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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?

Op-Ed: Vella Cheese of Sonoma is home to a 'dry jack' sealed with cocoa Special

Sonoma - Away from the town square or plaza is the other cheese maker in town, Vella Cheese Company who like the Sonoma Cheese Factory was also founded in 1931. But uniquely Vella has its own signature cheese

Op-Ed: Architect envisions a community kitchen while baking scones Special

Sonoma - Putting on an apron, Cynthia Owings owner of Cynthia's Scones was eager to get to work. "I have some standing orders to fill and then I got to pick up the kids from school. Oh and try my latest scone, 'gluten free' peach raspberry," she said.

Op-Ed: Fill your retirement bucket before you kick the bucket Special

Sonoma - In the second of his "summer school" for financial success talks, financial advisor Daren Blonksi of Edward Jones said, "Think about how you want to fill your bucket of retirement money before you 'kick-the-bucket?' It is important to think about this."

Op-Ed: Summer school for financial topics now in session in Sonoma Special

Sonoma - 'Investing for the Long Term' was the theme of financial advisor Daren Blonski's talk on June 3 held at the Sonoma office of Zainer Rinehart Clarke.

Op-Ed: Seeing a flying pig in Sonoma, means a BBQ is happening Special

Sonoma - If driving along Highway 37 to or from Sonoma, and you see a smoking pig with wings, chances are a Barbeque event will be taking place. "Follow the Cochon Volant van if you love BBQ and enjoy some of the best BBQ pork, beef and lamb in the Bay Area,"

Op-Ed: Sonoma gathers for 56th annual Memorial Day ceremony for Veterans Special

Sonoma - Hundreds showed up on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014 at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park to honor all those who have served the nation in military service. This past Monday was the 56th annual Memorial Day Observance for Sonoma Valley.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Job counselor with a pioneering journalist past Special

Sonoma - Ah the wine country! Beautiful vineyards, charming boutiques, with fine restaurants this region is a weekend get-a-away. And, what more perfect example than in the Old Mission town of Sonoma,

Op-Ed: 'Buddy-poppies' appearing, it is Memorial Day, time to reflect Special

Sonoma - As summer approaches, just about everyone knows that Memorial Day is the official day that ushers in the summer season. But for veterans and those that still remember the wars Americans fought in to preserve freedom, Memorial Day is one of honor.

New drive-thru coffee roaster is in town, Sonoma meets Dutch Bros Special

Sonoma - It was a festive, carnival-like atmosphere as Dutch Brothers Coffee moved into 711 Broadway and had its official Opening Day on May 16. Staff started serving free coffee to all at 4 AM and would continue till 10 PM.

Op-Ed: Hand cyclist is eager to go even further to help End Polio Now Special

Glen Ellen - With the completion of his 900 mile End Polio Now bicycle tour this past fall of 2013, Glen Ellen/Sonoma resident Steve Brumme is preparing for his next bicycle tour adventure in May of 2015.

Frame shop owner finds new spot; an oasis for local artists Special

Sonoma - While it took some time to move, frame shop owner, John Emil Brians is pleased and honored to have his shop in the midst of artists and their work.
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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
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Getting the pizza into the oven  movie night coordinator Rafe Tomsett is grateful for the pizza s fr...
Getting the pizza into the oven, movie night coordinator Rafe Tomsett is grateful for the pizza's from the local Papa Murphy's franchise in Sonoma.
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Daren Blonski  a financial advisor at Edward Jones Investments of Sonoma  provides free workshops an...
Daren Blonski, a financial advisor at Edward Jones Investments of Sonoma, provides free workshops and talks about financial subjects and services to not only his clients but to the community. On Thurs. Oct. 23, he invited American Funds manager and consultant Christopher Lanzafame to speak to over two dozen people about the importance of long-term global investing.
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Vella Cheese Company on Second Street  East does not provide tours  but visitors are always welcome....
Vella Cheese Company on Second Street, East does not provide tours, but visitors are always welcome. And, yes, they offer plenty of cheese samples.
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 I like a wine that is fresh  has a fullness that is well-rounded and no aftertaste   said Katherine...
"I like a wine that is fresh, has a fullness that is well-rounded and no aftertaste," said Katherine Paus. She and her husband were among the first to arrive at the tasting room that Wednesday evening at the Valley Wine Shack in Sonoma, CA.
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 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."
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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.
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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.
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The view of the vineyards and surrounding hills in back of St. Francis Winery in Kenwood is breathta...
The view of the vineyards and surrounding hills in back of St. Francis Winery in Kenwood is breathtaking and well worth a visit. It is a great spot for a picnic.
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In addition to shirts and sun-dresses  proprietor Jerry Converse also sells beads  crystals and othe...
In addition to shirts and sun-dresses, proprietor Jerry Converse also sells beads, crystals and other "hippie-era" items. "All this stuff is still popular and people young and old alike like it," he said.
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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.
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As wisteria blooms  the blossoms fall like snowflakes on the ground.
As wisteria blooms, the blossoms fall like snowflakes on the ground.
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An artist from the  get-go   Frame Factory proprietor  John Emil Brians enjoys snapping photos of ob...
An artist from the "get-go," Frame Factory proprietor, John Emil Brians enjoys snapping photos of objects and scenes he finds interesting. He then turns them into greeting cards to sell in his shop.
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Financial advisor Daren Blonksi of Edward Jones Investments hosts monthly talks on subjects regardin...
Financial advisor Daren Blonksi of Edward Jones Investments hosts monthly talks on subjects regarding investments and retirement plans. All of his outreach in this effort is strictly to inform the community and is free of charge.
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Just across the street from Safeway in a little mini-shopping complex  many people might miss as ver...
Just across the street from Safeway in a little mini-shopping complex, many people might miss as very ordinary from the outside, Pearl's is away from the tourist area of Sonoma and is according to some "The greasy spoon place in town."
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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."
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Fat Pilgrim contemporary general store is located on Broadway  on the outskirts of Sonoma  south of ...
Fat Pilgrim contemporary general store is located on Broadway, on the outskirts of Sonoma, south of the town square.
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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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Some of the names and faces remembered are well-known to the area and the world like Sebastiani and ...
Some of the names and faces remembered are well-known to the area and the world like Sebastiani and author Jack London.
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Ramni Levy provided the food and catering. Fresh crab cakes  empanadas  stuffed mushrooms and petite...
Ramni Levy provided the food and catering. Fresh crab cakes, empanadas, stuffed mushrooms and petite twice backed potatoes topped with just a tiny dab of sour cream and golden caviar. The food also included an array of fine California wines from the Sonoma, Napa region
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