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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.

Op-Ed: Sonoma artists share gallery space with much success Special

Sonoma - Sharing wall space and the spotlight is something that participating artists at Studio 35 are getting accustomed to very well. Setting aside egos and temperaments, the gallery/studio collective continues to thrive.

Op-Ed: Chips and salsa man learned all his savvy from sales with IBM Special

Sonoma - Meeting Ron Cuda is like talking to a friend and catching up. His easy-going demeanor makes anyone feel at home. His office on Fifth Street West across from Safeway is small but his La Casa Foods business is growing.

Op-Ed: Realtor leaves city to pursue artistic dream in small town Special

Sonoma - Art and commerce were in abundance at the Plaza on Tuesday evening and while the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel played to an enthusiastic crowd, artist Jan Small was delighted because she has now settled in Sonoma to pursue her life-long passion of art.

Op-Ed: Interior designer on quest to bring more art programs to seniors Special

Sonoma - Over a year ago, when some of the seniors at Vintage Sonoma Assisted Living Center wanted to do more art work, interior designer Bonnie Walner realized something.
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New in town  artist Jan Small attended the  Meet the Artist  gathering that Friday evening. She was ...
New in town, artist Jan Small attended the "Meet the Artist" gathering that Friday evening. She was very impressed and pleased. And, she felt very welcomed.
Heidi Stearn of Go-2-Gal Concierge Services
Heidi Stearn of Go-2-Gal Concierge Services
The front entrance to Bon Marche is always filled with lots of stuff  large and small that people dr...
The front entrance to Bon Marche is always filled with lots of stuff, large and small that people drop off to donate.
Now that spring time has arrived the Valley of the Moon Certified Farmers Market is eager to bring f...
Now that spring time has arrived the Valley of the Moon Certified Farmers Market is eager to bring fresh produce, dairy, olive oil, nuts, fresh soup stock and a host of many other locally grown and made products to the people. Open on Tuesdays the market is very popular and yes, some of the vendors do take credit/ATM cards.
The old Mission is adjacent to other historic buildings  all part of the Early California experience...
The old Mission is adjacent to other historic buildings, all part of the Early California experience of Sonoma.
Opening a door next to a wall off to one side  Brians provided a tour of the artist work spaces and ...
Opening a door next to a wall off to one side, Brians provided a tour of the artist work spaces and mini-studios hidden within the La Haye building where he now has his framing shop.
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.
 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.
Bonnie Walner with husband Barry Walner and  splatter paint party  coordinator Fr. Bruno Segatta  at...
Bonnie Walner with husband Barry Walner and "splatter paint party" coordinator Fr. Bruno Segatta, attending the August 4 event from Boise, Idaho just to help promote the Art for Elder's program that Bonnie founded a year ago at Vintage Sonoma, an assisted living facility.
Since 2000  Vincent Pacheco  owner of Vinny s A-1 Shoe Repair has been tending to soles and heels of...
Since 2000, Vincent Pacheco, owner of Vinny's A-1 Shoe Repair has been tending to soles and heels of Sonoma for over a decade. This June will be the shop's 15th Anniversary.
 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."
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."
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
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
Pam Arnold and her sister Kim Courier were outside Lucky supermarket in Sonoma on Saturday Aug. 30  ...
Pam Arnold and her sister Kim Courier were outside Lucky supermarket in Sonoma on Saturday Aug. 30, 2014 selling their jewelry designs for Our Lady of Guadalupe Church of Windsor, CA and the parish's hungry children food outreach program.
Savannah Hoffmann of Grillo s Pickles of Boston was at Whole Foods Market in Sonoma promoting their ...
Savannah Hoffmann of Grillo's Pickles of Boston was at Whole Foods Market in Sonoma promoting their all natural fresh made pickles.
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.
Sonoma Valley Jazz Society Board of Directors: 
Debbie Mulcahy  Treasurer  Vic Conforti  1st Vice Pr...
Sonoma Valley Jazz Society Board of Directors: Debbie Mulcahy, Treasurer, Vic Conforti, 1st Vice President, Bill Casey, 2nd Vice President, Ann Hollister, Secretary and Linda Perlas, President.
Frank Novak, Courtesy of Sonoma Valley Jazz Society
John Sawyer a native to the Sonoma County region is running for supervisor for the county s District...
John Sawyer a native to the Sonoma County region is running for supervisor for the county's District 1 office. He currently serves as Vice Mayor for the City of Santa Rosa and has also served as Mayor of Santa Rosa.
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."