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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.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Valley Jazz Society is a tradition for nearly 30 years Special

Sonoma - The Sonoma Valley Jazz Society is pleased to announce that vocalist Tiffany Austin will be the featured artist at the annual members and sponsors event on Oct. 17 at The Woman’s Club on First Street, East.

Op-Ed: Solar is Green and it's the sign of the times, says one man Special

Sonoma - It used to be that electric cars and things powered by the sun was something way off in the distant future. But if you were to speak with Anthony Abate, "the Solar Hamlet" he would argue that the time for alternative forms of energy use is now.

Review: Jazz is alive and thriving in a little town like Sonoma Special

Sonoma - One of the reasons why someone like artist Jan Small was pleased to move to Sonoma from San Francisco was because of the Sonoma Valley Jazz Society concerts that go on during the summer.
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Scandia Bakery on the west side of town is where the locals go. Friendly  down to earth  the bakery ...
Scandia Bakery on the west side of town is where the locals go. Friendly, down to earth, the bakery opens at 7 AM and serves fresh coffee. By 9 AM most of the scones and pecan roles are gone.
Some of the best tea is in loose leaf form  not in tea bags.  I like to make custom blends for custo...
Some of the best tea is in loose leaf form, not in tea bags. "I like to make custom blends for customers," said Tea and Crumpets owner, Mark Bowden.
Joyce Parsons has lived in Sonoma all her life. She works at Sonoma Market. Even though there has be...
Joyce Parsons has lived in Sonoma all her life. She works at Sonoma Market. Even though there has been lots of growth and change over the years to the old Mission town of Sonoma, she still loves it.
The La Haye Arts Center is home to several artist s work studios. While the outside may appear as ju...
The La Haye Arts Center is home to several artist's work studios. While the outside may appear as just another store-front, the interior, once admitted through a hidden door is a haven and oasis for local artists and art-lovers. The space features some of the area's most prolific artists.
This was Sig Rundstrom s first showing at Studio 35. Artist Sonja Bakalyar who shared the spotlight ...
This was Sig Rundstrom's first showing at Studio 35. Artist Sonja Bakalyar who shared the spotlight with him, has been featured at Studio 35 gallery several times since the gallery's debut over a year ago.
Sia and Ashish are the proud owners of their newly restored and renovated Olea Hotel in Glen Ellen  ...
Sia and Ashish are the proud owners of their newly restored and renovated Olea Hotel in Glen Ellen, CA in Sonoma County, on Warm Springs Road.
Financial Advisor Daren Blonksi of Edward Jones of Sonoma  provides free seminars and workshops to t...
Financial Advisor Daren Blonksi of Edward Jones of Sonoma, provides free seminars and workshops to the community on a regular basis. He invited Jack Clow of Invesco to speak because Blonski believes strongly that when people are properly informed and know their financial situation well, they are better prepared to make investment decisions.
 A Woman s Journey Toward Financial Independence  was the subject presented by Jacques Finn of The H...
"A Woman's Journey Toward Financial Independence" was the subject presented by Jacques Finn of The Hartford Funds to those gathered at the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce on July 18, 2013.
Since the fire Andy Smith  owner of Imperial Services has had to use a generator to clean rugs and u...
Since the fire Andy Smith, owner of Imperial Services has had to use a generator to clean rugs and upholstery. This lavish Persian rug has an estimated price tag of over $80,000.00. "Not having full power has really set me back and is hurting my business," he said.
Fresh popcorn is served free at the monthly movie night at Sonoma Skypark s clubhouse. Members and g...
Fresh popcorn is served free at the monthly movie night at Sonoma Skypark's clubhouse. Members and guests are asked to make a donation of any amount to help fund Skypark's community -activity outreach programs like Young Eagles Camp with the EAA Air Academy.
Still  Blonski advises that people must take the time to  design their retirement  and to  fill that...
Still, Blonski advises that people must take the time to "design their retirement" and to "fill that bucket of funds before you kick-the-bucket." "Think of the bucket as your fun bucket. You will not have any fun or enjoyment in retirement unless you fill the bucket," he said.
A bell-tower  reminiscent of the California Missions gives St. Francis Winery in Kenwood that old-wo...
A bell-tower, reminiscent of the California Missions gives St. Francis Winery in Kenwood that old-world charm.
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.
Artist  Larry Murphy with son Tony at a Justin-Siena High School graduation party June 1992. Murphy ...
Artist, Larry Murphy with son Tony at a Justin-Siena High School graduation party June 1992. Murphy said that son Tony is married with children, living on the East Coast and pursing his love of cartoon illustration among other artistic endeavors.
Matt Clasen of Quintessential wine importers served six selections that owner Denise Bolek and Winde...
Matt Clasen of Quintessential wine importers served six selections that owner Denise Bolek and Windee Smith wanted to feature for that Wednesday evening tasting on Jan. 15, 2014. The wines were from Spain and Portugal, with an aperitif from Argentina.
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Unknown to many Americans much of North American History is about Early California and the Pacific Southwest. Also, July the 4th is especially significant for Sonoma because, it was the date that the Mission was founded and the date (somewhat) that its most influential citizen was born, General Mariano Vallejo.
Cynthia Owings is the creator and owner of Cynthia s Scones. Made fresh daily  from all natural ingr...
Cynthia Owings is the creator and owner of Cynthia's Scones. Made fresh daily, from all natural ingredients, owner Cynthia Owings would like to turn the café/kitchen she now works from into a community kitchen, inviting chefs and food artisans an opportunity to make and feature their goods there.
Sonoma s Best is on East Napa and Eight Streets. A busy corner that also has a sign that points the ...
Sonoma's Best is on East Napa and Eight Streets. A busy corner that also has a sign that points the way to the wineries. The cafe, store and wine shop is a pleasant stop for any traveler on the wine country tour.
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.
For more than two weeks  artist Kathryn A. Lewis has been setting up her painter s easel and paint p...
For more than two weeks, artist Kathryn A. Lewis has been setting up her painter's easel and paint palates to capture the fall colors of the vineyards of Sonoma, CA.

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