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JUSTIN CADIENTE was shaving edges off sidewalks on Napa Street Wednesday morning. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Napa Street gets a shave

A two-man crew made its way down West Napa Street on Wednesday, shaving the edges off those parts of the sidewalk that had been pushed up by tree roots.

JORDY NEILL is an out-of-work actor who takes a job as a Macy’s elf in “Santaland Diaries.” Submitted photo

‘Santaland Diaries’ staged

The Sonoma Valley Shakespeare Company will present David Sedaris’ holiday comedy “The Santaland Diaries” for two nights only, Monday, Dec. 16, and Sunday, Dec. 22, at Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma. Performed by SVSC’s favored son Jordan Neil. This is a holiday treat is not to be missed. This wickedly funny story,… Continue Reading >>

12 wineries compete in gingerbread contest

Sonoma Valley’s Vintners & Growers Alliance has announced the contestants in the Sonoma Valley Winery Gingerbread Contest where wineries create edible replicas of their wineries. Participating wineries will base their gingerbread masterpiece on the theme – “In Sonoma Valley The Roots Run Deep with a Holiday Twist.” This friendly contest kicks off the “Holidays in… Continue Reading >>

Booker, Chavez join La Luz Center board

La Luz Center has named two new board members. Ligia Booker, La Luz’s founder, has been named director emeritus, and Salvador Picazo Chavez has been elected to the board of directors.

DICKENS’ “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” opens today, Friday, Dec. 13, at the Sonoma Community Center. Submitted photo

‘Christmas Carol’ opens at SCC

Sonoma Community Center and Sonoma Valley Shakespeare Company have teamed up to present Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” in Andrews Hall this December. Performances will be staged on Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, at… Continue Reading >>

STEVE LEWIS makes an adjustment to the model train display at the Depot Park Museum while Dick Foster looks on. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Model train show continues

Model trains are coming back to Depot Park Museum during the first two weekends in December. The Christmas Train Show will continue from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15. The Sonoma Valley Historical Society, operator of the Depot Park Museum, and the Coastal Valley Lines Modular Railroad Club have joined… Continue Reading >>

DUSTY RHODES and Her Handsome Cowboys will perform at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Submitted photo

Dusty Rhodes plays at library

The Sonoma Valley Regional Library presents the vaudeville cowboy music band Dusty Rhodes and Her Handsome Cowboys at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in the library’s Forum Room. Dusty and her Cowboys perform a blend of vintage cowboy songs, TV western parodies, classic country, adventure yodeling with topical humor mixed in. Instruments include guitar, fiddle,… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Mandating living wage is Marxist

Editor, Index-Tribune:

In response to the letter from Will Shonbrun (Index-Tribune Dec. 10, “$15 is a real living wage,”) I would ask, Will, can you define what makes up the living wage of $15 you demand? Does it include any costs of benefits?

Letter to the Editor

Drakes Bay pro bono case, contracts and homeowner rights

Editor, Index-Tribune: Regarding Drakes Bay Oyster Farm’s ongoing litigation: Pro Bono work is not free. It comes at considerable cost to the legal firm providing the services. It is not a tax-deductible expense for the law firm or lawyers themselves. Pro Bono services do not necessarily cover all expenses associated with a case. Each situation… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Homeowner rights are property rights

Editor, Index-Tribune:

Regarding the Democratic Party and property rights – the 2012 California Democratic Party Platform includes the following plank addressing protecting existing homeowner property rights:

Letter to the Editor

Share your budget priorities

Editor, Index-Tribune:

Two months ago, we saw Congress at its worst: a 16-day government shutdown that never should have happened, which caused an estimated $24 billion in costs to our economy and eroded faith in our government.

Sonoma Raceway employees Barbara Gaglione, left, and Diana Brennan sort some of the toys that were donated for Saturday’s ninth annual Holiday Children’s Christmas Party. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Sorting toys

Sonoma Raceway employees Barbara Gaglione, left, and Diana Brennan sort some of the toys that were donated for Saturday’s ninth annual Holiday Children’s Christmas Party.

B.R. COHN CONCERT RECIPIENTS, from left, included Fred Fegan (Sonoma Field of Dreams), Billy Bartz (Redwood Empire Food Bank), Gary Magnani (American Legion Post 489), Arden Kremer (Valley of the Moon Aquatics), Pat Stevens (Native Sons and Jack London State Park), Terry Leen (American Legion Post 489), Bruce Cohn (B.R. Cohn Winery), Laurie Cohn, Laura Zimmerman (Sonoma Valley Education Foundation), Bob Kinsey (American Legion Post 489) and Teresa Murphy (Sonoma Developmental Center).

B.R. Cohn concert distributes $200K

In an annual holiday tradition, philanthropist, manager and concert promoter Bruce Cohn distributed more than $200,000 on Dec. 5 to an eclectic variety of nonprofits during a reception at the B.R. Cohn Winery Tasting Room in Glen Ellen.

Booze, drugs and a loaded gun

It had all the makings for a perfect storm – alcohol, drugs and a loaded gun. But Sonoma Valley Sheriff’s deputies made sure the situation didn’t blow out of control.

Kathleen A. Gifford

Kathleen A. Gifford

Kathleen A. Gifford, 64, was born in Kansas City, Mio., on Jan. 9, 1949. Her parents were Clarence and Inez Johnson. Kathy died at Sonoma Valley Hospital on Nov. 17, 2013, due to a severe illness. She has been a resident of Sonoma Valley since 1985. Kathy is survived by her husband, Earle Gifford, also… Continue Reading >>

Joyce Cecelia McNamara

Joyce Cecelia McNamara

Joyce Cecelia McNamara (nee Obenchain), 94, of Sonoma, died Dec. 9, 2013, in Sonoma. Joyce was born of the Fourth of July in 1919 and was often referred to as a real firecracker. She was the wife of the late William McNamara for 54 years and loving mother of Elizabeth M. Wells, William A. McNamara,… Continue Reading >>


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