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CHERYL YTREEIDE, left, and Pat Benfer opened the Savory Spice Shop in the Sonoma Marketplace in November. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Savory spices enhance sensory delights

If you’ve only tasted supermarket cinnamon, you’ll be wowed by a whiff of organic cinnamon from Ceylon, and tempted by the extra sweetness when the spice hails from Saigon. Chinese cinnamon is citrusy and Indonesian, the least intense, is the familiar one found in grocery aisles.

Film festival volunteer training set Thursday

The Sonoma International Film Festival is seeking several hundred volunteers to greet visitors, work the parties and screenings, provide hospitality for filmmakers, and help with pre-festival production.

Last year, Julie Calhoun broke her sewing machine making a dress from used bicycle inner tubes for the Sonoma Community Center’s “Trashion Fashion” show. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Almost finished

Last year, Julie Calhoun broke her sewing machine making a dress from used bicycle inner tubes for the Sonoma Community Center’s “Trashion Fashion” show.

Nena Gutierrez was picking some radishes at her plot at the Larson Park community garden last Saturday. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Early harvest

Nena Gutierrez was picking some radishes at her plot at the Larson Park community garden last Saturday.

Youth hostel in Toscano Hotel complex?

While squabbles over tasting rooms, pink doors and pirate flags dominate downtown discussions, a prominent feature of the Plaza is quietly being considered for a transformation.

Democrats host candidates forum

The Sonoma Valley Democrats will host an Assembly District 4 Candidates’ Forum, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 24, at Altimira Middle School, 17805 Arnold Drive.

SONOMA COUNTY is taking aim at the amount of sugar people drink. Photo illustration by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

County takes aim at sugary drinks

High fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, fruit juice concentrate, sucrose, glucose, dextrose, evaporated cane juice. It doesn’t matter what it’s labeled or what type of sugar it is, sugar is sugar is sugar. And a countywide effort is working to inform consumers that drinking too much sugar, particularly hidden in drinks, puts their health at risk.

Rentals, food trolley, bike trail OK’d

Adding to Sonoma’s image as a tourist mecca, the Sonoma Planning Commission unanimously approved turning three office units into vacation rentals Thursday, but this time there’s a twist.

Alejandra Alvarez campaigns for her slate during Friday’s student convention at Sonoma Valley High School. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Vote for me

Alejandra Alvarez campaigns for her slate during Friday’s student convention at Sonoma Valley High School.

STONE EDGE FARM Culinary Director John McReynolds won two major awards Sunday for his “Stone Edge Farm Cookbook.” Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

McReynolds’ cookbook wins culinary awards

Stone Edge Farm Culinary Director John McReynolds won two major awards Sunday as the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) announced its book awards Sunday in Chicago.

FISH holds volunteer meeting on March 27

FISH, Friends In Sonoma Helping, is actively seeking volunteers for a number of opportunities that include dispatching, driving and assisting in the Food Room, and will host an orientation meeting for prospective volunteers at 10 a.m. Thursday, Match 27.