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Envolve Winery donated more than $3,600 to the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation as part of the hospital’s Project Pink Program to fund mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women. From left are Ben Flajnik, Harmony Plenty, from the hospital, Mike Benziger and Danny Fay. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Donation to hospital foundation

Envolve Winery donated more than $3,600 to the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation as part of the hospital’s Project Pink Program to fund mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women. From left are Ben Flajnik, Harmony Plenty, from the hospital, Mike Benziger and Danny Fay.

Remembering a friend

A memorial wall sprung up on First Street West earlier this week to pay tribute and remember Brittany Anderson. The 27-year-old Anderson was a Sonoma native and donated her time at several local organizations including the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance where she was a member of the board. Services will be held at 4 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 6, at St. Leo’s Catholic Church.


DDS is responsible for problems at SDC

By Mary O’Riordan In his Dec. 3 editorial, David Bolling wrote, “A climate of fear and intimidation has infected the Department of Developmental Services culture, inhibiting the spread of sunlight and accountability.” That is probably a very accurate description of the way this department in Sacramento has operated for years. From what I have seen,… Continue Reading >>

Valley Forum

Why shortcuts are bad for the Overlook Trail

By Fred Allebach The Sonoma Overlook Trail stewards will soon be doing some trail maintenance to minimize switchback cut-offs and social trails. Six Hanna boys will volunteer to help. Over the years, it has been a struggle to manage switchback cutting and keep people on the trail. The Overlook Trail hillside has a history of… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Dems wisely chose to sit out oyster farm fight

Editor, Index-Tribune: I am writing in response to the Friday Valley Forum piece, by Yannick Phillips, on Drakes Bay Oyster Co. The legal battle will continue – the oyster farm has made no secret of their desire to take the battle to the U.S. Supreme Court, and they can afford to do that because their… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Love the Overlook trail, love my dog more

Editor, Index-Tribune: Unlike your Tuesday letter writer (“Thankful for Overlook Trail, not for the dogs”), I almost never use the Overlook Trail, simply because I cannot take my dog. I love the trail, the views, the mild workout, and all the rest. If I could take my dog, I would do the trail a few… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Teddy Roosevelt’s land-use policy

Editor, Index-Tribune: Regarding the ongoing controversy over Drakes Bay Oyster Company: Teddy Roosevelt had a very different take on matters of land use … He thought the land was there to be used, not prevented from being used. And the fact is, there is a business, a business that is property, and our government is… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Sick to my stomach over trash

Editor, Index-Tribune: As I walked into town this morning, I was happy I did not take the bus. I had my handy recycle bag with me. I started to pick up trash along Highway 12, West Spain Street and West Napa Street, picking up so much along the way that I was sick to my… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Jonesing for Trader Joe’s

Editor, Index-Tribune: I moved to Glen Ellen one-and-a-half years ago. It’s perfect here, with swimming pools, ashrams, FISH and creative energy, except for one thing. Where is the Trader Joe’s? Trader Joe’s has almost everything Whole Foods has, at half the price. There is room for both. In Napa, both thrive and they are next… Continue Reading >>

THE “HOLIDAY FOLLIES Naughty and Nice Holiday All-Star Spectacular!” takes the stage at the Sonoma Community Center Saturday evening. Index-Tribune file photo

SCC’s Holiday Follies set for Saturday

The Sonoma Community Center kicks off the holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 7, with the third annual “Holiday Follies Naughty and Nice Holiday All-Star Spectacular!” The curtains open and the spotlight will shine on the Rotary stage in Andrews Hall as a dozens of Sonoma’s finest performing artists take to the stage in a light-hearted… Continue Reading >>

Hometown Band sets two holiday concerts

The Sonoma Hometown Band will celebrate the holiday season by putting on two concerts under the direction of its new conductor, John Partridge. “A Big Band Holiday” will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in Burlingame Hall, at the First Congregational Church, 252 W. Spain St., and again at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec.… Continue Reading >>

Model train show at Depot Museum

Model trains are coming back to Depot Park Museum during the first two weekends in December. The Christmas Train Show will run from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 6, 7 and 8, and from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15. The Sonoma Valley Historical Society, operator of the Depot Park Museum, and the… Continue Reading >>

THE SONOMA CONSERVATORY OF DANCE will perform ‘The Snow Maiden’ Saturday and Sunday at the Sebastiani Theatre. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Curtain goes up on ‘Snow Maiden’

The Sebastiani Theatre presents “The Snow Maiden,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and again at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. The Snow Maiden, or Snegurochka in Russian, is a recurring character in many different versions of Russian fairytales. The first full-length Snow Maiden aballet was produced in 1878 by Marius Petipa. The story was… Continue Reading >>

ONE YOUNG ADMIRER had to get up close and personal with one of the snowmen. Index-Tribune file photo

Cornerstone lights snowmen on Sunday

The ninth annual Lighting of the Snowmen at Cornerstone moves to 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8. Come out and be the first to see what the Snowmen are up to this year. Festivities include photos with Santa on the Big Blue Chair, a special holiday performance by the Sonoma Ballet Conservatory, live music with the… Continue Reading >>

THE SONOMA COMMUNITY CENTER and Sonoma Valley Shakespeare Company will stage Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” six times over two weekends. Submitted photo

‘Christmas Carol’ staged at SCC

The Sonoma Community Center and Sonoma Valley Shakespeare Company have teamed up to present Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” in Andrews Hall this December. Proceeds from the show will benefit both organizations. 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,… Continue Reading >>

Chamber Ensemble in concert Sunday

The Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble will present its annual holiday benefit concert in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8. All monies raised by the concert will be donated to the community center, and will go toward arts education programming. “We’re so excited about sharing our… Continue Reading >>

Maggie McGovern

Margaret Anne McGovern left this life in the early moments of Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.   That she chose to leave us on Thanksgiving was Mom’s elegance:  immediately helping us move grief to the spirit of gratitude. Born Margaret Anne Whooley, in New York, on July 20, 1933,  “Maggie,” her… Continue Reading >>

Sonoman faces 25-years-to-life on child molestation conviction

A Sonoma County jury Monday convicted Kenneth Donald Hutchins, 65, of Sonoma, of four counts of sexual molestation involving his 9-year-old grandniece. The jury also found Hutchins guilty of possession of child pornography. He faces the possibility of more than 25-years-to-life in prison when he is sentenced before Superior Court Judge Dana Simonds on Jan. 29.

SANTA IS WELCOMED by kids at Sonoma Raceway’s annual Race to the Holidays Christmas Party last year.

Sonoma Raceway toy drive under way

You can help make the holidays bright for a Sonoma Valley child in need this holiday season by donating a gift to Sonoma Raceway’s 11th annual High-Powered Toy Drive.

Workshop focus is Climate Action 2020

The Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA) will be holding a series of public workshops throughout Sonoma County communities to seek input on Climate Action 2020, a local program to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) countywide and address climate impacts.

CASA volunteer class starts Jan. 16

Every day in Sonoma County, children are removed from their homes because of parental abuse or neglect. Through no fault of their own, these special young people become dependents of the Juvenile Court.

Santa and one of his elves climbed to the top of the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa water tower Sunday afternoon to kick off the Christmas season at the resort. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Santa climbs to new heights

Santa and one of his elves climbed to the top of the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa water tower Sunday afternoon to kick off the Christmas season at the resort. In addition, there were carolers in Dickens-era costumes, visits with Santa, holiday munchies and the lighting of the resort’s historic sycamore tree.


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