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frances rivetti
Sonoma County, California
This British/American independent journalist spends her days exploring what it means to live "The Good Life" — discovering and sharing the best of the south county at the gateway to Sonoma Wine Country
Interests: Author of "Fog Valley Crush — Love at First Bite — At Home in the Farmstead Frontier". WWW.FOGVALLEYCRUSH.COM and a second book, "Fog Valley WInter" — Pioneer Heritage, Backroad Rambles and Vintage Recipes from The Tastiest Little Place on Earth. Currently at work to complete a contemporary first novel based in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California.
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It almost knocked my socks off to learn that my most recent baby, Fog Valley Winter, Pioneer Heritage, Backroad Rambles & Vintage Recipes scooped a coveted silver medal in the 2018 international Independent Publishers Book Awards, best known in the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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For The Back House Gallery at downtown Petaluma's Heebe Jeebe's upcoming Spring show, the gallery team would like to honor Petaluma's agrarian roots as well as local heroes Rocky and Rosie Range. What can you create that fits this wide... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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It has been four years since I wrote a post (click here to read) on the perilous condition of historic downtown Petaluma's riverfront trestle. The only development we've seen since in this rat-infested part of town is a further collapse... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue is excited to start its second year of production for its Organic Wildlife Garden. The team is adding a new benefit especially for its Garden Club Members and guests: An Eating For Health Class Series. First... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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In honor of man’s best friend, Nick’s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages is officially “going to the dogs” with the property’s sixth-annual Pet Appreciation Month and the return of the Pampered Pooch Add-on Package throughout April. This spring will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Participate in Second Street Flowers' upcoming Living Arrangement course focusing on the idea of a centerpiece that lasts. Participants will be combining a collection of plants and fresh flower stems to create a festive focal point for your celebrations. This... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Sunday, April 8, 4pm PETALUMA VETERANS AUDITORIUM ROBERT B. REICH & LYNN WOOLSEY IN CONVERSATION The Common Good Literacyworks and Copperfield’s Books presents best-selling author and Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, Robert B. Reich. Reich’s newest book is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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One of the most vital and effective grassroots efforts to emerge in the rally call to help Sonoma County neighbors rebuild their lives after October's devastating wildfires, is undoubtedly the Sonoma Family Meal Program, still going strong in its fifth... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Petaluma Arts Center is accepting entries for 2D and 3D media for the 6th Youth Exhibition: Art Shapes the World. Submissions are open to grades K-12, up to 18 years of age, in the greater Petaluma area. MAXIMUM ENTRY... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Creative Sonoma has announced that grants are available for innovative arts education programs serving students in the County who may have limited access to arts training. Grants are being provided in a partnership between Community Foundation Sonoma County and Creative... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Self Portrait —Murray in the doorway to his studio Photos featured courtesy of Murray Rockowitz Portrait photographer Murray Rockowitz has captured the image of and made photos of at least a couple of thousand of people over a period just... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Sonoma Valley’s Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen is offering a Garden Walks Series tied to the flowering cycles of wild Asian flora. The sequence of walks has been carefully scheduled so participants can experience rare wild plants in full... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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I'm looking forward to checking out the new location for California’s premier cheese and wine event, the 12th annual California Artisan Cheese Festival, taking place March 23-25, 2018 at at its new location, the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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photo: McEvoy Ranch Date: Sunday, March 11th, 2018 Time: 10:30am–1pm Cost: $85 Location: McEvoy Ranch Make your own succulent arrangement with McEvoy Ranch’s Garden Gal, Kyli Rose. Kyli shares her expert experience in propagating, designing and caring for unique and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma lives up to its reputation as a boozy riverfront city in the naming of its new, annual tasting event bringing together all of Petaluma’s burgeoning craft alcohol producers in one spirited weekend. Petaluma Drinks - June 2nd & 3rd,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Azari Vineyards on Spring Hill Road invites you to a special benefit to directly aid victims of the 2017 California Wildfires, Saturday, April 7th, 2018 from 1pm to 4pm. The Azari family and winemaking team is are raising money with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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With so many angles on stories of the devastating October Wine Country Wildfires, it helps to hone in on simple ways to continue to help make a difference in the lives of those rebuilding what it means to be home,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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An upcoming community art show entitled "Foiled" at The Back House Gallery, in downtown Petaluma, opening Feb 10th, 2018 is focused on an original artistic commentary regarding love in these new and different times. "It seems as if so many... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Participating artist Christopher Evans – Cobalt Blue (Paint) Don't miss Petaluma Arts Center's terrific 10th Anniversary Exhibit — Power of Ten: Scaling Up open now through March 24th, 2018 Tuesdays – Saturdays, 11am – 5pm, closed Sundays, Mondays & holidays.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Let the good times roll for the Petaluma Music Festival's 5th Annual Mardi Gras Party on Fat Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 at the Lagunitas Beer Sanctuary (5:30 to 8:30 PM). The King Street Giants (formerly the Dixie Giants) is sure... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia, neighboring Napa Valley's premier destination for exploring, experiencing, and enjoying the world of food and wine, is bringing new classes and seasonal themes to its instructional calendar. From families to foodies, attendees... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Collage by Linda Dove Pierson Healing By Art: After the Fires CALL FOR ENTRIES Friday February 9th - Sunday March 25th Artist Reception: Friday, February 9th 5-7pm Submit artwork: February 5th and 6th 1-5pm Collage by Jain Sibert Many in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Do you know that human trafficking is a real and dangerous threat in Sonoma County? Most people I've talked with on the subject matter of my new book in progress, a fictional work, based on this and other taboo subjects... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Petaluma Arts Center is proud to announce the opening of its first exhibition of 2018 – Power of Ten: Scaling Up, which opens Saturday, January 20 with an artist reception at 5 p.m.Coinciding with the 10-year anniversary of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life