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FISH holds volunteer meeting on March 27

FISH, Friends In Sonoma Helping, is actively seeking volunteers for a number of opportunities that include dispatching, driving and assisting in the Food Room, and will host an orientation meeting for prospective volunteers at 10 a.m. Thursday, Match 27.

Cal Focus

Jerry Brown lazy? GOP contender says so

By Thomas D. Elias Jerry Brown has been called a lot of things in his 45-year political career, from “Gov. Moonbeam” to “the old man,” but no one ever accused him of being lazy. Until now. Changing the state’s school-funding formula, balancing the budget after years of deficit, proposing a massive water transportation plan and… Continue Reading >>

Valley Forum

Preserving Sonoma Development Center

By Will Shonbrun The Sonoma Land Trust, perhaps the county’s most outstanding land preservation group, is eager and dedicated to preserving SDC land and maintaining the vital services that have been provided there for its client population. The Land Trust has joined with a coalition of other preservation groups including the Sonoma County Agricultural and… Continue Reading >>


Kudos for Marino cottage plans

Editor, Index-Tribune: It was a pleasure attending the last Planning Commission meeting and seeing a project that preserves three historic cottages at 158, 164 and 172 W. Napa St., recently the offices of the Sun newspaper and KSVY radio station. The plan is to return these buildings to residential use as vacation rentals. I was… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Searching for a father without a name

Editor, Index-Tribune: Sylvia Crawford mentioned my search for my biological father in her column Tuesday March 11. Unfortunately, specific details didn’t make the final cut. What I know: My biological father served in the Navy during World War II. He was a window dresser prior to service. He was divorced and had a son and… Continue Reading >>


Hog Leg Saloon was movie sign

Editor, Index-Tribune: I hope I’m not the first or only Sonoman to point out that the Sonoma Creamery building never housed a bar called the Hog Leg Saloon. The sign appeared briefly in about 1976 during the filming of a truly god-awful movie called “Mr. Billion.” Alan Wastell Sonoma


Russia has broken the treaty

Editor, Index-Tribune: In 1994, when Ukraine unilaterally gave up its nuclear arms, the United States joined with Great Britain and The Russian Federation in signing an international agreement to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine as it was in 1994 – including Crimea and all eastern provinces: it was a binding international treaty.… Continue Reading >>

Comedians take over Murphy’s Saturday

Karl Hess is the headliner as comedy, hosted by Torio Van Grol, takes over Murphy’s Irish Pub for two shows, at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Saturday, March 22. Appearing with Hess are Andrew Holmgren and Matt Louv. Hess is a stand-up comedian and actor who lives in Los Angeles. He enjoys tacos and leisure. He… Continue Reading >>

ANASTASIA DEDIK will perform an all-Russian piano concert on Sunday, April 13, at Vintage House senior center.

Classical piano concert spotlights Dedik

Russian-American pianist Anastasia Dedik returns to Sonoma at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, when she performs in concert at Vintage House senior center, 264 First St. E. Dedik premiered in Sonoma in 2012, thrilling audiences with superb renditions of Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt, for which she received a standing ovation. Next month, she will perform… Continue Reading >>


Celtic concert set Saturday at library

The Sonoma Valley Regional Library will host the Celtic music of Margaret Miles at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22. Miles performs a growing repertoire of original songs as well as Celtic and American folk music. She accompanies herself with autoharp, bodrhan (Irish drum) and pennywhistle. Her clear soprano voice is extraordinary in its quality and… Continue Reading >>

Woman’s Club hosts games day

Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club is holding its annual Games Day Fundraiser, starting at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 28, at its historic clubhouse, 574 First St. E. Join in for a day of fun playing a favorite card game, mahjong, dominos or any other board game and order a box lunch consisting of your choice between… Continue Reading >>

Jack London book club starts on Friday

Jack London State Historic Park has formed the Jack London Book Discussion Group which is designed by and for people who believe, as Alfred Kazin has famously said, that the “greatest story Jack London ever wrote was the story he lived.” The book discussion group will explore autobiographical novels and biographical books about Jack London’s spectacular… Continue Reading >>

Debra Lucresa Brain (Harmon)

Debra Lucresa Brain (Harmon)

Debra Lucresa Brain (Harmon), born Nov. 9, 1962, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2014, surrounded by her family.

“Dickie,” the Sonoma Police Department’s K9 deputy, helped found 50 pounds of pot along with $14,000 during a traffic stop Thursday. Courtesy Sonoma Police Department

K9 helps find 50 pounds of pot

Sonoma’s newest police officer, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd mix named “Dickie,” helped with a marijuana bust Thursday that landed a Brookdale (Santa Cruz County) man in jail.

Sonoma City Council tackles tasting rooms

The agenda for Monday night’s City Council meeting includes one of the most contentious issues to hit Sonoma in years: whether, and how much, wine tasting rooms around the Plaza should be regulated.

The Sonoma Community Center’s Trashion Fashion Show showcases fashion created from discarded items. Index-Tribune file photos.

‘Trashion’ struts the catwalk

Outrageous fashions created by dozens of local designers using everything from discarded phonograph records, drinking straws, bottle caps, old homework, movie film, books and bullet casings, will take to the catwalk at Sonoma Community Center’s fourth annual Trashion Fashion show. This year’s event will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Sonoma… Continue Reading >>

The works of four Sonoma County artists will be featured at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art from March 15 to April 27. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

County artists featured

Four exceptionally talented artists who live and work in Sonoma County will be presented in an exhibition at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art that highlights a few of the talented artists living and working in Sonoma County. The museum hosts this exhibition in partnership with the Sonoma County Community Foundation. The exhibit opens Saturday,… Continue Reading >>


Pink door reflections from an architectural historian

By Hugh Howard Having been drawn into the “pink door,” cerise delight controversy, I feel obliged to clarify my position. Kelso Barnett recently cited me in support of the bright pink doorway. Although Mr. Barnett and I exchanged emails on the matter, my position is more nuanced than he suggests. To begin: Although an historian… Continue Reading >>

Contractors Tuesday repave the intersection in the final construction stages of the long-awaited left-turn signals at Broadway and Leveroni Road causing some traffic delays on the heavily traveled roads.  Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Repaving intersection

Contractors Tuesday repave the intersection in the final construction stages of the long-awaited left-turn signals at Broadway and Leveroni Road causing some traffic delays on the heavily traveled roads.

Valley Forum

Getting Ukrainian history right

By Chris Scott In response to Phineas Worthington’s March 11 letter (“Support those who share our values”) I have to ask, are you sure of your history? I don’t remember a Soviet invasion of Ukraine or Kiev, nor can I find a historical record or press accounts of it. A Soviet invasion of Kiev in… Continue Reading >>


Ukraine and U.S. have common values

Editor, Index-Tribune: In response to the March 11 letter regarding events in Ukraine (“Support those who share our values”), I feel compelled to point out that the people of Ukraine are endeavoring to form a more perfect Union in order to establish Justice, insure Domestic Tranquility, provide for the Common Defense, promote the General Welfare,… Continue Reading >>