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Meet and Meat 009

Where’s the beef? How to find it

Local ranchers raising quality animals humanely have discovered a new tool for marketing – beef tastings.

Cittaslow holds vote for Sebastopol street murals

Check out a gallery of choices and pick your favorites.

Police Blotter: hard work of keeping it peaceful

Even during a relatively quiet week our folks in blue work hard.

Fort Ross

Fort Ross Festival Saturday

Annual celebration at the old fort with music, crafts, games, food.

This Week in the West County; July 21 – 27

Music everywhere, including a beloved local composer performing in Occidental, and a Chautauqua comes to town.

Jazelle Davis, 5, left, Tyler Ono, 6, and Jaida Davis, 11, play Japanese Kokeshi doll castanets as they dance in a Bon Odori during the Obon Festival at Enmanji Buddhist Temple in Sebastopol, California, on July 19, 2014. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat)

Buddhist festival in Sebastopol a decades-long tradition

Emanji Temple honoring ancestors in traditional fashion.


Save on fair admission and rides

Enjoy the fair and be good to you wallet. Here’s the low down on how to save $ this year.

Sandy Eastoak is a Sebastopol artist who has also worked to raise awareness of the Native American community. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

‘Raised by trees,’ inspired by nature

Sebastopol artist Sandy Eastoak explores a connection between art, spirit and nature.


Spotted in West County

A Friday afternoon at Farmer's Market. Fresh veggies, artisan food, good music - don't you love summer.

A Friday afternoon at Farmer’s Market. Fresh veggies, artisan food, good music – don’t you love summer.

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Bite Club

  • Nosh away at these summer events
    It isn’t summer without a couple of intimate(ish) outdoor concert venues featuring great shows, but more importantly great food and wine. We’re smitten with Glen Ellen’s Broadway Under the Stars series ... Read more »
  • Vignette to Open in Barlow
    So what’s the difference between Neapolitan, Sicilian, New York and California-style pizzas? Like barbecue, you’ll get a different answer depending on who you ask, but the forthcoming Vignette (6750 McKinley St. ... Read more »


The Barlow investors have proposed building a 60-room luxury hotel in Sebastopol. Do you think the west county is ready for that level of development?

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Andrea Granahan is our West County correspondent.
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