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Members of the horticulture class, Esveidy Gutierrez, 12, Cruz Garcia, 12, Breanna Navarro, 11, and Ruby Gomez, 11, sample a salad prepared by John McReynolds, the culinary director Stone Edge Farm, during a cooking demonstration near the school garden at Altamira Middle School in Sonoma, California on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

School district receives grant for cafeteria equipment

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Five local schools will benefit from $75,000 grant from California Department of Education.

Nurses Renita Raley, left, and Carleigh Burdine stomp grapes during the 22nd annual Catalan Festival at Gloria Ferrer on Sunday. (BETH SCHLANKER / The Press Democrat)

A taste of Catalonia

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Gloria Ferrer Winery’s 22nd annual Catalan Festival raises funds for Sonoma Valley Education Foundation.

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The Week in Sonoma Valley: July 20 to 27

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Plenty of outdoor entertainment plus a fundraiser for Relay for Life, Stompers baseball and Solo Flight at the Moose.

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The list: 10 things to watch for at the Sonoma County Fair

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

From food on a stick to Elvis impersonators to the Farmer’s Day fun, there’s something for everyone — hippies included — at “Peace, Love & Fair”

Teresa Purroy looks up and watches as her great-grandchildren ride the Ferris wheel at the Sonoma County Fair. (BETH SCHLANKER / Press Democrat 2012)

Save on fair admission and rides

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Fairgoers can enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of the fair for less by purchasing pre-sale tickets, passes and coupons and attending on discount days.

Steve Ledson in his vineyards. (Courtesy photo)

Steve Ledson adds new winery to his portfolio

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Mountain Terraces Vineyard atop Mayacamas range is newest venture for fifth-generation winemaker.

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Half marathon brings 4,000 runners to Sonoma

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Some 10,000 people expected for race finish and festivities at Sonoma Plaza.

More than a dozen singers from Vox Populi will perform solos at the Moose Lodge. (Photo courtesy of John Arntz)

Solo Flight soars at the Moose Lodge

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Women of Vox Populi make return engagement with evening of solo performances.

Chris Ubick of Boyes Hot Springs says working as a prop master is an ideal blend of all her talents. She's worked with some of the top names in Hollywood. (Christopher Chung/The Press Democrat)

Hollywood prop master covers every big-screen detail

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Chris Ubick brings multiple talents to work conjuring up props for big-screen films and TV shows.

Sonoma Charter School students Lucy Sondheim, 13, and Lizzie Hansen, 14, climb into the treetops at the Challenge Sonoma Adventure Ropes Course in Eldridge.

Climbers reach new heights at ropes course

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Kids, corporate executives push their limits at Challenge Sonoma Adventure Ropes Course.

Writer Spotlight

Dianne Reber Hart is our Sonoma correspondent.

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