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REVISED PLAZA MAPS with the location of the trees are available at the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau, 453 First St. E., or downloaded at sonomabirding.com.

Collins to be honored on Arbor Day

The City of Sonoma, along with the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau and Sonoma Birding, will be joined with other area organizations, businesses and schools to celebrate Arbor Day at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, in the Grinstead Amphitheater on the Plaza.

Sebastiani Theatre proprietor Roger Rhoten’s magic was among the acts Saturday evening as part of the theater’s 80th birthday party. Sonoma Mayor Tom Rouse presented Rhoten with a proclamation. The nearly three-hour show featured music, dancing, magic and a dose of nostalgia. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Sebastiani celebration

Sebastiani Theatre proprietor Roger Rhoten’s magic was among the acts Saturday evening as part of the theater’s 80th birthday party. Sonoma Mayor Tom Rouse presented Rhoten with a proclamation. The nearly three-hour show featured music, dancing, magic and a dose of nostalgia.

Saturday was the big day as Easter egg hunts were held in both Sonoma and Glen Ellen. The Soroptimists of Sonoma Valley hosted their event on the Plaza and it featured more than 3,000 plastic eggs with candy inside. Above, 1-year-old Nash Elkhoury found a couple of eggs in the Plaza. In Glen Ellen, the volunteer firefighters cooked, colored and hid 120-dozen eggs. And in both instances, it was over in mere minutes. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Finding Easter eggs

Saturday was the big day as Easter egg hunts were held in both Sonoma and Glen Ellen.

Glen Ellen teen faces down mountain lion

Larkin Dawson was having a nice calm Easter Sunday with his family in the picnic area of Sonoma Valley Regional Park. Then he began walking home, alone, taking the asphalt path through the woods to his Glen Ellen home. And that’s when he got an inkling he was being followed.

DARIUS ANDERSON AND Jeff Montague at Wine Country Cyclery presented bikes to 15 children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley Friday, From left are, Andrea Rendon, Dayanara Rojas, Fatima Perez, Christian Mata, Tita Rodriguez, Alyssa Partlow, Steven Rojas, Adan Juarez, Bryan Rojas, Daniel Partlow, Adrian Gil and Josselyn Castro. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Andersons donate bikes to B&G Club kids

Sarah and Darius Anderson partnered with Jeff Montague at Wine Country Cyclery to provide 15 new bikes to kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley.

Picking the wrong car to pee on

An intoxicated Petaluma motorist who wandered off course into a cul-de-sac on MacArthur Lane at about 8 p.m. on April 14, encountered a Sonoma Valley High School administrator with years of experience confronting ill-behaved teens.

Hamfest features swap meet, demonstrations

The Valley of the Moon Amateur Radio Club, W6AJF, is holding its annual ARRL Hamfest from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First St. W., Sonoma.

Kenwood resident Jon Reiter was on Mt. Everest and survived an avalanche that killed 12 Sherpa guides.

Kenwood climber survives Everest avalanche

Kenwood climber and custom-home contractor, Jon Reiter, has survived a devastating avalanche that thundered through the Khumbu Icefall, killing 12 Sherpa guides, injuring three and leaving four more missing.

DIANA AND ROGER RHOTEN have been running the Sebastiani Theatre since 1992. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Sebastiani Theatre turns 80

Samuele Sebastiani insisted on “nothing but the best” when he decided to construct a state-of-the-art movie theater on a lot he owned across First Street East from the Sonoma Plaza. It was 1932 – the depth of the Great Depression – and the founder of the Sebastiani wine dynasty started by retaining San Francisco architect James W. Reid to design his dream theater.

IN 1941, HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITIES, including the cast of The Sea Wolf, came to Sonoma Valley for the movie’s premiere: (from left) Kay Eldridge, Charlie Ruggles, Jane Wyman, Ronald Reagan, Alice Talton, Edward G. Robinson and John Garfield.

Sebastiani birthday bash recalls earlier event

On March 22, 1941, the cast from the just-released movie “The Sea Wolf,” including Edward G. Robinson and John Garfield, came to Sonoma Valley and were entertained in a gala celebration.

City Council to discuss AT&T suit in closed session

Monday night’s council meeting will cover a proposal for a downtown history education tool, the creation of a new library commissioner, and the Sonoma Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan – though the most consequential item will be inaccessible to the public.

RURAL RESIDENTS MIGHT not have first responders available in the event of a natural disaster, so Atwood Ranch will be hosting an emergency preparedness event on Sunday, May 4.

Atwood Ranch eyes emergency preparedness

Veterinary experts from UC Davis will be among those on hand Sunday, May 4, for a Sonoma Valley event to help rural residents and animal owners create their own emergency preparedness plans

A MEMBER OF THE Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Team stands outside a property on Leveroni Road. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Probe into bar melee leads police to Leveroni Road

Authorities say an investigation into last month’s gang-related assault outside Steiner’s saloon led to a Thursday-morning raid on a property on Leveroni Road near Broadway – where police found in excess of 400 marijuana plants.

Marin educator named as Sassarini principal

The Sonoma Valley Unified School District will apparently name Jacqueline Parker as principal of Sassarini Elementary School pending formal board approval at the May 6 board meeting.

SONOMA BIRDERS AND NATURE ADVOCATES Darren Peterie (left) and Tom Rusert (right) have been named Conservationists of the Year by the John Muir Memorial Association. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Muir group honors Sonoma birders

Within the Mediterranean climate and the richness of natural beauty that draws people to Sonoma, Tom Rusert and Darren Peterie saw an opportunity to practice citizen science and to volunteer. Since their arrival, Rusert and Peterie have become fixtures in the Sonoma nature scene, involved in organizing numerous events and working with local organizations to form conservation-promoting partnerships.

ATMOSPHERIC RIVERS, bands of water that move through the atmosphere and bring heavy rainfall like that in Sonoma in February, are key in water management, according to Sonoma County Water Agency officials. The water agency is partnered with federal agencies to study the atmospheric rivers for more effective flood control and drought protection.

Water rationing ‘not on horizon’

With sunny 75-degree days ahead, barbecues hot, picnics packed and that garden ready to till, it’s easy to forget what drought-stricken Sonoma Valley really needs is more rain. As the rainy season wraps up, water officials are planning how to manage water for the rest of this dry year.