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2018-12-14Dec 14, 2018
Fourteen brand new “Tiny Houses” at the Veterans Village on the Sonoma County Campus will soon become home to 14 homeless Sonoma County veterans.
2018-12-04Dec 4, 2018
California's utility regulatory body will hold one of two upcoming workshops on the practice of shutting off power at high wildfire risk times in Santa Rosa on Friday, December 14.
2018-12-04Dec 4, 2018
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors discussed the future of a Sheriff Office oversight body, approved an extension of a contract with an emergency preparedness consultant and listened to a policy update from Assemblymember Jim Wood at its Tuesday, Dec. 4 meeting.
2018-12-03Dec 3, 2018
A recent application for a large commercial cannabis grow and processing facility adjacent to Graton homes and the West County Trail has put a spotlight on the county’s evolving cannabis regulations.
2018-12-03Dec 3, 2018
After a nationwide search and extensive interview process, Sonoma County Administrative Officer Sheryl Bratton will officially recommend the appointment of Christopher Godley as the county's next Emergency Management Director at the Tuesday, December 11 Board of Supervisors meeting. 
2018-12-02Dec 2, 2018
  Vibrant garlands and glistening lights festoon storefronts and neighborhoods in December. For David, holiday enthusiasm has become an obsession. His imaginative, careful planning ensures a perfect fictional Santa Claus for his children, with detailed rules like “packaging from ‘Santa Gifts’ must be disposed of at least two blocks away from the house.” When the festive spirit is clouded by a sudden, tragic loss, he struggles to maintain the magic for his family, as they face a new, sorrowful reality.
2018-12-01Dec 1, 2018
As a 21-year-old Army wife, a local therapist attempted to kill herself. "Until that time, my husband hadn’t believed me when I said I was suicidal. Even the Army psychiatrists, whom I begged for help, rejected me," Gail Raborn writes, in her article about spotting the signs of a suicidal thoughts and prevention resources.
2018-12-01Dec 1, 2018
In the last several months, advocates' fervent pleas for city and county officials to act quickly to protect unsheltered people from the winter cold and rains have been ignored. At the same time, a series of findings by several independent bodies have shown clearly that the city and county's homeless policies are not only inadequate but worsening the situation. 
2018-12-01Dec 1, 2018
Small Shops of Sonoma County is an annual TRADITION that goes back 16 years. Like all traditions, we like to be consistent - that’s part of what makes it a real tradition. The consistency here is supporting locally-owned businesses who support our local economy by keeping your money right here at home.
2018-12-01Dec 1, 2018
A proposal to build a cannabis grow and processing facility near the West County Trail in Graton has raised questions about the county's land use laws for the fledgling industry. At its December 11 meeting, the Board of Supervisors are expected to decide if the West County Trail and the Joe Rodota Trail should be included in the setback requirement and if the Graton applicant must place its cannabis plants and structures at least 1,000 feet from the trail.
2018-12-01Dec 1, 2018
I don’t have to tell you about climate change—you can see it in the air! The smoke from the Camp Fire in Paradise has kept schools closed, canceled sporting events, covered cars with ash, and meant we all stayed inside or walked around with N95 masks
2018-12-12Dec 12, 2018
At the December 11th public hearing and meeting, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted to include the all Class 1 trails - such as West County and Joe Radota Trails - as Regional Parks to afford them the 1,000-foot setback protections from Cannabis operations. 
2018-12-01Dec 1, 2018
In the weeks after California's deadly, destructive wildfires, residents and firefighters alike should be mindful of the toxins carried in the smoke that blanketed the state. The secret to reversing possible diseases is to detox the poisons that do the damage to our body, and to rebuild new healthy cells.
2018-12-01Dec 1, 2018
2018-11-30Nov 30, 2018
As much as we would have preferred to forget the horrific fires from 2017s, it is a reminder about how precious life is and the importance of continuing moving forward and continuing to enjoy life and having fun. Windsor has lots of events and fun happenings to keep a smile on everyone’s face. Here are some of the exciting things happening in Windsor for December…  
2018-11-30Nov 30, 2018
Sebastopol voters have returned the incumbents to Council for another term. Congratulations to my colleagues,  Patrick Slayter  and  Una Glass.  Congratulations to newcomer Vaughan Higginbotham for his strong showing.  Measures Q and R passed by wide margins, offering some financial help to the city coffers
2018-11-30Nov 30, 2018
Happy Holidays  I want to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of my readers a joyous holiday season one filled with good health, peace of mind and loving relations,  FYI,  there are 14 religious holidays believers celebrate in December and for those interested in knowing each and every one please check out www.deseretnews.com/article/865642813/These-are-the-14-religious-holidays-believers-celebrate-in-December.html 
2018-11-30Nov 30, 2018
Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad to all the residents of Roseland and readers of Roseland Review. This column will be addressing both Christmas wishes, and Thanks giving for the things we have been blessed with in 2018. 
