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Chamber Ensemble concert to benefit SCC

The Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble will present its annual holiday benefit concert in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. All monies raised by the concert will be donated to the Center, and will go towards arts education programming. “We’re so excited about sharing our music with… Continue Reading >>

THE SONOMA COMMUNITY CENTER’S third annual “Holiday Follies Naughty and Nice Holiday All-Star Spectacular!” will be held Saturday, Dec. 7. Index-Tribune file photo

Curtain rises on Holiday Follies

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 >>

Hometown Band sets concerts Dec. 7, 8

The Sonoma Hometown Band will celebrate the holiday season by putting on two concerts under the direction of its new conductor, John Partridge. “A Big Band Holiday” will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in Burlingame Hall, at the First Congregational Church, 252 W. Spain St., and again at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec.… Continue Reading >>

Cookie exchange set for Thursday

Slow Food Sonoma Valley and the Sonoma Valley Grange will host the third annual holiday celebration and cookie exchange from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the grange hall, 18627 Sonoma Highway. Come share in giving and gifting back to the community. Bring a friend and get to know Slow Food Sonoma Valley… Continue Reading >>

Santa comes to Larson Family Winery

On Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, Santa will be at Larson Family Winery. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Santa will be available for photos. Bring the whole family, even the dog. Photos are $10 or complimentary with any wine purchase. They are as always, complimentary to wine club members. Beat the crowds… Continue Reading >>

SCC, PLL to team up for 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 >>

Valley Forum

CDP takes a ‘no action’ on Drakes Bay Oyster Farm

By Yannick Phillips Delegates of the California Democratic Party (CDP) met in the Bay Area this past weekend and entertained several resolutions, one of them addressing an “Oyster Cultivation Rights” resolution and one a “Wilderness/Support Salazar’s Decision” resolution. The CDP took a “no action” vote on both. Speaking at the Environmental Caucus, in support of… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

An open letter on Measure B

Editor, Index-Tribune: We would like to thank those who came together as a community and made their voices heard by participating in last Tuesday’s election for Measure B, the Hotel Limitation Measure. The voter turnout demonstrated the high level of civic involvement in our community and reflects our mutual interest in planning the best future… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Listen to Pastor Rogers or Jesus?

Editor, Index-Tribune: Thanks to Roger Jack Young for providing those quotes from the pastor Adrian Rogers (Index-Tribune letters, “The words of Adrian Rogers,” Nov. 26), all of which declared, in essence, that the rich should feel no obligation to give any support to the poor: “You can’t multiply wealth by dividing it,” and so on.… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

A tale of mayoral whopping

Editor, Index-Tribune: The article in Tuesday’s Index-Tribune (“Another Brown Act violation?” Nov. 26.) seems to indicate that the City Council meeting had its tail docked, leaving nothing but the end of the story, for it begins, “At the tale end of a largely somnolent City Council meeting … “ And later, we read, “To Barbose,… Continue Reading >>

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

Sonomans can sponsor a wreath

On Saturday, Dec. 14, members of the community are invited to gather 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.


Sunday Springs fire

Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Capt. Joe Morrison briefs Division Chief John Franceschi at a fire on Buena Vista Avenue Sunday afternoon.

Cal Focus

The need for initiative volunteers

By Thomas D. Elias A recently vetoed California law that would have required at least some ballot initiative signatures to be gathered by volunteers, instead of paid workers, contained the following statement: “The voters amended the California Constitution to reserve for themselves the power of the initiative because financially powerful interests, including railroad companies, exercised… Continue Reading >>

Valley Forum

Veterans need more than a day – they need a career

By Thomas A. Kennedy America is home to 21.2 million veterans – men and women who were willing to risk their lives for our country. Unfortunately, many of these veterans face a daunting personal battle here at home: finding work. According to the labor department, more than 700,000 U.S. veterans are currently unemployed. This simply… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Sonoma is not an exclusive fraternity

Editor, Index-Tribune: I’m so relieved Sonoma voters struck down the ill-written Measure B. The people who want to “save” Sonoma at all costs, just cost the taxpayers an estimated $35,000 for an unnecessary election. I just wish the proponents and writers of this measure would have to pay the costs for this election. If there… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Violently ill over tainted victory?

Editor, Index-Tribune: I trust I’m not the only local citizen to fall violently ill watching the opponents of Measure B revel in their tainted victory last week. Make no mistake about it, this was one of the most deceitful and disingenuous campaigns in recent history, with big money and private interests trumping loyalty and common… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Jam on the door jamb?

Editor, Index-Tribune: Re: “Paint the whole town pink.” Perhaps the $186 check was needed to clean up the mess all that jam and paint created on the door jamb. Judy Thornton Sonoma (Editor’s note: We’d like to jam someone’s face into a bucket of strawberry jam for overlooking the door jamb typo (Letters, 11-22-13, “Paint the… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Thank Brown for killing leaf blower ban

Editor, Index-Tribune: Thanks to Ken Brown, we will not have a ban on gas leaf blowers. So say thank you by voting for Ken in the next election, and vote no on Laurie Gallian when she runs. Please do not forget to opt out of the new Sonoma Clean Energy this January and stay with… Continue Reading >>