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THIS PIECE by Pam Morris will be on display at A New Leaf Gallery | Sculpturesite starting April 6. Submitted photo

‘Surfaces’ exhibit opens at A New Leaf Gallery

A New Leaf Gallery | Sculpturesite at Cornerstone Sonoma is hosting the exhibition “Surfaces – Three Sculptors Explore Surface,” which will be on view from April 6 to June 29, with an opening reception set for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6. It may seem odd to present a sculpture exhibition that places focus… Continue Reading >>

Young dancers start nonprofit to aid other dancers

En l’Air: A Dance Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is now soliciting funding and accepting financial assistance applications from Sonoma Valley dancers. En l’Air was founded by five teenage ballet dancers – Natalie Anderson, Elizabeth Eagles, Isabel Falls, Angelica Griggs-Demmin, and Anika Ljung – to help Sonoma Valley children and teens enjoy the benefits of dance… Continue Reading >>

Pop-up trade show at Epicurean Connection

On April 4, 5 and 6, for the second time within a year, the Epicurean Connection, 122 W. Napa St., and Elise Sahota, owner of Blue Ullu, will be hosting a fair trade pop-up show. Blue Ullu works with 20 women in a small Himalayan community in India, creating vegetable-dyed, pure wool children’s clothing: each… Continue Reading >>

Artist reception Saturday

The Charles Creek Vineyard will host a reception for artist Hillary Williams from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the tasting room, 483 First St. W. Small bites and wines will be served. Williams is an artist living and working in Sonoma County. She creates fine art screen prints on paper, mixed media paintings… Continue Reading >>

Stevens talks tree rings at Depot Park Museum

Longtime volunteer, Don Stevens, will discuss “Tree Rings: A Link to the Past” at 2 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Depot Park Museum.  Stevens offers a fascinating insight based on his years of employment at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona, working with Professor Harold Fritts, a pioneer in using tree-ring data to study… Continue Reading >>

Ruth Marie (Lord) Neville

Ruth Marie (Lord) Neville

Ruth Marie (Lord) Neville, born March 25, 1923, in Sacramento, entered heaven on April 1, 2014, just one week after her 91st birthday.

Michael E. Nispuruk Sr.

Michael E. Nispuruk Sr.

Michael E. Nispuruk Sr.
was born Sept. 7, 1942, in Argo, Ill., to Michael and Marion Nispuruk. He died March 22, 2014, in Port Ludlow, Wash.

Emma Barsi

Emma Barsi

Emma Barsi of Sonoma passed away peacefully on April 1, 2014, at home surrounded by her loving family.

Isabelle May Caralli

Isabelle May Caralli

Isabelle May Caralli passed away peacefully in San Rafael, Sunday, March 30, 2014, with her loving family at her side. She was 88 years of age.

3 arrested in early morning assault

An early morning assault outside Steiner’s saloon on March 23 sent a 27-year-old Boyes Hot Springs man to Sonoma Valley Hospital with five large lacerations that Sonoma police said required between 40 and 50 stitches.

CHRISTINA BURNET, left, and Bill Boerum, right, met with Sun Tao during a meeting of the U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference last week in Washington, D.C.

Boerum, Burnet attend Sister Cities parley

Representatives of Sonoma’s Penglai Sister City Committee, Christina M. Burnet and Bill Boerum participated last week in the U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference in Washington, D.C.

Valley food programs are available online

A newly researched directory of food programs in the Sonoma Valley is now available online at the Sonoma Methodist Church website, sonomaumc.com and click on “Food Aid: Resources in the Sonoma Valley.”

Not so brotherly love

A pair of brothers ended up in jail, three-days apart after apparently fighting with each other.

Cal Focus

California focus: State Senate must restore trust

By Thomas D. Elias After San Francisco’s Leland Yee joined his colleagues Ron Calderon of Montebello and Roderick Wright of Los Angeles on the state Senate’s indicted/convicted list, all three were suspended and other senators recognized they must restore the public’s trust. That won’t happen if suspensions are all sitting senators are willing to mete… Continue Reading >>

Valley Forum

Valley forum: Sonoma Clean Power addresses reader’s concerns

By Kate Kelly In response to the March 28 letter from Grace M. Amari regarding Sonoma Clean Power (“Suspicious of Sonoma Clean Power”), we are aware that an aggressive entity claiming to be Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) has been making phone calls in Sonoma County. We acknowledge how frustrating this must be, and we want… Continue Reading >>


A fond farewell to Cheryl Diehm

Editor, Index-Tribune: This week, my long-time aide and great friend Cheryl Diehm is retiring after 26 years of public service to our district. Cheryl has been with me since my first campaign for the state Senate. She has been an indispensable part of who I am and the service our office provides to constituents. When… Continue Reading >>


How to fund historic restoration

Editor, Index-Tribune: I had the pleasure of attending a presentation of the Historic Structure Report for the Toscano Hotel Complex on March 19 at the Sonoma Barracks. Introduced by Becky Urbano, State Parks preservation services manager, the report is part of the local State Parks Interpretive management plan, a master document many years in the… Continue Reading >>


Lock up your pets

Editor, Index-Tribune: Those of us who remember the old days of California can certainly tell you stories of coyotes, foxes, deer, sometimes a bear and mountain lions that have lived here, even way before any Mission was built. Some think that an animal in our neighborhood violates our boundaries. Unfortunately, we think we are higher… Continue Reading >>

Artist reception set

The Charles Creek Vineyard will host a reception for artist Hillary Williams from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the tasting room, 483 First St. W. Small bites and wines will be served. Williams is an artist living and working in the Bay Area.  She creates fine art screen prints on paper, mixed media paintings and… Continue Reading >>

ARTIST MICHELE WEITZENBERG is among the artists being featured at the ARThouse Gallery in Glen Ellen. Michele Weitzenberg/Special to the Index-tribune

ARThouse hosting exhibit, reception

The ARThouse Gallery in Glen Ellen presents “Seeing Green” April 5 through May 16. There is an opening reception from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5. Guests will receive a complimentary glass of wine and refreshments and discover creations of more than 30 local artists. The color green occupies more space in the spectrum… Continue Reading >>

Voices in My Head headlines concert

The band Voices in My Head will be performing with the Davedjohn Quartet and special guests from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club. Voices In My Head, Sonoma’s own mens’ a cappella choir, will go “Over The Line” to join with the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club to raise… Continue Reading >>

PIANIST ANASTASIA DEDIK will perform an all-Russian concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Vintage House senior center. Submitted photo

Russian pianist Dedik to perform

Russian-American pianist Anastasia Dedik returns to Sonoma at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, when she performs in concert at Vintage House senior center, 264 First St. E. Dedik premiered in Sonoma in 2012, thrilling audiences with superb renditions of Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt, for which she received a standing ovation. Next month, she will perform… Continue Reading >>