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2018-07-16Jul 16, 2018
Occupy Sonoma County is participating in Plastic Free July, and we urge everyone to join the challenge atPlasticFreeJuly.org where participants are counted and receive information on how to reduce plastic consumption.
2018-07-01Jul 1, 2018
Staying local is hardly a drag when you’re minutes away from the Sonoma Coast, the Russian River and the Sonoma Valley. If summer finds you with no plans to jet off someplace new, no worries: Here are Regional Parks’ suggestions for finding adventure in your own backyard.
2018-06-30Jun 30, 2018
The devastation of our October Fires is having an impact on decades of land-use and transportation planning. 5,000 plus homes got destroyed in the fire and now the county wants to build more than 30,000 new homes to replace what was lost, and ease the high price of housing by changing the supply vs. demand ratio.
2018-06-29Jun 29, 2018
An update to an article submitted last May about trespassing enforcement and fire prevention as it relates to illegal homeless encampments in our area.
2018-06-29Jun 29, 2018
Big Brother and the Holding Company was born during the foggy days of 1965, from a gleam in the eyes of Chet Helms of Family Dog and Avalon Ballroom fame. Helms organized the emergent band from jam sessions in an old Victorian house in Haight-Ashbury, says Dave Getz, their drummer since 1966, during our June interview.
2018-06-29Jun 29, 2018
Knowledge and careful preparation are vital when you’re planning a medical procedure or surgery. At this crucial time, it’s helpful to expect a positive outcome and be a pro-active partner with your heath team. This can make the entire experience easier and improve your outcome! Consider practicing these suggestions and share them with your loved ones.
2018-06-29Jun 29, 2018
Back when we were ONLY considering drought-tolerant landscaping to use less water in our gardens, we found many plants with high oil content that set in deep tap roots so required less watering. Some of those plants also tend to burst into flames because of the high oil content. What’s a gardener to do?
2018-06-29Jun 29, 2018
Hello Gazette readers. By the time this issue hits the newsstands it is officially summer, yay! I want to send a shout-out to all the Dub’s fans out there—Let’s Go Warriors! Three titles in four years, pretty amazing stuff, especially when you consider how many years of futility we had to suffer through prior to the run we’re on.
2018-06-29Jun 29, 2018
Whether you live here on the coast or you are a regular visitor you know the month of July brings the blessed fog onshore and cools us down. The gentle lines of the fog belt come and go, meander up and down the coast lingering with the most refreshing feeling you can imagine, especially when you come down the off the hot hills of the coast.
2018-06-29Jun 29, 2018
This year, the 4th of July falls on a Wednesday so you can definitely catch up on movies you missed in June on Friday or Saturday. “Incredibles 2” was much better than expected so definitely see this on the big screen and not at home.
2018-06-29Jun 29, 2018
The thirsty redwoods outside of my airy cyber hut are standing tall in the fog! A bit of summer weather, to be sure!  
2018-07-16Jul 16, 2018
Folklight Film Club, a new Sonoma County-based film production company that’s created a wine club-inspired membership experience around making a movie. Go to cool and unique events, get a glimpse behind-the-scenes, and get the opportunity to actually influence and inspire the movie being made.
2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018
Winemaker and winery owner, John Hart (alongside his wife, Desiree Hart) has been producing wines in Sonoma County under his own label since 1991.  
2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018
Today’s high stress feline executive lives under a great deal of pressure. Making mission-critical decisions, such as deciding on the most advantageous window seat for napping, and management of distracted, unfocused humans takes a toll on even the most laid back kitty VIP.
2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018
Not long after I started writing books for a living, I realized that a lot of my own favorite books were works of narrative nonfiction:Jon Krakauer’sInto Thin Air.Laura Hillenbrand’sSeabiscuit.Nathaniel Philbrick’sIn the Heart of the Sea.Daniel James Brown’s The Boys in the Boat. I wanted to write one myself, but I needed the rig
2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018
Seventy teams from across the US and Canada will play 106 games at the unique, chalet-style ice arena over the 10 days. More than 1,100 ice hockey players, aged 40-96, will compete. Admission for spectators is free. For hockey fans the tournament offers a wealth of opportunities to see great on-ice action. Games will be played from 6am until after midnight all week long.
