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Sebastopol Rotary and the Sebastopol Rotary Education Foundation award over $41,000

Sebastopol Rotary and the Sebastopol Rotary Education Foundation award over $41,000

The Sebastopol Rotary and the Sebastopol Rotary Education Foundation (SREF) have awarded over $41,000 to twenty-five local community organizations and schools for needed projects.

Club President Larry Ford was delighted with the results of this year competitive process: “Rotary has long been recognized as an effective fundraising organization, and l’m grateful for the generosity and hard work of our members. ‘Service above Self’ is our motto and it inspires us to seek out the most deserving needs in West County, and make things happen.”  SREF is a separate non-profit organization set up by the Sebastopol Rotary Club for the purpose of building up a large endowment that could be used to support a primary club goal: the improvement of local education in our elementary and secondary schools.

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Sale of $83.9 Million in Green Bonds for Drinking Water

Sale of $83.9 Million in Green Bonds for Drinking Water

California State Treasurer Fiona Ma announced the sale today of $83.9 million in revenue bonds on behalf of the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) to provide financial assistance to local governments for safe drinking water projects. The sale represents the inaugural issuance of bonds by the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program.



 

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Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival cancels 2019 Shows

Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival cancels 2019 Shows

The 2019 Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival, which was scheduled for the weekend of September 7 & 8 at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville, has been postponed for financial reasons until 2020.

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Two Workshops in May for Lower Russian River Trail (Proposed)

Two Workshops in May for Lower Russian River Trail (Proposed)

Regional Parks is proposing to develop a 19.3 mile long multi-use trail along the Russian River corridor between Mirabel Park and Jenner. The trail would provide a safe walking and cycling alternative for commuters and visitors traveling this congested corridor. 

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Management of 2-1-1 Sonoma County Service Transitions to United Way of the Wine Country

Management of 2-1-1 Sonoma County Service Transitions to United Way of the Wine Country

2-1-1 is a free telephone and web-based information and referral service. The service connects Sonoma County residents with health and human services and resources when assistance is needed, including during times of disaster. The transfer of 2-1-1 Sonoma County management from the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County (VCSC) to United Way of the Wine Country (UWWC) allows each organization to strategically focus on their core service and expand the value each organization contributes to the community.

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United Way Distributing Funds for Flood Recovery

United Way Distributing Funds for Flood Recovery

United Way of the Wine Country is distributing funds donated through its Sonoma County Flood Recovery & Wellness Fund to local nonprofit agencies.

Santa Rosa, Calif., April 9, 2019 – United Way of the Wine Country has begun distribution of funds donated to its Sonoma County Flood Recovery and Wellness Fund. This week, funds will be directed to nonprofit agencies who will directly help individuals and families affected by the floods that devastated areas along the lower Russian River in February 2019.

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Humans Do Not Need to Wear Animal Fur - AB 44

Humans Do Not Need to Wear Animal Fur - AB 44

In 2018, Californians overwhelmingly voted, for the second time, to protect farm animals from cruel and inhumane conditions. Numerous pieces of legislation have been passed at both the state and local level to protect companion animals from mistreatment and discrimination. On December 3, 2018, Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) took a bold step and introduced AB44.  AB 44 would make it unlawful to manufacture, sell, offer for sale, display for sale, trade, give donate or otherwise distribute a fur product in California.  AB44 follows historic moves by several California cities to ban fur, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Berkeley.

 

 

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14th Annual Sustainable Enterprise Conference 2019

14th Annual Sustainable Enterprise Conference 2019

The theme of the the 14th Annual Sustainable Enterprise Conference, Resilience was examined through 5 dimensions: Ecological systems, Economy, Social Equality and Policy. The most practical take away? Our link as individuals and families, where we can start. Simple, by securing our preparedness in crisis,  such as the recent fires and floods, and making our home or business sustainable whether it be by switching to solar power and/or using electric vehicles. Once we secure ourselves we can branch out to reach out to help neighbors, community and beyond. 

 

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Sebastopol Launches three-month 'Bus Buddies' Program

Sebastopol Launches three-month 'Bus Buddies' Program

On March 20, the City of Sebastopol launched a three-month 'Bus Buddies' program in an effort to help encourage ridership on Sonoma County Transit's Route 24. Overall ridership on the shuttle has already increased over 57% since free fares were announced last summer. The program aims to keep the momentum going, and ridership growing.

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Monte Rio's Strong Community Joins Forces for Flood Recovery

Monte Rio's Strong Community Joins Forces for Flood Recovery

Monte Rio has seen natural disaster before but this flood was a Big One. While many escaped unscathed, there were businesses and homes that experienced severe damage. But our community spirit is strong and we come together to help one another in times such as these.

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League of Women Voters Explains: The Role of County Commissions

League of Women Voters Explains: The Role of County Commissions

In the first of an ongoing series, the Sonoma County League of Women Voters explains the role of the county's numerous commissions and the process of applying for a vacancy. 

