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THE WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA celebration will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park.

Wreaths Across America ceremony Saturday

On Saturday, Dec. 14, members of the community are invited to gather together to honor veterans during the holiday season as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day. The event begins at 8:45 a.m. at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park, and will be held rain or shine.

Reservations needed for Vintage House Christmas dinner

On Christmas Day, Sonoma Valley seniors are invited to Vintage House senior center to enjoy an elegant sit-down holiday dinner with all the trimmings in our newly refurbished Stone Hall. Guests will be welcomed into the festively decorated hall at 3 p.m. and dinner will be served shortly after.

CHARLES DICKENS’ “A Christmas Carol” starts Friday in Andrews Hall in the Sonoma Community Center. Submitted photo

Curtain rises on ‘Christmas Carol’

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, Dec.… Continue Reading >>

Chorale ‘Decks the Hall’ this weekend

The Sonoma Valley Chorale presents a “Deck the Hall” Christmas concert with holiday favorites. Concerts are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First St. W., Sonoma. Classical music to jazzpop with audience participation in Christmas carols are on the program. A cappella numbers… Continue Reading >>

Shakespeare Company presents ‘Santaland’

The Sonoma Valley Shakespeare Company will present David Sederis’ wickedly funny, heartfelt holiday comedy “The Santaland Diaries” for two nights only, Monday, Dec. 16, and Sunday, Dec. 22, at Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma. Performed by SVSC’s favored son Jordan Neil. This is a holiday treat is not to be missed. This… Continue Reading >>

Library hosts ‘Museum on the Go’ on Dec. 21

The Sonoma Valley Library will host Children’s Museum of Sonoma County’s “Museum on the Go” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. This unique event gives parents and caregivers the opportunity to play and discover science, the arts and nature alongside their children. “Museum on the Go” will be inspire young explorers to… Continue Reading >>

Man missing from care facility

Sonoma police are trying to locate a 55-year-old man who went missing from the Sonoma Care and Rehabilitation facility in Sonoma Sunday.

Santa Claus arrived at the Sonoma Plaza in an antique fire truck and a chilly drizzle promptly at 5:30 p.m. Friday night, but a throng of children and beaming parents were warmed by the warm embrace of the jolly old elf. Santa circulated through the crowd of a hundred or more admirers, hugging everyone in sight before retiring to the Sebastiani Theatre to hear the hopes and dreams of children of various ages. David Bolling/Index-Tribune

Santa makes Plaza appearance

Santa Claus arrived at the Sonoma Plaza in an antique fire truck and a chilly drizzle promptly at 5:30 p.m. Friday night, but a throng of children and beaming parents were warmed by the warm embrace of the jolly old elf. David Bolling/Index-Tribune

Hometown Band marching in the Fourth of July Parade. David Bolling/Index-Tribune

Hometown Band to perform Big Band Holiday Concerts

Sonoma’s beloved, enduring Hometown Band will perform in a pair of free, Big Band Holiday concerts today, Saturday, and tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 8, at two venues in Sonoma. The Saturday concert will be performed at 7 p.m. in Burlingame Hall at the First Congregational Church, 252 West Spain St.. Sunday’s concert will be performed at… Continue Reading >>

CHP looking for motorist who fled wreck

The California Highway Patrol is looking for a Santa Rosa man who rolled his truck Thursday afternoon on Warm Springs Road, left his girlfriend hanging upside down in the truck – and took off on foot.

Workday set at Nathanson Creek

Staff and volunteers from the Sonoma Ecology Center will be planting native plants along the bank of Nathanson Creek at Nathanson Creek Park from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 7.

Sonoma Raceway toy drive ends Monday

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.

Garden park hosts wreath-making workshop

The community is invited to attend the Sonoma Ecology Center’s annual holiday wreath-making workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Sonoma Garden Park.

Birthday celebration turns violent

What started as a happy celebration of a young boy’s birthday degenerated into a sequence of calls to police, an alleged assault and the injury of an infant child. On the evening of Nov. 25, police were called to a verbal altercation at the Best Western motel, but left when it appeared the conflict was under control. At about 9 p.m., however, they were called back by a guest in an adjoining room who was concerned at the level of yelling and screaming and the sound of a baby crying.

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.

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.

OpEd

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 >>