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Sheriff to discuss law enforcement and public safety

Sonoma Valley residents will have the opportunity to discuss public safety and law enforcement issues with Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas at a community meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Sonoma Valley Grange Hall.

Library hosts ‘Apricots’ author on Saturday

Author Robin Chapman will discuss her new book, “California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa St.

Master Gardener to discuss saving seeds

The Sonoma Community Center and the Sonoma Valley Master Gardeners are partnering on their second annual lecture series on home garden care. The lectures are free to the community and will be held the first Saturday of the month at the Sonoma Community Center. Master Gardener Electra de Peyster will present “The Basics of Seed… Continue Reading >>

Doris ‘Jeanne’ Williams

Doris ‘Jeanne’ Williams

Doris “Jeanne” Williams passed suddenly on Jan. 12, 2014, at the age of 72. She was with friends planning yet another travel adventure.

Robert Lee Nobles

Robert Lee Nobles

Robert Lee Nobles, 83, born Dec. 2, 1929, in Evergreen, Ala., to Clarence and Inez Nobles, died peacefully Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Sonoma.

Frank Ronald Alioto

Frank Ronald Alioto

Frank Ronald Alioto, 78, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Sonoma.

Carole Bradford

Carole Bradford

Carole Bradford has left the building … Carole B. Bradford, 82, was born Carole Louise Lewis on March 23, 1931, in Austin, Mower County, Minn., at 1:30 p.m. and passed away on Jan. 24, 2014, at 11:20 a.m. in Sonoma.

THE CYPRESS STRING QUARTET will perform Sunday, March 9, at Vintage House senior center. Basil Childers/Special to the Index-Tribune

Cypress String Quartet to perform

The critically acclaimed Cypress String Quartet returns to Sonoma on Sunday, March 9, with a guest artist, to perform in concert at Vintage House senior center, Sonoma. Their featured work will be Franz Schubert’s great String Quintet in C Major, D. 956. This concert is the second in Sonoma Classical Music Society’s 2014 Spring Series.… Continue Reading >>

THE TRANSCENDENCE THEATRE COMPANY won four Broadway World San Francisco Awards for “Theatre of the Year,” as well as “Best Special Theater Event,” “Best Production for Youth” and “Best Choreographer.” Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Transcendence Theatre Company wins four Broadway World San Francisco awards

Transcendence Theatre Company, producer of the “Broadway Under the Stars in Jack London State Park” concert series, has won the Broadway World San Francisco Award for “Theater of the Year,” as well as “Best Special Theater Event,” “Best Production for Youth” and “Best Choreographer” for their 2013 season.

On Saturday members of Impact 100, the Kiwanis and Becoming Independent – about 20 in all – gathered behind the Becoming Independent building in Sonoma to build four new garden forms, making four boxes total. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Building garden boxes

On Saturday members of Impact 100, the Kiwanis and Becoming Independent – about 20 in all – gathered behind the Becoming Independent building in Sonoma to build four new garden forms, making four boxes total. As soon as the weather allows, the group will gather again to plant a variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs.

‘Apricots’ author talks at library Saturday

Author Robin Chapman will discuss her new book, “California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa St.

Walkers raise $12K for stomach cancer

More than 350 people turned out to support a one-of-a-kind fundraiser at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the third annual John’s March Against Stomach Cancer.

Cal Focus

Save millions by freeing sick, elderly convicts

Sometimes it can take more than a decade for a completely sensible idea to catch on. So it is with what may be the single best money-saving idea in the preliminary budget proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Valley Forum

What to do with Truck and Auto site

A recent public meeting soliciting citizen input on development of the former Sonoma Truck and Auto site, on Broadway at MacArthur Street, has produced a variety of suggestions, some of them posted on the Index-Tribune website. We present some of those comments below in hopes they will stimulate further discussion.

Letter to the Editor

We don’t need more regulations with arbitrary limits

In her Jan. 17 letter to the editor (“Change is needed for Sonoma now”), local resident Regina Baker decries our city decision makers, saying they “are stuck in a cycle that is directing this city from being charming and refreshing from big city life, to becoming like a big-box, big-city environment and less community-minded.”

Letter to the Editor

Military memories of Sonoma Mission Inn

Your mention last week in the “Remember When” column about the Navy leasing the Sonoma Mission Inn during World War II brought back some pleasant memories for me.

Letter to the Editor

Beef is the biggest water user

In response to online comments about agricultural water use following the Jan. 24 editorial (“Boehner vs. fish and Delta farms”), rice does require a lot of water, twice as much as wheat, the next highest user. But the production of beef requires eight times as much water as rice, pork requires three times as much, eggs require twice as much and poultry requires about the same amount of water as rice. Therefore rice uses 1/8th the water as beef production.

Black & White Jazz Saturday at SCC

Black & White Jazz returns to the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, as part of its three-concert series.

Architecture exhibit continues at SVMA

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art has dedicated its entire 5,000-square-foot exhibition space to the multi-sensory “Site and Senses: The Architecture of Aidlin Darling Design.”