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Justin Wyckoff, of Gentle Art Fine Arts Services and Transport, hangs two (of three) black-and-white photographs that are part of the Eleanor Coppola retrospective at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Coppola exhibit opens at SVMA

Now through Jan. 25, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is presenting the first comprehensive retrospective of the artwork of Eleanor Coppola. The exhibition, “Eleanor Coppola: Quiet, Creative Force,” will present examples of Coppola’s earliest work in design in the 1960s, early art films and conceptual art actions, her work as a costume designer, photographer,… Continue Reading >>

School board mulls pool costs

Before the school board proceeds with a decision on a proposed pool at Sonoma Valley High, the committee looking at the school’s Facility Master Plan will get a look at a report with the costs.

School board to get costs for new pool

Counterpoint Construction will give the Sonoma Valley Unified School District board a report on estimated costs for a long-discussed new swimming pool when it meets Wednesday evening.

WHILE POLLING PLACES weren’t crowded on Tuesday, there was a steady flow of voters. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Library tax measure defeated

Sonoma County voters approved Measure H, the $410 million Santa Rosa Junior College bond, but narrowly rejected Measure M, the quarter-cent Library Improvement Tax.

The election for the proposed tax to fix the county roads has been moved back from March to June 2, 2015. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Supes to push road tax back to June election

They put it off once before, to make way for other measures. Now county supervisors are scheduled to again postpone a quarter-cent tax measure intended to pay for countywide road maintenance – because, they say, more time is needed to convince voters of its need.

School board eyes 4 projects

The Sonoma Valley Unified School District board will be looking at four projects when it holds a special meeting at 6 p.m. today, Tuesday, Oct. 28.

HUGH HELM, of Oakmont, makes some notes on one of the maps Thursday evening at a meeting to discuss the Sonoma Valley bike and pedestrian trail. Helm wants to make sure the trail connects with trails in Santa Rosa. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

County gets bike trail feedback

About 40 people attended the first of three study sessions Thursday for the proposed Sonoma Valley bike and pedestrian trail that would run from Melita Road to Agua Caliente Road.

KERSTIN JOHN, right, and Anthony Abate are a part of the cast of the multimedia production, “A Modern Encounter” now being staged at the Sonoma Community Center. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Curtain rises on ‘A Modern Encounter’

“A Modern Encounter” is the latest offering from the Experiential Theatre Company as part of the Sonoma Theatre Alliance season. The play runs Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 21, on the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center. An original multimedia play by James Wood and directed by Cat Austin… Continue Reading >>

The Creak will be performing at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the B.R. Cohn Winery.

Music in the olive grove at B.R. Cohn Winery

It’s not the big festival (more on that later), it’s the “Summer Music Series” featuring, from San Francisco, the Creak on Saturday, Sept. 6, in the olive grove at B.R. Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen. The act plays an action-packed mix of music rooted in the bluegrass tradition while drawing inspiration from sources as varied… Continue Reading >>

PHYLLIS CARTER has been driving for FISH, Friends In Sonoma Helping, for 25 years. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

FISH in dire need of drivers

Twenty-four years ago, FISH (Friends In Sonoma Helping), had 27 drivers handling as many as 50 calls a month from people who had medical appointments.

Wineries: Business as usual

Four days after the worst earthquake in the Bay Area in 25 years, wineries have spruced things up and are open for business.

JAVIER BARRIOS cleans up the cereal aisle early Sunday morning at Sonoma Market. Barrios was part of the crew cleaning up in the aftermath of the 6.0 earthquake that struck at 3:20 a.m. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

The Quake

A 6.0 earthquake that shook Sonoma Valley at 3:20 a.m. Sunday caused objects to fly off shelves and walls, but, outside of unreported damages at local wineries, didn’t cause any major damage locally. Napa was a different story, see story below. A large portion of the Valley lost power, but by 10 a.m. Sunday, power… Continue Reading >>

SONOMA VALLEY FIREFIGHTERS survey a small lake of wine outside the Sebastiani Winery Sunday morning. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Wineries lose product

Wineries didn’t escape the effects of Sunday morning’s 6.0 earthquake. The grapes on the vines were unaffected, but some of the barrel storage warehouses in Sonoma took a hit.

This is a drawing of the Sonoma Springs mixed-use project on Highway 12.

Springs affordable housing delayed

While the official notification won’t be made for a couple weeks, the senior project manager at MidPen’s Sonoma Springs mixed-use housing site said the chances of landing tax credits from the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee in this round of allotments is probably slim.

Online survey to gauge businesses

Sonoma Valley has more than 2,000 businesses, and the Economic Development Partnership of the city and the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce is hoping to hear from many of them.

Highway 12 could be bid late this year

It’ll now be close to the end of the year before the Highway 12 sidewalks and streetlight project is sent out to bid again, which means the project has been pushed back to 2015. The long-awaited project had been bid back in April, but when the county started opening the bids, it noticed some anomalies.… Continue Reading >>

The parking lot at Flowery Elementary School gets a new coat of ashphalt last month. Every school in the Sonoma Valley Unified School District had improvements done over the summer. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Sonoma spiffs schools

When Sonoma Valley students return to school Monday, they’ll find campuses that have been spiffed up over the summer.

Sebastiani screens ‘Bullitt’

Next up in the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation’s “Vintage Film Series series is “Bullitt,” showing at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18.