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Sonoma County Transit's "River Shuttle" now free to ride

Sonoma County Transit's "River Shuttle" now free to ride

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors have approved funding to subsidize fares for all riders on Route 28, the “River Shuttle,” through June 30, 2020. The “Fare-Free” program is designed to make using local transit services easier and to encourage hop-on, hop-off, travel without the need to pay a fare.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar conflict sparks important national dialogue

Rep. Ilhan Omar conflict sparks important national dialogue

It was refreshing to see newspaper items in March concerning Rep. Ilhan Omar and the nationwide dialogue she has started over basic justice issues in the Israeli-Palestine conflict that has gone on for over seven decades. However, the conservation in the national media missed a few crucial points.

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Eco-Friendly Garden Tour

Eco-Friendly Garden Tour

The annual Eco-Friendly Garden Tour will take place onMay 4th! Now in its ninth year, the Tour is sponsored by the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership and focuses on low water-use, sustainable landscaping. Tour participants will learn water-saving strategies and garden tips from homeowners while visiting gorgeous gardens and mingling with fellow gardening enthusiasts. The 2019 tour has over 40 inspirational gardens throughout Sonoma and Marin counties.

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​Hikes with Poetry in Search of a Deeper Sense of Place ​Sonoma County - April 2019

​Hikes with Poetry in Search of a Deeper Sense of Place ​Sonoma County - April 2019

On each of these hikes you’ll get to know some of the wild plants and their uses, and you’ll learn some of the ways different cultures have interacted with the plants and habitats of the area. Then we’ll consider some of the ways we might connect crafts and culture with habitat repair in order to sustain and celebrate native plants and habitats into the far future.

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Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Fee Meetings Continue

Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Fee Meetings Continue

Representatives of a new local water agency continued a series of public meetings about a possible fee on well owners within the Santa Rosa Plain to pay for a new state-mandated groundwater regulation program. Next meeting is April 11 in Santa Rosa

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Could A Green New Deal Help the North Bay?

Could A Green New Deal Help the North Bay?

Join hundreds of regional leaders at Sonoma State University's Sustainable Enterprise Conference for conversations around how local businesses can implement the Green New Deal in the North Bay.

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The Wonder Beneath Our Feet: RCD and local producers make soil health strides

The Wonder Beneath Our Feet: RCD and local producers make soil health strides

In conjunction with last year’s Global Climate Action Summit, held in San Francisco, people traveled from all over the world to Sonoma County to learn about how healthy soils and climate smart agriculture can combat climate change. But many farmers and ranchers already knew the secret power of soil, long before its recent spotlighting! They know that soil often holds the key to farming success, and that it can also often be the root of farming challenges.

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Gradually Graduating: Reflections on Parenthood by Mo McElroy

Gradually Graduating: Reflections on Parenthood by Mo McElroy

The term " helicopter parent" never resonated with me, but gosh the "Weinermobile parent" hit home.  Being the fun mom, present, part of, included, teeing my girls up for success, sleeping with, and in the know are hard parental urges to transcend. Gradually I have graduated with them.

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Art Workshop of Western Sonoma County Apple Blossom Art Show

Art Workshop of Western Sonoma County Apple Blossom Art Show

The  Art Workshop of Western Sonoma County (AWS) is celebrating its 51st annual Apple Blossom Art Show this April. The show will feature more than 100 original paintings, drawings and fine art photography. With artworks ranging from rural landscapes to experimental abstracts, there's something for everyone. 

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Health - March 2019 - Are Antidepressants Losing Favor?

Health - March 2019 - Are Antidepressants Losing Favor?

With the Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), patients were able to tolerate the treatment better and seemed to get good results, so doctors began prescribing them liberally. Over time, the conditions for which they were used expanded to include panic, anxiety, eating disorders, mood changes related to menses, and many others. The numbers of people taking these medications continues to rise. From 1999 to 2012 the percentage of Americans on antidepressants increased from 6.8% to 13%. Now nearly 25 million American adults are taking these meds for at least 2 years. Research shows variable results for these medications. They do perform somewhat better than placebo, especially in cases where the depression is more severe, but “their overall effect is mild to moderate” improvement. Therapy is about as good as medication, with both together performing slightly better than either by themself.

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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Flood Victims - Business and Residents

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Flood Victims - Business and Residents

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California businesses and residents affected by winter storms and flooding in Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties.

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Raw Sewage Spill during Russian River Flood at Vacation Beach

Raw Sewage Spill during Russian River Flood at Vacation Beach

On March 6th, as Chair of Russian River Watershed Protection Committee, I received an email and pictures from one of our supporters and a resident of the Vacation Beach area, expressing her concern about a raw sewage spill near her house (close to the Vacation Beach Pump Station).

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Eco-Friendly Garden Tour

This FREE self-guided tour will be held Saturday, May 4th. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Cloverdale Performing Arts Center - Of Mice and Men

5/4,5,11,12,18,19. Mild adult themes.
Students $12 - Adults $25.
Tickets:cloverdaleperformingarts.com
707-894-3222, or at the door if available.

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Locally-Owned Jewelry Businesses in Sonoma County

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Flower Shops and Florists of Sonoma County

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