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Op-Ed: 'Retiring early may hurt you' says advisor. 'Know the options' Special

Sonoma - With the baby boomer generation now moving along into retirement, financial advisors like Daren Blonski are trying to get word out that baby-boomers need to understand the complexities of retirement in today's society.

Op-Ed: He left a Hollywood life to become a shoe repair man Special

Sonoma - Some of the most interesting lives can be hidden in ordinary places. Such is the situation of a small business owner who left the excitement of the Rodeo Drive scene in Hollywood to take over the family business.

Op-Ed: cafĂ©Mac provides support to Apple lovers of Sonoma Special

Sonoma - As our society and everyday world becomes more dependent upon computer and mobile technology the need for reliable and trusted technicians reaches from major cities to small towns like Sonoma.

Review: Local clothier opens second store amid skepticism Special

Sonoma - Just around the corner from the plaza near some of Sonoma's finest eateries is Scott Lyall Clothes for Men. It opened in October of last year and has some of the most stylish and stunning men's attire seen anywhere.

Op-Ed: Author of 'Wild Soul' talks about a need to plug into nature Special

Sonoma - As our high-tech world gears up to go to the next level of advancing technology, author and public speaker Mary Reynolds Thompson believes if humanity is to survive it must include nature in the problem-solving.

Op-Ed: Small businesses struggle after fire, landlord indifferent Special

Sonoma - As empowering as small business can be, it can also be very unnerving when a family business or proprietor suffers an unexpected set back, such as a fire. Even if the damage is not extensive, the complications from it can interrupt a small business.

Op-Ed: Local small business has support of extended family Special

Sonoma - According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 23 million small businesses in America account for 54 percent of all U.S. sales. Furthermore, notes the SMBA, the small business sector is growing rapidly.

Importance of Interest Rates is lesson in itself, advisor says Special

Sonoma - Often times when people invest they do not pay much attention to interest rates unless the rates jump up real high or drop real low. Yet, financial advisors like Darren Blonkski of Edward Jones Investments believes people should take the time to learn.

Op-Ed: Do Tenants have rights? Some in Sonoma wonder if anyone cares Special

Sonoma - The holiday season does not look too bright for the tenants of the Casa de Sonoma apartment complex not far from the main plaza or as some call it, 'The Square.' Long-time residents like John Emil Brians are perplexed

Op-Ed: Docent at Jack London State Park says why Jack remains so popular Special

Sonoma - At the Day of the Dead memorial earlier this month, there was a photo of Jack London. While his death was almost 100 years ago,

Review: Author of family memoir deeply moved by show of support Special

Sonoma - Local author and longtime Sonoma Valley Broker/Realtor, Catherine Sevenau, was deeply moved by the friends and family that showed up at her book reading and signing event on Nov. 13 at Readers' Books in Sonoma.

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?
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The grand Victorian-era home on Broadway in Sonoma is now home to Vallard Christopher Forsythe  DVM ...
The grand Victorian-era home on Broadway in Sonoma is now home to Vallard Christopher Forsythe, DVM and his pet clinic practice.
In addition to pork  Rob and his crew offer high quality poultry and beef as seen here.
In addition to pork, Rob and his crew offer high quality poultry and beef as seen here.
Courtesy of Rob Larman and Cochon Volant
The writers group that has been meeting at the Sonoma Hills residence facility in Sonoma has been ga...
The writers group that has been meeting at the Sonoma Hills residence facility in Sonoma has been gathering each month for over 15 years.
Wiley and his wife Kelly bring a bit of the spirit of San Francisco to Sonoma with their extensive a...
Wiley and his wife Kelly bring a bit of the spirit of San Francisco to Sonoma with their extensive array of beads and bead-accessories for sale.
Financial Advisor Daren Blonksi of Edward Jones of Sonoma  provides free seminars and workshops to t...
Financial Advisor Daren Blonksi of Edward Jones of Sonoma, provides free seminars and workshops to the community on a regular basis. He invited Jack Clow of Invesco to speak because Blonski believes strongly that when people are properly informed and know their financial situation well, they are better prepared to make investment decisions.
Large items like furniture and accessories are also abundant.
Large items like furniture and accessories are also abundant.
Vineburg Deli and Grocery has been at the corner of Napa Road and 8th Street  East for many years. J...
Vineburg Deli and Grocery has been at the corner of Napa Road and 8th Street, East for many years. Just recently the Khoury family took over and now with a new coat of paint and remodeled inside and out, Vineburg Deli is ready to make customers happy with their 5-days a week fresh barbecue sandwiches.
 This reminds me of  The Magic Pan  which was the place for crepes back in the 1970 s   said John Fo...
"This reminds me of 'The Magic Pan' which was the place for crepes back in the 1970's," said John Foley of the Foodie Daily blog.
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.
Hanna Boys Center hopes that the fundraiser set for July 13 will become an annual event that will ma...
Hanna Boys Center hopes that the fundraiser set for July 13 will become an annual event that will make the agricultural program a permanent part of the Hanna curriculum.
Photo by Jim Deely, courtesy of Hanna Boys Center, Sonoma, CA
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.
The foyer of the old Mission. It its heyday  the Mission was home to more than 900 native peoples.
The foyer of the old Mission. It its heyday, the Mission was home to more than 900 native peoples.
The Mission in Sonoma was the last mission built and the only one built during the Mexican rule and ...
The Mission in Sonoma was the last mission built and the only one built during the Mexican rule and governorship of California.
Joseph Shoemaker and his wife Mackenzie are the owners of the Sonoma location at 711 Broadway. It re...
Joseph Shoemaker and his wife Mackenzie are the owners of the Sonoma location at 711 Broadway. It replaces a similar coffee venue that was there previously. Yet, Shoemaker said customers can expect high quality and exceptionally roasted coffee made fresh each day.
The den where Jack London worked.  He liked to listen to Caruso while he was writing   said Van Wyk.
The den where Jack London worked. "He liked to listen to Caruso while he was writing," said Van Wyk.
Hotel Olea offers cottage rooms and king and queen size bed rooms in the main house. Each type of ro...
Hotel Olea offers cottage rooms and king and queen size bed rooms in the main house. Each type of room has full amenities.
Store manager Bobbi McJunkin takes a moment to show the exquisite detail of the Robert Graham line o...
Store manager Bobbi McJunkin takes a moment to show the exquisite detail of the Robert Graham line of shirts. "These are like works of art," she said.
Artists and craftsman work within an enclosed but spacious area. At first glance the La Haye buildin...
Artists and craftsman work within an enclosed but spacious area. At first glance the La Haye building seems like a small store-front, yet behind hidden doors reveals an artist's oasis.
Jack London Village pays homage to Glen Ellen s most famous resident.
Jack London Village pays homage to Glen Ellen's most famous resident.
Icons of a generation not forgotten  rock stars and legends are usually what grace the center of a t...
Icons of a generation not forgotten, rock stars and legends are usually what grace the center of a tie dye shirt. "Political figures and slogans don't last long, and I end up getting stuck with merchandise that wont sell," said roadside tie dye salesman Jerry Converse.

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