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GLEN ELLEN FIREFIGHTER Japen Soto shows how to perform CPR at last year’s Binational Health Fair. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Binational Health Fair set for Saturday

The Sonoma Valley Binational Health Fair will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the new Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, 19270 Sonoma Highway.

SVH, Hospice partner for advanced care planning discussion

Experts from Sonoma Valley Hospital’s Palliative Care program and Hospice By The Bay will discuss advanced care planning in a panel discussion to be held at Vintage House senior center Thursday, Nov. 13. The event is titled “Planning Ahead – Making Your Health Care Wishes Known,” and is open to the community without cost.

Cal Fire open house

In honor of National Fire Prevention Week, Cal Fire Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit will host an open house at the Glen Ellen station, 14000 Sonoma Highway, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 11.

Social media workshops offered

Social media tools are becoming increasingly important for business, but for many small business owners it is difficult to know how to effectively incorporate these tools into their marketing plan.

The eight candidates for the three seats on the Sonoma City Council faced off again Wednesday night at the Lodge at Sonoma. From left are Andrew Sawicki, Jack Wagner, Lynda Corrado, Madolyn Agrimonti, Gary Edwards, Ken Brown, Rachel Hundley and Cameron Stuckey. Robbi Pengelly-Index-Tribune

Council candidates make their pitch

Eight candidates for Sonoma City Council gathered with several dozen locals at The Lodge on Broadway Wednesday night for one of the largest in a series of candidate forums.

Marc Medoff and Jobina Forder look over some of the grapes that were harvested Thursday at the Gen. Vallejo Home. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Vallejo grape harvest keeps history alive

Salvador Dali is quoted as saying, “Great wine requires a mad man to grow the vine, a wise man to watch over it, a lucid poet to make it, and a lover to drink it.”

County’s pertussis rate is highest in state

There’s an outbreak of the respiratory infection Enterovirus 68 in the Midwest, and the continuing spread of Ebola from West Africa. But here in Sonoma County, health officials have their own worries: the high incidence of pertussis, or whooping cough.

With the feast of St. Francis Assisi on Oct. 4, churches around the Valley held blessing of the animals ceremonies the past two weekends. Friday afternoon at St. Francis Solano School, the Rev. Mike Kelly blessed the pets of the grade school students. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Blessing the animals

With the feast of St. Francis Assisi on Oct. 4, churches around the Valley held blessing of the animals ceremonies the past two weekends. Friday afternoon at St. Francis Solano School, the Rev. Mike Kelly blessed the pets of the grade school students.

Town hall meeting eyes living wage

A Sonoma County coalition of labor, faith, environmental and community organizations has unveiled a living wage ordinance that, among other things, calls for a $15 an hour living wage that could affect up to 5,000 currently low-wage workers with employment ties to the county.

St. Francis, Prestwood ‘Walk & Roll’

St. Francis Solano School and Prestwood Elementary School will be joining schools across Sonoma County Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the world-wide celebration of International Walk to School Day, doing their part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, traffic congestion and improve community health and safety

Aretah Ettarh, a student at the Culinary Institute of America, serves pancakes at Saturday morning's pancake breakfast on the Plaza. People started lining up at 8 a.m. for the free breakfast to commemorate the opening of the William-Sonoma store that morning. Somewhere between 800 and 1,000 guests were served at the breakfast. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

New Williams-Sonoma opens

On his 99th birthday last Thursday, Chuck Williams personally cut the ribbon and opened the new/old Williams-Sonoma store on Broadway, in the exact spot where he began what is now an international kitchenware chain.

Alice Friessen has volunteered more than 12,000 hours at Sonoma Valley Hospital since 1980. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Alice is ‘always on the move’

If it’s Friday, you’ll find Alice Friesen volunteering her time at Sonoma Valley Hospital, just as she’s done every Friday for the last 34 years.

THE SONOMA VALLEY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER will receive a $211,840 grant for its soon-to-be-open dental clinic. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Health center gets grant for dental clinic

U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson announced that the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center will receive a $211,840 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS).

Sonoma’s 2014 street rehab project started Thursday on the west side. As part of a $736,823 contract, Argonaut Construction crews will be replacing water service lines, repaving and build 16 new handicap ramps. The project will use more than 2,500 tons of asphalt. Work is due to be completed in 45 working days. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Street repairs start

Sonoma’s 2014 street rehab project started Thursday on the west side. As part of a $736,823 contract, Argonaut Construction crews will be replacing water service lines, repaving and build 16 new handicap ramps. The project will use more than 2,500 tons of asphalt. Work is due to be completed in 45 working days.

Sustainable farming fest at Jack London

On Sunday, Oct. 5, at Jack London State Historic Park, the Jack London Sustainability Farm Festival will highlight Jack London’s legacy as a farming pioneer and connect with the innovators of today and their vision to preserve the land for tomorrow.

Sonoma City Council eyes water rate hikes

Sonoma took a big step toward higher water rates Monday as City Council members set in motion the potential for increases starting next year, with additional jumps each year afterward until 2019.

Gary Saperstein and Wendy Peterson serenade Sondra Bernstein Friday at the Tops in Sonoma breakfast. Bernstein's the girl & the fig was named Business of the Year by the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

‘Tops’ of Sonoma Valley businesses

The very best of Sonoma’s business community came together to honor their contributions to the Valley during a morning brimming over with laughter and tears on Friday. The annual Tops of Sonoma recognized businesses old and new, including the Business of the Year, the girl & the fig.