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December 8, 2023

Lew Sbrana Passes the Baton

When Lew Sbrana strikes up the band this coming Sunday afternoon at Healdsburg Community Church, it will mark the end of a remarkable career for a man who has probably touched more lives through music than anyone else in Healdsburg, and perhaps the county. For...

Trail to Fitch Mountain Summit Gets Boost

The view of Fitch Mountain looming to the east of Healdsburg is as much a signature of the town as the Russian River itself, a natural landmark that defines the region. It’s a small wonder—its 991-foot altitude is no Everest or Denali, but as...

Piano Prodigy in Healdsburg Concert

Alexander Malofeev was just 13 when he came to prominence by winning his first major international competition, the celebrated International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, in 2015. Now 21 and living in Berlin, the young Moscow-born pianist continues to capture the musical world’s attention,...

Taking Care of Business

El Farolito, the popular Mexican restaurant at 128 Plaza St., underwent an overnight name change recently to Gallina D’Oro, or the Hen of Gold. The new name partners well with El Gallo Negro, owner Pedro Diaz’s increasingly popular restaurant in Windsor. Hours, menu and...

Goodbye, Mr. Pinot

Joe Rochioli was one of those people whose chosen trade had an impact far beyond his friends, his family or the town in which he grew up—Healdsburg. He helped start the Future Farmers Fair (still held on Memorial Day weekend), hit home runs for...

Media Exec Reborn as Donkey Protector

The seasonal legend is that the carpenter went door to door in Bethlehem looking for lodging while his very pregnant young wife was carried by an ass. Thirty-three years later, that grown child rode a donkey into Jerusalem to culminate his ministry. Whatever one...

Monarch Project Lands in Healdsburg

A complex, densely packed mural of the immigrant experience—the hands that pick the crops, the wheels that drive them, butterflies escaping everywhere—will be officially unveiled on Friday, July 8, on the alley wall of Black Oak Coffee in Healdsburg.  The mural contains a large flowing...

Run the Turkey Trot on Turkey Day

The morning before that big Thanksgiving dinner, the annual Healdsburg Turkey Trot 5K race will give residents and visitors a chance to burn a few hundred calories and start the holiday season on a sound physical foundation.  The Turkey Trot, now in its 11th year...

Sax and the Burg

Saxophone sounds filled the spacious twin Quonset hut space at 222 Healdsburg Ave. last weekend, while an audience of just under 100 listened to the jazz music from cloth-draped café tables decorated with lowlights and small bowls of chocolates, perhaps sipping a local varietal...

Work Begins at L&M Village for the Unsheltered

On Sept. 1, the workers’ trucks finally started rolling into the parking lot at the former L&M Motel at 70 Healdsburg Ave., as crews started replacing walls, installing appliances and converting what were once the most affordable motel rooms in town into something else—a...
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