2018-11-30Nov 30, 2018
The former State Farm Insurance site, at the corner of Rohnert Park Expressway and State Farm Drive, will soon become a major downtown hub for the city of Rohnert Park and its residents.  
2018-11-30Nov 30, 2018
What’s Our Fair Share of the Tourist Tax? There is always a lot of talk about how the West County generates the lion’s share of the Transient Occupancy Tax, or TOT tax.  For anyone who doesn’t know what that is, it’s a bed tax that hotels and vacation rentals in Sonoma County charge their guests. 
2018-11-30Nov 30, 2018
What has happened to society that they place so much emphasis on buying stuff?  At the end of the day, it's just stuff.  In my opinion, the very  best way to spend the holidays is to give to those who need it most.  Adopt a family in need/crisis. It truly is the meaning of the holiday season. It feels right to bring joy to those less fortunate. Make a difference in someone's life.Kindness goes a long way. Happy Holidays to one and all!
2018-11-30Nov 30, 2018
Amazing Events are in store this holiday season in Petaluma! Hotel Petaluma hosts this gingerbread house event, The Petaluma Museum Association is presenting their New Year’s Eve Gala Concert, Carnegie Library,  Kenneth Breisch  will present  “Andrew Carnegie & the American Public Library Movement”  at the  historic library and museum  and Sky Hill Cultural Alliance,  in conjunction with the San Francisco Waltzing Society, presents the  fourth annual NYE Viennese Ball.
2018-12-11Dec 11, 2018
At its last meeting of the year, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors altered the zoning code for cannabis farms, approved staff recommendations for housing funding, and extended several staff contracts among other items during a 10-hour meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
2018-11-30Nov 30, 2018
In the Fifth District, where we were thankfully spared from the destruction of last year’s fire, we’re working to make West County more resilient and and resistant to “new abnormal.” From improving roads and enhancing bicycle and pedestrian safety to providing more support and services to our homeless community members and giving our coastal and river communities stronger voices in county government, I think West County is better off going into 2019 than it was in 2018. 
2018-11-30Nov 30, 2018
Though the smoke and sadness from Butte still hangs heavy in the air and in my heart, rain is finally here and I am finding plenty to be thankful for myself. Democrats took back the house, Measure M passed and Prop. 6 did not. Happy that our local parks have a dedicated source of funding, and relieved that transportation infrastructure improvements will continue to be funded.
2018-11-30Nov 30, 2018
December is many things. Putting the hoses away from the garden, bringing in the cushions from the outdoor chairs, the prayer for rain (as compared to May when we pray for the rain to stop), traditional holiday gift giving, and hunkering down with a good book or the many other events to partake in. 
2018-11-30Nov 30, 2018
The MAC candidates’ town hall meeting in Guerneville went very well. There was a total of 28 people running for district positions. It was great to see such a turnout of people willing to volunteer and serve, and to serve for the greater good, not just for their individual district. It’s a sign of our changing demographics and it’s awesome that we have reached this place.
2018-11-30Nov 30, 2018
Come to Carpenters Union Hall, at the KBBF station property at 1700 Corby Avenue in SR, and enjoy our Posada-style fiesta. Listen online to Elaine B. Holtz of  “Women’s Spaces”  hosted an interview with Becky Hobbs
2018-11-30Nov 30, 2018
Jackalope Gardens plans to grow primarily CBD strains that are intended for medical use. These cultivars are targeting medical users such as pain relief, seizure disorders and sleeping aids. We are building our business on the medical benefits of Cannabis. 
2018-11-30Nov 30, 2018
What does this final month of serving as Healdsburg’s mayor and my last of four years on city council invite? My town struggles with balance. “Nothing in excess.” My heartfelt experience as an elected official reveals the ancient Greek inscription’s truth: Excess causes lasting harm.
