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Ignacio Chapela looks over the soil on bluffs in Norway as part of the film, “Symphony of the Soil.”
Lily Films/Special to the Index-Tribune

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.

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.

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.

Blood drive set Tuesday

A blood drive will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First St. W.

A visitor and his child take in the new emergency and surgical wing at Sonoma Valley Hospital during its open house in November. The image is just one of a multitude of images Index-Tribune photojournalists Robbi Pengelly and Bill Hoban captured during 2013. More photos will be available for viewing at sonomanews.com. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

The year in pictures

A visitor and his child take in the new emergency and surgical wing at Sonoma Valley Hospital during its open house in November. The image is just one of a multitude of images Index-Tribune photojournalists Robbi Pengelly and Bill Hoban captured during 2013. More photos will be available for viewing at sonomanews.com.

John McCutcheon will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at the Sebastiani Theatre. Internet photo

McCutcheon returns to Sebastiani Jan. 13

Often called the “finest folk troubadour of our time,” John McCutcheon is returning by popular demand to the Sebastiani Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13. McCutcheon’s music conveys the message that the global family can make the world a better place by working together. Throughout his 30-plus year career, McCutcheon has built a… Continue Reading >>

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.

Blessing of the Olives set for 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 Sonoma County Board of Supervisors decided to fund Phase II of the Highway 12 project.

Top Ten Stories of 2013

During the 12 months of 2013, Sonoma Valley saw numerous changes. The county’s board of supervisors decided to fund the long awaited Highway 12 project, there were two large and destructive structure fires, the controversy over patient care and potential closure at SDC is still perking, Sonoma residents were at odds as to whether or not hotels with 25 or more rooms should be built and the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center found a home.

Wine labeling among 
new rules in 2014

It was signed into law more than three years ago. But a bill requiring Sonoma County wines to include the words “Sonoma County” somewhere on the label finally comes into full effect Wednesday.

Cal Focus

Brown’s clues for next term

By Thomas D. Elias Gov. Jerry Brown hasn’t yet said whether he’ll run for a fourth overall term. Aides like to chortle that, “Well, he has until the March 7 filing deadline to decide.” But as he travels the state lately, giving short and punchy speeches, Brown has dropped strong hints he will indeed seek… Continue Reading >>

OpEd

Keep free speech in America

Arts and Entertainment television was out of line for suspending Phil Robertson, of the “Duck Dynasty” TV show, for a recent statement that the network executives did not appreciate. They may not have liked his Bible quote, but he was stating his personal belief and not speaking on behalf of the network. I realize that he is employed by the network, but that should not prohibit him from stating his opinion.