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Water management forum set for Oct. 30

There will be a public workshop to discuss strategic management of water resources in Sonoma Valley from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building.

Neighbors at odds over Agua Caliente Knolls sign

For the past two months, a case study in how to lobby the county of Sonoma has been taking place from the quiet neighborhood of the Aqua Caliente Knolls. Last August, Bob Hughes discovered that there was a plan to change the name on the entry sign of the community from “Aqua Caliente Knolls” to simply “The Knolls.”

The Sonoma Valley High School Homecoming queen and king were crowned at Friday’s Homecoming game. Alejandra Alverez was named queen while Colin Harris was named king. While the Homecoming game was played Friday night, the dance was held Saturday evening. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Homecoming royalty

The Sonoma Valley High School Homecoming queen and king were crowned at Friday’s Homecoming game. Alejandra Alverez was named queen while Colin Harris was named king. While the Homecoming game was played Friday night, the dance was held Saturday evening.

Sunday was the annual open house at the Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority’s Second Street West fire station. In addition to a pancake breakfast, there were numerous activities for kids including a Halloween costume contest, learning how to use a fire extinguisher, using a fire hose – and there were fire truck rides for kids of all ages. Above, 4-year-old Brody Whitten, who came dressed as a firefighter, reaches into a grab bag of prizes that Engineer Gary Johnson was passing out to the kids. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Firehouse fun

Sunday was the annual open house at the Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority’s Second Street West fire station. In addition to a pancake breakfast, there were numerous activities for kids including a Halloween costume contest, learning how to use a fire extinguisher, using a fire hose – and there were fire truck rides for kids of all ages. Above, 4-year-old Brody Whitten, who came dressed as a firefighter, reaches into a grab bag of prizes that Engineer Gary Johnson was passing out to the kids.

This weekend was Homecoming at Sonoma Valley High School. Friday afternoon, the students had their annual parade up Broadway from the high school and ending in the Plaza. The senior float, above, was named the winning float during Friday night’s football game. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Homecoming hijinks

This weekend was Homecoming at Sonoma Valley High School. Friday afternoon, the students had their annual parade up Broadway from the high school and ending in the Plaza. The senior float, above, was named the winning float during Friday night’s football game.

HICAP offers Medicare information

Representatives from HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) will give a free presentation from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Vintage House senior center, 264 First St. E., Sonoma.

Chamber sets Oct. 29 for Showcase

The Sonoma Chamber’s business showcases are the Valley’s largest business promotional and networking events. This year, the Chamber’s annual Expo has been replaced by three seasonal Showcase events, designed to highlight the geographic and business diversity of the Valley.

With Halloween right around the corner, time is running out to find a great pumpkin. The students at Hanna Boys Center have a pumpkin patch set up on the campus and itÕll be open for one more weekend. Here, Tyler Curson, 17, and James Logan, 15, set up a pumpkin display on one of the hay bales. The patch will be open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. this coming Saturday and Sunday. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Pumpkins on display

With Halloween right around the corner, time is running out to find a great pumpkin. The students at Hanna Boys Center have a pumpkin patch set up on the campus and it’ll be open for one more weekend. Here, Tyler Curson, 17, and James Logan, 15, set up a pumpkin display on one of the hay bales. The patch will be open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. this coming Saturday and Sunday.

This is a map of the property that the Sonoma Land Trust is buying.

Open space adds 29-acre Curreri site

Sonoma Valley’s open spaces are about to expand. The county’s Board of Supervisors appears ready to approve the purchase of 29 acres along Highway 12 in Glen Ellen as an addition to the county’s regional parks.

WHILE TONY RIVAS, foreground, works on a math problem, aide Merell Matheson, student Leslie Ponce and teacher Megan Gauchi explore another math problem at Dunbar Elementary. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Math, reading program expanding

The Grade Level Proficiency Project represents a sea change for teachers and as the first campus to pilot the program, Dunbar Elementary Principal Melanie Blake knew that getting her staff on board and excited about the project was going to be key to its success. She began by issuing each teacher an iPad mini.

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Where they stand: Council candidates drill down on issues

This November, Sonoma residents will chose from among eight candidates to fill three open seats on the five-member Sonoma City Council. To help voters make this decision, the Index-Tribune interviewed each candidate individually, posing a series of questions on issues relevant to city residents. Following is an overview of the candidates based on those interviews.

Fire meetings seek public input

Schell-Vista Fire Protection District board chairman Ernie Loveless wants to see some of Sonoma’s 40 Fire Protection Districts consolidated for greater efficiency.

Mark Shipston, a senior at Sonoma Valley High, gets the last few drops out of a paint bucket while Aidan Blackwood, 9, Carina Given, 9, and Maren McKesson, 9, wait to paint. The three are also Charter School students. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Community service

Last Sunday, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church sent its parishioners out into the community as part of its annual, “Don’t Go To Church, Be The Church” program.

Bryan Alcaraz, 9, gets a flu shot from Phoebe Caceres, one of the many students from SRJC who helped at the Binational Health Fair on Oct. 11, giving out free flu shots and assisting with medical screenings. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Getting inoculated

Bryan Alcaraz, 9, gets a flu shot from Phoebe Caceres, one of the many students from SRJC who helped at the Binational Health Fair on Oct. 11, giving out free flu shots and assisting with medical screenings.

Alex Benward drives the Glen Ellen Fire Protection District’s 1932 antique engine in last Sunday’s Glen Ellen Village Fair Parade. The parade, which is only two blocks long, is one of the highlights of the annual fair. Yvonne Soto-Pomeroy/Index-Tribune

Glen Ellen loves a parade

Alex Benward drives the Glen Ellen Fire Protection District’s 1932 antique engine in last Sunday’s Glen Ellen Village Fair Parade. The parade, which is only two blocks long, is one of the highlights of the annual fair.

Sonoma firefighters host open house on Sunday

The Sonoma Valley Firefighters Association will be holding its annual open house and pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Sonoma Valley Fire Station 1, at 630 Second St. W.

No-cost mammograms available

Sonoma Valley Hospital’s Women’s Health Center is offering no-cost mammograms for uninsured and underinsured Sonoma Valley women over the age of 40 during October.

Tuesday, the Sonoma Valley High girls golf team had a match with Piner High and they were prepared if it started to rain. While it drizzled, Hanna Ladouceur, left, Jacquline Regan and Anna DeSmet headed to the first tee ready for the worst. While the Valley did get some rain, it didn’t arrive until Wednesday morning and even then, it was a fleeting .12 inches. But the Valley could pick up more late tonight and the forecast is for showers on Monday.  Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

It’s going to rain

Tuesday, the Sonoma Valley High girls golf team had a match with Piner High and they were prepared if it started to rain. While it drizzled, Hanna Ladouceur, left, Jacquline Regan and Anna DeSmet headed to the first tee ready for the worst. While the Valley did get some rain, it didn’t arrive until Wednesday morning and even then, it was a fleeting .12 inches. But the Valley could pick up more late tonight and the forecast is for showers on Monday.