2018-11-30Nov 30, 2018
I’ve discovered that the Nevada Seismological Laboratory has a website showing six fire lookout videos of our Northern California area, updated several times a minute. In the  Geyserville vicinity, there is one on Geyser Peak though it shows the view from the eastern side of the mountain. The Pine Mountain camera comes closest to covering our area.
2018-11-30Nov 30, 2018
Forestville engine 5161 was dispatched to the Camp fire in Paradise the morning it broke out. We are so proud of our crews for stepping up without hesitation to constantly combat these raging fires. With the lack of rain over the last few years vegetation is at an all-time dryness and it is critical that everyone has an evacuation plan in place for these situations.
2018-11-29Nov 29, 2018
Alejandra Cervantes,  community organizer, heads up the Community Garden at Larson Park, a Sonoma County Regional Park. Ms. Cervantes is involved in numerous community improvement programs in the Springs. Demolition, Parking, Development, and Neighborhood Watch Are Topics Presented At  Springs Community Alliance Meeting.  
2018-12-10Dec 10, 2018
Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire, Chair of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance and Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, announced plans today to work together and implement the recent United States Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. This decision authorizes states to begin collecting sales and use tax from online and out-of-state retailers without a physical presence in California.  
2018-11-29Nov 29, 2018
Savory Sonoma by Stephanie Hiller-December 2018. This month the Housing and Community Development released its report on disaster recovery. $124 million will be coming our way for houses. Gavin Newsom, has promised to build 3.5 million homes statewide by 2025.  
2018-11-29Nov 29, 2018
By the mid-1800’s the cocoa butter was being mixed back with the cocoa powder to form moldable chocolate candy. Fudge, a true American invention, came by accident, from a bungled (“fudged”) batch of caramels. In the late 1880’s, a student at Vassar College got a recipe for fudge from a cousin in Baltimore.  
2018-11-29Nov 29, 2018
2018-11-29Nov 29, 2018
There’s a pulsating  joy-making parade down Guerneville’s Main Street which frightens comparatively few Shi-Tzus and leaves in its wake warm fuzzies and fulfilment  throughout the populace.   
2018-11-28Nov 28, 2018
Generosity and holiday cheer infuse this sentimental story of a lonely orphan who discovers wealth and familial love with a crotchety old bachelor. Daddy Warbucks has striven for commercial success his entire life, and finds himself looking back to realize that it means nothing without companionship. When he invites Annie to stay for Christmas, she sweeps him away with her childish charm and irrepressible zeal for looking on the bright side of any situation. As a musical, it is rather repetitive, depending heavily on a few catchy tunes to carry the show.
2018-11-28Nov 28, 2018
If after the December rush and New Year’s sales things slow down, it could be a good time to learn more about some of the facets of your business. You could, for instance attend a conference or two, learn about new products that could enhance your business or focus on new ways to market and sell your products.
2018-11-27Nov 27, 2018
2018-11-27Nov 27, 2018
Efforts to shift school commutes away from single-rider trips to more sustainable modes of transportation, such as walking, bicycling, carpooling, and public transit are making a difference at 12 Sonoma County high schools. In spring 2019, students from each high school will also be presenting policy and/or infrastructure proposals to their local school boards or administrations.
2018-11-27Nov 27, 2018
A local author's latest book was a finalist in a national book festival. "Edward the White Goose," an illustrated children's book about a lonely goose seeking an adoptive family, is set in Northern California.
2018-11-27Nov 27, 2018
2018-12-10Dec 10, 2018
Eve (Maisy Gibson) is unhappy with the prospect of another Christmas with pink dolls and easy bake ovens that she has no interest in; she would rather be a swashbuckling hero with her own pirate ship. Brandishing a wrapping paper tube, she defies the idea that girls cannot have a life of daring exploits. ‘Yo Ho Ho, A Pirate’s Christmas’ is the product of Eve’s imaginative dream, complete with a dance off between the pirates and Santa’s elves.
2018-11-27Nov 27, 2018
For years, Earl Stevens made sure the downtown holiday tree was cut, hauled, put up and decorated so we could celebrate our very own town tree lighting.  When an indispensable volunteer like that retires, what happens? 
2018-11-27Nov 27, 2018
2018-11-27Nov 27, 2018
The Holiday Sale is coming to the Artisans’ Co-op Gallery. Before and after Christmas, December 22 - January 3. They’ll take 10% off everything in the shop except notecards. If you haven’t yet or recently been in, now is a great time to come take a look at all the goods they have to offer. It is a sensory feast! 
