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Debra Huse was one of a number of artists who took part in Tuesday’s Plein Air Quickdraw on the Plaza. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Painting in plein air

On Tuesday at the farmers market, the 36 plein air artists who are participating in Sonoma Plein Air 2014 set up their easels around the Plaza and had 90 minutes to complete a painting.

PAEDAR DALTON AND MARGARITA RAMIREZ beside a wall full of love. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Working weddings, modeling marriage

Reverend Peadar Dalton and his wife Margarita Ramirez believe the way we live our lives truly matters, and that in the course of a lifetime there are times that matter most of all.

Isabella Calderon, 4, a member of Balet Folklorico Quetzalen, was costumed, made-up and ready to dance. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Viva Mexico!

Mexico’s independence from Spain was celebrated on the Plaza Sunday with a daylong agenda of dance, music, food and ceremony. Among the dancers were these celebrants from Balet Folklórico Quetzalén. The day honors “El Grito de la Independencia” (the Cry of Independence), which was uttered by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla from the small town of… Continue Reading >>

City set to study minimum wage impacts

At the urging of Sonoma City Councilmember Steve Barbose, city staff are preparing to hire a consultant to report on the feasibility of a minimum wage ordinance covering all jobs within city limits. The item came up for discussion on the agenda of the Sept. 3 City Council meeting and drew strong support from a… Continue Reading >>

Driver in fatal Arnold Dr. crash pleads guilty

The intoxicated driver who slammed his Jaguar into another car on Arnold Drive late last year – killing his own passenger and paralyzing a little girl from the waist down – may be put away for a long time after pleading guilty to 14 felony counts last week, prosecutors announced. Damodar Chandradas, 26, faces up… Continue Reading >>

Victim identified in Glen Ellen shooting

The 73-year-old Glen Ellen woman shot to death in her Warm Springs Road home Saturday evening has been identified by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office as Alice Rosewsky. According to property records, she was the wife of Hans Rosewsky, who fired the two shots that killed her. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the modest, 944-square… Continue Reading >>

Coastal Cleanup Day set for Sept. 20

Sonoma Ecology Center, in partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks, Whole Foods, The Fairmont, Basque Boulangerie Café, and Starbucks, will facilitate a California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 20. Volunteers are invited to support this statewide initiative by joining the Sonoma Ecology Center in one of several creek cleanups from 9 a.m. to noon.… Continue Reading >>

SV Fund, La Luz to host community forum

The Sonoma Valley Fund and La Luz Center will co-host a community forum to discuss a recent report, “A Portrait of Sonoma Valley,” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Sonoma Valley Grange.

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‘I Choose’ campaign promotes SVHS

Sonoma Valley High School and its students, teachers and graduates are highlighted in a new campaign launched this summer aimed at engendering wider community support for, and pride in, the high school. Drivers on Broadway were the first to notice the launch of the “I Choose” campaign on Aug. 5, when a large billboard went… Continue Reading >>

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Mexican independence celebrated Sunday

For those who love a fiesta, Sonoma Plaza is the place to be on Sunday, Sept. 14, when the Latino community of Sonoma Valley celebrates Mexican Independence Day. From 11 a.m. until late into the evening, there will be a celebration to welcome people of all ages and familiarity with Mexican culture. The event commemorates… Continue Reading >>

Restaurateur Sondra Bernstein and chef John Toulze.

A girl, a fig, a great business

The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce has made its choice for 2014 Business of the Year, and the selection may resonate with Plaza regulars. Sondra Bernstein “has contributed so much over the past 17 years to our local economy and our community,” said chamber board president Neil Colwell, referencing a Sonoma Valley history that encompasses… Continue Reading >>

Local artist and Sonoma Plein Air founder Keith Wicks displays his mastery of plein air painting while others look on. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Painting in Plein Air

“Spark Imagination” is the theme for this year’s 12th Annual Sonoma Plein Air Festival, in which funds raised from the work of 36 professional painters will pave the way for art activities in local schools. The artists will be seen creating on their canvases throughout the Valley the week of Sept. 15, and then their… Continue Reading >>

Volunteers of the Year to be honored

More than 200 guests will gather at the new Sonoma Valley Community Health Center on Sunday, Sept. 14, to honor and salute the top volunteers in the Valley. The event is organized and sponsored by Sonoma Valley Fund, an affiliate of Community Foundation Sonoma County, to honor volunteers in the Valley. Each year, the large… Continue Reading >>

