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High praise for the Lodge

This letter was sent to Suzy Hart, general manager of The Lodge at Sonoma, following the wonderful service we received there for the wedding reported in the Index-Tribune:


Beautiful lawns, what drought?

I was very depressed on seeing the Aug. 22 front-page photo of the cracked mud which is what remains of the reservoir up at the Sonoma Developmental Center. I recently saw the same conditions at Lake Shasta, almost completely dry.

The quarterly Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library’s book sale wrapped up Saturday and raised about $13,500 from the sale. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Looking for books

The quarterly Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library’s book sale wrapped up Saturday and raised about $13,500 from the sale. The books sold are not used library books, they’re books that are donated to the Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library by the community. The next book sale has been slated for Nov. 19-22.

Zinni to critique U.S. foreign policy

Gen. Tony Zinni (Ret.) will provide a critique of American foreign policy at the Mentoring Alliance Speaker Series event to be held on Friday, Sept. 19, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building in Sonoma.

A CASE OF THE WILLYS! will be performing at Funky Fridays at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park on Friday, Aug. 29.

Case of the Willys! At Sugarloaf

Funky Fridays at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park presents A Case of the Willys! on Friday, Aug. 29, for a 6:30 p.m. show. For tickets and more info, point your browser to funkyfridays.info.

Historians talk Indian baskets

Renowned historians Ralph and Lisa Woo Shanks will share their knowledge about artistic and cultural basket design and weaving when they speak about their new book, “Indian Baskets of Central California: Art, Culture and History,” as part of the Sonoma Valley Historical Society’s monthly lecture series.

Drum, dance workshop set for Sept. 10

Sandor Diabankouezi, a world-class Congolese master drummer and lead choreographer for the National Ballet du Congo for 11 years, will conduct a drumming and dance workshop starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at FAHA Manor, 191 W. Verano Ave.

Deets Winslow’s family, including (third from left) wife Heidi, son Tyler, sister-in-law Sabrina and brother Travis Winslow, grieve at the memorial service. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Touching memorial to ‘Deets’

Sonoma Valley High School’s Pfeiffer Gym was packed Saturday with family, friends and the wrestling community from the Valley and beyond in honoring the memory of Roger “Deets” Winslow, a Sonoma wrestling legend as both an athlete and longtime successful coach who was recently killed in a boating accident at Lake Berryessa.

Debra Ann Costner

Debra Ann Costner

Debra Ann Costner passed away on Aug. 20, 2014, after a long battle against cancer.

John R. Pickard

John R. Pickard

John R. Pickard, admired by his family and friends, left this world to fly with the angels on Aug. 16, 2014, with his family by his side. He was 74 years old.

Forum eyes new driver’s license law

La Luz Center, the North Bay Organizing Project, the Sonoma Valley Health Center and El Verano School will hold a community forum at 6 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 27, to provide local residents with the latest information about AB 60, a new state law that will allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses beginning January 2015.

Pinnacle Mortgage opens in Sonoma

Longtime Sonomans, John Bast and Tony Moll recently opened the third Sonoma County office of Pinnacle Capital Mortgage, at 550 Broadway. Pinnacle Capital Mortgage, was named one of the “Top Mortgage Lenders” by the Scotsman Guide in 2012 and 2013.

Peter Frampton will be the headliner at the Sunday, Sept. 21, B.R. Cohn Charity Events Fall Music Festival.

Tickets available for Cohn music fest

Tickets are still available for the annual 2014 B.R. Cohn Charity Events Fall Music Festival, Gala Charity Auction Dinner, and the Celebrity Golf Classic.