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Retired Gen. Tony Zinni will talk about US foreign policy as part of the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance Speaker Series on Friday, Sept. 19.

Gen. Zinni discusses US foreign policy

Tickets are still available for the next in the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance Speaker Series on Friday, Sept. 19, featuring Gen. Tony Zinni (Ret.), who will discuss American foreign policy.

SONOMAN SARAH SUMMERS released her first CD, “Lovely Little Things,” at the Sebastiani Theatre. Jon Nguy/Special to the Index-Tribune

Sonoma’s own Sarah Summers is back at the Sebastiani Theatre tonight, Thursday, Sept. 4, for an encore performance of her March show at the same venue. It all kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at the Sebastiani, 476 1st St. E., with tickets available at the door. There will be an after-party at Murphy’s Irish Pub.

Cal Focus

California focus: Signs say state recovery will last

There are still skeptics who maintain the California economy remains in recession, that talk of economic recovery amounts to whistling past the proverbial graveyard when unemployment remains above 7 percent.

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High School tennis team needs support

I am a current senior at Sonoma Valley High School. I have played for the girls varsity tennis team for three years of my high school career and I am now a co-captain for this fall season of 2014.

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Town square is for people to use

Regarding the Aug. 29 editorial about the CSEC’s proposed new Plaza rules (“CSEC Plaza policy is misguided”), your characterization of a “left turn” is right. This is what happens when liberals take over. They lock down property and keep everyone off in the name of “preservation.”

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Deets Winslow also missed at SDC

In reading all the items about Deets Winslow, nowhere did I see mention of his full-time job as one of the dedicated psych techs at the Sonoma Developmental Center. The mourners at the memorial service included many of his fellow employees. His influence was wider than being a great coach. He is missed.

Spectators surrounded the zucchini races at last Tuesday’s farmers market on the Plaza. They were treated to races as more than 50 zucchini-based racing vehicles took their turns on the incline. The zukes ranged from small to huge. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Watching the zooming zukes

Spectators surrounded the zucchini races at last Tuesday’s farmers market on the Plaza. They were treated to races as more than 50 zucchini-based racing vehicles took their turns on the incline. The zukes ranged from small to huge.

Girl Scout information sessions set Sept. 7, 10

Sonoma Girl Scouts are hosting two information events for parents and girls to learn more about starting or joining a Girl Scout troop, and the fun opportunities available through scouting. Anyone interested in volunteering with Girl Scouting is also welcome to attend these events.

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.”