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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: All things local in the wine, beer, slow food scene. Feature writing focus also includes home and garden, style and design, travel, music, arts and culture, enticing things to do in wine country and beyond. 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" — releasing Aug 2016.
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Second Street Flowers in Petaluma's Theatre Square is a haven of color, texture, shape and movement with its morning delivery of galvanized bucket loads of the best farm-fresh floral offerings of the west. With Mother's Day around the corner and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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BottleRock Napa Valley, presented by JaM Cellars, taps into the region’s renowned culinary scene once again, creating an inspired food, wine and brew festival to complement the BottleRock musical lineup. In addition to the roster of more than 100 chefs,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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It’s no secret that craft beer in Sonoma County has a cult-like, following. Now in its second year, the Sonoma County Home Brewer’s Competition is a Mecca for craft brew aficionados and aspiring craft brewers alike. Last year’s event saw... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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After a successful Kickstarter campaign, these amazing Sonoma County gals are releasing their much-awaited CD, Fox On The Run, on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at a party at Rancho Nicasio. Tickets are being snapped up fast and will sell out.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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I'm in training once again as a returning judge in the line-up for for the 19th Annual Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off, Salsa and Beer Tasting, Saturday May 7th, 2016. If you've yet to attend this super-fun event, make this your... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma Educational Foundation (PEF) is excited to announce hosting a showing of acclaimed new movie SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age on Wednesday evening, May 11th, 2016. The screening takes place at Boulevard Cinemas in downtown Petaluma beginning at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Fog Valley Winter — Pioneer Heritage, Backroad Rambles & Vintage Recipes from The Tastiest Little Place on Earth is ready to roll onto the presses in time for a late summer/early fall pre-2016 Holiday season release. Thousands of hours have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Join Jack London State Historic Park on May 21st, 2016 for a unique chance to create light-painted photos of Jack London’s Wolf House. Discover the art of light painting for digital photography. In this fun and informative class, professional photographer... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma-based Pizza Politana is as good as it gets when it comes to fresh, organic, local brick oven pizza. There is only one public event in Southern SoCo that the Pizza Politana team is selling pizzas at this year and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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We're so fortunate in Sonoma County to have an abundance of teaching gardens in our schools. Around the time that my oldest son, Rocco started at Valley Vista Elementary in Petaluma many moons ago (he's now almost 25!), an old... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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MarinScapes is one of my top picks for viewing extraordinary landscape art in the North Bay — and sales contribute towards vital mental health care and recovery for thousands of people in our communities north of the Golden Gate Bridge.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Giant Steps Riding Center is a powerful resource in our community for safe, effective and affordable physical, cognitive, emotional, and developmental therapy for people of all ages. This summer, the program's first Farm to Table Dinner fundraiser takes place Saturday,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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All of the homes Rebuilding Together Petaluma will be improving this spring are owned by low income veterans, disabled people and/or seniors who dream of having a safer healthier, more livable home. RTP needs you and your family and friends... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Painting by Dana Hooper — Diamond "Z" Homestead, courtesy of MALT SATURDAY, MAY 21 & SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2016 Celebrate Marin’s beauty as seen through the eyes of acclaimed Marin and Oak Group artists at MALT’s 19th annual art show.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Hotel Petaluma is undergoing a restoration that turns back the clock to its 1920s heyday as social center of its community and welcome respite for those traveling through the region. A vintage bronze placard welcomes guests to the foyer of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma-based Literacyworks Center team has announced a matching donation drive through GlobalGiving today, March 16th, 2016. Its fundraising campaign for an excellent Adult Literacy program for military Veterans is up and running and will greatly benefit from the doubling up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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I first visited The Barlow in Sebastopol when it was in its last throws as a dilapidated, former apple processing plant. I wrote an article for a local business publication on earlier plans for a (San Jose) Santana Row-style mixed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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McEvoy Ranch Sunday, May 15th, 2016 @ 4pm $235 Host Farmers: Nion McEvoy, McEvoy Ranch, Petaluma, CA Guest Chef: Amaryll Schwertner, Boulettes Larder, San Francisco, CA Here's what the folk at Outstanding In The Field have to say about McEvoy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Treasure hunters and bargain seekers, mark your calendars for Saturday April 2nd, 2016 from 9 a.m to 1 p.m Beautiful Monkey Ranch, located near Union School, in rural West Petaluma is hosting a Barn Sale with 100% of the proceeds... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Mendocino County's Casari Ranch is a dream come true for Ariana Strozzi Mazzucchi and Casey Mazzucchi. Ariana and Casey were each raised on coastal ranch lands. Together they have made a move from ranch land and Wool Mill in Valley... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life