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"Le Cirque de Boheme," a 1920s-style French circus troop will perform over Thanksgiving weekend and at Christmas break at Cornerstone Sonoma.

‘Le Cirque de Boheme’ returns to Cornerstone

Cornerstone Sonoma again hosts “Bring Your Holidays to Cornerstone” as it kicks off the season with an authentic 1920s-style French circus by the troop “Le Cirque de Boheme.” Back by popular demand following last year’s debut 12 sold-out shows, Le Cirque de Boheme has an all new show and cast.

This is a rendering of what the interior of the Sonoma Cheese Factory would look like after it's remodeled. Photo courtesy of Ross Drulis Cusenberry

Big changes coming to Cheese Factory

A major expansion of the Sonoma Cheese Factory and its location are being considered. If approved by the city, the plan would build a walk-way and courtyard, directly linking the Sonoma Plaza with the Casa Grande parking lot and Depot Park to the north.

Editorial: Who says you can’t go home again?

“You Can’t Go Home Again,” the title of a 1940 novel by Thomas Wolfe, has been used colloquially to mean once you have left home, you can never really return. It won’t be the same.

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Support for riparian ordinance

At a public hearing on Monday, Nov. 24, I’ll be asking the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to stand up for the Russian River and our county’s important streams and creeks. The supervisors will vote on a long overdue riparian ordinance that will define what and how activities are allowed within 200 feet of a river, creek or stream.

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‘Tommy’ is the best

The production of “Tommy” at The Community Center’s Andrews Hall is superb. We saw it and went back the following night. Sonoma Theater Alliance is to be congratulated for bringing such a high quality production.

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Solve water issues before new projects are OK’d

I have been following the back and forth planning and the attendant revisions on the proposed Broadway at MacArthur, 20 three-level townhouses and an 8,750 square foot, three-story marketplace, with seven upstairs apartments for rental. Some planning commissioners felt that aspects of the proposed development were “too tall and linear.”

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Soroptimists thank Valley for support

Soroptimist International Sonoma Valley will soon be celebrating its 55-year anniversary in the Valley of the Moon., supporting our international motto, “Best for Women.”

The annual Christmas at the Mission will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, and tickets will be available starting Saturday, Nov. 22.

Christmas at the Mission tickets available

California State Parks in cooperation with the Sonoma/Petaluma State Historic Parks Association presents the 29th annual Christmas at the Mission. Tickets are available beginning Saturday, Nov. 22, at Mission San Francisco Solano, 114 E. Spain St., Sonoma.

Steele takes comic stage at Murphy’s

Reggie Steele is the featured comic performing two shows at Murphy’s Irish Pub on Saturday, Nov. 22. Also performing will be Trevor Hill and Matt Gubser in the Torio Van Grol show.

Council OKs five-year water rate hike

In order to be denied the ability to raise water rates on Sonoma residents, the City Council on Monday would have needed 2,177 written letters of protest submitted by local property owners.

Tully Meyer, 10, a Cub Scout in Pack 16, was one of numerous Scouts sorting food at the Fiesta Plaza last Saturday during the annual Scouting for Food Drive. The Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts collected almost 3,500 pounds of food – enough to fill about 120 boxes. The total was about 1,000 pounds more than the Scouts collected last year. All of the food is for FISH's Christmas baskets that go to the needy. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Sorting food for FISH

Jaren Kneeland , 10, a Cub Scout in Pack 16, was one of numerous Scouts sorting food at the Fiesta Plaza last Saturday during the annual Scouting for Food Drive. The Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts collected almost 3,500 pounds of food – enough to fill about 120 boxes. The total was about 1,000 pounds more than the Scouts collected last year. All of the food is for FISH’s Christmas baskets that go to the needy.

Casa De Sonoma resident Kim Orellana, who suffers from diabetes and multiple sclerosis has been given a notice to vacate from the owners of  Casa De Sonoma on First Street West. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Apartment owner boots tenants

Imagine the following story: A 51-year-old single mother, living on a fixed income, bound to a wheelchair and suffering from type-one diabetes and multiple sclerosis, is told in October that her monthly rent at Casa De Sonoma on First Street West will be raised $100. Three weeks later, she is told she is being tossed out from the premises.

Françoise Carmen Sanz Sobin

Françoise Carmen Sanz Sobin

Françoise Carmen Sanz Sobin, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away Thursday morning, November 13, 2014 at her home in Kenwood, California at the age of 82.

Bertha “Jean” West

Bertha “Jean” West

Bertha “Jean” West, 72, a longtime Sonoma resident, passed away on November 18, 2014 in Sonoma after a chronic illness.

Dr. Robert F. Dowd

Dr. Robert F. Dowd

Long time Sonoma resident, Dr. Robert F. Dowd died quietly in Grants Pass, Oregon on November 11, 2014, at the age of 81.

Members of the Sonoma County Library Commission will take a hard look at the coming year's budget following the defeat of Measure M, the Library Improvement Act, earlier this month. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Tough loss for library supporters

Brett Lear couldn’t hide his disappointment following the defeat of Measure M, the county’s Library Improvement Act, earlier this month.

Editorial: How to give when you go

My grand-aunt, Celeste Murphy, who was the editor and publisher of The Sonoma Index-Tribune from 1915 to 1946, wrote the obituaries for local residents who passed away during her tenure.

Cal Focus

Will UC at last face up to out-of-state student dilemma?

It’s a dilemma that University of California officials have long refused to confront, but one they may soon have to face: How many foreign and out-of-state students can UC absorb and still fulfill its mission of providing an elite education for the very best California high school graduates?

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What is a culinary promenade?

Your story on the front page Friday announced that the developers of the old auto dealer property at the corner of Broadway and MacArthur Street are dropping their plans for a hotel in favor of more housing is good news. There is a rental housing shortage in Sonoma Valley and that is a good location for adding some.