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2020-06-16Jun 16, 2020

On June 20, 2020, artists in select cities across the U.S, Canada and Mexico are set to display, perform and showcase their creativity from driveways, balconies, windows, stoops, front lawns, or participating local small businesses (where applicable and safe) during a three-hour period. Community supporters are invited to drive their city blocks and suburban streets to see, hear, and support the artists, performers, musicians, and designers living in their community from a safe distance. The driving experience will be paired with a mobile website and interactive map.

2020-04-14Apr 14, 2020

Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis there has been a significant increase in the need for bread to feed our community.  The demand continues to rise. The bakery is committing to make 15,000 loaves of bread per month to support the work of the Redwood Empire Food Bank and Sonoma Family Meals. The bakery has committed to the first 2,500 loaves of bread and is now seeking others to help.   For each loaf purchased, Costeaux will match that with another loaf of bread.  You can support this initiative with a $5 dollar contribution for a loaf which will be matched by Costeaux.  There’s opportunity in volume as well.  A $20 contribution buys five loaves and $100 contribution buys 30 loaves all of which will be matched by Costeaux. To support the Knead Program or direct donations can be sent to Redwood Empire Food Bank (www.refb.org ) or Sonoma Family Meal (www.sonomafamilymeal.org ). 

 

2020-04-10Apr 10, 2020

While the Human Services Department 's (HSD)doors are temporarily closed and some of our services are reduced,  we are still here to help you and your family. The COVID-19 crisis presents new and unprecedented challenges, and we know a lot of community members have questions about how COVID-19 may impact public benefits such as CalFresh, General Assistance, In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), Medi-Cal, and SonomaWORKS. 

2020-04-09Apr 9, 2020

The Sebastopol Rotary Education Foundation and the Rotary Club of Sebastopol today recognized their three Teachers of the Year in West Sonoma County. The Teacher of the Year program was created to provide community recognition to the hard-working educators in West Sonoma County. Mary Jo Kinser of  Pleasant Hill Christian School  for a career of great performance and leadership. Sydnee Mardell of  Twin Hills Charter Middle School  for her stellar performance as a new teacher. AndJoe Maloney of Laguna High School for his innovations to improve curriculum and career opportunities.

 

2020-04-06Apr 6, 2020

ArtStart of Santa Rosa has launched a call for teen artists to express visually, the personal, social, political and global effects of the pandemic crisis. As this situation affects each of us differently, ArtStart invites the voices of those age 14-20 to offer their unique perspective.

2020-03-27Mar 27, 2020

At CVNL + Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, our number one priority is the health and safety of all the members of our community. As a leader in disaster preparedness and response we take emergency situations seriously. As such, we have made the difficult yet necessary decision to cancel the 2020 Sonoma County Human Race, which was scheduled for Sunday, May 2, in Santa Rosa. We will, however, keep the Human Race website open through June 2, 2020, as there are still companies, teams, and individuals fundraising. 

2020-03-25Mar 25, 2020

Sonoma County and all of Northern California is facing an urgent situation as hundreds of blood drives across the state have been canceled due to the coronavirus.

More than 50 percent of mobile donations generated from blood drives have canceled in the month of March across the Bay Area and that challenging trend will likely continue into April and May. It is completely safe to donate blood at this time. Blood bank staff follow rigorous safety and disinfection protocols at blood drives – and they will be taking temperatures before donors give blood. Blood drives are considered an essential service. Donating blood is a truly meaningful way to make a difference.

2020-03-20Mar 20, 2020

Community Services are doing their best to maximize both staff safety and continued support for our most vulnerable community members to foster the needed sense of community and care for our most vulnerable neighbors affected by the unfolding situation. 

2020-03-19Mar 19, 2020

Unlike most senior centers across the country, The Sebastopol Area Senior Center is not a part of a city parks and recreation department. We are a private, non-profit organization, and must generate all the income we need to provide services to the seniors in our community. The Sebastopol Area Senior Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 Corporation. Your donations are fully tax deductible. Tax ID 23-7043925. Though we are closed, our staff are busy calling our more than 1,000 members to check up on them. This is quite an endeavor. One of our members, responded to the call to say she was really, really appreciative! She says she lives alone, she has no family, she said “you have no idea what this means to me."

2020-03-11Mar 11, 2020

June 1942. Thirteen-year-old Anne Frank received a red and white checkered diary for her birthday. The family had moved from Frankfurt to Amsterdam after Hitler rose to power in 1933. Now that Germany had invaded the Netherlands, persecution of the Jews began with mandatory restrictions such as curfews, shopping only between three and five o’clock and being branded with a yellow star worn on their clothing. When her sister, Margot, received a call-up summons for a Nazi work camp two weeks later, the Frank family went into hiding. Another girl, Eva Geiringer, had a parallel and overlapping story.

2020-03-02Mar 2, 2020

The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) is accepting grant applications for projects that protect agricultural land and reduce greenhouse gases. The cabinet-level State body opened the sixth funding round of its Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC) after its interagency Council approved updated guidelines at its public meeting on Tuesday. SGC invites cities, counties, resource conservation districts, land trusts, California Native American tribes, and other governmental and non-profit entities to apply for the grants.