2018-11-26Nov 26, 2018
When reminded that larger forces of the cosmos and nature hold us in their sway, our instinct is to go for unity with others, not separation, to ensure our survival and well being as individuals and as a species. 
2018-11-26Nov 26, 2018
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the hospital the staff were all working to do the impossible. Then in our parking lot, what to our wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer, who staggered and stumbled and moved in a slog to emerge from the settling Bodega Bay fog..
2018-11-26Nov 26, 2018
2018-11-26Nov 26, 2018
At a December 8 event, Homes for Sonoma will unveil a modular home built in an effort to provide a low-cost housing option for people displaced by the 2017 fires. The group aims to produce elegantly designed modular house communities located on private property leased and managed by a housing agency.
2018-11-23Nov 23, 2018
Live Theater by Alexa Chipman - December 2018. ‘The Tailor of Gloucester’ light operetta. ‘The Nutcracker’ magical visions of graceful dancers.
2018-11-22Nov 22, 2018
We finally made it to December! The best month for movies. Everyone loves the iconic song,”12 Days of Christmas”. So I made a list for all you movie lovers.   
2018-11-18Nov 18, 2018
The rancorous midterm elections are over. They reflected the turbulence that is pervading the human condition as well as the political, economic and philosophical divides that are facing this country and the world. As the year draws to a close, this is a good time to review the past 12 months so that we may notice how we responded to the rolling challenges that this year brought. My January column will explore some of the major patterns for 2019, as well as highlighting specific transits for that month. For a longer and more in depth discussion of the New Year, I will be giving my annual Perspectives talk on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 7 PM at the Luther Burbank Center.
2018-12-10Dec 10, 2018
The selfish, twisted relationships in 'The House of Yes' will make your family seem refreshingly normal. This brilliant comedy by Wendy MacLeodis like watching a fast-paced tennis match of snappy zingers, with disturbing sexual tension amongst the narcissistic characters. A hurricane is howling outside when Marty and his fiancée Lesly arrive for Thanksgiving dinner, stumbling into a hive of neurotic family members, from the flamboyant mother to Marty's twin sister, who is prone to hysteria when not given her way.
2018-11-18Nov 18, 2018
There is a myriad of films/DVD’s that feature felines prominently but the inspiration for this article came the recent release,Bohemian Rhapsody, the story of Queen frontman, Freddy Mercury. Freddy loved his cats wrote songs about them, dedicated albums to them and when on tour called to chat with them. Another current feature is Can You Ever Forgive Me? Melissa McCarthy delivers an Oscar worthy performance as Lee Israel a down on her luck writer with a drinking problem who decides to fabricate letters that have been written by famous people and sell them to dealers. Her cat is sick and needs to see the vet and she is low on cash.  
2018-11-18Nov 18, 2018
2018-11-17Nov 17, 2018
As the fires and hurricanes keep coming, it becomes increasingly difficult to deny weather as a major concern when planning for human health. Fires, floods, extreme heat, poor air quality, and problems with water access all make us more vulnerable as “Global Warming” continues to unfold. Some individuals may do reasonably well in the coming era, if they are lucky or well-resourced (and able to buffer from the worst impacts). For the rest of us, though, and for the planet as a whole, some massive changes are in store.
2018-11-17Nov 17, 2018
2018-11-16Nov 16, 2018
Remember that by choice, we live in a very wooded area. The Pole Mountain Fire Lookout has been reopened and is the only lookout serving Sonoma County. Its primary purpose is the early detection of fires, so they can be stopped when small. 
2018-11-15Nov 15, 2018
Come to this enjoyable Cotati event. The celebration happens from 4 to 8 pm in  La Plaza Park.  When our daughter attended Thomas Page School, we loved singing Christmas Carols with Cotati’s  Troup 4 Boy Scouts.  
2018-11-13Nov 13, 2018
Please look at the MAP to find your way across the county to the small businesses who are on the same mission we are…keeping our local economy strong. They read the Gazette, so they know exactly why we publish this guide to holiday shopping. We don’t just tell you to go buy stuff - we provide inspiration on gifting in ways that support our home and families.
