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Drought strategy – plant a winter garden

The Occidental Arts and Ecology center is offering a plant sale in August to give gardeners a head start.

Jerry Koloms and Beth Smith and the little library. Photo by Andrea Granahan

The little library in Forestville

A couple has started a free mini-library in Forestville, much to the delight of the neighborhood.

Man arrested after driving backward in Sebastopol

If you want to escape police notice don’t drive backwards down a highway.

Man hit by car in Sebastopol dies of injuries

Tragic pedestrian death.

Santa Rosa man arrested after reporting truck stolen

First a high speed chase, then a false report that his truck was stolen lands a man in jail.

Local street band attuned to political causes

Graton’s very anarchistic street band, the Hubbub Club, charms everyone.

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.


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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