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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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Fresh popcorn is served free at the monthly movie night at Sonoma Skypark s clubhouse. Members and g...
Fresh popcorn is served free at the monthly movie night at Sonoma Skypark's clubhouse. Members and guests are asked to make a donation of any amount to help fund Skypark's community -activity outreach programs like Young Eagles Camp with the EAA Air Academy.
The special for Wednesday June 25 was raspberry pancakes. Pearl s serves breakfast from opening to c...
The special for Wednesday June 25 was raspberry pancakes. Pearl's serves breakfast from opening to closing.
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.
Bonnie Walner with husband Barry Walner and  splatter paint party  coordinator Fr. Bruno Segatta  at...
Bonnie Walner with husband Barry Walner and "splatter paint party" coordinator Fr. Bruno Segatta, attending the August 4 event from Boise, Idaho just to help promote the Art for Elder's program that Bonnie founded a year ago at Vintage Sonoma, an assisted living facility.
Jim Witous told the gathering that night that Apple is seamless in its ability to synchronize all it...
Jim Witous told the gathering that night that Apple is seamless in its ability to synchronize all its products (iMac, iPad, iPhone) with one another. "That way you will not be missing anything, such as appointments, emails, and so on," he said.
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.
While much of the original mission and its decor was destroyed by a fire  efforts over the past seve...
While much of the original mission and its decor was destroyed by a fire, efforts over the past several decades have tired to restore and reconstruct what was. Many of the Missions along the Mission Trail in California have motifs that were painted or carved by the native people's themselves.
Jan and Jim Arensmeier were present at the local Safeway supermarket on Friday  May 23  2014 to remi...
Jan and Jim Arensmeier were present at the local Safeway supermarket on Friday, May 23, 2014 to remind shoppers that Memorial Day is not simply the start of summer vacation, it is a day of remembrance for all veterans who fought and died for the nation, as well as those still living.
His name and photo is seen regularly in all the real estate publications throughout the wine country...
His name and photo is seen regularly in all the real estate publications throughout the wine country of Northern California. While he may appear and live like a movie star, Casabonne is very approachable and always happy to help people with one of the most important decisions of a lifetime, the purchase of a home.
Courtesy of Daniel Casabonne
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
Cynthia Owings is the creator and owner of Cynthia s Scones. Made fresh daily  from all natural ingr...
Cynthia Owings is the creator and owner of Cynthia's Scones. Made fresh daily, from all natural ingredients, owner Cynthia Owings would like to turn the café/kitchen she now works from into a community kitchen, inviting chefs and food artisans an opportunity to make and feature their goods there.
Julie Jones  author of the Estate Documents Organizer A-Z Records Book  available at www.estatedocso...
Julie Jones, author of the Estate Documents Organizer A-Z Records Book, available at www.estatedocsorganizer.com.
Fremont Diner  Sonoma  California. January 2011.
Fremont Diner, Sonoma, California. January 2011.
While orders for American Flags are common  especially during civic holidays like 4th of July  Flag ...
While orders for American Flags are common, especially during civic holidays like 4th of July, Flag Emporium can have a flag made for any occasion or event.
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 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
 At some point  Jack London considered farming his true calling and not so much the writing   said J...
"At some point, Jack London considered farming his true calling and not so much the writing," said Jack London State Park Exec. Director, Tjiska Van Wyk, as she provided an extended tour of the grounds via golf-cart vehicle.
Valley of The Moon Chamber Ensemble will be performing this holiday season. Seen here are: Ruth Bail...
Valley of The Moon Chamber Ensemble will be performing this holiday season. Seen here are: Ruth Baillie, soprano, Lawrence Black, baritone, Dr. Suzannah Bozzone, soprano, Beth Carter, soprano/assoc. conductor, Gail Chadwin, alto, Boris DeDenko, bass, Frank Hernandez, tenor, Margo Huffman, alto, Rob Angus Jones, baritone, Erick Larson, tenor, Tim Marson, bass/assoc. conductor, Naomi Peterkin, soprano, Dr. Jerome Smith, tenor, Ramona Witt, Soprano, Monica McKey, alto/accompanist and Melissa Muel
Ryan Lely, courtesy of Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble
Matt Wolfe is the animal care coordinator and main contact person for Fawn Rescue. But as he says   ...
Matt Wolfe is the animal care coordinator and main contact person for Fawn Rescue. But as he says, "Marj at 95, still goes out on rescue at least once a week."
Courtesy of Fawn Rescue of Sonoma County
Members of the Sonoma City Council  surprised many on June 17 when they decided to wait before makin...
Members of the Sonoma City Council, surprised many on June 17 when they decided to wait before making any decisions to join in on the Sonoma Clean Power program. This sudden shift caught many clean power supporters by surprise. While, the City Council listened favorably to the presentations about Clean Power, they thought it best to wait and review more information.