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Judith Faye King

Judith Faye King

Judy King, of Napa, passed away in the evening hours of Aug. 27, 2014.

Dianne M Audiss

Dianne M Audiss

Dianne M Audiss, 50, left this world on Aug, 22, 2014, in Sonoma, California.

Molly Ondrasek

Molly Ondrasek

Molly Ondrasek, 85, died Aug. 22, 2014 at home in Sonoma, surrounded by family.

TRANSCENDENCE THEATRE COMPANY closes out its summer series with a two-night gala on Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Transcendence closes with ‘Gala’

The Transcendence Theater Company has saved the best for last … the season closes with two special nights of the “Gala Celebration” concert Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6.

A USGS map of the major faults in the Bay Area.

Next Valley earthquake – not if, but when

Along with the upside of world-class wineries, a robust cuisine culture and Sonoma’s location at the birthplace of the Bear Republic, Valley residents have learned to live with the downside: They’re riding along a strike slip fault zone of two of the planet’s major plates that are moving in opposite directions.

City of Sonoma Plans Examiner Joe Burroughs is one of two City of Sonoma employees who helped with building assessments in quake-ravaged Napa this week.

City aids Napa with building safety inspections

Following the recent earthquake that caused more than an estimated $300 million in structural damage in Napa, the City of Sonoma Building Department sent two-thirds of its staff to the City of Napa for assistance with earthquake safety assessments.

Jenny Kovacs and her husbnd, Adam, have opened Sonoma Cycle Fit that combines indoor cycling and a TRX studio, the only one of its kind in Sonoma.

Sonoma Cycle Fit opens

There are many motivations for getting fit, but Jenny Kovacs has a particularly compelling one. After six months of chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the mother of two was feeling “sick, weak and exhausted. I decided enough was enough, and that I would take charge of my health. I began exercising and eating more healthfully. I began to feel better almost immediately and I’ve never turned back.”

Garden club hosts Przybycien

Master Gardener Dennis Przybycien will give a talk and power point presentation on “Minimum Impact in the Garden – Safe use/non-use of chemicals for fertilizing, and control of pests, disease and weeds” at the Valley of the Moon Garden Club meeting on Thursday, Sept. 4.

Chamber, city survey extended to Sept. 3

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.

Valley Forum

Valley Forum: Pompey’s Pillar

Where would we be without Thomas Jefferson? He foxed Napoleon out of what was then called Louisiana and thereby doubled the landmass of our young republic at a stroke, adding the entire watershed of the Mississippi and the Missouri Rivers all the way to the Continental Divide.

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Why do we have zero periods?

The American Academy of Pediatrics says that classes shouldn’t start before 8:30 a.m. Why do our middle and high schools have “zero” periods with start times of 7:45 a.m. for middle school, and 7 a.m. for high school?

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Cultural dissonance in a drought

thought the Aug. 19 editorial (“Water bond just a step”) was well done and informative. I agree it’s “nuts” for well and groundwater use not to be monitored, or to relegate it to a voluntary choice.

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Needs help finding hit-and-run suspect

I’m writing for help. My daughter was at her place of employment on the afternoon of Aug. 26, when they got a knock on the door. The neighbor had come to say that they just witnessed my daughter’s car get hit by a hit-and-run driver.

THE SEBASTIANI THEATRE will be showing “Remembering Playland at the Beach” and “The Cliff House – 150 Years” at noon Sunday, Aug. 31.

Sebastiani screens historical SF documentaries

The Sebastiani Theatre presents two very popular San Francisco documentary films, “Remembering Playland at the Beach” (2010) and “The Cliff House – 150 Years” (2013) which will be shown one time only at noon Sunday, Aug. 31.

Sonoma Community Center hosts India photo exhibit

The Sonoma Community Center presents “Auspicious India,” an exhibition of travel photography by students of the Solano Community College Photography Department, from Sept. 5 through 26 in Gallery 212.

Senior Art Show opens Sept. 16 in Santa Rosa

The 17th annual Senior Art Show will be held from Tuesday, Sept. 16, through Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Finley Center, 2060 W. College Ave. in Santa Rosa. More than 100 Sonoma County senior artists will exhibit their art during this free show, including 15 artists from Vintage House senior center.

David Anthony Berto

David Anthony Berto

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and uncle, longtime Sonoma resident and decorated World War II Veteran David Anthony “Nonno” Berto passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of August 27, 2014 with his wife Eleanor and daughter Elena by his side.

Marsha Susan Parker

Marsha Susan Parker

Marsha Susan Parker passed away peacefully on Aug. 13, 2014, at home in Sonoma. She was 68.