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Art teacher Beth Biermann instructs Dunbar kindergartners, from left, Andy Tzintzun Escobar, Dakota Beatty and Ariatna Rodriguez Ramirez in how to add painted shapes, by using blocks, to the mural near the school’s entrance. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Working on a mural

Art teacher Beth Biermann instructs Dunbar kindergartners, from left, Andy Tzintzun Escobar, Dakota Beatty and Ariatna Rodriguez Ramirez in how to add painted shapes, by using blocks, to the mural near the school’s entrance.

Whether Measure M, the county library system’s one-eighth-cent sales tax measure, is bound for victory or defeat next month, the libraries will still have some issues to sort out when it comes to finances.

A complication for Measure M

Whether Measure M, the county library system’s one-eighth-cent sales tax measure, is bound for victory or defeat next month, the libraries will still have some issues to sort out when it comes to finances.

Eyeing the future of fire services

An overflow crowd of 50 gathered together at the Schell-Vista Fire Station on the same night as the Giants were beating the Royals in Game 1 of the World Series. Fire protection taking precedence over baseball, residents of Sonoma Valley sat to hear county staff discuss what fire services they can expect in the future, and what they can determine they need.

Tourism dollars flowing to TID

The Tourism Improvement District (TID), a funding mechanism that tacks on 2 percent to a hotel bill that does not go into city coffers, was unanimously approved for another 10 years by the Sonoma City Council Monday.

MacArthur Place earns national honor

Sonoma’s own MacArthur Place Hotel and Spa has been named one of the top hotels in the United States in the Conde Nast Traveler Annual Reader’s Choice “Best in the World Awards” for 2014.

Meeting set for Arnold, Hwy. 121 intersection

Caltrans and the Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) will hold an open house meeting Wednesday, Nov. 5, to discuss proposed operational improvements for the Arnold Drive/Bonneau Road/Highways 116 and 121 intersection.

Waterwise garden expo set for Saturday

Homeowners, hobbyists, and professionals can learn about water-conscious gardening this Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Sonoma Community Center Waterwise Gardening Expo.

More than 100 needy children will receive free dental care Wednesday, Thursday and today, Friday, as the The Christina’s Smile trailer is parked at Altimira Middle School for three days. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Dental care for needy kids

More than 100 needy children will receive free dental care Wednesday, Thursday and today, Friday, as the The Christina’s Smile trailer is parked at Altimira Middle School for three days.

Chamber hires new director

Following the departure of its longtime executive director, the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce has searched the country and found a replacement in Patricia Shults, the group announced Wednesday.

Last week, workers at the Blue Wing Inn on East Spain Street put some tarps on the roof that they’re trying to repair just in case it rained. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Getting ready for rain

Last week, workers at the Blue Wing Inn on East Spain Street put some tarps on the roof that they’re trying to repair just in case it rained.

THIS IS A PRELIMINARY rendering of the community swimming pool on the former Paul’s Resort site.

Council OKs pool funds

The prospects for a new pool in Sonoma Valley got a little better Monday when the Sonoma City Council voted 3-0 to enter into an agreement with project sponsors to provide $25,000 a year for the next 10 years.

Water management forum set for Oct. 30

There will be a public workshop to discuss strategic management of water resources in Sonoma Valley from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building.

Neighbors at odds over Agua Caliente Knolls sign

For the past two months, a case study in how to lobby the county of Sonoma has been taking place from the quiet neighborhood of the Aqua Caliente Knolls. Last August, Bob Hughes discovered that there was a plan to change the name on the entry sign of the community from “Aqua Caliente Knolls” to simply “The Knolls.”

The Sonoma Valley High School Homecoming queen and king were crowned at Friday’s Homecoming game. Alejandra Alverez was named queen while Colin Harris was named king. While the Homecoming game was played Friday night, the dance was held Saturday evening. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Homecoming royalty

The Sonoma Valley High School Homecoming queen and king were crowned at Friday’s Homecoming game. Alejandra Alverez was named queen while Colin Harris was named king. While the Homecoming game was played Friday night, the dance was held Saturday evening.

Sunday was the annual open house at the Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority’s Second Street West fire station. In addition to a pancake breakfast, there were numerous activities for kids including a Halloween costume contest, learning how to use a fire extinguisher, using a fire hose – and there were fire truck rides for kids of all ages. Above, 4-year-old Brody Whitten, who came dressed as a firefighter, reaches into a grab bag of prizes that Engineer Gary Johnson was passing out to the kids. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Firehouse fun

Sunday was the annual open house at the Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority’s Second Street West fire station. In addition to a pancake breakfast, there were numerous activities for kids including a Halloween costume contest, learning how to use a fire extinguisher, using a fire hose – and there were fire truck rides for kids of all ages. Above, 4-year-old Brody Whitten, who came dressed as a firefighter, reaches into a grab bag of prizes that Engineer Gary Johnson was passing out to the kids.

This weekend was Homecoming at Sonoma Valley High School. Friday afternoon, the students had their annual parade up Broadway from the high school and ending in the Plaza. The senior float, above, was named the winning float during Friday night’s football game. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Homecoming hijinks

This weekend was Homecoming at Sonoma Valley High School. Friday afternoon, the students had their annual parade up Broadway from the high school and ending in the Plaza. The senior float, above, was named the winning float during Friday night’s football game.

HICAP offers Medicare information

Representatives from HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) will give a free presentation from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Vintage House senior center, 264 First St. E., Sonoma.

Chamber sets Oct. 29 for Showcase

The Sonoma Chamber’s business showcases are the Valley’s largest business promotional and networking events. This year, the Chamber’s annual Expo has been replaced by three seasonal Showcase events, designed to highlight the geographic and business diversity of the Valley.

With Halloween right around the corner, time is running out to find a great pumpkin. The students at Hanna Boys Center have a pumpkin patch set up on the campus and itÕll be open for one more weekend. Here, Tyler Curson, 17, and James Logan, 15, set up a pumpkin display on one of the hay bales. The patch will be open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. this coming Saturday and Sunday. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Pumpkins on display

With Halloween right around the corner, time is running out to find a great pumpkin. The students at Hanna Boys Center have a pumpkin patch set up on the campus and it’ll be open for one more weekend. Here, Tyler Curson, 17, and James Logan, 15, set up a pumpkin display on one of the hay bales. The patch will be open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. this coming Saturday and Sunday.

This is a map of the property that the Sonoma Land Trust is buying.

Open space adds 29-acre Curreri site

Sonoma Valley’s open spaces are about to expand. The county’s Board of Supervisors appears ready to approve the purchase of 29 acres along Highway 12 in Glen Ellen as an addition to the county’s regional parks.

WHILE TONY RIVAS, foreground, works on a math problem, aide Merell Matheson, student Leslie Ponce and teacher Megan Gauchi explore another math problem at Dunbar Elementary. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Math, reading program expanding

The Grade Level Proficiency Project represents a sea change for teachers and as the first campus to pilot the program, Dunbar Elementary Principal Melanie Blake knew that getting her staff on board and excited about the project was going to be key to its success. She began by issuing each teacher an iPad mini.