GLEN ELLEN’S LEXY FRIDELL will perform in a one-woman show running for two nights, Saturday and Sunday, as a part of Transcendence Theatre Company’s Artist Series. The two shows are sold out. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Lexy Fridell gets wired

Someday, it seems clear, there will be a category of musical-theater-comedy with her name on it.

Group honors SVH’s skilled nursing facility

Sonoma Valley Hospital’s Skilled Nursing Facility is one of only 77 nationally to be named as a 2014 recipient of a Silver Commitment to Quality Award recognizing its commitment to improving quality care.

Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance kicks off campaign at market

The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance (SVVGA), a marketing organization representing more than 100 Sonoma Valley wineries and 140 winegrowers, will join the Valley of the Moon Farmers Market Tuesday, July 15, to engage the community in its efforts to tell the Sonoma Valley wine story.

Union Bank celebrates 150 years

MUFG Union Bank, N.A., was founded as The Bank of California on July 5, 1864, by financier William Chapman Ralston and was the West’s first incorporated commercial bank. Last Saturday, the bank that financed many aspects of the mining industry through California’s Gold Rush years, and handled more gold bullion than any other private institution in the United States, turned 150 years old.

ETC Artistic Director Cat Austin and ETC Producer James Wood presented the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation board with a check for $5,200 from the proceeds from opening night of “The Full Monty.” Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

‘Full Monty’ donation

ETC Artistic Director Cat Austin and ETC Producer James Wood presented the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation board with a check for $5,200 from the proceeds from opening night of “The Full Monty.”

People with EBT cards can purchase fresh food at the Tuesday night farmers market on the Plaza. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

EBT cards making headway at farmers markets

Every Tuesday night at the Plaza farmers market, amid the bustle of milling shoppers, live music and popping kettle corn, a few people have discovered a good use for their EBT cards.

UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYE of a California Highway Patrol officer, youngsters at the Sonoma Charter School practice bicycle safety during a recent bicycle rodeo at the school. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

City sponsors bike training class

The City of Sonoma is sponsoring a free one-day bicycle-training event from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19, featuring Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition’s Bicycling Family Workshop.

FESTIVITIES AT THE RECENT Toyota/Save Mart 350 raised more than $210,000 for Speedway Children’s Charities. David Bolling/Index-Tribune

NASCAR raises $210K for charities

More than $210,000 was raised for local charity groups during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Sonoma Raceway, June 20 to 22.

FRIDAY NIGHT’S FIREWORKS display attracted thousands of spectators. James Fanucchi/Index-Tribune

Another fine Fourth

It couldn’t have been a pleasanter morning Friday as thousands packed the Plaza for Sonoma’s famous Fourth of July parade.

DA: No charges in Lopez shooting

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch released a long-awaited decision Monday that the shooting death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez, on Oct. 22, 2013, was not cause for criminal charges against Erik Gelhaus, the Sheriff’s deputy who killed the boy as he carried a toy replica of an AK-47 assault rifle on a Santa Rosa sidewalk.

Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District eyes hazard plan remarks

The Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District (SVCSD) is one of two county sanitation districts that will seek public comment in July on hazard mitigation planning efforts to increase the reliability of sanitation facilities during natural disasters, such as an earthquake. The other district is the Russian River County Sanitation District.

Sonoma Valley Library hosts summer programs

The Sonoma Valley Regional Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Fizz, Boom, Read!” now under way, continues through Friday, Aug. 1 for preschoolers, grade-schoolers and teens.

SONOMA VALLEY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER CEO Cheryl Johnson answers a question from Rep. Mike Thompson during a tour of the soon-to-be-opened facility on Tuesday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Thompson visits new health center building

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, dropped in at the soon-to-be completed new home of the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center on Tuesday, and got a close-up look at the facility that a $5 million grant, secured under provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), made possible. “Without the Affordable Care Act we would not… Continue Reading >>

Council talks energy at Monday session

Monday’s city council meeting should be of interest to environmentalists and energy-industry watchers, with two items on the agenda prompting discussion on how Sonomans get their power. The first item is essentially a request by Councilmember Steve Barbose for direction from fellow council members on how to proceed in an upcoming vote by Sonoma Clean… Continue Reading >>

ROB LYON received the Navy Marine Corps Medal, the highest and least frequent non-combat award given to any member of the armed services, on Monday – 50-plus years after earning it. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Rob Lyon finally gets his medal

Rob Lyon is a hero. It’s official. On Monday, he and his wife, Robin, went to the mailbox and found a small package from the U.S. Navy Personnel Command. Pinned inside a commemorative box was the Navy Marine Corps Medal, the highest and least frequent non-combat award given to any member of the armed services.… Continue Reading >>

BROADWAY MARKET celebrated its 40th anniversary under the ownership of cousins Dianne Gaudino, left, and Ron Rodgers, right. Manager Al Robles stands between. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Broadway Market celebrates 40 years

Broadway Market celebrated its 40th anniversary on Saturday, June 28 with a huge celebration that included a barbecue. The market, at the corner of Broadway and Leveroni, is known for its casual atmosphere, friendly customer service, Harris Ranch meats and Sonoma’s Best Popcorn. Longtime owners, and cousins, Ron Rodgers and Dianne Gaudino wanted to show… Continue Reading >>

Valley crews fighting Butts Canyon fire

Two fire crews from the Valley are part of two separate strike teams sent to the Butts Canyon Fire in Napa and Lake counties. Glen Ellen sent a Type I engine to the blaze, Kenwood sent a Type III, while Sonoma Fire and Rescue Authority Capt. Sean Lacy is a strike-team leader. The Glen Ellen… Continue Reading >>

City Council OKs $29.4 million budget

It may have been the quickest council meeting ever. The Sonoma City Council got together for a special meeting Monday evening with the express purpose of approving the city budget for fiscal year 2014-15. They did so in a 5-0 vote, with minimal comment from either council members – who had already picked over the… Continue Reading >>

MARGARET HATCHER, the Sonoma Community Center’s special projects manager, shows off some giant pinwheels she made for today’s parade. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Fourth fun for everyone

Now that Sonoma is officially the eighth best town in America in which to celebrate the Fourth of July – at least according to Travel + Leisure magazine – expectations are running high for today’s festivities.


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