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Architecture exhibit continues at SVMA

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art will dedicate its entire 5,000-square-foot exhibition space to the multi-sensory “Site and Senses: The Architecture of Aidlin Darling Design.”

EIGHT-YEAR-OLD CARTER HARRIS was helping to set the tables on Christmas Day at Vintage House. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Volunteers offer Christmas meals

While stockings were hung by the chimney with care on Tuesday, many Sonomans were preparing food with care in readiness for charitable activities Christmas Day.

Man attacks family with car

Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the 10 block of Meadowbrook Avenue at about 3:35 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16, after receiving a report that a man had threatened to shoot a woman and her children, and that he then tried to run them down.

Presentation School students Catherine Flaherty, 13; Megan James, 13; Olivia Williams, 12; Katelynn Kelly, 12; Maggie Nugent, 13; Hannah Porter, 14 and Alexandra Barber, 14, sang a mixture of religious and secular Christmas carols last week to an audience of about 20 at Vintage Sonoma. The students were accompanied by their music teacher, Lynn McArthur, on piano. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Caroling at Vintage Sonoma

Presentation School students Catherine Flaherty, 13; Megan James, 13; Olivia Williams, 12; Katelynn Kelly, 12; Maggie Nugent, 13; Hannah Porter, 14 and Alexandra Barber, 14, sang a mixture of religious and secular Christmas carols last week to an audience of about 20 at Vintage Sonoma. The students were accompanied by their music teacher, Lynn McArthur, on piano.

OpEd

Now’s no time for new Iran sanctions

By Sen. Carl Levin and Sen. Barbara Boxer  The United States faces no more important international challenge than preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Thanks to congressional and executive action, strong international cooperation, crippling economic sanctions and the credible threat of military force if Iran does not change course, we recently achieved an important step… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

A brighter credit card Christmas

Editor, Index-Tribune: What a great town, Chapter XX! Today, when I went to the post office, I bought some stamps at the postage machine but neglected to take my credit card with me when I left.  On returning home, I noticed the card was missing so I returned to the post office.  When I inquired… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Thanksgiving at the Vets …

Editor, Index-Tribune: For 30 years I have found great comfort in the Sonoma Community Center’s Thanksgiving dinners, seeing friends and good food – with others who helped – and music. Moving to the veterans building may have fed a lot of souls (God bless) but I saw only one friend out of all the people.… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Sanders and Rouse get ‘Ds’, SCCA gets ‘A’

Editor, Index-Tribune: This letter is addressed to Sonoma County Conservation Action. I fully concur with your ‘D’ grade on the report card of former City Council member/mayor Joanne Sanders. She was the most insensitive council member/mayor ever encountered. She definitely earned the ‘D’ report. In addition, your group certainly came up with the correct rating… Continue Reading >>

HIGHWAY 12 VINEYARDS is among the wineries competing in the annual Gingerbread Contest. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Visitors can vote in gingerbread contest

A dozen wineries are participating in the annual Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance Gingerbread Contest, where wineries create edible replicas of their wineries.

RAY MULAS demonstrates the dry soil in a field that should have oat hay growing nearly half a foot tall. Don Frances/Index-Tribune

Valley farmers hit hard by dry spell

“We shouldn’t be able to drive where we’re going to drive,” Ray Mulas said Monday. It was another sunny December day on his dairy farm off Highway 121 – sunny, crisp and dry, dry, dry.

Birders will be out in force Friday for the 114th Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

Audubon bird count set Friday

The 114th Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will take place in on Friday, Dec. 27, in bird rich Sonoma and Petaluma watersheds from dawn to dusk.

Saturday was the 10th annual caroling through Glen Ellen, and it was probably more popular with the adults than the kids. For two hours, Neil Shepard and his Clydesdales pulled wagons of children and adults through the streets of Glen Ellen. Santa accompanied the revelers who sang carols with Bob Gossett lending his musical expertise on the guitar. Yvonne Soto-Pomeroy/Index-Tribune

Caroling around Glen Ellen

Saturday was the 10th annual caroling through Glen Ellen, and it was probably more popular with the adults than the kids. For two hours, Neil Shepard and his Clydesdales pulled wagons of children and adults through the streets of Glen Ellen. Santa accompanied the revelers who sang carols with Bob Gossett lending his musical expertise on the guitar.

Mike Smith, center, a FISH volunteer, makes a last minute check of food boxes while 13-year-old Jesus Morales, left, and Jorge Morales, right, wait to load them into vehicles Friday morning at Hanna Boys Center. FISH gave out almost 400 Christmas food baskets last Friday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Last minute checking

Mike Smith, center, a FISH volunteer, makes a last minute check of food boxes while 13-year-old Jesus Morales, left, and Jorge Morales, right, wait to load them into vehicles Friday morning at Hanna Boys Center. FISH gave out almost 400 Christmas food baskets last Friday.

Cal Focus

Warnings from a truth-telling treasurer

Once in awhile, California gets a major public official who thrives on telling the unvarnished truth, an impulse often shared by those who hold the office of state treasurer.

Letter to the Editor

Loved the Lynch Barracks holiday story

Editor, Index-Tribune: Holidays at the Barracks, by Bill Lynch, was my favorite Index-Tribune story of the year. I continuously feel fortunate to live in Sonoma and to raise my children in Sonoma. Then another longtime local shares the details of his childhood Christmas dinner at the Barracks. It was a terrific account of a Christmas… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Schellville Grill story a pleasure

Editor, Index-Tribune: It was a pleasure to read the Dec. 17 account by Nancy Dance (wonderful name) of her breakfast at a favorite local eatery (Valley Forum, Dec. 17, “How the community served breakfast at Schellville Grill”) and to learn that she and her fellow patrons had fully embraced the unique spirit of the Schellville… Continue Reading >>