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July 14, 2024

Snapshot: Aurora Borealis

Northern Lights - crop
I went to the Robert Ferguson Observatory on Saturday evening. So did a lot of other people. The gathering was to see a rare event, the aurora borealis. Usually, northern lights are confined to latitudes far north of Sonoma County. But if you were...

Snapshot: Yosemite Valley in Spring

Yosemite Falls
There’s a lot of water flowing into Yosemite Valley. All the major waterfalls are gushing, including Vernal Falls. Unnamed waterfalls from snowmelt seemingly flow out of granite walls everywhere one looks.

Flashbacks for May 2, 2024

'Welcome to Healdsburg' sign
“Welcome signs” are scheduled to be erected, one at each approach to Healdsburg, within the next two weeks, according to releases from the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors of the signs are the four Healdsburg service clubs: the Business and Professional Women’s Club, Kiwanis Club, 20-30 Club and the Rotary Club.

Visits Increase to Local Library

The Healdsburg Library has been very busy so far in 2024, writes Branch Librarian John Haupt. "Our in-person visits continue to rise as we see people of all ages coming to study alone or in groups, play games, attend a musical event or get help accessing a digital audiobook. The library and the staff look forward to helping you when you visit for these activities and more."

Snapshot: A Cup of Chocolate

Reportedly it all started in Mesoamerica 4,000 years ago. In 1528, Cortez received cacao seeds from the Aztec emperor and introduced them to Spain. Spanish aristocrats mixed the seeds with honey and water. It took nearly one hundred years and a royal marriage till the French got jiggy with chocolate drinks...

Flashbacks from Healdsburg, April 18

"G. Mezzasalma of the Diana Packing Company has just shipped three carloads of wine to eastern buyers and within a short time expects to make other larger shipments. He states that he will have shipped a very considerable quantity of wine before the end of June." (1924)

A Sunday Trail Hike Goes Very Squirrely

By Solito  Solito here. You may know me from around town and prior literary contributions to the Tribune. I had to write up this note of thanks to our community for, well, saving my life perhaps. My morning routine: I sniff, scratch my back on the...

Snapshot: Swan Cake at the LBC

By Pierre Ratte The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) featured swan cake, not Swan Lake, this past weekend at its annual fund-raising gala: The Art of Dessert. Table centerpieces are designer cakes from local bakeries. This swan cake with feathers of white chocolate...

Shelter Spotlight: Adoptable Pets of the Week

The Healdsburg animal shelter, run by the Humane Society of Sonoma County, would like to highlight a couple of the local shelter pets who’ve been “waiting patiently to find families to love.” Come meet Matcha and Dean—and other animals in need of homes—at 555...

Snapshot: Tiny Food in a Box

With gasoline prices surging, household budgets struggle. Fortunately, there are significant charitable organizations addressing needs in and around Sonoma County.