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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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All the comforts of home can be modified to scale to fit into a tiny home design. Shafer s little li...
All the comforts of home can be modified to scale to fit into a tiny home design. Shafer's little living room is cozy and yet roomy enough for a tall person to stand.
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
A view of the garden next to the cottage house that London and his second wife lived in while Wolf H...
A view of the garden next to the cottage house that London and his second wife lived in while Wolf House was being built.
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.
Fat Pilgrim Contemporary General Store also offers home interior and design services as well as many...
Fat Pilgrim Contemporary General Store also offers home interior and design services as well as many one-of-a-kind type of items.
Fat Pilgrim Contemporary General Store has just about anything and everything a home would need  bot...
Fat Pilgrim Contemporary General Store has just about anything and everything a home would need, both inside and out.
Lisa Phillips is manager/co-owner of Flag Emporium in Sonoma  CA. Her golden lab greets everyone at ...
Lisa Phillips is manager/co-owner of Flag Emporium in Sonoma, CA. Her golden lab greets everyone at the door.
 I used to see Cassandra Peterson (a.k.a  Elvira Mistress of the Dark ) quite often. She gave me tha...
"I used to see Cassandra Peterson (a.k.a 'Elvira Mistress of the Dark') quite often. She gave me that singed photo," said Pacheco. He displays it proudly among many others.
General Vallejo was very successful and powerful  mostly because he was very prudent and wise. The f...
General Vallejo was very successful and powerful, mostly because he was very prudent and wise. The fine home he built in Sonoma was brought over in pieces by ship from Boston and then assembled. No saw mills existed at that time. He would marry and have 15 children. Because of the hot summers and mild but chilly winters in Sonoma, Vallejo had adobe brick installed as insulation.
Air Sonoma Aviation at Skypark offers flight instruction. The fee for primary flight instruction is ...
Air Sonoma Aviation at Skypark offers flight instruction. The fee for primary flight instruction is $45.00 per hour. “The basic student package is $300.00 that includes some of the ground training," said instructor John Cabaud, Jr.
Dr. Vallard Christopher Forsythe  DVM specializes in offering a range of services  mostly focused on...
Dr. Vallard Christopher Forsythe, DVM specializes in offering a range of services, mostly focused on pet health and preventative care. He writes a weekly column on pet health issues for the Sonoma Sun Newspaper in Sonoma.
The La Haye Arts Center is home to several artist s work studios. While the outside may appear as ju...
The La Haye Arts Center is home to several artist's work studios. While the outside may appear as just another store-front, the interior, once admitted through a hidden door is a haven and oasis for local artists and art-lovers. The space features some of the area's most prolific artists.
For spring time  Wine Country Chocolates created Easter bonnets to compliment the traditional chocol...
For spring time, Wine Country Chocolates created Easter bonnets to compliment the traditional chocolate Easter Bunny.
A chips and salsa man  Ron Cuda knew he was on to a good thing when people at the restaurant kept as...
A chips and salsa man, Ron Cuda knew he was on to a good thing when people at the restaurant kept asking for more chips and salsa. "It wasn't just just a refill, at their table at the restaurant, they wanted to take some home." So, he established La Casa Foods, entirely separate from the restaurant.
Courtesy of Ron Cuda and La Casa Foods
Artist  Larry Murphy with son Tony at a Justin-Siena High School graduation party June 1992. Murphy ...
Artist, Larry Murphy with son Tony at a Justin-Siena High School graduation party June 1992. Murphy said that son Tony is married with children, living on the East Coast and pursing his love of cartoon illustration among other artistic endeavors.
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."
Above the shoe racks on the wall of Vinny s shop are the many photo mementos of Vincent Pacheco s da...
Above the shoe racks on the wall of Vinny's shop are the many photo mementos of Vincent Pacheco's days as a fitness trainer in Hollywood. Some were good acquaintances and others were his clients.
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.
Icons of a generation not forgotten  rock stars and legends are usually what grace the center of a t...
Icons of a generation not forgotten, rock stars and legends are usually what grace the center of a tie dye shirt. "Political figures and slogans don't last long, and I end up getting stuck with merchandise that wont sell," said roadside tie dye salesman Jerry Converse.
Seen here is a fawn in its natural habitat. A fawn will be settled in the brush away from site so th...
Seen here is a fawn in its natural habitat. A fawn will be settled in the brush away from site so that the mother doe can go look for food. This photo was taken by Marjorie Davis circa 1988.
Marj Davis

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