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Op-Ed: Studio 35 where artists of the canvas and of the page converge Special

Sonoma - There's that old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Words and images often go together so it is no surprise that Studio 35 would have a poetry reading on Oct. 10 to compliment its art display.

Op-Ed: Jack London State Park open thanks to public-private partnership Special

Sonoma - Back in 2011 the California State Parks and Recreation announced that it would have to shut down 70 parks due to budget cuts. Over the past two years, public-private partnerships were formed to help keep the state parks open. Among them was the

Op-Ed: Father is proud of son's career path as Flight Instructor Special

Sonoma - Receiving his Federal Aviation Administration Airmen Certification, two years ago was an honor and a proud moment for Sonoma native John Philip Cabaud, Jr. He is now a flight instructor at Sonoma Skypark Airport.

Op-Ed: Santa Rosa cafe is 'like home' to many who enjoy home cooking Special

Santa Rosa - Walking into Sam's For Play Café has that diner feeling to it. Yet amid the memorabilia on the walls, there is a sense of family here that is more than just another family-style restaurant.

Op-Ed: Movie night at Sonoma Skypark flickers with aviation history Special

Sonoma - For those who fly planes and love aviation, any excuse to talk about or study air planes is a welcome activity to the daily routine. This is especially so for the pilots and members of Sonoma Skypark air field.

Mentoring program receives gift from Sonoma Skypark Special

Sonoma - In a community like the wine country of Sonoma, each business and organization impacts one another in a variety of ways. Yet no matter how small or everyday, the connections they make touch so many lives and make all the difference in the world.

Op-Ed: Two sisters sell their designs to feed the hungry, in gratitude Special

Sonoma - Sisters Pam Arnold and Kim Courier love to make jewelry and both have been doing so for decades. Yet even with the struggles they have faced, they still make time to donate their time and crafts to help feed the hungry of their parish and community.

Sonoma requests millions for damage caused by Napa quake

Santa Rosa - A third county in Northern California's wine country has declared a state of emergency following last week's 6.0 earthquake that caused tens of millions of dollars in damage to the city of Napa.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Writers Group has the 'Write Stuff' for over 15 years Special

Sonoma - Perhaps their longevity as a group is a generational thing? Yet, if that were so, then the group would be simply social and not an outpouring of literary treasures. The moods can vary as do the styles, but each month the group presents original work.

Op-Ed: Unit Trusts and global investing are of merit says advisor Special

Sonoma - While regional VP Zack Clow of Invesco was eager to talk about some specific financial products that Invesco offers, he wanted to share with his audience the importance of recognizing the global market that is now part of most investment portfolios.

Op-Ed: Sonoma's Studio 35 is more than an art gallery, it's community Special

Sonoma - With a bundle of canvas in her arms, artist Sonja Bakalyar was literally just walking in the door of Studio 35 on Patton Street as sculptor/painter Marsha Klein was taking her works down off the wall.

Op-Ed: Winemaking family now in second generation a Sonoma gem Special

Sonoma - On warm evenings there is always a gathering of people outside a cottage-house just off the square on West Spain Street. Unassuming, yet friendly and inviting, the Roche Winery tasting tour is low-key and unpretentious.

Op-Ed: Sonoma State Historic Park a tour package deal for only $3 Special

Sonoma - For those who like bargains for travels and love history, this reporter stumbled upon a neat little tour-package deal in Sonoma, the heart of California's wine country.

Ice cream shop shares its space for new crepe business Special

Sonoma - Thanks to some very neighborly help and some wise merchant ingenuity, one local family business is helping another, get its start in the community.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Thrift store helps those in need in Rwanda Special

Sonoma - In need of something stylish, or something casual? Something for the house or something for the yard? Are you looking for a collectable, either rare, unique or even valuable? Well, then stop by Bon Marche.

Op-Ed: The Stars & Stripes not just for the 4th, says Sonoma flagmaker Special

Sonoma - As Independence Day approaches, lots of people are eager to display the old "Red White and Blue," and one little business in town is busy filling last minute requests for an American Flag.

