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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.

Sonoma Raceway kicks off toy drive

Valley residents 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.

What’s open and closed Friday

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, many government offices will be taking a four-day weekend so most will also be closed on Friday.

JOHN ABERNATHY (front, left) will collect the last donation of toys on Saturday, Dec. 1, before strapping them to his motorcycle and riding to Cloverdale for the 16th annual Toy Run, for which Northern California bikers bring toys for the Marines Toys For Tots drive. (Back, right) Nick Grimm, owner of Café Scooteria, poses with Janette Acevedo. Grimm will give anyone who donates a toy at his store a free coffee. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Santa bikers collect toys for tots

Clad in Santa gear and atop a Harley, John Abernathy will lead a group of Valley bikers to the 16th annual Toy Run in Cloverdale on Sunday after collecting a few last toy donations.

JANET CAIN runs to an age-group first-place finish at the recent 2013 National Marathon Championship for U.S. women in Minneapolis.

Cain recovers to amaze as an elite runner

The storied career of Sonoma’s master marathoner, Dr. Janet Cain, has covered many paths en route to an imposing record of achievement made all the more impressive by the physical handicaps she has had to overcome.