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Fred T. Xavier

Fred T. Xavier

Born June 19, 1927, Fred T. Xavier passed peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by the love of his family on Dec. 13, 2013. Born in Berkeley, Fred served his country in the Army during World War II in the Pacific theater. In 1948, Fred married his best friend and soul mate, Carol. They spent the… Continue Reading >>

Paul Robert Emerick

Paul Robert Emerick

Paul Robert Emerick, 80, beloved husband, father and grandfather, was born Aug. 15, 1933, in San Francisco, and died Dec. 31, 2013. He passed peacefully in his home in Sonoma, with his wife of 55 years, Olga Margarita Gonzales Emerick, by his side. Paul was known for his values of service, dedication and loyalty. He… Continue Reading >>

Rebecca and Christian Chotkowski mix up their creation at last year’s Martini Madness.
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Martini Madness returns to Saddles

Saddles Restaurant at MacArthur Place will host the Sonoma Valley Olive Season’s popular Martini Madness event from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan, 10.

Sonoma Valley Darwin Awards 2013

Most people are at least loosely familiar with the name Charles Darwin, the naturalist who formulated the theory (or if you’re a member of some fundamentalist churches, the lie) of evolution.

Documentary looks at making ‘Living Dead’

The Sebastiani Theatre presents “Birth of the Living Dead,” a new documentary, showing how George A. Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburgh residents including police officers, iron workers, teachers, ad men, housewives and a roller-rink owner to shoot, with a revolutionary guerrilla, run-and-gun style, his seminal film.  

The annual Blessing of the Olives will be taking place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma on the corner of First Street East and East Spain Street. The event is free and open to the public. This is the kick-off event for the 13th annual Sonoma Valley Olive Season, taking place January and February. For more information and a schedule of events, see olivefestival.com.

Blessing of the 
olives Saturday

The annual Blessing of the Olives will be taking place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma on the corner of First Street East and East Spain Street. The event is free and open to the public. This is the kick-off event for the 13th annual Sonoma Valley Olive Season, taking place January and February. For more information and a schedule of events, see olivefestival.com.

Mary Catherine Adams

Mary Catherine Adams

Mary Catherine Adams, age 81, of Sonoma, passed away Dec. 28, 2013, surrounded by family, after a battle with Alzheimer’s.

Carol Lagomarsino Boyd

Carol Lagomarsino Boyd

Our dear Carol, 70, left us suddenly and unexpectedly after a short illness. Carol was born in Ross Hospital, the first child of Jack and Phyllis Lagomarsino. She grew up in San Rafael, and attended St. Raphael’s and Marin Catholic High School. She spent most of her working life with the U.S. Postal Service, but she would readily agree that her most important work and greatest achievements were her three lovely children.

Brain web

John Joseph ‘Bud’ Brain Sr.

Longtime Sonoma resident John Joseph “Bud” Brain Sr., a Coast Guard veteran of World War II and former San Francisco fireman, died peacefully in his home with his wife and family by his side on Dec. 28, 2013, at the age of 92.

Raymond William Jasek

Raymond William Jasek

Raymond William Jasek, 88, passed away peacefully at home in Sonoma on Dec. 17, 2013, surrounded by his family.

John Harker Marshall

John Harker Marshall

John Harker Marshall, 58, passed away peacefully on Dec. 13, 2013, in Oahu Hawaii. He was born March 1, 1955, in Palo Alto, to Martha Louise and Clyde Marion Marshall. John is survived by his wife, Louise Marshall, of Sonoma; his three stepchildren, Jennifer (Knierim), Jamie (Perry), and Jeffrey (Knierim); and six grandchildren. He is… Continue Reading >>

Peggy Butler McAleese

After a brief illness in Sonoma Valley Hospital, Peggy passed peacefully into heaven on Dec. 21, 2013 at the age of 92. She was born in Santa Rosa and made her home in Sonoma County throughout her life.

Patti Ryan

A “Celebration of her life” and reception will be held for family and friends from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday Jan. 19, at the Bistro Restaurant, 420 First St. E., Sonoma.

Michael ‘Mike’ Seda

Michael “Mike” Seda, 59, passed away peacefully, at home, on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, surrounded by his immediate family. He was preceded in death by his father, John.

Ignacio Chapela looks over the soil on bluffs in Norway as part of the film, “Symphony of the Soil.”
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Documentary eyes ‘Soil’

The Sebastiani Theatre hosts one screening only of the documentary “Symphony of the Soil,” at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5. This enlightening film is about creative strategies to promote healthy humans on a healthy planet.

Patrons will be able to pick their chili bowl and fill it will their choice of gourmet chili at the Sonoma Community Center’s Chili Bowl Express on Friday, Jan. 17. Submitted photo

SCC hosts chili bowl feed fundraiser Jan. 17

The Sonoma Community Center will host its annual “Chili Bowl Express” fundraising event, to be held in its Rotary Community Kitchen from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17. Proceeds will support Sonoma Community Center’s ceramics arts education program.

Arts Guild reception honors featured artist

The Arts Guild of Sonoma will present the artwork of new member and featured artist, sculptor Jonna Ramey as well as artwork from other new and longstanding members of the Arts Guild of Sonoma at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Friday, Jan 3.

Valley Forum

Taking collective responsibility for a watershed

The Arroyo Seco watershed takes up approximately the eastern third of the lower Sonoma Valley. The Arroyo Seco channel was the original eastern boundary of the town of Sonoma. The whole of Eighth Street East, and up Castle Road, is the western boundary of this watershed. Agriculture easily takes up 60 percent of the land and water use. Buena Vista and Burndale are the two major unincorporated population centers.

Rights versus responsibilities

Editor, Index-Tribune:

Mr. Mollette’s views as expressed in his Dec. 31 Other Voices piece, “Keep free speech in America,” are on the wrong track.

Like a miniature sun

Editor, Index-Tribune:

I just want to report that this New Year’s morning at 7 a.m. on the bike path, I met a man who said he saw a meteor streak across the sky around 6:20 a.m. “It looked like a miniature sun,” said he.

Serving more than 500 young people

Editor, Index-Tribune:

Sonoma Valley Teen Services provides employment and career resources for our local teens. We are a community organization completely dependent on the generosity of people who value our vision of developing young adults into happy, healthy, contributing members of society.