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Mann family's barn in Freestone is still used for hay storage.

Rustic Relics: Freestone’s Mann barn

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Historic red barn on Bodega Highway is still used by cattle ranchers.

The Estero Americano. (Stephen Joseph / Sonoma Land Trust)

Sense of Place: Estero Americano

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Arthur Dawson shares the story behind Estero Americano, the estuary that drains to Bodega Bay.


Bug Deakin brings ‘Salvage’ to Sebastopol

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Book launch party for Petaluma icon is Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Hopmonk Tavern.


It takes a village to make the apple pie

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Members of the Community Church of Sebastopol spent Friday baking 1,500 apple pies to sell at this weekend’s Gravenstein Apple Fair.

(Photo by Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Iconic Spots: Watson School

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Historic one-room Watson School on Bodega Highway is popular spot for picnics, photos.

Best known for its St. Teresa of Avila church and Potter Schoolhouse, Bodega is home to 220 residents. (Richard Sheppard)

Iconic Spots: The town of Bodega

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Best known for its school and wooden church, the town is home to more than just Birds.

Jodie Rubin, chef as Bodega's Casino Bar and Grill. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Jodie Rubin’s magic soup

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Customers show up early at The Casino in Bodega and call out, ‘Is it soup yet?’

Jerri Miller, leader of the West County Ukuelele Club.

Ukulele fans strum their way to happiness

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Boomers, musicians, people with Hawaiian roots flock to Sonoma County ukulele clubs.

(BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

Advocates seek new homes for honeybees

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Sonoma Wine Company in Graton hosts hives on its vacant back lot as part of the county’s Bee Friendly program.

A round of beers sit on the bar at Warped Brewing Company.

Sebastopol’s Warped Brewing Company is a gamer’s paradise

Friday, April 11th, 2014

At Warped, you can play vintage arcade games while sipping a Pixelated Porter.

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