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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 Divewalk Cafe is kid-friendly  family-friendly and pro-bicycle.
The Divewalk Cafe is kid-friendly, family-friendly and pro-bicycle.
With paint donated from Sonoma Paint Center and others  participants in the  splatter paint party  h...
With paint donated from Sonoma Paint Center and others, participants in the "splatter paint party" had a fun time creating a grand piece of art that was later divided up into various sizes and sold to raise money for the "Art for Elders" program at Vintage Sonoma.
Valley Wine Shack on West Napa Street has a Wednesday evening tasting  open to the public for just $...
Valley Wine Shack on West Napa Street has a Wednesday evening tasting, open to the public for just $1.00. Informal, relaxing, the atmosphere is cozy and inviting. On warm evenings patrons can sit outside on the patio.
While accommodations might not be what is offered at the latest cineplex with High Definition and ul...
While accommodations might not be what is offered at the latest cineplex with High Definition and ultimate stereo surround sound, the audience is still just as pleased. For many among them remember what movies were like way before many of today's high tech and digital capabilities.
A snapshot from his bike tour last year in 2013  Hand-Cyclist  Steve Brumme is eager to make the jou...
A snapshot from his bike tour last year in 2013, Hand-Cyclist, Steve Brumme is eager to make the journey again, only this time he wants to go 3,000 miles across the United States.
Courtesy of Steve Brumme and The Sonoma Sun
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.
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.
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
Turning the kitchen of the little summer cottage on Patton Street into an office  artistic director ...
Turning the kitchen of the little summer cottage on Patton Street into an office, artistic director Jude Cameron, for Studio 35 meets with artists to schedule a time and space to display their works.
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
 Yoga is the only exercise and activity that gives me energy   said new Bikram Yoga studio owner  Da...
"Yoga is the only exercise and activity that gives me energy," said new Bikram Yoga studio owner, Daniel Fisherbaugh. "Not even baseball does that for me," he said.
Courtesy of Daniel Fisherbaugh
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
Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel was among the line up for the annual Tuesday Night Market Jazz concert series...
Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel was among the line up for the annual Tuesday Night Market Jazz concert series. Over the summer more than a dozen groups, bands or individual artists performed delighting the crowds that attended.
Courtesy of Scott Sherman
Matt Wolfe is the animal care coordinator and main contact person for Fawn Rescue. But as he says   ...
Matt Wolfe is the animal care coordinator and main contact person for Fawn Rescue. But as he says, "Marj at 95, still goes out on rescue at least once a week."
Courtesy of Fawn Rescue of Sonoma County
An altar of remembrance was set up outside the Sonoma Community Center not far from  the square   on...
An altar of remembrance was set up outside the Sonoma Community Center not far from "the square," on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.
Bathrooms have full size tub  plenty of light from sky light and complete modern amenities.
Bathrooms have full size tub, plenty of light from sky light and complete modern amenities.
Kathy Ostram talked about her recollections of guitarist Sam Andrew while at Mary s Pizza Shack on t...
Kathy Ostram talked about her recollections of guitarist Sam Andrew while at Mary's Pizza Shack on the plaza in Sonoma. Many of her memories of that time, were when San Francisco was filled with the sounds of the rock and roll music that attracted thousands to the City.
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
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.
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.