2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018
The topic for the 2018 Russian River Watershed Association’s High School video contest was: From the Street to the Creek, Be Part of the Pollution Solution! Entries could be an individual or group effort and prize awards are split 50% between the individual(s) who submit the video and the high school they attend.
2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018
Goat Ropers rolled through Roseland in the night and rustled out two goats recently donated to the Bayer Farm project run by Land Paths.
2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018
Summertime means longer days, warmer temperatures, an increase in outdoor activities and, if you are a dog or cat owner or come in contact with these pets, you know that summertime brings more pests! Especially fleas and ticks. Why are these pesky pests a cause for concern? What should we consider before using pet pesticides and are there alternatives we can use to protect our pets, ourselves and our environment?
2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018
The federal government has long had a sort of “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy toward much of our economy here—wineries, agriculture, restaurants, hotels, and construction, among others.
2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018
It’s butterfly and dragonfly season and they are plentiful this year. Is it because of the wet winter providing more food sources? Discover where and what is flying around, and learn more about the lake habitats and connections to nature around water.
2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018
Please be on the alert. Small Fires. Recently, someone noticed the Graton Fire Dept. investigating a series of small fires along the Joe Rodota Trail between Bowers St. and Occidental Road that appear to have been set intentionally. Please keep your eyes open and report this activity immediately.  
2018-07-14Jul 14, 2018
We invite you to post to your event to our new Calendar posting app at SonomaCountyGazette.com We offer a multitude of ways to promote your event both in our PRINT EDITION and ONLINE. Here is a LINK to a year of DEADLINES so you don't miss a PRINT Edition Calendar. Your post will go LIVE on our website within 2 business days of your submission once we have reviewed it.  No matter which option you choose (including our FREE text listings) - we now provide a FREE PAGE on our CALENDAR at sonomacountygazette.com to promote your event! 
2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018
For well over four decades, every Fourth of July celebration has brought our city all the color and excitement of a spectacular, professionally produced fireworks display generously sponsored by the Cloverdale Lions Club. This year, as always, the show starts at dusk, about 9 p.m., and the happy crowd will start gathering early on the football field at Cloverdale High School. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. 
2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018
Sonoma County is in the midst of refining our Cannabis Ordinance, addressing where it can be grown, & defining the permitting and taxing process, etc. to bring this Black Market business into compliance with all other legal businesses.
2018-06-27Jun 27, 2018
William Shakespeare’s festive comedy ‘Twelfth Night’ has been revised with contemporary language and exuberant songs by Peter Mills andCara Reichel. Capturing the spirit of the original play, it is reflective of modern sensibilities, for a delightfully romantic musical.
2018-06-27Jun 27, 2018
The Press Democrat published an article on June 3 of their cannabis poll results from 500 county voters; three questions asked about cannabis safety, grow location, and crime.
2018-06-27Jun 27, 2018
Humans are well aware of the imminent effects of climate change. In fact, drought-like conditions and extended fire seasons will be our new-normal due to the sheer amount of human-related greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. However, one variable of the climate change equation that is not well known among the general population is the effect of livestock on the production of greenhouse gasses.
2018-06-27Jun 27, 2018
Carol Benfell wrote an excellent summary of how some local people in Sonoma County worked hard to conserve some beautiful natural surroundings we are blessed to have here. We need to keep in mind vigilance is necessary if we are going to be able protect our lovely area from an onslaught of development in the future.
2018-06-27Jun 27, 2018
LETTERS from Gazette READERS - July 2018
2018-06-27Jun 27, 2018
Eat Dessert First! - Sonoma County's Locally Owned Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt Shops - 2018
2018-06-27Jun 27, 2018
The world over, we use many different words to describe long distance walking. It’s an age-old tradition that roots all the way back to our ancient ancestors, who trekked across the land as a way of life, a simple exercise in survival.
2018-06-27Jun 27, 2018
Pack a picnic lunch to wander through early Sonoma County at Sonoma State Historic Park &Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park for just $3 a person!
