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Pat Schaefer of Santa Rosa and her dog Maddie find a perfect resting spot atop a giant pumpkin.

The Week in Sonoma Valley: Oct. 5 to 11

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Wide range of activities coming up in Sonoma Valley, from a course on the 49ers to a Giant Pumpkin Festival.

Brocco's Old Barn in El Verano. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Rustic Relics: Brocco’s Old Barn

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

El Verano landmark, built in 1928, is now supply central for dog, pet, bird, bunny and barnyard animal owners.

Mary Ellen Pleasant at age 87. (Courtesy of William Loren Katz, The Black West Collection)

Mystery surrounds Sonoma Community Center Muse

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Southern-style gala honors the colorful life and contributions of former Beltane Ranch owner Mary Ellen Pleasant.

Count Agoston Haraszthy ...

A decade of Muse honorees

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Sonoma Community Center annual Muse selection honors those who’ve made contributions to Sonoma Valley.

A young visitor tries to lift a hefty pumpkin at the Stanly Lane Pumpkin Patch in Napa. (Towns photo)

The List: Pumpkin patches

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Pumpkin patches offer everything from hay rides and corn mazes to dozens of varieties of pumpkins and gourds.

New Treasure Artist Thena Trygstad (Courtesy photo)

Thena Trygstad named Sonoma Treasure Artist

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Sonoma Cultural and Fine Arts Commission selects multi-media artist, community volunteer for honorary post.

Al Robles and Diana and Jimmy McAuliffe at last year's chili competition. (Courtesy photo)

Chili cook-off benefits Meals on Wheels of Sonoma

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Entries now being accepted for third annual Sonoma Chili Cook-Off at Carneros Brewing Co.

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Trojans football team supports opponent with cancer

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Petaluma High School football team donates letterman’s jacket to Dragons player battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Trixie staffs the ticket booth at the Sebastiani Theatre on the Sonoma Plaza, home of haunts and history. (Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat / 2013)

Discover the ‘Legends and Lore’ of Sonoma Plaza

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

State parks guides offer Friday night walking tours of Sonoma Plaza haunts in October.

Silver Moon Theatre presents "Dracula" at the Sonoma Community Center.

The Week in Sonoma Valley: Sept. 28 to Oct. 4

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

A jazz concert, used book sale, trail workday, Blessing of the Animals, a Star Party and “Dracula” all coming up in Sonoma Valley.

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Dianne Reber Hart is our Sonoma correspondent.

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