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2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019

About a hundred people turned out on the Plaza in support of the Climate Strike Friday, September 20th. Happily, some 20 kids from Altimira showed up – to cheers and applause. But the absence of the high school students we had come to support was glaring. Turns out the vanguard of this growing outcry against governmental inertia on climate change were not permitted to leave school for the hour it would have taken to express their concerns for their future. A “forum” was held on campus instead. As usual here, the atmosphere was one more of celebration than outrage. But at least we were there.

2019-08-27Aug 27, 2019

The Sonoma Garden Park is one of Sonoma’s hidden treasures. It’s a working organic farm open to visitors, with a Saturday morning Harvest Market, workshops on sustainable farming, the Harry Potter summer camp and native plant nursery. Several  garden plots are available for a nominal rental fee. The Park is located on 7th Street East, between E. Napa and Denmark Street. That’s farm country, what’s left of it, thanks in large part to our Urban Growth Boundary. Sonoma’s UGB will be up for renewal in 2020, and as you’ve probably heard, a fair bit of controversy has arisen around it...

 

2019-07-26Jul 26, 2019

They call us dreamers. We call them greedy. And never the twain shall meet, it appears. They have the power, the influence, the money. We have the 99 percent. In the midst of this intense divisiveness and endless arguments, we now have 5G. I learned a great deal about 5G this month. First, I attended a workshop presented by Sonoma Neighbors for Safe Tech, in which attorney and activist Debra Tachover spoke at length about the health effects of all forms of electromagnetic radiation, and how 5G will increase them. The evidence she presented, thousands of studies by responsible organizations, was compelling.

2019-07-16Jul 16, 2019

Possessing some of the finest hummable songs in musical theatre, My Fair Lady has charmed audiences since 1956, and sometimes been called “the perfect musical.” But anyone who sings “I Could Have Danced All Night” in the shower knows how deceptively difficult Frederick Loewe’s score can be, especially with that high note at the end. Fear not, the production at Sonoma Arts Live has Sarah Wintermeyer as Eliza, who will regale you with her superb delivery of all those “Loverly” songs, with a voice of liquid gold and her spunky charm. 

2019-06-30Jun 30, 2019

It’s happening, and it’s horrid. Not only immigration but unconstrained climate change. Plans to bomb Iran’s nuclear plant. An illegal settlement in Palestine to be named Trump Heights. Starvation in Yemen. Poisonous fracked gas now called “Freedom Gas” in a recent DOE press release. And 5G cell phone networks on our horizon. And there’s more…

 

2019-05-29May 29, 2019

So I want to announce that at 75 years of age, I am going to step back a bit from all that heavy-duty political activity I’ve been engaged in and enjoy some of the cultural and social activities of our unique Valley town. After all, it’s summer, isn’t it? This Sunday, for example, I will be attending the Free Spirits Spring Concert as the guest of one of its members, Norma Barnett. Those dreadful fires are behind us now…but new ones may be ahead. We’re glad to see that the County is taking proactive measures to inform us of best practices for protecting our property. You may have missed the April and May workshops they’ve been holding, but information is available online.You’d better become informed because Permit Sonoma has recently announced that it will be making inspections!

 

2019-05-29May 29, 2019

Emily Dickinson was an extraordinary woman who had the courage to live as she liked, regardless of expectations. “The Belle of Amherst” celebrates her story through the voice of a single actor, portraying fifteen different characters. It is a quiet, intimate play; the poet interacts directly with the audience, even offering them her famous cake. She reminisces about childhood antics, lost love and her passion for nature. Starring Jennifer King.

 

2019-05-01May 1, 2019

‘Born Yesterday’ is an animated, empowering story of what happens when women are given the education and space to become their best selves. It has moments of silliness and horror, maintaining a healthy balance between the two. Have a few laughs and enjoy this talented ensemble at Sonoma Arts Live.

 

2019-04-29Apr 29, 2019

Conversion of the Sonoma Developmental Center to luxury development were banished April 5, when the Board of Supervisors approved an agreement, to be funded largely by the state, representing the first time in state history that future use of what would otherwise have been thrown onto the market as surplus public property is to be guided by a shared vision of what is best for the community and for the land itself. According to the blog site, Transform SDC, posted by the Sonoma Land Trust, on April 22 – Earth Day! — the California Department of Finance (DOF) and the California Department of General Services (DGS) released budget documents today requesting over $43 million over three years to “manage the Sonoma Developmental Center and begin decommissioning activities through a warm shutdown until the final disposition of the campus is complete…” in 2022.

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