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Contributions sought for art auction

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art’s insanely popular “Wall to Wall Art Auction” has been resurrected this year, set for Saturday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.

THE LADIES OF Defying Gravity are, from left, Laura Farber, Jaime Love, Monica McKey, Jeane MacPherson, Kerry Daly and Lori Bailey.

Defying Gravity returns with ‘The Stew’

Sonoma’s own Defying Gravity Gals will return to Andrews Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 5 and 6, with a new J Love Productions show, “The Stew,” a musical evening featuring spoofs on popular talk shows. Showtime is 7 p.m. at the Sonoma Community Center on the Rotary Stage at Andrews Hall.

Sonoma Market gets an award for giving

Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Village Market will be honored with the Outstanding Business Partner award at a celebration luncheon, Wednesday, Nov. 6, by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, California Wine Country Chapter. The event celebrates National Philanthropy Day, an international day of recognition that recognizes the people and organizations enriching our community and world through… Continue Reading >>

Sonoma Raceway’s Thanksgiving food drive benefits FISH

Sonoma Raceway is starting its 13th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to help those in need this holiday season. Local food banks continue to face increased demand and decreasing funds, making this year’s food drive, which spans Nov. 1-25, more important than ever. All non-perishable food items collected will be donated to Friends In Sonoma Helping… Continue Reading >>

Gold-clad bond girls, casino games and of course, an Aston Martin set the 007 scene at Buena Vista Winery on Friday, Oct. 25. While the Champagne cocktails were not shaken, guests watched classic Bond flicks projected on the winery’s stone walls while live music, fire dancers and fortune tellers entertained the crowd. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Oddball, Nick Nack and Jaws come out for Sonoma Valley High School

Gold-clad bond girls, casino games and of course, an Aston Martin set the 007 scene at Buena Vista Winery on Friday, Oct. 25. While the Champagne cocktails were not shaken, guests watched classic Bond flicks projected on the winery’s stone walls while live music, fire dancers and fortune tellers entertained the crowd. Hosted by the… Continue Reading >>

Even though Halloween was Thursday, the Tuesday farmers market celebrated a couple of days early with its annual Halloween parade. There were ghosts and goblins galore, and a plethora of princesses. Five-month-old sisters Hazel and Ruby Ashimine were dressed as, what else, nuns. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

A spooktacular parade

Even though Halloween was Thursday, the Tuesday farmers market celebrated a couple of days early with its annual Halloween parade. There were ghosts and goblins galore, and a plethora of princesses. Five-month-old sisters Hazel and Ruby Ashimine were dressed as, what else, nuns.

Sunday was the annual pancake breakfast and open house at the Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority’s Second Street West fire station. Kids were encouraged to come in costume and most did. Besides breakfast, one of the popular attractions was getting a ride in a fire truck. Kids got a chance to play firefighter. Adults also dressed up in costumes, with some matching their child’s. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

A kids’ look at a fire house

Sunday was the annual pancake breakfast and open house at the Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority’s Second Street West fire station. Kids were encouraged to come in costume and most did. Besides breakfast, one of the popular attractions was getting a ride in a fire truck. Kids got a chance to play firefighter. Adults… Continue Reading >>

Scouts, FISH team up for food drive Nov. 9

The annual Scouting for Food drive for FISH (Friends in Sonoma Helping) is once again underway throughout Sonoma Valley. Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts alike distribute bags and flyers onto hundreds of doorsteps, hoping to come back to find them full of food on Saturday, Nov. 9. Valley residents can fill the bag with non-perishable… Continue Reading >>

Flea market bike bargain backfires

A South Lake Tahoe man found his bicycle in Sonoma, after it was stolen in San Francisco, by checking Craigslist. On Oct. 10, the man told Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputies, his bike had been stolen while he was in San Francisco on Oct. 5. He had no serial number, but the bike had certain abnormalities… Continue Reading >>

Diane Bowman, with the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, points out a shot station last Saturday during a flu shot clinic at Vintage House senior center. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Health center’s flu shot clinic

Diane Bowman, with the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, points out a shot station last Saturday during a flu shot clinic at Vintage House senior center. The health center had 200 doses of vaccine and 16 psych tech students from Napa Valley College administering the shots. After an initial burst at the 9 a.m. opening,… Continue Reading >>

Toni (Hytholt) Major

Toni (Hytholt) Major, 80, passed away peacefully at home in Port Angeles, Wash., on Oct. 24, 2013, after a long illness.

OpEd

Measure B robs our community’s voice

Measure B, the Hotel Limitation Measure, is a terrible policy proposal that would have far-ranging, detrimental impacts on our community’s economic vitality.

Letter to the Editor

Beware the Watkins effect, “no” on B

A diverse cross-section of groups and individuals have come out opposing Measure B because they realize the unintended consequences the measure would have on Sonoma’s city services and our quality of life.

Letter to the Editor

What’s a big hotel

I was driving around town today, kind of counting the election signs and I saw a new one that said something like, “Stops big hotels.”

Letter to the Editor

B is beautiful

Goodness, gracious, the Tuesday I-T editorial page was a virtual barrage of naysayers about Measure B.

Letter to the Editor

Too much foot traffic already

Believe it or not, there were once proposals to build gas stations on the corner of the Plaza. Thank goodness, saner minds prevailed.