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A gateway to college for high school dropouts

Editor, Index-Tribune: Gateway to College is a program for students who have dropped out of high school or who are behind in credits that they need to graduate. To be eligible to get in to this program, you must be 16-to-21 years old. From my own experience, I recommend Gateway to College because it has… Continue Reading >>

PARTICIPANTS FILE OUT of Mission San Francisco Solano at the end of one of last year’s programs. Index-Tribune file photo

Mission Holiday tickets available Nov. 23

California State Parks, in cooperation with the Sonoma/Petaluma State Historic Parks Association, presents the 28th annual Sonoma Mission Holiday Celebration (formerly known as Christmas at the Mission). Tickets are available beginning Saturday, Nov. 23, at Mission San Francisco Solano, 114 E. Spain St., Sonoma. Sonoma Mission Holiday Celebration takes place on Saturday, Dec. 14. It… Continue Reading >>

Community center, PLL team up for art sale, Santa Paws

The Sonoma Community Center and Pets Lifeline are teaming up On Saturday, Nov. 30, to offer fun-filled holiday events at the community center. Pets Lifeline will present its annual Santa Paws event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Andrews Hall. Come down and have a special picture of your pet taken with Santa. To… Continue Reading >>

Sam Keane will headline a comedy show at Murphy's Irish Pub Saturday, Nov. 23.

Keane headlines comedy at Murphy’s

Sean Keane headlines two shows of standup comedy on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Show times are 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 presale ticket, $15 at the door. Appearing with Keane are Trevor Hill and Leslie Small with Torio Van Grol hosting. Keane is a comedian and… Continue Reading >>

Red Barn Store sets hours

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, come see the Red Barn Store’s offerings of unique fall décor you won’t find anywhere else. Holiday centerpieces, gourds of all kinds, chilies, lavender, Indian corn, natural decorations, and wreaths. Plus, fresh sustainably grown vegetables, fruit and flowers harvested right from the farm. With special holiday hours, the Red Barn… Continue Reading >>

Heart of the Valley hosts holiday open house

Heart of Sonoma Valley Association (HOSVA) will host its 30th annual Holiday Open House, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Kick-off the holiday season – Wine Country style. Enjoy two days of wine tastings, holiday nibbles, gift packages, discounts and much more. Twenty-six wineries… Continue Reading >>

TRYCEL ALVAREZ will appear at the follies in this costume designed by Margaret Hatcher. Melinda Kelley/Special to the Index-Tribune

SCC’s ‘Holiday Follies’ returns

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 >>

Australian jewelry designer exhibit

Australian fine jewelry designer, Lisa Black will make her U.S. debut at the Terra Firma Gallery, 452 First St. E. in Sonoma on Saturday, Nov. 23, and Sunday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Black will exhibit her stunning collection of fine jewelry and tell her life experiences and stories of travels and… Continue Reading >>

Henri Perriard

Henri Perriard

Henri Perriard passed away peacefully on Nov. 16, 2013, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 86 years old. Henri was born May 12, 1927, in Rue, Switzerland, the youngest of seven children. Growing up on the family farm in rural Switzerland, Henri longed for adventure.  He served his country as a member… Continue Reading >>

Aaron Muraski, left, and James Edwards with Christmas Light Pros out of San Francisco, wrap lights around the palm on the Plaza recently. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Lighting the Plaza palm

Aaron Muraski, left, and James Edwards with Christmas Light Pros out of San Francisco, wrap lights around the palm on the Plaza recently.

Sarah Anderson beams while her husband, Darius Anderson, talks with a supporter after the results of Measure B were flashed on the screen. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Measure B fails

A cheer erupted at the “No on Measure B” party about 10:40 p.m. as long-awaited results were posted Tuesday. Measure B, the Hotel Limitation Initiative, was defeated by 92 votes.

