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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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A bell-tower  reminiscent of the California Missions gives St. Francis Winery in Kenwood that old-wo...
A bell-tower, reminiscent of the California Missions gives St. Francis Winery in Kenwood that old-world charm.
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Reed was eager to pass out menu-flyers to the locals like Miriam who walked by with her friends that...
Reed was eager to pass out menu-flyers to the locals like Miriam who walked by with her friends that Tuesday morning. "We offer both savory and sweet crepes," said Reed. One of chef Mark's specialities is the 'veggie feta' and yes crepes with hazelnut chocolate are also made.
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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.
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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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Kathy is a great resource for job information and her work with us has been helpful   said Margaret ...
Kathy is a great resource for job information and her work with us has been helpful," said Margaret Panely, senior job/career counselor-coordinator at the Santa Rosa office of the California Dept. of Rehab.
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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.
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The courtyard of the Mission and its compound. Historians have tired to arrange the setting as close...
The courtyard of the Mission and its compound. Historians have tired to arrange the setting as close to what they think the Mission may have looked like.
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Vella Cheese Company on Second Street  East does not provide tours  but visitors are always welcome....
Vella Cheese Company on Second Street, East does not provide tours, but visitors are always welcome. And, yes, they offer plenty of cheese samples.
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Daren Blonski  a financial advisor at Edward Jones Investments of Sonoma  provides free workshops an...
Daren Blonski, a financial advisor at Edward Jones Investments of Sonoma, provides free workshops and talks about financial subjects and services to not only his clients but to the community. On Thurs. Oct. 23, he invited American Funds manager and consultant Christopher Lanzafame to speak to over two dozen people about the importance of long-term global investing.
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Open in 2009  Michoacana Natural Ice Cream shop on Highway 12 in Sonoma has become so popular that o...
Open in 2009, Michoacana Natural Ice Cream shop on Highway 12 in Sonoma has become so popular that owner Teresita Fernandez wants to open another shop, in nearby Marin County.
Courtesy of Michoacana Natural Ice Cream, Sonoma, CA
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Johnny Khoury who works with brother Michael  was eager to talk about the sandwiches on the menu. Se...
Johnny Khoury who works with brother Michael, was eager to talk about the sandwiches on the menu. Seen here with Khoury are Justine and Nelly who help make the sandwiches and salads.
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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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Sparkling wine (and not Champagne) was featured on Wednesday night tasting at the Valley Wine Shack ...
Sparkling wine (and not Champagne) was featured on Wednesday night tasting at the Valley Wine Shack in Sonoma.
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While maintaining a sense of rustic-rural charm  Fat Pilgrim general store is also part art gallery ...
While maintaining a sense of rustic-rural charm, Fat Pilgrim general store is also part art gallery and home design center.
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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.
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A snapshot from his bike tour last year in 2013  Hand-Cyclist  Steve Brumme is eager to make the jou...
A snapshot from his bike tour last year in 2013, Hand-Cyclist, Steve Brumme is eager to make the journey again, only this time he wants to go 3,000 miles across the United States.
Courtesy of Steve Brumme and The Sonoma Sun
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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.
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The  Easter Egg Hunt Cake  will be one of the speciality items featured for the upcoming Easter Menu...
The "Easter Egg Hunt Cake" will be one of the speciality items featured for the upcoming Easter Menu for this spring season of 2014.
Courtesy of Crisp Bakeshop, Sonoma, CA
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Working out of the back of his van  tie dye proprietor and designer Jerry Converse sets up his roads...
Working out of the back of his van, tie dye proprietor and designer Jerry Converse sets up his roadside shop every Wednesday through Sunday from spring time until mid-Summer. "When weather gets too hot, I head for Oregon or my hometown of Seattle," he said.
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Clothes of all sorts are abundant at Bon Marche  everything from casual and leisure wear to formal a...
Clothes of all sorts are abundant at Bon Marche, everything from casual and leisure wear to formal attire.
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