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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.

Op-Ed: Broadway in Sonoma, Transcendence Theatre's gift for the Holidays Special

Sonoma - The beauty of the wine country attracts and inspires many people, among them is Transcendence Theatre Company. For over four years, this eclectic group of Broadway-based performers have won over the Sonoma Valley.

Op-Ed: From a wheel cart in Boston to Wine Country, pickles are here Special

Sonoma - Customers at Whole Foods in Northern California's wine country got a chance to sample Grillo’s Pickles this month. Savannah Hoffman, sales and merchandising coordinator for Grillo’s was eager to present both the savory and the sweet versions

Op-Ed: A soap made from love has turned into an all-natural Day Spa Special

Petaluma - When something is made out of necessity it can require pushing oneself to simply do what has not been done before. Yet when something is made out of love, it's ability to excel has no bounds. This could be said of one local product, MoonEssence.

Review: California Ceramic artist is a potter's alchemist for glazes Special

Sonoma - The second floor Gallery at Sonoma Community Center is currently featuring watercolor painter Dick Cole and ceramic artist Chic Lotz. Her work shimmered and gleamed as lights from above gave her work a certain twinkle.

Review: A Cup of English Breakfast leads Sonoma man to tea business Special

Sonoma - One young man took his enjoyment of tea, saw a need and in meeting that need has embarked on an entrepreneurial path. His purpose is to provide the best high quality-organic tea in Sonoma County.
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Whether simple every day shoes or fancy expensive  haute couture  Vinny s A-1 Shoe Repair can handle...
Whether simple every day shoes or fancy expensive 'haute couture' Vinny's A-1 Shoe Repair can handle them all. According to the Shoe Repair Service Institute of America, having shoes repaired actually saves money, rather than going out and buying another pair.
Courtesy of Vincent Pacheco
Very proud of his wife s work and accomplishments  husband Steve Bakalyar was in attendance at Sonja...
Very proud of his wife's work and accomplishments, husband Steve Bakalyar was in attendance at Sonja's showing. Steve is a writer and scientist who like so many has been drawn into the growing circle of friends who gather at Studio 35.
Plein air painting is to paint a picture all at once without stopping  not allowing the paint to dry...
Plein air painting is to paint a picture all at once without stopping, not allowing the paint to dry. Well-experience with water colors, artist Kathryn Lewis has dedicated herself to painting with oil paints for the past four years.
 Lights  camera  action.  The skills that the media arts program at Sonoma Valley High School provid...
"Lights, camera, action." The skills that the media arts program at Sonoma Valley High School provide are extremely valuable as well as practical. Hansen said he enjoys his work most when he can "turn a kid around from being a pain to being a star and helping that person build a 'dream job,' through media arts."
Courtesy of Peter Hansen
Artists Sig Rundstrom and Sonja Bakalyar shared the spotlight this past August 21 for the  Meet the ...
Artists Sig Rundstrom and Sonja Bakalyar shared the spotlight this past August 21 for the "Meet the Artist" event at Sonoma's Studio 35 gallery on Patton Street.
Hundreds gathered on May 26 for the 56th Annual Sonoma Valley Memorial Day Observance at Sonoma Vete...
Hundreds gathered on May 26 for the 56th Annual Sonoma Valley Memorial Day Observance at Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park, California.
Singer Amanda King performed at Plaza Bistro at the square in Sonoma  CA on Friday night  Nov. 2. 20...
Singer Amanda King performed at Plaza Bistro at the square in Sonoma, CA on Friday night, Nov. 2. 2012. She sang a selection of jazz and cabaret style standards like Duke Ellington's "Take the A Train," and "Lover Come Back to Me, written by Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein.
Roche family winery is just off the town square in Sonoma  on West Spain Street.
Roche family winery is just off the town square in Sonoma, on West Spain Street.
Cynthia s Scones are made fresh every day. Are sold and delivered locally to vendors and cafes in an...
Cynthia's Scones are made fresh every day. Are sold and delivered locally to vendors and cafes in and around Sonoma. Some of Cynthia's customers are Sonoma Market and Café Scooteria.
Pleased that everyone turned out to make her second launch even more successful than her first book ...
Pleased that everyone turned out to make her second launch even more successful than her first book, author Catherine Sevenau thanked everyone and said she was "touched and thrilled."
For just a few dollars  those who have a bit of sweet tooth can enjoy fresh baked pastries at Garcia...
For just a few dollars, those who have a bit of sweet tooth can enjoy fresh baked pastries at Garcia's Bakery in Sonoma, CA
These are just some of the dozens and dozens of designs that sisters Kim Courier and Pam Arnold have...
These are just some of the dozens and dozens of designs that sisters Kim Courier and Pam Arnold have made. "Once we finish making a batch or a specially made set, that's it, we don't make any more," said Arnold. "Because, she explained we like to custom make all our designs with each one being 'one-of-a-kind' as much as possible."
Valley Wine Shack on West Napa Street has a Wednesday evening tasting  open to the public for just $...
Valley Wine Shack on West Napa Street has a Wednesday evening tasting, open to the public for just $1.00. Informal, relaxing, the atmosphere is cozy and inviting. On warm evenings patrons can sit outside on the patio.
Roger Rhoten is manager/operator of the Sabastiani Theater in Sonoma. He was pleased to feature Wood...
Roger Rhoten is manager/operator of the Sabastiani Theater in Sonoma. He was pleased to feature Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."
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January 2011, California
Cartwheels  flips and fun is what the gymnastics academy in Sonoma is all about. Founder  Mary Alice...
Cartwheels, flips and fun is what the gymnastics academy in Sonoma is all about. Founder, Mary Alice Jambon has been teaching gymnastics in the Veterans Memorial Hall building in Sonoma. Yet has been working with City and County officials to establish a permanent home for the gymnastics club for more than a year and a half.
Courtesy of Sonoma Gymnastics Academy
 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.
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
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.
The waiting room at Dr. Forsythe s office. Once a grand victorian-era home  the downstairs is now a ...
The waiting room at Dr. Forsythe's office. Once a grand victorian-era home, the downstairs is now a pet hospital and clinic.