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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.

Review: Illustrator/Watercolor artist is a 'Renaissance man' friends say Special

Sonoma - To say that artist Dick Cole is a Renaissance man is about right. Because as friends and colleagues have pointed out, Cole has a vast array of experience, interests and talent.
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The Vella Brothers  Joseph and Tom founded the cheese company in 1931 after years of working in loca...
The Vella Brothers, Joseph and Tom founded the cheese company in 1931 after years of working in local cheese establishments during the 1920's when the first arrived in the area from their native Italy.
The monthly writers group in Sonoma meets every last Wednesday of the month. While famous writers ar...
The monthly writers group in Sonoma meets every last Wednesday of the month. While famous writers are mentioned and appreciated, the focus of the group is strictly local original material.
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.
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
Some items at Bon Marche are indeed a treasure and the store is always having some sort of sale each...
Some items at Bon Marche are indeed a treasure and the store is always having some sort of sale each day, where items are discounted from 50 to 70 percent.
Peter Hansen helping one of his students use a camera. The Media Arts Program at Sonoma Valley High ...
Peter Hansen helping one of his students use a camera. The Media Arts Program at Sonoma Valley High is one of the programs where there is a waiting list. "not every student can get in. The waiting list is that long," he said.
Courtesy of Peter Hansen
Veronica Toscano was happy to let this reporter sample the cheeses at Vella Cheese company on that M...
Veronica Toscano was happy to let this reporter sample the cheeses at Vella Cheese company on that Monday morning. Vella Cheese is all natural, "you can even eat the casing," said Toscano it is made with cocoa powder and olive oil."
Carlos Gomez and Julie Arntz at the plaza (or some refer to it   The Square ) in Sonoma. Gomez is ai...
Carlos Gomez and Julie Arntz at the plaza (or some refer to it, 'The Square') in Sonoma. Gomez is aiming to establish an animation studio on the plaza, something like Disney has.
Courtesy of Julie Arntz
Matt Clasen of Quintessential wine importers served six selections that owner Denise Bolek and Winde...
Matt Clasen of Quintessential wine importers served six selections that owner Denise Bolek and Windee Smith wanted to feature for that Wednesday evening tasting on Jan. 15, 2014. The wines were from Spain and Portugal, with an aperitif from Argentina.
Alex was preparing the grill that day  when this reporter stopped by on March 31  2014. He managed t...
Alex was preparing the grill that day, when this reporter stopped by on March 31, 2014. He managed to get some grilling done before a down pour of rain.
 I have tried pretty much everything on the menu   said Sonoma native Eileen.  The hamburgers are gr...
"I have tried pretty much everything on the menu," said Sonoma native Eileen. "The hamburgers are great. But my favorite is the roasted turkey sandwich."
Sorento Imports sells Italian motor scooters. Opened in 2008  Owners Nick and Carissa Grimm started ...
Sorento Imports sells Italian motor scooters. Opened in 2008, Owners Nick and Carissa Grimm started serving coffee shortly there after and that has proven to be successful.
Sculptor  painter Marsha Klein was taking her works down just as artist Sonja Bakalyar was coming in...
Sculptor, painter Marsha Klein was taking her works down just as artist Sonja Bakalyar was coming in to put hers up that day when this reporter stopped by in July.
As wisteria blooms  the blossoms fall like snowflakes on the ground.
As wisteria blooms, the blossoms fall like snowflakes on the ground.
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.
Published by Whitle Cloud Press  Mary Reynolds Thompson s book is working to raise the consciousness...
Published by Whitle Cloud Press, Mary Reynolds Thompson's book is working to raise the consciousness of the people to recognize that without nature humanity can not survive.
Courtesy of Mary Reynolds Thompson
Four of the five bubbly wines featured that evening were from different parts of Spain  the fifth on...
Four of the five bubbly wines featured that evening were from different parts of Spain, the fifth one was from South Africa.
Student pilot Brian Plescia’s goal is to be a corporate pilot  flying for business executives and ...
Student pilot Brian Plescia’s goal is to be a corporate pilot, flying for business executives and their companies.
After living and working in Oregon for a while  Steve and Kathy (seen here circa 1982) decided to se...
After living and working in Oregon for a while, Steve and Kathy (seen here circa 1982) decided to settle down in Sonoma and raise a family.
Courtesy of Kathy Ostram and the Ostram family
At the Sonoma Community Center on  All Souls Day  the evening was filled with a remembering of the m...
At the Sonoma Community Center on "All Souls Day" the evening was filled with a remembering of the many souls that have lived in Sonoma.