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STEVE LEWIS makes some adjustments to the computer controller at the Christmas Train Show Sunday at the Depot Museum. The model train display will run from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Depot Park Museum. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Depot Park Museum hosts model train display

STEVE LEWIS makes some adjustments to the computer controller at the Christmas Train Show Sunday at the Depot Museum. The model train display will run from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Depot Park Museum.

Hike Calabazas Creek Saturday

The public is invited to attend the “Valley of the Moon’s Hidden Gem” outing at the Calabazas Creek Open Space Preserve from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

Several hundred people attended the annual Hospice By The Bay tree lighting ceremony on a chilly Sunday evening in the Plaza. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Hospice tree lighting

Several hundred people attended the annual Hospice By The Bay tree lighting ceremony on a chilly Sunday evening in the Plaza.

THE FOUNTAIN in front of the General’s Daughter froze Thursday evening.

Baby it’s cold outside

The current cold snap may have Sonoma residents firing up space heaters and slipping on icy roads. But no weather records will be broken this time, according to meteorologists.

Water agency to discuss flood control and new projects

The Sonoma County Water Agency’s Zone 3A Flood Advisory Committee will meet today, Tuesday, Dec. 10, to discuss its stream maintenance program, current projects including conservation and flood control, and hear comments from agency staff and members of the public.

Reservations needed for Vintage House Christmas dinner

On Christmas Day, Sonoma Valley seniors are invited to Vintage House senior center to enjoy an elegant sit-down holiday dinner with all the trimmings in our newly refurbished Stone Hall. Guests will be welcomed into the festively decorated hall at 3 p.m. and dinner will be served shortly after.

THE WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA celebration will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park.

Wreaths Across America ceremony Saturday

On Saturday, Dec. 14, members of the community are invited to gather together to honor veterans during the holiday season as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day. The event begins at 8:45 a.m. at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park, and will be held rain or shine.

Man missing from care facility

Sonoma police are trying to locate a 55-year-old man who went missing from the Sonoma Care and Rehabilitation facility in Sonoma Sunday.

Santa Claus arrived at the Sonoma Plaza in an antique fire truck and a chilly drizzle promptly at 5:30 p.m. Friday night, but a throng of children and beaming parents were warmed by the warm embrace of the jolly old elf. Santa circulated through the crowd of a hundred or more admirers, hugging everyone in sight before retiring to the Sebastiani Theatre to hear the hopes and dreams of children of various ages. David Bolling/Index-Tribune

Santa makes Plaza appearance

Santa Claus arrived at the Sonoma Plaza in an antique fire truck and a chilly drizzle promptly at 5:30 p.m. Friday night, but a throng of children and beaming parents were warmed by the warm embrace of the jolly old elf. David Bolling/Index-Tribune

DR. DON MARTIN’S SON Bennett Martin, and daughter Julie McClelland will be at the lighting of the Hospice tree at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, on the Plaza. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Hospice to honor Dr. Don Martin

Don Martin, M.D., served his Sonoma patients for more than 50 years and now the Lights of Remembrance tree on the Plaza will twinkle brightly in his honor. This Sunday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m., his family, friends and those he healed will attend the Hospice By The Bay tree lighting ceremony, and as the tree shines in the night sky they will recall what a blazing beacon he was to all who knew him.

COUNCILMEMBER TOM ROUSE was elected mayor of Sonoma for 2014 at Monday night’s city council meeting. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

City Council elects Tom Rouse as new mayor

To the surprise of no one, City Council member Tom Rouse was nominated and unanimously approved as the new mayor of Sonoma Monday night, and David Cook, completing his first year as a council member, was elected mayor pro tem.

CHP looking for motorist who fled wreck

The California Highway Patrol is looking for a Santa Rosa man who rolled his truck Thursday afternoon on Warm Springs Road, left his girlfriend hanging upside down in the truck – and took off on foot.

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.

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.

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.