community Council would really benefit from some increased community interest. We meet the third Saturday of every Month at 10:30am at the Community Center (March 16th).  Our longtime secretary is retiring so we could use help in that regard or, if note-taking isn’t your thing we could use help in deciding what community projects are most deserving of the thousands of dollars we have in our budget for this year and beyond.


2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019

Though today feels more like Spring, I would like to say “happy Winter” to everyone. When last I was writing for the Gazette, we hadn’t quite crossed over into Winter yet. I love how just a few days after becoming Winter the days actually start to get longer, beckoning us forward towards a New Year. Did ya’ll see the lunar eclipse last weekend? It was pretty spectacular. Did you lose power last week? It was a pretty wet and wild set of storms we got wasn’t it? I give thanks to the firefighters and linemen out in the storm keeping us safe and doing their best to keep our power on. The return of the salmonids to our local waterways. This weekend I went down to the observation deck at Salmon Creek School and in 15 minutes of viewing saw two fish attempting to jump the waterfalls. If you have never seen this spectacle with your own eyes, let me tell you it is one of the most magnificent facets of nature out there


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