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(photo Ted Guzzi, courtesy Pepperwood Preserve)

This week in Santa Rosa: Aug. 31 – Sept. 7

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Santa Rosans may choose from a stamp meeting, concert, iris sale and beaver talk – all free. Not free, but worthwhile: a polo tournament and workshop.

Penelope Sabatino, 7, with one of her favorite books.

Young girl reads 400+ books over the summer

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Penelope Sabatino, who turned seven this month, has read more than 400 books between May 31 and Aug. 19.

1903 Ludwig Richter (public domain)

Auditions this weekend for Hansel and Gretel

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Auditions are open for Grimm’s classic Hansel and Gretel, produced by Tom Gibson and Adam Paulen by special arrangement with Classics on Stage for the Children’s Actor Theater.

Local agency receives two targeted initiative grants

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Two out of only 18 targeted initiative grants from the California Department of Community Services and Development were awarded to Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County.


Rincon Valley Library celebrates 20 years

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Rincon Valley Library began celebrating its 20th year with music, Curious George, cupcakes, speeches and the Mayor declaring Rincon Valley Library Day.

Jonqui Albin bird sculpture (photo courtesy Chroma Gallery)

This week in Santa Rosa: Aug. 24-31

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

A climate talk, wire sculpting class, free concert, cannabis festival and scotch tasting this week. The tasting requires reservations soon.

Yosemite National Park Volunteer Program Coordinator Heather Boothe with members of Troop 135. (photo Steve Sapers)

Boy Scout Troop earns another volunteer award

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Santa Rosa Troop 135 loves to hike and volunteer at Yosemite National Park. That combination won them yet another award this summer.

Two nonprofits partner to expand meal delivery program

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Sonoma County Chronic Kidney Disease patients under 60, thanks to a Satellite Healthcare grant, can get kidney-friendly meals delivered from Meals on Wheels.

An osprey keeps watch with his catch.  (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Laguna offering guide training

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation is looking for individuals who love the Laguna and would like to share their passion with others.


First 5 Sonoma County Commission seeks proposals

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Requests for qualifications due Sept. 15 for AVANCE implementation, mental health support and scholarship programs.

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Ann Hutchinson is our Santa Rosa correspondent.
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