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2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019

This time of year is always full of conflicting emotions for me. It is some of our best weather of the year, and yet we are losing minutes of daylight every day. My garden is still going strong, yet the farmers market is winding down for the year.

2019-09-29Sep 29, 2019

As our community arrives at the 2-year anniversary of the 2017 North Bay Fires on October 8th, we are reminded about our vulnerabilities, our struggles to recover, and our continued need for resiliency. Fire and emergency services have been elevated issues over the past two years. They deserve our attention, our respect, and our support. As fire departments countywide are grappling with how to best serve their communities, the local Fire Protection District Boards of Directors in Graton, Gold Ridge and Occidental have decided to take matters into their own hands by placing funding measures on the ballot for a special election this November 5th. 

2019-08-24Aug 24, 2019

The OAEC annual performance tradition of the Chataqua event  is upon us the 4th - 7th of September. I went last year for the first time in a while and it was super cool. OAEC is also hosting in their fabulous new Heron Hall a film screening of the documentary Artifishal. The annual Occidental Holiday Craft Faire is starting to gear uptowards the event which takes place this year on December 7th and 8th. We are currently accepting vendor applications until September 20th  

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

With a friendly welcome, a love affair with fresh ingredients and a Mediterranean flair, Hazel in Occidental warms the heart and tempts the taste buds with surprising and rich concoctions, writes the Gazette's Val Larsen.

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.

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