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2019-02-05Feb 5, 2019

A wide variety of family entertainment is planned for the upcoming President’s Day Weekend. The community supported Cloverdale Citrus Fair kicks off the Fair Season in California showcasing its spectacular citrus fruit displays and honoring the citrus belt that was once part of the Northern Sonoma County landscape.

2018-12-30Dec 30, 2018

I’ve always believed that New Year’s Resolutions were just dolled-up, fun, wishful thinking – usually about something needing improvement. Restitutions are not only much easier to follow-thru with than Resolutions, but you are way ahead of the game because you already have the information you need, you know what was right or wrong, you know the details and there are no secrets.  Restitutions are easy to identify, to define and are personal and familiar.


2018-12-28Dec 28, 2018

The State of California recently passed SB 850, the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP), which is a block grant of $500m to provide direct assistance to cities and counties throughout California with the homeless crisis.  Sonoma County is slated to receive about $12m of that funding in January 2019, based on the number of homeless individuals living within the Sonoma County.  To put the amount of funding in perspective, the Sonoma County Community Development Commission (CDC) usually spends about $4m a year on homeless programs.  $1.2m of the HEAP funding should be directed at the 5th District, based on the number of homeless individuals living within the 5th District.


2018-12-08Dec 8, 2018

If you are looking for a live show to take the family to this holiday season, look no further than Cloverdale Performing Arts Center where both scalawags and elves are having a rollicking good time in Yo Ho Ho, a Pirate’s Christmas! Even if that exclamation mark hadn’t been included in the official title, I’d have added it because this show is so much fun, it deserves some over-the top punctuation!

2018-11-27Nov 27, 2018

A local author's latest book was a finalist in a national book festival. "Edward the White Goose," an illustrated children's book about a lonely goose seeking an adoptive family, is set in Northern California.

2018-11-27Nov 27, 2018

The Supreme Court decision five years ago changed the lives of couples like Maben and Robert forever.  “Being allowed to marry and have that marriage recognized by the federal government was crucial for us,” says Maben.  “It’s all about securing the basic legal protections and rights every couple needs.”  Robert ads that while it has always been possible to create LGBT families, “it is important for people to understand it was challenging, costly and you felt inferior and less worthy. Not so now.”

2018-11-23Nov 23, 2018

Live Theater by Alexa Chipman - December 2018. ‘The Tailor of Gloucester’ light operetta. ‘The Nutcracker’ magical visions of graceful dancers.

2018-11-12Nov 12, 2018

Senior Momentum by Zoe Tummillo-December 2018. “euphoria” positivity &  “ecstasy” runs the full gamut of mood and emotional applications.

2018-10-27Oct 27, 2018

Unfortunately even the bad guys very often get what they wish for.  Even though one way or another I have been awriter all my adult life, I have only occasionally identified myself as ajournalist.  The two are at least fraternal twins, and circumstances alter cases.

2018-10-22Oct 22, 2018

The Sonoma County Commission on Human rights announced on September 23rd that it had found pervasive violations of internationally recognized human rights of homeless individuals in Sonoma County. The findings were made following a detailed report presented to the Commission by Homeless Action!, an advocacy group based in Santa Rosa. Violations were documented of at least seven articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which safeguards basic standards for the health and well-being of people in cases of unemployment, sickness, disability and other circumstances beyond their control. In addition, the 4th and 8th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution are regularly violated.

2018-10-19Oct 19, 2018

We are committed to equality, social and environmental justice. We had a thorough discussion of the candidates, propositions, and measures on the ballot and would like to distribute our recommendations to the public. As a citizen, it is our right, duty, and responsibility to express how and by whom we will be governed. SheRISES is providing the following voting endorsements for the benefit of our Sonoma County community.

2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019

This year over 400 kids from ten schools will head to Ives Pool, downtown Sebastopol, for their lessons beginning the week of April 23. A former Red Cross swim instructor at Ives, Greg is looking for volunteers to teach these basic swim lessons. You just need to enjoy working with kids, and want them to be safe around the water. You will not only be helping kids stay safe, but it is a lot of fun as well.

2018-10-19Oct 19, 2018

Halloween is a Holiday for KIDS who pretend to be anything but what and who they are. Choosing and carving pumpkins, playing games, costumes, mazes - it's a great time to play. There are also plenty of opportunities to be creative! Check out our list of events at Sonoma County Libraries!

2018-10-16Oct 16, 2018

For parents, 'NO' can be a magic wand to be used with skill, purpose, and creativity. Overusing the word itself can dilute the message (the average toddler hears NO 400 times a day), but in the hands of a conscious parent, it's a life-shaper.

2018-10-16Oct 16, 2018

Find the perfect pumpkin to greet trick or treaters on Halloween - or - decorate your holiday dinner table, your front porch, your mailbox! have FUN. Carve them, Paint them - even eat them. Special kinds are perfect for making pie and soup. Ask which ones! Here's a list of Sonoma County Pumpkin patches...all locally-owned!

2018-10-11Oct 11, 2018

We made history Saturday September 15, 2018. According to Coastwalk, our regional Coordinator for California Coastal Clean Up Day 2018, this year’s 1,200 volunteers broke all previous Sonoma County attendance records for this annual event! And the best part? Together we removed 8.7 tons of debris from our county’s inland waterways and from our beaches.

