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SANTA WILL ARRIVE at 5:30 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 6, in the Plaza. He’ll arrive not on his sleigh, but on an antique fire truck from the Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Santa arrives tonight

Santa is getting ready for his annual trip to the Sonoma Plaza. He arrives at 5:30 p.m. today, not on his usual sleigh, but on an antique fire engine.

Workday set at Nathanson Creek

Staff and volunteers from the Sonoma Ecology Center will be planting native plants along the bank of Nathanson Creek at Nathanson Creek Park from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 7.

Sonoma Raceway toy drive ends Monday

You can help make the holidays bright for a Sonoma Valley child in need this holiday season by donating a gift to Sonoma Raceway’s 11th annual High-Powered Toy Drive.

Garden park hosts wreath-making workshop

The community is invited to attend the Sonoma Ecology Center’s annual holiday wreath-making workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Sonoma Garden Park.

Birthday celebration turns violent

What started as a happy celebration of a young boy’s birthday degenerated into a sequence of calls to police, an alleged assault and the injury of an infant child. On the evening of Nov. 25, police were called to a verbal altercation at the Best Western motel, but left when it appeared the conflict was under control. At about 9 p.m., however, they were called back by a guest in an adjoining room who was concerned at the level of yelling and screaming and the sound of a baby crying.

Remembering a friend

A memorial wall sprung up on First Street West earlier this week to pay tribute and remember Brittany Anderson. The 27-year-old Anderson was a Sonoma native and donated her time at several local organizations including the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance where she was a member of the board. Services will be held at 4 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 6, at St. Leo’s Catholic Church.

Envolve Winery donated more than $3,600 to the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation as part of the hospital’s Project Pink Program to fund mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women. From left are Ben Flajnik, Harmony Plenty, from the hospital, Mike Benziger and Danny Fay. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Donation to hospital foundation

Envolve Winery donated more than $3,600 to the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation as part of the hospital’s Project Pink Program to fund mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women. From left are Ben Flajnik, Harmony Plenty, from the hospital, Mike Benziger and Danny Fay.

THE OLD ADMINISTRATION BUILDING at SDC. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Sonoma Developmental Center patient abuse records disappeared

When a U.S. District Court jury awarded Petaluma physician Van Peña $1.34 million two weeks ago in a civil rights suit against management staff at the Sonoma Developmental Center, the verdict rekindled 13-year-old memories of abuse allegations and cover-up charges that have never been resolved.

Health agencies, food bank fight diabetes

“Diabetes is a silent killer,” said Madolyn Agrimonti. For 25 years, Agrimonti has been a diagnosed diabetic and is now chairing the Diabetes Committee for the Sonoma Valley Health Roundtable, linking Sonoma health agencies and nonprofits to the community in order to spread awareness of and increase prevention of the disease she has battled for so long.

Sonoman faces 25-years-to-life on child molestation conviction

A Sonoma County jury Monday convicted Kenneth Donald Hutchins, 65, of Sonoma, of four counts of sexual molestation involving his 9-year-old grandniece. The jury also found Hutchins guilty of possession of child pornography. He faces the possibility of more than 25-years-to-life in prison when he is sentenced before Superior Court Judge Dana Simonds on Jan. 29.

SANTA IS WELCOMED by kids at Sonoma Raceway’s annual Race to the Holidays Christmas Party last year.

Sonoma Raceway toy drive under way

You can help make the holidays bright for a Sonoma Valley child in need this holiday season by donating a gift to Sonoma Raceway’s 11th annual High-Powered Toy Drive.

Workshop focus is Climate Action 2020

The Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA) will be holding a series of public workshops throughout Sonoma County communities to seek input on Climate Action 2020, a local program to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) countywide and address climate impacts.

CASA volunteer class starts Jan. 16

Every day in Sonoma County, children are removed from their homes because of parental abuse or neglect. Through no fault of their own, these special young people become dependents of the Juvenile Court.

Santa and one of his elves climbed to the top of the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa water tower Sunday afternoon to kick off the Christmas season at the resort. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Santa climbs to new heights

Santa and one of his elves climbed to the top of the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa water tower Sunday afternoon to kick off the Christmas season at the resort. In addition, there were carolers in Dickens-era costumes, visits with Santa, holiday munchies and the lighting of the resort’s historic sycamore tree.

GLENN DIETEL piled his plate high at the Sonoma Community Center’s annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building. There was plenty of turkey – both smoked and roasted – sweet and mashed potatoes, sausages, salads stuffing, side dishes, desserts and wine. And it was all free.  Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Plenty of turkey to go around

Cooks at the Sonoma Community Center and Vintage House senior center worked overtime on Thanksgiving feeding almost 700 people.

Native plant workday at Nathanson Creek

Staff and volunteers from the Sonoma Ecology Center will be planting native plants along the bank of Nathanson Creek at Nathanson Creek Park from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 7.

Wreath workshop set Saturday

The community is invited to attend the Sonoma Ecology Center’s annual holiday wreath-making workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Sonoma Garden Park.

Tolay Lake master plan workshop rescheduled

A public workshop originally scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 5, in Petaluma to learn more about the master planning process for Tolay Lake Regional Park has been rescheduled for Jan. 16.

Sonoma City Council to choose new mayor Monday

With an agenda short on other substantive business, the Sonoma City Council will conduct its annual reorganization Monday night, voting on the selection of a new mayor and mayor pro tem.

Nicora Place appeal may be reconsidered

Final approval for the 18-unit subdivision on West Spain Street, known as Nicora Place, may be delayed again if the City Council acts on an expected request from developer Steve Ledson.