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A centenarian centurion?

Editor, Index-Tribune: A centurion (“Andy Anderson reaches the century mark,” Index-Tribune, April 22) is not the same as a centenarian; a centurion was an officer in the Roman army. Yet the term seems appropriate for Mr. Anderson because of his military service, as well as his fortitude and his positive outlook on existence. It appears… Continue Reading >>


Supports background checks for gun sales

Editor, Index-Tribune: As a military vet and legal gun owner, I applaud the bipartisan legislation authored by Rep. Mike Thompson to require background checks for all commercial gun sales. I am among the 90 percent of? Americans who also support expanded background checks for registering guns. With that kind of overwhelming support, how has this… Continue Reading >>

THERE WILL BE LIVE MUSIC and dancers at La Luz’s Cinco de Mayo celebration on Saturday, May 3. Index-Tribune file photo

La Luz celebrates ‘Cinco’

La Luz Center will host its popular Cinco de Mayo celebration from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the center, 17560 Greger St. in Boyes Hot Springs. The event is free to all. Entertainment will be provided throughout the afternoon, including the Mexican folklore dance company, Quetzalen, and the Brazilian group, Capoeira Mandinga,… Continue Reading >>

MATLOCK ZUMSTEG is Seymour Krelborn and Dallas Munger is Orin in “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Sonoma Community Center. Al Christenson/Special to the Index-Tribune

‘Little Shop’ continues at SCC

The popular musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” has kicked off the Sonoma Theatre Alliance’s Festival of Theatre 2014. The musical, staged by Narrow Way Stage Company and directed by Chris Ginesi, continues weekends through May 4 on the newly remodeled Rotary Stage at Andrews Hall, located at the Sonoma Community Center. Filled with music evoking… Continue Reading >>

Readers’ Theatre stages ‘Wit’

Sonoma Readers’ Theatre will present “Wit,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30, in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma. Directed by Butch Engle, with Nellie Cravens, Richard Thompson, Rhonda Guaraglia, and Alexis Long. A renowned professor of English sonnets has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. During… Continue Reading >>

CHILDREN WILL BE ABLE to weave a basket, hand-dip a candle or participate in a number of old-fashioned crafts at Children’s Day at the Mission on Saturday, May 3. Index-Tribune file photo

Mission sets children’s day

California State Parks, in cooperation with Sonoma/Petaluma State Historic Parks Association, will host Children’s Day at the Mission from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3. Bring your family and come experience a day of Sonoma life, circa 1823. Park volunteers and staff will be on site wearing historic clothing to help create your custom… Continue Reading >>

Chamber Ensemble concert benefits SCC

The Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble will present its annual spring benefit concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 16290 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. The group’s spring benefit concert will focus on seasonal themes; flora, fauna, and the earth, and rebirth. The repertoire will include works from the past 500 years… Continue Reading >>

Wineries hosting ‘April in Carneros’

The wineries in Carneros will celebrate the annual April in Carneros this weekend. Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, 16 wineries will be pouring wines, some will offer food pairings and some will offer live music from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Tickets for $50 – $15 for designated drivers – are… Continue Reading >>

WillMar to host open house

WillMar Family Grief & Healing Center is hosting a Hopester Open House from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the center, 583 First St. W., Sonoma. Join the staff for an open house tour of the center and a casual presentation, over wine and appetizers. It’s hip to be a hopester. This is… Continue Reading >>

Rummage to benefit orphanage

A rummage sale will be held inside Sonoma Hills Retirement, 405 W. MacArthur St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, with all proceeds benefiting Bal Ashram Orphanage Foundation in Varanasi, India.  Bal Ashram provides a safe home for children who have lost one or both of their parents and come from impoverished,… Continue Reading >>

Quarryhill sets art show

The Artists Round Table’s first art show and sale of the year will be held on Saturday, April 26, at Quarryhill Botanical Gardens, 12825 Sonoma Highway, in Glen Ellen as part of its Earth Day celebration. Various artworks will be on display. Show time is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Michael Clauss

Michael Richard Clauss

Michael Richard Clauss died peacefully on April 13, 2014, in Napa, following a stroke.

Susan Rettle

Susan Rettle

Susan Rettle, 72, passed peacefully on April 15, 2014. She was surrounded by her family.

Len Silva

Leonard S. ‘Len’ Silva

Leonard S. “Len” Silva was born in Visalia, on July 6, 1936, to Louis and Marie Silva, and passed away April 21, 2014.


Op-ed: Earth Day 2014

By Richard Dale As the 44th Earth Day returns today, it’s worth reflecting on two things that highlight the bonds between the natural world and those of us lucky enough to reside here in Sonoma Valley. Perhaps the most significant fact affecting our valley this year is less water. Though February and March rains slaked… Continue Reading >>


McNeelys are true treasures

Editor, Index-Tribune: We are in agreement that Kevin and Rosemary McNeely deserve a huge, warm vote of thanks for keeping the Sonoma International Film Festival local, and for growing it, like a beautiful flower, into a major adornment of our community. Sonomans’ appreciation for what the McNeelys have accomplished is like an embrace from countless… Continue Reading >>


Why Deb Fudge deserves our support

Editor, Index-Tribune: I am sometimes asked why I pay attention to election campaigns for the County’s Board of supervisors other than those for our 1st District, whose Supervisor is Susan Gorin. The answer is that all five supervisors influence and make decisions that affect every district, including ours. I therefore try to support candidates in… Continue Reading >>


Help for Napa school car show

Editor, Index-Tribune: Shearer Charter School’s Fourth Annual Car Show and Festival in Napa will take place on May 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. I am reaching out to our local communities for assistance. We are in need of classic cars or motorcycles for our car show. If you would like to help a… Continue Reading >>

Traditional Mexican music will be part of the entertainment at the second annual Cinco de Mayo Festival and Tamale Cook off Sunday, May 4. Submitted photo

Tamale cook off benefits schools

The second annual Cinco de Mayo Festival and Tamale Cook off returns to Cornerstone Sonoma from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4. Last year’s inaugural event raised more than $18,000 for Sonoma Valley schools and drew more than 1,000 attendees from Sonoma, Napa, Marin and San Francisco counties. The annual fundraiser is organized… Continue Reading >>

WCFF hosts talk, film on renewable seafood

The Wine Country Film Festival and Kenwood Restaurant and Bar present an evening of discussion and insight focusing on the future of sustainable renewable seafood from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27. There will be a screening of the award-winning documentary “Red Gold” at 7 p.m. “Red Gold” addresses the environmental degradation of cold-water creeks… Continue Reading >>

Photo class set Saturday

Jack London State Historic Park offers a one-day intensive photography class from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, “How to Take a Good Photo,” led by Sonoma County professional photographers Neil and Susan Silverman of Silverman Photography. This workshop is open to all skill levels from beginner to advanced amateur. Limited space availability.… Continue Reading >>

Comedy takes over Murphy’s

Sal Calanni headlines a night of comedy Saturday, April 26, at Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. In addition to Calanni, Red Scott and Bert DiVietri will be appearing doing two shows – at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Calanni, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, hit the road and began doing stand up in San Francisco.… Continue Reading >>

Mick Chantler explores the history of baseball

Historian Mick Chantler will teach a four-week course on the history of baseball starting Tuesday, April 29, at Vintage House senior center, 264 First St. E., Sonoma. The course, titled “The Long Affair: Americans and Baseball 1876-2013” will be held on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m., and will begin April 29 and end May 20.… Continue Reading >>