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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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Reading from her very first publication   Passages from Behind These Doors: A Family Memoir   author...
Reading from her very first publication, "Passages from Behind These Doors: A Family Memoir," author Catherine Sevenau officially launched her book at Readers' Books in Sonoma on Nov. 13, 2014. Her grandson Satchel (standing in background) and many others in attendance showing their support and appreciation.
courtesy of Catherine Sevenau
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.
Sculptor  painter Marsha Klein was taking her works down just as artist Sonja Bakalyar was coming in...
Sculptor, painter Marsha Klein was taking her works down just as artist Sonja Bakalyar was coming in to put hers up that day when this reporter stopped by in July.
 The Code of Conduct and Code of Support as it was read aloud moved me very deeply   said Sonoma res...
"The Code of Conduct and Code of Support as it was read aloud moved me very deeply," said Sonoma resident Kathy Ostram.
Another specialty of Michoacana Natural Ice Cream in Sonoma is the fresh fruit frozen treats. Shop o...
Another specialty of Michoacana Natural Ice Cream in Sonoma is the fresh fruit frozen treats. Shop owner, Teresita Fernandez says they are all natural, made fresh, "Nothing artificial."
Courtesy of Michoacana Natural Ice Cream, Sonoma, CA
 Everyday  these vineyards change  their color palate changes  just as nature changes   said  artist...
"Everyday, these vineyards change, their color palate changes, just as nature changes," said, artist Kathryn A. Lewis.
Owner Lorene Reed and chef Mark Sloop  just started The Divewalk Cafe at Planet Organics this past m...
Owner Lorene Reed and chef Mark Sloop, just started The Divewalk Cafe at Planet Organics this past month.
Recollecting her time as a journalist  job counselor Kathy Ostram said. “That was a scary and exci...
Recollecting her time as a journalist, job counselor Kathy Ostram said. “That was a scary and exciting time because as a reporter for the university newspaper I had a press pass to get through the protest lines." Certainly she was a bit frightened. "But, I remember recognizing how important the issues were then," she said.
Abstract artist Sonja Bakalyar and writer-poet Steve Bakalyar coordinated an evening event of art an...
Abstract artist Sonja Bakalyar and writer-poet Steve Bakalyar coordinated an evening event of art and poetry on Oct. 10, 2014 at Sonoma's Studio 35 gallery.
New in town since July  former realtor Jan Small left the city and moved to Sonoma to pursue her lif...
New in town since July, former realtor Jan Small left the city and moved to Sonoma to pursue her life-long passion of art. Seen here at the Sonoma Valley Jazz Society concert at the Plaza on August 11, "I am a city person at heart. But now that I am here surrounded by all of this, I am really thankful I made this choice."
Whether simple every day shoes or fancy expensive  haute couture  Vinny s A-1 Shoe Repair can handle...
Whether simple every day shoes or fancy expensive 'haute couture' Vinny's A-1 Shoe Repair can handle them all. According to the Shoe Repair Service Institute of America, having shoes repaired actually saves money, rather than going out and buying another pair.
Courtesy of Vincent Pacheco
When spring arrives the farmer s market season is eager to begin. The Valley of the Moon Certified F...
When spring arrives the farmer's market season is eager to begin. The Valley of the Moon Certified Farmer's Market is on Tuesdays. Everything from dairy to olive oil, nuts and even fresh soup stock is available for customers to buy. Yes, some vendors accept ATM/Credit cards.
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.
For just a few dollars  those who have a bit of sweet tooth can enjoy fresh baked pastries at Garcia...
For just a few dollars, those who have a bit of sweet tooth can enjoy fresh baked pastries at Garcia's Bakery in Sonoma, CA
Working with Exchange Bank of Sonoma  Branch manager and VP Becky Elster  meets with La Luz Center E...
Working with Exchange Bank of Sonoma, Branch manager and VP Becky Elster, meets with La Luz Center Exec. Dir. Juan Hernandez to help with the micro loan formalities. Seen here (at center of photo) is current micro loan recipient, Michael Ramos at the Sonoma branch (on January 29) for the documentation process of the micro loan.
Musician and singer Chris Giovacchini provided some music before author Catherine Sevenau began her ...
Musician and singer Chris Giovacchini provided some music before author Catherine Sevenau began her reading that Thursday evening.
courtesy of Catherine Sevenau
The Sebastiani Theater at the center of town becomes  standing room only  when the SIFF has its scre...
The Sebastiani Theater at the center of town becomes "standing room only" when the SIFF has its screening night for the high school and middle school students who make films and PSAs to be shown at the annual film festival.
Courtesy of Peter Hansen
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
Deborah Harris is the owner of My Pal Grooming in Sonoma. She stumbled upon the shop when looking fo...
Deborah Harris is the owner of My Pal Grooming in Sonoma. She stumbled upon the shop when looking for a groomer for her Norwich Terriers. No sooner had she met the then owner when the owner offered her the shop to buy, outright. Since 1999, Harris has been the owner. But the shop was established in 1985 and so she is celebrating 30 years for the business.

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