Organic Sonoma produce opens crepes and coffee brunch place Special

Sonoma - Focusing on a very simple menu of crepes, coffee and salad, The Divewalk Cafe is open only for three days a week. "That's just for now to get started," said owner Lorene Reed

Op-Ed: Mel's might be closing, but Pearl's in Sonoma is going strong Special

Sonoma - In a place where just about everything is for tourists, this reporter often asks, "where do the local people go?" Many go to a little diner called "Pearl's." Away from the square in an almost non-descript corner

Op-Ed: Bubbles for summer are in sparkling wine, not just soda Special

Sonoma - Like the lyrics in the Gershwin tune, "Summer time and the living is easy," what can be more relaxing and refreshing about summer time than a cool drink. Usually when most people think cool drink, they grab for a beer or a soda. But what about wine?

Op-Ed: Vella Cheese of Sonoma is home to a 'dry jack' sealed with cocoa Special

Sonoma - Away from the town square or plaza is the other cheese maker in town, Vella Cheese Company who like the Sonoma Cheese Factory was also founded in 1931. But uniquely Vella has its own signature cheese

Op-Ed: Architect envisions a community kitchen while baking scones Special

Sonoma - Putting on an apron, Cynthia Owings owner of Cynthia's Scones was eager to get to work. "I have some standing orders to fill and then I got to pick up the kids from school. Oh and try my latest scone, 'gluten free' peach raspberry," she said.

Op-Ed: Fill your retirement bucket before you kick the bucket Special

Sonoma - In the second of his "summer school" for financial success talks, financial advisor Daren Blonksi of Edward Jones said, "Think about how you want to fill your bucket of retirement money before you 'kick-the-bucket?' It is important to think about this."

Op-Ed: Summer school for financial topics now in session in Sonoma Special

Sonoma - 'Investing for the Long Term' was the theme of financial advisor Daren Blonski's talk on June 3 held at the Sonoma office of Zainer Rinehart Clarke.

Op-Ed: Seeing a flying pig in Sonoma, means a BBQ is happening Special

Sonoma - If driving along Highway 37 to or from Sonoma, and you see a smoking pig with wings, chances are a Barbeque event will be taking place. "Follow the Cochon Volant van if you love BBQ and enjoy some of the best BBQ pork, beef and lamb in the Bay Area,"

Op-Ed: Sonoma gathers for 56th annual Memorial Day ceremony for Veterans Special

Sonoma - Hundreds showed up on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014 at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park to honor all those who have served the nation in military service. This past Monday was the 56th annual Memorial Day Observance for Sonoma Valley.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Job counselor with a pioneering journalist past Special

Sonoma - Ah the wine country! Beautiful vineyards, charming boutiques, with fine restaurants this region is a weekend get-a-away. And, what more perfect example than in the Old Mission town of Sonoma,

Op-Ed: 'Buddy-poppies' appearing, it is Memorial Day, time to reflect Special

Sonoma - As summer approaches, just about everyone knows that Memorial Day is the official day that ushers in the summer season. But for veterans and those that still remember the wars Americans fought in to preserve freedom, Memorial Day is one of honor.

New drive-thru coffee roaster is in town, Sonoma meets Dutch Bros Special

Sonoma - It was a festive, carnival-like atmosphere as Dutch Brothers Coffee moved into 711 Broadway and had its official Opening Day on May 16. Staff started serving free coffee to all at 4 AM and would continue till 10 PM.

Op-Ed: Hand cyclist is eager to go even further to help End Polio Now Special

Glen Ellen - With the completion of his 900 mile End Polio Now bicycle tour this past fall of 2013, Glen Ellen/Sonoma resident Steve Brumme is preparing for his next bicycle tour adventure in May of 2015.

