SDC — An Ironic Challenge We All Must Face

The Sonoma Developmental Center, with roughly 900 acres, 140 buildings, two reservoirs, until recently an annual payroll of $88 million, and one of the most scenic locations in all of Sonoma County, has for years been the focus of a delightful paradox. Which is this: One of the most coveted…

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Giant Steps for Aiden

Finding health and happiness on a horse. Story Jennifer Frances   Photos Steven Krause In a region renowned for its spas, hot springs and passion for wellness, one Sonoma family discovered their curative nirvana in an unlikely spot: at a horse ranch located on a few special acres just west of…

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Quarryhill — Best-Kept World-Famous Secret

Glen Ellen’s celebrated botanical garden basks in the full light of the moon. Story David Bolling Photos Steven Krause   In what was likely Bill McNamara’s last Quarryhill Hunter’s Moon walk, the president and executive director of Sonoma Valley’s best-kept, world-famous secret recently led some 30 moon watchers through the…

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The Future of Sonoma Valley Ag?

Gordenker Ranch transitions from turkeys to cannabis, grapes and pumpkins. Story Jonah Raskin Photos Steven Krause   There isn’t a family in Sonoma Valley that doesn’t have a family tree, though some families have deeper roots than others. The Gordenkers’ family history in Sonoma Valley goes back to 1885, when…

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Eric Jackson’s Quadruple Threats

Sing, Dance, Act and…Sew? Photos David Bolling & Submitted   In musical theater, people who can sing, dance and act, are called “triple threats,” and they usually have the shortest path to Broadway. Eric Jackson can do all that, he’s been on Broadway, he’s had lead roles in national touring…

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