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RYAN SNOW is the real estate broker representing the city in the sale of the old Patten Street firehouse. David Bolling/Index-Tribune

Patten Street firehouse on the block

The next time the City of Sonoma needs temporary quarters – when one department or another undergoes expansion, seismic upgrading or simply catches fire – the number-one candidate for temporary office space will be out of play.

Supervisors to hold SDC session

County supervisors have scheduled a study session during their regular Tuesday meeting today to discuss the still-uncertain fate of the Sonoma Developmental Center.

Design Review eyes monument signs

Monument signs, changes to commercial buildings and continued review of historic preservation policy priorities will fill the Sonoma Design Review and Historic Preservation Commission agenda tonight, Tuesday, April 15.

Sonoma vet clinic honored for energy efficiency

A Sonoma veterinary clinic will be among six entities honored during the inaugural Local Energy Action Forum which will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa.

BON MARCHE OWNER Anna Bimenyimana funds micro-enterprises in her native country of Rwanda. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Remembering Rwanda

Margaret Bimenyimana, a prominent Rwandan matriarch, Tutsi businesswoman and indomitable mother, was second or third on the Hutu hit list in Kigali, the capital city torn apart by machete-wielding throngs 20 years ago this month.

Spring has arrived. The trees and flowers are blooming, the hills are green and the duckings have returned to the Plaza pond. This brood was taking in some sun last week as mom kept a close watch. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Spring has arrived

Spring has arrived. The trees and flowers are blooming, the hills are green and the duckings have returned to the Plaza pond. This brood was taking in some sun last week as mom kept a close watch.

Arnold Drive between Agua Caliente Road and Boyes Boulevard was closed for most of Thursday so that a large eucalyptus tree on the side of the road could be taken down. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Coming down

Arnold Drive between Agua Caliente Road and Boyes Boulevard was closed for most of Thursday so that a large eucalyptus tree on the side of the road could be taken down.

About 100 people participated Sunday in Sonoma’s fifth annual CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walk to fight world hunger. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Walking to fight hunger

About 100 people participated Sunday in Sonoma’s fifth annual CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walk to fight world hunger.

Fall prevention class set at Vintage House

The Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging is sponsoring an award-winning fall prevention program called, “A Matter of Balance-Managing Concerns about Falls” at Vintage House senior center.

Coroner: Kenwood standoff suspect shot himself

Investigations into last week’s standoff and deadly shootout in Kenwood are evolving quickly, with an autopsy determining that the man at the center of the case, Miguel Angel Garcia, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

John Burns to lead SMI’s weekly division

John Burns, publisher of the Petaluma Argus-Courier – part of the newspaper group owned by Sonoma Media Investments (SMI) – has been appointed to lead a new division of SMI focused on weekly newspapers.

Sebastiani Theatre celebrates 80 years

The Sebastiani Theatre kicks off its year-long 80th anniversary celebration with a spectacular variety show promising music, magic, dance and more at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19. This unique variety show features fantastic performances by notable talents including Tommy Thompson with Cliff Hugo and Gary Vogensen; Jeff Gilbert, The Last Crooner; the gorgeous Nathalie Tedrick of… Continue Reading >>

Domestic violence, threats land boyfriend in jail

Called to a home in the 200 block of Fine Avenue, on March 22, by neighbors who witnessed a fight, Sonoma police knocked on the front door at about 2:15 p.m. and 20-year-old Federico Pariga answered.

Sean Cutting, former president and CEO of the failed Sonoma Valley Bank was indicted on 28 felony charges Wednesday.

Cutting, 3 others, indicted for bank fraud

Sean Cutting, the former president and CEO of the failed Sonoma Valley Bank, was arrested at his Sonoma home Wednesday morning and was taken into custody by federal agents, charged with conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud (six counts), money laundering (12 counts), false statements to a bank, and false bank entries (five counts).

The film, “Taking My Parents to Burning Man,” will be screened at 8:15 p.m. both Friday and Saturday nights at the Sebastiani Theatre.

‘Taking parents to Burning Man’ film to be screened at Sebastiani Theatre

Due to a wave of popular demand, and the reported disappointment of 243 people who were turned away from sold-out showings of the film, “Taking My Parents to Burning Man,” the feature-length documentary will be screening at the Sebastiani Theatre at 8:15 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12.

Springboard to aid small business growth

Sonoma Valley Springboard is a new program provided by the City of Sonoma to help low- and moderate-income Valley residents to start or grow small businesses or “microenterprises.”

Send me the cash, I’ll send you the car. Not.

A Valley resident went to the Sheriff’s Valley substation at about 6 p.m. on March 14, after he was fleeced out of $3,510 in a web scam. The man told deputies he found a car he wanted to purchase on eBay and emailed the seller.

EVA SAPPER, the inspiration behind the organization “Everybody is a Star,” performed at the Sebastiani Theatre in the film festival Children’s Program Saturday. “Everybody is a Star” is an organization that aims to promote self-esteem and success in special needs youth by linking them to film and music professionals. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Film fest entertains kids, adults

The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took a break from serious documentaries and captivating features Saturday morning to cater to its youngest audience members in the Children’s Program at the Sebastiani Theatre.