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Op-Ed: 'Veggie Queen' urges people to live healthy as well as long Special

Sonoma - The importance of eating healthy is more than just a passion for 'Veggie Queen' Jill Nussinow, it is her life's work. Getting the word out is more about getting vegetables in peoples' mouths to taste them and to experience that they are good.

Op-Ed: Animator keeps his goal in sight of a studio 'on the Plaza' Special

Sonoma - When I talked with him during the second week of January of this New Year of 2017, animator and aspiring entrepreneur Carlos Gomez said he is doing more than just making note of his resolutions. He is taking charge of them.

One Town's Veteran's Day Celebration like so many across the USA Special

Sonoma - While the annual breakfast at the Veteran's Memorial Building in Sonoma was "first come first serve" basis, there was plenty of fresh made pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage to go around this past Friday Nov. 11.

Author John Perkins points to 1976 as pivotal year economically Special

No doubt, the U. S. economy is on everyone's mind now that the presidential election is over. Yet as author John Perkins noted, "the fact that someone outside the status quo was elected, says people want change."

Painter poet Renaissance man remembered, Sonoma Day of The Dead Special

Sonoma - Underneath a fingernail-crescent moon, Sonoma locals gathered the day after Halloween to remember those who have passed on in a Day of The Dead celebration that has become a tradition. Among those remembered on Nov. 1 was artist-poet Dick Cole.

Bookshop owner celebrates 25th anniversary with his own book Special

Sonoma - Just before his Sonoma, California book shop celebrates its 25 anniversary next month, Readers' Books owner Andy Weinberger debuted his own book this past week.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Realtor-turned author, now has her own column Special

Sonoma - Autumn brings to mind change and a shift in the seasons. The symbolism has not gone unnoticed by local Realtor-turned author, Catherine Sevenau.

Op-Ed: Tall Toad in Petaluma was make-shift stage for Jazz guitarist Special

Petaluma - Local Jazz affectionados were given a rare treat of some vintage composition and interpretation up close by Jazz guitarist John Stowell. He played for over two hours on Aug 30 at the Tall Toad in Petaluma.

Op-Ed: Arts Guild of Sonoma kicks of its summer season of gallery shows Special

Sonoma - The warm summer evening weather was ideal for the Opening Reception of the Arts Guild of Sonoma June Invitational show on June 3. Among the Guest Artists was painter and abstract artist, Sonja Bakalyar.

Op-Ed: Writer deeply moved by French people's appreciation for veterans Special

Sonoma - The Memorial Day weekend edition of The Sonoma Valley Sun had a letter to the Editor that struck a chord with a writer who recently published a book called, "A Cup of Redemption."

A widow remembers her Vietnam Vet husband Special

Sonoma - The 58th annual Memorial Day Celebration was held this morning at The Veteran's Memorial Building in Sonoma not far from the Plaza, which is the heart of town. Hundreds gathered, among them was a recent widow, Kathy Bramwell Ostram.

Op-Ed: Sonoma has its first Integrative Health Care Fair Special

Sonoma - Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy in Sonoma was pleased to co-host the very first annual Integrative Health Fair this past May 21. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the afternoon.

Op-Ed: Philanthropist sees himself 'very lucky,' wants to help others Special

Sonoma - Philanthropic work has a ripple effect in a community. And, for one local philanthropist in a California town like Sonoma, he knows very well that even the simplest of work efforts such as a micro loan program is making a profound impact.

Op-Ed: Jazz Guitarists make duo performance at Sonoma's Plaza Bistro Special

Sonoma - The dreary weather of Friday was soon forgotten by those who went to see Jazz guitarists Randy Vincent and John Stowell at the Plaza Bistro. They teamed up for a duo performance that evening on May 6.

Op-Ed: 'Scream' movie begins a Sonoma realtor's career to Top Producer Special

Sonoma - Daniel Casabonne is "The realtor" in all of Sonoma with the most sales. He has an office right on the Plaza. Yet as he tells it, his career in real estate was unexpected due to the movie "Scream."

Op-Ed: One woman's life in an oyster shell of chaos reveals a pearl Special

Sonoma - The comedian/entertainer Phyllis Diller in an interview once said that the hardships in life are like the grain of sand that agitates an oyster into making a beautiful pearl.

Spring in California Wine Country is VJB Cellars and Vineyard Special

Kenwood - Spring in Paris? What about California wine country? For those who know wine country, spring time is a special occasion to visit.

