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Sonoma City Council authorizes emergency warming center

The Sonoma City Council has authorized the creation of a warming center for homeless people during extreme weather events. Council members voted 4-1 for the shelter to be located inside the Haven, a city-owned manufactured home at 151 W. First St., and to terminate the city’s agreement with the nonprofit Sonoma Overnight Support to operate… Keep Reading

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Sonoma County Fire Chief to lead CalChiefs

Sonoma County Fire Chief Mark Heine will lead one of the state’s largest body of firefighters after being sworn in as president of the California Fire Chiefs Association. Chief Heine was elected to the president’s role by the CalChiefs 800 member agencies on Wednesday, Oct. 17. On October 17, SCFD Fire Chief Mark Heine was… Keep Reading

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Two West Sonoma County Properties Get Conservation Label

Nearly 700 acres in West Sonoma County are getting the conservation treatment. Sonoma County Ag + Open Space has announced they are conserving the entirety of the 489-acre Denner Ranch and 187 acres of the neighboring Lafranchi property. This will increase the possibilities for restoration work within the historical footprint of the Laguna de Santa… Keep Reading

The Best Stores for Holiday Shopping in Sonoma County

Sonoma’s creatives know how to bring magic to our community at the holidays, from caroling and toy drives to cozy afternoons with books and hand-knitted sweaters. The offerings at local independent boutiques run both wide and deep, whether your December wish list includes a pepperberry-studded wreath, a flashy red bass guitar, or something delicate and… Keep Reading

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Northern Lights Art Walk returns to the Luther Burbank Center

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) announced the return of Northern Lights, its winter lights art walk, where last year 25,000 visitors came to view a dazzling seasonal lights display and the illuminated works of local artists. This year, LBC will expand the attraction with the winning bridge design selected in its community challenge… Keep Reading

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The best Bay Area ice-skating rinks to capture the holiday spirit

Even on a cold year, icy temps around the Bay Area are fleeting at best. But there is a chill in the air that’s reliable enough to inspire great fall and wintertime outdoor activities, including ice skating. Enjoy twinkling holiday lights and steaming mugs of hot cocoa dappled with marshmallows in town plazas and downtown… Keep Reading

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Russian River Historical Society celebrates 40 years

A peek into the past: The Rio Theater and Bohemian Grove I recently watched Oppenheimer at the Rio Theater. Great movie. Did you know the Manhattan Project was conceived at a planning meeting at our Bohemian Grove? Robert Oppenheimer, the presidents of Harvard, Yale, Princeton and various military officials were present. Russian River Historical Society… Keep Reading

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