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THE ALEXANDER STRING QUARTERT will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Vintage House. Submitted photo

Alexander String Quartet returns Feb. 9

The world-renowned Alexander String Quartet returns to Sonoma by popular demand at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Vintage House senior center, 264 First St. E., Sonoma.

Foodie book club starts at Readers’

Readers’ Books has formed a new food-oriented book club to be presided over by local food maven, Kathleen Hill. The first meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Judy Baker benefit slated for Sunday

A red beans-and-rice benefit for Judy Baker will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday Jan. 26, at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, 574 First St. E., Sonoma.

Theatre Alliance to unveil season

The Sonoma Theatre Alliance, which is entering its fifth year, will announce its upcoming eight-month season Sunday, Jan. 26, from 3 to 6 p.m. on the Rotary Stage in the Sonoma Community Center’s Andrews Hall.

Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance seeks new mentors

The Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance coordinates a small army of volunteers who have established meaningful relationships with more than 450 local at-risk children. But there are 170 more public school children waiting for someone to help them in school and in life.

Newsoms kick off Mentoring Alliance speaker program

Filmmaker and women’s advocate Jennifer Siebel Newsom, along with her husband, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, will sit down for a conversation with broadcast journalist Sydnie Kohara at the Sebastiani Theater on Monday, Feb. 3, to launch the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance’s new speaker program.

Tourism meeting features CTA awards

Sonoma County Tourism is holding its annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.

The spring-like temperatures lately have vineyard workers pruning vines under blue skies instead of fighting the elements. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Great weather to prune

The spring-like temperatures lately have vineyard workers pruning vines under blue skies instead of fighting the elements. But the state does need rain for the grapes to prosper this summer. Weather forecasts have a 30 percent chance of rain next Friday, Jan. 31, but that’s about the best forecasters can do.

Valley Forum

Cutting ag education funds is big mistake

In his 2014-15 State Budget released last week, Gov. Brown proposed the complete elimination of funding for the Agricultural Education Incentive Grant, which supports high quality Agricultural Education standards in our public schools, including Sonoma Valley High School.

Letter to the Editor

Plaza needs a mix of business

Editor, Index-Tribune:

I read your editorial about proliferating tasting rooms with great interest (“Tasting room questions,” Index-Tribune, Jan. 21). Here, for what it’s worth, is my personal take on this issue.

Letter to the Editor

Tasting room surcharge to save maternity ward?

Editor, Index-Tribune:

Perhaps one need only look at David Bolling’s editorial, “Tasting Room Questions,” (Index-Tribune, Jan. 21) for an answer to Kelly Mather’s op-ed column, “What It Will Take to Save Obstetrics,” flanking the other side of the same page.

Letter to the Editor

Learning about Lincoln

Editor, Index-Tribune:

You don’t have to be a civil war buff to appreciate Mick Chantler’s current series of lectures at Vintage House, “The Many Faces of Abraham Lincoln.” These outstanding lectures are a wonderful opportunity to learn more about one of the premier figures in American politics and the forces that shaped our modern age.

Solar, star viewing Saturday

Robert Ferguson Observatory in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park will host a day of solar viewing followed by a star party on Saturday, Jan. 25.

DON SHONE AND DALE DOWNING are being honored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley at the Sweetheart Gala and Auction.

Shone, Downing honored by B&G Club

The 2014 Boys & Girls Club Sweetheart Gala and Auction on Saturday, Feb. 8, honoring Dale Downing and Don Shone of Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Village Market is sold out.

DANIEL SHULTE checks in with air traffic control in Santa Rosa during a flight in a light sport aircraft known as the Evector SportStar.

Teen earns pilot’s license before driver’s license

Daniel Shulte loves to feel the wind beneath his wings. But his wings aren’t figurative – they’re attached to a small 2-seater light sport aircraft, like a Cessna 162, for example. That’s the model he got to fly at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Air Academy Advanced Camp in Oshkosh, Wisc., last August.

Public forum seeks comment on Trust Act

A public forum for comment on the Trust Act will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, as part of the regularly scheduled Commission on Human Rights meeting.

An estimated 300 to 400 persons marched in the third annual John’s March Against Stomach Cancer at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday. Mike Finnegan/Special to the Index-Tribune

Marching for cancer cure

An estimated 300 to 400 persons marched in the third annual John’s March Against Stomach Cancer at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday.

Sonoma Police are looking for a man who has scammed several local jewelers.

Scam artist hits local jewelers

Sonoma Police are looking for a persistent thief who has victimized local jewelry stores to the tune of nearly $7,000, using a forged credit card and the story that he wants to buy his mother a present for her 60th birthday.