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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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Pam Arnold and her sister Kim Courier were outside Lucky supermarket in Sonoma on Saturday Aug. 30  ...
Pam Arnold and her sister Kim Courier were outside Lucky supermarket in Sonoma on Saturday Aug. 30, 2014 selling their jewelry designs for Our Lady of Guadalupe Church of Windsor, CA and the parish's hungry children food outreach program.
That Tuesday evening of Aug. 11  the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel band was playing to an enthusiastic crow...
That Tuesday evening of Aug. 11, the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel band was playing to an enthusiastic crowd. Artist, Jan Small was impressed and is pleased she made the decision to leave San Francisco to pursue her artistic endeavors in the town of Sonoma.
The contrasts between old construction and modern is obvious upon closer inspection. The life of all...
The contrasts between old construction and modern is obvious upon closer inspection. The life of all settlers in California was very simple.
Kelli Brooks and Jared Eakins enjoy the work of serving guests and greeting visitors to the tasting ...
Kelli Brooks and Jared Eakins enjoy the work of serving guests and greeting visitors to the tasting room. "We get a mix of both tourists and locals," said Eakins.
Orignal designs are what sisters Pam Arnold and Kim Courier make for clients. Yet they also believe ...
Orignal designs are what sisters Pam Arnold and Kim Courier make for clients. Yet they also believe very strongly in the power of prayer and charity outreach. They both like to raise money for charity, like the hungry children outreach program at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church of Windsor, CA.
Doing all he can to find another place to live in 60 days  Frame shop owner John Emil Brians put a s...
Doing all he can to find another place to live in 60 days, Frame shop owner John Emil Brians put a sign in the window.
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.
Sidewalk in front of Napa s 140-year-old Sam Kee Laundry Building is covered with debris from the Au...
Sidewalk in front of Napa's 140-year-old Sam Kee Laundry Building is covered with debris from the Aug. 24 earthquake.
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Studebaker Cheese Cake on West Napa Street in Sonoma offers what some locals consider  the best  che...
Studebaker Cheese Cake on West Napa Street in Sonoma offers what some locals consider "the best" cheesecake ever.
Courtesy of Studebaker Cheese Cake, Sonoma
Steve K. Ostram was among the many people remembered this past Nov 1  2016 at the Day of the Dead re...
Steve K. Ostram was among the many people remembered this past Nov 1, 2016 at the Day of the Dead remembrance and celebration at the Sonoma Community Center. He died this past April of 2016 after years of declining health due to exposure to 'Agent Orange' while serving in Vietnam.
The Divewalk Cafe is kid-friendly  family-friendly and pro-bicycle.
The Divewalk Cafe is kid-friendly, family-friendly and pro-bicycle.
Some of the hidden spaces appear small and very  private  yet there is enough space not only for sev...
Some of the hidden spaces appear small and very "private" yet there is enough space not only for several artists to work in but also to display their works.
Some of the names and faces remembered are well-known to the area and the world like Sebastiani and ...
Some of the names and faces remembered are well-known to the area and the world like Sebastiani and author Jack London.
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.
Plaza Bistro  on the square  in Sonoma has live music and has a full bar. Dinner reservations are re...
Plaza Bistro "on the square" in Sonoma has live music and has a full bar. Dinner reservations are recommended especially for nights when performances are scheduled. More than 50 people were in attendance over the course of Amanda King's performance on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012
Kim Courier s 16-year-old son Chase  makes bracelets from parachute cords.  It helps build his self-...
Kim Courier's 16-year-old son Chase, makes bracelets from parachute cords. "It helps build his self-esteem and lift his spirits," said mother Kim and his aunt Pam. Chase has been suffering from scoliosis and other serious conditions since birth. Despite the difficulties in their lives sisters Kim and Pam consider themselves blessed and very fortunate, especially since they have survived strokes and cancer more than once.
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.
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
Heidi Geffen is the owner of Tiddle E Winks Vintage Five and Dime shop in Sonoma.
Heidi Geffen is the owner of Tiddle E Winks Vintage Five and Dime shop in Sonoma.
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.