2018-07-10Jul 10, 2018
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to consider placing on the Nov. 6 ballot a one-eighth-cent sales tax for regional and local park improvements. If approved by voters, the sales tax would support the county and cities with their long-term needs to maintain parks, protect natural resources, reduce wildfire risks, provide health and recreation programs, and open new parks and trails.
2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018
We tend to pay attention to challenging planetary alignments. Their difficulty catches our attention since we’d prefer harmony over stress.
2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018
The lure is upon us! The Ocean beckons, that Island get-away inches closer and the magic of a dreamy “Vacation” sucks us into the flow!It’s like a lovely form of quicksand, the seasonal shiny object coaxing: c’mon!It’s time to let “time out” caress away those Winter chills; time to put causes aside. I know all that, so why is it so difficult to just turn off the news and get outta Dodge?  
2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018
The Local Shuttle #24 will be free starting June 4, due to the unanimous vote of the City Council on May 15 to subsidize the yearly rider fare revenue.  
2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018
The problem with having a business especially a small business is that there is never enough time to do everything that you need (never mind want) to do.
2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018
Inspired by a documentary theater project for the Petaluma sesquicentennial, Brian Glenn Bryson founded Walking Elephant Theatre Company as an opportunity for social and ecological healing.
2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018
This month will be a good time to view multiple planets without having to be up just before sunrise, as Saturn and Mars return to our evening skies.  
2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018
Last month I wrote about the problem we have been having in our area with crime. It still continues…numerous businesses have been broken into and merchandise is being shoplifted from quaint, locally owned stores.  
2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018
I’ve got a great idea for you. Kick off summertime in Forestville by coming to the4th of July Farmer’s Market. Think pig roast, beer and wine, yummy food and bands! Joy Ride plays from 12-3, then Dog Gone Honey’s from 3-7 pm. Bring enough money to buy the usual fresh produce, gourmet olive oils, breads, crafts and treats.
2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018
June is the beginning of summer and the time of year when all of our favorite produce starts rolling in. It’s a sight to behold and one that only gets better as we ease our way into long summer days. Eggplants make their arrival in June and continue through October. Some call them Aubergine, which comes from the French. Eggplant is a member of the Solanaceae or nightshade family, which includes tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers.
2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018
Every country at the beginnings of its nationalistic stirrings creates a myth and a hero that embodies concepts of shared identity, of ethnic cohesiveness, of common values.   
2018-07-10Jul 10, 2018
The Imaginists are a creative, satirical theater company, presenting free performances in local parks with minimal props and sets. They arrive on bicycles, quickly setting up a backdrop and finalizing costuming while the audience gathers with folding chairs, blankets and friendly dogs to watch the show and enjoy Sonoma County’s beautiful outdoors.
2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018
Francis Thompson was an English poet and mystic, but for a fleeting moment I imagine he penned those words while looking up at the Camp Meeker Tower on a July afternoon.  
2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018
Unstoppable by Inga Lizdenyte is many things: an autobiography, an epistolary piece, a spiritual/inspirational guide and a tragic love story.
2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018
From the famous line in “The Graduate” encouraging the young man into ‘plastics’ to have a bright economic future, to the recent death of a pilot whale in Thailand due to a “belly full of black plastic bags” (NYT 6/4/18)--18 lbs to be exact-- the impact on our world is profound.
2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018
We all like to go to the beach on a hot summer’s day. We also associate a day at the beach with the presence of “seagulls.” When I was a child growing up in Ohio my family would occasionally go to Lake Erie in the summer. I always felt like I was in a really exotic place because I was surrounded by ‘seagulls.”
2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018
“Art Escapes,” founded by Springs residents Thena Trygstad and Kate Ortolano provides art education and creative experiences to young people throughout the Sonoma Valley. Art Escapes is located at 17474 Highway 12. Children of varying ages are taught how to sketch, paint, and create in various media.  
2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018
At the May meeting of the Democratic Club, members were charmed by four young women who participated in the March for Our Livesin DC, and reassured by their enthusiasm for gun control and political action in general. Cheers! But in light of another mass shooting last Friday the 19th, feeling cheerful wasn’t quite enough.
2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018
Penngrove Market is open and it’s fabulous! Two local families conceived of and operate the store. They met through their children’s school, and with a combined 25 years of experience around grocery.
