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Letter to the Editor

Beef is the biggest water user

In response to online comments about agricultural water use following the Jan. 24 editorial (“Boehner vs. fish and Delta farms”), rice does require a lot of water, twice as much as wheat, the next highest user. But the production of beef requires eight times as much water as rice, pork requires three times as much, eggs require twice as much and poultry requires about the same amount of water as rice. Therefore rice uses 1/8th the water as beef production.

Black & White Jazz Saturday at SCC

Black & White Jazz returns to the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, as part of its three-concert series.

Architecture exhibit continues at SVMA

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

Peter Michael Duffy

Peter Michael Duffy

Peter Michael Duffy, a longtime resident of Sonoma, died suddenly Jan. 12, 2014, at Stanford Hospital.

THIS DRESS was made out of bicycle inner tubes. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Trashion Fashion time is near

Calling all ecologists, artists, designers and fashionistas! It is time to dive into the nearest recycling bin and scour the nearest thrift store for recycled haute couture inspiration.

THE ALEXANDER STRING QUARTERT will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Vintage House. Submitted photo

Alexander String Quartet returns Feb. 9

The world-renowned Alexander String Quartet returns to Sonoma by popular demand at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Vintage House senior center, 264 First St. E., Sonoma.

Foodie book club starts at Readers’

Readers’ Books has formed a new food-oriented book club to be presided over by local food maven, Kathleen Hill. The first meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Judy Baker benefit slated for Sunday

A red beans-and-rice benefit for Judy Baker will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday Jan. 26, at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, 574 First St. E., Sonoma.

Theatre Alliance to unveil season

The Sonoma Theatre Alliance, which is entering its fifth year, will announce its upcoming eight-month season Sunday, Jan. 26, from 3 to 6 p.m. on the Rotary Stage in the Sonoma Community Center’s Andrews Hall.

Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance seeks new mentors

The Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance coordinates a small army of volunteers who have established meaningful relationships with more than 450 local at-risk children. But there are 170 more public school children waiting for someone to help them in school and in life.

Newsoms kick off Mentoring Alliance speaker program

Filmmaker and women’s advocate Jennifer Siebel Newsom, along with her husband, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, will sit down for a conversation with broadcast journalist Sydnie Kohara at the Sebastiani Theater on Monday, Feb. 3, to launch the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance’s new speaker program.

Tourism meeting features CTA awards

Sonoma County Tourism is holding its annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.

The spring-like temperatures lately have vineyard workers pruning vines under blue skies instead of fighting the elements. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Great weather to prune

The spring-like temperatures lately have vineyard workers pruning vines under blue skies instead of fighting the elements. But the state does need rain for the grapes to prosper this summer. Weather forecasts have a 30 percent chance of rain next Friday, Jan. 31, but that’s about the best forecasters can do.

Valley Forum

Cutting ag education funds is big mistake

In his 2014-15 State Budget released last week, Gov. Brown proposed the complete elimination of funding for the Agricultural Education Incentive Grant, which supports high quality Agricultural Education standards in our public schools, including Sonoma Valley High School.

Letter to the Editor

Plaza needs a mix of business

Editor, Index-Tribune:

I read your editorial about proliferating tasting rooms with great interest (“Tasting room questions,” Index-Tribune, Jan. 21). Here, for what it’s worth, is my personal take on this issue.

Letter to the Editor

Tasting room surcharge to save maternity ward?

Editor, Index-Tribune:

Perhaps one need only look at David Bolling’s editorial, “Tasting Room Questions,” (Index-Tribune, Jan. 21) for an answer to Kelly Mather’s op-ed column, “What It Will Take to Save Obstetrics,” flanking the other side of the same page.

Letter to the Editor

Learning about Lincoln

Editor, Index-Tribune:

You don’t have to be a civil war buff to appreciate Mick Chantler’s current series of lectures at Vintage House, “The Many Faces of Abraham Lincoln.” These outstanding lectures are a wonderful opportunity to learn more about one of the premier figures in American politics and the forces that shaped our modern age.

Solar, star viewing Saturday

Robert Ferguson Observatory in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park will host a day of solar viewing followed by a star party on Saturday, Jan. 25.