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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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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.
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
St. Francis Winery in Kenwood which is between the town of Sonoma and Glen Ellen  offers stunning vi...
St. Francis Winery in Kenwood which is between the town of Sonoma and Glen Ellen, offers stunning views, world-class dinning and plenty of space for a family picnic.
 This year  noted Marcia Kunde Michelson of Kunde Family Winery Hanna will have 14 market lambs and ...
"This year, noted Marcia Kunde Michelson of Kunde Family Winery Hanna will have 14 market lambs and five steers to show at the county fairs this year." And, they aim to sell them, she said.
Photo by Jim Deely, courtesy of Hanna Boys Center
Since 2008 Valley Wine Shack on West Napa Street in Sonoma has been providing well-selected quality ...
Since 2008 Valley Wine Shack on West Napa Street in Sonoma has been providing well-selected quality wines to people who want to get more value from the wines they buy. Every Wednesday evening, owners Windee Smith and Denise Bolek have a tasting gathering for $1.00
Windee Smith
Passages from Behind These Doors: A Family Memoir  author Catherine Sevenau  includes family photos ...
Passages from Behind These Doors: A Family Memoir, author Catherine Sevenau, includes family photos in her book and blog.
Courtesy of Catherine Sevenau
And  as mentioned before in previous talks provided by Blonski and others   it is very important to ...
And, as mentioned before in previous talks provided by Blonski and others, "it is very important to go over your list of beneficiaries," said estate planning attorney Jennifer Hainstock. She attended the second "summer school" talk Blonski's office coordinated. "When putting together your retirement goals, said Hainstock, as much as it may seem unpleasant or difficult to talk about, think about who you want to leave your money to. And, think about who you want to have Power of Attorney."
Daniel Casabonne s unexpected success has afforded him the best office space in town  right on the p...
Daniel Casabonne's unexpected success has afforded him the best office space in town, right on the plaza, just steps away from Sonoma's historic old Mission. "When I first got here almost 20 years ago, I did not know anyone. Now, I am the top producing realtor town and all of the Wine Country area."
Reed was eager to pass out menu-flyers to the locals like Miriam who walked by with her friends that...
Reed was eager to pass out menu-flyers to the locals like Miriam who walked by with her friends that Tuesday morning. "We offer both savory and sweet crepes," said Reed. One of chef Mark's specialities is the 'veggie feta' and yes crepes with hazelnut chocolate are also made.
PJ Savastano playfully greets Bill Schawber  a local resident  (transplanted from Maryland) who was ...
PJ Savastano playfully greets Bill Schawber, a local resident, (transplanted from Maryland) who was among the guests and those who just stopped by for the Olea Hotel Grand opening on Aug. 29, 2012
Singer Amanda King delighted the dinner audience at the Plaza Bistro on the square on Friday June 14...
Singer Amanda King delighted the dinner audience at the Plaza Bistro on the square on Friday June 14, 2013. She sang the jazz standards people know and some songs not so well known. Musicians Brendon Essex (see here on bass) and Shota Osabe on piano accompanied the live performance that evening.
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
Scott the manager of the meat department at Sonoma Market recommends Cochon Volant s BBQ and BBQ sau...
Scott the manager of the meat department at Sonoma Market recommends Cochon Volant's BBQ and BBQ sauce, "this is one of the best barbecue sauces around," he said.
Pecan and nut chocolate disks are made with rich luxurious chocolate  all freshly made with high-qua...
Pecan and nut chocolate disks are made with rich luxurious chocolate, all freshly made with high-quality gourmet chocolate.
John Emil Brians is the owner of The Frame Factory in Sonoma  CA. He is looking for a new location. ...
John Emil Brians is the owner of The Frame Factory in Sonoma, CA. He is looking for a new location. Walking into his shop is like walking into an art gallery. Easy to talk to, he will happily give a tour.
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.
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
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.
Transcendence Theater will be presenting its first holiday show called   Joy to The World   this Dec...
Transcendence Theater will be presenting its first holiday show called, "Joy to The World," this Dec. 4 and 5th.
Ray Mabry, courtesy of Transcendence Theater
These are just some of the dozens and dozens of designs that sisters Kim Courier and Pam Arnold have...
These are just some of the dozens and dozens of designs that sisters Kim Courier and Pam Arnold have made. "Once we finish making a batch or a specially made set, that's it, we don't make any more," said Arnold. "Because, she explained we like to custom make all our designs with each one being 'one-of-a-kind' as much as possible."

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