Trustees take stock of school projects

Valley schools opened for the 2013-14 academic year without any significant earthquake issues, enabling the Sonoma Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees to breeze through the agenda at its second meeting of the school year in less than 90 minutes. In a move that may have a widespread, positive impact on hundreds of Valley… Continue Reading >>

CSEC reverses Plaza proposal

In a rambling reversal of course Wednesday night, the Community Services and Environment Commission backed away from a set of proposed policy changes that would have banished from the Plaza the 50-foot-long SONOMAWOOD sign that heralds the Sonoma International Film Festival each spring. The advisory group also backtracked on a recommendation that the film festival’s… Continue Reading >>

Parks Supervisor Terry Melberg conducts a visual check of the Sonoma Plaza. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

For city workers, Plaza upkeep is no picnic

Red & White Ball. City Party. Sonoma International Film Festival. The Fourth of July Parade. All year long, Sonoma residents find uses for their historic Plaza, ranging from a single person lounging in the grass to a throng of 10,000 celebrating the nation’s birthday. All of it causes wear and tear, of course, which is… Continue Reading >>

Taxpayers group opposes college bond

Organized opposition to Measure H – Santa Rosa Junior College’s $410 million bond measure appearing on the upcoming ballot — has not been overwhelming. But a local taxpayers group is making a case against it by accusing the college district of not being forthright the last time it put a measure on the ballot. That… Continue Reading >>

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Remembering 9/11

Following a remembrance ceremony, eighth-grader Alison Perkins, along with other St. Francis Solano School students, filled the front yard of the school with American flags in honor of those who died due to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

California State Parks Regional Interpretive Specialist Karen Barrett stands beside a mural painted by Jim Bowers. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Mural highlights early history of Sonoma

A mural featuring the shadow cast images of typical citizens of Sonoma’s past and present has been painted on the back entrance walls of the Sonoma State Historic Park’s Casa Grande site. The mural is part of an ongoing, two-phase project by California State Parks to revitalize the heavily visited site, reveal its history and… Continue Reading >>

Pool purchase set to close next week

With one week to go before purchase of the old Paul’s Resort site for a new community pool complex, members of the Sonoma Valley Health and Recreation Association (SVHRA) are confident about two things. First, they’re sure that they will reach comfortable accord with the Sonoma City Council on the terms of a $500,000 city… Continue Reading >>

Paintings were displayed at a public art show on the Plaza. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

‘Creative Sonoma’ plan would boost county arts

A recently approved plan to form a new “Creative Sonoma” art-promotion agency is said to be the first comprehensive program of its type to be implemented by any California county. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted in late June to adopt recommendations contained in a 30-page Arts Action Plan that would boost the nonprofit… Continue Reading >>

Hospital bumps CEO’s salary

Sonoma Valley Hospital’s board of directors granted CEO Kelly Mather a $32,000 raise last week after concluding she’s doing a good job and should be paid accordingly. The unanimous vote to raise her yearly salary to $330,000, with a $25,000 bonus, was made during Thursday night’s board meeting following an evaluation of Mather’s performance in… Continue Reading >>

Major injuries in suspected DUI crash near Glen Ellen

A Glen Ellen man suffered major injuries Monday evening following a single-car crash on Warm Springs Road in which he was suspected of drunken driving, the California Highway Patrol reported. Authorities said Clayton Pinkham, 46, crashed his black Isuzu at about 6 p.m. while driving on rural Warm Springs Road near Sonoma Mountain Road. The… Continue Reading >>

CSEC to meet Wednesday on Plaza policy

The Community Services and Environment Commission (CSEC), which proposed in an Aug. 20 letter a set of more restrictive Plaza use policies, will meet in public session on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. to take comments and discuss the suggested changes to the city’s special events policy. The meeting will be held in the… Continue Reading >>

Red-nosed with enthusiasm for the Red & White Ball were (front row, left to right) Richard Nevins, Holly Kyle and Wanda McAleese. Back row, left to right, are Sharon Nevins, Charlie Terzian, Carol Downing, Steve Kyle, Vicki Ranzau, Jill Powers and Jim Powers. Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Red & White all over

At last count, 720 Sonoma Valley citizens, and uncounted out-of-town guests, paid $100 or more to don the colors of the evening and take a seat on the Plaza lawn for dinner at the annual Red & White Ball. Another 200 or so just came to dance. The Sonoma tradition, originally created to raise funds… Continue Reading >>