Frame shop owner finds new spot; an oasis for local artists Special

Sonoma - While it took some time to move, frame shop owner, John Emil Brians is pleased and honored to have his shop in the midst of artists and their work.
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John Emil Brians is the owner of The Frame Factory in Sonoma  CA. He is looking for a new location. ...
John Emil Brians is the owner of The Frame Factory in Sonoma, CA. He is looking for a new location. Walking into his shop is like walking into an art gallery. Easy to talk to, he will happily give a tour.
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Members of the Sonoma City Council  surprised many on June 17 when they decided to wait before makin...
Members of the Sonoma City Council, surprised many on June 17 when they decided to wait before making any decisions to join in on the Sonoma Clean Power program. This sudden shift caught many clean power supporters by surprise. While, the City Council listened favorably to the presentations about Clean Power, they thought it best to wait and review more information.
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Jan and Jim Arensmeier were present at the local Safeway supermarket on Friday  May 23  2014 to remi...
Jan and Jim Arensmeier were present at the local Safeway supermarket on Friday, May 23, 2014 to remind shoppers that Memorial Day is not simply the start of summer vacation, it is a day of remembrance for all veterans who fought and died for the nation, as well as those still living.
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Princess Cake is one of the signature specialties made by Scandia Bakery in Sonoma  CA.
Princess Cake is one of the signature specialties made by Scandia Bakery in Sonoma, CA.
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Anna Bimenyimana is the owner and manager of Bon Marche.  In French  Bon Marche  means good bargain ...
Anna Bimenyimana is the owner and manager of Bon Marche. "In French 'Bon Marche' means good bargain," she said.
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Fremont Diner  Sonoma  California. January 2011.
Fremont Diner, Sonoma, California. January 2011.
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An art eisel is out in the backyard at Studio 35 in Sonoma  ready for any artist to use. All availab...
An art eisel is out in the backyard at Studio 35 in Sonoma, ready for any artist to use. All available space is being used, including the backyard.
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Interior of the church at Mission St. Francis Solano. The church is now only used for special occasi...
Interior of the church at Mission St. Francis Solano. The church is now only used for special occasions and festivities with regards to its sacred use as a chapel for religious purposes.
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Making sure all systems were running smoothly for the busy opening day  Chris from Boden Plumbing of...
Making sure all systems were running smoothly for the busy opening day, Chris from Boden Plumbing of Sonoma was called to check the water in the kitchen. Like the hundreds that stopped by for Opening Day on May 16, Chris was treated to a free cup of fresh-brewed, fresh-roasted ice coffee. A refreshing break on a warm summer day, that Friday.
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Sorento Imports sells Italian motor scooters. Opened in 2008  Owners Nick and Carissa Grimm started ...
Sorento Imports sells Italian motor scooters. Opened in 2008, Owners Nick and Carissa Grimm started serving coffee shortly there after and that has proven to be successful.
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Artists and craftsman work within an enclosed but spacious area. At first glance the La Haye buildin...
Artists and craftsman work within an enclosed but spacious area. At first glance the La Haye building seems like a small store-front, yet behind hidden doors reveals an artist's oasis.
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An artist from the  get-go   Frame Factory proprietor  John Emil Brians enjoys snapping photos of ob...
An artist from the "get-go," Frame Factory proprietor, John Emil Brians enjoys snapping photos of objects and scenes he finds interesting. He then turns them into greeting cards to sell in his shop.
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Opening a door next to a wall off to one side  Brians provided a tour of the artist work spaces and ...
Opening a door next to a wall off to one side, Brians provided a tour of the artist work spaces and mini-studios hidden within the La Haye building where he now has his framing shop.
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Eager to please  owner Lorene Reed made a latte with French press steeped coffee. Delicious!
Eager to please, owner Lorene Reed made a latte with French press steeped coffee. Delicious!
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Owner Nick Grimm of Sorento Imports specializes in customizing Italian motor scooters into food cart...
Owner Nick Grimm of Sorento Imports specializes in customizing Italian motor scooters into food carts. "I have designed and customized about a dozen so far, each one very unique," he said.
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The view of the vineyards and surrounding hills in back of St. Francis Winery in Kenwood is breathta...
The view of the vineyards and surrounding hills in back of St. Francis Winery in Kenwood is breathtaking and well worth a visit. It is a great spot for a picnic.
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John Phillip Cabaud  Jr. is pleased to be at Skypark airport conducting his flight instruction busin...
John Phillip Cabaud, Jr. is pleased to be at Skypark airport conducting his flight instruction business. "This is home to me," he said.
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The items on the menu at Crisp Bake Shop in Sonoma change frequently. Executive chef Moaya Scheiman ...
The items on the menu at Crisp Bake Shop in Sonoma change frequently. Executive chef Moaya Scheiman likes to take people's taste-buds to higher levels; "giving the palate a three-dimentional experience," he said. This hazelnut-espresso chocolate chip, candied-orange cookie is just one delicious example of the many unique culinary creations a patron will find at the bake shop on West Napa Street, not far from Sonoma's town square.
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For job listings in the Sonoma County area  The Santa Rosa Press Democrat remains as a reliable reso...
For job listings in the Sonoma County area, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat remains as a reliable resource.
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 Everyday  these vineyards change  their color palate changes  just as nature changes   said  artist...
"Everyday, these vineyards change, their color palate changes, just as nature changes," said, artist Kathryn A. Lewis.
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