Op-Ed: Vintage shop in Sonoma aims to happier times Special

Sonoma - Tiddlywinks, that very simple little game is one of the sources of inspiration for Sonoma's Tiddle E Winks Vintage Five and Dime.

Op-Ed: Indian Food has arrived in Sonoma — finally! Special

Sonoma - This reporter had the wonderful and fortunate experience this past weekend of being treated to dinner at Sonoma's newest restaurant, Delhi Belly Indian Bistro.

Op-Ed: An unexpected career change brings an inner peace to an A/C man Special

Sonoma - Career changes happen frequently. But what makes life unexpectedly dynamic is when a career changes unexpectedly. This is what happened to Daniel Fisherbaugh a heating and air-conditioning specialist in nearby Petaluma.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Film Festival aims to prepare filmmakers of tomorrow Special

Sonoma - For Media Arts Instructor, Peter Hansen the program offered at Sonoma Valley High School is just as valuable as math or science. The program he has been teaching for over 15 years aims to prepare students to be not only the filmmakers of tomorrow,

Op-Ed: Micro Loan program is success in Northern California town Special

Sonoma - Business and real estate developer Simon Blattner is amazed at what a simple small loan can do. This past January, Blattner thru his work with La Luz Center provided a micro loan to barber Michael Ramos.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Film Festival supports media arts for Middle Schools Special

Sonoma - Kevin McNeely, Executive Director of the Sonoma International Film Festival was ecstatic when this reporter called, wanting to chat about the upcoming five-day event at the end of next month.

Op-Ed: Marj Davis is the Rachel Carson of Sonoma to save fawns Special

Sonoma - An impromptu visit to a local boutique shop in town lead to an unexpected discovery of a local non-profit addressing an issue most people think little about, Fawn Rescue.

Op-Ed: Animator believes dream of a studio on 'The Plaza' will come true Special

Sonoma - Walt Disney once said, "We are not making cartoons here, we are making art." And a comment like that is not lost on someone like artist and animator Carlos Gomez.

Op-Ed: Realtor turned author launches 2nd book to a full house crowd Special

Sonoma - It was standing room only at Readers' Books on Feb. 11 as local realtor-turned author officially launched her second book entitled "Queen Bee - Reflections on Life and Other Rude Awakenings."

Op-Ed: Despite obstacles one woman is bringing Gymnastics to Sonoma Special

Sonoma - Cartwheels, flips, fitness and fun are what Sonoma resident and business owner, Mary Alice Jambon wishes to firmly establish at the Carneros Corporate Park on 8th Street.

Op-Ed: Small California town mourns the loss of Postal worker Special

Sonoma - The little U.S. Post Office station at the west end of Sonoma is perhaps the least of the 31,662 post offices nationwide.

Op-Ed: Coffee cart owner sells biz and is now the Go 2 Gal for concierge Special

Sonoma - Something new has brewed for Sonoma's JOE-2-GO coffee bar owner Heidi Stearn. She sold the successful sole-proprietorship which has been a fixture at Freidman's Home Improvement Center for over five years.

