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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.

Op-Ed: Valley of the Moon Ensemble prepares for holiday concerts Special

Sonoma - The winter season brings people together and singing fosters a holiday mood. Yet whether young or old, there is something about a vocal choir or group that everyone appreciates, even for those who are not much for singing.

Op-Ed: Sonoma bookshop is thankful for its 24th Anniversary/'birthday' Special

Sonoma - Owner of Readers' Books, Andrew Weinberger had much to celebrate as well as be thankful for this Thanksgiving season as his bookstore has its 24th anniversary.
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 I have tried pretty much everything on the menu   said Sonoma native Eileen.  The hamburgers are gr...
"I have tried pretty much everything on the menu," said Sonoma native Eileen. "The hamburgers are great. But my favorite is the roasted turkey sandwich."
Before and after...Just a sample of Pacheco s work at Vinny s A-1 Shoe Repair in Sonoma  CA.
Before and after...Just a sample of Pacheco's work at Vinny's A-1 Shoe Repair in Sonoma, CA.
Courtesy of Vincent Pacheco
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.
Recollecting her time as a journalist  job counselor Kathy Ostram said. “That was a scary and exci...
Recollecting her time as a journalist, job counselor Kathy Ostram said. “That was a scary and exciting time because as a reporter for the university newspaper I had a press pass to get through the protest lines." Certainly she was a bit frightened. "But, I remember recognizing how important the issues were then," she said.
Sia and Ashish are the proud owners of their newly restored and renovated Olea Hotel in Glen Ellen  ...
Sia and Ashish are the proud owners of their newly restored and renovated Olea Hotel in Glen Ellen, CA in Sonoma County, on Warm Springs Road.
Rev. Tim Arensmeier and wife Jan were in attendance. Rev Arensmeier considers his participating in v...
Rev. Tim Arensmeier and wife Jan were in attendance. Rev Arensmeier considers his participating in veterans events as part of his ministry and outreach.
On Highway 12 in Sonoma on the way towards Agua Caliente is Michoacana Ice Cream Shop. They offer fr...
On Highway 12 in Sonoma on the way towards Agua Caliente is Michoacana Ice Cream Shop. They offer fresh made ice cream creations inspired by the foods of Mexico, like tequila, lime and fresh corn off the cob flavors. Yummy!
While accommodations might not be what is offered at the latest cineplex with High Definition and ul...
While accommodations might not be what is offered at the latest cineplex with High Definition and ultimate stereo surround sound, the audience is still just as pleased. For many among them remember what movies were like way before many of today's high tech and digital capabilities.
Dave Redden coordinates the agricultural program at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma  CA. This year they ...
Dave Redden coordinates the agricultural program at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, CA. This year they will be participating in the livestock competition both county fairs of Sonoma and Napa and will also be selling the livestock they raised.
Photo by Jim Deely, courtesy of Hanna Boys Center, Sonoma, CA
Selecting only the best coffee beans  Dutch Brothers coffee roasts each type of bean separately  the...
Selecting only the best coffee beans, Dutch Brothers coffee roasts each type of bean separately, then blends the various types of beans together to create a unique and original blend flavor.
Daniel Casabonne s unexpected success has afforded him the best office space in town  right on the p...
Daniel Casabonne's unexpected success has afforded him the best office space in town, right on the plaza, just steps away from Sonoma's historic old Mission. "When I first got here almost 20 years ago, I did not know anyone. Now, I am the top producing realtor town and all of the Wine Country area."
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.
Tuesday  July 1 was the opening day of Divewalk Cafe s debut on  the square  in Sonoma just for the ...
Tuesday, July 1 was the opening day of Divewalk Cafe's debut on "the square' in Sonoma just for the morning hours only before Grandma Linda's Ice Cream, opens for the day at around Noon.
The foyer of the old Mission. It its heyday  the Mission was home to more than 900 native peoples.
The foyer of the old Mission. It its heyday, the Mission was home to more than 900 native peoples.
Sorento Imports used to rent out motor scoters  now owner Nick Grimm only sells and repair them.
Sorento Imports used to rent out motor scoters, now owner Nick Grimm only sells and repair them.
Jerry Converse makes and sells tie dye shirts along the roadside in Sonoma  CA. He says he does pret...
Jerry Converse makes and sells tie dye shirts along the roadside in Sonoma, CA. He says he does pretty well, because as he sees it, "Tie dye never really went out of style."
The entire backyard and the little cottage is all set for use. Art director Jude Cameron noted that ...
The entire backyard and the little cottage is all set for use. Art director Jude Cameron noted that art classes and art workshops will also be a regular part of Studio 35.
Financial advisor Daren Blonksi of Edward Jones Investments hosts monthly talks on subjects regardin...
Financial advisor Daren Blonksi of Edward Jones Investments hosts monthly talks on subjects regarding investments and retirement plans. All of his outreach in this effort is strictly to inform the community and is free of charge.
Just across the street from Safeway in a little mini-shopping complex  many people might miss as ver...
Just across the street from Safeway in a little mini-shopping complex, many people might miss as very ordinary from the outside, Pearl's is away from the tourist area of Sonoma and is according to some "The greasy spoon place in town."
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.

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