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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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Bev Greenberg  made sure she got to the showing. As she said   I did not want to miss this  even tho...
Bev Greenberg, made sure she got to the showing. As she said, "I did not want to miss this, even though my day had been very busy." Seen here are Greenberg along with friend and fellow artist Helen Mehl.
Hundreds gathered to commemorate the 58th annual Memorial Day Observance at the Veterans Memorial Bu...
Hundreds gathered to commemorate the 58th annual Memorial Day Observance at the Veterans Memorial Building in Sonoma.
Very proud of his wife s work and accomplishments  husband Steve Bakalyar was in attendance at Sonja...
Very proud of his wife's work and accomplishments, husband Steve Bakalyar was in attendance at Sonja's showing. Steve is a writer and scientist who like so many has been drawn into the growing circle of friends who gather at Studio 35.
Cynthia s Scones are made fresh every day. Are sold and delivered locally to vendors and cafes in an...
Cynthia's Scones are made fresh every day. Are sold and delivered locally to vendors and cafes in and around Sonoma. Some of Cynthia's customers are Sonoma Market and Café Scooteria.
Charming little cottages as well as the  main house  provide a quiet get a way for city weary travel...
Charming little cottages as well as the "main house" provide a quiet get a way for city weary travelers at the Olea Hotel located in Glen Ellen, CA only minutes from Sonoma, part of Northern California's wine growing region.
Impressed with the availability of fine dinning in Sonoma  artist Jan Small is pleased with long-sta...
Impressed with the availability of fine dinning in Sonoma, artist Jan Small is pleased with long-standing establishments like The Swiss Hotel on the Plaza. "It has an old world charm and I enjoy the wine served there too."
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.
Since 2010  Julie Jones has been an estate document organizer consultant. She had devised a comprehe...
Since 2010, Julie Jones has been an estate document organizer consultant. She had devised a comprehensive information book-binder for people to use in order to help them confront the personal and at times unpleasant questions that arise when faced with a crisis or family emergency, such as an incapacitating illness or death.
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
Fat Pilgrim Contemporary General Store also offers home interior and design services as well as many...
Fat Pilgrim Contemporary General Store also offers home interior and design services as well as many one-of-a-kind type of items.
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
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.
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.
Strictly a wine tasting and sales establishment  the Valley Wine Shack in Sonoma does offer some com...
Strictly a wine tasting and sales establishment, the Valley Wine Shack in Sonoma does offer some complimentary food to go along with the selection of wines on the Wednesday night tasting specials.
Clients of Julie Jones have been very pleased with her organizer book.  This is an excellent product...
Clients of Julie Jones have been very pleased with her organizer book. "This is an excellent product, says -FJ, of Temecula, CA. "The forms are easy to complete and I know my children will appreciate having all of my estate information in one place." Pages can be added and the binder can be adjusted to accommodate any one's particular needs or circumstance.
Owner John Brians explained   a long time ago this used to be a mechanics garage and then for some t...
Owner John Brians explained, "a long time ago this used to be a mechanics garage and then for some time it was a metal-smith shop." He pointed to the evidence of metal work above the door and then continued to say that behind the walls of the La Haye building is what he called, "a hidden little Sonoma, where artists work."
This was Kathy with her toy poodle  Demi  (that is short for demitasse  not Demi Moore). Photo was t...
This was Kathy with her toy poodle "Demi" (that is short for demitasse, not Demi Moore). Photo was taken in Golden Gate Park and this was when she was a Journalism major at San Francisco State University, circa 1967 to 1969.
Courtesy of Kathy Ostram
Jay Shafer is the founder and president of Tumbleweed Tiny Homes an enterprise that is more than a b...
Jay Shafer is the founder and president of Tumbleweed Tiny Homes an enterprise that is more than a business it is a calling. He sees compact houses and living spaces as the wave of the future.
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.
Princess Cake is one of the signature specialties made by Scandia Bakery in Sonoma  CA.
Princess Cake is one of the signature specialties made by Scandia Bakery in Sonoma, CA.

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