After seeing Shodo samples, Tomiko Yabumoto decided she had to learn the wet-ink-brush calligraphy. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Shodo, Sonoma and Tomiko Yabumoto

At the age of 6 months, Tomiko Yabumoto became an enemy of the state and moved with her parents to the Tule Lake War Relocation Center, one of the World War II Japanese-American internment camps. All three members of the family were born in California.

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No on B doesn’t mean hotel is approved

By Michael B. Ross As part of the local team planning the proposed hotel project on West Napa Street, I feel it is important to reiterate a few things that the community should consider as they cast their vote on Measure B, the Hotel Limitation Measure. Most importantly, voting “no” on Measure B does not… Continue Reading >>

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Passing the torch – JFK 50 years on

By James Rawls As a card-carrying member of the Baby Boom generation, I was a freshman at Vanderbilt University on the day JFK was assassinated. The president had spoken on campus almost exactly six months earlier and memories of his visit were still fresh. Early on the afternoon of Nov. 22, I was settling down… Continue Reading >>

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It’s not about the money

Editor, Index-Tribune: In a recent op-ed, a hedge-fund founder and securities trader complained that voting “yes” on Measure B to protect Sonoma from big hotels would be “robbing us.” Which “us” is he talking about? Seems to me that the “robbing” is usually in the other direction. In any case, I guess the 1 percent… Continue Reading >>

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A personal Measure B survey

Editor, Index-Tribune: I have already cast my ballot for Measure B and see the signs dotting the town often “yes” in one yard, and “no” in a neighbor’s yard. I’ve read, I think, most of the op-ed columns, letters to the editor and fliers left under the doormat. It struck me that much of the… Continue Reading >>

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Thanks for dividing the town

Editor, Index-Tribune: After seeing Larry Barnett’s smug face on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle, last week, I think someone needs to thank him for dividing the town. Thank you former councilman! Michael Coats Sonoma

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Sonoma’s future – we’ll get it right

Editor, Index-Tribune:   The current battle for Sonoma’s future is nothing new. Our town’s rebellious and independent spirit can be traced to early Sonomans who overthrew Gen. Vallejo and raised the Bear Flag on our Plaza. Since then, we have stopped a freeway from running through our Valley and a subdivision from sprawling across the… Continue Reading >>

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No quaintness with really large hotel

Editor, Index-Tribune:   My wife and I have visited Sonoma for seven straight years. We live in Jacksonville, Fla. And, although the primary attraction for the Wine Country region is our love of wine, we have chosen to visit and stay in Sonoma (one block off the square) because it is different from Napa, Healdsburg,… Continue Reading >>

Cline kicks off holidays with food, wine gifts

Start the holiday season on a high note Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23 and 24 at Cline Cellars with wine tasting, food, gift shopping, and entertainment. The Cline Cellar-bration – from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, will feature wine pairings and recipes with dishes from culinary superstars the girl and the fig. Harissa-rubbed… Continue Reading >>

Museum sets closing party for ‘Memories’

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is hosting a closing party for “Kitchen Memories: The Kathleen Thompson Hill Culinary Collection” exhibition from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. Keeping with the theme of kitchen, food and fun, light appetizers will be provided by Laura Chenel’s Chevre, Marin Cheese Shop, and Crisp Bakeshop along with… Continue Reading >>

Woodland Star hosting Wednesday puppet show

Woodland Star Charter School is hosting “Puppets and PJs” a family night at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. This event is for parents with pre-school and kindergarten-aged children and is an opportunity to share the imaginative world of Waldorf education. The Woodland Star kindergarten teaching staff will… Continue Reading >>

Election supervisor Bill Boerum watches as a voter drops his ballot in early Tuesday morning at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Voting early

Polls are open until 8 p.m. today for Sonoma voters who still haven’t cast their ballots on Measure B, the Hotel Limitation Initiative.

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What a great school makes

“But isn’t that school for drug addicts and losers?” Recent parent response to inquiry about her son attending Creekside High School.


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