Op-Ed: Retired teacher believes more is in store on his life journey Special

Sonoma - The Alumni of Pater Noster High School in Los Angeles had a benefit dinner in October of this past year to raise funds for the remaining Brothers of St. Patrick that staffed the school.
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A view of the historic compound from the patio at the Sonoma Cheese Factory grill a few steps away f...
A view of the historic compound from the patio at the Sonoma Cheese Factory grill a few steps away from the old Mission.
Sonoma author and realtor  Catherine Clemens Sevenau officially launched her new book  Passages From...
Sonoma author and realtor, Catherine Clemens Sevenau officially launched her new book "Passages From Behind These Doors: A Family Memoir," at Readers' Books on Thurs. Nov. 13, 2014.
courtesy of Catherine Sevenau
Inside the Roche Winery tasting room on West Spain Street. The tasting room offers food and accommod...
Inside the Roche Winery tasting room on West Spain Street. The tasting room offers food and accommodations for a delightful experience of wine tasting and picnic basket afternoons.
Bonnie Walner with husband Barry Walner and  splatter paint party  coordinator Fr. Bruno Segatta  at...
Bonnie Walner with husband Barry Walner and "splatter paint party" coordinator Fr. Bruno Segatta, attending the August 4 event from Boise, Idaho just to help promote the Art for Elder's program that Bonnie founded a year ago at Vintage Sonoma, an assisted living facility.
Since 2010  Julie Jones has been an estate document organizer consultant. She had devised a comprehe...
Since 2010, Julie Jones has been an estate document organizer consultant. She had devised a comprehensive information book-binder for people to use in order to help them confront the personal and at times unpleasant questions that arise when faced with a crisis or family emergency, such as an incapacitating illness or death.
Tequila Plaza is a newly established restaurant in Sonoma. In addition to Taco and Margarita Tuesday...
Tequila Plaza is a newly established restaurant in Sonoma. In addition to Taco and Margarita Tuesday specials they also have Happy Hour from 3 to 5 PM.
 The Code of Conduct and Code of Support as it was read aloud moved me very deeply   said Sonoma res...
"The Code of Conduct and Code of Support as it was read aloud moved me very deeply," said Sonoma resident Kathy Ostram.
Writer and poet Steve Bakalyar was among the four poets featured that evening of poetry reading and ...
Writer and poet Steve Bakalyar was among the four poets featured that evening of poetry reading and art at Sonoma's Studio 35 art gallery and exhibition center.
The views of the hills amid the vineyards is sweeping and well worth the escape along back roads.
The views of the hills amid the vineyards is sweeping and well worth the escape along back roads.
Kathy Ostram talked about her recollections of guitarist Sam Andrew while at Mary s Pizza Shack on t...
Kathy Ostram talked about her recollections of guitarist Sam Andrew while at Mary's Pizza Shack on the plaza in Sonoma. Many of her memories of that time, were when San Francisco was filled with the sounds of the rock and roll music that attracted thousands to the City.
Musician and singer Chris Giovacchini provided some music before author Catherine Sevenau began her ...
Musician and singer Chris Giovacchini provided some music before author Catherine Sevenau began her reading that Thursday evening.
courtesy of Catherine Sevenau
Walking up to the old mission is like stepping back in time. The adobe walls and old wood speaks of ...
Walking up to the old mission is like stepping back in time. The adobe walls and old wood speaks of California's early days before statehood when it was a colony or outpost of Spain and then later Mexico.
Franchise owner Joseph Shoemaker and his dad Billy who was present to show morale support  take a mo...
Franchise owner Joseph Shoemaker and his dad Billy who was present to show morale support, take a moment to chat with the press (this reporter) on opening day of the new Sonoma location of Dutch Brothers Coffee.
Sonoma Sky Park Aviators provided the annual  fly-over  during the riffle salute and the signing of ...
Sonoma Sky Park Aviators provided the annual "fly-over" during the riffle salute and the signing of "God Bless America" as the annual ceremony observance came to a conclusion.
Now that spring time has arrived the Valley of the Moon Certified Farmers Market is eager to bring f...
Now that spring time has arrived the Valley of the Moon Certified Farmers Market is eager to bring fresh produce, dairy, olive oil, nuts, fresh soup stock and a host of many other locally grown and made products to the people. Open on Tuesdays the market is very popular and yes, some of the vendors do take credit/ATM cards.
Tea & Trumpets organic tea company owner Mark Bowden sells his tea blends at Sonoma Farmers Market.
Tea & Trumpets organic tea company owner Mark Bowden sells his tea blends at Sonoma Farmers Market.
 I am a vegetarian  said long-time resident Kathy Ostram  the  Veggie Feta  is delicious. And being ...
"I am a vegetarian, said long-time resident Kathy Ostram, the "Veggie Feta" is delicious. And being a fan of anything apple, the blintz crepe is yummy," she added.
The one-day event was the grassroots coordination of Sonoma Valley Hospital with the support of The ...
The one-day event was the grassroots coordination of Sonoma Valley Hospital with the support of The Integrative Health Network and Pharmaca.
Paul Clark, Pharmaca
A bit of 1950 s Americana decorates the interior of Pearl s  much like Mel s Drive In  of San Franci...
A bit of 1950's Americana decorates the interior of Pearl's, much like Mel's Drive In, of San Francisco.
Susan Frye  a former Vice President is the Members and Sponsors chair. While the summer concert seri...
Susan Frye, a former Vice President is the Members and Sponsors chair. While the summer concert series is free, the audience is encourage to donate whatever they can. The Sonoma Valley Jazz Society is a non-profit organization.