2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018
Whew. After one week of deliberations, the Board of Supervisors has ratified the county’s 2018-19 operating and capital budget, totalling $1.68 billion. Looking toward the future with the hope of rebuilding our County after last fall’s horrific fire, we approved a strategic budget that will help us ride out our current storm while also preparing for challenges we anticipate and expect in the future.
2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018
July, the best month in Monte Rio, kicks off with our fireworks on Sunday 7/1. The fireworks are sponsored byMonte Rio Chamber, Monte Rio Rec & Park, and Monte Rio Fire Foundation.
2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018
Beginning April 9, 2018, the installation of over 220 pieces of artwork will take place at the new Kaiser medical office building in Santa Rosa, CA. The three floors will include 21 local artists along with artists from around California and the country.
2018-07-09Jul 9, 2018
County Supervisors will join together with wildfire survivors Wednesday in a call for action against legislative changes to utility liability law and a commitment to partner with the state on fire-prevention efforts.
2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018
As Summer eases into Healdsburg, residents are thinking about more than family gatherings, Prune Packer baseball games, visits to Memorial Beach, and even the pending completion of our famous (infamous?) Roundabout! We are very excited about an upcoming August visit by a team of outside experts to help develop a vision and blueprint for our City through 2040.  
2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018
Effective January 1st, China’s stopped accepting many recycled items, especially plastic. Until recently, first-world countries avoided the plastic problem by shipping our recycling to China, while plastic proliferated all over the planet. Ninety per cent of all plastic ever created hasn’t been recycled, and largely ends up in the oceans.
2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018
Honoring Jeanette Furlong: The men and women of the Bodega Bay Firefighters Association are pleased to announce the award of their 2018 Margaret (Peggy) Hill Memorial Scholarship to Jeanette Furlong.
2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018
“To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” ― Theodore Roosevelt
2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018
Springtime on the coast can’t be beat. It is sunny and bright, not too hot and not cold. We, admittedly, do have some wind, but that is not uncomfortable.
2018-05-31May 31, 2018
Comprehensive listing of Sonoma County 4th of July Celebrations for 2018
2018-05-28May 28, 2018
Loyal volunteer Judy Elliott has taken on the task of locating and recording new PSAs for the station. Her work in finding educational matter—much of it in Spanish—earned her the unofficial title of PSA Czar.
2018-05-28May 28, 2018
Last month the unthinkable happened. Some crook stole my “identity” and opened credit card accounts in my name. Before I knew it, the thief purchased over $12,000 in goods. What are my rights?
2018-05-01May 1, 2018
Examination of starch grains, from 30,000 year old grinding tools, suggests that flour was made from cattails and ferns by Stone Age cooks. Mixed with water and baked on a hard, possibly greased rock, it was more akin to hardtack than the modern hot cake, flap jack or crepe.
2018-03-31Mar 31, 2018
I feel that I must say something to make everyone aware of the Dangerous situation that exists along the Hwy 1. corridor through the Timber Cove Subdivision: PG&E Lines, Dead Pines & Tan Oaks.   
2018-07-09Jul 9, 2018
Under the leadership of outgoing President Jack Blasco, the Sebastopol Rotary Club raised almost $250,000 for charity this year, and its members donated hundreds of hours of volunteer time to help community projects across the county.
2017-06-27Jun 27, 2017
If you love classics, then you’re going to love everything about these fun car shows coming up in California. With many vendors providing a variety of food, fun and entertainment as well as amazing classics being displayed and great people, you will find plenty going on to make a sun day.
2018-07-08Jul 8, 2018
Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a parolee for a random attack on a Forestville coffee shop employee. Deputies responded to the call on Friday, July 6thshortly after 5:00 PM at the Roasters Coffee Shop in the 6600 block of Front St in Forestville regarding an assault. Deputies arrived and detained Sean Seeman, a 26-year-old transient parolee who was being held down by a 53-year-old witness (Sean Loundagin of Forestville).
2018-07-04Jul 4, 2018
On June 24th, the Sebastopol Farmers Market hosted the first Zero Waste outreach booth with the help fromRecology and350 Sonoma (Sonoma County Climate Action -350SonomaCounty@gmail.com) members to help address this issue.

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