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GLEN ELLEN FIREFIGHTER Japen Soto shows how to perform CPR at last year’s Binational Health Fair. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Binational Health Fair set for Saturday

The Sonoma Valley Binational Health Fair will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the new Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, 19270 Sonoma Highway.

Sonoma Community Center seeks ceramics artist-in-residence

The Sonoma Community Center is accepting applications for a ceramics artist-in-residence for the six-month period from January through June 2015. Applications are available online at sonomacommunitycenter.org and will be accepted through Nov. 10.

Arnold, Hess talk realism at SVMA Saturday

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art’s “Talking Realism” continues with perhaps two of the best-known narrative realist painters in California, Los Angeles’ F. Scott Hess and Sonoma’s Chester Arnold come together for the very first time to discuss their particular brands of storytelling.

Ragtime Festival set at six venues

Sonoma Valley will ring with ragtime music on Saturday, Oct. 11, as part of the fifth annual Wine Country Ragtime Festival beginning with performances at Jack London State Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring renowned performers Tom Brier and the Saloon Sweeties, Kylan deGhetaldi, Jack Love, Larisa Migachyov, John Partridge, Monty Suffern and Dave Tucker.

Marine Corps Birthday Ball set for Nov. 1

The Wine Country Marines’ annual “Wine Country Marine Corps Birthday Ball” is set for Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Jacuzzi Family Vineyards owned by Fred and Nancy Cline in Sonoma.

‘Living Wage’ meeting set for Oct. 15

First District Supervisor Susan Gorin will be presented with a proposed “Living Wage” ordinance during a town hall meeting on Oct. 15. The public meeting, organized by a coalition of activists seeking to raise the minimum wage in the county to $15 an hour, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Sonoma Valley Grange Hall, 18627 Sonoma Highway.

SVH, Hospice partner for advanced care planning discussion

Experts from Sonoma Valley Hospital’s Palliative Care program and Hospice By The Bay will discuss advanced care planning in a panel discussion to be held at Vintage House senior center Thursday, Nov. 13. The event is titled “Planning Ahead – Making Your Health Care Wishes Known,” and is open to the community without cost.

Cal Fire open house

In honor of National Fire Prevention Week, Cal Fire Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit will host an open house at the Glen Ellen station, 14000 Sonoma Highway, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 11.

Social media workshops offered

Social media tools are becoming increasingly important for business, but for many small business owners it is difficult to know how to effectively incorporate these tools into their marketing plan.

Helen Laura Stimac

Helen Laura Stimac

Helen Laura Stimac, 77, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and many friends on October 2, 2014 in Sonoma, CA after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.

Victor A. Pozzi

Victor A. Pozzi

The family and many friends of Vic Pozzi, Windsor, sadly mourn his death. Victor A. Pozzi, ex-dairyman in Sonoma and Windsor, passed away on October 4, 2014 as the result of a massive stroke he suffered on July 3, 2014.


November’s elections won’t resolve much

Members of Congress are home now, campaigning for the upcoming elections. Their messages are all over the map, and for a good reason: they have very little to brag about.


Clean Power savings questioned

I’m confused! Last I heard, the “savings” on the actual power portion of the (Sonoma Clean Power) bill would be 3 percent the first year and unknown thereafter! Has that changed in percent and duration?


Campaign signs missing

Editor, Index-Tribune: Madolyn Agrimonti drove past my house yesterday to check if her sign had been stolen. She is hearing from supporters that (so far) 25 of her blue and white signs have been stolen from front yards. Is any other City Council candidate having this problem? Gary Edwards offered to buy her replacement signs.… Continue Reading >>


Bolling has been moral compass

Sometimes a picture says a thousand words. The moisture-laden inscription, “Goodbye” told me something was amiss. Somehow I sensed that this was not going to be another stirring erudite missive from David Bolling.


Thanks for clearing issues

Editor, Index-Tribune: I write this letter long overdue, so many times have I felt the impulse to, after reading Editor Bolling’s columns – always so perfect in their informativeness, their heartfelt aim at accuracy and reason – what a true journalist. I don’t know what is taking him away; only want to say thanks for… Continue Reading >>

Marc Medoff and Jobina Forder look over some of the grapes that were harvested Thursday at the Gen. Vallejo Home. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Vallejo grape harvest keeps history alive

Salvador Dali is quoted as saying, “Great wine requires a mad man to grow the vine, a wise man to watch over it, a lucid poet to make it, and a lover to drink it.”

County’s pertussis rate is highest in state

There’s an outbreak of the respiratory infection Enterovirus 68 in the Midwest, and the continuing spread of Ebola from West Africa. But here in Sonoma County, health officials have their own worries: the high incidence of pertussis, or whooping cough.

With the feast of St. Francis Assisi on Oct. 4, churches around the Valley held blessing of the animals ceremonies the past two weekends. Friday afternoon at St. Francis Solano School, the Rev. Mike Kelly blessed the pets of the grade school students. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Blessing the animals

With the feast of St. Francis Assisi on Oct. 4, churches around the Valley held blessing of the animals ceremonies the past two weekends. Friday afternoon at St. Francis Solano School, the Rev. Mike Kelly blessed the pets of the grade school students.

Town hall meeting eyes living wage

A Sonoma County coalition of labor, faith, environmental and community organizations has unveiled a living wage ordinance that, among other things, calls for a $15 an hour living wage that could affect up to 5,000 currently low-wage workers with employment ties to the county.

St. Francis, Prestwood ‘Walk & Roll’

St. Francis Solano School and Prestwood Elementary School will be joining schools across Sonoma County Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the world-wide celebration of International Walk to School Day, doing their part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, traffic congestion and improve community health and safety