2020-05-28May 28, 2020

Northern California Public Media Has Been Awarded 'The Humanities For All Quick Grant', a competitive grant program of California Humanities that supports locally-initiated public humanities projects that respond to the needs and interests of Californians, encourage greater public participation in humanities programming, particularly by new and/or underserved audiences, and promotes understanding and empathy among all our state’s peoples in order to cultivate a thriving democracy. Read more and link to the podcasts of the winning program The Wonderland Radio Hour.

2020-02-26Feb 26, 2020

Upstream Investments will be honored with a Gold Resolution from the Board of Supervisors on Friday, February 28, 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. The Board strategically chose the Upstream Investments collective impact model, which has been successfully adopted by other U.S. counties and cities, to create a shift in the way social services operate in the County. The Board of Supervisors’ interest in prevention-focused strategies was inspired by concerns over an increase in the number of residents in the local criminal justice system.

2020-02-03Feb 3, 2020

The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program, in conjunction with the National Arts Program, is proud to announce the opening of the 17th Annual National Arts Program exhibition and competition. Participants are eligible for $3,450 in awards. This year’s exhibition features 200 works by artists of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience.

2019-04-22Apr 22, 2019

An art auction to provide immediate help to the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Twenty gallery artists will participate, offering paintings, jewelry and other craft items.  Online Bidding starts at 10 am on April 24,2020 and closes on May 10, 2020 at 5 pm. Shoppers will have an opportunity to skip the bidding and secure their art purchase with a ‘buy it now option.’  Art sold to local customers will be hand delivered or shipped free nationally. The Redwood Empire Food Bank has a dire need for food, volunteers and funds. To view the artwork for sale and place your read on...

2019-02-09Feb 9, 2019

Each Sonoma County library branch will host three separate classes on topics relating to emergency preparedness: Emergency Kits and Go Bags, Family Planning (and your pets, too!), and Sources of Information and Community Support. Learn what you need in your emergency kit, create a solid evacuation plan and establish your sources of information and community support system by attending classes at your local library.

2020-05-25May 25, 2020

Food for All/Comida para Todos (FFA) is pleased to announce a partnership with North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP) as our fiscal sponsor. Food for All/Comida para Todos is non-profit and operated solely by volunteers. All donations are used to purchase products for families in Sonoma Valley. The partnership with NBOP allows for all donations made to FFA to be tax deductible. The items offered in this program are essential food and cleaning products for families. The program requires completion of an online survey. The survey helps to identify your family needs for delivery. Read more to see how you can help or refer someone you know in the Springs area who may need these services.

2020-05-16May 16, 2020

The Community Child Care Council (4Cs) of Sonoma County expanded their Emergency Child Care Funding Program to provide funding for essential workers in need of child care through June 30, 2020. This funding is part of SB 89, emergency legislation signed by Governor Newsom to provide $1 billion in funding to help support California during the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, 4Cs has 178 active child care providers and 1,236 current vacancies.  

2020-04-23Apr 23, 2020

During this challenging time there are many services available for our most vulnerable populations; our Senior Citizens and those with Immune-Compromised Health. Below are resources for: Grocery Stores - Meal Services - Pharmacies - Transporation - Caregivers - Legal Aid & More. This resource list will be updated regularly.  If you have information to share that is not included in this resource, please email  editor@SonomaCountyGazette.com 

2020-04-23Apr 23, 2020

Fill a bag with non-perishable food (no glass containers please). Drive your donations to the front horseshoe of Sonoma City Hall in the Sonoma Plaza. Stay in your car, and drive-thru to drop off your donation. The most needed items include tuna and canned meat, peanut butt er, canned soups & stews, rice and dry beans, cereal, canned fruits & veggies and Protein Bars. If you are unable to make a drive-thru donation, REFB is also holding a Virtual Food Drive and requesting donations. For every $1 donated, REFB distributes $4 of healthy food.

2020-04-22Apr 22, 2020

County of Sonoma Launches Warm Line for Emotional and Mental Health Support. Beginning on Thursday April 23, a local warm line will be available to support community experiencing emotional stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.The warm line is available to any County resident experiencing emotional side effects of the pandemic and/or the shelter in place order, or knows somebody who is. Service in Spanish is also available as well as telephone interpretation for other languages.

2020-04-20Apr 20, 2020

Our work is important. We are competing to serve, and advocate for, a population that doesn’t always receive the respect it has earned. We do need help during time as our usual events for funds are posponed. There are many ways to give. We provide Meals on wheels, see our PU locations and Menus and learn about our social support services.

2020-04-19Apr 19, 2020

Corvid 19 era compilation of family supports such as cash assistance, health or dental coverage, nutritional supports, or low-cost internet services, food banks or school meal programs, assistance paying for utilities, temporary shelter or housing supports,  low-cost health coverage for children and adults with limited income and many more.

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