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Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lenten season, which ends on Easter Sunday. The Rev. Mike Kelly, pastor at St. Francis Solano Catholic Church, was putting ashes on parishioners’ foreheads during a mid-morning service. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lenten season, which ends on Easter Sunday. The Rev. Mike Kelly, pastor at St. Francis Solano Catholic Church, was putting ashes on parishioners’ foreheads during a mid-morning service.

Hiding in plain sight

Police call it an “agency assist” when one department comes to the assistance of another, as happened in Sonoma on Feb. 22, after the Rohnert Park Police Department asked Sonoma police for help locating a suspect in a domestic assault case.

Sonoma Valley High Leadership team members, from left, Aaron Pino, Maria Hawing, Carmelita Bastress and Ishga Rousseau were among more than 100 volunteers who participated in a cleanup at the high school last Saturday. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Cleaning up

Sonoma Valley High Leadership team members, from left, Aaron Pino, Maria Hawing, Carmelita Bastress and Ishga Rousseau were among more than 100 volunteers who participated in a cleanup at the high school last Saturday.

Corrine Michie Kingsbury

Corrine Michie Kingsbury

Corrine Michie Kingsbury, 83, of Roseville passed away at home Feb. 28, 2014, with her loving family by her side following a brief three-month battle with acute leukemia.

Betty Beattie

Betty Beattie

Betty Beattie passed away Feb. 27, 2014 at home in Sonoma, from complications of MS.

Richard Swillinger

Richard Swillinger

Richard Swillinger passed away in his home in Sonoma, on Feb. 28, 2014, at the age of 86.

Sonoma Valley High School’s “Alice in Wonderland” wraps up Sunday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Last weekend to catch ‘Alice’

Sonoma Valley High School is staging “Alice in Wonderland” at Sonoma Valley High School’s Little Theatre on March 7, 8 and 9. “Alice in Wonderland” is Lewis Carrol’s most joyous creation. The student cast under the direction of Jane Martin and assistant director Janine Crowe is bringing that joy to this Sonoma Valley High School… Continue Reading >>

SCC hosts more Black & White Jazz

Black & White Jazz returns to the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, as the third part of its three-concert series. Accomplished Bay Area musicians bring to Sonoma the music of the most beloved songwriters of all time, performing songs chosen to evoke an earlier… Continue Reading >>

ViaVita, an assemblage by Kate Dumont, is one of the pieces that will be in the Arts Guild’s REPO Show. Submitted photo

REPO Show, reception set for Friday

The Arts Guild of Sonoma presents the 2014 REPO Show, the guild’s green-themed fundraiser and a silent auction of art works made from recycled materials by over 70 local artists. An opening reception is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the Arts Guild of Sonoma gallery, 140 E. Napa St., Sonoma.… Continue Reading >>

The Cypress String Quartet will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Vintage House senior center. File photo

Cypress String Quartet to perform Schubert on Sunday

The critically acclaimed Cypress String Quartet returns to Sonoma on Sunday, March 9, with a guest artist, to perform in concert at 3 p.m. 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… Continue Reading >>

Baker fundraiser set for Saturday

Join Judy and Garry Baker for an afternoon of food, drink, music, a silent auction, a pie contest, friendship and fun on Saturday, March 8. Support Judy Baker as she conquers peritoneal cancer.

Rotary’s St. Pat’s bash slated for March 15

On Saturday, March 15, Rotary of Sonoma Valley will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day bash at the Sonoma Moose Lodge, 20580 Broadway. It is not necessary to be Irish for entry; however, bring your best Irish brogue. Rotary has engaged a star-studded group of Irish (or Irish wanna-be) chefs in the kitchen who will… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Pink is:

Editor, Index-Tribune: Pink is the ribbon in a young girl’s hair Cotton candy at the county fair Summer clouds approaching night The banners for Relay for Life Candy hearts at Valentines A strawberry cone at any time Autumn skies at dawn Pink flamingos on the lawn A birthday cake with cherry top Selections in a… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Regulating groundwater?

Editor, Index-Tribune: Vineyard usage of groundwater and the drought should be wake up calls by now. When will the Board of Supervisors put a moratorium on vineyard development in Sonoma County? When will the state put into place rules and regulations for groundwater usage? California is one of two states (New York is the other)… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Go Granny, go

Editor, Index-Tribune: Grandma Linda’s Ice Cream Parlor is cheerful and inviting. The bright pink door is not only an eye catcher, it’s radiant. Like a sunbeam on a gray day. Take two birds for instance. One – the drab brown-and-grey of the Sparrow. The other – the vibrant blue and of the jay. Both are… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Great suggestions for ‘Pink Door’

Editor, Index-Tribune: What a delightful, positive letter was “Pink door needs chocolate and vanilla, too.” The writer shows great creativity in offering suggestions that the owners could easily adopt to add charm to the already-charming Plaza setting. Yes, the Plaza is of great historic importance, and having venues that appeal to youngsters is an important… Continue Reading >>

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Hire the right people and get out of the way

Editor, Index-Tribune: Thank you for publishing Andy Gibson’s Feb. 25 update on the Common Core rollout (“SVHS and the Transition to Common Core”). He has reminded us of where the real talent lies in our district – the dedicated, professional core of educators who work directly in the classroom. If the Common Core transition is… Continue Reading >>

Valley Forum

At last – someone who loves the roundabout

By JoAnn Meriwether Craig I think I am in love, or at least infatuated, with the marvelous miracle on Arnold Drive by Hanna Boys Center. Our family lived overseas for about 14 years during the ’70s and early ’80s. My husband was a global executive for United Technology and we lived and traveled with our… Continue Reading >>

OpEd

Reflections on cerise delight

By Kelso G. Barnett At this point, more ink has been spilled than paint. However, as a commissioner who reviewed and voted on Grandma Linda’s fabled pink door, I hope to clarify the issue and provide context, perspective and rationale for the findings the Design Review and Historical Preservation Commission (DRHPC) made to approve the… Continue Reading >>

Getting works published

Local author, instructor, natural scientist and publisher, Rebecca Lawton will present “Publishing 101: Finding Your Path to Publishing,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library.

Civil War exhibit ends March 10

The exhibit of Civil War Battle Maps, at the Gen. Joseph Hooker House, 414 First St. E. in El Paseo, will close on March 10. These detailed maps diagram troop movements in the major battles in which Hooker played a leading role from Antietam to Gettysburg.

Rancho Feeding Corporation facing federal criminal probe

The Petaluma slaughterhouse facing a two-pronged federal probe is now the subject of a criminal investigation as well, according to a U.S. congressman – and disturbing new allegations may offer a clue as to what direction the investigation will take.

Larson Park garden celebrates March 15

The Larson Park Community Food Garden opens its gates for a celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 15, to welcome all neighbors to view the cultivation and the on-going improvements taking place as the garden begins its second year of operation.

Workshop eyes Affordable Care Act

The Sonoma County Department of Health Services will present a workshop on the Affordable Healthcare Act at 11 a.m., Friday, March 14, in the Sonoma Valley Regional Library’s Forum Room.