2018-10-06Oct 6, 2018

Sonoma County Gazette LOCAL GUIDE to all Día de los Muertos Events and Ceremonies. Also, art and history classes. Día de los Muertos is November 2nd, but there are many events before. 

2018-10-06Oct 6, 2018

For one thing, Cliché’s have a certain “commonality” that can instantly unify us – or move us apart!  (Depending upon the cliché, of course!) Time flies – can’t believe the year is almost over!  Surely, we can hear each other chiming in on that one as summer ends, the leaves begin to turn and the tree nuts fall.  It’s easy to agree time moves fast – and relentlessly, cliché notwithstanding.

2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018

One judge can make a huge difference in many lives—including the lives of immigrants. 

In 2015, one federal judge in Texas unilaterally blocked an Executive Order issued by President Obama called DAPA that would have extended a reprieve from deportation and a work permit to 5 million people.  Later that same year, the difference on the federal appeals court was one judge in a 2-1 ruling affirming the decision of that Texas judge. 

2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018

There's a lot to see at your local movie theaters in October. Starting with “Venom”. Kids of all ages will love this movie. It stars Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams. It opens October 5th. Also opening October 5th is “A Star is Born” starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Cooper also directed this remake.

2018-10-01Oct 1, 2018

Fall in Sonoma County is beautiful, especially in Windsor. The yellow, red, green an orange colors come alive. With autumn comes a flurry of activities in Windsor that are for locals and visitors alike.


2018-09-28Sep 28, 2018

The book begins with a prologue featuring an Asian family coming in from the rain with their unruly children to a ritzy hotel and requesting lodging. They are snubbed by the snooty hotel clerk whereupon they just buy the place. The tone has been set.

2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019

Homelessness is one of Sonoma County’s most intractable problems. Despite the efforts of local activists, nonprofits, and government agencies, the number of people living on the streets, in vehicles, and in improvised shelters remains largely unchanged from year to year.

2018-09-26Sep 26, 2018

In the not so distant past, the controversies around what risk different chemicals such as Glyphosates posed to human health pitted the Federal regulators against the Industry representatives. Now, in this new era, many of the leaders at the Environmental Protection Energy have actually come from the ranks of Chemical Industry lobbyists. Not surprisingly, despite increasing evidence of human toxicity, these regulators seem to be losing interest in limiting human exposure to these potentially dangerous substances.

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

As our children return to school, beauty surrounds many Sonoma County campuses, with bucolic hillsides and sprawling farmland. Yet, unseen toxicity lies within and around these rural schools. For the first time, data about this toxicity is now available to inform parents and the community.


2018-08-28Aug 28, 2018

I have three daughters; I call them my cubs. I am a mother bear running on instinct, teaching them to forage, hunt, and protect themselves. My duty is to help them survive the wild life of the schoolyard and then the real world.

2018-08-28Aug 28, 2018

What fairly new idiocy is raining down on unsuspecting souls who just want to watch a favorite TV show—not have an on-air doctor’s visit? Medical advice thru pharmaceutical advertising, that’s what!


2018-07-31Jul 31, 2018

With the Trump administration attempting to roll back many progressive measures, and with the possibility of a Supreme Court that is unfavorable to abortion rights, it seems useful to look at the current state of abortion access in the US. While this data is a few years old, it is the most recent available and comes mainly from a very reliable source, theGuttmacher Institute (although definitely “pro-choice”).

2019-01-31Jan 31, 2019

I’m standing on a subway platform in the sweltering heat of August. I managed to make it here by following my 16-year-old daughter Kim. It was my relaxed little teen who effortlessly bought the metro card, found the right train line, and got me unstuck five times from the turnstile. It is her first morning in New York, a mere 3,000 miles from our tiny town on the Russian River in California — Guerneville, population 4,534.


2019-01-27Jan 27, 2019

Truth be told, almost everything unravels without Love somewhere in the mix.   We must bring Love back out of the shadows and underbrush where it’s surely been hiding, waiting for us to regain our balance.  Then we have to find a way to take back our country with love enough to govern with integrity, feed the hungry, welcome those folks Emma Lazarus spoke about, kiss, embrace and care for our veterans, comfort our frightened children, care for our frail elderly, cleanse our environment, help the less fortunate than ourselves...


2019-01-15Jan 15, 2019

Between January 15-20 the State will issue February CalFresh benefits earlier than usual to many Sonoma County residents to cover food during the coming month. The early allocation is due to concerns that the partial federal government shutdown will prevent issuance of the benefits in February. Payments will be made by the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), from reserves approved by Congress in 2018.

2019-01-07Jan 7, 2019

Every year a nostalgic ritual takes the place of pulling things from the attic, foraging into the holiday storage bins and if truth be told, sniffing deeply into the used tissue paper cradling the breakable ornaments from childhood to catch that musty scent of Christmas past. Each item holds some wisp of magic for me whether it’s a reindeer made of a plastic spoon with pipe cleaner antlers, a baby’s first Christmas ornament and most especially my dad’s Ben + Jerry’s eggnog bowl that he bought in 1955.

2019-01-07Jan 7, 2019

Roger and Linda Collins were honored as Sebastopol's latest "Locals Who Make a Difference" for the passionate dedication they have shown while hosting an annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner for the past 18 years.

2019-01-02Jan 2, 2019

Five years after the killing of Andy Lopez, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a $3 million settlement with Lopez's family. Is it a step towards community healing for the family?

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