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Carla Curo Crawford

Carla Curo Crawford

In devoted and loving memory of Carla Curo Crawford, who passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 25, 2014, at home in Sonoma at the age of 85.

Judy T. Beatty

Judy T. Beatty

Judy T. Beatty, 73, died March 15, 2014, at her home in Sonoma.

Lyn de Veuve Rucker

Lyn de Veuve Rucker

Lyn de Veuve Rucker was born in the glittering lights of San Francisco in 1945.

JUNIOR ELIZABETH EAGLES is one of the dancers in “Skyfall” from the James Bond movie of the same name. Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Dancing to the movies

More than 100 dancers will take the stage Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, at the annual Sonoma Valley High School Spring Dance Showcase in the school’s Golton Hall. Performances will be at 7 p.m. both nights. The theme of this year’s show is “A Night at the Movies,” and all of the musical… Continue Reading >>

TYRONE WELLS will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Sonoma Community Center. Dave Hill/Special to the Index-Tribune

Wells wraps up SCC’s winter series

Singer/songwriter Tyrone Wells will wrap up the Sonoma Community Center’s Winter Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, on the Rotary Stage in the center’s Andrews Hall. Wells is a singer/songwriter in the folk-pop genre from Spokane, Wash. His songs have been featured in television shows including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice,” “One Tree Hill,” and… Continue Reading >>

REPO Show closing party slated for Saturday

The Arts Guild of Sonoma will wrap up its 2014 REPO Show with a closing party from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 29, to conclude the guild’s green-themed fundraiser. The event will include a silent auction of artworks made from recycled materials by over 70 local artists. Bids can be made at the gallery… Continue Reading >>

Ferguson Observatory salutes women

Robert Ferguson Observatory in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park will celebrate Women’s History Month on Saturday, March 29. The day will begin with the usual solar viewing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Solar telescopes will be set up to listen and look safely at the sun. Admission to solar viewing is free. At 8 p.m.,… Continue Reading >>

SCC adds 6 instructors for spring arts classes

The Sonoma Community Center has added six distinguished artists and instructors to its arts education faculty. Artists Cate Whittemore, Nina Gorbach, Jill Dawson, Deborah Donahower and dance instructors, Carlos Chavez and Sheila Deignan will lead new classes during SCC’s spring session. The new faculty members will expand SCC’s class offerings in painting, drawing, ceramics, dance… Continue Reading >>

LYNETTE LYONS holds a four-day-old fennec fox. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Fennec: The little fox with huge ears

The smallest species of canine in the world happens to inhabit one of the harshest environments on the planet. The fennec fox is a highly specialized member of the dog family that is found in the Sahara desert in Africa.

SVVGA names Scott Black as marketing head

The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance a nonprofit trade association representing more than 100 wineries and 140 grape growers, has named Scott Black as the organization’s new marketing director.

MENUKA THAPA (center back) and her organization, Rahksha Nepal (Protection Nepal) helps children born into brothels and gives them housing and a new life.

Teaming up for humanitarian work

Destination Races and the Wine Country Half Marathon Series, has expanded its footprint around the globe through an innovative partnership with Climbers for Peace and Bob Guglielmino of Humanitarian Adventure Treks.

Film festival volunteer training set Thursday

The Sonoma International Film Festival is seeking several hundred volunteers to greet visitors, work the parties and screenings, provide hospitality for filmmakers, and help with pre-festival production.

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Nature calls: Understanding the mountain lion

By Richard Dale Perhaps no other animal in our state can conjure such a swift and emotional reaction as the mountain lion. Almost everyone has a story to tell about them; whether a personal encounter or someone else’s, the tale usually has the awe and respect that comes from knowing there is a creature living… Continue Reading >>

Valley Forum

The Ukraine: Don’t rush to judgment

By Georgia Kelly It is not unusual for people to believe the propaganda that their side spews out non-stop with swaggering bravado. That’s why propaganda exists. It works time after time, in every part of the world. In viewing the crisis in the Ukraine, it is important to first examine our own propaganda. Do our… Continue Reading >>


Beware of Overlook Trail rattlesnakes

Editor, Index-Tribune: A friend and I have hiked the Sonoma Overlook Trail many hundreds of times over the last 10-plus years, and we have rarely ever actually seen a rattlesnake, but this year seems different. It’s only March, and between the two of us we’ve seen four so far this month, and we’ve heard others… Continue Reading >>


Thanks for success of Olive Best

Editor, Index-Tribune: The Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn wishes to send a big thank you to everyone who helped make the “Olive Best” event at the Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn a wonderful success. The February event, that united olive oil tasting, wine tasting, breads, chocolate and music, could never have happened without the support… Continue Reading >>


Make Pollitos, Not War

Editor, Index-Tribune: Put down your Jolly Rogers, Sonoma (half-mast will do). Skip the wine bar tonight, find a friend and take a bike ride with benefits instead (keep off the sidewalk). Or, a dip in our Valley pool (don’t hold your breath). Put on something comfortable (perhaps that lurid cerise delight negligee that makes grandma… Continue Reading >>


Upset about Pet Food Express

Editor, Index-Tribune: Please add my name to the list of those who do not want Pet Food Express in town. They are coming because, according to our city planner, “As a retail use, they could go (next to) Sonoma Market without a use permit. The formula business use permit review doesn’t apply within the larger… Continue Reading >>


Survey on vineyard culture

Editor, Index-Tribune: I am a master’s student at Lund University, Sweden, and I am writing my master’s thesis with the working title, “More than wine – cultural ecosystem services in vineyards.” I am recruiting participants for a study to understand how local residents view vineyards in California, England and New Zealand. Participants should be either… Continue Reading >>