2018-11-12Nov 12, 2018
Our LOCAL GUIDES are part of how we can be a contributing partner for our local economy. Gazette readers have told us that they prefer to support locally-owned businesses because they know by now what a difference keeping dollars local means. It’s been a long education process that we started 16 years ago with our first guide to small shops.
2018-11-12Nov 12, 2018
Senior Momentum by Zoe Tummillo-December 2018. “euphoria” positivity &  “ecstasy” runs the full gamut of mood and emotional applications.
2018-11-11Nov 11, 2018
If you are looking for a good book to read or gift, why not visit one of our locally-owned book stores. Cozy small ones to expansive large ones with multiple locations. These bookstores are all owned by Sonoma County entrepreneurs.
2018-12-08Dec 8, 2018
If you are looking for a live show to take the family to this holiday season, look no further than Cloverdale Performing Arts Center where both scalawags and elves are having a rollicking good time in Yo Ho Ho, a Pirate’s Christmas! Even if that exclamation mark hadn’t been included in the official title, I’d have added it because this show is so much fun, it deserves some over-the top punctuation!
2018-11-11Nov 11, 2018
Penngrove’s own Eartha McClelland was named Volunteer of the Year by Memorial Hospice for her work with Hospice of Petaluma.
2018-11-10Nov 10, 2018
Check out this comprehensive list of Holiday Craft Fairs across Sonoma County - Enjoy!
2018-11-09Nov 9, 2018
(Local Guide Cover Artist). The only thing I have ever taken a straight line towards is teaching. It seems my preferred entrance is always through the back door, whether it is into book writing and illustration or fine art. While I wish I had gone to art school, wish I had studied in Europe, wish I had taken figure drawing more often and studied art history more, the truth is that I am impatient and tend to live in my head. My art is an effort to duplicate what I see in my head, or on the horizon, or on a limb chirping...
2018-11-08Nov 8, 2018
In the past couple of years, I have been frustrated with the social and political consequences of our “Information Age.” The glut of content produced for fast consumption has allowed disinformation to clutter our minds. I believe the solution is a Slow Info Revolution, based in our libraries and small independent bookstores.
2018-11-07Nov 7, 2018
As parents we try to teach our kids all the time. From important lessons, to complicated concepts, to good morals. However it can be hard, really hard. Especially for kids that are starting to recognize not everything is black and white. How do you teach your kid when to be honest and when too much honesty can hurt someone’s feelings?
2018-11-06Nov 6, 2018
Rather than buying a tree that has been cut down and will be turned into compost, purchase one that can be planted after the holidays. Ask the nursery where you purchase the tree how long they recommend keeping it in a pot, and how long before you need to put it into a larger pot if you plan to use it for several years. 
2018-11-05Nov 5, 2018
The best products from Sonoma County farms have been curated and artfully wrapped into two versions of a beautiful gift box, ready to give or send.  Created by local entrepreneur, Pam Bell, the Sonoma Love Box and the Farm Trails Edition of the Sonoma Love Box reflect Sonoma County’s unique passion for sharing artful, delicious and natural products.
2018-11-04Nov 4, 2018
The holiday shipping deadlines for all carriers have been announced, and it’s time to mark your calendars.
2018-11-03Nov 3, 2018
Sonoma County Regional Parks picnic tables and benches are ideal for tributes to loved ones, or to celebrate a milestone event. Do you want to honor a family member or friend with a gift that supports our parks?
2018-11-02Nov 2, 2018
How many of you knew exactly what you were doing from the start?  If you’re not a parent, do you think your parents knew what they were doing? Imagine if there were a magic key that unlocked the mystery of parenting. Would you be interested? I think I may have accidentally, out of desperation, stumbled on that key.
2018-12-06Dec 6, 2018
The Sonoma County District Attorney says she will "continue to vigorously enforce the state anti-price gouging law." The Santa Rosa City Attorney will continue to prosecute violators under a city ordinance protecting renters. 
2018-11-01Nov 1, 2018
We’re standing in a store and my 4-year old granddaughter asks if she can have a toy. It sets off a series of answers in my head that have nothing to do with satisfying her desire and everything to do with what will become of this object when she no longer finds it interesting?
2018-12-05Dec 5, 2018
  Rather than a formal staging, the solo performance ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ feels like the audience is relaxing in a living room, listening to an enthusiastic anecdote told by a beloved relative. The lights are up throughout the play, interaction is encouraged, and Ron Severdia’s casual persona is easily approachable.

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