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Isabella Calderon, 4, a member of Balet Folklorico Quetzalen, was costumed, made-up and ready to dance. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Viva Mexico!

Mexico’s independence from Spain was celebrated on the Plaza Sunday with a daylong agenda of dance, music, food and ceremony. Among the dancers were these celebrants from Balet Folklórico Quetzalén. The day honors “El Grito de la Independencia” (the Cry of Independence), which was uttered by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla from the small town of… Continue Reading >>

Michael John Doyle

Michael John Doyle

Michael John Doyle passed away peacefully at home at the age 71 on Grandparent’s Day (9/7/2014).

Betty Sierck

Betty Sierck

Betty Sierck, 83, passed away on September 8, 2014 in Sonoma, CA.

Coastal Cleanup Day set for Sept. 20

Sonoma Ecology Center, in partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks, Whole Foods, The Fairmont, Basque Boulangerie Café, and Starbucks, will facilitate a California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 20. Volunteers are invited to support this statewide initiative by joining the Sonoma Ecology Center in one of several creek cleanups from 9 a.m. to noon.… Continue Reading >>

Green groups present film series

Transition Sonoma Valley, and the Earth Care Committee of First Congregational Church, are collaborating for a three-month film series beginning with the showing of “Open Sesame” on Thursday, September 18, at 7:30 p.m., at Burlingame Hall. Each film begins at 7:30, followed by informal conversation to encourage community dialogue and engagement. Refreshments will be provided.… Continue Reading >>

SV Fund, La Luz to host community forum

The Sonoma Valley Fund and La Luz Center will co-host a community forum to discuss a recent report, “A Portrait of Sonoma Valley,” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Sonoma Valley Grange. Commissioned by the Department of Health Services, the report sheds light on the significant disparities between rich and poor in the… Continue Reading >>

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Mexican independence celebrated Sunday

For those who love a fiesta, Sonoma Plaza is the place to be on Sunday, Sept. 14, when the Latino community of Sonoma Valley celebrates Mexican Independence Day. From 11 a.m. until late into the evening, there will be a celebration to welcome people of all ages and familiarity with Mexican culture. The event commemorates… Continue Reading >>


Pool closing date moved, no change in timeline

Editor, Index-Tribune: Thank you for your article this past Tuesday on Sonoma Splash and the community pool. It’s great to share with the community the exciting news that we are so near to closing on the Paul’s Resort property as the future site of the long-awaited community pool facility. An important update to the timeline,… Continue Reading >>


An economy based on catering wars?

Editor, Index-Tribune: It’s raining metal in the Middle East and the forecast calls for pain. The creation of the euro allowed Germany to take over Europe with a pen. Countries that do not have their own currency have no sovereignty. The Ukraine should have its own currency. The question is, which bully is going to… Continue Reading >>


Abandoned by Artisan Bakers?

Editor, Index-Tribune: Am I the only customer upset that Artisan Bakers, which made its start and its success in Sonoma, has suddenly decided to not distribute their breads here any more? First, they closed their own retail store; now they no longer supply any local stores (Safeway, Sonoma Market, Whole Foods).  They are still baking,… Continue Reading >>


A great addition to the cultural landscape

Editor, Index-Tribune: On a recent visit to Sonoma, we enjoyed a fantastic Transcendence Theatre Company performance, having attended several performances in the past few years. The evening, under a starlit sky, was even more magical than we remembered, and now that we are temporary residents of Montana, we were more appreciative than ever that we… Continue Reading >>

Restaurateur Sondra Bernstein and chef John Toulze.

A girl, a fig, a great business

The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce has made its choice for 2014 Business of the Year, and the selection may resonate with Plaza regulars. Sondra Bernstein “has contributed so much over the past 17 years to our local economy and our community,” said chamber board president Neil Colwell, referencing a Sonoma Valley history that encompasses… Continue Reading >>

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Editorial: Keeping art alive with Plein Air

In Renaissance Italy, budding artists didn’t have to rely on bankrupt school systems to promote art education, they simply had to win the support of wealthy patrons, like Lorenzo de’ Medici of Florence, to win over a provider who would then finance several careers. Members of the Medici family, who were big in Florence banking… Continue Reading >>

Volunteers of the Year to be honored

More than 200 guests will gather at the new Sonoma Valley Community Health Center on Sunday, Sept. 14, to honor and salute the top volunteers in the Valley. The event is organized and sponsored by Sonoma Valley Fund, an affiliate of Community Foundation Sonoma County, to honor volunteers in the Valley. Each year, the large… Continue Reading >>

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Remembering 9/11

Following a remembrance ceremony, eighth-grader Alison Perkins, along with other St. Francis Solano School students, filled the front yard of the school with American flags in honor of those who died due to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Robert John Smith

Robert John Smith

Robert John Smith passed away peacefully, after a short illness, on the afternoon of September 4, 2014. He was 78.


FISH needs help for dialysis patients

Editor, Index-Tribune: The earthquake we experienced is a very definite wake up call. There was a point on the following Monday that FISH was facing the possibility of not getting our dialysis patients to Napa for treatment. It brings home the fact that we live in an area where several earthquake faults exist. It has… Continue Reading >>


Jean-Charles Boisset – Thank you for saving Buena Vista

Editor, Index-Tribune: All of us who live here in this beautiful Valley owe Mr. Jean-Charles Boisset a huge thank you for his vision, passion, dedication and, of course, money for restoring the Buena Vista Winery’s historic stone buildings. It cost him a lot more money to do it right, and fortunately he stepped up. Thank… Continue Reading >>


Does repaving charge violate rent control?

Editor, Index-Tribune: I recently sent the following letter to the Sonoma City Council: This is my protest against the 20-year rent increase for a capital improvement, the repaving of Del Rio Paseo, proposed by Terra Vista Management for residents under rent control at De Anza Moon Valley, a mobile home park of 247 units. The… Continue Reading >>

Rotary raises $193K from ‘Applause’

Rotary of Sonoma Valley raised the rafters of Hanna Boys Center on Aug. 23, celebrating its third annual “Applause” fundraiser and raising $193,000, up 28 percent from last year’s event. The money raised from this event will have a lasting impact on Sonoma Valley by allowing Rotary to financially support local youth in the form… Continue Reading >>

The Transcendence Theatre Company. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Editorial: Transcending space and time

Just up the road at Jack London State Historic Park, the Transcendence Theatre Company closed out its 2014 season with a blow-out-the-stops Gala Celebration that made small children cheer, women scream and strong men weep with joy. We have come to expect that the music Transcendence makes will be amazing, and it was. Co-Executive Director… Continue Reading >>


Plein Air gala is Friday, not Saturday

Editor, Index-Tribune: Thank you to Kathleen Hill for mentioning Sonoma Plein Air Foundation’s upcoming Gala. One quick correction – the Gala is actually on Friday, Sept 19.  There are a few seats left, so please visit our website, sonomapleinair.com, to purchase a ticket. Everything else Kathleen said was absolutely correct: the event is going to be… Continue Reading >>